India news January 28, 2013

Dhoni says no to Irani Cup

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MS Dhoni, the India captain, will not play the Irani Cup, scheduled to begin on February 6. This year's Irani match is much-anticipated because all of India's cricketers will be free to represent Rest of India against, in all likelihood, a strong Mumbai side, which has taken a healthy lead in the Ranji Trophy final. It is also being looked at as an important match in terms of selection ahead of Australia's Test series in India, which begins on February 22, but Dhoni said he needed some rest.

"No [I will not be available for the Irani Cup], as of now. We have some time before the Test series [against Australia] and I would like to make the most of it," Dhoni said after the final ODI against England in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Following India's 2-1 Test loss to England in December - which was their first Test series defeat at home in eight years - Dhoni's captaincy had come under greater scrutiny than it have ever been during India's poor 18 months in Test cricket, which included away series whitewashes in England and Australia.

Dhoni has not played a domestic first-class game since the Irani Cup in September 2008, when he kept wicket for Rest of India against Delhi. And previous to that, the semi-final of the Ranji Plate League 2004-05 tournament was his last domestic first-class appearance.

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  • POSTED BY Ayush_Chauhan on | January 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Good decision I would say, I would expect even more to rest before the Australian tour happens, they need it as much for mental reasons as they need for physical ones. Dhoni has been keeping wickets continuously for the past 3 months, and he deserves the rest. I completely agree with Nampally, as to the team that should play.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 29, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    I am very pleased to hear thatDhoni has decided to take a Rest. This gives India to experiment with new players with a new Captain. I like to see a side with lots of new faces who are potential test candidates. The team should be some what on the lines: Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara (Capt), Kohli, Tiwary, Raina, Ashwin, Nadeem, Aaron, I.Pandey,Shami Ahmad. It is good to give a break to Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Ishant, Jadeja,B.Kumar who have been playing all season.New openers should be tried. I personally do not feel Rahane is equiped to be opening bat. It could be decided by trying him under less pressure. Dhawan has scored a lot of runs- is he for real? Nadeem is a leading wkt. taker(spinners) in the Ranji & so is Pandey amongst the seamers. Is Aaron fit- Try him.These matches gives an opportunity to try new guys who performed well but never got a chance in the Indian squads. At the same time some core batsmen should be in place. Pujara had led India A many times. Is he fit to lead India?

  • POSTED BY kassimpradeesh on | January 30, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Sanju V Samson is far better than Dinesh Karthik and Pathiv Patel. Selectors, please give him a chance......

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | January 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Coming on to ROI squad, the forthcoming Aussie series must be kept in mind. ODI/T20 specialists like Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh rule themselves out. Injured ones like Irfan, Aaron and Umesh also rule themselves out. Dhoni, Kohli, Bhuvi Kumar need to be rested so that they are fresh for the gruelling Test series. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will join in their Mumbai squad. Newcomers who could be tested are Jiwanjot Singh (Punjab) at the top of order and S.Kaul (Punjab) in medium pace dept. Comeback guys should definitely be Bhajji, M.Kaif, S.Badrinath and Manoj Tiwari. V.Sehwag, C.Pujara and Pragyan Ojha should play for some match practice before the Tests with Aussies. People who must be dropped due to woeful form and poor performance are Gambhir,Ishant and R.Ashwin Hence the ROI team should be..Jiwanjot Singh,V.Sehwag,Cheteshwar Pujara (capt.), S.Badrinath, M.Kaif,Manoj Tiwary, P.Patel (WK), R.Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Shami Ahmed, P.Ojha,S.Kaul

  • POSTED BY Natraja on | January 29, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Poor Dhoni, if he continues to play Indian fans have problem, if wants to take rest and give chance to his possible replacements, Indian fans have problem. It seems some fans will have problem no matter what and these fans are least knowledgeable section of Indian cricket fans. I think Boycott was talking to these fans when he said " India are Damn Lucky to have Dhoni". I hope anti-Dhoni fans will do some research about Dhoni and karthick before commenting. Karthick is couple of hundred miles behind Dhoni in every respect. I am amused when they suggest Karthick replacing Dhoni. Good Joke.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | January 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    In fact on present form,Jaffer is a better bet than both Sehwag and Gambhir by miles. One poor series in Australia, and he was dropped forever. If one bad series is a reason to be dropped forever, then how about Gambhir? He has failed consistently with dismal averages over the last three years.

    If you look at Mukund, Gambhir, Rahane and Vijay they look bonnies in front of Jaffer given his temperament, skills, technique, range of shots, composure, style, experience and record. Ganguly is right when he says Jaffer is one of the two best openers in the country at this moment.

    And Jaffer is only 35 which means he has three - four years left to contribute to Indian cricket.

    Hope likes of Sandeep Patil, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathore,RS Hans and Roger Binny are listening and are willing to undo the gross injustices done to Jaffer over such a long period of time. Come on selectors..think about the country first and give Jaffer his due.Hope Sunny, Shastri, Ganguly and Sachin help.

  • POSTED BY Sankara on | January 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Good; The way he is going, we should be looking for a keeper in tests and t-20s. Other than Karthik and Patel, it may be a good idea to check out Gautam. He ahs scored heavily in Ranji and have heard that he is a good keeperas well. WOuld be good to see how good he really is. hopefully, Mumbai will turn out in full strength as well and Rahane, Tendulkat,Rohit Sarma, and Zaheer will play along with Jaffer, Tare, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Chavan, Abhishek Nayar and Agarkar. It should then be a good contest as well.

  • POSTED BY IamdKing on | January 29, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Absolutely deserved rest! I just can't help laughing at people who still fight for the Dinesh Karthik's and the Parthiv Patel's. Com'on guys...they are proven failures, over and over again. And why do people call for MSD's head all the time? If nothing else, look at his stats before commenting...even in Tests! An average of 38 is pretty good for a WK at number 7...best in the World cricket today!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Please say no to test cricket also

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | January 29, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Dhanno - Check out the last series, and see on how many occasions, it was basically CSK players versus England. CSK is not some bits and pieces team in coloured clothing. They have been in four out of five finals in the IPL. Of course they know more about winning than any other team. Of course you will see them showing up in the India side - that is the whole point of the IPL - to unearth talent for the Indian side. What has Gambhir done after winning for the KKR, one might ask. What has Kohli done of late? Dhoni has done everything and anything humanly possible, so pretty please, let him take rest when he wants to. He has nothing to gain by playing in the Irani trophy, and would indeed block a place that a youngster might be able to utilize to showcase some talent.

  • POSTED BY Ayush_Chauhan on | January 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Good decision I would say, I would expect even more to rest before the Australian tour happens, they need it as much for mental reasons as they need for physical ones. Dhoni has been keeping wickets continuously for the past 3 months, and he deserves the rest. I completely agree with Nampally, as to the team that should play.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 29, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    I am very pleased to hear thatDhoni has decided to take a Rest. This gives India to experiment with new players with a new Captain. I like to see a side with lots of new faces who are potential test candidates. The team should be some what on the lines: Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara (Capt), Kohli, Tiwary, Raina, Ashwin, Nadeem, Aaron, I.Pandey,Shami Ahmad. It is good to give a break to Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Ishant, Jadeja,B.Kumar who have been playing all season.New openers should be tried. I personally do not feel Rahane is equiped to be opening bat. It could be decided by trying him under less pressure. Dhawan has scored a lot of runs- is he for real? Nadeem is a leading wkt. taker(spinners) in the Ranji & so is Pandey amongst the seamers. Is Aaron fit- Try him.These matches gives an opportunity to try new guys who performed well but never got a chance in the Indian squads. At the same time some core batsmen should be in place. Pujara had led India A many times. Is he fit to lead India?

  • POSTED BY kassimpradeesh on | January 30, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Sanju V Samson is far better than Dinesh Karthik and Pathiv Patel. Selectors, please give him a chance......

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | January 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Coming on to ROI squad, the forthcoming Aussie series must be kept in mind. ODI/T20 specialists like Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh rule themselves out. Injured ones like Irfan, Aaron and Umesh also rule themselves out. Dhoni, Kohli, Bhuvi Kumar need to be rested so that they are fresh for the gruelling Test series. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will join in their Mumbai squad. Newcomers who could be tested are Jiwanjot Singh (Punjab) at the top of order and S.Kaul (Punjab) in medium pace dept. Comeback guys should definitely be Bhajji, M.Kaif, S.Badrinath and Manoj Tiwari. V.Sehwag, C.Pujara and Pragyan Ojha should play for some match practice before the Tests with Aussies. People who must be dropped due to woeful form and poor performance are Gambhir,Ishant and R.Ashwin Hence the ROI team should be..Jiwanjot Singh,V.Sehwag,Cheteshwar Pujara (capt.), S.Badrinath, M.Kaif,Manoj Tiwary, P.Patel (WK), R.Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Shami Ahmed, P.Ojha,S.Kaul

  • POSTED BY Natraja on | January 29, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Poor Dhoni, if he continues to play Indian fans have problem, if wants to take rest and give chance to his possible replacements, Indian fans have problem. It seems some fans will have problem no matter what and these fans are least knowledgeable section of Indian cricket fans. I think Boycott was talking to these fans when he said " India are Damn Lucky to have Dhoni". I hope anti-Dhoni fans will do some research about Dhoni and karthick before commenting. Karthick is couple of hundred miles behind Dhoni in every respect. I am amused when they suggest Karthick replacing Dhoni. Good Joke.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | January 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    In fact on present form,Jaffer is a better bet than both Sehwag and Gambhir by miles. One poor series in Australia, and he was dropped forever. If one bad series is a reason to be dropped forever, then how about Gambhir? He has failed consistently with dismal averages over the last three years.

    If you look at Mukund, Gambhir, Rahane and Vijay they look bonnies in front of Jaffer given his temperament, skills, technique, range of shots, composure, style, experience and record. Ganguly is right when he says Jaffer is one of the two best openers in the country at this moment.

    And Jaffer is only 35 which means he has three - four years left to contribute to Indian cricket.

    Hope likes of Sandeep Patil, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathore,RS Hans and Roger Binny are listening and are willing to undo the gross injustices done to Jaffer over such a long period of time. Come on selectors..think about the country first and give Jaffer his due.Hope Sunny, Shastri, Ganguly and Sachin help.

  • POSTED BY Sankara on | January 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Good; The way he is going, we should be looking for a keeper in tests and t-20s. Other than Karthik and Patel, it may be a good idea to check out Gautam. He ahs scored heavily in Ranji and have heard that he is a good keeperas well. WOuld be good to see how good he really is. hopefully, Mumbai will turn out in full strength as well and Rahane, Tendulkat,Rohit Sarma, and Zaheer will play along with Jaffer, Tare, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Chavan, Abhishek Nayar and Agarkar. It should then be a good contest as well.

  • POSTED BY IamdKing on | January 29, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Absolutely deserved rest! I just can't help laughing at people who still fight for the Dinesh Karthik's and the Parthiv Patel's. Com'on guys...they are proven failures, over and over again. And why do people call for MSD's head all the time? If nothing else, look at his stats before commenting...even in Tests! An average of 38 is pretty good for a WK at number 7...best in the World cricket today!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Please say no to test cricket also

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | January 29, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Dhanno - Check out the last series, and see on how many occasions, it was basically CSK players versus England. CSK is not some bits and pieces team in coloured clothing. They have been in four out of five finals in the IPL. Of course they know more about winning than any other team. Of course you will see them showing up in the India side - that is the whole point of the IPL - to unearth talent for the Indian side. What has Gambhir done after winning for the KKR, one might ask. What has Kohli done of late? Dhoni has done everything and anything humanly possible, so pretty please, let him take rest when he wants to. He has nothing to gain by playing in the Irani trophy, and would indeed block a place that a youngster might be able to utilize to showcase some talent.

  • POSTED BY push_10dolkar on | January 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    What, afraid of losing to Mumbai??? Or is the money for playing a domestic match not enough?

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 29, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Its so funny to read commentsfrom posters praising Dinesh Karthick,Patel and Saha over Dhoni. These three were given chances and did not lit the world on fire. They are proven failures and should never be selected in the team. And to suggest they should replace Dhoni is a good joke. BCCI should keep an eye on some young keeper from U-19 to replace Dhoni whenever he decides to retire.

  • POSTED BY lynds on | January 29, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Is Dhanno serious? The Indian team has played constantly since August & MSD has an injured hand. 21 days off before what will be a very difficult Test series & you want the captain/keeper to risk injuring it further by playing in a domestic match or a hastily convened ODI series? Dhoni's workload is immense. Let the poor man have a couple of weeks off to chill out & regroup before taking on Australia. He has the toughest job in world cricket. He needs a break. Give him the break & he'll be fresh against Australia. Having MSD fresh is the best possible scenario. I'm sure that when he won World Cups in both shortened formats & took India to the no 1 Test ranking, Dhanno wasn't complaining when he got a few days off. Obviously a fair weather fan.

  • POSTED BY the_tonu on | January 28, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    give a chance to dinesh kartik in Test and t20 you will never see dhoni again in these two formats..ODI he is perfect in that position(7) when ball doesn't do anything that too if maches are played on subcontinent piches outside he is mere waste.

  • POSTED BY kunal95308 on | January 28, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    People forget the role he(dhoni) plays as a member of indian team. He keeps wicket, bats and is the captain in all formats. Earlier we had a special slot for a wicket keeper in the team,who is selected for that specific role of wicket keeping and nothing else. Batting was not taken into account for the players selection.This asserts the amount of hard work a keeper applies. Dhoni keeps wicket in all format of the game and is also an important batsman as well as the captain who has to bear the criticism during team failures. He has every right to deny a domestic tournament which can be played without him,in order to refresh himself for the important series(australia) which is due in some weeks.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | January 28, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    One of the most overworked players in international cricket. CSA is struggling managing ABDV's workload -- and AB only captains 2 of the shorter formats. MSD captains and keeps in all 3 formats for the largest cricketing nation. While AB is making a mess of leading the most talented team in the world at the moment, Dhoni is being reasonable successful in leading a young side with a bowling attack not fit for club cricket. Dhoni needs some rest. While Dhonii doesnt have much success in the longer format; his success in the shorter format is indisputable -- no captain in cricketing history has yet won a world cup in both short formats.

  • POSTED BY gharat_swap12 on | January 28, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    MUMbai team Rahane,Jafar,Hiken shah,Sachin,Rohit,Abhishek,Tare,Ajit,Zaheer,Dhaval,Chavan/Dabolkar

    Let this team play against Australia i think they will paly better than Indian test team..

  • POSTED BY FlairSelva on | January 28, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Please give Sehwag(as a Captain) and Badri(as a batsman) a Chance in Irani trophy..

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | January 28, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Neither Dhoni's attitude nor his lack of skills in Tests will haunt him. He plays for the team which basically selects indian test team, so he is assured a place, whether he plays irani trophy or practices or not. The real question is how come we have 21 days free before australian tour. Surely we can summon someone for a quick ODI series with 2 T20s tamasha and dhoni will be glad to captain india then. Seriously BCCI needs to get its act together, they cant have free days like this!

  • POSTED BY hariharan_cricinfo on | January 28, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    My Rest of India Squad: 1. A Mukund/ G Gambhir 2. V Sehwag (c) 3. C Pujara 4. M Tiwary 5. V Kohli 6. S Badrinath/ R Jadeja 7. D Karthick/ W Saha(w) 8. R Ashwin 9. Bhuvnesh Kumar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Umesh Yadav

    My Mumbai Squad: 1. W Jaffer 2. A Tare(w) 3. A Rahane 4. S Tendulkar 5. R Sharma 6. A Nayar 7. A Agarkar(c) 8. D Kulkarani 9. R Powar 10. A Chavan 11. Z Khan

  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | January 28, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    You ask MSD to play a IPL match he"ll be always ready, but Irani Trophy!! he wants to rest, Why ?? will this not help him in preparing himself for the test series ?? especially when he is not doing so good in test matches!!

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 28, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Dhoni deserves rest. It's hard work for a wicket keeper batsman. Try doing 500 squats every day for 5 days. On top of that deal with media and captaincy. No wonder Tendulkar failed as a captain.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | January 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Wridhiman Saha will be picked for ROI and he will fail as usual reasserting that Dhoni is the greatest test wicket keeping bat India has [until Parthiv Karthick or M Goutham are not played.!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | January 28, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ Prats6 - he has been our best ODI batsman and deserves rest. Teams are selected based on IPL performances and who knows Srinivasan better and is from TN/CSk. How can we otherwise explain talented players like Nayar not being selected even after performing well as a alrounder. We are stuck with overrated Ashwins, Vjayis, Mukunds et al.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | January 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    As a matter of fact, Dhoni is the only certainty in the test team. Most of the other slots are up for grabs.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    He is in good form so its ok if he wanna skip it and he has been playing continuously so he needs rest otherwise it can have bad impact on his fitness

  • POSTED BY jwayong on | January 28, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @Prats6 exactly what is Irani Trophy? :) no big deal guys, chance for Muralidharen Gautam to play. He's been the best wicketkeeper batsman in Ranji this year!

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | January 28, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    As much as I think Dhoni has its limitations in test cricket, but acknowledging the fact that he will be selected for the next few years irrespectively of what we say, I think this is a good decision. He needs some rest. Maybe people are too harsh on him - look at the last games against India - he was among the most consistent performers.

  • POSTED BY aadh_king on | January 28, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    you people will never stop complaining about Dhoni, though you are wrong always. whom you will suggest for next captain... Sehwag/Gambhir/Kohli haha Cant stop it!

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | January 28, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Does that mean Dhoni gets an automatic selection for the Border Gavaskar trophy even after his dismal performance last 2 years? That too based on this narrow ODI series win? Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | January 28, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Dhoni's exact words,"No, there is some time before the Australia Test Series, I would want to set up some new world records for new advertisements. Irani Trophy.. what is that again?". I dont think MSD deserves a place in the XI in Tests, lets move on, enough said and done. MSD's attitude will surely haunt him in time to come.

  • POSTED BY pathuri36 on | January 28, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Thats the problem for india...based on previous performance he will not get a place in indian test team...but he know he will be the captain again even after 10-1...and taking rest..

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | January 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    No problem good chance for Dinesh Kartik and Parthiv Patel. they are better than Dhoni in this format. Why Dhoni dont accept that he is no good in Tests compare to how best he is in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | January 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    No problem good chance for Dinesh Kartik and Parthiv Patel. they are better than Dhoni in this format. Why Dhoni dont accept that he is no good in Tests compare to how best he is in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY pathuri36 on | January 28, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Thats the problem for india...based on previous performance he will not get a place in indian test team...but he know he will be the captain again even after 10-1...and taking rest..

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | January 28, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Dhoni's exact words,"No, there is some time before the Australia Test Series, I would want to set up some new world records for new advertisements. Irani Trophy.. what is that again?". I dont think MSD deserves a place in the XI in Tests, lets move on, enough said and done. MSD's attitude will surely haunt him in time to come.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | January 28, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Does that mean Dhoni gets an automatic selection for the Border Gavaskar trophy even after his dismal performance last 2 years? That too based on this narrow ODI series win? Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY aadh_king on | January 28, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    you people will never stop complaining about Dhoni, though you are wrong always. whom you will suggest for next captain... Sehwag/Gambhir/Kohli haha Cant stop it!

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | January 28, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    As much as I think Dhoni has its limitations in test cricket, but acknowledging the fact that he will be selected for the next few years irrespectively of what we say, I think this is a good decision. He needs some rest. Maybe people are too harsh on him - look at the last games against India - he was among the most consistent performers.

  • POSTED BY jwayong on | January 28, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @Prats6 exactly what is Irani Trophy? :) no big deal guys, chance for Muralidharen Gautam to play. He's been the best wicketkeeper batsman in Ranji this year!

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    He is in good form so its ok if he wanna skip it and he has been playing continuously so he needs rest otherwise it can have bad impact on his fitness

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | January 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    As a matter of fact, Dhoni is the only certainty in the test team. Most of the other slots are up for grabs.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | January 28, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ Prats6 - he has been our best ODI batsman and deserves rest. Teams are selected based on IPL performances and who knows Srinivasan better and is from TN/CSk. How can we otherwise explain talented players like Nayar not being selected even after performing well as a alrounder. We are stuck with overrated Ashwins, Vjayis, Mukunds et al.