India news January 28, 2013

Dhoni says no to Irani Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Pradeesh 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......

  • Munawar 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

  • dinesh 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.

  • Munawar 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.

  • 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.

  • samrat 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 in the World cricket today!

  • sri on January 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Please say no to test cricket also

  • Senthil 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.

  • Pushkar on January 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT

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