Pune Warriors IPL 2013 preview April 3, 2013

Warriors hope it's third-time lucky

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Sunrisers may be the newest entrants to the IPL parivaar (family) but it would be Warriors who would be seen in a new avatar. Since their bottom-placed finish last year, a lot of water has flown under the bridge. When it came to running the team, it was a one-man army last year, with Sourav Ganguly acting as a captain-mentor.

Come 2013, and Ganguly is nowhere in the picture. Instead, it's Allan Donald who has been elevated from a bowling coach to the head coach. And for the third time during their third year in IPL, Warriors have appointed a new captain at the start of the season. Beyond the captain and the navigator of the ship lie the real changes. There are more than a dozen changes to the squad that represented Warriors last year.

Those who attended Donald's half-hour interaction with the press would realise that their homework has been near- perfect. Warriors made far too many changes to their line-up last year. As a result, only one player - Robin Uthappa - featured in each of their 16 games, while a whopping 23 players got at least a game. As a result, the team combination was far from settled throughout the season.

This time around, though, Donald and Co have decided to downsize the squad for every game from 33 to 16, if not 15. And the thrust during the build-up hasn't just been on adding match-winning overseas cricketers. As a result, domestic stars like Abhishek Nayar, Ishwar Pandey, T Suman and Parvez Rasool, who became the first player from Jammu & Kashmir to have been signed by an IPL franchise after impressive domestic season, have indeed made Warriors a formidable outfit at least on paper.

The coming weeks will tell us whether the line-up that looks as impressive as any other on paper delivers the goods on the field.

Key Players

He was the captain and the marquee player during their inaugural season and was forced to watch Warriors from the sidelines during IPL 2012. Warriors will be looking forward to Yuvraj Singh marking his return to IPL in style. Despite being the star of India's triumphant world titles in both the shorter versions of the game, Yuvraj hasn't really lived up to his potential in the IPL so far. Warriors would be hoping that the next two months help Yuvraj change that.

Once it was decided that Yuvraj won't be considered for captaincy and Michael Clarke pulled out due to the recurrence of his back injury, Angelo Mathews emerged as the leading candidate to skipper the side. Mathews is already a vital cog in terms of the balance of the team, and his elevation has increased the responsibility on him further. Mathews would be hoping to draw all the experience he has gained from leading Sri Lanka in Tests and ODIs recently.

Big names in

The signing of Ross Taylor from Delhi Daredevils can help Warriors fill the gap of the floater they missed all through the last season. Taylor will be desperate to feel at home with what will be his fourth IPL team. And if the track for their home games is as slow and low as it was during the last year, Ajantha Mendis can be a handful with his not-so-mysterious-anymore spin bowling. Mind you, Mendis may be a familiar proposition for regulars at the international stage, but he can be destructive against the domestic batsmen.

Big names out

Michael Clarke's unavailability for the entire duration of the tournament is a big blow for Warriors. Though Clarke isn't exactly renowned for his Twenty20 skills, he is widely regarded as one of the most enterprising captains in the world cricket. It is his leadership ability that Warriors will sorely miss.

Availability

Ross Taylor is likely to miss the latter half of the tournament due to New Zealand's tour to England. And Tamim Iqbal, who injured himself during an ODI in Sri Lanka last week, is unlikely to be available for at least the first half of the tournament due to Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • razeez on April 4, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    This is the year for Pune's rise: 1) uthappa 2) pandey 3) samuels 3) singh 5) manhas 6) matthews 7) nayar 8) kumar 9) dinda 10) richardson 11) mendis. Mendis and Richardson are the key acquisitions that provide t20 dynamism to this side; mystery spin and accurate yorkers. Throw in a competent opening pair, a classy middle order with three consistent all-rounders possessing bowling variety (something that has served the Sri Lankan national side well in limited overs cricket), and a strong Indian pace duo and they look as formidable as any IPL side, past or present. The challenge will be in the leadership and the ability to manage egos; not a small obstacle by any means.

  • Lakpj on April 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    with Samuels, Mathews, Taylor, ad YV in the middle order it is one of the most powerful middle order lineups in the tournaments. if their openers can give good starts, i am pretty sure this team has the potential to achieve big things this season. this will be a good opportunity for the SL selectors to judge how gooder captain Mathews is, thus far he hasn't shown anything encouraging as a captain.

  • Chetan007 on April 4, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Pune Warriors need two explosive openers, followed with an anchor who can stick to the end with a better strike rate, then an explosive anchor(who can change according to match situation) followed with big hitters. Their bowling was great last two years. They just need some variation because in some matches like playing in Chennai, Kolkatta and Delhi, they need a fast bowler(not medium pacer) and good spinners. I was really upset to see the pitches built for IPL. I would have loved to see some bouncy pitches. This would have helped our youngsters knocking the door of selectors best prepared for foreign conditions. Just after IPL their is Champions trophy and selectors would have find better players to tour overseas.

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    get parvez rasool in along with couple of other youngsters and see the power of youth unleash

  • chinmay3350 on April 5, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    My team for PW-1. Robin 2. M panday 3.samuels 4. michle marsh/write 5. yuvraj 6.Simth 7.mathews 8. nayar 9.bhubaneswar k 10. dinda 11. Parvez rasol

  • Gun79 on April 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Failure behind the most of IPL teams would be the plenty of Indian senior players. I think most of the club owners realize this and they have change the team accordingly. Season one the only team which hasn't that problem was the Royals and they won the series. Chennai, MSD drives the ship and they won the competition twice. KKR, lot of problems with plenty of seniors and last year they won it comprehensively. MI, PWI are the two teams yet to learn that metaphor and I m pretty much sure they will learn that after loosing this series.

  • on April 5, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    This time around CSK and PW are well balanced team with raw talents. PW Line up 1.uthapa 2. Luke 3.Pandey 4. Yuvraj 5.Marlon/ smith/taylor 6. mathews 7. Nayar 8. B.kumar 9. R sharma 10. Mendis/Richardson 11. Dinda

  • rosh280 on April 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    No doubt, it will be the year of pune warriors. they have great talents of batsmen and bowlers. if they used it proper way with correct combination. they can be the dangerous team. I prefer Robin uttappa should open with manish pandey.my eleven would be 1. robin uttappa 2.manish pandey3.marlon samuels 4. ross taylor 5. yuvraj singh 6.abhishek nayyar/ ishwar pandey7. luke right/ steven smith 8.wayne parnell 9.parvez rasool /rahul sharma 10. bhuvanesh kumar 11. angelo mathews. Since they had robin uttappa in the side , he can be used as a wicket keeper. robin uttappa, manish pandey, marlon samuels, ross taylor, yuvraj singh are the great batsmen who can accelerate the runs at their will. wayne parnell, luke wright, parvez rasool,angelo mathews can also show their alround skills in bowling and batting. bhuvanesh kumar is a great asset to pune warrior he is a dangerous bowler he can strike any world batsman with his charismatic bowling.

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Poor Raiphi Gomez, has never been given a chance last year. At least this year they can try him out. He is a good allrounder. He did reasonably well when given a chance by Kochi Tuskers. Manish Pandey has not done anything of note in the last one year.

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    pune is going to win today.....strongest team after csk in the tournament...my 11 is 1.robin 2.manish 3.samuels 4.yuvi 5.ssmith 6.mathews 7.nayar 8.kumar 9.mendis 10.rasool 11.dinda...pitches like hyd we need quality spinners like mendis...rasool is a very good bowler..he took 7 wick durin practice matches with aus in chennai...pace math,nayar(alrounder),kumar, dinda....this is the best team for pune today....

  • razeez on April 4, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    This is the year for Pune's rise: 1) uthappa 2) pandey 3) samuels 3) singh 5) manhas 6) matthews 7) nayar 8) kumar 9) dinda 10) richardson 11) mendis. Mendis and Richardson are the key acquisitions that provide t20 dynamism to this side; mystery spin and accurate yorkers. Throw in a competent opening pair, a classy middle order with three consistent all-rounders possessing bowling variety (something that has served the Sri Lankan national side well in limited overs cricket), and a strong Indian pace duo and they look as formidable as any IPL side, past or present. The challenge will be in the leadership and the ability to manage egos; not a small obstacle by any means.

  • Lakpj on April 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    with Samuels, Mathews, Taylor, ad YV in the middle order it is one of the most powerful middle order lineups in the tournaments. if their openers can give good starts, i am pretty sure this team has the potential to achieve big things this season. this will be a good opportunity for the SL selectors to judge how gooder captain Mathews is, thus far he hasn't shown anything encouraging as a captain.

  • Chetan007 on April 4, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Pune Warriors need two explosive openers, followed with an anchor who can stick to the end with a better strike rate, then an explosive anchor(who can change according to match situation) followed with big hitters. Their bowling was great last two years. They just need some variation because in some matches like playing in Chennai, Kolkatta and Delhi, they need a fast bowler(not medium pacer) and good spinners. I was really upset to see the pitches built for IPL. I would have loved to see some bouncy pitches. This would have helped our youngsters knocking the door of selectors best prepared for foreign conditions. Just after IPL their is Champions trophy and selectors would have find better players to tour overseas.

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    get parvez rasool in along with couple of other youngsters and see the power of youth unleash

  • chinmay3350 on April 5, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    My team for PW-1. Robin 2. M panday 3.samuels 4. michle marsh/write 5. yuvraj 6.Simth 7.mathews 8. nayar 9.bhubaneswar k 10. dinda 11. Parvez rasol

  • Gun79 on April 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Failure behind the most of IPL teams would be the plenty of Indian senior players. I think most of the club owners realize this and they have change the team accordingly. Season one the only team which hasn't that problem was the Royals and they won the series. Chennai, MSD drives the ship and they won the competition twice. KKR, lot of problems with plenty of seniors and last year they won it comprehensively. MI, PWI are the two teams yet to learn that metaphor and I m pretty much sure they will learn that after loosing this series.

  • on April 5, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    This time around CSK and PW are well balanced team with raw talents. PW Line up 1.uthapa 2. Luke 3.Pandey 4. Yuvraj 5.Marlon/ smith/taylor 6. mathews 7. Nayar 8. B.kumar 9. R sharma 10. Mendis/Richardson 11. Dinda

  • rosh280 on April 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    No doubt, it will be the year of pune warriors. they have great talents of batsmen and bowlers. if they used it proper way with correct combination. they can be the dangerous team. I prefer Robin uttappa should open with manish pandey.my eleven would be 1. robin uttappa 2.manish pandey3.marlon samuels 4. ross taylor 5. yuvraj singh 6.abhishek nayyar/ ishwar pandey7. luke right/ steven smith 8.wayne parnell 9.parvez rasool /rahul sharma 10. bhuvanesh kumar 11. angelo mathews. Since they had robin uttappa in the side , he can be used as a wicket keeper. robin uttappa, manish pandey, marlon samuels, ross taylor, yuvraj singh are the great batsmen who can accelerate the runs at their will. wayne parnell, luke wright, parvez rasool,angelo mathews can also show their alround skills in bowling and batting. bhuvanesh kumar is a great asset to pune warrior he is a dangerous bowler he can strike any world batsman with his charismatic bowling.

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Poor Raiphi Gomez, has never been given a chance last year. At least this year they can try him out. He is a good allrounder. He did reasonably well when given a chance by Kochi Tuskers. Manish Pandey has not done anything of note in the last one year.

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    pune is going to win today.....strongest team after csk in the tournament...my 11 is 1.robin 2.manish 3.samuels 4.yuvi 5.ssmith 6.mathews 7.nayar 8.kumar 9.mendis 10.rasool 11.dinda...pitches like hyd we need quality spinners like mendis...rasool is a very good bowler..he took 7 wick durin practice matches with aus in chennai...pace math,nayar(alrounder),kumar, dinda....this is the best team for pune today....

  • British_North_America on April 5, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    One of the most boring teams in IPL to watch.Other ones are Deccan Chargers and Punjab.My favorite team in IPL is RCB.Mumbai does ok and to some extent KKR.

  • anandkar on April 5, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Pune surely had a good team this year. Though that's got to translate to wins! Else the fan base is goinf to erode swiftly, if not already.

    My pick for this match: 1. Robin 2. Manish Pandey 3. Samuels 4. Yuvraj 5. Abhishek Nayar 6. Steve Smith 7. Matthews 8. Rasool 9. Bhuvi 10. Richardson 11. Dinda

    Ross Taylor hasn't been in good form. Hyderabad may offer more bounce than some other venues. Hence Richardson instead of Mendis. Pandey has not done any better things but Dheeraj Jadhav is not exactly knocking the doors. Luke Wright woudl have been better option but I think Matthews, Smith and Samuels should be picked all times, so that just leaves one more foriegn option.

  • on April 4, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Ross Taylor would hv been better captan

  • sourabhsl on April 4, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    1.Robin Utthappa, 2.Luke Wright/Ross Taylor, 3.Marlon Samuels, 4.Yuvraj Singh, 5.Steven Smith, 6.Angelo Mathews, 7.Abhishek Nayar, 8.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9.Parvez Rasool, 10.Rahul Sharma, 11.Ashok Dinda

  • on April 4, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Mathews can't captain when Pune Warriors play in Chennai...who is going to lead then?

  • on April 4, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    I think the PWI middle order is as good as that of any middle order here (except for CSK). If they get rid of the demons of last season, I think they can make it to the knockouts.

  • mckgilbert1 on April 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Pune Warriors main problem last year was slow start and there was no good finishers in the team. My team for Pune Warriors in IPL 6 is Luke Wright, Aaron Finch, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Angelo Mathews, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Parvez Rasool, Ashok Dinda. At Bench-Udit Birla, Shrikant Wagh, Ishwar Pandey, Steven Smith, Marlon Samuels.....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 4, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Ajantha will be a headache for opposition batsmen.

  • on April 4, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    My team for pune: 1. robin uthhapa 2. manish pandey 3.yuvaraj singh 4.angelo mathews 5. steve smith 5.parvezz rasool 6.bhuveneshwar kumar 7.ajantha mendis 8.ishwar pandey 9.kane richardson.10.rahul sharma.ashok dinda or alfonsa thomas

  • borhans on April 4, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    In both writing on pune warrior & on kkr the writers completely ignore big names like sakib al hasan & tamim iqball .. itsl like they don't even exist ..espcially after sakib's performance for KKR he isn't even listed on players who will be missed ..Its like writers has decisded that they not gonna mention any Bangladeshi players name but they mentioned morgan & other players name who didn't even played much match

  • on April 4, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    my team would be 1. Manish pandey, 2. Utthappa 3 tamim/ross taylor,, 4yuvraj, 5 steven smith , 6 nayar/samuels 7 Angelo Matthews, 8 parveez rasool, 9. B. kumar 10.rahul sharma, , 11.dinda/K.richardson

    if nayar then k richardson ... as well as if dinda then samuels gets in

  • on April 4, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Ross Taylor is a better leader than Mathews....Sure Mathews is going to block Luke wright/Smith place in palying 11 those are better than Mathews in T20. Speed bowling is a big drawback. Uthappa wkt keeping is a big advantage to the opposition. Samuels & Mathews ll play for sure. Picking other 2 overseas is a big headache.

  • Chetan007 on April 4, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Pune Warriors main problem last year was slow start and there was no good finishers in the team. My team for Pune Warriors in IPL 6 is Luke Wright, Aaron Finch, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Angelo Mathews, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Parvez Rasool, Ashok Dinda. At Bench-Udit Birla, Shrikant Wagh, Ishwar Pandey, Steven Smith, Marlon Samuels.....

  • on April 4, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    1-Manish Pandey 2-Robin Utthapa 3-Marlon Samuels* 4-Yuvraj Singh 5-Ross Taylor* 6-Angelo Mathews* 7-Abhishek Nayar 8-Wayne Parnell* 9-Rahul Sharma 10-Ashok Dinda 11-Bhuvanesh Kumar

  • Jujhar12 on April 4, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    My playing 11 for pune warriors 1 uthappa 2 pandey 3 samuel 4 yuvraj 5 mathews 6 smith / taylor 7 suman / nayer 8 rasool 9 buwneshwar 10 ishwar pandey /dinda / wagh 11 mandis

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    With all respect to Angelo Mathews, I feel he shouldn't have been made captain. I say this because of the 4 internationals rule. By electing to give Mathews the captaincy, Pune have effectively closed out 1 overseas spot. While Mathews is a good all-round cricketer, he has not had a good captaincy record for SL and his form also has been inconsistent lately. Pune are that kind of a team who will strongly depend on their overseas players for success. This is where I think Yuvraj should have continued to captain the team. Then they could have played either Steve Smith or Mathews depending on conditions. Cause, Marlon Samuels and Luke Wright have to play every game. Or they could play Alfonso Thomas as a quick along with Samuels, and then have Steve Smith and Mathews as all rounders. An Indian captain would have given them flexibility. Now, they are clutching at straws. It will be a tough season for them.

  • Htc-Android on April 4, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    This is a very good chance for mathews to improve his captaincy skills and prepare himself for the champions trophy.

  • on April 3, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    My best 11 -- Pune 1. Pandey 2. Luke wright/ Aaron Finch 3. Marlon Samuels 4. Taylor 5. Yuvi 6. Mathews 7. Uttapa 8. Bhuvneswar 9 & 10, 2 out of Dinda/rasool/Ishwar 11. Rahul Sharma

    depending if they want another seamer or spinner depending on conditions, this side has a strong core, Sameuls, Taylor, yuvi.. depending on the situation taylor n yuvi can switch spots same goes with mathews and uttapa. Pandey is best suited for an opener and either of Wright or Finch are explosive.

    For their bowling, they have 3 all rounders (2 spin 1 seam), yuvi, mathews, sameuls can easily bowl 7 - 10 overs between them if need & with 4 specialist bowlers, it gives u breathing room if you 1 or 2 of your specialists have a bad day.

    Depending on conditions, you can decide for your 4 bowlers, personally I think Bhuvneshwar and Rahul Sharma are selected with 2 spots between Ishwar Pandey, Dinda, & Rasool.

    I think this Pune team can def make it to the final 4.

  • Kapil_Choudhary on April 3, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @palla.avinash - agree with your 11 except that I would ditch Mitchell Marsh and pick BOTH Ross Taylor and Steven Smith. There are enough back up bowlers in the line up - Matthews, Smith, Samuels, Yuvraj - to make Marsh redundant. Also, Abhishek Nayar is definitely an option instead of Manish Pandey - with Uthappa promoted to open. On the whole, PWI clearly look like the most improved team from last season. Eventually however, it feels like their season will depend a lot on Yuvraj and Uthappa - who can both be very inconsistent.. Expecting them to compete for the 4th slot in the playoffs with DD and MI (RCB, CSK and KKR taking the top 3 slots)

  • palla.avinash on April 3, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    My best 11 with batting order1. Manish pandey,2 samuels,3mathews,4yuvraj,5 steven smith/ross taylor,6 uttapa, 7 Mitchel marsh,8 parveez rasool/ali murtaza,9rahul sharma,10 kumar,11 dinda.

  • palla.avinash on April 3, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    My best 11 with batting order1. Manish pandey,2 samuels,3mathews,4yuvraj,5 steven smith/ross taylor,6 uttapa, 7 Mitchel marsh,8 parveez rasool/ali murtaza,9rahul sharma,10 kumar,11 dinda.

  • Kapil_Choudhary on April 3, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @palla.avinash - agree with your 11 except that I would ditch Mitchell Marsh and pick BOTH Ross Taylor and Steven Smith. There are enough back up bowlers in the line up - Matthews, Smith, Samuels, Yuvraj - to make Marsh redundant. Also, Abhishek Nayar is definitely an option instead of Manish Pandey - with Uthappa promoted to open. On the whole, PWI clearly look like the most improved team from last season. Eventually however, it feels like their season will depend a lot on Yuvraj and Uthappa - who can both be very inconsistent.. Expecting them to compete for the 4th slot in the playoffs with DD and MI (RCB, CSK and KKR taking the top 3 slots)

  • on April 3, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    My best 11 -- Pune 1. Pandey 2. Luke wright/ Aaron Finch 3. Marlon Samuels 4. Taylor 5. Yuvi 6. Mathews 7. Uttapa 8. Bhuvneswar 9 & 10, 2 out of Dinda/rasool/Ishwar 11. Rahul Sharma

    depending if they want another seamer or spinner depending on conditions, this side has a strong core, Sameuls, Taylor, yuvi.. depending on the situation taylor n yuvi can switch spots same goes with mathews and uttapa. Pandey is best suited for an opener and either of Wright or Finch are explosive.

    For their bowling, they have 3 all rounders (2 spin 1 seam), yuvi, mathews, sameuls can easily bowl 7 - 10 overs between them if need & with 4 specialist bowlers, it gives u breathing room if you 1 or 2 of your specialists have a bad day.

    Depending on conditions, you can decide for your 4 bowlers, personally I think Bhuvneshwar and Rahul Sharma are selected with 2 spots between Ishwar Pandey, Dinda, & Rasool.

    I think this Pune team can def make it to the final 4.

  • Htc-Android on April 4, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    This is a very good chance for mathews to improve his captaincy skills and prepare himself for the champions trophy.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    With all respect to Angelo Mathews, I feel he shouldn't have been made captain. I say this because of the 4 internationals rule. By electing to give Mathews the captaincy, Pune have effectively closed out 1 overseas spot. While Mathews is a good all-round cricketer, he has not had a good captaincy record for SL and his form also has been inconsistent lately. Pune are that kind of a team who will strongly depend on their overseas players for success. This is where I think Yuvraj should have continued to captain the team. Then they could have played either Steve Smith or Mathews depending on conditions. Cause, Marlon Samuels and Luke Wright have to play every game. Or they could play Alfonso Thomas as a quick along with Samuels, and then have Steve Smith and Mathews as all rounders. An Indian captain would have given them flexibility. Now, they are clutching at straws. It will be a tough season for them.

  • Jujhar12 on April 4, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    My playing 11 for pune warriors 1 uthappa 2 pandey 3 samuel 4 yuvraj 5 mathews 6 smith / taylor 7 suman / nayer 8 rasool 9 buwneshwar 10 ishwar pandey /dinda / wagh 11 mandis

  • on April 4, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    1-Manish Pandey 2-Robin Utthapa 3-Marlon Samuels* 4-Yuvraj Singh 5-Ross Taylor* 6-Angelo Mathews* 7-Abhishek Nayar 8-Wayne Parnell* 9-Rahul Sharma 10-Ashok Dinda 11-Bhuvanesh Kumar

  • Chetan007 on April 4, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Pune Warriors main problem last year was slow start and there was no good finishers in the team. My team for Pune Warriors in IPL 6 is Luke Wright, Aaron Finch, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Angelo Mathews, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Parvez Rasool, Ashok Dinda. At Bench-Udit Birla, Shrikant Wagh, Ishwar Pandey, Steven Smith, Marlon Samuels.....

  • on April 4, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Ross Taylor is a better leader than Mathews....Sure Mathews is going to block Luke wright/Smith place in palying 11 those are better than Mathews in T20. Speed bowling is a big drawback. Uthappa wkt keeping is a big advantage to the opposition. Samuels & Mathews ll play for sure. Picking other 2 overseas is a big headache.

  • on April 4, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    my team would be 1. Manish pandey, 2. Utthappa 3 tamim/ross taylor,, 4yuvraj, 5 steven smith , 6 nayar/samuels 7 Angelo Matthews, 8 parveez rasool, 9. B. kumar 10.rahul sharma, , 11.dinda/K.richardson

    if nayar then k richardson ... as well as if dinda then samuels gets in