India news February 11, 2014

Raina out of Asia Cup squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Suresh Raina has been left out of India's squad for the Asia Cup, which starts on February 25. The batsman, however, is a part of the team for the World Twenty20, scheduled for March.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been included in the Asia Cup squad, while Ishant Sharma has been left out of both teams.

Ishant and Raina's exclusions are the only two changes to the India ODI squad from the one that played in New Zealand.

Since the series against England in January 2013, when he scored 277 runs with four half-centuries, Raina has had just one fifty-plus score - against Zimbabwe - in 24 innings. He was dropped from the last two ODIs against New Zealand, after scores of 18, 35 and 31 in the first three games.

For Pujara, this is his first ODI call-up since the tour to Zimbabwe when the batsman made his one-day debut. Pujara scored 13 and 0 in the two matches, but since been in good form, scoring Test hundreds against West Indies and South Africa.

In Ishant's case, his exclusion due to recent poor form has continued from the New Zealand series, where the bowler was dropped after the first two ODIs in favour of Varun Aaron. Ishant had a poor series against Australia at home, conceding 189 runs in three matches at an average of 94.50 with two wickets. Against South Africa, Ishant picked up four wickets in two ODIs at an average of 19.50, while he picked up two wickets against New Zealand, giving away 118 runs at 59 and an economy rate of 7.86.

The pace attack in both squads is led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. Ishwar Pandey, who was a part of the tour to New Zealand, has been picked for the Asia Cup, while Mohit Sharma has been named in the Twenty20 squad.

Stuart Binny, who made a debut against New Zealand recently, finds a place in the ODI and T20 squads.

India squad for Asia Cup: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey

India squad for World Twenty20 MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron

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  • Android on March 12, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    prob xi. Dhawn. rohit. virat. yuvi. dhoni raina . jadu. ashwin. bhuvi. shami. varun/ mishra

  • Dharam on February 18, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    the probable eleven for the first match in Asia Cup; 1.Shikhar Dhawan, 2.Rohit Sharma, 3.Virat Kohli, 4.Cheteshwar Pujara, 5.Ajinkya Rahane, 6.Ambati Rayudu, 7.MS Dhoni (c/wk), 8.Ravindra Jadeja, 9.Ravichandran Ashwin, 10.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11.Mohammed Shami

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Ishant sharma & Raina will be back for 2015 World cup

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    y not dinesh karthik for t20 wc squad ..?

  • Aditya on February 17, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    This lineup would be good for India:

    Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, M.S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin/Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron

    A nice rookie seam lineup that shows promise to the Indian future (Aaron brings pace, Shami has the skills, and Bhuvi can swing the ball nicely), bring Ashwin in when conditions are spin friendly, or Ambati when not, and guys like Rahane and Shami have played well in NZ. I would think trying Pujara as an opener one of these games would be good. Shikhar providing the runs, Pujara providing the solid support/defense next to him (cliche to Sehwag/Gambhir), and a good opening foundation. I have seen Rohit as a guy who can come in and play a quickfire role. Kohli is best at no. 3, coming in when India are one down early, or when India need to rebuild in the innings. But Rohit-Dhawan are good openers too, all depends on what Dhoni feels.

  • janardhanareddy on February 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Finally a good decission has been taken.thanks to bcci selectors.

  • Suresh on February 15, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    It's a mistake done by selectors. They should have dropped Nohit Sharma from the team. Raina is not #4 batsman.And, he's the best player we got to play at #6. Raina should have been persisted at the cost of Nohit. Gambhir should have been selected instead.

  • shadab on February 15, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    MANOJ Tiwari in ODI

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St 8 8 1 251 104* 35.85 324 77.46 1 1 24 2 3 0

    where is he, why everyone ignore him, see the static, and he got 5 wickets also, very handy bowler. far better than nohit and vijay..

    and i m not from bengal , i m from india...

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    As far as T20s are concerned, I am a big fan of Binny and want to see him play. India should use their IPL experience to make their T20I side an IPL Indian all stars kind of team. Raina, Rohit, Kohli, MS are all IPL superstars. I sincerely hope Yuvi has done something about his form because he can be lethal to any bowling attack. Our players are definately world beaters in subcontinent conditions and they can actually win the world t20 but then it's t20 hard to say. Bowling wise, spin is crucial in T20s in the subcontinent. Interesting to see what combination India adopt. Jadeja is going to be crucial as an all rounder, batted brilliantly in Auckland on both occassions. My team would be Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Jadeja, Yuvraj, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Shami, Aaron India usually go for Rahane but Binny has always looked more valuable all round.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Good team in my opinion, Raina got too undependable and he needs to sort out his issues with short pitched bowling. It is a positive move to go for younger fast bowlers who can bowl fast in this format considering the venues of WC2014. People who are asking for top seamers from the Ranji Season must realize that pace is essential right now, and only a few of the Indians have that, better to nurture them over this year and make them ready to be world-class bowlers. Aaron in particular bowled balls over 145 Kph in the NZ ODIs. Pujara is a good addition to the ODIs because all India's batting line-up was overflowing with attacking strokemakers, someone like him will stabilize it. Also, stop asking for spinning all rounders, none of them are can replace Jadeja, fast-bowling all rounder is what we need and Irfan Ptham is simply not one who looks good/fit enough

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