India news February 10, 2014

Bowling headaches aplenty for India selectors

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The Indian team for Asia Cup and World Twenty20 will be chosen on Tuesday when the national selectors meet in Bangalore, where the Irani Cup is being played between Karnataka and Rest of India. India have lost six of their last seven completed ODIs, and with their bowling and the role of a few batsmen under the scanner, it will be an interesting selection in the World Cup year. Having played only five Twenty20 internationals since the last World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, there is little form to go by when it comes to the selection of the side for the World Twenty20, which, like the Asia Cup, will be played in Bangladesh.

In the ODI side, the bowlers remain the perennial problem, but it is the parallel faltering of batting under pressure of high totals conceded by the bowlers that is becoming a new headache. Suresh Raina has scored only one fifty - that too against Zimbabwe - in his last 24 innings, and was dropped midway during the series in New Zealand. His place is likely to be debated after the experiment to send him up to No. 4 also failed earlier in the season. Stuart Binny, who bowled only one international over and didn't get to bat in the only ODI played in New Zealand, did his chances of going to Asia Cup no harm by smacking 115 not out off 107 balls in the Irani Cup a day before the team selection.

Shikhar Dhawan might have signalled possible return to form with a century in the Auckland Test, but the selectors could question the opening combination where Rohit Sharma and he have struggled over the last seven ODIs, all away from Asia. There has been a lot of push from analysts and former players to include Cheteshwar Pujara in the ODI side, and if India are to do that, this might be the right time given the proximity to the World Cup. Pujara himself has said he is keen to represent India at the World Cup. However, his fielding and how much playing ODIs might affect his fitness for Tests will be key factors to the decision. Finding bowlers, though, is a bit of a roulette. India have tried various combinations since the last World Cup with similar and disappointing results.

For the T20s, Raina is a shoo-in, and Yuvraj Singh is a key player too. Both have been struggling in the ODIs of late, but are likely to be part of the World T20 side. Bowling will again remain a problem, and it will be interesting to see if India pick Binny, who was considered good enough by Rajasthan Royals to retain.

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  • on February 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    gambhir and yuvi should part of playing 11

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 11, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    ha ha some people dreaming the cup not because of their team's performance, but because of India's performance abroad. When they realize that the dream will not be true, it will hurt. Even with the current form, India is far better team than neighbors. Look at SL - they do not have a convincing win over BD. Their juniors failed on a flat track in BD!. BD has the home advantage- thats all. That will not be enough to beat India. Pakistan is unpredictable, but they cannot score 300+ or not able to chace a250+ score.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    MY ASIA TEAM : Shikhar, Rohit, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Kohli, Zaheer, Jadeja, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Rahane, Shami, Umesh yadav, Bhuvi.

    T20 same only one change RAINA replace ZAHEER

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 11, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @cmili. SL is much more pathetic situation than India. They were playing at sub-continent only and still lost to teams like BD and NZ!. Even with the current form, India can beat SL in any event. BD will win only once in every 10+ games against India. Pakistan is unpredictable, but they will fall like cards in pressure situations. So, do not dream cups based on current Indian performances.ha ha

  • RakeshDash on February 11, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    The headline says "Bowling woes" and the article is all about batting n batting..amazing

  • Teja_Smart on February 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Rohit and Dhavan will be the openers for sure. Even though we are going to play in sub-continent, plz plz plz drop Aswin for ASIA cup. Looks Binny is in good form, better to replace Aswin with Binny.

    My XI for ASIA cup: Rohit, Dhavan, Kohli, Rayudu/Karthik, Dhoni, Binny, "Sir" Jaddu, Bhuvi, Parvez Rasool, Vinay, Shami.

    T20 World cup: Rohit, Dhavan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jaddu, Harbajan, Vinay, Bhuvi, Shami

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    My t20 team dhawan yuvraj Dhoni raina rayudu rohit Aaron shame jadeja ashwin mishra binny yadav

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    I belive experience player like gautum gambhir and Praveen Kumar should be back in place of ishant and rohit sharma

  • goldenpower on February 11, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    My Asia XI : 1) Dhawan 2) Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Raydu 5) Rohit 6)Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Binny 9)Rishi Dhawan 10) Pankaj Singh 11) Shami

    My T20 World cup Team: 1)Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Virat Kohi 4) Dinesh Karthik 5) Rohit Sharma 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8)Mishra 9)Rishi Dhawan 10)Shami 11) Umesh Yadav

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Odishas Basanta Mohanty is a Good Fast Bowler

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    gambhir and yuvi should part of playing 11

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 11, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    ha ha some people dreaming the cup not because of their team's performance, but because of India's performance abroad. When they realize that the dream will not be true, it will hurt. Even with the current form, India is far better team than neighbors. Look at SL - they do not have a convincing win over BD. Their juniors failed on a flat track in BD!. BD has the home advantage- thats all. That will not be enough to beat India. Pakistan is unpredictable, but they cannot score 300+ or not able to chace a250+ score.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    MY ASIA TEAM : Shikhar, Rohit, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Kohli, Zaheer, Jadeja, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Rahane, Shami, Umesh yadav, Bhuvi.

    T20 same only one change RAINA replace ZAHEER

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 11, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @cmili. SL is much more pathetic situation than India. They were playing at sub-continent only and still lost to teams like BD and NZ!. Even with the current form, India can beat SL in any event. BD will win only once in every 10+ games against India. Pakistan is unpredictable, but they will fall like cards in pressure situations. So, do not dream cups based on current Indian performances.ha ha

  • RakeshDash on February 11, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    The headline says "Bowling woes" and the article is all about batting n batting..amazing

  • Teja_Smart on February 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Rohit and Dhavan will be the openers for sure. Even though we are going to play in sub-continent, plz plz plz drop Aswin for ASIA cup. Looks Binny is in good form, better to replace Aswin with Binny.

    My XI for ASIA cup: Rohit, Dhavan, Kohli, Rayudu/Karthik, Dhoni, Binny, "Sir" Jaddu, Bhuvi, Parvez Rasool, Vinay, Shami.

    T20 World cup: Rohit, Dhavan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jaddu, Harbajan, Vinay, Bhuvi, Shami

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    My t20 team dhawan yuvraj Dhoni raina rayudu rohit Aaron shame jadeja ashwin mishra binny yadav

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    I belive experience player like gautum gambhir and Praveen Kumar should be back in place of ishant and rohit sharma

  • goldenpower on February 11, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    My Asia XI : 1) Dhawan 2) Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Raydu 5) Rohit 6)Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Binny 9)Rishi Dhawan 10) Pankaj Singh 11) Shami

    My T20 World cup Team: 1)Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Virat Kohi 4) Dinesh Karthik 5) Rohit Sharma 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8)Mishra 9)Rishi Dhawan 10)Shami 11) Umesh Yadav

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Odishas Basanta Mohanty is a Good Fast Bowler

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    yes binny will get chance in indian team.coz roger binny is there.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    1.dhawan 2.gambhir 3.virat 4.pujara 5.yvraj 6dhoni 7.binney 8.jadeja 9.ishwar pandey 10.shammi 11.zaheer 12. vinay 13.mishra 14.kedar jadhav 15.irfan

  • Naresh28 on February 11, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    All rounders like Binny, Pathan, Rishi Dhawan and Rasool should be pitted against each other to see who comes up trumps.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I don't know why the bowlers r blamed always !!! The Indian batsmen make merry of opposition bowling in India & they easily make 300+ runs most of the time. But outside India they can't even score anything near 300 but the blame is always on the bowlers !!! If u see all the matches India lost recently, its bcoz of the poor performance of the batsmen...

  • cmili on February 11, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully . current form of India will give us clear idea about what happen next.How can u imagine victories without having any single victories in SA and NZ recent.Stats are no longer valid if so check the stats of WI.they are like monsters in 70/80s but not now.It s true what u hv mentioned about Bangladesh.But even BD team will beat IND in this kind of situation. SL/PAK will lift the Asia cup while AUS / SA /SL lift t20 cup.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    my team for both format 1.Dhawan 2.gambhir 3. virat 4. pujara 5. yvraj 6. dhoni 7. binney 8. jadeja 9. ishwar 10. shammi 11.zaheer rest ( vinay,mishra,kedar jadhav,irfan)

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    My 15 for Asia Cup : Gambhirr,sehwag,Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Rahane, Pujara, Dhoni, Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Shami, Binny, Pandey, Irfan P, Aaron.

    My 15 For T20 : Gambhir,Rohit, Rahane Dhawan, Virat, Raina, Yuvi, Jadeja, Karthik, Irfan P, MSD, Binny, Pandey, Aaron, Bhuvi, Shami,

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    my team for t20 world cup: 1.dhoni 2.kohli 3.yuvraj 4.rohit sharma 5.dhawan 6.raina 7.samson 8.karthik 9.binny 10.jadeja 11.ashwin 12.harbhajan 13.umesh yadav 14.shami 15.b.kumar

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Pankaj Singh Bowls 120s ...he will be smacked all over the park...

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    My 15 for Asia Cup : Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Raina, yuvraj singh,Gambir, Dhoni, Jadeja, UYadav, Shami, Binny, Bhuvi, Aaron. My 15 For T20 : Rohit, Rahane Dhawan, Virat, Raina, Yuvi, Jadeja, Karthik, Samson, MSD, Binny, Pandey, Aaron, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 11, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @cmili . Why you are taking 7 ODIs only?ha ha ha. Take similar parameters while you check. And BD is not out side subcontinent and not supporting fast bowling pitches. You can only dream that India will lost matches there. Check, whats India's stats in sub-continent matches. It is the best among SL, Pak, BD.

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    I think India should send a young team for World Cup T20 just like they did it in 2007. Give some chances to young players , so that they can feel the pressure at the international level.Not at all bothered about Asia Cup,bcoz it is going to be in the sub continent where Indians are the rulers , you bring in any player , they will play. But I don't think there will be any major changes in team,Bcoz both fletcher and Dhoni are too obstinate .

  • WaseemAQ on February 11, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Is Irfan Pathan fit and available?

  • goldy6375 on February 11, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    my team for asia cup & t20 rohit, dhawan,virat,rayadu,dhoni,jdeja,binni,ashwin,shami varun aron,ishwarpandey..reserve umesh,bhuvi,raina,pujara,

  • on February 11, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    My 15 for Asia Cup : Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Rahane, Pujara, Karthik, Dhoni, Jadeja, UYadav, Shami, Binny, Pandey, Bhuvi, Aaron.

    My 15 For T20 : Rohit, Rahane Dhawan, Virat, Raina, Yuvi, Jadeja, Karthik, Samson, MSD, Binny, Pandey, Aaron, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav.

  • on February 11, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Dhawan rohit virat raina dhoni jadeja sanju bhajji ashwin rasool bhuvi yuvi ishant shami raydu binny

  • cmili on February 11, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    India's last 10 Test results in away as follows LLDLLLLLLLDD India's last 7 ODI results in away as follows LLDLLLL They are only champion in their home soil not away. Its time to Dhoni to resign. Result will be same even worst in Bangladesh when compare to the current status. Sorry Indian fans,This is the reality.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on February 11, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Don't know if pondering over promising players means anything as Dhoni would only select his preferred ones. The performance have been poor in last 3 T20 World cups but he would still call the shots. So instead of hoping for a chance for Pankaj SIngh, Rishi,Mishra, Binny one should be prepared to hear that Ishant/Raina would be retained and Binny may be ddiscarded without a chance. Noone other than Jadeja/Ashwin wud be playing as spinner.So just like the previous tournament one can predict that semi final spot would be exceptionally difficult. Asia cup is a useless ODI tournament and is again being played in BD like the previous one but Dhoni would call all the shots and one has to be ready to listen to the same set of excuses from him for failure.Things anyways won't be easy with better looking PAK, SL bowling attacks.

  • yogicoolboy on February 11, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    I will pick both ishwar pandey and pankaj singh in both the squads. As they have the height to extract bounce and they can trouble the batsman. Love to see pujara back in the scheme of things. Dk also has a chance to come back

  • rajuramki on February 11, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    India have always believed that their batting strength will take them beyond any target set by the opposition . Hence they never believed that a strong bowling group is also essential to win games, especially abroad . At current level , India's bowling strength is the worst among test playing nations including the minnows . I do not foresee India winning the T20 with their current crop of players.

  • sergio11 on February 11, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    the problem with ind is the number 4 and 5 slots..and ofcoz bowling...considering the fact that the world cup is just 13 months away...its time to find the right batsman...gambir is someone who has done well in AUS..but he cannt bat at 4...so Rohit can bat at 4 and Gambir can open with Dhawan..then the number 5...i always felt in those tracks..Dinesh Karthik is the guy..but he is inconsistent...so can give Dinesh and Uttappa a go at number 5...and bolwing Aron was impressive...and Shami to..so Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron will be the right choice...having said that Dhoni will never give Binny or Karthik or Uttapa a go or even gambir..now binny made this century he actually forcing Dhoni to give a chance..even then i doubt..he is not ready to try a new guy at all...so so terrible..Asian cup is the right time to do it..if he dnt do there..then the team played in NZ will be the team playing for WC2015 for sure...

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    My team for t20 includes-- 1.sanju samson 2.shrikhar dhawan 3.virat kohli 4.suresh raina 5.yuvraj singh 6.ms dhoni 7.ravindra jadega 8.stuwart binny 9.umesh yadav 10.varun aaron 11.mohmmed shami

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    i like to see sehwag again in the opening you need one all-time super start and lets another team make plains against him,use that benifit

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    If India wants to win World Cup ,they should select the following players . Gautam,Rohit,Virat,Dinesh Karthik,Yuvi,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Praveen Kumar,Zaheer Khan,Shami,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar(12th Player),Raina(13th Player),Uthappa(14th Player),Ashwin(15th Player)

  • pull_shot on February 11, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Please no shami for Asia cup and t20 world cup please give him rest or else he will become like ishant

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Binny is more suited to T20. Hit few big shots and bowl a couple of overs. Since Asia cup and T20 are played in subcontinents, Dhawan and Rohit will plunder runs. Even Suresh Raina for that matter. If you want to groom a team for WC, then restructuring should start now. As for bowlers, really sorry to say the cupboard is empty. So it is open to any Tom, Dick and Harry.

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    india is great team with good enough batting but bowling was tooo worst they are worst when compared to small team like ban,zim ,when we come t20 team rohit is one specialized player how can team will be fulfilled without

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    I think in the ODI side the only issue is Rohit. He is eating up way too many balls at the start, denying India of quick start that they are known for.

    I feel that he cannot take the opener position, at least outside of India. We need either Rahane or GG needs to be brought in. Another issue is the bowling. Our bowling is horrid right now, Ishant needs to be omitted from the side and be forced to play some Ranji to prove himself. Other than that, I think Shami is doing ok, but could be rested and a Pandey or Pankaj could tried. But again, Dhoni is our captain. He is becoming so stubborn. He needs to realize that this is going to lead India to a new low. He needs to change is horrid way of playing 'politics' in sports, and sticking with CSK players, however he did omit Raina, which was the best move he has made in ages. I think overall India need to just buckle up and Dhoni needs to start penalizing players who aren't playing well by sitting them out. Maybe even he can take rest.

  • on February 10, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    all Rayudu haters, for god's sake, give it a break. the guy never got enough chances to prove himself. in the only 2 matches that he got a look in, he did way better than the chosen ones. i am damn sure he will be in both the squads. he may also debut in the second test.

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    My team for t20 World cup Sanju/Rahane,Shikhar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, buwi, shami,pandey/pankaj, umesh/vinay

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    My team for Asia cup Rahane, Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara, Dhoni,Jadeja, Binny,Pandey, Shami, Bhuwi,Pankaj singh and other two :-Umesh yadav, Sanju samson

    Rahane is a good opener.Have good talent.Dhawan is attacking batsmen. Kohli is doing good at his position. Pujara is is to stabilize when ship is sinking.Dhoni can attack at his position. and binny to blast.jadeja wil be good in bowling and feilding especially in asia.Bhuwi also can do damage. shami is doing very good .Pandey have to be tried and also pankaj.they will perform well.other wise umesh can give instead of pankaj.sanju samson will be an alternate keeper and can be played instead of rahane if he is not clicked

  • jkmarx_1982 on February 10, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Frankly speaking, India has good bowlers but the perennial problem is, they never get selected. The idea should be that who ever is in form, give them a shot. What about the tall Pankaj Singh and Ishwar Pandey. They deserve a long run. If ishanth sharma can get an extended run so can Ishwar Pandey and Pankaj Singh. Rishi Dhawan can also be tried. Rest Zaheer and Ishanth.

    Parvez Rasool should be a surprise package as he is a good allrounder. Stuart Binny and Kedar Jadhav should be there in the team as both are hard hitting batsmen and the former has the knack of taking wickets. Rest dhoni. Try Dinesh Karthik and Sanju Samson.as wicket keepers. Bhawne is another bright prospect. He also has consistent records.Rest Shami.

    WC T20-S.Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,R.Sharma/Raina,Kedar Jadhav,Dinesh Karthik,Stuart Binny,Jadeja,Parvez Rasool,Ishwar Pandey,Pankaj Singh

    Asia Cup : S.Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Kedar Jadhav,Dhoni,Stuart Binny,Jadeja,B.Kumar,Ishwar Pandey/Pankaj Singh and Varun Aaron.

  • on February 10, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    my team

    asia cup 1.dhawan 2.pujara 3. virat 4.rohit 5.dhoni 6.dinesh kartik 7. yuvraj/raina (for sake of bowling...ashwin jadu both not good enough at 7).8-11 jadeja, shami, bhuvi, ishwar/aaron/vinay

    T20 ROHIT DHAWAN VIRAT DHONI RAYADU/KARTIK YUVRAJ JADEJA MISHRA SHAMI VINAY UMESH/AARON/BHUVI

    BUT OF COURSE WITH MSD AROUND U WONT SEE KARTIK/MISHRA/PANDEY NEARBY

  • yogesh.gg on February 10, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Albert_cambell on (February 10, 2014, 17:47 GMT) : Thanks for your incisive insights into the future. We indian fans, look forward to your thought provoking predictions. Cheers!

  • viru-319-219 on February 10, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Current limited overs team is good and need very few changes to get to its best. 1. Don't make Rohit open, he is consuming too many deliveries and putting pressure on other batsmen. Pick Uthappa to open along with Dhawan. 2. Drop Raina and replace no 5 spot with Rohit. 3. Pick DK or Yuvi for No 4 slot. They are the best available for that role. 4. Have 1 attacking spinner instead of Ash and Jaddu. 5. Bring back Zaheer, he is the best death bowler India has and Shami is bowling well at death too. This may solve Indian bowling problems

    Well I am just capable of thinking for TEAM INDIA .. Real Guys please let INDIAN cricket perform to it's full potential

  • on February 10, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    India need to give chance some fresh and young players like Baba Aprajt, Unmukt Chand, Pervej Rasool, Sandeep Sharma in these tournaments. Putting untested players in t20 matches will do no harm to team India. Now a days Dhoni become too unimaginative, stubborn, and weary. He need to be rested atleast for Asia cup. India need new caption with some new thoughts. In seniors Gumbhir , Yuvraj and Bajji must be selected. They all are class act and must be in atleast final 16 for both tournaments. Because of personal prejudice Dhoni is trying to ruin some great careers. Just see the team which won world cup for us and try to remember who were the players who performed at that time. Now how many are part of the team within 3 years. They were champions and deserves batter then what they got. I know in international sport perform or parish rule work but here in Dhoni captaincy rule is - PERFORM AND PARISH. Now he has taken team back in gloomy days of 90s when we were winning only at home.

  • the_predator on February 10, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    WE Could expect that the pitches in BD will be either batting friendly or will be favouring SPIN. I would recommend play ASHWIN as a BATSMAN. Even in bouncier tracks he played much better than many top order (which includes Dhoni) batsman. In place of him take a wicket taking spinner. My choice will be HARBHAJAN/AMIT MISHRA/OJHA. What we need wickets in middle overs. I would also like to see UMESH JADAV. He is good in reverse swing and has pace. So pace BOWLING unit should look like SHAMI, UMESH, Ishant/Bhubi. But even before that these bowlers need to learn to give Yorkers. But for next years world cup I would like to see IRPHAN pathan in the team. He is a natural swinger of the ball. One very promising guy, is in jail (what did you do sresanth?). We need to realize that bowling is our problem. If opponent has scored 320, BATSMEN cant chase that every time. Actually India batted well in New-zeland. with little more effort the score line could well have been 4-1 in favour of INDIA.

  • kkk999 on February 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    taliking about fast bowling, india should try including a tall fast bowler for the asia cup. they should omit ishant, who i think has faded away and include someone like a pankaj singh or ashok dinda

  • prasanna_79 on February 10, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Selectors pl remove rohit sharma from opening position.. This will do rohit as well as the team a world of good.. Also try RP Singh as a death over specialist if he is fit.. My team would be Dhawan, Gambhir(c),Kohli,R.Sharma,K.Jadhav,Dhoni,R.Ash win,R.Jadeja,B.Kumar,R.P.Singh,V.Aaron.. Reserves will b P.Rasool,A.Rahane,M.Shami ( needs some rest though ).., S.Bunny.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    While the team India captain, media & Selectors expect batsmen only to bat (getting out to stupid / reckless shots OR concentration errors is acceptable), provide no fielding support to the bowling AND requiring that at least one if not two bowlers do the job for which batsmen are being paid - expect India to have trouble against any opposition that is unwilling to simply roll over & play dead. Dhoni has not yet named the root cause of India's loss to NZ - bowlers generated opportunities that M Vijay mucked up. Vijay's net score in the 1st test match is -50 & India lost the test by 40....I am willing to bet CSK's M Vijay will get another test & one of the bowlers will pay for Murali's muck-ups. Having CSK on your resume helps I guess.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Some people forgetting yuvraj singh who is best twenty 20 player in the world Without him we can win the World Cup

  • Albert_cambell on February 10, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    This years Asia cup match between India and BD is going to be an absolute cracker. The losing team of this game will take the wooden spoon. I wouldnt be surprised if India takes Wooden spoon ahead of BD(Who used to win it every edition) this time. Pakistan are favourites to win the Asia cup this year. The only team who would challenge them this year is Sri lanka. But their recent failures in winning a final game gives the edge to Pak. Afghan team will be the surprise package this time and they will take 3rd spot by beating both India and BD.

  • thaikkathameed on February 10, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Rohiti Sharma is the culprit who puts pressure on the batsmen with his very very slow scoring, he has no idea at all of rotating the strike by taking singles. He wants always to clear the field and gets out. The same with Ishant Sharma, this useless guy is the luckiest player in the world to get so many chances in spite of failing repeatedly. In 10-15 matches he shines in one of them and he is picked again denying chances to other good genuine fast bowlers. For all this to rectified Dhoni has to be kicked out from the team. Otherwise RIP Cricket India.

  • on February 10, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Dhoni needs to be rested for Asia Cup. The Indian team is again becoming an old boys club and newer talent has trouble getting into the playing eleven, even if they get a chance to be in the 16. A little uncertainty never hurts the team cause.

  • Nero28 on February 10, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Kedar jadav really deserves a place in india middle order. He is performing really regular and in good form. India should give the players a cap when they are in good form. But india does it so late. They give cap 1 or 2year later when they are really not in form of life. Look at I Pandey, he was not picked when he was the top wicket taker in ranji. But in name of experience he was picked when he really not doing his best in many IndiaA games. Same with chand. I am sure R Dhawan will get a game next year but not right now .Look at australia's pattionson, Nz's anderson, english Stokes or SA's dekock and our own Kohli. They debuted young, don't playing enough home cricket but performing the little they got, are performing around the world. Although they need experience but the boys are getting enough experience till now. They are wasting their performance too much not playing for the right team. Binny as a batting allrounder and Yadav both suited for India's 4th spot. But Pujara need rest to focus more on test. He is getting the required experience about condition through test and he is the direct option for world cup only, need rest now.

  • on February 10, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    kindly make someone understand msd stop blaming players bowlers and others hold catches and fielding you will rock at this level ..... look at last few matches fielding and campare with second innings of new zealend and they'll get the get the answer

  • howizzat on February 10, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    ASIA CUP: 1.S Dhawan 2.R Sharma 3.V Kohli 4.C Pujara 5.Y Singh 6.M Dhoni(c&wk) 7.R Jadeja 8.A Mishra 9.P Kumar 10.I Pandey 11.M Shami 12.K Jadhav 13.B Aparajith 14.B Kumar 15.V Aaron.

    WCT20 : 1.S Dhawan 2.A Rahane 3.V Kohli(C) 4.R Sharma 5.S Raina 6.DJadhav(wk) 7.S Binny 8.R Jadeja 9.I Pathan 10.I Pandey 11.M Shami 12.D Karthik 12.R Dhawan 13.A Rayudu 14.V Kumar 15.A Mishra.

  • on February 10, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I think Sanju Samson and Karan Sharma deserve to get a look in for the T20 WC.

  • on February 10, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    my team:- Asia cup:- 1.Dhawan,2.Rohit,3.Gambhir,4.Kohl5.Dinesh karthik,6.Dhoni,7.Rayudu,8.Jadeja,9.Harbhajan,10.Rishi dhawan,11.Shami 12. bhuvi 13. aaron 14.Vinay kumar 15.Yuvraj singh.

  • shawnboomboomdeodat on February 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    MS Dhoni knows why he covered Benny in his only international game, simply because he will preform better than his CSK buddies Jadeja, Ashwan and Raina. He is more reliable as seen in the IPL and a better six Hitter than Jadeja. His bowling is also good but we still didnt get to see that, one over out of ten, come on Dhoni, partimers get a better chance than that.

  • Arun_Mathew on February 10, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Come Asia Cup and WT20, India are gonna come back strongly, India are favorites to win Asia Cup and regain the number one spot.. Two changes from Newzealand, raina and ishant being dropped for gambhir and one fast bowler. T20 will have a different look t20 team will be: dhawan, rahane my openers kohli, yuvraj, raina, rohit my middle order dhoni then ashwin and jadeja as spinners, bhuvi, shami, umesh and vinay as seamers with binny and aaron to complete the team..

  • NirajPawar on February 10, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    As the asia cup will be mostly played on spinning tracks, a reliable 2nd spinner in addition to jadeja must be picked. ashwin has not performed well for quite some months now. rather than the struggling ishant, binny would be a better bet anyday-he can bat, field,and bowl economically. dhawan's century yesterday was very encouraging but the opening combination needs to change- gambhir would be a good option alongside dhawan, and rohit can play in the middle order. pujara is certainly deserving of a place in the odi side! his stability, technique and aggressive strokeplay would make the batting order solid.

  • on February 10, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    India is losing on SR front not on wickets........If at all India is losin wickets that is to increase SR................A slow player like Pujara will only increase SR pressure on others.......A side leaking 300 + every match cannot afford a slow player sa can afford Amla bcz SA leaks 230 on avg

  • Deepak_Shankar on February 10, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    How much ever we talk and whatever squads selectors give Dhoni shall stick to the failing eleven that has been playing since we are playing Bangladesh dont be surprised if shami and bhuvi are the only bowlers and squad packed with batsman who can bowl my prediction rohit shikar virat yuvi raina dhoni jadeja ashwin shami bhuvi this shall be the playing team asia cup and world t20 maybe rahane can find a spot but rest shall warm the bench for sure

  • Hareeshkmurali on February 10, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Asia Cup Squad : Shikhar Dhawan,Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Ishwar Pandey (Squad of 15 + Kedhar Jadhav/Manish Pandey)

    T20 WC Squad : Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Parvez Rasool, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Stuart Binny, Manish Pandey, Ishwar Pandey, Rishi Dhawan (+ Ravi Aswin/Amit Mishra)

  • sony_sr on February 10, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Nice if we can go to t20 world cup with a completely new team and retaining only dhoni.

  • Farce-Follower on February 10, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Binny needs to come in, while the passengers - Raina etc need to go out.

  • on February 10, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Asia Cup Squad : S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Binny, M Shami, B Kumar, Z Khan, G Gambhir, LR Shukla, K Yadav, MK Tiwary.

    World Cup T20 : S Dhawan,V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Binny, M Shami, B Kumar, RP Singh, G Gambhir, LR Shukla, R Uthappa, A Dinda.

  • Sir_Ivor on February 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Stuart Binny will prove a revelation if given a chance. he has the pedigree of a champion in all formats of the game really. The selectors need not be so blinkered in their views nor after the Mudgal committee revelations of today owe any allegiance which had really hamstrung them in their decisions if Mohinder Amarnath's outburst is accepted. The point is that the clique has caused enough disgust for the fans and well wishers of Indian cricket. It is time to move on and show that India has enough options to hold their own in this game. I hope Kedar Jadhav,Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra Lokesh Rahul Sanju Samson and Ishwar Pandey are definitely included.The Indian team's 'untouchables' need to be taken out now.Clique and continuity have harmed India cricket like nothing before.

  • 30-30-150 on February 10, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Gambhir and Pujara must be included in the ODI team. Rohit should bat in the middle-order.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 10, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    What is the fuss about Pujara's fielding. The world cup winning squad had Munaf, Nehra, Yusuf,Sehwag,Zaheer, and I am sure Pujara is better fielder than all of them. I fail to understand how this is being framed as a barrier for his exclusion, infact his selection should be a non-brainer. With Pujara-Dhawan at top, Rohit can move to 4 where he'd be more effective as he will get easy singles which he struggles to do at top and relies heavily on boundaries. Manish Pandey deserves a go at no. 5 instead of Rayudu/Raina. Shami, Bhuvi/Vinay, Pankaj should be the seamers.

  • CricketMaan on February 10, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I can't see selectors making wholesome change although fatigue could be a factor. I would rest Shami for he is a wonderful prospect and could get stressed playing too many insignificant ODIs. Asia cup is one such. Vinay kumar althgouh has many haters is in form with his 5 wkt hauls on flat pitches albiet in long format. But send a player in form rather than just hopefuls. I can't see Ishant, Raina, Dhawan, Rohit getting dropped. Rayudu could keep his spot in the XII and so might Binny. I can't see selectors experimenting too much with WC in sight. I'd like to see Rasool, but just wishful thinking and Ashwin stil has vote of confindence from MSD. Overall expect same 15 players with maybe max one or two expections

  • on February 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    with having five specialist bowlers also Inda is consistentls giving away over 300 runs, so i think it is better to have a allrounders who can bat a bit. Binny is much better bowler in terms of control n variations than those ishant, vinay, n co.

    ODI: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane,Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Binny, Shami, Bhuvi.

    T20I: Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,Rohit, Yuvraj,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Bhuvi.

    India atleast need 9 proper batsmen to get that much bigger totals that our bowlers can give or can defend. Getting proper bowlers is not such an easy task with in a gap of months.

    So, go ahead with proper batsmen instead of wasting your time.

    Guess: India is hiding Praveen kumar to make him a sudden surprise in WC2015 for Australia where he has memorable days in CB 2008-09.

  • Narbavi on February 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Dhoni has clearly mentioned that he would like to stick with the current group of players until the World Cup. So do not expect changes, but I still would like to see either Gambhir or Pujara bat in the top 3 in the World cup and regarding Binny, yes he is good enough to play for India now but where does he fit is the question. Can India have him as the 3rd seamer? and Dhoni has stated he doesn't want a 4th seamer in the playing 11. Since the Asia cup is in Bangladesh, I don't see Binny getting a game unless Jadeja gets injured in the last minute.

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  • Narbavi on February 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Dhoni has clearly mentioned that he would like to stick with the current group of players until the World Cup. So do not expect changes, but I still would like to see either Gambhir or Pujara bat in the top 3 in the World cup and regarding Binny, yes he is good enough to play for India now but where does he fit is the question. Can India have him as the 3rd seamer? and Dhoni has stated he doesn't want a 4th seamer in the playing 11. Since the Asia cup is in Bangladesh, I don't see Binny getting a game unless Jadeja gets injured in the last minute.

  • on February 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    with having five specialist bowlers also Inda is consistentls giving away over 300 runs, so i think it is better to have a allrounders who can bat a bit. Binny is much better bowler in terms of control n variations than those ishant, vinay, n co.

    ODI: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane,Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Binny, Shami, Bhuvi.

    T20I: Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,Rohit, Yuvraj,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Bhuvi.

    India atleast need 9 proper batsmen to get that much bigger totals that our bowlers can give or can defend. Getting proper bowlers is not such an easy task with in a gap of months.

    So, go ahead with proper batsmen instead of wasting your time.

    Guess: India is hiding Praveen kumar to make him a sudden surprise in WC2015 for Australia where he has memorable days in CB 2008-09.

  • CricketMaan on February 10, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I can't see selectors making wholesome change although fatigue could be a factor. I would rest Shami for he is a wonderful prospect and could get stressed playing too many insignificant ODIs. Asia cup is one such. Vinay kumar althgouh has many haters is in form with his 5 wkt hauls on flat pitches albiet in long format. But send a player in form rather than just hopefuls. I can't see Ishant, Raina, Dhawan, Rohit getting dropped. Rayudu could keep his spot in the XII and so might Binny. I can't see selectors experimenting too much with WC in sight. I'd like to see Rasool, but just wishful thinking and Ashwin stil has vote of confindence from MSD. Overall expect same 15 players with maybe max one or two expections

  • barryrichardsfan on February 10, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    What is the fuss about Pujara's fielding. The world cup winning squad had Munaf, Nehra, Yusuf,Sehwag,Zaheer, and I am sure Pujara is better fielder than all of them. I fail to understand how this is being framed as a barrier for his exclusion, infact his selection should be a non-brainer. With Pujara-Dhawan at top, Rohit can move to 4 where he'd be more effective as he will get easy singles which he struggles to do at top and relies heavily on boundaries. Manish Pandey deserves a go at no. 5 instead of Rayudu/Raina. Shami, Bhuvi/Vinay, Pankaj should be the seamers.

  • 30-30-150 on February 10, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Gambhir and Pujara must be included in the ODI team. Rohit should bat in the middle-order.

  • Sir_Ivor on February 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Stuart Binny will prove a revelation if given a chance. he has the pedigree of a champion in all formats of the game really. The selectors need not be so blinkered in their views nor after the Mudgal committee revelations of today owe any allegiance which had really hamstrung them in their decisions if Mohinder Amarnath's outburst is accepted. The point is that the clique has caused enough disgust for the fans and well wishers of Indian cricket. It is time to move on and show that India has enough options to hold their own in this game. I hope Kedar Jadhav,Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra Lokesh Rahul Sanju Samson and Ishwar Pandey are definitely included.The Indian team's 'untouchables' need to be taken out now.Clique and continuity have harmed India cricket like nothing before.

  • on February 10, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Asia Cup Squad : S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Binny, M Shami, B Kumar, Z Khan, G Gambhir, LR Shukla, K Yadav, MK Tiwary.

    World Cup T20 : S Dhawan,V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Binny, M Shami, B Kumar, RP Singh, G Gambhir, LR Shukla, R Uthappa, A Dinda.

  • Farce-Follower on February 10, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Binny needs to come in, while the passengers - Raina etc need to go out.

  • sony_sr on February 10, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Nice if we can go to t20 world cup with a completely new team and retaining only dhoni.

  • Hareeshkmurali on February 10, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Asia Cup Squad : Shikhar Dhawan,Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Ishwar Pandey (Squad of 15 + Kedhar Jadhav/Manish Pandey)

    T20 WC Squad : Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Parvez Rasool, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Stuart Binny, Manish Pandey, Ishwar Pandey, Rishi Dhawan (+ Ravi Aswin/Amit Mishra)