India news December 5, 2011

Mithun replaces Praveen for Australia tour

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Abhimanyu Mithun, the Karnataka fast bowler, has been named as Praveen Kumar's replacement in India's Test squad for their tour of Australia. Irfan Pathan, the Baroda allrounder, has been picked for the last two one-dayers against West Indies, marking his return to the international setup after more than two years.

After Praveen was ruled out of the Tests with a fractured rib, the selectors had to add another seamer to the 17-man squad for Australia and the place was expected to go to either one of Mithun, Vinay Kumar or Irfan Pathan. Mithun got that spot, but a place in the ODI squad was vacated because Umesh Yadav is departing for Australia early. Irfan's performances in the ongoing domestic season have been rewarded with that spot for the final two one-dayers.

Irfan has not played for India since 2009, but drew attention because of his performance in this season's Ranji Trophy, in which he is the leading wicket-taker in the Elite division, having taken 21 wickets in three games.

Mithun took six wickets in three Tests on the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2010, his debut series. However, he had to make way for the returning Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth after that series, and his next opportunity did not come until May 2011 in the Caribbean. He took three wickets in the Test against West Indies in Barbados but was subsequently left out of India's tour of England.

He has also been in and out of India's one-day squads, typically only being called up as a replacement for other players. He replaced Praveen for the home ODIs against West Indies. He and Vinay both played the third ODI, at Motera; Vinay took 2 for 39 in eight overs while Mithun took just one wicket and conceded 47 runs from his seven overs. Vinay has been a more regular member of India's one-day team - he has 11 wickets from his last eight ODIs - but has never been part of an India Test squad.

Mithun joins Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma in India's pace department for the Australia tour, with Zaheer Khan selected provisionally, subject to him proving his fitness before the squad's departure. Seven of the players from the Test squad - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha - will leave early for Australia, on December 8, to prepare for the series. The first tour game is a two-day match that starts on December 16, while the first Test starts December 26.

Irfan's inclusion is the only change to the ODI squad for the home series against West Indies, which India lead 2-1. Rahul Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary, none of whom have played a game in the series so far, remain in the squad.

India squad for last two ODIs: Virender Sehwag (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Varun Aaron, R Ashwin, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma

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  • on December 8, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    after seeing Mithun's performance in the last 2 odis vs WI, it can b seen that he is a rather ordinary bowler.. wonder what the selectors saw in him?

  • Naresh28 on December 8, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    IRFAN fans dont worry there are bigger,tougher matches coming up - Australia and England. Irfan will eventually have his turn. Rememeber pace bowlers need constant rotation so that they can rest their muscles. So far Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav are the good bowlers we have. Others are borderline. People have been talking about Mithun - who seems to have good physique. Maybe someone has seen some potential in him. So for me as long as its for team India its good news.

  • on December 8, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    hey v r being unnecessaily hyper... irfan came back.. if he plays wel in d 2 odi's, he wil b in d team.. team needs him.. mithun bowls wel, bats bit, n fields too he is 22 now.. v al kno next world cup is in aus.. so selectors myt b playin al good players.. like mithun, vinay, aaron, yadav n irfan too in odi's so lets support them.. :)

  • duraimadhu on December 8, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Hai Irfan im waiting for you long time........ Please stick into the team forever all the best

  • CricketFanPA on December 7, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @ ssenthil: I think you are not a true cricket fan, because if you are you would have seen 1 of 4 matches that Irfan has played in recent Ranji Trophy, It comes LIVE on NEO Cricket, YES RANJI MATCHES COME LIVE, Because I stay in USA and I have seen all these games LIVE on NEO Cricket. He deserve to be in indian side as he has performed exceptional this year. He should not be avoided just for not being in team for past 2-3 years, though all other pace bowlers are good, but according to his experience in AUS he is fit for squad.

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Its hard for me to understand why Nehra has been ignored from one day side. What wrong did he do? Is getting injured while attempting to take a diving catch wrong? Or are there other reasons behind his axing?

  • on December 7, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    If selected only on merit and best fit, Irfan would have made the cut for the Australian tour. Dhoni and Srikant could not have ignored Irfan completely given his current form and performances so they gave him a consolation prize of the rest of the W.Indies series. What does Dhoni have against Irfan?

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Frankly, I feel confident about only Ishant and Umesh Yadav. Zak, if fit, can be useful in advising and guiding them while the match is on. What happens during a match could be very different from what tips one may get from the bowling coach, during preparations. All the rest of the pacers are going there just to soak in the atmosphere. And, to get some feel of the Aussie pitches during training sessions. Aaron can be asked to go full steam during training sessions, for (1) preparation for the Indian batsmen, & (2) help him learn to control line and length without sacrificing pace, on fast pitches. When his time comes, it will be very handy.

  • ssenthil on December 7, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Anyway, The main bowlers for India going to be Z Khan, I Sharma and U Yadav. If any1 break down then they will call for another replacement. Irfan doesn't deserve a recall to Indian test team after just 3 FC matches particularly he didn't played any FC match in the last 2 years. Has any1 seen how Irfan bowling? NO ONE!!! So much for the Blind loving and emotional fans.

  • Texmex on December 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Good decision by selectors. Pathan is coming after a long time away from international cricket. Better to let him play against WI rather than take on a tough Aus tour rightaway where he may get bashed around for 150 runs in his very first innings

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    after seeing Mithun's performance in the last 2 odis vs WI, it can b seen that he is a rather ordinary bowler.. wonder what the selectors saw in him?

  • Naresh28 on December 8, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    IRFAN fans dont worry there are bigger,tougher matches coming up - Australia and England. Irfan will eventually have his turn. Rememeber pace bowlers need constant rotation so that they can rest their muscles. So far Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav are the good bowlers we have. Others are borderline. People have been talking about Mithun - who seems to have good physique. Maybe someone has seen some potential in him. So for me as long as its for team India its good news.

  • on December 8, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    hey v r being unnecessaily hyper... irfan came back.. if he plays wel in d 2 odi's, he wil b in d team.. team needs him.. mithun bowls wel, bats bit, n fields too he is 22 now.. v al kno next world cup is in aus.. so selectors myt b playin al good players.. like mithun, vinay, aaron, yadav n irfan too in odi's so lets support them.. :)

  • duraimadhu on December 8, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Hai Irfan im waiting for you long time........ Please stick into the team forever all the best

  • CricketFanPA on December 7, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @ ssenthil: I think you are not a true cricket fan, because if you are you would have seen 1 of 4 matches that Irfan has played in recent Ranji Trophy, It comes LIVE on NEO Cricket, YES RANJI MATCHES COME LIVE, Because I stay in USA and I have seen all these games LIVE on NEO Cricket. He deserve to be in indian side as he has performed exceptional this year. He should not be avoided just for not being in team for past 2-3 years, though all other pace bowlers are good, but according to his experience in AUS he is fit for squad.

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Its hard for me to understand why Nehra has been ignored from one day side. What wrong did he do? Is getting injured while attempting to take a diving catch wrong? Or are there other reasons behind his axing?

  • on December 7, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    If selected only on merit and best fit, Irfan would have made the cut for the Australian tour. Dhoni and Srikant could not have ignored Irfan completely given his current form and performances so they gave him a consolation prize of the rest of the W.Indies series. What does Dhoni have against Irfan?

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Frankly, I feel confident about only Ishant and Umesh Yadav. Zak, if fit, can be useful in advising and guiding them while the match is on. What happens during a match could be very different from what tips one may get from the bowling coach, during preparations. All the rest of the pacers are going there just to soak in the atmosphere. And, to get some feel of the Aussie pitches during training sessions. Aaron can be asked to go full steam during training sessions, for (1) preparation for the Indian batsmen, & (2) help him learn to control line and length without sacrificing pace, on fast pitches. When his time comes, it will be very handy.

  • ssenthil on December 7, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Anyway, The main bowlers for India going to be Z Khan, I Sharma and U Yadav. If any1 break down then they will call for another replacement. Irfan doesn't deserve a recall to Indian test team after just 3 FC matches particularly he didn't played any FC match in the last 2 years. Has any1 seen how Irfan bowling? NO ONE!!! So much for the Blind loving and emotional fans.

  • Texmex on December 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Good decision by selectors. Pathan is coming after a long time away from international cricket. Better to let him play against WI rather than take on a tough Aus tour rightaway where he may get bashed around for 150 runs in his very first innings

  • atuljain1969 on December 7, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    It seems selectors are woefully out of touch, on some very good performance by pacers in Ranji Trpohy. Either they get to look at only player of big teams and ignore the lesser teams. They need to look at consistent performer in both plate and main division. Often performance of plate divn. is far more creditable ( Rajasthan Ranji champions last year). Himachal Pradesh , RISHI DHAWAN must be given a chance else he would also be lost in the crowd. A genuine pacer having a handy bat.

  • on December 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    now time to prove himself to stay in team for irfan pathan. let's see

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I think Mithun is brilliant bowler in longer format than than the shorter one..............But i Personally think Vinay Kumar would have been the better option

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Irfan Pathan Would have been A much better Option For India .. He's In Form N He has Exprnce aswell ...

  • on December 7, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Picking mithun for Australian tour is going to be disastrous for team india. He totally lakes ideas in his bowling which was clearly exposed in the last but one over that he bowled 3rd ODI against WI. He failed to bowl proper line and length providing free leverage to samy. This has cost the match for India. If he had restricted runs scored in this over within 12' India would have been victorius. He was totally nervous and bowled half volleys wide off stump to enable samy score at will. His participation against Australians would bringn more mystery to India for sure.

  • on December 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    irfan should be a regular plater for india atleat for the limited overs ... it will be great to see him in the tri series and 2 t20's in australia :) what i mean been by plater is a plater has a lot of variety ... irfan has both in bowling and batting has variety

  • on December 7, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    i think the need of the hour is to manage fast bowlers so that they have a good career, like the selectors have the policy of Ishant not playing in odi similarly they shud make sure that the real fast men like umesh and aaron r kept away from odi and they shud only b used in tests.. for odi pace is not that important and u can have a core group of odi bowlers like vinay, munaf, nehra, may b RP.. and for tests ishant, yadav, varun and mithun.. obviously there wud b another core group which could play both the forms if fit and wud include praveen, zaheer, irfan.. that way v wud always have the real fast men in the toughest form of the game... of course all can play in IPL as per their wish

  • simply_champs on December 7, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I am happy with irfan's selection! He will do well!

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    hope mithun will perform as per expectations... i was expecting IRFAN PATHAN's selection but it dint come true.... VINAY KUMAR was also a good choice!! Hope IFRAN PATHAN will get chance in last two ODIs n perform well..... INDIA IS IN DIRE NEED OF AN ALL ROUNDER LIKE IRFAN PATHAN!!

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Hello All, i have gone thru few comments. many of them against mithun. so here is my final comment. pl avoid al regionalism. you shud remove your egos first. let whoever select. welcome them. if they do not perform automatically they will loose their place. we, as cricket fans, have to welcome the players. this is not debate to discuss do's & don'ts.irfan played well so he got chance to play last 2 odi's. first welcome him. if he does better,no reason why selectors ignore him.

  • Naresh28 on December 7, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Managing fast bowlers should be done more professionally by BCCI/Selectors. Work with a core group and make them feel that they belong to team India,. Pay them full time - not like what India does e.g. Ashish Nehra is one of the best ODI bowlers for India but feels like zero at the moment. Get a group like Zaheer,Ishant, Yadav, Praveen, Sreesanth etc let them be managed by someone like Shektar at MRF. Rotate the players. They need to hunt in packs like the old days. The workload should be balanced. For example Ishant was overbowled and then injured recently.

  • here2rock on December 7, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Why did Indian selectors need to name the replacement bowler before the ODI series with West Indies is over? The could have a good look at both Mithun and Irfan at international level before making the decision. Mithun lokked very ordinary in the third ODI against the WI. He is very raw and bowls only 130km/h at his best. Extraordiary decision by the selectors.

  • Karthic2228 on December 7, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @Farce-Follower they are not saying by photo... the fast bowler must be bowling at 140 and 145 kphs... accordin to indians.... Mithun bowls in 125 and 130's.... Ya i agree performer has to be given a chance... But not risk him in big series like australia.... so comments are not for photo shoot....

  • svel on December 7, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    hey varon aaron supporters... to be very frank he does not bowl at a great pace and hardly touches 140 142 max... has no swing at all... he has to improve a lot.... my take on him is tat he is still an ranji trophy bowler... has to learn a lot... and first of all should learn to move the ball ...

  • Farce-Follower on December 7, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    Some have posted thus, "Mithun doesn't look like a fast bowler"...what do you want from him? Look good for a photo shoot...for god's sake give a performer his due.

  • FoollyFedUp on December 7, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Mithun is a lion hearted bowler...not a show pony...Great Choice, Chikka.

  • nyc_missile on December 7, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    @Madani,I have heard this from several people,can you throw more light as to why Dhoni hates him so much..

  • NRI- on December 6, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    zico123, I completely agree with you. As soon as it was known that PK was out, the seam attack should have Been Vinay, Irfan and Mithun right from the 2nd ODI. Then one of them could have been announced AFTER the one dayers. Now they will look like idiots if Irfan far outperforms Mithun for the last two one dayers. I hope they do. Why they always have to announce so early is beyond me. Even in WI Rohit Sharma was playing fantastically well in the ODIs and he could not be included in the test team even with Sachin, Gambhir & Sehwag not playing and with Yuvraj & Pujara injured, 5 of them out plus there is always one vacant spot so 6 spots and Rohit was not one oamongst them because the team had already been announced. Really, the fans deserve an answer. I presume if Zaheer gets injured now, Irfan will still get a chance. I hope Ishant gets injured because then Aaron can play and Aaron is a BETTER and faster bowler. Yadav, Aaron & Zaheer plus Ashwin - that's a good attack.

  • couchpundit on December 6, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    @ zico123 - dont worry ishant will soon be injured during practise....i bet he is not fully fit to play international cricket.

  • CricketFanPA on December 6, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    I am from Baroda and I have played with Irfan Pathan in league matches in Baroda and he has ability to get the set batsman out with old ball, I think very few Indian bowlers has this ability in current generation but This type of biased selection by our Mr. Srikan will ruin our cricket world very soon. Good Luck Irfan Pathan….

  • Lodhizia2525 on December 6, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    After Working So Hard finally he got a chance At last... He had Taken 21 Wickets in 5 Matches.. Irfan Pathan was deserving a call for Australia Tour But I really Don't understand why they have selected Mithun Above Him.. Irfan Pathan Would have been lethal Weapon in Australia Tour.. Previously he had Already Proved That He is Genuine All-rounder.. But Never The Least... Pathan prove Yourself Now.. The Last 2 Matches Are Really Crucial For You.. Hope You Shows Your Best Performance... Best Of Luck...

  • rajachandra on December 6, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Mithun took 4 wickets and scored a defiant 25 on his debut during that disastrous tour of Sri Lanka in 2010 ( Better than Ishant in that test). Again in his last Test against West Indies he took 2 and 1 wicket ( Better than Praveen in that test). As such he has been given shabby treatment so far despite his good showing. Admitted he is not a good ODI and 20-20 bowler but he is selected for a Test spot.

    Irfan last played a test in 2008 and took Nil wickets !

    Where is the logic for this denouement against Mithun ?

    common guys use some common sense and do not live in the past !

    Now that Irfan has been given a chance in ODI, it is for him to grab the opportunity and if Zaheer fails he can book his birth too !

  • zico123 on December 6, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    since Selectors anyway included Irfan Pathan for last 2 ODIs against WI, they should have played both Mithun and Irfan in those 2 ODIs, and then should have picked replacement for Australia Test series. don't understand what logic is behind selecting Mithun over Irfan who took 3 five fors and currently highest wicket taker in the ongoing Ranji. is it too late to revert the decision in favour of Irfan??

  • S.N.Singh on December 6, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    IRFAN PATHAN WILL BE AN ASSET IN ANY OF INDIA TEAM. 5 DAYERS, 50 OVERS OR 20/20. HE CAN GIVE YOU RUNS AT ANY POSITION. AND CAN NOW BOWL AND AN ECONOMIC RATE. IN REGARDS TO SOME COMMENTS, INDIA HAVE TO GO WITH TWO SPINNERS ESPECIALLY AN OFF BREAK BOWLER. THEY ARE AFRAID OF BHAIJI AND NOW THEY WILL HARRASS ASHWIN BEFORE THE TEST START. OJHA WILL BE THE MOST ECONOMIC BOWLER ON THE SERIES. INDIA MUST HAVE MOR THAN TWO SPINNERS IN THERE SIDE. THIS WAS A TRADITION. THEY WILL HAVE TO USE SEHWAG MORE AS A OFF SPINNER. sHARMA WILL BE THE FAST BOWLER OF THE SERIES. HE WILL ATLEAST GET POINTING AS USUAL. I AM HAPPY TO SEE IRFAN IN THE SIDE. S.N.SINGH U.S.A.

  • myStraightTalk on December 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Another Srikanth relatives selected. Look at the name of the player, selector and commentator of indian cricket.. is that obvious that they all belong to same class..

  • on December 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Will India go with 3 pace attack against aussies or rely on spinners ( Ashwin and Ojha) to do some magical tricks. If India rely on pace attack then will Ojha get a place in playing XI as Ashwin is proving to be worthy with his bat as well???? Or will they depend upon spinners, which is very unlikely to happen? If Zak gets injured in the mid of match then entire pressure will be on Ishant who is also not recovered completely from injury. So according to my point of view Irfan would have been a good choice over Mithun as he is an Allrounder and can be handy in all the departments....\

  • on December 6, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    if dhoni is captain then there is no way for irfan pathan if he bowls 100% also then also he is not included in his team because he dnt like irfan that's it what we can say that is it if Dhoni is captain of india then there is no place for Irfan pathan.

  • satashu on December 6, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    common irfan ... give ur best this time .its ur golden opportunity

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    stupid decision stupid bowler i have not seen him bowl a single wicket taking delivery dunno what selectors saw in this stupid bowler

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    IKP deserved his place...! Never the less happy that he was selected for the two ODIs at least after being ignored for so long.... Let Irfan prove himself...I'm sure he'll soon be in the scheme of things

  • sameer997 on December 6, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    they hv got to play irfan now plzzzz tey beter doo

  • sunkarisun on December 6, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    One thing I couldn't understand Parthiv Patel is not going Australia, Why don't they try another keeper who is going to Australia. At last Irfan got the chance, he must show some performance with both Bat and Ball.

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I prefer vinay over mithun. Mithun is a hit-the-deck bowler whose stock delivery comes into the right-hander. But at 131-2 kmph he is not quick enough to succeed simply as a hit-the-deck bowler. Vinay, on the other hand, swings the ball late away from the right-handers and is more likely to succeed despite operating at 130 kmph

  • Empty-Sequence on December 6, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    There is some serious mithun bashing going on here.Selection of mithun shows the depth of our fast bowling. Though i agree with most of the people that mithun is limited talent easy paced one dimensional bowler but he's the best we have right now.How can people forget that relentless spirited bowling in SL, and his stock delivery will quite handy against 5 left handers in oz team. And as for curious case of irfan. His golden days are done. he has lost tremendous amt. of pace. He even makes vinay look like an express bowler. Plus the countries who have won against Oz had bowlers like Steyn bowling at 145 km consistently at that time, Anderson swinging the ball BOTH ways(135-140) and Morkel ,tremlett,finn,broad capable of hitting the deck hard and extracting some juicy of the pitch. Apparently pathan has none of the above qualities to succeed in australia.Until he doesn't work on the pace, he is not fit to play TEST for India.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I think this is Irfan s one of the biggest opportunity to come back strongly into the team . I dont think he might be picked in australia , As the pitches there will demand pace from the bowlers . I also feel that ishanth , yadav and aaron will be the three seamers for the boxing day test , And they should not drop aaron for picking up mithun . I feel aaron is a better bowler than mithun in terms of pace . So it will be a great task ahead for the selection committee to pick up the playing eleven but they might not experiment new things that too against aussies . .

  • nashwithlove on December 6, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @Jube, don't you read the article/news before commenting??? how can you say Mithun is best bowler this season in domestic when Irfan is highest wicket taker( 21 wickets in 3 matches). I'm not saying Mithun is not a good bowler and don't deserve a place but we need to know who is the best in current situation. As everyone knows the ability of Irfan, I don't need to point out what he have done for the country and how many matches he have won for the country, most of the people knows about it. I wanted to point out that how confident he is now and willing to do hard work,changed attitude, he is changed bowler now. he can bat as good as a batsman.he has experience of Australia's pitches. Selector needs to groom and take care some of the players for future, one of them is Irfan. He is second best all rounder after great Kapil sir. if you don't select player from domestic who is doing well then where do you select from?

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    If Abhimanyu Mithun is the best thing since sliced bread in the context of Indian bowling, based on his excellent domestic record, why doesn't it show on the field in at the international level?

  • Spin_rules on December 6, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    I think the reason Pathan was selected for the last 2 ODIs is to deflect the scrutiny the selectors would receive for not picking Pathan for Australia. @Jube: I am a Bangalorean and root for Mithun, but Pathan has taken 21 wickets in three games while Mithun took has 6 in matches - how is he the best bowler? It is very apparent that Selectors and Dhoni have something against giving Pathan an extended run like they do with many of the other talented prospects. It is sad, coz we need to groom and have some one like pathan in the team

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Good Move. Mithun can bat and showed his mental strength yesterday.

  • raja9787 on December 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Hope Mithun doesn't see all these comments :P Come on guyz, he is never gonna play anyway.. As someone already said, Zak, Ishant and Umesh will form the pace attack.. Zak's replacement would be Irfan (hopefully).. Varun is the replacement for Ishant and Umesh. It is highly unlikely that 2 out of these 3 will be injured and mithun gets a chance.. so chill guyz.. on another note, hope Irfan rocks in the WI ODIs and get picked for CB series..

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    n wt if zaheer is nt fit..??? irfan 2 aus ???

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Irfan pathan we want a great come back

  • Karthic2228 on December 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Finally it is a good call for Irfan pathan...and it was a surprise call for mithun.... But fingers crossed for mithun selection in test series... Any way Mithun has to use the opportunity...

  • on December 6, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Irfan is a medium fast bowler... one who bowls on an average at max late 120s... and such a bowler on an australian pitch will be really bad... not just for the team... but for himself... that is one big reason i thought praveen's selection was not right... may be if irfan was selected for england series which would assist swing... it would ve been good...

  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Same was the reaction when Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar were selected at first.Common guys everytime a new guy gets selected it not necessary that he will be successful at once.If we want to get good bowlers we need to have patience.Mithun has been consistent in Ranji ,and its unfair to select Irfan over him just because Irfan did well in 4 Ranji matches.

  • Cluedin on December 6, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Abhimanyu's Bowling averages are much higher than his batting averages across all formats, which prompts the question, is it the quota game again in selection or is it that the selectors know something the rest of us do not.

    Batting Ave Tests 24.00 ODIs 17.00 First-class 19.69 List A 10.30 Twenty20 6.87

    Bowling Ave Tests 50.66 ODIs 134.00 First-class 29.07 List A 38.90 Twenty20 35.94

    Abhimanyu's Bowling averages are much higher than his batting averages across

  • Naresh28 on December 6, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA is definetly the next SACHIN. We Indian fans have been supporting Sachin for years. Now when Sachin days are over we can look forward to this new talented youngster. I like Mithun's strong athletic frame. Only time will tell of how good he is. Yadav is still the best recent find. I would pick him ahead of Aarun. Irfan to me is being looked at to replace Khan ( injury is taking its toll on Khan - this is normal with fast bowlers) The selectors are thinking of backup cover - something which was absent in the England tour.

  • Jube on December 6, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    C'mon, we're all just sentimental because of the way Irfan bowled in the last Australia series... Lets give credit where it is due. Abhimanyu Mithun has been the best bowler in domestic cricket this year so definitely deserves selection. Pathan is still recovering and needs to prove that he is bowling at optimal levels - wickets against Delhi and MP are ok but not enough to justify a return to the India team... Well done selectors... Appropriate choice...

  • Naresh28 on December 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    One just has to look at the player page on IRFAN PATHAN - he has over 900 WICKETS in all formats of the game. There are not many slots left to fill in the Indian team. A five bowler attack is required to take Aussie wickets. IRFAN has always enjoyed fan support - this has kept him motivated while out. Greg Chappell thought highly of IRFAN. Selectors need to change attitude. I feel that there is a need to work with core group - for example RAINA has lots of talent and because he did not make it into test team - he has lost form even in ODI's. The core group needs to be made and told where they stand. When the big three retire - I hope after Australia, three slots become available.

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Cricinfo stats gift for all Pathan fans

    Overall average 32.26 Average against all teams except Zim and Ban 45.49

    Overall strike rate 58.80 strike rate against all teams except Zim and Ban 83.83

    His economy is above 3 against all teams when scoring 3 runs/per over was rare.

    Getting wickets once in 14 overs means he bowls 25 overs/per day and gets 1 wicket. So he is useless.

    Other side Mithun has same stats but his carrier includes just 4 tests and all on batting friendly wicket. So giving him a chance is worth.

    Kris has done a wonderful job in giving youngsters a long run

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Ppl react as if all selected for squad will play in playing XI.. We all know, we will play 6+1+4 combo.. First 5 batsmen + WK spots r booked.. 6th spot is either for Rohit r Kohli.. Out of 4 bowlers, max we can afford is 3 pace.. Ishant and Umesh r obvious choices.. The remaining 1 is most likely to be Zaheer(if he travels).. If he doesnt travel, Irfan will b the obvious replacement in PLAYING XI(provided, he proves in next 2 ODIs).. To b simple, first choice pace bowlers in XI - Zak,Ishant,Umesh.. Zak's replacement will b either Nehra r Irfan.. Ishant r Umesh's replacement will be Aaron.. It is highly unlikely for Mithun to get a Test match in Australian soil..

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    again they have picked an average bowler in Mithun who has nothing special going for him, neither he can bowl very quick, nor can he swing the bowl... irfan shud have been picked on current form, experience , ability to swing and solid batting

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    giving rest to umesh yadav: I GET IT replacing yadav with irfan pathan: GR8 DECISION, I GET THT TOO sending mithun to australia(even before irfan could bowl in the last 2 ODIs n of course if zaheer is fit, pathan would be dropped again): THAT MADE A MESS OF IT ALL!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Somehow I believe that Mithun will do well in his second coming. He is learning all the while. We also saw that he can be a useful lower order batsman. If Zak gets fit, then we would be playing at least another two seamers. Ishant would be the next choice. So we would have Varun, Umesh and Mithun competing for the third pacer's spot. Perhaps 4 pace bowlers + 1 spinner might not be a bad option, considering Ashwin looks like a genuine allrounder. So my eleven would be: Viru, Gauti, Rahul, Sachin, VVS, MSD, Ashwin, Mithun, Varun/Umesh, Ishant and Zak. For part time spin, Viru can roll his arm over. Even Sachin can bowl a few. Maybe even MSD ... just kidding. I know there is no Rohit/Virat, but Ashwin and Mithun together can probably make up for about 70% of either Rohit or Virat. We can continue with them for the one dayers for the time being.

  • joshmachine on December 6, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    best playing 11............ 1. V Sehwag (for obvious reasons), 2. Gauti (we have no other choice), 3. Rahul Dravid (best at no. 3), 4. Sachin (based on experience), 5. VVS (very very special against aussies), 6. Dhoni (dont have better choice and also proven captain), 7. Irfan Phatan (bowling allrounder and we need 5 bowlers to take 20 aussi wickets), 8. Ojha/Ashwin (though i will prefer ojha as he is left arm bowler), 9. Ishant, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Zaheer (only if he is fit)

  • bluebillion on December 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    What message does this send to Aaron by the way? Yadav is going early to Australia and all this hype over the selection means that both Mithun and Pathan will play the last 2 ODIs. So Aaron who was selected before Mithun and Pathan will carry drinks for the last two games!

    On another note, hope Mithun isnt a cricnfo fan!

  • MSoundar on December 6, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    good to see Irfan back in the national side. great opportunity for him to resurrect his International career. fingers crossed to see whether he can swing the ball in the manner which he did in the beginning of his career.

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @ Pradeeps_Speed...can't agree more mate. Here, many comments are baseless. When Zak is in the team there is no place for Irfan. And It is a very good move of selectors to reward Irfan with a place in ODI squad. All the best Team India.

  • vatsalgoel87 on December 6, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath once said 'Selectors are bunch of jokers'.. and being there he's doing the same too..injustice to Irfan!!

  • Pradeeps_Speed on December 6, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Indian cricket fans have the habit of jumping the gun too soon. Let's look at some of the examples from recent memory: Many of them were going for Yuvraj's throat before the world cup, Dravid before the WI tour, Rohit and Vinay Kumar before the WI tour of India. All these guys proved the critics wrong and all these die-hard fans who were proved wrong never had the nerve to come back and admit their folly. Mithun is considered to be one of the very very hard working guys who has performed very well in the last few domestic seasons. He is getting stronger by the day. There is no harm in trying him for Australia. We need a bunch of fast bowlers ready to fit in anytime into the India side. I would dearly love to see the swinging Irfan. But for now, good luck Mithun!

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I think this is a very foolishness shown by the selectors.Irfan would have been a very good option.Mithun had just played 3 tests and he lacks of expierience.On the other hand Irfan had been twice to Austalia.and he's well known of Aussie conditions.I'm sure Mithun would be Hammered by the Aussie Batsmen's

  • sarath2318 on December 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    The decision is not a big surprise, cos we can never guess what our selectors have in their mind. Hopefully this should be the right decision. Even when we are loosing every single match in england they didn't even change the team composition. I have never seen such type of situation in my life. Usually the winning combination will not be changed but here in this case the loosing combination was not changed in England. Moreover there were one or two players who didn't get a chance to play even after being selected. You have selected a player considering his recent performances and you do not give him a chance to play. what is the use of that? Actually the idea is to chose a player for the replacement of Praveen Kumar. Here Irfan is a left arm seamer which could be an asset considering the fitness of Zaheer, and moreover he's performing well and he's the obvious and optimal choice and also his batting skills may be an asset. I really feel sorry for the selectors. Let's hope we succeed.

  • mrcool on December 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    just for ignoring uthappa,srikkanth is selecting other players from karnataka to prove he is not biased against uthappa now he has selected irfan to prove he is not biased against srikkanth.what srinath arvind did to get dropped from team..

  • Ramesh0708 on December 6, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Picking Wriddhiman Saha in the test squad is just for the sake of having second keeper.. he is definitely not going to play any match... on top of this they are sending him early to get used to the conditions.. Highly WEIRD !!!

    My eleven for the boxing day test match 1. Sehwag -- i hope he starts scoring runs 2. Gambhir - somehow have a gut feeling that if viru clicks,Gautham will also :-) 3. Dravid - Who else can better at No:3 ?? 4. Sachin - God Bless You :-) 5. VVS - Very Very Special for India 6. Rohit Sharma / Virat - Selectors .. are u listening ?? 7. MSD - Hope he plays well 8. Ashwin - Hope he can bowl well in Aus.. Good with Bat at No:8 9. Yadav - Definitely for Boxing day 10. ZAK - Provisionally git 11. Ishant - Will punter be his bunny again ???

    I feel aussies are getting stronger with youn bowlers like Cummins,pattinson,Starc.. we need our batsmen to fire and save...

  • ramli on December 6, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Irfan will ultimately go to aus .. as Zaheer will not be fully fit ... don't worry guys ... let us see what Irfan does in the remaining 2 ODIs .... cheers

  • timohyj on December 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    selectors have given Irfan a lifeline to get back into the team. I must say that a few months ago I thought he would never play another match for India, but his bowling in the Ranji TRophy has been to good. Dont think Mithun is the right choice for Australia though. He doesn't swing the ball like praveen, he doesn't have pace like Yadav, and he doesn't have mcgrath like acuuracy like Munaf. He doesn't have any stand out attributes to his bowling. Irfan or Vinay would have been a better option

  • CricketMaan on December 6, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Frist, Irfan's selection for ODI ahead of AUS is very good. He nees to show that he is ready for Intl cricket and what better than playing home against a much lower ranke opponents in shorter form rather than pushed again to longer version against a tough team in difficult conditions. Secondly, handling of Mithun is appaling. He played in SL and Windies but dropped for SA and Eng, now dropped against Windies at home and picked for Aus. That is horribly mishandling of a young bowler. either you pick and tell him what his role is or let him play for while and understand intl. cricket.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    again they have picked an average bowler in Mithun who has nothing special going for him, neither he can bowl very quick, nor can he swing the bowl... irfan shud have been picked on current form, experience , ability to swing and solid batting

  • Ramesh0708 on December 6, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I dont agree with taking Mithun on to the australian tour... yes we need youth and fresh blood... but there are already ppl like yadav,aaron,ashwin and Ojha from the bowling .. Ishant is experienced.. yes.. agreed.. zak is provisionally fit.. so if zak is not fit...then there is no experience in BOWLING apart from Ishant.. on a tough tour down under we need some experience in teh bowling and i think Irfan Pathan could have provided his International experience.... grooming too many youngsters and looking for the future is correct.. but i hope the selectors are not forgetting the present !!! thoughts and suggestions are welcome !!

  • ramli on December 6, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Why is Saha always the target ... he is there in the test team as a reserve wicket-keeper .... he goes early to aus to aclimatise ... in case dhoni should have a fitness problem ... Saha would be ready ... simple ... cheers .... let us give Saha some support ... it is very very uneasy to always be among the reserves ... let him enjoy the tour and learn some good things .. good luck

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Why so many chances are given to players like Parthiv, Raina, Harbhajan etc. in spite of several failures, why the players like Yuvraj, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Sreeshanth were selected inspite of injuries and returned to India without playing a single match, and why completely different treatment for players like Irfan Pathan and Uthappa? Does any body think it fair? Even in the 3rd ODI against WI, the performance of Mithun was not extraordinary, to ignore Irfan. Even Irfan could have bowled and batted that much. Am I not correct?

  • gana5280 on December 6, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Disappointed with selector's move to choose Mithun over Irfan. With concerns on match fitness of Zak & Ishant have a knee injury concern, we may end up having only rookies in our bowling line up. Pointing has now got a nice opportunity to resurrect his career again (anyways we r always known for doing these kind of favours to people who have been completely out of form)

  • mrcool on December 6, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Where is robin uthappa..flop parthiv patel playing continuous 15 matches despite failure and uthappa got just 1 chance in t20..Irfan's selection is like uthappa's selection for t20 just to prove they are not biased but they are biased everyone knows.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Good decision to pick Mithun for AUS tour.

  • anilagrahari on December 6, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Srikant only want to support crieckters from south india..biggest example is mithun....Mithun is such a poor selection even abu nechim is better than him......it's only becoz of srikant the primary focus is only on bowlers from south.

  • Haleos on December 6, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    why is Saha not playing for the last 2 odis instead of going to australia.wait that would have exposed him and showed how senseless the decision to pick him is. got it.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    irfan should be a regular plater for india atleat for the limited overs ... it will be great to see him in the tri series and 2 t20's in australia :)

  • anilagrahari on December 6, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Why is Sreesanth not being considered.....we all know about his abilities....

  • Haleos on December 6, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    never understand the startegy of selecting the players and letting them warm the bench. Why was Ashwin not rested for this series and Rahul Sharma given a chance? Ashwin needs to work on his fielding. For someone so young he is highly unathletic.

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Is Shrikant the selector of India or only karnataka...... Im upset with decision of not selecting Irfan Pathan for Australia tour he deserved it. What has Mithun done to earn that place just 9 wickts from 4 test. Thats nothing. Plz dont waste a talent like pathan...

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Cant we make an all rounder. Seam up balling all rounder. Batting at No. 7/8 doing the role of 3rd Pacer or that of 4th Pacer on seaming surfaces. This guy has to be capable to give in 10 overs. Abhimanyu Mithun & Irfan Pathan anyone. Does anyone this is the sort of role Darren Sammy is trying to live up to with all his his capability and infirmities and how much he is loved for it!!!

  • ListenToMe on December 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @I_Love_Cricket_7 , how did u miss Dravid!! Or is it really your eleven?

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Why irfan & vinay not selected...... south zone zindabad..... Great work srikant...

  • SL_BiggestJoke on December 6, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    remove Gambhir then we can have Rohit AND Kohli...

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Irfan should get the place in tests since Zaheer still in doubt. One speedster who got exp in Oz!!

  • MandyBoy on December 6, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    This is simply pathetic selection. Seriously need to understand on what basis are the players selected? India hardly have all rounders and when you get ONE the selectors play with their career! Irfan Pathan is too good a player to be left out of the squad for such a long time! Whos gonna take 20 Aussie wickets? The selectors???. If Zaheer is unfit you have a total inexperience attack (Ishant Sharma is unreliable).You need experience in oversea tours! Always experiement back home!!! Selectors please do not select Aniruddha Shrikant! Mr. Shrikkanth are you listening???

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Abhimanyu Mithun can never be compared with Irfan . India need to give confidence to Irfaan as he can be the only replacement for Kapil Dev (genuine allrounder) .Hope that Irfan can turn it around in the 2 Odi 's and get the call to be there in Aus

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Poor decision. Nehra, Irfan or even Agarkar are far better than Mithun in terms of skills and experience.

  • kurupji on December 6, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Bad Decision "AGAIN" by the selection committee. Irfan Pathan would have been the right choice given the fact that he is also a very useful batman. Hope Irfan Pathan does well in the last two ODIs and selects himself. Best of luck Irfan.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    It's a good chance for Irfan to prove his fitness and show the world and selectors that he is in great shape at this moment. Let him prove in these 2 ODI's provided he get in final 11. Irfan sit in the bus to Oz, purely on merit, rather on someone's mercy/courtesy. Selection of Mithun is just to fill the gap, and if you ask 5 out of 4 selectors they will say they are also not 100% confident on Mithun's ability. He is young and there is time for him to learn. Let Mithun make some headlines in domestic season which we have never seen.

  • johnathonjosephs on December 6, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I've always wondered why so many Indians hold a special place in their heart for Irfan Pathan even today. Yes, he came out to the international scene almost unplayable and that hat trick in the first over against Pakistan was amazing. But it happens to players around the world: they come in, do amazing, and then fizzle out. I know his Ranji form has been great, but have you seen the pace Irfan has? Most of his deliveries are in the low 80's high 70's (MPH) and I'm sorry but in Australia that kind of pace is going to take a hammering. Kris Srikant is thinking "we have zak, we have ishant, we have yadav, and we need one really really fast bowler as a backup". Give it to Varun Aaron who has absolutely NO control over his speed or give it to a youngster who bowls 2-3 MPH slower but has just a SLIGHT bit more control + better first class record? If they want slow bowlers like Irfan they have Vinay Kumar and Munaf Patel to choose from. Remember Kris Srikanth won you guys the world cup

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    How come Mithun got picked? He was dropped earlier after a few matches without giving him enough chances and now picked from nowhere. He was not at his best during the domestic season and was hopeless in the 3rd ODI and there is no merit for his selection at this juncture. Seems the selectors have given him a lifeline for their early ignorance. Hope he and Irfan does not miss this opportunity.

  • veerakannadiga on December 6, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    congrats Mithun. Good to see the selectors give Mithun a chance. Irfan had been given ample number of opportunities and apart from the first two seasons he has lost it. Fame & money has gone into his head and he will never get down from his high horse and become level headed. If Ranji trophy is the yard stick, than Mithun has been doing consistently well from the last 3 seasons, unlike the overhyped Irfan who has taken some wickets only recently. Way to go selectors. Reputation/sentiments are not everything. Go Mithun Go. Do India proud.

  • CijoAntony on December 6, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Selcetion of Midhun is useless.... However, he will have nice time in Aus. without playing any game...

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    my playing 11 is...viru,gauti,dravid,sachin,VVS,dhoni,irfan,ashwin,zaheer,umesh,ishant........we have such a good batting order and r they still worried about having 5 bowlers.......

  • meonly_araf on December 6, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Guys, how can u expect Irfan to be picked when Dhoni is the captain? He got picked to ODI's because of Sehwag... If Irfan gets picked under Dhoni then where will be the place for his friends who come and go out of the team?

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    munaf patel is billion times better than vinay kumar,mithun and arvind.And is ignored.RP Singh has been vanished from the scene.Who toured australia last season.Where is Munaf patel and RP singh?Ignored for doing good.RP did so well in england against in 2007 but vanished.RP singh is way much better than sreesanth.

  • abhijeet1in on December 6, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Poor poor decision. Yet another selection to pamper the IPL overlords. Mithun is a sort of nothing bowler. I have never seen him cross 134kph, so he is no Umesh or Varun; and neither does he have the swing or control of Praveen or Vinay. Considering how he has been fastracked in last year or so, he has no heavy 1st class experience behind him either. Selectors sould have gone with Irfan, or if feeling adventurous, maybe Bhuvaneshwar Kumar/R.P. Singh/Ashish Nehra. It won't do Mithun any good either. It'll be baptism with fire for him (i.e. if he gets to play) and he will certainly end up as another one in long list of use once and throw away pace bowlers of india.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    I would pick Irfan in the squad as well as all others..Zaheer's fitness is dodgy....u never knw when he might break down....Irfan is doing well in domestic cricket ....he is a left armer....experienced....wiser i suppose....and BCCI can well afford the expenses of an extra player overseas....

  • anilagrahari on December 6, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    I wonder If Mithun will get any chance to play a game in Australia. He could be the last choice. India is carrying 5 seamers and only 3 will play and I can assure you that if any seamer is injured then Irfan pathan will fly to Australia to join the squad and will be selected ahead of Mithun to play the game......

  • samonly007200 on December 6, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Mithun over Irfan... Give me a break... Super foolish decision.. Bunch of jokers...selection committee...Irfan needs to be there for aus. Tour...

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma has immense talent and he should be a permanent fixture in the team.He is way more talented than Yuvaraj, Raina, Virat or any other Indian batting sensation. He can win matches. He excels in pressure situation.Has a very good eye and unlike most Indian batsmen (Tendulkar, Dravid Laxman) is not afraid of fast short stuff.He doesn't wear arm guard which tells about the mental approach and the body language and he can play the hook shot consistently on fast tracks against genuine pace which is unparalleled in Indian team. NOTE: When I say afraid I don't mean like scared. I meant a batsman who can play the hook or pull shot against genuine fast bowler on the front foot on a fast bouncy pitch, something which Ponting ( he is the best at it), Aravinda, Viv Richards, Saeed Anwar,Mathew Hayden and Gilchrist could do consistantly.

  • drdatla on December 6, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    if zak is certainity for all tests, wedont need another left hander. remember the '05 pak series when we went there with irfan zak&r.p,the series is a total flop

  • jimbond on December 6, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    You have to see the basis of selection. The three playing pace bowlers are decided- Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav. The selection now was for tbe benchwarmer. The selectors possibly felt that Mithun being young (and being able to learn more) would be a better benchwarmer. Irfan Pathan in the 15 would only give rise to selection problems due to his batting abilities. Better to wait till either Zaheer or Ishant physically breaks down and then (if Irfan Perfoms well in the two one dayers) he can be taken as a replacement and made to play the game. Mithun then contines with his chosen role as a benchwarmer.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Players are selected on their current and past two years of performance in domestic cricket as well as fitness levels.By not rushing back Irfaan to test cricket ,selectors have done a great job and in fact great favour to Irfaan Pathan.

  • furkhanhaq on December 6, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Irfan should have been selected for the AUS tour as he is a much better bowler than Mithun and he can also contribute with the bat. The team needs contributions from the lower order and ashwin & irfan can do that.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    What will Wriddhiman Saha do by going early? He will not be in the final eleven for the test matches had he gone early to carry drinks to the senior guys. Great decision by selectors cheers!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Every series sreekanth will select atleast one useless player in the squad.

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on December 6, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    My Team for Aussies tour : Gauti,Ajikant,virat,rohit, VVS, Sachin,Dhoni, Ojha, Mithun, Yadav, Praveen

  • yogi.s on December 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    this decision is a big surprise..I thought irfan was the best choice bcoz of his form off late and his experience and record in Aus, remember we have two very inexperienced bowlers in the squad already. I do understand the selectors' logic in not selecting irfan directly for tests..they might want him to prove himself in the odi's before considering selection for tests but that said i think vinay kumar was a better option than mithun right now as he has had some success in the odi's.

  • anver777 on December 6, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Irfan is unlucky to be missed out the Aus trip.....but he has got 2 ODI's against WI to prove himself & impress the selectors !!!! Good Luck !!!!

  • pavannayak on December 6, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I certainly following the expectations and men in blue fans for past 20 years. What i learn from the past is that no matter how hard you try in the end the reputation does not always carry the team across the line in all matches. But this team selectors have done exactly that by picking players on current forms and fitness level who can go down the wire fighting. In that regard i applause the decision makers for picking horses for courses and maintaining the same attitude all the time. It's always about team performance as a whole not just on one man. They tried, lost few due to injury learn a thing or two and moved ahead. So Irfan been given a chance to prove himself again in last two ODI's and if he is fit enough, I am sure he will be picked as a injury replacement or who knows may be a place in VB Series playing team. Will he perform well in last two ODI's need to be seen.As far as Mithun selection one need pace in AUS not swing which Team India lacked in earlier tours down under.::

  • satanswish on December 6, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Mithun is just another ordinary bowler who will be beltered around by aussie batsmen. Poor selection!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    plz giv these selectrs a mind to thnk definitly irfan ovr mithun netym.......

  • seriousmatter on December 6, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Great talent should never be wasted, that's the bottom line.

  • satish619chandar on December 6, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Anyway, he is going to be the fifth bowler.. In case Zak breaks down, we can always get Irfan as his like to like replacement.. The main issue is Rohit or Kohli? Apart from that, we need our openers to pay some respect to the bowlers early on and see thru atleast 8 overs in next two ODIs.. Both are aggressive players but it doesn't mean they should get out soon hitting hard too early.. Dhoni's batting ll be crucial too..

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Still wondering how..Abhimanya Mithun becomes a Fast Bowler..? I feel he is bowling cross to the wicket. Bad luck to IRFAN PATHAN. he is a good allrounder.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    where is Doni? why don't he go to Aus early. he is not at all a good player in test matches and in conditions in aus, he will strugle for sure. he is not playing in the ODIs and he is not going early to aus. this is not good for indian cricket

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    It was important to include Irfan in the team or at the very least a left arm bowler. Right now, our bowling unit seems one dimensional.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Hi All,

    I am a huge Pathan fan, but I think the choice to send Mithun is pretty fair. This guy has not been given an extensive run till date. He slogged his rear off in Sri Lanka and returned pretty decently for which he was dropped in the next tour. Pathan himself was selected in 2003-04 as a new comer and made a mark there which most of us did not expect. He was off the radar for a long while and you can't realistically expect him to be chosen right back into the playing eleven after three ranji trophy matches. I hope Irfan comes back into the team but then it should be fair and square and with a long term perspective.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 6, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    @TAHIR SHAHZD ZALAMN . AND WHY INDIA HAS ALWAYS BETTER BATSMEN THAN PAKISTAN ?

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    All the comments thus far are thrashing the selectors. You have to think this one logically. How can you automatically select someone (Irfan) who has not played any international cricket for two years due to injury and only three first class matches this year into the Test team. Abhimany Mithun has been in and out of the team and has never had a long run to try and cement his spot and as such deserves to be the first choice. You don't have to have express pace to be a McGrath. On the bouncy Australian pitches the tall Abhimanu Mithun may prove to be a handful if he bowls a good line. I think the selectors have done a good thing by picking Irfan for the one days to test him out on flat indian pitches against a reasonable opposition. If he does well in these two one dayers then the next step would be to bring him back into the test team.

  • amit.80s on December 6, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Y not sending Shewag and Gambhir to Oz as well, our batting will only do good if they got a good start from these two and as of late I have'nt seen any solid opening stand from them. And to all those Irfan fans just wait n see what he can do against WI in the last 2 ODIs.

  • SASANK360 on December 6, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Atleast you are with me.How can Mithun be a fast bowler.He lacks intent,spirit and lionheart.Irfan on the other hand has all of the above.Also Mithun bowls in the mid-120s or early-130s which is meat and drink to most Aussies.I hope Aussies will have a good time toying this FAST BOWLER.

  • usernames on December 6, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: I love how Swann is being touted as a spinner and can't get more than two wickets in India. I love the future batters of England who just appear clueless against spin. The ship without a rudder goes on. :-)

  • sravanmalle on December 6, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    This is unbelievable. Kris once again surprised everyone by picking Mithun ahead of Irfan Pathan. Irfan Pathan has done exceedingly well in the ranji trophy and he should deserve the place for Australia tour, who has already played in those conditions. How can you pick someone who can't generate enough pace? This is really freaky.

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Where is Munaf Patel? Is he injured? or left out?

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Ifran should be there in Aus squad.... really rubbish decision by the selectors...... They forget the past.....

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    One wicket per innings in the three tests he played. Is that a sign of a promising bowler? He is quite an opposite to Praveen Kumar, who banks on control whereas Mithun of what i've seen till now, he lacks the control required for his pace. He will be warming the benches for most part of the tour. I would've preferred Irfan Pathan for his attitude and control.

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Siddle I agree with you Irfan deserves the place

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    anyway, mithun will not be a playing XI till any quick's breakdown.. moreover he is a medium pacer not fast bowler..

  • nkoch on December 6, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    whatever happened to Srinath Arvind. One must wonder why he was picked ahead of all other fast bowlers against England. Who pushed for his selection and who discarded him. Mithun will not get a chance to play in Australia. Irfan Pathan had realistic chance of playing in case Zaheer breaks down. Overall, Indian pace attack lacks teeth.

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    finally irfan pathan will be seen in india blues..but why mithun has been preferred over him for australia?i dont understand..the selectors could have waited for the last two one dayers..

  • Swamin on December 6, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    In Australia the playing XI would be: Sehwag,Gambir,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ishant,Zaheer,Umesh. Ashwin may get chance to play based on his batting skill despite Aus pitches doesnt suit offspin.

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    As an Aussie I'm glad Pathan won't be playing the tests. If India wants the best seam bowlers for Australian conditions then they need both Sharma and Pathan in the first XI. Pathan in the team would probably end the career of Hughes.

  • Romenevans on December 6, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Ishant, Varun Aaron, and Now Mithun all same type of bowlers. Same coming in angle and line. Selectors couldn't think about some variation in bowling? Sick of it seriously. Irfan deserved a chance for sure.

  • ssenthil on December 6, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Irfan only a minnow thrasher. NEVER EVER perform against quality opposition. Irfan fans asking his Inclusion would have to see his past record when he was in prime. Apart from great performances against Ziim/Bangla he has nothing to show for in 29 tests! Take out the 4 tests played against BD and Zim (4 matches 39 Wickets :O at 11.56 Avg and 19.70 SR). How else can you explain his bowling average of 45.49 against the Top 6 teams(He didn't play against NZ) from 25 matches he played against them when he is at his best. His record against Aussies also not great as well. 6 matches 14 wickets at 47.35 and in Aus also 4 matches 12 wickets at 41.25 Avg. A Mithun has picked 3 wickets at 28 Avg in his last test deserve a chance. Last but least... Even his 21 wickets in this Domestic season came against teams like M Pradesh, Hariyana & Delhi, in which team No batsman have an avg of 50 tells you how cheap his wickets are, has he picked his Wickets against Mumbai, Karnataka, TN then it has value.

  • annys on December 6, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Very very surprising selection!!!. Given the situation Irfan was the best choice , Mithun is a very hardworking bowler but his inclusion makes the attack uni dimensional, Irfan has previous experience too.

  • saqskhan on December 6, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Bad decision...good luck team India..results are out..Aus 4-0 Ind

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Irfan Pathan was a better Choice.. Selectors hav done worse job by picking Mithun.. Vinay Kumar was far better dan Mithun..

  • ashankar on December 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Guys, please hold on. I think selectors have thought wisely in picking mithun now. Irfan will get his chance once Zak is ruled out. He is bowling very less and i dont think he will make it half fit (thanks to the UK embarrassment). So they wanna see Irfan bowl at the international level and hence given ODI chance.

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    poor selection once again for india in australia tour we going to suffer a white wash so get ready to watch that night mare

  • devil_in_details on December 6, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    People criticizing Mithun's selection over Irfan are missing the point. Considerations for choosing a test squad for Australia are different. Abhimanyu Mithun generates bounce from just short of a length. A good bowler for Australian pitches if he can marry that with a consistent off and middle stump line. This I believe is what caught the eye of Duncan Fletcher and has now got him in the squad. Mithun's record in the limited no of test opportunities he has got is fair and i was impressed how he came back in the middle overs in match yesterday after being hit in the first over. Of course like others he has to also learn death ODI bowling but (i) he has time and (ii) its not a criterion for the test squad. As for Irfan he is in the mix as a replacement of Zaheer should he not start or break down mid tour- a high probability which selectors are aware of. Irfan will get his chance in the next two odis as to how much he has improved, given that has let down everybody for a long time now.

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    What did Mithun do? How is he picked? First Class avg 29..List A avg: 38 and T20 avg 35 at 8..in bowling.. What did he do to get a place in the Indian team? Even an amateur bowler like Parameswaran has a better bowling average.. Where as Irfan has averages of 28, 29 and 25 respectively..he can bat..has played above 100 ODIs and 29 tests..still just 27..not old..so whats wrong with picking him? What I dont understand is how can Irfan be picked for the ODIs when he has played First Class well? He will get thrashed to all parts of the ground..!! Godd..please give our selectors some sense..!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    It is not a good decision by the selectors to select Mithun and it should have been Irfan or Sreesanth.....

  • ultimatewarrior on December 6, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    Why Mithun is continuously preferred over Vinay Kumar instead of the fact both are playing alongside since 2 years and Vinay Kumar is not only better performed but have more experience than Mithun..At last selectors have made a mistake...

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Worst Selection, 3 inexperienced bowlers for Australian Tour.Selectors will come to know when our team is kicked out of Australia with no-win.

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    I know why Mithun has been selected ... he is a lucky mascot .. whenever he has been on tour, India has won or at least drawn the series ... he was not there in England and India lost it :P

    This apart I can't find a logical reason behind the decision to take him to Australia ...

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    From the voices of cricket fans, it is clear that majority wanted that Irfan should have been selected. At the same time, selection of Mithun also can not be faulted. Let us see first, how Irfan would perform in the 2 ODIs and come to the conclusion because their is a lot of gap. No doubt Irfan is talented, and let us hope, he will grab the opportunity with both the hands. It is not understood how the selectors continued Parthiv and Raina, inspite of their poor performances.

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Mithun could be a good bowler, Irfan win you matches; Why no Irfan for AUS?!! MOM of TW20 world cup final.

  • here2rock on December 6, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    What are the selectors thinking? He has a horrible action. You can find 1000 Mithuns playing club cricket in Australia who won't even make it to the state level. He has 9 wickets in 4 tests. God save India from a total humilation in Australia.

  • johnny62 on December 6, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth & party, I ave few question. If Irfan is not good to go Australia, why did you select him for the reminder of West-indies tour? second question, what is the single factor(don't want more than one reason) that prompted you to select Mithun ahead of others. thirdly, if Irfan does well in these matches,what is the next step, would you change the selection again? my whole worry is you want to finish his career once and for all!by making him play now and protect Mithun! There is no justification in his selection. Even Vinay would have been a better choice, SHAME ON YOU GUYS.

  • abee12 on December 6, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    i can't understand that we have already two inexperienced bowlers we think abt that australia have good bowlers nd they batting line is s strong in world how will we out them two times if zaheer will don't going there than we will in trouble there slecter should be think abt that

  • Vinay92 on December 6, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    mithun is useless! selectors have got to be kidding themselves - irfan is a proven swing bowler

  • SpartaArmy on December 6, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @Nutha... It is not 2003, it is 2011. Lot of things happened in between ;pathan has lost pace and swing. Ofcourse good to see him getting back to form, but it is too early ot call him back.

  • RandyOZ on December 6, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Awesome, another new bloke to have his career shattered at the hands of the Aussies!

  • on December 6, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    The future Indian team: 1. Gautam Gambir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Virat Kohli 4. Rohit Sharma 5. yousuf pathan 6. MS Dhoni 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. zaheer khan 10. Varun Aaron 11. Pragyan Ojha

  • shuvoroy31 on December 6, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @Nampally Philander is a right-arm medium pacer whose lethal yet controlled seam movement in his debut series has been reminiscent of Shaun Pollock at his prime. One has to wait and see if it was a mere flash in the pan, aided by conducive conditions for fast bowling, but I, for one, dearly wish he continues the stunning work for years to come, simply because it was extremely pleasing to the eye. You seem to have confused him with Tsotsobe, a much lesser talent, though still lightyears ahead of a run-of-the-mill trundler like Mithun. Mithun's selection defies logic, but then again one has to be remarkably dull or a newbie to cricket to expect logic, even sanity, from Indian selectors. However, it is a non-issue compared to the openers-conundrum as neither Mithun nor Pathan or any third pacer would feature in the first-choice playing 11, let alone set the ground on fire. India's bowling coffers have been too threadbare since time immemorial to break one's head over the ideal 5th pacer!

  • on December 6, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    I thin Kris and other selectors should get that finger out and make some sensible decisons!! Pathan has done really well in Aussie land and who can forget that reverse swinging yorker which dismissed Adam Gilchrist!! All I can say is Irfan would have been a better choice.....

  • on December 6, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @Mohammad Hoque: It is not the selectors, it is Sachin himself who "opts" not to play these ODIs.

  • Rahulbose on December 6, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    He should have been in the squad for Australia. The new fast bowlers can't even trouble WI batting lineup. India will no doubt have to send SOS after getting thrashed in Boxing day.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 6, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Ideally Rohit and Kohli both should be in the playing 11. They are the future.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 6, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Selectors are a specie which never has matched what fans want. Mithun is not some one who is gonna trouble australians at all. Irfan could have been a better choice

  • on December 6, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    We already have two inexperienced bowlers in Yadav and Aaron and now we send a third mediocre one in Mithun .WHY NOT PATHAN Im so proud to be an Indian but at times like this im ashamed to be from the same country as our chief selector . Nowhere else in the world would this blatant favoritism happen .

  • Siddie on December 6, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    irfan deserved a chance....mithun has failed with his chances

  • on December 6, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Irfan Pathan not being selected is a travesty and underlines the regionalism policies of the selectors . For People quoting Mithuns record please remember that Irfan Pathan has represented and done well for India and dont compare him to someone who in the few matches he has played for India against a team like West Indies has done abysmally . Im actually hoping Mithun gets to play in Australia so we can see how he can bowl once and for all when exposed to true international players in helpful conditions . When does Mohinder Amarnath become chairman of selectors ? cant wait .I hope Kumbles hand is not behind this ,i have a lot of respect for Kumble and i think its probably not his decision but our current chairman of selectors .

  • dms1972 on December 6, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Nothing to do with the article, but I just thought I'd show you something interesting. The records of both Tendulkar and Ponting if you take out Test runs scored against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; Tendulkar 13,507 @ 52.97 Ponting 12,085 @ 51.87

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 6, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I find it hilarious how this Mithun is being hailed as a fast bowler and doesn't even bowl as fast as England's Ravi Bopara. The comical train continues!

  • Whip on December 5, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    The future Indian team: 1. Gautam Gambir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Virat Kohli 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Suresh Raina 6. MS Dhoni 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Varun Aaron 11. Pragyan Ojha

  • on December 5, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Selectors should have waited to focus on how Irfan will be bowling to the Windies. I have got no idea of why they had selected Mithun. His batting form? Because it was better than his bowling in the 3rd ODI.

  • on December 5, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    he is not ignored, sachin refused himself to rest for australia

  • hunksurat on December 5, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Why Nehra has not been considered for Australia. He is playing in ranji trophy match where he picked up 8-9 wickets in a match. He bowls at pretty decent pace 138-142kph. I have no Idea what selectors have against Nehra. He was lead bowler last year. Bowled well till the world cup and then suddenly discarded. My next choice would have been Irfan pathan just based on form. However, his pace sucks big time, 125-130kph (are you kidding me.) This Mithun guy have been given some chances and he does not look threatening at all. No pace, no swing and no accuracy. If selectors keep picking up jokers like this we can surely expect another drugbbing in Downu under. We badly need Zaheer khan. Zak please be fit and available......

  • inswing on December 5, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    The selection makes no sense whatsoever. It could be that Dhoni or another selector is dead set against Pathan, and/or the selectors are showing a southern bias. Mithun has underperformed at all levels, while Pathan has his swing and control back. I suspect Dhoni has a blind bias against Pathan. He preferred Chawla over Ojha and kept picking him, and now he wants to pick anybody over Pathan. ODI is the wrong forum for Pathan, he is better suited for Tests. Even Dale Styen gets whacked around in ODIs and T20s. A couple of expensive overs in ODIs for Pathan, and he will be dropped for good.

  • on December 5, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    I hope Sachin Tendulkar will be selected for oneday series in Australia. Still Sachin is one of the best batsman in the world. Selectors should give him chance to play oneday. In world cup Sachin scored heavily. I really don't understand why selectors keep ignoring him from oneday

  • on December 5, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    @Nampally Philander is a right hander and no indian bowler can repeat what he did vs Aus.....

  • salam-india on December 5, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    One thing to say..its Stupid :)

  • salam-india on December 5, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    as I said early..Kris time is over..and we must throw out Dhoni from the Test..then Automaticly Irfan will a part of Indian Test squad :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    @kiran kumar

    I agree with u dude.mithun was in top 3 wicket takers last season and so.is vinay kumar .ppl r just crying for irfan's name just becoz he performed well in 3 games wow. Selectors doing a gud job right now by picking the players who are scoring consistently in ranjis like rahane,mukund and manoj tiwary and vinay kumar who r always consistently performing and stopped promoting useless players like murali vijay etc., ultimately talented cricketers are emerging .wo

  • AbhiramRao on December 5, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    I can clearly see the difference of opinion between Dhoni and Sehwag. Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan are really trying hard to make a point here... Its sehwag's decision to get back Irfan for this ODI series. But the Australia series its Dhoni who makes the decision. Dhoni has given enough opportunities for everyone who he thinks is good. He is trying to get the best out of the team(any players). Good to see Harbhajan, Yuvraj out of squad since they are under performing since 2-3 years(except world cup for yuvraj). I think its best to see Gambhir and Sehwag dropped for couple of series to rectify their attitude towards playing cricket. Dhoni grooms everyone in the team like the way he was groomed by Dravid, the then captain.

  • Al_Pinto on December 5, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    For the last 2 one-dayers, drop Sehwag and Gambhir due to lack of form. Make Kohli the Captain, and bring in Rahane and Tiwari. They deserve a chance. Irfan should come in place of Umesh.

  • Vishious10 on December 5, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    this is the same selector that picked piyuesh chawla in the world cup squad and tried to justify his selection, over ohja. This selecting committee is a joke! India needs someone who is competent in making the right decision for the country not the zone theyre from. Someone like Sunil Gavaskar would be ideal.

  • sjitendran on December 5, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    I really can't understand thinking behind Indian selectors minds. IP is any day better than all these novices like VA,AM, etc. All these talk of bowlers of 140+ will be taken to cleaners by Aussie batsmen. Their bowling will be cannon fodder for them. Irfan is in peak and one should utilise that. May be they will pick Irfan if Zak is not fit enough.

  • on December 5, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    There we go another peg in the hole revealed. It should not be too long before the wheels fall of this Indian team who wants to be no.1. Well if I am in the opposition, whom would I prefer to play, a person who swings the bowl or the one who doesn't as much. I guess I would prefer Mithun in that case. Thank you very much!

    Gambhir: out of form. Parthiv Patel: has regularly shown lack of temperament to handle situations. Throws wicket away in a matter of time. Rahul, VVS, Tendulkar, all doing well. Hopefully Rohit gets number 6 spot. So we have good 3,4,5,6. Dhoni always sets himself for good 30s. So we are as always dependent on 3,4,5,6 to save ourselves. Bowling looks cannon fodder mostly. Mr. Clarke must be saying: "Thank you very much!" :D

  • wolf777 on December 5, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    What happens if Zaheer Khan who has history of picking up injuries again pulls out on the morning of the first test with an injury? Repeat of London farce where Dhoni had to go bowl because bowlers were too tired?

  • spinkingKK on December 5, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    All the best to Mithun. I hope he doesn't read this site and go with low confidence. Balaji, Praveen Kumar when they were selected a few years back was in in the same position. But, performed really well in Australia. I hope Mithun does the same. Irfan Pathan always performed really well in Australia. It is a wrong selection by the selectors. However, Mithun can prove us wrong if he take this as a challenge and JUST PERFORM.

  • Nampally on December 5, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    @Leggie: Philander of SA is a left arm seamer who bowls at around 130 KPH who swings & cuts the ball.Aussies are weak against a left handed seamer. Mithun is a right arm seamer & bowls roughly at the same pace as Philander but does not have either his swing, control or accuracy. So your comparison between the 2 is incorrect. Mithun's lack of control is enough to rule him out of any international cricket right now. In the third ODI against WI, Mithun gave 23 runs in 49th over incl. 2 sixers & 2 fours. India lost this game by 16 runs!.I think a bowler who cannot control a tail ender like Sammy is not up to National level.You say anyone coming back from injury needs to prove himself. Irfan has bowled 25 overs in a single day in Ranji match to prove his fitness. He has controlled his swing, pace and accuracy to be the highest wicket taker in Ranji - 21 Wkts Vs. 8 of Mithun. Irfan bowls at same pace as ZAK & has proven fitness.If ZAK is IN so shld.all rounderIrfan - Cause for Angry Fans?

  • Scallopian on December 5, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Irfan Pathan would have been more reasonable for selection in Australia. The way Abhimanyu Mithun performed in the third ODI against the West Indies does not merit a place in the Indian squad. Even if Irfan and Mithun are bowling at the same form, Irfan has a TON of more experience LEADING the bowling attack. In short, it is good to experiment with youngsters to some degree. We already have aaron and yadav, might as well add someone with a little more experience

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    OMG...fedup of the blame game in the selections...First it was Srikanth selects players from CSK or from TN for not selecting Uthappa,Irfan and now became whole south india regionalism..Kumble is favoring Karnataka players...Nonsense...Honestly Irfan was a matchwinner years ago but now..still would be happy to see Irfan come in flying colors but has to..otherwise have to move on rather than whining about it

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Why is it that pakistan has always better bowlers than India anytime??

  • CurryNCricket on December 5, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Miyhum over Pathan? More amd more I think South Indian lobby is getting powerful.

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Both the Pathans have blown their opportunities. Second coming of Irfan. Let us see.

  • BobbyCh on December 5, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    I never commented on Cricinfo but today i think i had to. I think there are people with fake names commenting as Pro-Irfan and trying to get him into the team thinking it will work that way. Comeon, Irfan pathan is no genius and he has made enough money through IPLs although being a flop there. I think therz only one or a couple of people making different ids and posting and boasting about Irfan Pathans cricketing skils, be it batting or bowling. Comeon guys, whom are you trying to fool. Irfan is no Zaheer Khan or Wasim Akram ok..so stop making a fool of yourselves or for that matter Irfan Pathan. If he comes back with hs talent, let that be but not by fake comments.

  • nikhilshahb on December 5, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Well, Mithun is neither as quick as Umesh or Aaron nor accurate as Praveen or Vinay. There is really nobody strong in the domestics right now to replace Praveen after selecting the main bowlers. Most probably Varun and Mithun will be bowling in the nets unless somebody breaks down. Irfan's pace is a question mark after his comeback so let us check out in the ODI series as WI. We would like to see Rahane, Tiwari and Rahul Sharma in the next 2 ODIs. Raina, Umesh and Gambhir could be rested. The think tank needs to give Tiwari a chance because of his FC average of 59 but could still contribute and stick around a bit unlike Raina for ODIs. If Irfan was selected to replace Praveen he would still be bowling in the nets in Australia. So overall as a selector there nothing much you can do.

  • MadhavY on December 5, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    If Zaheer breaks down in the middle of tour then Irfan will replace him, no point selecting Irfan now if he can't be part of playing 11, but mithun will get that exposure even if he isn't playing.

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Are the selectors joking i think they didnt see mithuns bowling against west indies where he was smashed by west indians he also dont have much pace and swing in his bowling after this line up of india vs aussies the test series will be 4-0 in favour of aussies

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    An excellent decision in the inclusion of Midhun in the Team for Australia.today Midhun could have seen India through toba series win.but unfortunate he could not do so..but basically the defeat was due to the men in charge who allowed 49 Runs in 2 final overs& not Muidhun or anyone else.a game which could have been well restricted to 230 or 235 was allowed to prolong to 260. An unpardonable error.remember India made244 agaist all odds.Apes regardscPathanhe isca very good fast bowler& proved time& again his calibre in the past.What happened to his brother the terrific hitter Yusuf Pathan who too is an added attraction to Onedayers& T20 s. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • amanbdn on December 5, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    i think that irfan is not a bad player.speed is'nt everuthing in cricket in case of irfan he has the ability to swing the ball both ways with a speed of 130-132 and he can contribute with the bat also .if he did his job successfully then he deserves that chance to play odi in australia too.he is a young 27 years old guy and his fielding is good too. I don't understand those who are not in a support of choosing irfan into the team for the next two odi against westindies.

  • Dalajit on December 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Sometimes Kris selection policy are very shocking...on what performance basis Mithun selected for Australia tour? We have seen him bowling with no specialty in SriLanka and West Indies and than on what basis he got selected. Even in today's match also his bowling line and length are questionable and Kris was watching all these. If somebody playing well with good form than what is the problem in giving him a chance. It is not about only Irfaan but anybody who is doing well currently deserve a chance if he is an international standard. Irfaan could be a right choice by looking at his experience against Aussies. None of the new bowlers are exposure to Aus condition and played agaisnt Aussies. Too many experiment can be dangerous and it was proved earlier also. I strongly belief that Irfaan could be useful in Aus with bowling as well as with bat in lower order. Not to forget, he has also taken a test Hat trick. So, common Kris, watch him carefully in ODI and select him ahead of Mithun stil

  • THINK_BEYOND on December 5, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    WELL I THOUGHT OF NOT COMMENTING AT ALL...AFTER SEEING THE SELECTION OF INDIAN TEAM FOR AUS TOUR...WISH OUR SELECTORS GET THE BEST LESSON WITH A 3-0 IN FAVOUR OF AUS THAT CAUSES THEIR DOWNFALL...COME OUT OF REGIONALISM...MITHUN & NOT IRFAN...SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR WITHOUT ANY FORM....PARTHIV...OH MY GOD...JUST DON'T WANT TO COMMENT AT ALL. GOD BLESS INDIA. FINALLY KUDOS TO WI TEAM WHO HAVE EXPOSED OUR SELECTION VERY NICELY...HAVE SHOWN HOW TO FIGHT IN ADVERSE CONDITION WHICH OUR PLAYERS COULD NOT SHOW IN ENGLAND...THE DIFFERENCE IS ATTITUDE AND NOT THE TALENT....IF YOU GET HEAPED WITH MONEY IN IPL...WHY DO YOU NEED TO SHOW UR BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.

  • Rumy1 on December 5, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    What if Irfan does well in 2 ODIs. Will they fly him Down under. In that case who will he replace..Mithun? This is how our selectors unfortunately work. I think we are also being hyper over Yadav / Aron hitting above140 kmph. We forget that there are atleast 20 bowlers in Australian state teams who consistently bowl over140 kmph. Aussie batsmen are used to it. 140 kmph with little variation, swing and experienc is fodder for sweet timers like Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson.Let's keep focus on Zaheer and Ishant to deliver. And if they can have Irfan that suffices. Another missing name Harbhajan must be put on plane to Australia on Thursday to join Ojha. Ashwin-an avg offie looks sorted out already by lesser mortals like Bravo, Simmons, Rampaul, Russel. Likes of Ponting, Watson, Hussey and Clarke would be watching. We can imagine treatment of Ashwin at their hands.Jaffer must also be drafted in as No.2 opener as Gambhir is woefully out of form since '09. Rohit must play at No.6 in Tests

  • Rumy1 on December 5, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    What if Irfan does well in 2 ODIs. Will they fly him Down under. In that case who will he replace..Mithun?. This is how our selectors unfortunately work. I think we are also being hyper over Yadav / Aron hitting above140 kmph. We forget that there are atleast 20 bowlers in Australian state teams who consistently bowl over140 kmph. Aussie batsmen are used to it. 140 kmph with little variation, swing and experienc is fodder for sweet timers like Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson.Let's keep focus on Zaheer and Ishant to deliver. And if they can have Irfan that suffices. Another missing name Harbhajan must be put on plane to Australia on Thursday to join Ojha. Ashwin-an avg offie looks sorted out already by lesser mortals like Bravo, Simmons, Rampaul, Russel. Likes of Ponting, Watson, Hussey and Clarke would be watching. We can imagine treatment of Ashwin at their hands.Jaffer must also be drafted in as No.2 opener as Gambhir is woefully out of form since '09. Rohit must play at No.6 in test

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    The strangest thing 2 find is Parthiv Patel being retained.1 wonders what more Parthiv Patel would have 2 not do to find himself out of the squad.instead of sending wridhiman early to Australia where most probably he will not get to play any of the international matches he should have been selected 2 play for the last two one-dayers.the second dissapointment is the selection of Mithun ahead of Pathan.I don't think he has done anything spectacular in recent times to deserve this, while Pathan has been consistently good in d ongoing Ranji trophy.it is by no means a matter of joke now a days to pick up 21 wickets in 3 first class matches in India for a fast bowlers, with the dead flat wickets.Thirdly I feel Manoj Tiwary has been sitn long enough in the indian team without getting games to play. Or one-fine morning he will once again find himself out of the team without getting enough opportunities(the unlucky man he is).Seeing the current form of Raina, tiwary can replace him fr d 2 odis.

  • torsha on December 5, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Kris, u are annoying. I have got nothing to say. Irfan should have been picked.

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Still cannot understand the selection of Mithun over Pathan even after performing so well....Kris Srikanth should be sacked

  • aamir4frenz on December 5, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    by any means irfan was much better option as he is a left armer. if zak is unfit then v will hav very one dimensional attack. to be honest i dont really thnk very highly of umesh yadav and varun aaron as it will be there 1st tour of australia if zak is unfit den wat will b our attack umesh varun and ishant ??? does this look like a threatening combo at all?

    although it will ease out selecting 11 trouble for MSD but chika dats not your damn prob. in hypothetical position let us assume dat ZAK is declared injured. u hav to fly IRFAN den whmo would u play?? mithun ?? i guess not it will b IRFAN who would b given preference. so y send mithun to carry drinks in place of irfan pathan

    i guess its quota system or its just that Mr. kris srikanth is plain and simply DUMB

  • Indians_Rulez on December 5, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    I'M SO FREAKKING HAPPYYY THAT IRFAN PATHAN IS BACK IN INDIAN TEAM!!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE EM!!!!

  • vamshi_teamindia on December 5, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    NOT A GOOD DECISION by the selectors.............IRFAN would have been a better option for the aussie conditions1 Indian bowling is lacking experince to the bowling unit! Irfans experience would have balanced the bowling attack well..........IRFAN for PRAVEEN would have been a good option!! Anyways...........youthful and fresh bowling attck...lets see how it goes!!! gud luck INDIA

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Good selection.....Mr. the_blue_android, first learn numbers; 132 kmph cannot become 123..... watch TV properly and then comment......I am happy that Irfan is not selected. Also happy that all Irfan fans are dissapointed...... Guys, what will Irfan do in australia (if selected), He swings once in 10 times (if conditions suit him) For me he is a flop.........Mithun has the potential.......All Irfan fans want him to be selected because he has better Ranji record this year....... Mithun is not selected with influence......He has performed well in ranji for last 2 years. He will taste success for sure in Australia....

  • Nampally on December 5, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Irfan's selection for the last 2 ODI's is "too little too late" - that too because Yadav is leaving to be in advance Australian party. Irfan has fought his way from injuries and even went to the extent of making modifications to his bowling action to get maximum miileage out of his body.He has trained so hard that he could bowl 25 overs in a single day in the Ranji match to show his level of fitness.That is not all he took 7 wickets too + is the highest wicket taker in Ranji this year. If Mithun is selected with an eye to the future, when will the present 27 year old experienced & in form bowlers get a chance to play even with best statrs? The Selectors tactics are so bizzare that Rahane.Tiwary & Rahul Sharma have been consistently benched - Rahul for 10 matches in a row! Why?. While Irfan, a strong contender to play in test XI with his form & stats, stays in India, Mithun gets a free ride to OZ just to warm the bench! Mr.Selectors - "Play the Contenders now & forget the Pretenders".

  • akasavani on December 5, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    lets not make too much of Irfan Pathan's return. He did well in the Ranji trophy but Rajat Bhatia, Delhi's seasoned batsman said though he bowled great lines, his speed was in the 115 - 118 kmph range. That's not going to get him anything in international cricket.

  • cktanalyser on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    I dont hope Mithun will fulfil the selectors requirement and to take a burden on his shoulders but i can say Irfan will do that one satisfily bcz of his good comeback from ranji sereis and 2 n half years slipped from XI men squad.......lets see the last 2 match whether irfan get the chance r not and then we can say....

  • khansfever on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    irfan khan should have been pickd up in place of mithun simply but i dun kno y he is nt being piking up by indian slelectors this is clear injustice from indian cricket slectors.

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Kumble's lobbying is working with these lame fast bowlers getting place in the test squad..

  • Vivek.Singh on December 5, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Now as the selectors have given Mithun the ticket of Australia, he should be the part of playing XI for the remaining two matches, selectors should have dropped Parthiv Patel and given chance to Wriddhiman Saha for the remaining two matches. THROW OUT Raina from the playing XI and give chance to Ajinkya Rahane.

  • maddy20 on December 5, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    People should note that Irfan is coming back after a long break. If Irfan does good here, then there is a good chance that he might be selected to play from second test onwards. Note that Mithun has picked 4 wickets on a flat Sri Lankan pitch and he can also bat. Lets see how it goes.

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    I am from south india where selector Srikanth belongs to but i prefer irfan for his match winning abilities. Now what does they want to say this world, they want to bleed youngsters only and show gates to match winners like Irfan. Is it because even he is still good with age but his experience in international cricket? Please keep reginalism aside and think how this country would get benefitted. Embarrassing to see like this people in India who are living for their own people's pride.

  • bumsonseats on December 5, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    i would love to see you beat the aussies but im sorry you have no chance. best i can see for you is 2 - 1 defeat. but 3 - 0 looks on the cards with you only getting a draw in 1 test. dpk

  • asterix.gaul on December 5, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I don't see the reason to hurry on selecting the last player (Irfan or Mithun) before the last ODI. Assuming Irfan does well in the two ODIs he is given, then will the selectors pick him, even if they've already picked Mithun? Will they drop Mithun and pick Irfan then? This is not fair to the players, especially Irfan. I am not a supporter of either player, but there has to be some thought about player morale. As it is, Mithun is not an automatic selection anyway. What the selectors ought to have done is to put both on the team in the next two ODIs, and let them duke it out. The strategy has worked with Rohit and Virat, and both are pushing each other for a Test slot. The sellectors have bungled here. Surely, Cricket Australia wasn't asking for a team sheet by December 5!

  • PradeepR on December 5, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    East, West, North, South...don't matter. We are all Indians. Wonder on what basis was Mithun selected. I don't see any special performance or exceptional pace in the opportunities given to him.

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Absolutely Pathetic!!!! Kris Srikkanth has officially lost it!!!! Idiot!!! He didn't realize that Irfan has the experience to bowl and BAT in autralian conditions..... Can't believe this!!!

  • itsthewayuplay on December 5, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Irfan would have been my choice as he ticks all the boxes - he's a left-armer, proven wicket taker, experienced which will be important with Yadav and Aaron there, good with the new and old ball, doing well at domestic level and at 27 for a pace bowler should be in his peak. Makes no sense to play Irfan, if selected, in the last 2 ODIs if you don't know when his next international will be after that. selectors seem to focus on young players simply because of their age. Some people have said Mithun is a better choice because Irfan is too old - how about Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS? Following the Eng tour, selection policy seem to have taken one step forward and two steps back. Stop this chopping and changing and give players a decent run in team. If there's a player whose place is in question it should be Gambhir who has underperformed for quite a while.

  • AravindFromUS on December 5, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Why are selectors not holding press conferences when they announce the team and replacement?Maybe they dont have an explanation for these selections!

  • Leggie on December 5, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Mithun's selection may have been influenced by Philander's success vs. Australia. Both have the same kind of physical charateristics, and probably bowl around the same pace. There is no other reason that I can think of. Personally I'm still not convinced enough that Mithun has it in him to be at the test level - and that too against a team like Australia. Mithun appears to lack aggression and self-belief - the **must have** ingredients for a fast bowler. Hopefully the selectors have more data points than an armchair expert, and I'll be happy to be proved wrong!! On the same note, I find it rather amusing to read people ridiculing Kris Srikkanth. 1) The selection is not done just by the chairman of selectors. The complete Selection Committee plays an active role & no point blaming just the chairman 2) Irfan Pathan has not done enough yet to be an automatic choice. As seen from England tour, it's not a good idea to rush a player coming off an injury straight to Test cricket.

  • cricketmaniagola on December 5, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    CRAP>>>>>>>>they carried Munaf for tests in England played R P Singh by calling him from his holidays ...what favour selectors did for the confidence of those two players ......an in-form Irfan was not not picked..strange he is just 27 if selectors have 2015 world cup (2 be held in Australia-New Zealand) in mind ..i think Ashok Dinda, L. Balaji and Ashish Nehra all had their case...it was a matter of experience and we already have two rookies in Aaron n Yadav ...so this is a bad selection...they took Dhawal Kulkarni to New Zealand ........Pankaj Singh to Australia ......Jaydev Unadkat to South Africa..infact he debuted their in a test ...Sudeep Tyagi the most talented of current lot debuted against South africa in a one day game.......wheres the planning ...??????????????

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    absolutely rubbish selection, Irfan should have been picked for Australia Test series, not WI ODIs

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Kris Srikanth is an south Indian. N he will only select d players from that region. Let's c if one of our batsmen will get injured he will replace it with an south Indian batsmen

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    India would really struggle now in Australia, Zaheer not sure if fit, Irfan not selected, Sehwag and Gambhir are in pathetic form!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    A bad decision which might lead to Abhimanyu Mithun never playing international cricket again after being thrashed in Australia (if he plays). In previous Australian tours, it is not pace and carry which has made Indian fast bowlers efective, but rather swing. Vinay Kumar And Irrfan Pathan even though slow can swing the ball. Moreover, the replacement for Praveen kumar (a slow swing bowler) should be another swing bowler.

  • Dr.Ashutosh on December 5, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    It's very good strategy by selectors. they r exposing gradually youngsters as replacement. at first in T20s then in one dayers & then in tests. abhimanyu had strong contention for the flight to Aus.He has bowled in SL on flat tracks his heart out recently & he deserved it.coming parallel Irfan Pathan can prove his selection right by performing in one dayers & move a ladder up. Batting wise puzzle is getting solved already by some youngsters(Kohli, R Sharma, Pujara, Badrinath,Ajinkya etc.). Completely agree with the method of selectors. Change does not come n one day, we need to start a strong bench strength & continue to expose them to tougher situations gradually so that to groom them,not to break them....

  • Nampally on December 5, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    The selection of Mithun is poor choice. India already has Yadev & Aaron who are inexperienced. Adding one more guy to that list leaves India very vulnerable especially if ZAK & Ishant, the senior seamers - both with suspect fitness, breakdown during the tour.The poor form of the Indian openers Sehwag & Gambhir is a matter of serious concern because Dhoni will be forced to go with 7 batsmen + 4 bowlers. It will be a combo of 3 seamers(ZAK, Ishant & Yadev) + i spinner(most likely Ashwin).Inclusion of Irfan Pathan would have given Dhoni the choice of adding an extra spinner in Ojha. Ashwin performs best in tandem with Ojha - this duo took 42 out of 60 wkts. against WI in 3 tests.A seamer all rounder like Irfan would have an immediate impact in giving India a fighting chance for winning the series with an all round strength.Admittedly Mithun is younger, 22 as opposed to Irfan 27. But Mithun's "non playing role" will make Zero impact on the Playing XI. A shockingly aim less selection Mr.SK!

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    pathetic selection of Mithun over Irfan Pathan!! on Mithun's best day also he can't take more than 2 wickets, where as we know Irfan on his day can be a match winner by taking 5 fors, the selection begs justification !!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    PS: It's hightime they realize the problem. Well, I don't remember a bowler not failing to create a lasting impression since Kumble retired. This Pathan-Mithun debate is trivial as compared to the real situation. Why does India always produce inconsistent bowling performers? No doubt we have had the best batsmen in the world for quite some time, but not having competent bowlers in the team steals away the 'champion feel'. Face the truth, even Zaheer Khan is an average bowler. I don't remember when he last won a match by himself. Batsmen, well, all of our batsmen have performed and won matches. We don't need bowlers for defence, we need them to be able to win matches. And we need to groom them for that aggressively, and hunt for 'real' bowlers. Cricket is a religion in India, and the believers deserve the delight and unadulterated pride!

  • Ibrahim_ckt on December 5, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    If they have already decided NOT to select Irfan pathan why the hell they waited till the results of the 3rd ODI against west indies ? Even a small kid will not select "Mithun" for australia if it sees the penultimate over (49th) in today's West indies' innings which was bowled by mithun when 2 west indian bowlers slammed 23 runs of just 6 balls because of which india lost the match. Every one knows that its not because of fitness or performance irfan was rejected. Its just because of his name. If he changes his name to some abhimanyu arora or kripal singh or rahul yadav -- then our selection committee chairman - Krishnamachari srikanth and our cricket business agent and tycoon dhoni may select him....! Hard luck Irfan , again........!

  • A.S.M on December 5, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Two things based on general opinions in this comments section so far. 1. Irfan will be thrilled to know of the wide support he has across the subcontinent. 2. Selectors may now be forced to let us know what was the reason behind their choice -- whether it was to provide more experience to a relatively younger bowler or ensure that Yadav & Varun get to play instead of Pathan (Mithun can be easily benched than Irfan or even Sreesanth for that matter)

    Now, if Mithun gets to play and performs well, then selectors will have a beaming smile pasted on their faces!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    bad selection..mithun doesnt own a place in the 15..this selection baffles me..K shrikant picked the south boy..better he shuld hav atlest waited fr 2 more matches n selected IRFAN..he deserves place in the team..

  • sunnysmiles on December 5, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I cant understand the selectors logic..do they expect the likes of Yadav,Aron,Mithun- relative novices, to knock off the Aussies?Irfan was the perfect blend of experience and form,With no Harbhajan and Zaheer's fitness still a mystery,Indians look to be doomed.

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    ha ha ha ha... mind blowing selection ... i can now be hopeful one day i can play for India ... all i need to do is play a few ranji matches, be average and then GET SELECTED!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    poor decision by selector -as they pick mithun ahead of Experienced as wel las player(irfan pathan) whose recent performance is better than all....l

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    on what behalf MITHUN is selected..its baffling me..one match dat too worst 49th over no sig

  • nlambda on December 5, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Irfan should have been selected. When you are unsure of which guy to pick, always go with the guy showing better form... Not sure why the selectors preferred Mithun over Irfan; he is a good guy but has not yet done anything that impressive. I hope Mithun proves me wrong by taking wickets in Aus, but right now it just seems we are going with a sub-optimal team.

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    On What basis has Mithun been selected ?!! I have a feeling that MS Dhoni has some issues with Irfan, or may be one of the selectors ... otherwise why has he been ignored when he is in prime form ... Mithun might be good but he is the same kind of bowler as Ishant and Umesh Yadav (seam), we seriously needed a swing bowler ... the pace attack now is too 1 dimensional, more so if Zhaeer is declared unfit ...

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    @ CricNtruth are you joking? Irfan's one year performance? Irfan has 322 fc wickets @28 while Mithun has just 103 @29. Who has been more consistent? Indian selectors were are an will always be jokers including jimmy. Add to this 100 test wicket exp of Pathan.. Tottaly unfair

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Mithun is a wrong selection, but whom should the selectors have selected? R.P. Singh? We saw him in England... wasn't even close to half fitness. Irfan Pathan? Come on, he's just performed in 4 games after 3-4 years. And he's got wickets... his speed hasn't increased, his skill set hasn't increased. To pick him just because he can bat decently doesn't serve any purpose. Sehway & Gambhir aren't in form, then select an opening batsman. If Zaheer Khan's not fit... then select a bowler like him... but who??

  • givemefood on December 5, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Oh please... enough with the praises for Irfan. His glory days are years behind him. Let's look to the future. Irfan has been clocking 120KMPH or under. Can you imagine that??? That's a bit faster than Anil Kumble's fast spin at best. India needs pacemen knowing well that its unlikely we'll ever find someone who can bowl over 140KMPH let alone 150KMPH. Mithun deserves the chance to gain experience which he lacks now. He's a youngster and he needs the support. I don't care for additional batters in the unit because we are already playing with 7 batsmen.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Well if Pathan had to be picked for the remaining two ODIs then the decision to pick replacement for PK could have been taken after these matches where the selectors could gauge performances of both these players and picked the one who performed better. The only reason comes to my mind for not Irfan is that they are not going to have Mithun in the final XI, they spared Irfan the humiliation of warming the bench during the tour. My bowling lineup would be Zak, Ishant, Umesh, Ashwin.

  • jsnaurvi on December 5, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    As a Indian we should not talk about regionalism but still people talk about that even in 21st century which is a shame. I think selectors should have selected Irfan but I think they saw some allrounder ability in Mithun as he score 2 sixes in his score of 23 today. But any way Irfan or some one like AN Ahmed or MS Gony should have been selected, but selectors want extra spinner in squad so let it be.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    For All those who Support Pathan, Why dont u guys become selectors???. Irfan's Stats below(Thanks Senthil)

    rfan fans asking his Inclusion would have to see his past record when he was in prime. Apart from great performances against Ziimbabwe/Bangladesh he has nothing to show for in 29 tests! Take out the 4 tests played against BD and Zim (4 matches 39 Wickets :O at 11.56 Avg and 19.70 SR). How else can you explain his bowling average of 45.49 against the Top 6 teams(He didn't play against NZ) from 25 matches he played against them when he is at his best. His record against Aussies also not great as well. 6 matches 14 wickets at 47.35 and in Australia also 4 matches 12 wickets at 41.25 Avg. A Mithun has picked 3 wickets at 28 Avg in his last test deserve a chance.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Just one logic , if any, i can see in not selecting irfan is the selectors want to see his sustainability for an entire domestic season.may be they dont wanna risk zaheer n irfan both in a squad. But again it's too feeble a point considering you r judging sm1 of irfan's calibre. and Anyway a fit zaheer wud warrant irfan's omission from the playing 11. Because ishant n umesh certainly wud play 1st two tests. Better for irfan to bowl n gain confidence in ranji than to warm the benches. but the form he is in, it wont be long before we can see him in the test sqaud.

  • bhavi_best on December 5, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    ohh man....... that was pre planned..... srikkanth wanted to pick mithun for australia thatsy mithun played in today's odi vs west indies.... it was all pre planned.... and he picked irfan for 2 odis vs west indies... nw evn if irfan takes all 20 wickets in d next 2 odi's he wont gonnna b selected for australia tests....!!!! and i can bet that mithun wil prove to b a useless bowler in australia.... poor poor decision!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Damn sure india have better option then p patel

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    good with with mithun replacing PK. im sure mithun will show some late batting resistance just like PK

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    i can't believe this...why the indian selectors are creating downfall of their team???by picking up such a weak attack for their downunder tour of aussis...irfan's inclusion would have made indian pace attack the expirenc one...india lost their england tour becoz of their bowling...why the selectors are not proactive???

  • sunildjoshi on December 5, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Irfan would definately be replacement for Zaheer in Australia if Zaheer would be unable to gain fitness. Selectors would be stupid to ignore him again as they already did by selecting Mithun. Giving a fair chance to new comer is understandable but by ruining existing one's careeer is not acceptable specially when guy is in superb form.

  • cricket-is-passion on December 5, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Since Irfan is picked up for last ODI's I think if Jaheer can't make it I am hoping Irfan get's his turn to Australia if he can be picked up for last two ODS's in playing 11 perform well in those.

  • ListenToMe on December 5, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Wrong selection in my opinion. Midhun has not proved his value in recent times. Anyway lets see how he performs in Aus.

  • arvindthiru on December 5, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Including Mithun in place of praveen is not a good move. If zak is not fit for the aus series..we only have ishant sharma as our pace spearhead. Hes got 40 matches, but the rest of the pace attack would only be less than 5 matches experienced. Thats not an ideal situation to bowl out the aussies. We saw that mithun and yadav didn't know what to bowl in the final overs of west indies batting in 3rd ODI. They lack experience. Doesn't mean they are not good. They just need to be ushered in one after the other. Pathan or even vinay would ve been better choices. Since both are swing bowlers, they will be ideal replacement for PK, another swing bowler. If Zak is not fit, then India's bowling would only be hit-the-deck bowlers. Pathan is in good form too, both bat and ball. Not a very intellectual move by the selectors.Irfan has played really well in AUS too. Now, am hoping for a miracle to get Irfan in the squad somehow and also Zak to play. Irfan, Zak, Ish and Umesh is very formidable.

  • amit_d_best on December 5, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    This time selectors has done 2 blunder mistakes. First by choosing Mithun instead of Irfan for Australia tour. This is a very imp. tour 4 India and they need some experience player who has already played in australia. Second : Now they have selected Irfan for rest of the two One dayers. If suppose Irfan performs outstanding in the rest of one dayers by taking wickets and with the bat also.. he will be hurt by selectors decision... Because Zaheer khan is still I believe not 100% fit... As he is selected because of his prior exp.. then why not Irfan.. As Zaheer have also not played one dayers and Test recently... Poor Irfan on behalf of all ur fans we are sorry for u... But this is life and don't loose heart, god is watching ur efforts... All d best for ur future....

  • jinnee on December 5, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Poor decision. I dont understand what has made them believe that Mithun got pace?? When I see his bowling speeds, he is little above Vinay Kumar or Praveen. Think its pressure from Kumble's school

  • bluebillion on December 5, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Crazy crazy selection. Zak with no reliability over fitness, ishant who is carrying an injury and needs surgery, aaron and yadav who are rookies and now mithun gets picked. What has he done today or in the tests he has played before to warrant a selection in the most important tour that India has in today's context? Irfan lost his way but atleast he's been there and seems to be getting it back. Seriously flawed selection and smells like regional politics. Vinay Kumar was a better choice than .ithun. Come on selectors, we watch and play cricket - we can tell when a player looks the part. Mithun just doesn't. I must have watched more of Irfan this season than the five wise men combined I think.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Worst Choice Ever By Indian Selectors................. For Australian Tour............... I.E Mithun................. AS Someone Said in Past Selectors Are Really Bunch of Joker

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on December 5, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Hi friends be cool Irfan pathan is not a growing talent competete with mithun aaron and yadav...Irfan pathan will be replaced instead of zaheer khan...:)that's why selectors didn't selected him...The truth of today's selection was between vinaykumar mithun and aaron :) Cool Guyz

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    pooooor selection... this is not fair.... india will loose the aus series with these bowlers... midhun didnt have experience and didn't play match winning play till now.. how they picked midhun...

  • bhushansawant on December 5, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    can any1 please tell me why they have selected Parthiv Patel again?that guy has wasted his chances like anything.AND WHY NO IRFAN FOR TESTS???Abhimanyu is stil very young to face Aus attack....

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Its really disappointing for Irfan fans...though he was picked for remaining 2 ODI matches...Its hard to digest the thing that Irfan was not picked for test series against Australia...He is better player compared to Mithun and experienced too...and we don't even know whether the captain and the team management will select in the playing XI in the remaining two matches...In the last two ODIs he should play a head of Mithun in order to prove his form.....We keep our fingers crossed for Irfan to get back his form and to perform well in order to take a berth in the test series....

  • TRAM on December 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    This is correct decision. It is better Irfan replaces Zaheer and thereby is in the playing 11, than Irfan replacing some one else and sit in the bench. That is because Irfan and Zaheer are similar bowlers. No pace, swing, lefties. Also Irfan's recovery is not proven enough (may be). So .... if Irfan performs in the last ODIs against WI AND if Zaheer is ruled out (which may be Srikkanth knows already and we people dont know), Irfan will be pulled in place of Zaheer in the playing 11. Remember Srikkanth said he is happy that there every kind of bowler now in the team? That means he wants variety, but one of a kind (I agree with that plan). So he will not hire 2 leftie-swing bowlers at the same time. The same reason why he wont hire Harbajan when Ashwin is there.

  • crichouston on December 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Hopefully Tiwari and Or Rahane may get to play in the 11, India need to be bold enough to bench out of form players to motivate. our guaranteed system will not bring the best out of anything. Yuvi is been out and as soon as he declares that he is available, he will be back in the 11, so is Raina . Parthiv can have any number of failures and he is still a part of ODI squad and will play every game if Dhoni is not playing. When will Robin Uthappa get another shot? or Yusuf ? Both of them will end up being IPL superstars with millions who never got n extended run to flourish in international cricket. (compared to raina/Yuvi/Parthiv) .West indies home series would have been an opportunity but, BCCI and team management did what they do best again!@!@!

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    thank u selectors for picking irfan for the last 2 ODI's..:) :) :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    this is the worst selection i have ever seen, mithun hasnt even played a freeakin ranji match this season and got smashed by mediocre west indies batman. the only ball he can bowl is a bouncer or pitch up and get smashed! Irfan pathan will show the Indian selectors why they made this horrible mistake, he is going to own the selectors by ripping through the w indies line up and ending the ranji trophy as highest wicket taker.. oh wait! his confidence would be destroyed by them if our countries most talented swing bowler doesn't get a chance in tests

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @the_blue_android, You are blindly against Karanataka Players. Does Irfan bowl faster than Mithun??? Funny. Vinay bowls 130 and more. Irfan is slower than Afridi. Wait & watch last 2 1 dayers will prove where irfan stands

  • AKG0479 on December 5, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    29 Tests 100 Wkts.. 100 ODI's 154 Wkts.. Irfan Pathan surely was a talent.. wasted efficiently by a lot of factors.. BCCI could have given one more chance considering his strength is swing.. & pace.. !

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    selectors have definitely gone nuts... selecting 3 rookie fast bowlers with not even 5 intl test matches between them and with zak and ishant not fully fit or in form, this is surely gonna cost them.. and whats the point in selecting irfan pathan for last 2 matches when hes again going to be left out when zak returns in tri series in aus... just dont get the logic..

  • SamRoy on December 5, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    @Yougander Reddy do you watch or understand test cricket. Malcolm Marshall by the way was not 6 feet tall. Heck he was 5 feet 9 inches "tall" and generated fear in the hearts of Australian batsmen on Australian pitches. Anyway sorry for my rant. I can safely say India will not win the test series in Australia even this time because of this terrible selection as Zaheer won't be fit for more than 2 matches. So, one of Varon Aaron and Mithun has to play at least 2 tests. Doesn't look all that bright. Needed a backup left armer. I don't care if India loses or not (most probably it will).

  • norbe on December 5, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Really a bad desicion by the selectors, they gave a consolation chance for irfan to prove his bowling capability on flat tracks (indore & chennai) which will not assist the fast bowlers.........Really a big disappointment ..........Irfan best of luck .....No one could stop your future test match appearance.....

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Good decision.But,If not pathan,vinay should be ahead of mithun.......(As per my thinking)

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Absolutely PATHETIC selection by the Indian selectors to pick this guy Mithun to Australia. What are his credentials ? did you guys see how he was WHACKED around by Sammy and Russell in the 3rd ODI ? he has ZERO pace, ZERO line and poor lengths. Add to that, he bowls a lot of wides. This is BAD news for India. Irfan Pathan should have been picked. I cannot understand what more a player must do in order to play for his country ? 21 wickets in 3 matches on flat, dust bowls aren't good enough ??? Give me a break !! This shows Ranji Cricket is a JOKE !

  • yoohoo on December 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Actually, impressed with the selectors for once. Irfan hasn't played international cricket in 3yrs and had not performed for 2yrs before that. He has just started performing again in domestic Ranji matches. So, picking him for the WI ODIs is the best way to check if he is again good enough to play at the international level, OR if it is just a false dawn. Sending him to australia would have been a bad idea, since we would be relying too much on unknown quantities (yadav, aaron, ashwin, ojha & pathan). Atleast we know mithun is good enough to turn in a decent performance in Tests, and we can see in the WI ODIs if Irfan is really back or this is just media hype.

  • saini123456 on December 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    i am sorry to say but Indians fans and selectors will see the Indian bowlers flop show in Australia. They are not giving preference to experienced bowlers like Irfan and select mithun, are u crazy man, a person which have a hatrick and 150+ test wickets is not selected to comparison of that bowler which has only 6 wickets in asia. thanks for all the guya which are saying selectors are wrong and support irfan pathan because we wants thats our team will win but these selectors are buy in politics to choose their zone players.

  • naushadybx on December 5, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    very bad news, i think irfan is the right selection,he is doing well in his first australian tous also with ball n bat, mithun also a good bowler but irfan is better

  • Ravi.Wadekar on December 5, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Batting: No match with Irfan * Swing Bowling: Irfan has regained the rhythm while we saw what Mithun has to offer today * Form: See the figures to believe it * Experience: No need of explanation * Age: Aging 27, Irfan still has 10 possible years left in him. Perhaps he is standing at the best age where he is young as well as matured * Fitness: Irfan has been bowling 8-9 overs spells regularly/ 25+ overs in a day which is far more than one can expect out of a paceman .. Didnt mithun got cramps on lovely winter afternoon today? AUSTRALIA ... CONGRATULATIONS ON SERIES WIN IN ADVANCE. YOU JUST COULDN'T ASK MORE FROM OUR 'GREAT' SELECTORS!

  • Vishious10 on December 5, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    The selection is justifiable the least to say. Irfan has taken a mere 21 wickets in 3 domestic matches, and Mithun has amassed a jaw-dropping 4 wickets in 3 domestic matches. Everything in Indian cricket is backwards. I think the idea may even be to use Saha as a specialist batsman at number 6 on the australian tour ahead of Rohit and Virat. While they're at it, they might as well declare Zak unfit and replace him with RP Singh.

  • Suhail98 on December 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Heartbreak fr irfan n strange slection policy by srikanth was he sleeping today when mithun was hit all over the park by Darren Sammay, Now i'm feeling pup n co. will crush us in Aus.

  • MadhavY on December 5, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    at any case mithun will not play in Australia, as it'll be Zaheer, Ishanth and Umesh.. if Zaheer is not fit then they may send Irfan based on the ODI performances.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Ishant is half injured (toe needs a surgery, then toe does not need a surgery). Zaheer will last two matches at best. Umesh Yadav has shown today that he does not respond well when put under pressure. Varun Aaron is Sreesanth personified when it comes to temperament. But above all these chaps is Abhimanyu Mithun. Bowls half trackers at 130 kmph. Neither swings the bowl nor seams it. Yet he is on a flight to Australia. Hope he proves me wrong, but chances are that the Aussie batsmen are already celebrating his selection.

  • kimian on December 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Irfan !!!! Irfan !!!! Irfan......haven't the selectors heard the plea of the fans nor they dint see Irfans statistics as the leading wicket taker in 4 Ranji Matches.......Irfan is the Wonder Boy of Indian Cricket,Best Swing Bowler and Best All-Rounder of India......It really hurts to see Irfan not get selected,what else has he go through??? giving him chance in the ODI series is totally a Eyewash ,because swing bowlers in ODi can go for runs(if he goes for runs,selectors will show that has the reason for his rejection for tests),but Test cricket is the best place for Swing Bowlers....

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Bold decision.. Perhaps Mithun's two sixes persuaded the selectors ! He is a good bowler but why didn't he play in England ? He was out of the scheme and suddenly finds himself in both forms of the game. Players must be given special roles. Like Ishant is only for the tests. We certainly know Irfan is no more a test bowler ( he lost his test place a lot earlier than ODI"s). I would have gone with Vinay on the basis of current form.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    this is utter rubbish.. u r selecting 5 fast bowlers out of which 3 dnt have enough test experience and with zaheer injury prone it would have been much more sensible to take irfan down under to increase the variety in the squad. mithun yadav ishant and umesh are all similar bowlers with just a few yard of pace low or high here and there.. i can see india getting a massive drilling in australlia as well.. very inexperienced bowling attack even in the spin department.. here but he has just played 3 matches and that too in india. lets hope i m wrong but apart from zaheer i dnt see any one who can pick up a five for...

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    i feel fans are overwhelmingly biased.........give him break.......he has been proven failure expcet for intial spark..........let mithun take his chance.........Ifrna will definitely get his chances if he keeps performing the way he is currenlty.....

  • chaituaddanki on December 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    it would be better if irfan got included in australia squad,where he had performed extremely well and even it will be a advantage for india. The much awaited all-rounder position in the test squad could be filled,selectors should come out from South phobia and make selection from around the country.

  • Shanmughan on December 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Common people,it isnt enough for Irfan to perform in just 3 matches,he has to prove that he can maintain his form through out a season,Then only he qualifies for a test spot.His bright start to the Ranji season has been rewarded with a place in the ODI team,That is a good move from the selectors,since that will keep his motivation levels high..Mithun deserves this opportunity,he is such a good trier.The way he performed against SL on those dead tracks speaks volumes about the young man. And for those who are bashing Dhoni for not selecting irfan,are you people nuts..do u people watch any cricket at all.There is a limit of speaking stupidity..!!

  • TexasCricket on December 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Means parthiv will play 2 more ODI's and will travel to Australia for the ODI championship series. No offence but, he failed in 3 matches and UTHAPPA should have gotten another shot. The number 7spot is secured for jadeja, yusuf will never get in to ODI's.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    The test team selection for the Australian tour seems to be weird as, it is very difficult to understand how Mithun was preferred over to Pathan. It is good to see the selectors having an eye for the youngsters but, selection of Mithun doesn't seem to be the right decision. He has not been a first choice for any of the test and has been a replacement option for the Indian team. The selectors could have deferred the selection of the last paceman until the end of the ongoing one-day series. It was disgusting to see Mithun bowl in the final overs today and if he continues to do the same in Australia, it shall be a disaster for India as one similar to the Engalnd tour.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Don't wanna to be too critical...but,it would have been better if selectors wait till the last one day match and then select the replacement for Praveen.With one match you cannot judge a bowler.With today's performance .can't say Mithun is a bad bowler..Shud have given Aaron also a break,so that we can test Mithun,Irfan & Mithun & pick out the best..Please note,a talent cannot perform unless he got opportunity..A player of Irfaan's talent should not be waisted as in current scenario,he is the only player who can be a successor of Kapil Dev,atleat 90 % ,ie, adequate to be successful in world cricket..I doubt whether Dhoni really don't want Irfaan..If thats the case,because of some personal issues we are waisting such a talent which can be bad for Indian cricket..For more than 2 decades we are searching for K.Dev's successor and mind you ,all the leading allrounders are the best captain s also..So we are missing A wonderful allrounder as well as a fture captain..

  • WC2011Champs on December 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Someone reminds selectors they are traveling to Australia not Zimbabwe. Yadav, Aaron, Mithun, Ishant are not even competitive for a Ranji team. They are getting hit all over the place by WI in India. Ashwin is also a newbie. It will be 600+ runs for Australia each test innings and Indians are going to complain about fatigue. There are two choices - bowl a side out for 200-300 in a day in 60-80 overs and stay fresh or slog while bowling for 2 days and 200 overs. India chose the latter and did not learn anything from England tour. With Sehwag and Gambhir out of form it is 4-0 Australia.

  • shailbuch on December 5, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Don't fight guys... Irfan will go after the first test as Zaheer's replacement and will also play CB series as he performed well in the Indian win in 2008!! By the way, Mithun has been payed a long time due place after his good performance against Lanka. He has been told that now we are even. I don't see him getting a test match though!! Ishant Zaheer Yadav and Ojha are the bowlers... And what I don't understand is, why Parthiv is being wasted in ODIs and Saha just so stupidly wasted on tests.. Pathiv is good when you don't have Veeru coz he can get you quick 30-40... But Parthiv is wonderful is tests when the field is up and he can wait it out for the bad ball.. The guy has amazing timing!! Tests for Parthiv and ODIs for Saha....

  • Quazar on December 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Poor decision by the selectors in ignoring Pathan for Australia, where he was MoM in India's Perth Test victory in 2008. He's also the highest wicket taker in the Ranji trophy so far. Mithun is an honest trier, and one hopes he does well in Australia, but he's never made a match-winning contribution in Tests or ODI, unlike Pathan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Mithun doesnt seems to be an perfect choice instead of irfan..his bowling is just like ravi bopara and his pace hardly cause any trouble to batsmen..

  • Quazar on December 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Poor decision by the selectors in ignoring Pathan for Australia, where he was MoM in India's Perth Test victory in 2008. He's also the highest wicket taker in the Ranji trophy so far. Mithun is an honest trier, and one hopes he does well in Australia, but he's never made a match-winning contribution in Tests or ODI, unlike Pathan.

  • amitoza on December 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    With a view of future they are picking up youngsters...but pls understand experience is lacking in bowling :(

  • Quazar on December 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Poor decision by the selectors in ignoring Pathan for Australia, where he was MoM in India's Perth Test victory in 2008. He's also the highest wicket taker in the Ranji trophy so far. Mithun is an honest trier, and one hopes he does well in Australia, but he's never made a match-winning contribution in Tests or ODI, unlike Pathan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    A mithun is a good option... feeling sorry for irfan though ...

  • monisammy on December 5, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I AM A SOUTH INDIAN.... I TOO BELIEVE THAT IRFAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED AHEAD OF MITHUN..... IRFAN KNOWS THE AUSTRALIAN CONDITIONS WELL... QUIET EXPERIENCED AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL..HE CAN BAT DECENTLY... HE CAN EVEN OPEN THE INDIAN INNINGS IF GAUTI/SEHWAG ARE NOT AVALABLE.. SERIOUSLY HOPING THAT A MIRACLE WOULD HAPPEN AND WE GET TO SEE IRFAN INSTEAD OF MITHUN IN AUSTRALIA..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Why they select parthiv patel again.

  • devadsn on December 5, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    mitum totally waste.... irfan the best bowler of australia test squad members in bowler...

  • CricNtruth on December 5, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Fair selection. You can make fairy-tale endings, but not fairy-tale selections. You can't reward someone over one season performance over consistent performances of Mithun in Domestic tournaments. Picking Irfan for 2 odi's is a very good move, as that will give some insight into Irfan's current standing.

  • the_blue_android on December 5, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Revival of the Indian Pace Trinity is again on the cards. Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithum and S Aravind! None of them can swing the ball and they all bowl express pace between 118 and 123 KMPH. What amazing bowlers! Even Ravi Bopara bowls faster than these guys.

  • wnwn on December 5, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Maybe Zaheer Khan is not fit and will be ruled out in the coming days in which case Irfan will take his place. If Irfan impresses in these odi's it might encourage the selectors to pick him rather than a half fit Zaheer for the Australian tour.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on December 5, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Like millions other cricket lovers across India, I can not understand the selection policies. Especially when it comes to Irfan Pathan!!!. He is far better cricketer compare to Mithun in my limited cricketing knowledge and Stats also supports this. Take overall carreer numbers or recent performance Irfan has more weightage than Mithun. With due respect to Mithun's capabalities, I feel Irfan is betterbowler,batsmen and fielder and he has exp of playing in Australia. I am sure the reason is not only about Irfan's or Mithun's cricketing abilities, reason goes beyond that. This is one (may be only one) reason I feel Dhoni should have done something better.

  • Vilander on December 5, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    WTH ? no Irfan in Aus tour, god this is horrible, what are we going to do with him in ODI, no slip hyper flat wickets get his confidence back to south pole ? Man the selectors are bad, what is trundler Mithun going to do in Aus carry drinks.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    RIDICULOUS.... ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS... PATHETIC.... DEAF AND DUMB ..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I think Mithun's batting today has done the trick. If Zak is fit then Zak, Ishant n Umesh will play, may be selectors would have thought selecting Irfan will send wrong signals to Umesh and Aaron because it would have been difficult to exclude Irfan from the playing XI.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    that is a rubbish selection, irfan shud have been picked

  • varunagg on December 5, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Bad decision from selectors.We need someone who can swing the ball.Pathan also add values to line up with his batting.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    i think the selectors should read this cricinfo comments and understand that we common people has more knowledge than u. any 5 year old kid can guess that the selection id foolish. zak is doubtful for all the 4 tests. ishant inconsistent. mithun (no pace, no swing considering umesh) umesh and aaron ( have experience playing in the emerging players tournament in australia) but all in all it looks like australian bastmen are gonna pile up some batting records ;-D

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Ridiculous ! Very very disappointed :(

  • pulirajeev on December 5, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Right choice because, based on recent history, selectors are wary of Zaheer's fitness and sustainability over an entire tour and Ishant's ankle. The Aussie pitches will be tailored for pace, and all three, Varun, Umesh and Abhi can generate reasonable pace compared to Irfan and Vinay. Abhi is capable of movement too.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    such a shame decision irfan should have been selected for aussie tour again india will down under if mithun playing that series

  • Aravind.kls on December 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    BCCI knows beter cricket than we fun watching people..whatever they do, they do it for an better indian team.gn

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha mind blowing selection ... i can now be hopeful one day i can play for india ... all i need to do is play a few ranji matches, be average and then GET SELECTED!

  • ssenthil on December 5, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Selectors going for Youth ONLY policy as it seems. Irfan fans asking his Inclusion would have to see his past record when he was in prime. Apart from great performances against Ziimbabwe/Bangladesh he has nothing to show for in 29 tests! Take out the 4 tests played against BD and Zim (4 matches 39 Wickets :O at 11.56 Avg and 19.70 SR). How else can you explain his bowling average of 45.49 against the Top 6 teams(He didn't play against NZ) from 25 matches he played against them when he is at his best. His record against Aussies also not great as well. 6 matches 14 wickets at 47.35 and in Australia also 4 matches 12 wickets at 41.25 Avg. A Mithun has picked 3 wickets at 28 Avg in his last test deserve a chance.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Irfan is of no use in australian bouncy pitches.mithun is 6 feet tall and he can bowl very gud bouncers and a speed of 135 on indian pitches and can reach up to 138-140 kph on australian pitches.and mithun has gud batting shots too .just becoz he is young and inexperienced doesnt mean he doesnt deserve a spot in indian team.lets see if irfan bowls well in the final 2 odi's then he shd deserve a chance if at all zaheer cant make it.

    Gud job by the selectors its high.tym we make a gud pace attack who can operate at 140 consistently lile ishant,yadav and aaron.if mithun could improve hos pace a bit we can add 1 more to.the list.

  • RaghuBose on December 5, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    This is expected. As Sameer specified, as long as Dhoni is captain and Srikanth is chief selector, Irfan will not get a place in Indian squad. I would pray Australia will win all the matches. it should happen like England tour.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    good selection ............irfan could be added as a one more allrounder along with aswin in the squad

    congrads irfan...insha allah u can do it.............

  • manisacumen on December 5, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    I feel the decision to select Mithun ahead of Irfan and Vinay is a good one. Mithun did really well against Lankans in the dead pitches.

    Yes Irfan is unlucky; his non-selection is bitter to swallow for his fans. But he has not done anything great to justify his comeback yet. His wickets in Ranji don't count much. He is not pacy enough. He will not do that well in Australia, although he has been there twice. We are highly emotional and sentimental. That's why we feel our favourite players should be there nothwithstanding their current worth. Anyway Irfan has got two chances. Let him prove he is good enough. At least he has a chance to come into the ODI team for australia, if he does well in the remaining two matches.

  • Anish.Venugopalan on December 5, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Don't really know what the selectors are thinking. We all saw how mithun performed today. And also, what will happen if Irfan Pathan bowls great in the next 2 matches?

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    its rubbish that irfan is not selected i hope he will pick one 4/5 wicket hall in the remaining onedayers to prove him again...................best wishes

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    :( She should have been in of the tests.

  • nkadit on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    All those people rooting for irfan are crazy. he just played 2 macthes after injury and we need to give him more time.. mithun has been consistent performer for 2 years.. irfan should perform more consistently for the entire ranji season and then see how he goes.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    group of idiots, the bcci. agreed with abhishek.

  • montys_muse on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    very strange not to see irfan in the test squad!

  • SAMBANDH on December 5, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Not impressed with the selectors decision, looking at the experience of india fast bowling attack which lacks the experience, irfan or RP Singh would have been the best option. Even Vinay kumar would have been better, certainly not Mithun.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Criterion behind this selection is not understood.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    oh at last!!!!!!!!!!good news irfan came in team. What about Ruhul sharma. When he will play for India - 2012 or 2013 or need to wait more ????

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    utter rubbish....dats the word for this selection process....mithun gonna be a bench warmer.....insane and tragic...

  • crikbuff on December 5, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Pathetic. His bowling performance today was hopeless. India needed a genuine swing bowler to complement Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh. Irfan Pathan could have been the ideal guy, with his experience as well.

  • PawanBandaru on December 5, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Indian selectors do things strangely..they proved yet again......of the three bowlers he seems to be the least deserving....may be selectors got impressed with his lower order batting in 3rd odi against WI.........

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Selectors got brain fade......

  • rpmrocks on December 5, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    very good move in selector point of view....lets hope fr the best....whts going to be the result....

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Pathetic piece of selection.....this shows regionalism that flows throughout the BCCI's entire structure.......Srikkanth should kill himself of the decision he took to pick Mithun ahead of Irfan......He completely overlooked Irfan's recent performances and made such an idiotic selection for the tour of Australia....Shame on you Srikaknth

  • Vpx23 on December 5, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Pathan should have been given the nod. Firstly purely based on form, secondly knowing the Aussie conditions and last but not least on senority. Mithun can wait. And right now he is India's X Factor....

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    australians loving this! this is the height of insanity.. and pathan is only selected for odis wht if he performs na mithun doesn ot so mithun would still be going to australia and pathan even after good performance would be here in india this is the best i can take wont be supporting india now aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi :P

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    just cant believe dis dont wat irfan has done wrong with those dumb selectors and on what basis they are consistently trying mithun and vinay m so disappointed feeling so bad for irfan

  • ABjuventus on December 5, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    I would say it would be far better if we would have picked Irfan pathan in both one dayers as well as for australia tests coz he is far better swing bowler than mithun

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Fair decision, vinay is already in odis squad for longer period now, where mithun deserve another chance in tests, while Irfan rewarded for his good show in rajni trophy. If Irfan continue good form he will be given chance.

  • Aravind.kls on December 5, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Those who has knowledge of cricket will certainly go for mithun, rather than fantacy player irfan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    once again Selectors ignored Irfan, i think with Zaheer certainly iffy Irfan should have been the choice being a left arm bowler. Mithun wasn't that impressive from what I have seen so far. time will tell.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Irfan should have been awarded this opportunity. He has been in a very good form and this would have boosted his confidence a lot. Abhimanyu Mithun does not seem to be an apt replacement at all.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    not expected mithun to be in

  • aks1812 on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    What Kind of Selection is this.Mithun went to West Indies and whom did he impress there?.He went to WI did nothing was dropped for England Tour and in the meanwhile gets selected for AUS without doing anything.How did suddenly he became so good without doing anyhtingThis is a horendous decisions which makes absolutely no sense what so ever and again points to the zonal quota prevalent in the selection committee. .Why the Fans should pay to see a bunch of jokers go to Australia and get humiliated.The method in which the board operates gives the impression that BCCI does not give a damm about winning.Mithun is getting hammered in Ranji Matches as well. Irfan Pathan 21 wickets in 3 matches(one was wash out game).What more he has to do.He has been the consolation lolipop of playing in the last two one dayers on pathetic wickets with the white ball which does nothing.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    again a wrong selection by BCCI.....irfan has far more better experience of australian pitches than mithun...whts wrong wd BCCi

  • Sarthak1305 on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    oh come on atleast irfan can bat as well this shows that the bowling attack is more or less fixed with zaheer ishant and yadav and they need a replacement jst to warm the bench

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    I am sure we are going to see another thumping from Australia...stupid selection..today he was dishing all full tosses..has no pace and control..stupid bowler

  • Aravind.kls on December 5, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    An very good selection..

  • fahadalam1 on December 5, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    o c'mon india!! give irfan pathan a chance!!! he is better than other bowlers

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    damn sure they are going to regret not choosing pathan for the tests...this is ridiculous!

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Unbelievable. As told in the ball by ball commentary, inclusion of Mithun in today's match involved selectors too. And this means as long as Dhoni is captain and Srikanth is chief selector, Irfan will not get a place in Indian squad. Forget Indian jersey Irfan. A gem about to become endangered species

  • nasshhh on December 5, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    There u go... Australia for the series victory!! What kinda absurd selection to choose a bowler who has no form and no experience for the tour of Australia! Mithun is quite pacy but is awful when it comes to accurate bowling...Irfan would have been the more sensible choice given he bowls at the same speed like PK, a lefty, can swing the ball and can also BAT!! Now we just have a doubtful starter in Zak, very inconsistent Ishant, close to zero experience in mithun yadav n aaron. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out aussies play fast bowling much better than swing bowling! Irfan would be gutted after having done so well...this might just be the end of his hope to make it back into the indian team!

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Indian newbie pace attack vs Aussie newbie pace attack.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    you guys must be kidding...! look at the indian tail, if ashwin is not playing then ohja, ishanth, yadav, aaron.. dhoni won't even get time to change his pads... u need irfan's skills.. last tour he even opened for india.. considering gambhir's and shewag' present form along with no.6 spot not yet being permamnently taken by rohit or kholi... the selectors had to pick irfan... THIS HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    ridiculous............mithun is selected over irfan????????

  • stevejohnson1010 on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Are you kidding? Pathan only for 2 matches? then what? he would have been better choice than Abhimanyu Mithun for AUS tests :(

  • abhijitsakhare on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    very bad dicision. irfan deserved selection for australia tour after wonderful performence in ranji. hope he does well in oneday match

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    very strange not to see irfan in the test squad.........I think he will show his form in the last two ODI. Now waiting to see useless Mithun in AUS.

  • usernames on December 5, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Speechless. Really, really speechless.

    The selection committee couldn't see what thousands and thousands saw. Mithun is not going to be in contention in the series. If he is, that speaks volumes of the insane selection process. Irfan would have been miles better.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    gud choice..he can bowl at 135 plus n his stock delivary big inswinger could be more than useful in aus..irfan clicked in ranji just becoz he got green tops in those matches but he stil bowling under 125..n he lacks stamina n penetration lyk pk..zak,ishant,umesh ,aaron,mithun..nw thats cald some fast bowling attack n il b shockd if india can win 2-1atleast if nt 4-0..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    what a joke made by bcci

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Very disappointed. This is tragic. I really hope for Irfan to make a comeback and show his real potential, like Rohit Sharma did.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    THIS IS RUBBBISH DECISION . IRFAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED . WE ALREADY SEE HOW GOOD HE IS IN THIRD ODI .

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Heart Breaking but consolidations... I haven't watched the current WI series.. but i will see it for the next two matches because irfan is playing...he is the real bowler

  • InnocentGuy on December 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Not a wise choice. 3 rookie bowlers who are going to be operating in alien conditions. Also, Aaron was pretty wayward in the last couple matches against WI. Irfan would have been the better option.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Irfan pathan should get competitive edge over Abhimanyu...anyway he has got chance to prove him..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    mithun picked ahead of irfan ok fine...but why the hell irfan picked for last two odi i mean let it be either one of them for both....its like keeping both the kids happy...rubbish selection

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Bad selection for the selecotrs irfan is the best spot for he he also batted well in nightwatchman really rediculas he swing the ball both ways and he also played in australian in 07-08

  • krish_4245 on December 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Its too much.. a guy who gave 47 in 7 overs is selected for hitting some blows at the end...???? Wats going in Kris's mind... Thought Pathan was the obvious choice.

    Anyhow, all the best for the indian for the SERIES DOWNUNDER

  • NewYorkCricket on December 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Selectors probably know better.. Irfan was more experience and was the popular choice. Good luck to Mithun.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    irfan should have been selected for australia tour coz he has played in two series in australia and he can do magics with ball and bat.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Big mistake. Should've shown confidence in Irfan and taken him to Australia. Mithun is another guy who is pretty much a ranji work horse but doesn't have it in him to perform at the highest level - just doesn't have the action, the swing, the pace, nothing.

  • Y2SJ on December 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Should have been the other way around.. Irfan for tests and Mithun for ODIs

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Its very shameful, it's a partiality shown by Srikkanth by selecting Mithun as Praveen's replacement, he has no control in his action.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    This is absolutely surprising to see that irfan missed out once again. he was back in form and had picked bucket full of wickets. how will the selector react, if irfan puts to 2 great performance in the reminder of one dayers...

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Call it a gamble.. Mithun might well be useful on bouncy pitches.. rather.. effective.. than useful.. only in Tests but. IKP being recalled in the ODI things means he's in with a chance to join the ODI team in Australia..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I will say this, it was a mistake not to pick Irfan. I think he should be given atleast one more chance to prove himself. He has earned that right by the praise which he received when he first burst on to the scene. I think the Indian board will regret this decision.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Dislike this selection. Cheeka selection is always wiered. Mithun always took wickets in ranji matches but never looked like a international bowler in any of his ODIs or IPL or even in tests he just bowls at 130 with no swing.. whats the use.. Irfan is such an asset for us in tests ... swings new ball... can bat anywhere in the line up ... why is abhimanyu mithun getting selected all the time.. yes he is a good sprinter and has excellent arm but this is not jauveline throw or 100m race .. Its cricket

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    surprise surprise surprise surprise bt looking forward to irfanz odi inclusion

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    On which perfomance mithun selected ahead of irfan pathan pathan has the leading wicket tacker in this year elite division and also has the exp. of playing in australia so he deservrs a chance

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Just one word.."HOPELESS".

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Classic case of MSD ensuring Irfan Pathan stays out of Indian team. Irfan go ahead and rip out Gujarat in Ranji game starting tomorrow.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    once again a bad selection by BCCI.......irfan pathan hold the experience of australian pitches....irfan shld have been selected ahead of mithun

  • nick.044u on December 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Really i cant believe that Mithun got select for australia tour..i dont know what Irfan will have to do for these jokers. I agree he has not enough speed but if he can take wicket on died wickets India then why not in Aus.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @Great decision by Selectors,after his contribution of 23 runs in 1 over which helped west-indies wining the match.He will surely help australia if not india.Hats off to selectors :O ..............

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Did the selectors gave weight-age to his huge sixes today? I think, given the form that Irphan is in and also his past experiences playing in Australia, he should have been picked up.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I cant believe it..!!!!! Oh my god where is irfan..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    This is definitely a doubtful selection....Irfan Pathan would have been a better choice for sure.. Mithun neither has the pace nor wicketing taking abilities.. Infact just because he took wickets in Ranji and domestic cricket it doesnt merit a test selection to such an important tour. I bet he was just selected because he swung his bat and nearly brought India home in the Ahmedabad ODI..

    BCCI need to order an enquiry into this selection...

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Times Now says Irfan selected for Aus tour....

  • A.S.M on December 5, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Interesting! Will he get to play is something we need to wait and see. Hope he does well.

  • mak25 on December 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    India will struggle in Australia for sure......They should have picked Irfan....he deserved more than Mithun.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Kris Srikant !!! You are such a dumb person, big mistake !!! IRFAN deserved his place !!!

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  • on December 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Kris Srikant !!! You are such a dumb person, big mistake !!! IRFAN deserved his place !!!

  • mak25 on December 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    India will struggle in Australia for sure......They should have picked Irfan....he deserved more than Mithun.

  • A.S.M on December 5, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Interesting! Will he get to play is something we need to wait and see. Hope he does well.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Times Now says Irfan selected for Aus tour....

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    This is definitely a doubtful selection....Irfan Pathan would have been a better choice for sure.. Mithun neither has the pace nor wicketing taking abilities.. Infact just because he took wickets in Ranji and domestic cricket it doesnt merit a test selection to such an important tour. I bet he was just selected because he swung his bat and nearly brought India home in the Ahmedabad ODI..

    BCCI need to order an enquiry into this selection...

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I cant believe it..!!!!! Oh my god where is irfan..

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Did the selectors gave weight-age to his huge sixes today? I think, given the form that Irphan is in and also his past experiences playing in Australia, he should have been picked up.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @Great decision by Selectors,after his contribution of 23 runs in 1 over which helped west-indies wining the match.He will surely help australia if not india.Hats off to selectors :O ..............

  • nick.044u on December 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Really i cant believe that Mithun got select for australia tour..i dont know what Irfan will have to do for these jokers. I agree he has not enough speed but if he can take wicket on died wickets India then why not in Aus.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    once again a bad selection by BCCI.......irfan pathan hold the experience of australian pitches....irfan shld have been selected ahead of mithun