India news August 10, 2012

Mukund to lead India A in New Zealand

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Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund, who averaged 7.66 on India A's tour of the West Indies, has been selected to captain the 16-member India A squad for their tour of New Zealand in September and October. Robin Bist, who got one innings on that West Indies tour, Parvinder Awana, who got one match, and Wriddhiman Saha, easily the second-best choice as wicketkeeper in the country, all suddenly find themselves out of reckoning.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma have been picked for either Tests or the World Twenty20, and are hence unavailable. Apart from Abhinav, spinners Akshay Darekar, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Sharma, and quicks Shami Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the only survivors from what was an average West Indies tour.

India's Under-19 captain, Unmukt Chand, who has been impressive with his batting in some crunch situations in U-19 games, was duly rewarded with a place on the tour. Rajasthan's Ashok Menaria, who scored 462 runs at 77 in last year's Ranji Trophy, was rewarded with a place in the side, but he will miss team-mate Bist, who was the leading run-getter in the tournament. Naman Ojha, who averaged 61 in Ranji Trophy, replaced Saha as the wicketkeeper. Ambati Rayudu finally finds himself in a representative side after his return from the ICL. Vinay Kumar found himself demoted one level, and will be the leader of this attack. Praveen Kumar continued to be out of favour even for the A tour.

Punjab's Mandeep Singh, Bengal's Anustup Majumdar and Mumbai's Suryakumar Yadav took the remaining batting slots. Seamers Rituraj Singh of Rajasthan and Jaydev Unadkat of Saurashtra were left-field picks. Rituraj has played just five first-class games, but averages 18 for his 27 wickets. Unadkat had failed to impress on his Test debut, and got 26 wickets in Ranji Trophy at an average of 27.

India A squad: Abhinav Mukund (capt.), Naman Ojha (wk), Mandeep Singh, Anustup Majumdar, Unmukt Chand, Ashok Menaria, Ambati Rayudu, Suryakumar Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshay Darekar, Vinay Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Sharma, Rituraj Singh and Jaydev Unadkat

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Kushalagr007 on August 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    As has been mentioned in the article above this tour is going to take place in September & October And the tests agst. NZ finish on 4th Sep'12 so why cant we take the likes of Rahane, Pujara, Saha, Umesh Yadav & P Ojha in the A Team when these guys are not in WT20 Team. And what happened to Amit Mishra once considered to be the sucsessor of Great Anil Kumble? Surely Rahane, Pujara, Saha, Pandey, Bist,Awana, Yadav, Aaron & P Ojha should have been in the A Team. Awana, Yadav, Aaron & Shami Ahmed would have been a great Pace Attack in NZ's condition and it would have been a great learning experince for these young "FAST" men, I dont know much about Rituraj Singh but B Kumar, V Kumar & Unadkat are just useless medium pacers.

  • on August 13, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    A Teams should not be place for the pretenders. They should be for genuine contenders for Team India Spots. Hence I would have liked to see Rohit Sharma in the middle order of this team along with Suresh Raina. They both either havent done enough or have actually damaged their reputation. Also then it wouldnt have been a matter of shame for the likes of Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan and S.Badrinath to be included in such tours. I suspect anyone of these players going to New Zeland are capable to replace the Team India players on a short notice. The selections for this tour depended on the upcoming Kiwis visit and World T20. So I hope that is the reason to send a fourth string Indian Contingent to face the invaluable vagaries of the Kiwi Land.

  • on August 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Good selection,may be Wriddiman Saha has to be in India as a back-up wicket keeper if Dhoni injured or opted out,

  • on August 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Awana is needed as standby for Zaheer (potential injury). Saha is needed as standby for Dhoni ( potential ban for slow over-rate). I think, they also have kept back in India potential replacement for many more... make your own guesses!

  • love_4_the_game on August 12, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I am very very very much happy. since the worst selector of the indian cricket will be no more as a selector. Shrikanth was only helpin his chennai players and CSK players to play for india, ignoring all the players from other state. advice for the new selection committee 1)Please don select indain team based on ipl performances, 2) let a new player have a 2 seasons of ranji games, before playin in international level 3) Once selected in a A team plz give him a chance to play in 11, rather than droppin him for the next tour without bieng tried.4) and try to allow players who are sittin in bench to play in the ranji games when they are not featurin in playing 11 so that they will be in good shape rather than warming benches. this will be in case of tiwarys, rohit sharmas, and spinners 5) try to look out for an all rounder, especially fast bowlin one in the near future.

  • sony_sr on August 12, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    What the hell these selectors are doing! After giving only one chance how can you drop bist and awana. Awana is the most promising guy in demestic circuit. He was top wicket taker in ranji and performed excellently in IPL.

  • on August 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Good team Evanthough Mayank & Manish is missing in the list.They can include Dhawal kulkarni or Abu Nechim

  • on August 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I have seen at least 1 comment about why not Robin Uthappa...My answer as someone who has been watching Robin bat for a while & loving every minute of his innings, till he decides that batting straight is for fools, attempts innovation & forces his wicket on the opposition - the answer is in my comments. Robin Uthappa is one of the most brilliant batsmen I have seen. He however chooses to force his wicket on the opposition (NOTE - I am not saying he errs - he forces his wicket upon the opposition)...Worse, like an ass, he does not learn from his mistake & rectify. Next opportunity, he does it again. Even though his ability to bat is brilliant, I am not sure I want someone so stupid to represent my country.

  • baghels.a on August 11, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Srikant is hell bent on ruining Manish Pandey's career ,he should have been on Indian team for t 20 WC in W.I held two years ago but for some reason he wasn't,Oaky he didn't have a good IPL but he scored 200 in his last Ranji match before getting injured.Many people might baulk at Saurabh Tiwary's 1.3 mil IPL price tag but he was selected for India and he scored 40 not out before being dropped again,why is Awana dropped,only silverlining is Chand,Surya and Menaria.Thank goodness this selection comitee is finishing it's term.

  • kk4540 on August 11, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Where is Badrinath He is waiting his turn since 5 years

  • Kushalagr007 on August 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    As has been mentioned in the article above this tour is going to take place in September & October And the tests agst. NZ finish on 4th Sep'12 so why cant we take the likes of Rahane, Pujara, Saha, Umesh Yadav & P Ojha in the A Team when these guys are not in WT20 Team. And what happened to Amit Mishra once considered to be the sucsessor of Great Anil Kumble? Surely Rahane, Pujara, Saha, Pandey, Bist,Awana, Yadav, Aaron & P Ojha should have been in the A Team. Awana, Yadav, Aaron & Shami Ahmed would have been a great Pace Attack in NZ's condition and it would have been a great learning experince for these young "FAST" men, I dont know much about Rituraj Singh but B Kumar, V Kumar & Unadkat are just useless medium pacers.

  • on August 13, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    A Teams should not be place for the pretenders. They should be for genuine contenders for Team India Spots. Hence I would have liked to see Rohit Sharma in the middle order of this team along with Suresh Raina. They both either havent done enough or have actually damaged their reputation. Also then it wouldnt have been a matter of shame for the likes of Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan and S.Badrinath to be included in such tours. I suspect anyone of these players going to New Zeland are capable to replace the Team India players on a short notice. The selections for this tour depended on the upcoming Kiwis visit and World T20. So I hope that is the reason to send a fourth string Indian Contingent to face the invaluable vagaries of the Kiwi Land.

  • on August 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Good selection,may be Wriddiman Saha has to be in India as a back-up wicket keeper if Dhoni injured or opted out,

  • on August 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Awana is needed as standby for Zaheer (potential injury). Saha is needed as standby for Dhoni ( potential ban for slow over-rate). I think, they also have kept back in India potential replacement for many more... make your own guesses!

  • love_4_the_game on August 12, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I am very very very much happy. since the worst selector of the indian cricket will be no more as a selector. Shrikanth was only helpin his chennai players and CSK players to play for india, ignoring all the players from other state. advice for the new selection committee 1)Please don select indain team based on ipl performances, 2) let a new player have a 2 seasons of ranji games, before playin in international level 3) Once selected in a A team plz give him a chance to play in 11, rather than droppin him for the next tour without bieng tried.4) and try to allow players who are sittin in bench to play in the ranji games when they are not featurin in playing 11 so that they will be in good shape rather than warming benches. this will be in case of tiwarys, rohit sharmas, and spinners 5) try to look out for an all rounder, especially fast bowlin one in the near future.

  • sony_sr on August 12, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    What the hell these selectors are doing! After giving only one chance how can you drop bist and awana. Awana is the most promising guy in demestic circuit. He was top wicket taker in ranji and performed excellently in IPL.

  • on August 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Good team Evanthough Mayank & Manish is missing in the list.They can include Dhawal kulkarni or Abu Nechim

  • on August 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I have seen at least 1 comment about why not Robin Uthappa...My answer as someone who has been watching Robin bat for a while & loving every minute of his innings, till he decides that batting straight is for fools, attempts innovation & forces his wicket on the opposition - the answer is in my comments. Robin Uthappa is one of the most brilliant batsmen I have seen. He however chooses to force his wicket on the opposition (NOTE - I am not saying he errs - he forces his wicket upon the opposition)...Worse, like an ass, he does not learn from his mistake & rectify. Next opportunity, he does it again. Even though his ability to bat is brilliant, I am not sure I want someone so stupid to represent my country.

  • baghels.a on August 11, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Srikant is hell bent on ruining Manish Pandey's career ,he should have been on Indian team for t 20 WC in W.I held two years ago but for some reason he wasn't,Oaky he didn't have a good IPL but he scored 200 in his last Ranji match before getting injured.Many people might baulk at Saurabh Tiwary's 1.3 mil IPL price tag but he was selected for India and he scored 40 not out before being dropped again,why is Awana dropped,only silverlining is Chand,Surya and Menaria.Thank goodness this selection comitee is finishing it's term.

  • kk4540 on August 11, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Where is Badrinath He is waiting his turn since 5 years

  • tanstell87 on August 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Piyush Chawla is lucky for Indian team & that is the only reason he is the T20 squad...Chawla was part of Team India's victorious campaigns in World T20 in 2007 , CB Series 2008 , World Cup 2011 & Dhoni mite have convinced selectors about this...Umesh Yadav unfortunately misses out from T20 World Cup but he has been bowling short all the time & you cant afford to give runs in this format...just want to see Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron bowling in tandem in test cricket..that would be treat to watch for Indian fans !

  • tanstell87 on August 11, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    i guess Saha is not in this team for 1 prime reason & that is incase Dhoni gets injured,Saha is the 2nd choice wicket keeper & he will get the nod straight away...if he is away in NZ then selectors would find it difficult to replace our captain...the selection of Abhinav Mukund baffles me no end...on what grounds is he in the team...Srikkanth who comes from TN thinks a player from his region with an average of 7.66 on a previous tour can be made captain & that is the benchmark he has set...good going...i would rather appreciate the selection of Balaji in T20 squad...he was brilliant in IPL but Mukund seriously....& yes Rohit should not have been in the team...& i am a Mumbaikar...why is Robin Uthappa not in T20 team...he was given just 2 chances one against England last year & one against South Africa on March 30...the selections have been highly inconsistent...!

  • on August 11, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    what????............? mukund a captain shock saha is much much better as a captain as a fielder and also as a batsman fab decision to give rayudu, ojha, chand and menaria a chance but worst decison for taking out saha and praveen

  • sumit176 on August 11, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    mayank agarwal is another promising guy...hopefully he also gets a chance in future,,,anyways india's batting reserve is allright,, but bowling as always still a big concern

  • georgebhai on August 11, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Againthe selectors pose more questions than solutions. Robin Bist, Saha, Awana, Manish Pande should have been on the India A tour. Unless they have been kept back to be considered to replace players like Laxman after the Hyderabad Test.

    The choice of Rayudu and Manaria are good. Perhaps, they should have also taken Yousuf Pathan with them. Small grounds in NZ, he could clear them easily.

    Well, selectors job is a thankless one. I do not think they can ever make everyone happy.

  • RockcityGuy on August 11, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    yay...go SURYA...:-) btw....saha is just an over-rated keeper...i'd go with dinesh karthik any day over saha....

  • ut4me87 on August 11, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If Saha is left out, the reason could be he might be needed during test matches - if Dhoni is banned or it is now well known that he is the best wicket keeper in India and there is nothing he can prove by going to another 'A' Tour.

  • rajesh.s.siddharthan on August 11, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    wt hapnd to Dinesh Karthik?

  • on August 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    All you people are talking about CSK players, i cant understand this. Why do you often come out with this kind of differences? all are INDIANS. If you find it difficult to digest that Southern part of India players in the team there is a problem with your thinking. Since you guys have pointed out CSK am forced to tell this. Once only Mumbaikars were there in team and then Karnataka people and the it was Delhi and TN, KERALA AND AP were never considered for any selection even they get loads of runs and wickets. Even now you can see a Mumbaikar in Team without doing anything, Mr.Rohit Sharma. Dont come up with differences in southern part, north par, east and west. This is India.

  • Itzmevv on August 11, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Mukund wil Thank god for being a t.n man . . .wat a blunder . . .congrats kris. . .u r a man who doesnt know partiality. . . ! ! !

  • on August 11, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Some seriously stupid decisions. Naman Ojha is useless in foreign conditions where bowl does a bit in the air. So picking him for his batting doesn't make sense, when Saha is easily the best gloves man in India and himself a solid batsman. Decision to leave out Bist and Awana is baffling to say the least. And seriously where is Praveen Kumar? India's second best seamer last year is nowhere to be seen. India need to develop a better a player management system. If Praveen isn't part of the plan he should be advised earlier, so he can look for county stint etc. And Pandey, what about his consistent returns at Ranji level?

  • indian_fight on August 11, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Hope wriddhiman is back up for dhoni in test otherwise rubbish decision.

  • jay_vkjay on August 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Where is Parwinder Awana???? I loved watching him during the IPL. Got pace,variations, movement and a bit of swing as well. Also these selectors brought Saha to Australia, now suddenly dropped him at the expense of N.Ojha. This will affect the confidence of Players. Abhinav Mukund was terrible in WI tour. Now he is the captain....Happy for Rayudu,such a talent. Mandeep singh also got reward for his IPL and domestic performance. Sourabh Tiwary played for India; Rayudu,Manish Pandey etc are yet to play. Such a shame..Inclusion of U-19 players good decision..

  • on August 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I think Raydu should be in the senior team in d place of Rohit Sharma... He's won many matches for Mumbai Indian and played better then Rohit Sharma. Thanks god Shikanth's tenure has ended. Hope the new chairman will pick the team according to the merit and not on nuisance.

  • on August 11, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    EXCLUSION OF SAHA MEANS QUOTA SYSTEM STILL THERE.EVERYBODY KNOWS HIS KEEPING IS BEST IN INDIA.

  • Percy_Fender on August 11, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    It is nice that Surya Yadav and Unmukt Chand have been included. Mukund is a good opening batsman and could slowly come into his own by giving him recognition and a big chance like they have done now.It is unfortunate that Awana,Bist and Iqbal Abdullah have failed to make it. They have not yet got to display their skills outside India. New Zealand may have been the place to try out good pace bowlers like Awana because the conditions bear a resemblance to England. The fact that Bist got injured in the only chance he got on that West Indies tour and that Awana could not get his visa in time has probably missed by the selectors. I wonder if the media questions the selectors on such points. I hope Rayadu comes good now. For too long has he been on the sidelines.

  • Sakthiivel on August 11, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @ Subroto Kar : Have you ever seen India Srilanka series. Without Rania India would lost series

  • on August 11, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Pretty good sqaud, give some others an opportunity, good to see Unmukt Chand and Surya Yadav there

  • adityamanoharsingh on August 10, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    NO Shikhar Dhawan, NO parthiv patel NO robin uthappa NO praveen kumar...NO manish panday..... and where is saurabh tiwari this days.....???they might droup vinay kumar after ithis .... may be this selector dont want players who are more than 25yrs...

  • cimrsimg on August 10, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Shocked to see Saha being dropped. Is Mukund the Rohit Sharma of team A. If he get an extended run, then why drop Shikhar Dhawar. What about Pandey? Along with Unmukt, I would have love to see Baba Aparajith as well. He is one to look forward to.

  • Cricketfan101 on August 10, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    to make this squad better IMO they sould swap naman ohja for saha, Majumdar for bist or pandey and Vinay Kumar with awana or Iqbal Abdullah and maybe instead of Rituraj Singh abu nechim also i would like seen dhawan there to

  • dheerajshetty on August 10, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    How come Manish Pnadey has been ignored again?, doesn't make any sense, Mukund captains the team in spite of very bad A Tour in west Indies. Also Rohit Sharma should be made to tour with the A team rather than the the senior team.

  • 1MAK7 on August 10, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    would have like to see Shikhar Dhawan and Saha. Happy that some promising youngsters like Mandeep, Maneria and Unmukt Chand are picked. Rayudu deserves his place too. But I fail to fathom Abhinav Mukund. Clearly he can score runs ONLY in India against average bowlers. He DOES NOT learn from his mistakes. Eg., out for first ball duck during third test against england in the first innings. Goes for an expansive drive in the second off the first ball again. Luckily for him he was dropped by Prior or Strauss. Please get rid of this guy!

  • Jishnu.v.v on August 10, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Poor badri!!! :(

    never in the reckoning, Sad but some other players who are average are given a go in a national team.

  • tanzeel003 on August 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Still no Iqbal Abdullah??? What will he do to get into the team???? These selectors are good for nothing...just kidding around... No Saha as a keeper....Is confidence word only kept for Rohit Sharma ...wat about the confidence of promising cricketers like them...????

  • on August 10, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    7.66 with the ball or bat? If ball then he deserves it. With bat, you're kidding me.

  • dicky_boy on August 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @NARBAVI IF YOU REMEMBER SOMETHING STRANGE WAS GOING ON WITH PARTHIV PATEL ALSO AND IN CB SERIES AS IF TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE SELECTORS, DHONI MADE HIM BAT AT NO 9, SOMETHING FISHY WITH SELECTORS, I AM JUST HAPPY THAT RAYUDU IS FINALLY HERE, HOPE ONE MORE BATTING LEGEND ON THE WAY

  • on August 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    well wriddhiman saha is injured buddies....no one would hv dared to drop saha in this team of india a.....pretty happy with anustup,sami ahmed's selection....if nurtured well they r future indian stars........talking abt captaincy once again it went to a CSK player....that's d criteria chairman of selectors was following fr days.....with no notable prfrmnce with ball in test cricket,ashwin is persisted,raina once again selected even though failing time and again with d short ball in tests....ridiculuous selection miss like awana,bisla et al.

  • on August 10, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    no problem ,a mukund is the right choice.because he coming from chief selecter's state.what a shame1.this type selection will kills indian cricket.robin uthappa is not capable in A SIDE?.THIS IS REDICULOUS. dropped and dropped ,effects his confidents.

  • on August 10, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i think selectors r in a mood to select young side to boost bench strength of india

  • Rohan_K on August 10, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Why no Dhawal Kulkarni...had 4 good domestic seasons...picked in 2009 for ND tour never played and never picked later ...unfair, how many wickets has rituraj singh picked....Organ too should have been picked, which would have given him a fair chance to come back!!! Thoughtless I would suggest!!!

  • on August 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Poor badri, Couldn find a place even in the "a" squad!

  • maddinson on August 10, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Rahane is not going to play any of the test matches against NZ. Pujara and Rahane could've easily been selected for this tour, Pujara have decent list A stats, why this guys been never considered in ODI. Ideally this A team should be as follows: Pujara, Rahane, Manish Pandey, Robin Bhist, Saha, BK, PK, Shami Ahmad, Chawla, Rahul Sharma, Unadkat, Jalaj Saxena, Mandeep Singh, Pankaj Singh, Maneria, Raydu

  • on August 10, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    some players are reserved for t20 worldcup squad and that's why they are not here guys.

  • maddinson on August 10, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Srikkanth is proving to be as responsible selector as he was a batsman during his playing days. Pujara, Rahane and other test candidate could've easily been selected for this tour but they've selected a very ordinary team lead by a captain who had a shocker of a tour against WI A.

  • on August 10, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Again proves that it is the IPL that matters.....Ranji performers are neither here nor there. Poor Bisht, Pankaj Singh. And what wrong has Saha done? Though Mandeep and Yadav are two to watch out for. Some good selection and some bad selection, as expected.

  • axe_hay on August 10, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Manish Pandey,Ishank Jaggi and Shikhar Dhawan should have been included. Why are the selectors ignoring Punjab's Uday Kaul ?? He has the best First class stats for a keeper in India. Most of the players have got visibility purely by some good performances in IPL . Thats why they failed in WI A tour.

  • RajeshNaik on August 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Strange picks! Robin Bisht is out! May be Saha is still considered as the no.2 wk in the country and the selectors want to see how Naman Ojha performs. As far as Vinay Kumar is considered it is unfortunate that he got injured at the crunch time and finds himself back to A team duties. Rituraj Singh is a debatable selection. Players must play couple of seasons and if they are consistent should be considered for selection.

  • Ari_april on August 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Wriddhiman's exclusion is really baffling.

  • on August 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Finally Rayudu got a well deserved chance. wish him all the very best.

  • DeepakSarathy on August 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Come on guys!!! Badri has 6 years in him!!! GIVE HIM A GO!!! PLEASE!

  • Narbavi on August 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Is this a joke again??? Have the selectors completely forgotten praveen kumar?? he is easily india's second best pacer after zaheer but still didn't get named in the test and t20 squad and now not even in the A tour?? And also Robin bist parvinder awana and saha should have been persisted as they didn't get much chances in that tour, don't know what's happening with the selectors!!

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  • Narbavi on August 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Is this a joke again??? Have the selectors completely forgotten praveen kumar?? he is easily india's second best pacer after zaheer but still didn't get named in the test and t20 squad and now not even in the A tour?? And also Robin bist parvinder awana and saha should have been persisted as they didn't get much chances in that tour, don't know what's happening with the selectors!!

  • DeepakSarathy on August 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Come on guys!!! Badri has 6 years in him!!! GIVE HIM A GO!!! PLEASE!

  • on August 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Finally Rayudu got a well deserved chance. wish him all the very best.

  • Ari_april on August 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Wriddhiman's exclusion is really baffling.

  • RajeshNaik on August 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Strange picks! Robin Bisht is out! May be Saha is still considered as the no.2 wk in the country and the selectors want to see how Naman Ojha performs. As far as Vinay Kumar is considered it is unfortunate that he got injured at the crunch time and finds himself back to A team duties. Rituraj Singh is a debatable selection. Players must play couple of seasons and if they are consistent should be considered for selection.

  • axe_hay on August 10, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Manish Pandey,Ishank Jaggi and Shikhar Dhawan should have been included. Why are the selectors ignoring Punjab's Uday Kaul ?? He has the best First class stats for a keeper in India. Most of the players have got visibility purely by some good performances in IPL . Thats why they failed in WI A tour.

  • on August 10, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Again proves that it is the IPL that matters.....Ranji performers are neither here nor there. Poor Bisht, Pankaj Singh. And what wrong has Saha done? Though Mandeep and Yadav are two to watch out for. Some good selection and some bad selection, as expected.

  • maddinson on August 10, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Srikkanth is proving to be as responsible selector as he was a batsman during his playing days. Pujara, Rahane and other test candidate could've easily been selected for this tour but they've selected a very ordinary team lead by a captain who had a shocker of a tour against WI A.

  • on August 10, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    some players are reserved for t20 worldcup squad and that's why they are not here guys.

  • maddinson on August 10, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Rahane is not going to play any of the test matches against NZ. Pujara and Rahane could've easily been selected for this tour, Pujara have decent list A stats, why this guys been never considered in ODI. Ideally this A team should be as follows: Pujara, Rahane, Manish Pandey, Robin Bhist, Saha, BK, PK, Shami Ahmad, Chawla, Rahul Sharma, Unadkat, Jalaj Saxena, Mandeep Singh, Pankaj Singh, Maneria, Raydu