India news October 25, 2013

Sehwag, Zaheer a must in Tests - Ganguly

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Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, believes Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag should be handed Test comebacks, given the overseas challenges India have lined up next year. He also backed Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina for the No. 4 and No. 6 spots in the line-up.

"They [Sehwag and Zaheer] must immediately be brought back into the Test side," Ganguly told the Indian Express. "Don't forget India will be playing 13 Tests overseas in the next one year or so. You need players with pedigree and experience in those conditions. And Sehwag and Zaheer have those qualities.

"Zaheer still is the best pace bowler India have. He can do so many things with the ball. I assure you that both Sehwag and Zaheer are not yet finished."

Following a prolonged slump, Zaheer was dropped from the Test side late last year, and Sehwag last played a Test in March. They were ignored in subsequent A squads, but got call-ups for the West Indies A series that led into the new domestic season. While Zaheer seemed to get back in rhythm the more he bowled against West Indies A, picking up seven wickets in four innings, Sehwag failed to register any score of note. However, that should not be held against Sehwag, Ganguly said: "A player of Sehwag's class shouldn't be judged on his performance in domestic cricket and List A games. He should be judged by his Test record."

Following the West Indies Tests at home, India have two matches in South Africa, two in New Zealand and five in England already scheduled until next August. And with Tendulkar set to retire against West Indies, the No. 4 slot in the Test line-up will be left vacant for the first time in years. The No. 6 slot, which Ganguly vacated in 2008, is also yet to be permanently filled, with none of the younger players impressing sufficiently. Ganguly said Rohit, who has played over 100 ODIs but has underachieved, is the best man for No. 4. He has a remarkable first-class average of 60.78 in 58 games, but is yet to make his Test debut. Raina, meanwhile, could slot in at No. 6, Ganguly said.

"Yes, a couple of places would be up for grabs, No. 4 and No. 6. You need a specialist batsman at No.6 in overseas conditions. And my choices are Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina respectively. They have the game and are the best options available."

Bengal pacer Mohammed Shami, who had troubled Australia with pace and bounce in the Ranchi ODI on Wednesday and whom Ganguly had captained in domestic games, is also ready for Test cricket, he said. "Not only limited-overs cricket, Shami is ready for Tests as well. He should be there in the Test side. He has got the pace, has the ability to move the ball, can bowl yorkers and has a deceptive bouncer that troubles batsmen."

There is no doubt about Yuvraj Singh's place in the one-day side, leading up to the 2015 World Cup, he said. "India need Yuvraj in the next World Cup. He's a match-winner, so don't write him off after just a couple of failures [in the Australia ODIs]. He got two good deliveries. Yuvraj must be persisted with."

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  • shreyas_s on October 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Sourav dada, i agree your words respecting you as you are one of the most successful and experienced cricketer in world cricket.I agree your choice of adding virender sehwag. in the playing XI. in my opinion, he is the most dangerous player and experienced in world cricket. For the upcoming south africa vs india tour, after sachin retires viru should be fixed at no.4. the team should be like this- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Murali Vijay 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virender Sehwag (current position of sachin) 5.Virat Kohli 6.MS Dhoni (captain) 7.Ravichandran Ashwin (as we know that he can bat, he has a century and 3 half centuries in test cricket and Jadeja is not in form for batting currently) 8.Ravindra Jadeja 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10.Pragyan Ojha 11.Umesh Yadav.

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 28, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Respect Dada ... But as far as Sehwag is concerned we should look into the future ... Zak is super Fit and in form again .. so easily walks into the playing XI .. and and here is my 15 for next year. 1) Dhawan 2) Ajinkya Rahane 3) Pujara 4) Rohit 5) Kohli 6) MS Dhoni 7) Baba Aparajit ---- look at his stats & form since his Debut ... Amazing talent 8) Sir Jadeja 9) Zaheer 10) Bhuvi 11) Umesh Yadav 12) Ishwar Pandey 13) Varun Aaron 14) R.Ashwin 15) Shami Ahmed

  • arup_g on October 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I've always been a Ganguly fan, but I must say I don't fully agree with him here. I know he is a massive fan of Sehwag, but as great a batsman he may have been, he is no longer anywhere close to that. Dhawan is an automatic pic at the top of the order after his last test performance. Also Vijay has done no wrong as an opener, and if they were to drop him then Rahane would be the automatic second choice. Sehwag would not manage against a bowling attack of Steyn, Morkel and Philander! Zaheer, I do agree with and he is still India's best bowler without a doubt. He must prove his fitness however and alongside Yadav and Bhuvi, he will be lethal!

    The big debate is also regarding the no 4 and 6 spots. No 6 in my opinion can be Dhoni with Jadeja batting at 7 as the allrounder, but Jadeja needs to get runs behind him to cement that place. I do not think Raina should be considered. Rohit at 4 would be the obvious option and his technique should allow him to seamlessly walk into that role...

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 26, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ tanstell87 Very good question. my comment was "My guess for the overseas tests" - meaning who will be picked by the folks in charge. If I were picking for my fantasy overseas test team, it will be different. May be a pace bowler that can bat well. . . based on the Ranji Season kicking off . . . because we sorely miss an all rounder that is a pace bowler, and a faster pace bowler like V Aron or I Pandey. Our selection committee will depend on past performances as well as Ranji performances and the ODI performances to minimize the risks. They will try to include all rounders that are spinners as they have been proven performers.

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    I would agree with Ganguly. Viru is one of the great Test Batsmen I have seen. He used to bring liveliness and excitement to Test Cricket. I hope he gets a chance to play for India again before he retires.

  • Nandu_Athadu on October 26, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Zaheer - no doubt one of the best fast bowler in our country...and can easily fit in final 11..and other two bowlers should be Bhuvi and Umesh.. Bhuvi - becoz of his ability to swing both ways, Umesh - for his pace and Zaheer - for his experience and varienty being a left hander..coming to batsman...i think Shewag has less chance of making a come back..the coming WI series is a only option af checking his fitness and ability to score...if he clicks then he can travel to SA for 6th postion...if he fails then we have lot of youngsters waiting in the wings...and coming to 4th position..KOHLI is the man and no one has outside chance...I think Rohit is best suited for TEST and he will perform better over ODIs..Rahane is another talented who deserves long run..my line up would be as follows (after SACHIN retures) 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay/Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwini 8. Jadega/Ohja 9. Zaheer 10. Bhuvaneshwar 11. Umesh.. Ishanth, Tiwary, Varon can be with the squad.

  • on October 26, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Dada is correct in backing Viru and Zak, but not sure Dhoni will be keen to have these slow coaches in the field in the team. Lets, give Viru and Zak the chance to achieve 100test milestone which they reachly deserved...

  • Arrow011 on October 26, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dada wants his boys to be back nothing else seems to be his logic. Sehwag & ZAK have already been his boys. Now he wants Md. Shami to be included also.

    It is time to have only good players are selected. 1. Sehwag, 2. Dhawan, 3. Pujara, 4. Kohli (when Sachin vacates he is the ideal player to fill this legendary slot), 5. Dhoni (it is time he took responsibility as a batsman & not pushing lame ducks ahead of him to avoid criticism) 6. Ravinder Jadeja (this man has few triple hundreds in domestic cricket), 7. Raina (as he is a quick hitter who can partner the tail for innings like Gilchrist, he does not need sound technique at that low in the batting order) 8. Ashwin, 9. Bhuvaneshwar, 10. Umesh Yadav & 11. Varun Aaron ( he is way better than Ishant sharma who is getting useless by the day).

    Extras: 12. Amit Mishra, 13. Yuvraj Singh. 14. Ishwar Pandey. 15. Unmukt Chand & 16. Baba Aparajith ( a good all rounder)

  • TousifIqbal on October 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Right bout Zaheer, as far as Sehwag is concerned, if we look back the recent tests India Won, its Sehwag who has given India the quick start. If one is retaining Raina in the squad then y not Sehwag. Or else we ll request Sehwag to Play his next IPL for Team Chennai.

  • buntyj on October 26, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    how about- dhawan, pujara, zol, juneja, kohli, khan, samson, bhubneswar, kuldeep yadav, umesh yadav, ishwar pandey?

  • shreyas_s on October 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Sourav dada, i agree your words respecting you as you are one of the most successful and experienced cricketer in world cricket.I agree your choice of adding virender sehwag. in the playing XI. in my opinion, he is the most dangerous player and experienced in world cricket. For the upcoming south africa vs india tour, after sachin retires viru should be fixed at no.4. the team should be like this- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Murali Vijay 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virender Sehwag (current position of sachin) 5.Virat Kohli 6.MS Dhoni (captain) 7.Ravichandran Ashwin (as we know that he can bat, he has a century and 3 half centuries in test cricket and Jadeja is not in form for batting currently) 8.Ravindra Jadeja 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10.Pragyan Ojha 11.Umesh Yadav.

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 28, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Respect Dada ... But as far as Sehwag is concerned we should look into the future ... Zak is super Fit and in form again .. so easily walks into the playing XI .. and and here is my 15 for next year. 1) Dhawan 2) Ajinkya Rahane 3) Pujara 4) Rohit 5) Kohli 6) MS Dhoni 7) Baba Aparajit ---- look at his stats & form since his Debut ... Amazing talent 8) Sir Jadeja 9) Zaheer 10) Bhuvi 11) Umesh Yadav 12) Ishwar Pandey 13) Varun Aaron 14) R.Ashwin 15) Shami Ahmed

  • arup_g on October 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I've always been a Ganguly fan, but I must say I don't fully agree with him here. I know he is a massive fan of Sehwag, but as great a batsman he may have been, he is no longer anywhere close to that. Dhawan is an automatic pic at the top of the order after his last test performance. Also Vijay has done no wrong as an opener, and if they were to drop him then Rahane would be the automatic second choice. Sehwag would not manage against a bowling attack of Steyn, Morkel and Philander! Zaheer, I do agree with and he is still India's best bowler without a doubt. He must prove his fitness however and alongside Yadav and Bhuvi, he will be lethal!

    The big debate is also regarding the no 4 and 6 spots. No 6 in my opinion can be Dhoni with Jadeja batting at 7 as the allrounder, but Jadeja needs to get runs behind him to cement that place. I do not think Raina should be considered. Rohit at 4 would be the obvious option and his technique should allow him to seamlessly walk into that role...

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 26, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ tanstell87 Very good question. my comment was "My guess for the overseas tests" - meaning who will be picked by the folks in charge. If I were picking for my fantasy overseas test team, it will be different. May be a pace bowler that can bat well. . . based on the Ranji Season kicking off . . . because we sorely miss an all rounder that is a pace bowler, and a faster pace bowler like V Aron or I Pandey. Our selection committee will depend on past performances as well as Ranji performances and the ODI performances to minimize the risks. They will try to include all rounders that are spinners as they have been proven performers.

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    I would agree with Ganguly. Viru is one of the great Test Batsmen I have seen. He used to bring liveliness and excitement to Test Cricket. I hope he gets a chance to play for India again before he retires.

  • Nandu_Athadu on October 26, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Zaheer - no doubt one of the best fast bowler in our country...and can easily fit in final 11..and other two bowlers should be Bhuvi and Umesh.. Bhuvi - becoz of his ability to swing both ways, Umesh - for his pace and Zaheer - for his experience and varienty being a left hander..coming to batsman...i think Shewag has less chance of making a come back..the coming WI series is a only option af checking his fitness and ability to score...if he clicks then he can travel to SA for 6th postion...if he fails then we have lot of youngsters waiting in the wings...and coming to 4th position..KOHLI is the man and no one has outside chance...I think Rohit is best suited for TEST and he will perform better over ODIs..Rahane is another talented who deserves long run..my line up would be as follows (after SACHIN retures) 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay/Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwini 8. Jadega/Ohja 9. Zaheer 10. Bhuvaneshwar 11. Umesh.. Ishanth, Tiwary, Varon can be with the squad.

  • on October 26, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Dada is correct in backing Viru and Zak, but not sure Dhoni will be keen to have these slow coaches in the field in the team. Lets, give Viru and Zak the chance to achieve 100test milestone which they reachly deserved...

  • Arrow011 on October 26, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dada wants his boys to be back nothing else seems to be his logic. Sehwag & ZAK have already been his boys. Now he wants Md. Shami to be included also.

    It is time to have only good players are selected. 1. Sehwag, 2. Dhawan, 3. Pujara, 4. Kohli (when Sachin vacates he is the ideal player to fill this legendary slot), 5. Dhoni (it is time he took responsibility as a batsman & not pushing lame ducks ahead of him to avoid criticism) 6. Ravinder Jadeja (this man has few triple hundreds in domestic cricket), 7. Raina (as he is a quick hitter who can partner the tail for innings like Gilchrist, he does not need sound technique at that low in the batting order) 8. Ashwin, 9. Bhuvaneshwar, 10. Umesh Yadav & 11. Varun Aaron ( he is way better than Ishant sharma who is getting useless by the day).

    Extras: 12. Amit Mishra, 13. Yuvraj Singh. 14. Ishwar Pandey. 15. Unmukt Chand & 16. Baba Aparajith ( a good all rounder)

  • TousifIqbal on October 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Right bout Zaheer, as far as Sehwag is concerned, if we look back the recent tests India Won, its Sehwag who has given India the quick start. If one is retaining Raina in the squad then y not Sehwag. Or else we ll request Sehwag to Play his next IPL for Team Chennai.

  • buntyj on October 26, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    how about- dhawan, pujara, zol, juneja, kohli, khan, samson, bhubneswar, kuldeep yadav, umesh yadav, ishwar pandey?

  • Nampally on October 26, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Gangully may include this on his Christmas wish list to Santa! But with emphasis on Youth, the Selectors are unlikely to go back to the Seniors. I am not even sure whether Dhoni will be retained as a Captain or Pujara takes over as the New Skipper. Dhoni's XI Selection, bowling changes & field placement have been questionable not only in Test format but also in the ODI's. Pujara has been kept off the ODI format altogether+ he is consistently captaining the India A longer format games. Is he being groomed for Captaincy of the Indian test Team? If Pujara does take over, the succession planning from Dhoni to Pujara is well timed. Also Youthful team needs a youthful leader. So Ganguly's ideas may be bit outdated! Even if Dhoni is retained as the Captain, his spat with Sehwag on the Australian tour is still fresh. That rules Sehwag out. ZAK & Sehwag, on the other hand, have a better chance of being in the squad if Pujara is leading. The Selectors may provide these 2 seniors to guide him.

  • on October 26, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Hasheycashey, my knowledge of the game might be minimal, but you seem to forget that he took all of four wickets when we toured Australia.. He was as effective as a first grader bowling to a tenth grader when England toured India last winter.. His ranking flatters him way more than his actual abilities suggest.. He is a one trick pony and is no where near the class of Amit Mishra.. Mishra has continuously been sidelined for who knows what reason.. Just because he picked up over 20 wickets against a very inexperienced Australian team, which is an understatement, does not mean that he is a test class bowler.. It is not just I who am criticizing him.. Errapalli Prasanna has taken him apart as well.. Your Chennai pride will sting.. But this is the truth..

  • on October 26, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    My Test XI after WI series will be :

    Dhawan...Rahane...Pujara...Kohli..Rohit...Sehwag....Dhoni...Bhuwneswar..Zaheer.Sami..Ojha/Ashwin...depend on form....extra... Aaron..Raina..Jadeja

  • mayank125 on October 26, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    My XI-1.dhawan 2.sehwag 3.pujara 4.rohit 5.dhoni 6.rahane 7.jadeja 8.yadav 9.aron 10.khan 11.ishant

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on October 26, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    dada usually has good cricketing logic , i don't understand what got into him now , agreed a fully fit zak is the best fast bowler in India , but sehwag ?? !! sehwag is a walking wicket nowadays even on Indian tracks and dada wants him to go and face the likes of steyn and philander on South african pitches ! perfect recipe for disaster in my opinion

  • ravi_hari on October 26, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Dada knows what he is talking. I fully agree with him on Zaheer. I think it is high time Patil & co. pick him for tests and ODIs. He needs some match practise before going overseas and for that he should play the two tests against WI. I do not agree with Dada on Rohit and Raina. I dont think at the moment we should look at them. Especially Raina. We have quite a few youngsters waiting to break into the XI like Pujara and it would be unfair to them if we fall back on the oldies. Rahane, Tiwari must be roped in. We have Kohli for No. 4 and let the new comer come in at 5 followed by Dhoni and Jadeja. In tests Ashwin should be considered an allrounder at No.7. That makes a perfect lineup. I am afraid Gambhir and Sehwag will have to wait. I would prefer Gambhir over Sehwag as he is technically more sound and can play long innings especially against strong attacks like SA, England and Aus. By not selecting discarded seniors you will give the younsters much needed confidence to perform.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    ganguly went nobody bothered, dravid went, laxman went nobody bothered, no discernible difference to team performance, SRT is going, long overdue, most people would infact like it, why should yuvi, raina be given such loooooooooong ropes despite failing failing, what is the fault of badri, rahane, jaffer etc. give everyone a chance rather than playing the same xi for years together, wish somebody drilled this into the head of saurav ganguly and had the guts to tell him how wrong he is, just like ganguly has his favourite set of players and a coterie of his own, MSD is also having a coterie of his own, this is terribly unjust to other so many talented players who are dying for a chance or two, ganguly is only doing their cause a harm by coming here and talking like this without responsibility,SG himself was far too over rated and played too many games more than what he deserved because the team he captained was very strong,SG was a sitting duck vs pace like yuvi and raina

  • Cricket_archive on October 26, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    what raina...r u kidding dada?he is so afraid of short bowling that he gets inside the crease before the ball is bowled.he cant survive against any good fast bowler in test matches.

  • HDG1978 on October 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    With the retirement of Tendulkar, the vacant No.4 spot should go to Kohli with Pujara coming in at 3. These two can serve India in Test cricket for long with their undoubted talent and huge appetite for runs.Shikhar Dhawan did well overseas (Eng, Zim etc) and would be one of the two openers. Vijay needs to score against WI and prove his detractors wrong by doing well in SA, if given the chance. Rahane can be the other choice for opener. Zak's experience along with Shami and Yadav should be in the XI in SA with Bhuvi and Unadkat as reserve seamers. Rayudu needs to get his chance now. In my view, Rohit with the so-called talent that ex-cricketers see in him has under-performed over 6 years and over 100 ODIs and is too casual and inconsistent to be considered. Raina with his travails against the short ball and a not too impressive FC and Test record does not deserve a chance in the Test side unless he proves himself Ranji cricket. However, it is upto the selectors to take the final call.

  • Capricorn60 on October 26, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Whilst perhaps there is still some opportunity for Zaheer [as long as he proves his fitness] mainly due to India's pace bowling stock being almost threadbare, Sehwag is long past his 'sell-by date' & should be permanently pensioned off! Memories are short as due to carrying these non-performing stalwarts in the team for far too long, we not only got real drubbings both in England & Australia but our fielding was unbelievably atrocious too! We then turned to youth & the transformation of fortunes for the team has been immediate - so we should persist with these youngsters and even if they struggle a bit in tough tours away like vs SA, they will gain immensely from such experiences & become much better players in the long haul.

  • on October 26, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    yes DADA is always right

  • jimbond on October 26, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    For those arguing against Rohit Sharma- here is a guy with substantial first class experience with an impressive average of 60 and who has NEVER got a chance in tests. Raina still has a problem with short balls, doesn't have that good a first class record- has an average of 43, and has already played 17 tests- without any great success. These are hence two different cases. If Sehwag opens, Rahane can be a good choice at No. 6, else the option is to play Dhoni at 6 and take a gamble with someone like Rishi Dhawan and Abhishek Nayar at 7. In conditions abroad that are more conducive to pace bowling, these guys could play a better holding role than Jadeja who may not be as effective in those conditions. If Jadeja has to play, he has to be played as the lone spinner- though I would prefer Amit Mishra as the lone spinner in conditions abroad.

  • tanstell87 on October 26, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    @ CricketFanIndUS - do you think Jadeja & Ashwin can pick even 1 wicket in overseas tests...India should play 7 batsmen + 4 fast bowlers if they want to compete in South Africa,New Zealand & England in overseas tests...

    1.Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Sehwag 5.Kohli 6.Rohit 7.Dhoni 8.Yadav 9.Bhuvneshwar 10.Zaheer 11.Aaron

    12.Jadeja 13.Vijay 14.Ojha 15.Manoj Tiwary

  • RG88 on October 26, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    So in SA, NZ & English Tours, Ganguly sees the batting line up as - 1. V.Sehwag 2.S.Dhawan 3.C.Pujara 4.Rohit Sharma 5.V.Kohli 6.S.Raina 7.MS Dhoni 8.R Ashwin 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Umesh Yadav/ B. Kumar/ I.Sharma 11. Shami So the whole hoolahappa is around some obviously debatable suggestions.Firstly M Vijay has to loose his place to Sehwag. Till then Sehwag has to be the 3rd opener. A.Rahane is not seen as a Test opener. Unfortunately Sehwag after having done so much cannot be that 3rd opener. He is either in the team or out of the squad. Though with G.Gambhir not having an earth shattering performance it is difficult to gauge what selectors think. Maybe team selection against WI might give some indication. Surely one of these tow will go on away tours as we definitely dont know much about the likes of VA Jagadeesh, Jiwanjot and other pretenders.

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    I think dhoni should come up the order and take the place of sachin after he retires!

  • surepush on October 26, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    These players are from his time so he wants them in,

    So ganguly also knows how to talk BCCI language praise Rohit like many former players,

    Just play Rohit for 100 tests so he can score a century, & Raina give him as many tests so he can over come facing the short pitch delivery.

    Why these guys do not see the same in other players?

    How many good players were given one or two matches and thrown out,

    After 100 ODI's even today he is not sure of scoring consistent but praised as if he scored many a run.

    We should stop watching cricket

  • 777aditya on October 26, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Dada brought forth players like Sehwhag, Zak, Yuvi, etc. So, it is just expected that he will speak on these lines. Not so long ago, he proclaimed that Dinda is India's best pace bowler. Dada has always been so emotional! High time for Team India to get rational! While we aren't exactly spoiled for choices, bowlers like Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Unadkat, Mohit, etc, certainly deserve more chances than say a Zak does. As for Sehwag, well its always a temptation to bring him back - you never know when he is due for a big one, wasn't it the same in his palmy days as well?!

  • vigneshvinu on October 26, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Ganguly have made a right point to bring back Zaheer khan for SA tour.He has good record against them,Especially smith,duminy are struggling to score runs against him.I think bhuvi wont be able to take wkts in SA pitches as there wont be any swing for him there.It is better to bring back zaheer instead of ishant.Vijay's fate will be decided in 2 tests against WI in india. Team should be dhawan,rohit,pujara,jadeja,kohli,raina,dhoni,ashwin,zaheer,umesh,shami,bhuvi,ojha,rahane,mohit.

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 25, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    The heroes of yesteryear, Sehwag in all time India top 5/6/7 batsmen in test cricket and Zaheer in the top 3/4/5 all time India bowlers (test cricket) were paramount in performance and contributions to wins. Zaheer's experience overseas granted that we have a very green bowling unit will help. The great Sehwag may work out but has not found his strokes lately and will likely be left out.

    My guess for the overseas tests 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. U Yadav 10. B Kumar 11. Zaheer/Ishant/M. Shami. Rayudu will be the back up keeper and Raina/Rahane the back up batsmen (only one of these two will be in the team). That makes 15. If the match is on a fast wicket, one of Jadeja and Ashwin may give way for a 4th seamer in the starting 11. Our selection committee already said in the past that Rahane was not considered a potential opener, but for the middle order. Rohit will probably get his long awaited chance at number 5.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 25, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Party is over for the youngsters.. SA tour will define how you are good in real cricket that is TEST... away from home many of them have their cricket career at stake however they might play in IPL.. Bring Sehwag back not sure about Zaheer..

  • gauravm5 on October 25, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Ganguly last year said that Manoj Tiwary & Dinda should be in the Indian team for all 3 formats but it seems now he has forgotten their names. Last year, he crticized dhoni for giving regular chances to Rohit & Jadeja over Manoj Tiwary, but he picked Jadeja in his ODI dream team. ganguly has been running behind Raina since last 3 years for Raina's inability of playing short balls & now he saying Raina should be in Indian test team. He raised questions over Rohit's temperament & now he is advocating for his place in the test team. As a commentator during India-England test series in India ganguly said Dhoni's batting average of 38 is not good for test cricket but as a captain Ganguly himself had test average of 37 and he also picked Dhoni in his dream test team.

  • Nampally on October 25, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    @!bhushanB; Sehwag has 91 catches in Tests & 93 in ODI's, 150 in First class cricket. I am sure this is more than most Indian Cricketers apart from Dravid who has about 210 Test catches. Sehwag pulls out sensational catches in close-in positions including slips & point. He looks easy going but he is much better fielder than most people give him credit for. His record proves it. Kohli is often kept close in positions because he is a brilliant fielder. But he is not half as reliable as Sehwag in taking catches in slips. Recent example - Kohli dropped Bailey of Shami in slips in ODI 4 when Bailey was only 2- went on to make 98. There were 5 dropped catches incl. by Dhoni, Dhawan, Ashwin, Kohli. If India had taken catches, the ODI 4 would have been won before the rain came in because the Aussies would have been bundled for <150. So Catches win matches.

  • Raj12345 on October 25, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    No doubt that Yuvi is great cricketer. I don't understand rule - when Yuvi fails 2 ODIs, keep him but if DK or Tiwari fails in one ODI take them out of ODI. Wow! great rule.

    RG simple mess in team, give him flat track he will dance, send him to bowling pitch, he will survive for 13 balls, then gone. Don't bring Vijay, he is enough at IPL. we need some good opener like Dhawan.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar can be given a chance at number 7 depending on the conditions in SA . RJ will be more suitable in Indian Conditions..

  • AAjmani on October 25, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Ganguly having played with Sehwag, Zaheer and Raina will definitely back them in this hour when they are fighting for their spots in the Indian team. Practically speaking though , it might not be possible. As much as i would love to see Sehwag back, with his poor fitness levels which will will lead to poor reflexes - a key ingredient in Sehwag's batting, I don't see him making the cut. Zaheer might still make it on his bowling more due to lack of resources as his batting and fielding attitude have been a shame recently. We all Dhoni's preference with fit cricketers. Don't see Raina making the cut in the test team. We have all see the hype surrounding Rohit so its time to put him in the test team, give him a decent run and see what this hype is all about and accordingly make a decision on him. India need some good pace bowlers and should persist with Aaron and Yadav apart from Bhuvi, and drop Ishant forever else he might become the first spearhead to play 100 tests and take 200 odd wkts

  • Sweet revenge! on October 25, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    The best team for India in overseas according to me will be: Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, allrounder (Sir R J??), Ojha/Ashwin/Mishra, U Yadav, S Ahmed, B Kumar. Rahane/Dhawan: best options available. Also gives right hand- left hand combination. Pujara and Kohli: Perfect fits Rohit: plays the short ball quite well. Deserves few chances. Dhoni: as captain, as keeper, as a batsman All Rounder - We seriously lack one all-rounder which can be very beneficial in overseas conditions and taking R Jadeja can give us an extra option for spin. Can't consider Yuvi because India will love to save him for One-dayers and he also hasn't proved himself in tests. Moreover Jadeja is a better bowling option who can also add some important runs with bat. Ojha/Ashwin/Mishra: anyone of them in overseas condition will do. Mishra and Ashwin can bat too. I personally prefer Mishra over the rest. Pace bowlers: Let's see. But this is the best bunch available with pace and swing. Reserve: Gambhir

  • on October 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Not sure about Sehwag's form, but Zaheer is a must in the indian side considering the overseas tours and also for the young talents like Shami, Bhuvi, Yadav as they can learn a great deal playing with Zaheer.

    And people complaining that Zaheer let India down in England's tour of India must not forget that on slow and sluggish Indian pitches there is very little a pace bowler can do, still Zaheer has done wonders on such wickets also previously. Zaheer along with Yuvraj were the two main people responsible for India's World Cup victory.

    And on Overseas wickets Zaheer has always been an Asset to Indian team, and if he can maintain his fitness he still can proove to be.

  • hasheycashey on October 25, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Arjun Calidas On what basis are you proposing to drop Ashwin.On his current form in ODI cricket.Then,sorry butyou have no knowledge of the game. He is the best spinner India have as far as Test cricket is concerned.I don't need to prove it as he is #8 test bowler in the world,has consistently performed well in this format,fastest Indian to reach 50 test wickets(in 9 tests)and has 24 wickets in 4 tests this year at an average of 20.00.He is still developing as a spinner and that is the reason for his inconsistency.But he will only mature and improve from here. So,this should be the 11 1.Dhawan 2. Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5. Rahane 6.Rohit Sharma 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.U.Yadav 11.Shami Ahmed.

  • Unmesh_cric on October 25, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    If you read between the lines, what Ganguly is saying is that he would prefer Sehwag in place of Vijay on the overseas tours. He says there should be a "specialist batsman" like Raina at No.6. That means he wants Raina to replace Jadeja and bat at No. 6 (Dhoni will bat at No.7 in that case). He also wants Zaheer and possibly Shami in the bowling line-up. So Ganguly's Test team would look somewhat like this on the overseas tours:

    1. Sehwag 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Rohit 5.Kohli 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Shami/Ishant Raina, Rohit and Kohli will have to share the 5th bowler duties. Whether you agree with it or not, that's a different story.

  • on October 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    My view of a line-up for India - Dhawan, Sharma, Pujara,Kohli, Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Zak,Ishant / Yadav. If Irfan Pathan is fully fit & gets some of his bowling skills back, he can replace Bhuvi.

  • bhushanB on October 25, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @Nampally

    One thing I do not want to see is Shewag in slips.....the last few tests i saw him.. he was never bending his knees.. never in the crouching position.. or ready like Dravid... even at 40+, Dravid was ever alert in the slips.... great dedication in whatever he does to the best of his ability.

  • bhushanB on October 25, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @siddhartha87

    Must be dreaming.. how can Dhoni missout on his buddies Ashwin & Jadeja..? that too both...

    I will be happy if he rotates them both, taking only one in any given match...

  • bhushanB on October 25, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I think Kohli should be promoted to No.4, and India should find players for 5 & 6

    1. Dhawan/ (May be shewag, but let him prove his form first) 2. Vijay/Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Manoj Tiwari/Rohit 6. Irfan/Pace bowling alrounder (find a good one asap plzzz) 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja/Ashwin ---- Spin alrounder (only one of them in a match...when we say alrounder you should alteast contribute a 30+) 9. Ojha/Mishra --- Genuine spinner 10. Bhuvi/Zaheer/Praveen --- Swing bowler 11. Umesh/Shami --- Fast bowler (Ishant can contend once he gets his pace and length back)

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Sachin, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Mishra/Irfan, Bhuvi, Mohit/Aaron/Shami for WI tour

    Vijay/Sehwag, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Juneja/Rayudu/Karthik, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Mishra/Irfan, Bhuvi, Mohit/Aaron/Shami for SA tour

  • CicketFan on October 25, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I'll have following playing 11.

    Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Abhishek Nayar, Mishra, Bhuvi, Umesh, Zaheer. Ashwin and Rahane in reserves.

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Raina as far as I am concerned is an experiment that is over and should be written off.. A batting talent like Yuvraj Singh could not make it big in the test team, Raina cannot.. As far as Sehwag is concerned, he has had a very long lean patch.. Sehwag cannot be brought into the test team on the basis of his past records in the tests because he is 35 now and well past the age where he can be given a let off for having a poor run.. Number six should be Jadeja purely because of his ability with the ball.. India need to take twenty wickets and 5 bowlers is what it is going to take if not six.. India has always produced class batsmen and we do not have to worry about that.. Zaheer however fit is not going to induce sleepless nights for the batsmen.. We have Yadav and hopefully Shami who can more than make up for his absence.. And as a spinner, please drop Ashwin and play Mishra.. Ashwin should be played only as a third spinner in subcontinental conditions..

  • Adnan-Ahmed on October 25, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    As a Pakistani observer of Indian cricket, I can't tell you how envious I am of India's batting resources. I think they have some great young batsmen set for the future, so don't see any point or need to bring Sehwag back. He was an exceptional player who had his run and can still possibly deliver. But there is no room to fit him in given the talent India possess in the department.

    Bowling though is a different story. They will need Zaheer back, only if he is ft for long spells...we know his tendancy to break down and his fielding is a liability. I think Shami Ahmed & B. Kumar can do quite well opening the bowling.

  • Temuzin on October 25, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Really, On what basis Sehwag is a must Mr. Gangully? He is even struggling on domestic pitches against club level bowlers since last 2 years and you want him back at the expense of young promising players. thanks God you are not a selector.

  • siddhartha87 on October 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Raina? You gotta be kidding. His technique against quality pace bowling is lame. He will be free wicket in seaming conditions. Rohit will be a good choice as he plays short ball really well. Sehwag and Zaheer had their chances.They let team India down when England toured India last year.Rahane and Rohit should share no5 and no 6 positions. It will be wise to take an reserve opener as Vijay is not that good against seaming ball.And please no Yuvraj again in tests. The team should be- 1,Dhawan 2. Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5. Rahane 6.Rohit Sharma 7.Dhoni 8.Mishra 9.B.Kumar 10.U.Yadav 11.Shami Ahmed.

    Shami AHmed should be there as he can bowl at 140 kph

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I do not know how in his opinion is rain a good test player. He is only good at slogging and has a persistent weakness against short pitched deliveries,also amused to think that he thinks sehwag should play in foreign conditions. Sehwag is past is prime and has fitness issues besides form. Zaheer should be brought back purely because there is no experience in Ind test squad as regards to bowling.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Murali Vijay, Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Virat, Yuvraj/Raina & Dhoni should be the top 7. Rohit should be back up batsman

  • Nampally on October 25, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I see many fans writing off Zaheer & Sehwag as past their best days. Both are at least 6 years younger than Sachin! ZAK has worked hard on his fitness in France & is in much better shape close to his best. His form is not too bad especially when we consider alternates like Ishant Sharma & Vinay Kumar. ZAK is still the best New ball swing bowler in India. If he is any where near his old form, he will still be my #1 choice. B.Kumar, Shami, Yadev & Kulkarni may be the alternates. As for Sehwag, if he has the "Will" to play & perform, he can still be the dominant force especially opening the innings with his clone, Dhawan. Only problem here is pushing Rohit Sharma into background when he is just getting his feet into the opening the innings. Sehwag is as fit as can be & a useful slip fielder in Tests. Both ZAK & Sehwag bring immense experience to a young team as the Mentors as well. In SA such experience is the need of the hour.

  • nainil0683 on October 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I truly believe Sourav is bang on. Sehwag is the most destructive test opening batsman the world has ever seen. That man has a strike rate of over 82 in Test matches, apart from his average of just a shade under 50 and the only man to score 3 scores in excess of 290. He can turn the match on its head. Because of his brisk pace of scoring runs, the bowlers get more time to get 10 wickets. A true champion and merciless on off side. I would slot him back in the openers position with Vijay dropping down the order. I also see Dhawan having a few shades and class of Sehwag, but he has long time to go to match Sehwag. Zaheer's presence is essential in the team because apart from Bhuvenshwar, India does not have a reliable Test bowler. Zaheer has few more years left in him and we should have Bhuvneshwar develop under Zaheer to be next the real "Spearhead" of the Indian team in future.

  • vasanth6868 on October 25, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Ganguly is living in the past...He is talking about "His Players"..like Zaheer,Yuvraj,Sehwag.....its human nature to say what you chose and backed up were the best...!

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Both of them were out from team due to fitness issue. Have they played plenty of domestic cricket to prove there fitness and form.personally I didn't remember when sehwag and zaheer played there last for india. there are many sehwag and zaheer waiting for one chance for debut . selectors should look for long term team along with option as in india only one sport is played named as cricket.

  • Farce-Follower on October 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Then whom do you drop, Mr. Ganguly? Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli and Rahane need to be # 1-5. Will it be Sehwag or Rohit Sharma. And you are asking for Raina too. Does not add up.

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    We Indian fan/cricketer assume things too much. When Jadeja was selected in test squad for the 1st time , everyone was like ooh! why he is in team ,he is not a test class player. Now Ganguly is saying Zaheer & Sehwag is must in foreign conditions. Yes he is true in saying that he is still best pacer india has, But he is 35+ and can break down any time. Instead i would bring Gautam Gambhir as a backup opener. If i have to select indian test team it would be like 1-2 (M Vijay,Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir) 3(Pujara) 4 (Tendulkar / Rahane / Rohit) 5 (Virat) 6 (Jadeja) 7 (Dhoni) 8 (Ashwin) 9(Umesh/Bhuvi) 10(Ishant) 11(Ohja/Mishra)

  • Nampally on October 25, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Sehwag may be more effective as an opener which means R.Sharma has to bat #5. As far Zaheer there is always a spot for him. The need for a steady seamer is filled in by ZAK, who still is the best in using the new ball. So ZAK's entry will be welcomed with open arms. On the other hand Sehwag's form, fitness & eagerness to perform are still in doubt. Sehwag at his best is #1 opening batsman in the World. But how keen he is to perform & produce ??India currently has the batting line up of : 1. Dhawan 2. R.Sharma 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Yuvraj/ Raina/ Rayudu/ Kartick 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja. If Sehwag plays, Raina, Yuvraj, Rayudu or Karthick all lose their chance to play in XI. That is the only likelihood of including Sehwag. B.Kumar, Shami & Yadev may be other 3 pacemen. Ashwin needs much better showing to justify his spot in the XI. A. Nayar should take over the all rounder spot+ 4th seamer on faster & bouncier SA pitches. Dhoni has to choose 2 of 3, Jadeja, R.Sharma or Sehwag in the XI.

  • xylo on October 25, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Zaheer, I can understand. But Sehwag needs a lot of rehabilitation in terms of attitude or provide some strong domestic performances if he were to be included in the XI again.

  • RajeshNaik on October 25, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Oh. Saurav Ganguly back to what he does best. Talk about his favorite players. It was all about Ashok Dinda couple of years back. Now it is Shami. Tomorrow God knows who. Shami has been doing well in ODIs. But tests? Even Bhuvaneshwar is ordinary in tests when there is no swing. Thank god, he is not a selector. Or else we may see the most prominent young talent of all time Lakshmi Ratan Shukla in Indian side.

  • JoshFromJamRock on October 25, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Has Ganguly lost his mind?...Even as a West Indian fan I can easily see that Sehwag and Zaheer are way past their best. With so much cricket being played by India I don't mind them having a different Test team but not with these two failures...I may not know all the players but the Test squad (15) should look something like this once Tendulkar is retired:

    Top Order Batsmen: (1/2)Dhawan, (1/2)R Sharma, (3/4)Pujara, (3/4)Rahane, (4/5)Kohli Lower Order Batsmen: (6/7)Yuvraj, (5/6)Tiwary, (6/7)Karthik (wk), (6/7)Dhoni (wk) Frontline Spin Bowlers: Ojha, Ashwin, Mishra Frontline Seam Bowlers: Yadav, B Kumar, Aaron

    Based on recent performances Gambhir and Harbajan could be included but only if they will definitely perform better than those above.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I beg to differ Saurav..India last played tests against Aussies in Delhi with Rahane given a debut at number six...persist with this guy...n then call in Manoj Tiwary for vacant number four slot....Rohit can be a reserve batsman...its a big step back giving Yuvi or Raina a chance at Number 4....instead i would go for Vijay Zol as reserve left handed batsman so that he can gain enough experience to be a long term prospect.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 25, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are finished. We have no shortage of good batsmen in Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Juneja, Rayudu, Rahane, etc. Zaheer on the other hand is still our best left arm pacer. Unadkat has zero skills compared to Zaheer.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Vijay didnot perform in his initial period as a international cricketter, but he cameback strongly against aus, so he automatically deserves his place playing eleven NOW. How you guys saying he dont have ability to play in foreign condition? Pujara too failed against zimb in odi, so he dont hav technique to play in foreign soil?

  • SamRoy on October 25, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Oh btw, Mr. Sourv Ganguly, have you seen Manpreet Juneja bat? True he is not as flamboyant as Rohit Sharma (or Yuvraj Singh) but he is very, very solid. At least as solid as Pujara, if not more. Why should not a solid player play at No. 4? If Rohit needs to play he is good enough for No. 6. Suresh Raina and his slogging? I forgot his first class average? 42 I think. And his test average -- 28. Even Ashwin is a better bat in test matches than that Guy.

  • CricketChat on October 25, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Shewag and Zaheer are a risk in my opinion. Neither contributes in their non-primary role these days and are notoriously poor fielders. So, if they fail in their primary roles, they become a liability for Dhoni. I doubt either will be selected if Dhoni has his say in selection process.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    WELL what in the world has sehwag done to deserve a comeback in the indian team..and people who say that vijay would not be able to score runs outside india in tests are not exactly wrong but he needs to atleast be given a chance in foreign conditions...though his recent form in ipl and the few odis he played was not up to the mark but we must not forget the runs he scored against aus in the test series and i havent actually seen a player being dropped for poor form in domestic cricket in indian team if he manages to score runs in international cricket so lets give him a chance he rightly deserves and if he fail we can than give rahane a chance followed by gambhir...but surely no sehwag and i inspite of a being a huge fan of say this because according to me he lacks the fitness and determination to survive in international cricket anymore....!!zaheer though has worked hard on his fitness which can be clearly seen and if he manages to show some form he should be drafted into the team .

  • Rodc on October 25, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    lets open with pujara and dawan rahane should follow then virat,rohit,dhoni ,jadeja ,misra,zaheer khan,and we can try two of this ,yadav ,shami,b kumar,praveen kumar,aroon (if fit) .also give new pacers like I pandey,D kulkarni,kaul,sandeep sharma,a chance in one days,so we can have a bench strength ,

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    our middle order should contain pujara kohli and rohit in the same order at 3 4 and 5... either vijay/rahane should partner dhawan and no.6 spot should go to the best among yuvi/raina/jadeja ...bowling line up must have zaheer along with bhuvi/umesh yadav shami and ashwin...ojha ishant(inevitable) and unadkat can be the reserve bowlers while it would be wise to have gambhir/sehwag as the reserve opener just in case one of the main players get injured ...

  • srinideva on October 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @GRVJPR, whatever mentioned in your comments is the only thing he achieved In bowling(fast) friendly wickets. He only scored 5 centuries ( AUS-2 ENG-1 SA-2 ) in his carrier..so you don`t need to elaborate more of his carrier which lasted for 10 + years..bcos everyone knows he has failed in recent years0 3 years without hundred in test match as a opener along with his statesman Gambier..they calling themselves they are the best opening partners in India currently have..Dhoni did the good thing along with selector by dropping these non performing players..

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Who are we left with then? Murali (good for nothing) Vijay, Abhishek Nayyar, Subramaniam Badrinath? i mean comeon! Vijay did score few runs but those innings were in India. He doean't have the quality to be even considered in overseas conditions as we saw in the Champions trophy and Dhoni.knows it well. Zaheer's fitness is important. afterall he is still India's best bowler. if not Sehwag, India still needs to find an opening partner for Dhawan. Hope Dhoni doesn't make Pujara his.opening partner in lack.of quality openers for.overseas conditions.

  • srinideva on October 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Even being a critic of Rohit sharma, I would like to see him in test team rather than Sehwag...Ganguly just trying to show his support to the former team mates. Raina have all the skills to play test cricket except the short balls. Each and everyone have their weakness and strength..so anyone can overcome those things and become a successful man in life. I hope raina make into the Test team by 2014..M vijay scored 2 hundred in 4 Tests in recent series against Australia. so he earns his spot in the team.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Problem with Sehwag & Zaheer was form & fitness. Now it looks like both has regained fitness, form is the key. And as mentioned in article, Zaheer looked getting better with each game, that is not the case with Sehwag. Zaheer, Bhuvi and Shami/Ishant should be the fast bowlers for SA along with anyone of Ashwin/Jaddu as spinner. We will need 6 proper batsmen there, I do not count Dhoni one of them, his stats in tests, overseas are pretty poor.

  • SridharKalyan on October 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly is probably losing it these days. No one should be selected if he is not in prime form...both Sehwag and Zaheer are not in their form at all, they are physically below pare, and have nothing to motivate them as displayed over the last two years when they did nothing to overcome both of this. Zaheer atleast showed some fighting spirit when he went to the English country circuit and tried to regain his form. Sehwag did nothing. There are enought talented hands around - atleast 3 good names for every single slot, from 1-6, even if Dhoni is a fixute at 7. The biggest worry at this moment is at the bowling front - the better bowlers dont have the support of the selectors or the confidence of the captain to back them up, and the guys on the rolls are pathetic sights, a pretension of their former selves. Can we find 6 good pacers and 6 good spinners - and rotate them to insure against injuries and overloads, etc. Saurav - any suggestions here please?

  • nafees750 on October 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Raina in tests has not been good yet..i would rather have Gambhir in the middle order....my playing XI would be

    Dhawan Vijay Pujara Kohli Gambhir Rohit Sharma MS.Dhoni(c/wk) Ashwin Zaheer Shami Umesh

  • cricexpt on October 25, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, kohli, rohit, sehwag, dhoni, mishra, bhuvi, zaheer, shami ahmed. This is my 11 for overseas tests. I have placed sehwag at no 6 becoz even if the wickets fall early he can counter attack along with dhoni. You cannot have replacement of experiance of Zaheer Khan, Accuracy of Bhuvneshwar Kumar under the guidance of Zaheer and Pace of Shami Ahmed. Under Zaheer khan's experiance we can make both the bowlers world class. Remember how Zaheer made Ishant a lethal weapon in Australia. Amit Mishra is an attacking spinner that's why I have gone for him ahead of Ashwin. We can have Ashwin and bhajji in the squad as backup spinners.

  • AvidCricFan on October 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Ganguly is dead wrong. Shewag is a past. Fully fit Zaheer is fine.

  • on October 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Zaheer is fighting for a spot out of possibly 4 bowlers. His inclusion is basically depend on his match fitness to bowl at least 20 over per innings. The important point is that Zaheer must be physically fit & free from all possible injuries. The past showed us that his injuries aggravated immediately after bowling some overs. Sehwag isn't in prime form plus expecting endurance (which is required most in coming Tests) from him at 35 will not be feasible. We have better Test options in both department as like Rahane, Juneja, Rayudu, Umesh, Mohit, Ishwar, Shami & many players. Zaheer can be include if fit but nah for Sehwag.

  • SamRoy on October 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Neither is required though Zaheer can be very helpful as bowling consultant and mentor to young guns like Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami, Ishwar, Dhawal. Sehwag is finished as a test batsman. Will never score a hundred on a testing surface. Sehwag is 35 and hand-eye player. Both skills have detoriated. Get real, Mr. Sourav Ganguly.

  • cricketqatar on October 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I am respecting ganguly. But this is very poor comments from him. Zaheer is better for bowling Dept. Batting no 4 and 6 spots for Manpreet Juneja, Rehane, Rayadu ,Tiwary & abhishek Nair are good options. All kids knows that Raina is good performer for one day and T20 matches especially Asian flat batting wickets.

  • Kaka13 on October 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I do not agree of picking up Sehewag again, he is past now nor agreeing to have Raina at no. 6, as he is a One-day/t20 player. No. 6/7 should be Dhoni/Jadeja. No. 4 slot should be with Virat and No. 5 should be Rohit. We should have best one at No.4. Zaheer, should be fully fit before considering it. Pace department, Shami, Ishant/Bhuvi, and Yadav.

  • ssshNevo on October 25, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    dhawan, vijay, pujara, kholi, sharma, chandh, dhoni, aswhin, bhuvi, yadav, aaron(when fit)or shami

  • A.Ak on October 25, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Raina in the Test team again?. Have you guys learned nothing?. Even Bevan didnt play much test matches. I would back RSharma (not for ODI though), Rahane or Badrinath would be the choice to play in the Test XI.

  • sony_sr on October 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    The fact is both of them doesn't deserve to be in indian team based on current form. class and experience simply does not matter if a player is completely out of form. Even in last game you saw what shami ahmed brought to the team when he replaced ishanth sharma. Raina is a very poor option for test matches. It is high time our selectors realize the fact that investing time on raine in tests will end up as a waste. we have so many young quality players who are more suited for longer version like rohit, rahane, juneja, ...

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    poor from ganguly, what has sehwag done to recall him in test side? He even failed in FC matches and rohit, as said immense potential but will start performing after 50 test matches!!..

  • CricketMaan on October 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    So Suresh Raina better than Rahane or Rayudu at No.6? You need a test quality player. Raina is very very good short format player probably one of the best finisher, but it is unfair to ignore Rahane at No.6 or a Rayudu. Even a fit Manoj Tiwari is good at that slot, but a fit Tiwary.

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Sehwag's stats:

    In Australia: 11 matches, average 47

    In England: 6 matches, average 28

    In Southafrica: 8 matches, average 25

    In Newzealand: 5 matches, average 20

    Even in his prime apart from Australia, Sehwag's average doesn't look impressive. Time to blood youngsters.

  • tickcric on October 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Zaheer, imo should be in the playing XI. Seeing India's current pace attack he comes in automatically. Regarding Viru Sehwag, I think India should go to SA without him and perhaps to NZ as well. After these 4 test matches selectors will be in a better position to assess the new batting lineup in overseas conditions. If it appears someone is not upto the task, Sehwag (if ready and reasonably fit) should replace that player in England. I think we need to give youngstars some preference here, considering the future of the team. At the same time, we need to do well in England & Australia (after what happened last time around). Let's move ahead but be sensible!

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar's performances shall not be continued to be overlooked.

  • GRVJPR on October 25, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Anybody who is saying that Sehwag avgs 20 overseas is a lier. I clearly remember him score a brilliant 100 on debut in SA. Again the first time he opened in england he got a brilliant 100. In new zealand where picthes were so green that dravid, tendulkar all failed in 200, but sehwag got a 100. Then again in Australia he got 199 in less than sessions. I hope moderators only approve truthful comments and not anyone claiming anything.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    zaheer khan and umaesh yadav also

  • Anil_Koshy on October 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Suresh Raina does not fit into any team, he is good only for IPL or at max T20, he does not have the technique to handle quality fast bowlers. He is susceptible against fast bowlers, hence we should not waste our time on Raina. We have better players like Rohit Sharma, Rayadu, Dinesh Karthick etc. who can be groomed for No.4 and No.6 positions.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    No doubt that Zaheer should come back to the team. Kerala's Jegadeesh shall be considered for the opener slot and Manpreet Juneja shall come into the team.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    My test xi after Sachin's retirement and SA tour- Dhawan Sehwag Pujara Kohli Rohit Raina Dhoni Ashwin Bhuvi Zaheer Umesh. Others- Gambhir Shami Ishanth Ojha Jadeja.

  • Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on October 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Don't agree with Ganguly's assessments.We can't have an unfit player,who has been awfully out of form for more than two seasons now,return to the side on the back of his feats achieved years ago.Sehwag,as the author duly notes,has failed to display the kind of hunger for runs that made him one of the most dangerous test batsmen ever,scoring big and unbelievably quick.Unless he finds form in the Ranji games for Delhi,it would be unfair to other deserving candidates who,if an out-of-depth Sehwag finds himself on the flight to South Africa. The same applies to Zaheer,whose fitness and wicket-taking-abilities need to be minutely watched by the selectors to pick the pace attack for the upcoming tour.Zaheer of old would have been selected himself,but for sometime now he has been a pale shadow of his former self. As a selector I would pass word to all players in A teams and the national squad to put on a show during the Ranji in testing conditions to advance their chances,and pick on form.

  • gauravm5 on October 25, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    What kind of experience Sehwag can provide, experience of throwing away his wicket at crucial times, experience of dropping easy catches or experience of not running to stop the ball from going to boundary. Seeing Sehwag batting reminds me my days of gully cricket where I always tried to hit each and every ball for six.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    What Ganguly does not think is Sehwag averages in the 20's overseas in Aus, SA and Engalnd where India will be playing mostly! Sehwag is over. Zaheer, I would still consider because he is stiil very good when he is fit; plus I would have him over Ishant any day!

  • Ali_86xz on October 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Whoever comes in the squad for limited overs, the first man to be replaced should be Ishant Sharma!!!

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane/Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja/Aparajith, Bhuvi, Ashwin, Shami, Ishant

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    my 15 would be for test ,once sachin retires:

    vijay, dhawan, pujara, dhoni, virat, rohit, jadeja, ashwin, shami ,zaheer,umesh bhuvi , mishra , rahane (back up opener), manoj tiwari (back-up middle order)

    -thank you

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    seriously gangly - raina cannot play the short ball. Sehwag now lacks the fitness and concentration to play a long innings - needs to atleast show that at domestic level. Raina barely averages 40 in firstclass and u want him above rahanee. Zaheer I believe was harshly treated. He had 1 bad year bowling on absolutely dead pitches for pace bowlers and he got dropped. Ashwin was ordinary in Australia, and flatter pitches in india, or against good players of spin like KP. But compare how zaheer was treated compared to ashwin. Don't tell me about age. Its not as if ashwin has the fitness level of a young player anyway. He should be in SA, forming a very useful left right combination with bhuvi. two swing bowlers operating from both ends, one bringing ball away from right hander and other bringing it back to the right hander, and vice versa for left.

  • cnksnk on October 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I am fairly lost . To my mind the No 4 slot will go to Virat post SRT's retirement. I would presume that after the openers ( dhawan + vijay ( incase he scores against WI), followed by Pujara and Kholi. Logically only the No 5 slot is available and I would guess it will be a toss up between Yuvaraj and Rohit ( sadly). No 6 will be Dhoni, 7 will be Jadeja ( cant see Dhoni playing without Sir in SA and then we will have 3 fast bowlers and Ashwin / Mishra. So with due respect to Ganguly's knowledge of the game there is only one slot that is free, unless the openers slot falls vacant in which case we need a full fledged opener to face Steyn and Morkel rather than a make shift one . Zaheer should logically come back but one is not too sure of his continued fitness. Imagine Dhoni's nightmare if Zak breaks down before lunch on day 1 ( like in England).

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    My Playing eleven are 1)Rahane 2)Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin/Amit Misra?ojha 9) Shami 10) Zaheer 11) Umesh

  • jimbond on October 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Largely agree with Ganguly. Zaheer khan automatically finds a place in the side along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed as the pace bowlers in the team. Rohit Sharma at No. 4 is also a good choice. Pujara at 3 and Kohli at 5 anyway are settled. I feel however that instead of Sehwag, Gambhir should partner Dhawan at the top. Sehwag could be great at the number 6 position- instead of Raina. Unlike other batsmen, Sehwag doesnt need to play for many balls to score his runs. Raina is best suited for the ODIs and T20s. So are Rahane and Yuvraj. Yuvraj is still India's best player in ODIs.

  • Charlie101 on October 25, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Zaheer Khan has to get fit and by fit I do not mean injury free but actually lose some weight and get in shape. The last time I saw him bowl live he looked overweight . He certainly has the talent but he must decide if he wants the easy money or is prepared to work hard and show the world what a fine bowler he is .

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    "Yes i agree with ganguly that Both Sehwag and Zaheer have pedigree, Strength and experience in overseas.But Raina and Rohit have not got the Maturity and Temperament to play pressure situation in test ". So i would like to prefer Kohli and Yuvraj for 4th and 6th position. Shewag in place of Murali Vijay. Zaheer in place of Ishanth or Yadav or vinay.

  • Emancipator007 on October 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Watched Test cricket for over 3 decades.Batsmen like Botham,Gower,Ganguly,Sehwag,Miandad,Lara could immediately start bringing their A game & requisite intensity to Tests despite showing patchy form/uninterested batting at lower tiers of cricket. Not for them drudgeries of showing "commitment", "professionalism" in 1st-class cricket unlike what Tendulkar/Dravid/Gooch displayed-all 3 loved to pile on runs in any format of cricket.Recall Gang's patchy form in domestic cricket before his celebrated comeback-moment he got picked in Tests & ODIs, he ended up being the"Asian Batsman of Year" & was among top 2 in both ODI &Tests aggregate runs in'07. BTW, keep Raina/Yuvraj FAR away from Tests. Umpteen no of times they show some blazing streaks of form in ODIs to be picked for Tests again only to FAIL again.Raina has failed in 10 straight ODIs over2 SA tours,Tri-series in OZ & also in ODIs in Eng.Yuvi has not worked to improve his Test temperament & skills given his abject technique in Eng'11.

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I don't think Sehwag is in good form now. Along with his eye sight his reflexes also seemed to have slowed down. Zaheer is injury prone and Dhoni wouldn't risk him in the playing XI. Go with youngsters and give them experience. Along with Rahane, Rohit and Raina even young all rounder Aparajith is ready for test matches.

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Do you really want to bring back the players who were instrumental for the successive loss of 8 tests after the WC11.

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    gambhir?

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    I agree with adding Zaheer and Shami to the test squad but Sehwags (recently turned 35) time is up. One of the main reasons for Indias pathetic overseas record in recent times is their stubborn persistence with Sehwag and Gambhir. My test XI for South Africa would be 1) Vijay/Rahane 2)Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Shami 10) Zaheer 11) Umesh...And I strongly believe that indian selectors have mistreated Rahane and wasted his talent. Raina is a complete misfit and I don't think he will be able to hold down the no.4 position in ODI's either. You will also notice that there is no room for the ineffective Ishant Sharma

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    rohit and raina will get chance against south africa..sehwag will be back in murali vijay's place

  • Narbavi on October 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Ok so Rohit, Raina, Sehwag, Zaheer and Shami should all come in to the test side? and they should replace whom? and what about Rahane then?

  • on October 25, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    really? dnt consider current form and go by test record? how about current test records? o should be just pick the best 5 year period, and give a batsman chances for life! this wasnt expected from ganguly. who does he recommend we drop to make way for sehwag - dhawan? also, i wouldnt read too much into his recommending shami. while, he is a gud prospect, but he isnt ready for tests just yet. this is just the bengal connection speaking...same way as he proclaimed that dinda was the best indian bowler some time back! :D

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  • on October 25, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    really? dnt consider current form and go by test record? how about current test records? o should be just pick the best 5 year period, and give a batsman chances for life! this wasnt expected from ganguly. who does he recommend we drop to make way for sehwag - dhawan? also, i wouldnt read too much into his recommending shami. while, he is a gud prospect, but he isnt ready for tests just yet. this is just the bengal connection speaking...same way as he proclaimed that dinda was the best indian bowler some time back! :D

  • Narbavi on October 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Ok so Rohit, Raina, Sehwag, Zaheer and Shami should all come in to the test side? and they should replace whom? and what about Rahane then?

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    rohit and raina will get chance against south africa..sehwag will be back in murali vijay's place

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    I agree with adding Zaheer and Shami to the test squad but Sehwags (recently turned 35) time is up. One of the main reasons for Indias pathetic overseas record in recent times is their stubborn persistence with Sehwag and Gambhir. My test XI for South Africa would be 1) Vijay/Rahane 2)Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Shami 10) Zaheer 11) Umesh...And I strongly believe that indian selectors have mistreated Rahane and wasted his talent. Raina is a complete misfit and I don't think he will be able to hold down the no.4 position in ODI's either. You will also notice that there is no room for the ineffective Ishant Sharma

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    gambhir?

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Do you really want to bring back the players who were instrumental for the successive loss of 8 tests after the WC11.

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I don't think Sehwag is in good form now. Along with his eye sight his reflexes also seemed to have slowed down. Zaheer is injury prone and Dhoni wouldn't risk him in the playing XI. Go with youngsters and give them experience. Along with Rahane, Rohit and Raina even young all rounder Aparajith is ready for test matches.

  • Emancipator007 on October 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Watched Test cricket for over 3 decades.Batsmen like Botham,Gower,Ganguly,Sehwag,Miandad,Lara could immediately start bringing their A game & requisite intensity to Tests despite showing patchy form/uninterested batting at lower tiers of cricket. Not for them drudgeries of showing "commitment", "professionalism" in 1st-class cricket unlike what Tendulkar/Dravid/Gooch displayed-all 3 loved to pile on runs in any format of cricket.Recall Gang's patchy form in domestic cricket before his celebrated comeback-moment he got picked in Tests & ODIs, he ended up being the"Asian Batsman of Year" & was among top 2 in both ODI &Tests aggregate runs in'07. BTW, keep Raina/Yuvraj FAR away from Tests. Umpteen no of times they show some blazing streaks of form in ODIs to be picked for Tests again only to FAIL again.Raina has failed in 10 straight ODIs over2 SA tours,Tri-series in OZ & also in ODIs in Eng.Yuvi has not worked to improve his Test temperament & skills given his abject technique in Eng'11.

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    "Yes i agree with ganguly that Both Sehwag and Zaheer have pedigree, Strength and experience in overseas.But Raina and Rohit have not got the Maturity and Temperament to play pressure situation in test ". So i would like to prefer Kohli and Yuvraj for 4th and 6th position. Shewag in place of Murali Vijay. Zaheer in place of Ishanth or Yadav or vinay.

  • Charlie101 on October 25, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Zaheer Khan has to get fit and by fit I do not mean injury free but actually lose some weight and get in shape. The last time I saw him bowl live he looked overweight . He certainly has the talent but he must decide if he wants the easy money or is prepared to work hard and show the world what a fine bowler he is .