India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Kolkata February 9, 2010

Raina called up, Sreesanth and Karthik back

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The Indian selectors, who have been under fire for having named an unbalanced squad for the first Test, made the correction by getting rid of the extra seam bowler and drafting in a proper reserve batsman, Suresh Raina. Also in contention for a spot in Kolkata, should VVS Laxman not return to full fitness, is Dinesh Karthik who pushed his case for a recall with two centuries in the Duleep Trophy final last week.

Sreesanth, who missed India's last two Tests with a thigh strain, also made his way back into the squad. The back-up seamers, Sudeep Tyagi and Abhimanyu Mithun, and reserve wicketkeeper, Wriddhiman Saha, were dropped from the squad for the Nagpur Test that India lost by an innings and six runs.

By calling in Karthik, who has a much better batting record in first-class cricket than Saha, they gave the team extra cushion in the batting department. Saha, who unwittingly became a villain by having to debut as a batsman because of the injuries on the morning of the match, will be left wondering why he was dropped when his primary skill, wicketkeeping, wasn't even tested. Karthik last played in the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur recently.

The biggest story of the squad, though, was the selection of Raina, who made his international debut in 2005 and has played 87 ODIs. Of the younger crop of middle-order Indian batsmen, Raina is the first one to have cemented his place in the ODI and Twenty20 sides. Since his first international century - during the Asia Cup in June 2008 - he has been a permanent member of the ODI middle order and has averaged 46.61 at a strike-rate of 97.70. He is primed for a Test debut should Laxman fail the fitness race for the Kolkata Test. Being a left-hand batsman should make Raina a serious consideration after India's right-hand batsmen struggled against Paul Harris' outside-the-leg line in Nagpur.

Sreesanth will be a welcome addition to the squad after Ishant Sharma bowled 28 wicketless overs in Nagpur. A few hours before the selectors met, Sreesanth confirmed to Cricinfo that he was fully fit and had been bowling regularly at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He recently made his comeback from a long injury layoff with a five-for against Sri Lanka in Kanpur, but strained his thigh in Chittagong.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Kartik, Suresh Raina.

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  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 13, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    @Cotton-eye-Jel: First of all, let me make it clear, I am not a south basher. I also hail from South from Bangalore but working in Chennai. Its my opionion and every one has right to express opinions. I do not say that whatever I said need to be accepted by all, its just my point of view. It appears very clear from the outset the selections made are biased and centered on providing chances to Srikkanth's home state players and the IPL team he is involved with. By taking blame for the selection mishaps during 1st test and to say 'Lesson Learnt' related to Laxman's case saying 'should not select player in the squad who are not 100% fit' he has proved his incapability and immature decisions. We do not need to be National Selectors to do this costly mistake to learn this basic lesson. It just shows how seriously they consider their job. Similar mistake done in any field by us in this competetive world will end up getting fired in the job. I can still say this is not the best 11,its biased

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 13, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    In my opinion Kohli should have been picked instead of Raina. He has much better temperament and technic than Raina. Kohli is a grafter. That is what we need in the test cricket. Karthik is getting way too many chances than his talent and performance in test and one day cricket shows. I do not understand why Pathiv is not considered. He has better grit than Karthik and probably better with gloves too. If Bhajji does not perform in Kolkota, he needs to be shown door. If he can not perform in fair weather, bring new blood. Our situation does not look good in pace either.

  • POSTED BY Cotton-eye-Joel on | February 13, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    and one more thing, please limit your posts to being intelligent non bashing comments. As for the spinners, Harbajan is the best we' ve got and yes sometimes even good bowlers have bad days. Mishra is great but only experience will aid him in this regard. Ojha's bowling is beautiful but I would prefer Mishra's penetrative attack. The only thing I would agree with you is that the "Saha" episode was totally unnecessary but this is a cruelty bringing him to his debut match and not even testing his skills as a wicketkeeper. Dinesh Kartik is a great option as he showed recently but I would prefer an allrounder. We do have a shortage of allrounders though and Yusuf would be a great option. It was also not the pace attack of India which wavered in this loss but rather our inefficieny in the first innings aginst Steyn. Please give credit where credit's due.

  • POSTED BY Cotton-eye-Joel on | February 13, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    @ Mr.ShivaPrakash ...Srikanth is indeed AN ENTERTAINING BATSMAN but he did select who was best and just only the best. Vijay and Badri have earned this spot and this was only a matter of time. You immediately labelled Srikanth as a regionalist without giving a moment to think of your own irony. Just a glimpse of your posts portrays southern bashing. Whats bhajji's slap episode have anything to do with this loss to South Africa?? This and another set of misguided facts DO NOT HAVE ANY RELEVANCE AT ALL...you probably also overlooked the fact that despite Raina being suited to shorter versions has experience related to overseas tours. To save this last match we do not want to risk rookie bowlers being made to look like goats. Sreesanth may not be as attacking but you were probably not aware of his match winning spell against South Africa when we toured there in 2006. That and the reverse swing bowling against Srilanka shows that we need people like him.

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 12, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash7:Karthik is replacement for Dhoni in wicket keeper position

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | February 12, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    lot of heated discussions, but india have managed to brng up good pacemen in the likes of irfan,ishanth,munaf,praveen. but its totally shocking to see their complete decline. someone has to figure out thier problems.. well irfan impressed everyone in subcontinental tracks and now looks atleast a good shade of wat he was of his past... i strongly feel he along wit chawla who did very well in presidents eleven agnst sa shd be in team (though impossible). irfan s also mre than handy wit bat... My team wud be viru,gauti,vijay,sachn,laxman,doni,manish pandey,irfan,chawla,zaheer,mithun/tyagi.. well its an cmpletly impossible line up but think ths is the nly way to make glimpse of a win possible.... l

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @durai86: again, my accusations are not baseless, it is there for everyone to see. Instead of strengthening the Indian middle order by selecting Kohli or Pandey for 2nd test, they again chose Karthik and Raina. Karthik was tried and tested before, why cant they try someone who is technically good instead they went to flashy and cross batted hitters like Raina and Karthik. they are just good for shorter formats.. they dont have temper to play long innings. even for that reason Yuvraj also does not deserve a place. Replacements selected for 2nd test angered me, as our chief selector is providing match practice to the players from the IPL team he is involved with. In this context it looks rubbish and ridiculous. Srikkanth need to be shown door and let us have unbiased gentlemen like Ravi Shastri, Kumble, Gavaskar come in and do the damage repair. One thing I am expecting in next few days.. Bhajji to slap crybaby and let both of them get out of Indian team for some rest. I cheer Go SA Go

  • POSTED BY TMSer on | February 12, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Some of the names for the future indian batting lineup should have been tested on-by-one well before this important series; the Bangladesh series past was a great opportunity to test out the likes of Rahane, Pujara, Dhawan etc. Selectors wasted that chance and completly messed up selection for the first test when Laxman was doubtful. for 2nd test they have removed all seam bowling cover, what if theres another injury? Ishant doesnt look to be effective at international level on indian pitches, should be saved for away pitches. sreesanth will surely get more swing at Kolkata and spin is a concern too, Misra couldnt keep consistent line and length throughout. I havent been impressed with Vijay either, why not try out one of the young batsmen doing well domestically and also develop an allrounder like Jadeja?? Also a good time bed in a replacement for Yuvraj who has shown test cricket is too much for him.

  • POSTED BY GafurKhan on | February 12, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    My Test team 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.dravid 4.tendlya 5.laxman 6.pujara 7.karthik 8.ojha 9.ashwin 10.zaheer 11.mithun 12.vijay 13.powar 14.sreeshanth My One day Team 1. Tendlya 2. Sehwag 3. Gambhir 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan pathan 8. Nehra 9. Praveen kumar 10. Jadeja 11. Harbhajan 12. Virat 13. Nayar 14. mithun My 20/20 Team 1. sehwag 2. gambhir 3. manish 4. youvraj 5. dhoni 6. raina 7. nayar 8. yusuf 9. irfan 9. jadeja 10. praveen 11. nehra 12. rohit sharma 13. karthik 14. tyagi

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 12, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash77:I have given the stats of the players in the recent ranji that you have mentioned.Refer History ,mostly 3 teams have dominated the international scenes MUMBAI,DELHI,KARNATAKA....There where times were upto 6 players are from MUMBAI in the international scenes .Recently 4 players played for delhi in one days ....will you say all these things as regionalism.First be diplomatic and see every thing as an Indian.You cant pick based on finalists .Remember the same TN team got the bonus point when they played against MUMBAI in the league.Badri scored 250 and M.Vijay scored 154 in that match .It is all consistency about Indian cricket. You may flay any person,but be open minded and see things as it is.There are only 11 players who have to finally play.I am not supporting TN cricket ,I am justifying the case which you have started with baseless accusation.BAdri has shown 9 years of consistency.Even I want bhajji to slap sreesanth as we want a better spinner in the team .

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 13, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    @Cotton-eye-Jel: First of all, let me make it clear, I am not a south basher. I also hail from South from Bangalore but working in Chennai. Its my opionion and every one has right to express opinions. I do not say that whatever I said need to be accepted by all, its just my point of view. It appears very clear from the outset the selections made are biased and centered on providing chances to Srikkanth's home state players and the IPL team he is involved with. By taking blame for the selection mishaps during 1st test and to say 'Lesson Learnt' related to Laxman's case saying 'should not select player in the squad who are not 100% fit' he has proved his incapability and immature decisions. We do not need to be National Selectors to do this costly mistake to learn this basic lesson. It just shows how seriously they consider their job. Similar mistake done in any field by us in this competetive world will end up getting fired in the job. I can still say this is not the best 11,its biased

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 13, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    In my opinion Kohli should have been picked instead of Raina. He has much better temperament and technic than Raina. Kohli is a grafter. That is what we need in the test cricket. Karthik is getting way too many chances than his talent and performance in test and one day cricket shows. I do not understand why Pathiv is not considered. He has better grit than Karthik and probably better with gloves too. If Bhajji does not perform in Kolkota, he needs to be shown door. If he can not perform in fair weather, bring new blood. Our situation does not look good in pace either.

  • POSTED BY Cotton-eye-Joel on | February 13, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    and one more thing, please limit your posts to being intelligent non bashing comments. As for the spinners, Harbajan is the best we' ve got and yes sometimes even good bowlers have bad days. Mishra is great but only experience will aid him in this regard. Ojha's bowling is beautiful but I would prefer Mishra's penetrative attack. The only thing I would agree with you is that the "Saha" episode was totally unnecessary but this is a cruelty bringing him to his debut match and not even testing his skills as a wicketkeeper. Dinesh Kartik is a great option as he showed recently but I would prefer an allrounder. We do have a shortage of allrounders though and Yusuf would be a great option. It was also not the pace attack of India which wavered in this loss but rather our inefficieny in the first innings aginst Steyn. Please give credit where credit's due.

  • POSTED BY Cotton-eye-Joel on | February 13, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    @ Mr.ShivaPrakash ...Srikanth is indeed AN ENTERTAINING BATSMAN but he did select who was best and just only the best. Vijay and Badri have earned this spot and this was only a matter of time. You immediately labelled Srikanth as a regionalist without giving a moment to think of your own irony. Just a glimpse of your posts portrays southern bashing. Whats bhajji's slap episode have anything to do with this loss to South Africa?? This and another set of misguided facts DO NOT HAVE ANY RELEVANCE AT ALL...you probably also overlooked the fact that despite Raina being suited to shorter versions has experience related to overseas tours. To save this last match we do not want to risk rookie bowlers being made to look like goats. Sreesanth may not be as attacking but you were probably not aware of his match winning spell against South Africa when we toured there in 2006. That and the reverse swing bowling against Srilanka shows that we need people like him.

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 12, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash7:Karthik is replacement for Dhoni in wicket keeper position

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | February 12, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    lot of heated discussions, but india have managed to brng up good pacemen in the likes of irfan,ishanth,munaf,praveen. but its totally shocking to see their complete decline. someone has to figure out thier problems.. well irfan impressed everyone in subcontinental tracks and now looks atleast a good shade of wat he was of his past... i strongly feel he along wit chawla who did very well in presidents eleven agnst sa shd be in team (though impossible). irfan s also mre than handy wit bat... My team wud be viru,gauti,vijay,sachn,laxman,doni,manish pandey,irfan,chawla,zaheer,mithun/tyagi.. well its an cmpletly impossible line up but think ths is the nly way to make glimpse of a win possible.... l

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @durai86: again, my accusations are not baseless, it is there for everyone to see. Instead of strengthening the Indian middle order by selecting Kohli or Pandey for 2nd test, they again chose Karthik and Raina. Karthik was tried and tested before, why cant they try someone who is technically good instead they went to flashy and cross batted hitters like Raina and Karthik. they are just good for shorter formats.. they dont have temper to play long innings. even for that reason Yuvraj also does not deserve a place. Replacements selected for 2nd test angered me, as our chief selector is providing match practice to the players from the IPL team he is involved with. In this context it looks rubbish and ridiculous. Srikkanth need to be shown door and let us have unbiased gentlemen like Ravi Shastri, Kumble, Gavaskar come in and do the damage repair. One thing I am expecting in next few days.. Bhajji to slap crybaby and let both of them get out of Indian team for some rest. I cheer Go SA Go

  • POSTED BY TMSer on | February 12, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Some of the names for the future indian batting lineup should have been tested on-by-one well before this important series; the Bangladesh series past was a great opportunity to test out the likes of Rahane, Pujara, Dhawan etc. Selectors wasted that chance and completly messed up selection for the first test when Laxman was doubtful. for 2nd test they have removed all seam bowling cover, what if theres another injury? Ishant doesnt look to be effective at international level on indian pitches, should be saved for away pitches. sreesanth will surely get more swing at Kolkata and spin is a concern too, Misra couldnt keep consistent line and length throughout. I havent been impressed with Vijay either, why not try out one of the young batsmen doing well domestically and also develop an allrounder like Jadeja?? Also a good time bed in a replacement for Yuvraj who has shown test cricket is too much for him.

  • POSTED BY GafurKhan on | February 12, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    My Test team 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.dravid 4.tendlya 5.laxman 6.pujara 7.karthik 8.ojha 9.ashwin 10.zaheer 11.mithun 12.vijay 13.powar 14.sreeshanth My One day Team 1. Tendlya 2. Sehwag 3. Gambhir 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan pathan 8. Nehra 9. Praveen kumar 10. Jadeja 11. Harbhajan 12. Virat 13. Nayar 14. mithun My 20/20 Team 1. sehwag 2. gambhir 3. manish 4. youvraj 5. dhoni 6. raina 7. nayar 8. yusuf 9. irfan 9. jadeja 10. praveen 11. nehra 12. rohit sharma 13. karthik 14. tyagi

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 12, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash77:I have given the stats of the players in the recent ranji that you have mentioned.Refer History ,mostly 3 teams have dominated the international scenes MUMBAI,DELHI,KARNATAKA....There where times were upto 6 players are from MUMBAI in the international scenes .Recently 4 players played for delhi in one days ....will you say all these things as regionalism.First be diplomatic and see every thing as an Indian.You cant pick based on finalists .Remember the same TN team got the bonus point when they played against MUMBAI in the league.Badri scored 250 and M.Vijay scored 154 in that match .It is all consistency about Indian cricket. You may flay any person,but be open minded and see things as it is.There are only 11 players who have to finally play.I am not supporting TN cricket ,I am justifying the case which you have started with baseless accusation.BAdri has shown 9 years of consistency.Even I want bhajji to slap sreesanth as we want a better spinner in the team .

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 12, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Again Mr.@ShivaPrakash77:See your arguments are not based on facts and it is your sheer imagination about Anirudh.Please refer your posts again it is all absurd and doesnt get supported by any facts.I dont know how you say Mithun is better than sreesanth,may be by videos but you have to understand that he has the capacity to reverse swing the ball.Again i dont questioon Mithun's abilities .Even Munaf ,Ishanth were all threatening bowlers in the domestic circuit before they came into the international picture just as mithun.He will definitely get his chance "3. Vijay is in the team just because of Srikkanth as he never performed well this year in Ranji matches". You said that Murali Vijay didn't do well in recent ranji see the statistics and tell who has to broaden the cricket knowledge you or me?Just because a team came as Finalists you cant take a guy. If all the international players were available in their domestic team the scenes would have been different.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    dear friends...it is not the batting concern for india.. we need a match winner bowler.....

  • POSTED BY gaurang_4040 on | February 12, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Regionalism has always been there. N we have no choice but to accept it. But it is acceptable as long as the guy has proven himself like Badri who had done a decent job last year.

    On the other hand,

    1. Nayar 2. Pandey 3.Rahane 4. Pujara 5. Dhawan 6. Kohli 8. Shrma 9.M. Kaif 10.S. Badrinath

    each one deserves a chance for a Test match. Vijay & Yuvaraj have proven themselves to sustain their places.

    Among wicketkeepers, both Parthiv & Karthik have been doing well and get an edge over all the keepers in the country. But u can't pick any one of them as only a batsman. I'm sorry for Saha who unnecessarily he became villain.

    As far as all-rounder's place is concerned, I can't see anyone beyond I & Y Pathan bros. Jadeja may be considered.

    Not much to choose in Spin. In pace department, we have to give chances again to RP, Munaf, Sreesanth, Nehra apart from Tyagi, Mithun. Let Ishant play and get confidence in domestic.

  • POSTED BY acrazycricketfan on | February 12, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Suresh Raina is not the replacement India needed.It could have been Wasim Jaffer who also has the international experience.Amit Mishra doesn't deserve a place in the Test side at all.He has to improve his skills & the pace with which he bowls is too slow.Bhajji is not the bowler he was.Murali Karthik is the best bet for an Indian spinner.He bowls better than Pragyan Ojha.The only drawback is that you cant get replacements for players like DRAVID & KUMBLE.

  • POSTED BY Jat..... on | February 11, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Record is not the only thing that matters. What really matters is whether a player performs under pressure or not? Even though Sachin is the best batsman of thw world, still there are hardly few instances when he has proved that he is a match winner. He has never been a good finisher.

  • POSTED BY vmanie on | February 11, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    The Indian selection team made this blunder of the Saha selection based on some internal polictics or pressure. The selection board should get out of those kind of biased selection from external pressure and go based on statistics and current form (from the domestic cricket). Also I dont have specific names of yound bowlers and spinners but I am positive that India produces some of the best spinners. If we dont encourage young talent from the domestic pool into the Intl, spinners who were once very effective like Bajji tend to get into a mode of being complascent. You got to keep the competition within the team growing in a positive way by not having the intl. players think their place is permanent. All there spots should be based on their statistics and performance for each role like batsmen, fast bowler, fielder, spinner, wicket keeper, slip catcher etc...How can one expect India sustain # 1 spot when the players themselves dont represent those qualities?.

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    @durai86: Wake up my friend.. u r just watching only TN cricket, must have forgot that Karnataka and Mumbai ended up as Finalists of this year's Ranji team, does any one of the players for these sides got any chance in team ? Dont try to prove with statistics, there are sevaral players with better stats, but ignored because of selection politics or regional quota system. Not sure why Mithun was dropped even without been tried... he is far better bowler than Sreesanth.. we can never predict how will Sreesanth bowl.. one day he is good, another day he will be padestrian.. and on a funnier note dont know when will Harbhajan slap him again.. Please Bhajji.. do it one more time..

  • POSTED BY sreewaiting4u on | February 11, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    And we have two brothers who can destroy ball out of the ground . And more than handy with the ball the pathan bros

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    @durai86: Seems like you hail from TN, thats why all these support for the selections from your beloved selector.. I was fan of his batting, not for technique or shot selection, but for his entertaining batting.. Now he is doing the same, entertaining his home crowd with his selections.. Time is near when his son Anirudh (not to insult his cricketing abilities) can soon make it to Indian team overtaking all the other aspiring and more deserved players and breaking their aspirations.

    Dont be hypocrite in supporting the actions of selectors, they are only looking at certain players and want to take care of their careers while forgotting the other more deserved and more capable players in the domestic circuit.. May be he is passionate about his home state, but he should be impartial and unbiased.. First of he should not hold brand ambassador role of CSK and chairmanship for selectors together as it will lead to conflict of interests.. Durai, please broaden your cricketing knowledge.

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 11, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Murali vijay 6 innings 532 runs 2 hundreds 3 fifties batting average:88.66

    Virat kohli 6 innings 374 runs 1 hundreds 2 fifties batting average:93.50

    Badrinath 7 innings 599 runs 3 hundreds 2 fifties batting average:85.57

    Rohit sharma 7 innings 527 runs 2 hundreds 1 fifties batting average:87.83

    C pujara 8 innings 554 runs 1 hundreds 4 fifties batting average:79.14

    A.Rahane 14 innings 809 runs 3 hundreds 3 fifties batting average:73.54

    So kindly tell me whats wrong in their selection

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 11, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash77: Good joke yar ....Murali Vijay has not performed in RANJI.He has played 6 innings in the recent ranji and has hit 2 centuries and 3 Fiifties.what else can you expect from him.Dont post such things without any facts.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I think Indian Selector are making a big error by keep sports person like Md.Kaif our of Indian Side. He is good Batsman, Great in field, Captaincy quality Perfect, A fighter that is what we need side. I think Shrikanth don't like Kaif or Mr. Dhoni. How can you keep a player like out of side for such long period of time. And We still don't have Match winner Bowler.

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 11, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    For t hose who speak about nepotism and south bashers ,Once favouritism was there but today it is not.Those who talk abou Virat kholi ,Pujara ,Rahane have lots of cricket left and see their batting averages and scores, you have to understand that Badri in his early twenties was even more threatening but hardly got a chance in these 8 years .You know how many chances did gautam gambhir got before he was permanent obviously he has talent.i will challenge you that whenever dinesh karthik is thrown away he will be back in the side by getting hundreds and tons of runs in the domestic cricket because it is a cakewalk for him and i swear you there is no other wicket keeper to catch him.Remember parthiv has played almost 30 first class matches(almost 60 innings) more than dinesh but ahead of just 1100 odd runs.Dinesh has been in the reserve for more than 4 years.Those who have watched the recent duleep trophy finals will not comment about him.

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 11, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    @ShivaPrakash77: The arguments you have put in are baseless and it showsthat you are not following cricket at all and your immaturity .Indian cricket is much more than ipl.Now you have media exposure and selctors cannot be biased in any situation.Sreesanth is called for his reverse swing potential,Murali vijay came as an opener when he scored back to back hundreds in India A matches against the other teams,Raina is taken because we should have a left hander to balance the team with some international experience, we lacked one in the test match.Please refer the recent ranji super plate who played atleast 5 matches and their batting averages .The top 5 have been selected and also see their career record .Badri has shown 10 years of consistency in batting and you cannot judge him with his batting style even dhoni had criticism over his style of play when he came at international level but see his statistics.Considering Badri's test debut, he has done well.

  • POSTED BY NancySaraJacob on | February 11, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    sreeshanth's come back will boost INDIA'S pace attack.bowlers need to ball according to plan.dinesh karthk ,yusuf pathan should be given chance.defintly we will win the next test.man of the match will be sree or sehwag.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | February 11, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Both the Indian spinners were useless in this match. The team needs allrounders, who could do multitasking. Yousuf Pathan should be groomed in place of Bhaji. He can change the complexion of any game with his allround abilities. A successful example is Dhoni himself who is a wicket keeper batsman.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | February 11, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Murali Karthik is far better spinner than AMishra. DKarthik has been the next best keeper for long time now and why WSaha?? Pure zonal selection and nothing else. Selectors need to give an account for the way STyagi has been handled. Yes, WJaffer could have been picked for No.3 as a temporary replacement for his experience. No matter what, the selection has been the fire behind the somke. The selectors have been doing good does not mean they can slip in those 'vested interest' selections as if no body takes notice of it in a blink. With the available 15, I would go with 6-5 team. The 7-4 would suffice a team like srilanka but not SA. We need to win now that means we need to take 20 wickets. 1 Sehwag 2 Gambhir 3 VVS 4 Sachin 5 Dhoni 6 DKarthik 7 Hsingh 8 Amishra 9 Zkhan 10 Isharma 11 Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY shashi_0704 on | February 11, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Yeah right bhanu but indian team did'nt have any backup for Wicket keepar as rahul dravid is injured, they had to look after one WC who will be responsible for keepin .. i think that was d only reason why dey picked Wriddhiman Saha..... but dey cud hav picked dinesh karthik who scored two centuries in duleep trophy.. dont know y dey didn call karthik....

  • POSTED BY AMRUTH on | February 11, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Praising one player and criticizing another player is just a good time pass we all like to do whenever we lose. Just because we have lost the Test Match all the Guns are on Selectors/Players. It would have been all Roses and Praises and Surprises if we had won even with our depleted team and still there would have been selected few who would have just said....Winning in India by Indians is so SIMPLE after all. Now it's challegning and exciting to watch the next match in Eden Gardens with so many many fans watching the game. Now Now....did anyone say that it is all Politics...Match Fixing to make this series interesting...upto you and your thinking....Enjoy the GAME...Only That Matters !!!!

  • POSTED BY Adios on | February 11, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    This is good move... suresh raina is back in squad...... now Indian eam got a batsman and a option in spin bowling as well.... but i think instead of sreesanth , Irfan Pathan can be a better option to pick........ he can play a role of all rounder in team.... and Indian team is missing that alot..... Dinesh Kartik is also a good selection.

  • POSTED BY anupamsbs on | February 11, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    it's hard to believe that india is continuously persisting with this guy called Ishant Sharma, whose definition is success in the last 2 years is 3-4 weekets against Bangladesh..and he as well as the team is ecstatic about that!!!!!!!does he have some godfathers in the form of Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan who are all from the North India? when will india get out of all these favouritism?why keep all this type of players in the team who doesnt have the brain to learn where and when to put the ball even after so many years in the international cricket..like Ajit Agarkar..just throw all these garbage out of the team...

  • POSTED BY jeet19800 on | February 11, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    My take-aways from last game: 1. Sehwag is the best batsman in the world by all means n ways . 2. Sachin will score 55+ centuries but he wont exactly take the world cricket by storm or give it new dimensions in the twilight and the most comfortable phase of his career. 3. India always had and still has a poor quality fast bolwing. may be thats in our Genes. Zaheer has to be 10-15 kmph faster to be a threat. 4. Indian selection is still dominated by nepotism and favor-ism. look at harbhajan. 5. we still have a long way to go to become a all-dominating team like ..westindians of yore or Australia of recent past. 6. Dhoni needs some batting technique lessons.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Our players are thinking about the bench strength, while some of our main eleven looks like bench players. Persisting on Ishant Sharma, whose form is not good is a great mistake. Bajji is over rated. Both he and Amit Mishra were never dangerous in home conditions. When we travel to Australia or South Africa, their main bowlers are a great concern to our batsmen. Trying to get places for Murali Vijay, Badrinath, Ashwin, etc in the team, Is Mr. Srikanth trying to favour his hometown players? Why is he not choosing allrounders?

  • POSTED BY sanjeevrules on | February 11, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    i think bhajji has lost all skills and feel tht we should go 4 ojha and mishra in the spin department with zaheer and sreesanth sharing d new ball.i thought wasim jaffer could have been a good option agianst d SA new ball attack @3.dhawal kulkarni is consistently performing with d new ball so may be he should have got a chance. bat order-sehwag,gambhir,jaffer,tendulkar,laxman,karthik,dhoni,ojha,mishra,sreesanth/dhawal,zaheer.

  • POSTED BY dilscoop on | February 11, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    It is painful to see there is still an agarkar fan club around - apart from the distinction of getting the quickest 50 wickets in ODI's he has not done anything much since - he must consider himself lucky he has played for india for that long. He was touted as an allrounder by a BIG lobby until he scored five ducks in a row in australia and folks then only stopped calling him an allrounder. How many times have we seen the first ball of agarkar's new spell being driven off the front foot by the batsmen for four - a juicy half volley loosener. Public memory is short!!!

    This selection commitee must have a clear demarcation between tests and ODI's...vijay and Badri should not be tried in ODI's - similarly Ishanth and srisanth should never be played in ODI's - likewise Yuvi and Raina (given their technical deficiencies) will never succeed in tests. Misra has a bad first test v sri lanka - ojha comes in - ojha has a bad first ODI - then misra is back - this musical chair game should stop.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 11, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Just one thing.

    Please , please do not talk about Agarkar again. I saw someone mentioning that he is in great form and should be picked. We do have ballboys at the stadium, let Ajit stay in mumbai. Please!!

  • POSTED BY Sachman on | February 11, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    If anyone should be brought back it MUST be Irfan Pathan! He is a renowned left arm fast swing bowler, who can when given the opportunity, bowl 140km. Also, he is a very solid batsman with a good technique! Above all, he is fit and can field very well! He is only 25 and must be given another chance! He is a dream all rounder! He will bring balance to the Indian National Side!

  • POSTED BY ShettyKiran on | February 11, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    I still remember Murali Karthik's last test was against Australia in mumbai and he won man of the match for his terrific performance on that day. He was mercilessly dropped from the team for the rest of his life. He was the best left arm spinner India had ever produced. Never gives away easy runs and never hesitate to flight the ball. He is a class off spinner. Every right hand batsman hates to face left arm off spinner. He is far better than these Bhajjis, Ojhas, chawlas ..... Somebody call him back.

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    My posting on Cricinfo: Srikkanth being brand ambassador of CSK, an IPL team is promoting its players and players from his home state TN. Giving them much needed match practice ahead of IPL3.

    Raina is not fit to play test cricket and not good against pace, where as Kohli was the ideal choice at number 3. Vijay is in the team just because of Srikkanth as he never performed well this year in Ranji matches. Badri does not look to be confident enough to play test cricket. They need to answer why the hell they ignored Manish Pandey, Pujara, Kaif, Yousuff Pathan, Abhishek Nair and selected undeserved players without much technique like Vijay, Badri, Karthik and Raina ? and how long do we persist with Bhajji and Ishanth ? they should have been replaced by the bowlers like Abhimanyu Mithun and Piyush Chawla. Giving a lame excuse of "Lesson Learned" by saying we should not select players in doubt, he has taken his role very lightly, any school team selector will know this fact.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | February 11, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    The tendency shown by the selectors has been a 1D thinking. Whenever a place for a new batsman has come up, they have always chosen to go in with the batsman with the most international experience. This is how people like Yuvraj, Raina and Rohit came to be in the Test team even though they have got pretty ordinary 4-day records. It is high time that India organizes more 'A' tours and tests our batting strength which is extremely strong: Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Dhawan, Pathak, S. Tiwary and Nayar. There are also lots of all-rounders who haven't been given a chance such as Ganapathy, Jadeja, Abdulla, Nayar, etc. The Indian spinning stocks are at all an all-time low. Everyone has rightly criticised Bhajji for his bowling but who are there as his replacements: Mishra, Chawla, Powar and Ojha have pretty ordinary records themselves in the chances they were given. We can only hope that the youngsters such as Aushik, Vikas Mishra, etc step up.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    I dont Understand Everyone is speaking of Manish Pandey and Kohli What have they done to Impress They are kind of T-20 Players with some ODI Talents Testmatches is a different Pool of Game Can be given by the example of Yuvraj not aptly suitable for Tests It should be taken over by players like pujaras,jaffers,venugopal rao, who have an cool head with an good technique not similar to kohli who brings in no technique

    Seriously i dont understand why jaffer is sidelined tough scoring heavily in Domestic Circuit

  • POSTED BY philipss on | February 11, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Currently Harbajan i san unwanted luggage to Indian Dressing room. May be sachin putting the wieght hehind him to extend his tenure in Indian team. Since Kumbe left the Indian team Harbajan is exposed to the fullest and he failed terribly. It's the time to give him a break. His moral is low, attitude is bad and spirit is down. Remember how badly he kicked aad panel in bangladesh recently. Selectors please dump him , get fresh faces into the indian team . Shaji Philip , Singapore

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Why is my comments not getting posted... was there anything wrong with my previous two postings ? or shall I stop writing or following cricket on your website ? Please post them soon Sir/Madam/Paaaji/

    Can anyone give the emial id of K Srikkanth ? I want to write a letter to him... with his petty politics, he has turned me into an anti-Indian fan.. let him step down before burying Indian Cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    9, 0, 7, 20, 6, DNB, 0, 27.....These are the stats for the last 4 tests Karthik has played. So people who are crying for karthik....Lets decide who is ready for International cricket. Dont blame Saha...He was not lobbying for a place...His main skill...Wicket Keeping was not even tested..What was Dhoni doing ?..keeping for 2 days..If you dont give a youngster a chance to showcase his proper skills, then how can you boost his confidence..Was Dhoni feeling insecured?...The word in the domestic cricket goes that Saha is technically best keeper in the country. In 2nd innings, He fought his heart out. It was a very uncomfortable debut for him, knowing only 15 mins before the game that he is gonna play. What I fear for the youngster is that People will make him a scapegoat and keep him out of the team in future.

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    This selection committe led by Srikkanth is making mockery of national team by chosing the team with players from his home state and his IPL team. He should be sacked and sent home first.. if we allow him to continue he might even select his son Aniruddha into Indian team.. his son might be a good batsman, but not proved anything in domestic circuit yet. Cannot understand how they can ignore Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli, Abhishek Nayar, Pujaara, Ambaati, Kaif, Yousuff Pathan were ignored. There is no credit for Karnataka and Mumbai teams for making it to Finals of this year's Ranji Trophy. Its pathetic, but we can just wait and watch India losing within 3 days in 2nd test. Vijay, Badri are there purely because of Srikkanth, he is providing a practice matches for them ahead of 3rd IPL. Raina does not have technique when compared to Kohli to face quality bowling, he is just good for some cross batted hits to the fence.. Lost, depressed, frustrated with this attitude of selectors. JAIHIND

  • POSTED BY ShivaPrakash77 on | February 11, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    This Selection committe led by Srikkanth is involved in promoting players from TN and CSK and sacrificing the interests of national team. He is promoting undeserved players from his home state and the IPL team for which he is brand ambassador. Cannot understand how can he be allowed to continue as National selector as the conflict of interest comes in this situation. He is promoting his homestate and IPL team players to get some match practice before the next IPL. Shame on the Chief Selector for playing petty politics by sacrificing the national pride and interests. There are sevaral players who proved and scored tons of runs in domestic circuit, none of them got any opportunity where as Vijay made it to Indian team from no where and persisting with Badri who showed how good he can dance and hop on the pitch in 2nd innings. Replacements for 2nd test is so poor that instead of selecting the likes of Kohli, Pandey, Nayar or Kaif selected Raina instead who is good for just T20 or gully.

  • POSTED BY glospir on | February 11, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    "ye amla kya karega... " Lovely!! That was so typical! Really funny...LMAO!

  • POSTED BY hardlysunny on | February 11, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Indian selectors have got it all wrong. Against a weak team like Bangladesh they should have tested new players. Instead they played with the best players and got three of them injured. Now they are playing a strong team like SA and we are testing new players. Looks like the selectors favor the old players and are setting up new players for failure

  • POSTED BY RocknRRolla on | February 10, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    I just don't get that Indian Domestic circuit is full of talent and these corrupt selectors don't pick up the talent right. The bench strength in bowling that they're talking about is all useless and not even fit enough to get a Quality side out twice. Everytime we bowl first the other team has to declare because Our so called fast bowlers are just good at bowling to teams like Bangladesh and other soft sides and achieving the top rankings. Our bowlers submitted to quality Sri Lankan side and then to South Africa. I think it is time for the selectors to buckle up and try new fast talent like Atul Sharma and Kamran Khan who're genuinely fast bowlers. Someone needs to put sense in the selectors adn ask them to stop bein bias with the selection and select players from all around India.

  • POSTED BY Namboory on | February 10, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    This team selection again stuffs batsmen into the team. I dont know what for !. Classy pacemen like Steyn can undo any batsman. We should have focussed on getting in form bowlers who can trouble the SA batsmen. I think, the only chance to win in Kolkata is to dismiss SA cheaply. Forget about getting a big score after having seen how they bowled. I heard a lot about Abhimanyu Mithun and his pace. He did a lot of damage in the domestic circuit with his pace. Why was he dropped ?. Dhoni once mentioned, if 4 bowlers can't do the job, there is no reason to expect a fifth to do the job. The same argument applies to batting. If six of them failed why the hell they are expecting the seventh to do the job ?

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | February 10, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Come on people. Give Ishant a break. He is a great bowler, probably next best in India to Zaheer. One of the main probs with Indian cricket is not so much they don't have great pace bowlers (they have a couple) but rather they don't know how to treat them. Young bowlers like Ish need match experience. He may have a couple of bad games, but that will only steel him for future challenges. Only a few bowlers brought in the team as young as he was become great bowlers over night. They need time, and patience. Only through painful match experience can a bowler of raw potential (like Sharma) become the answer to India's prayers.

  • POSTED BY jamil on | February 10, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    somebody please explain why is Saha dropped - apparently he was the only batsman playing to save the match while his senior colleagues were either busy with personal records (first hundred against SA) or 'this is my style' issue or 'I can only play well against SL'. The poor guy has not even been tested for his skills but still dropped. SA series will result in some head-rolling, my prediction!

  • POSTED BY smasher001 on | February 10, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Sreesanth and Raina as replacement players. Oh What a joke! The former only performs every 10 matches and the latter is suspect against short pitched deliveries. The indian selectors should do their homework first and select players who have guts to face pace. The players like Mishra, Harbajan and Ishant should take holidays and let players like Chawla, Ojha, Tyagi, Ashwin, Pandey and Kohli should be given opportunity to perform.

  • POSTED BY BrianCharlesVivek on | February 10, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Is cricinfo reading all the comments before publishing them?? I see some comments about regionalism, hindu-muslim,TN-Karnataka which are absolute crap. Some people are not even aware of the fact that Rohit sharma was injured becasue of which Saha had to play. People are not realising that Kaif and Jaffer have played lot many matches and are spent forces. I suspect even when Dravid and Laxman had played, whether we would have saved the match. Even te most outstanding batsman of hte last year Gambhir was finding it tough to get going.

  • POSTED BY Shanslog on | February 10, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Hi, I still ask myself and to those who are great followers of cricket particularly indian cricket... It is going down day by day by none other than our great batsman now selector MR Srikanth... Why would u select suresh raina instead of selecting mohammad kaif or abishek nayar who have done tremendously well in domestic off late... i think this is not going right for indian team.. god must save india...

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | February 10, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    HA HA someone wants Agarkar back - ROFL .. please tell me it is a joke Mr Manu Singh - Agarkar holds the world record for the player who has been given the most chances.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Great... another poor player against pace (ref: Raina) joins the test ranks.. god knows what the future holds for us! If he plays the next test, Steyn will eat him for breakfast. Three bouncers followed by a decent length delivery outside his off stump is enough! The reason why SA is so good is because they take every batsmen seriously, unlike India whose bowlers will be like.. "ye amla kya karega... "

  • POSTED BY vasu.aitharaju on | February 10, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Virat Kohli could offer a better composure than Karthik and Raina. Both Pathans should be given a chance in test cricket. Someone or something is favoring the repeated selection of Raina and Karthik and something is definitely playing against Pathan Bros.

  • POSTED BY gowaj on | February 10, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    THe selectors should have included Kohli for the First test. Not sure why he was ommited from the second test squad as well.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | February 10, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    In a way it wasn't fair to blame Saha because he was totally unprepared for a debut & more as a specialist batsman. When Rohit (whose selection itself was a mess-up) injured himself before the start of the Test what Dhoni should have done is to hand over the gloves to Saha and should have played himself as a specialist batsman and could have even batted a bit up the order. Because 1) Dhoni is capable of playing as a specialist batsman and 2) Saha would have batted with a lot more freedom and without the fear of a batting failure playing on his mind because his primary job would have been as a Wicket-Keeper.

    Selecting Suresh Raina who hasn't done anything great of late and has been found out with short balls even in overs-limit cricket isn't convincing. For the kind of great season he has had, not withstanding his lean run in the last few matches, Wasim Jaffer deserved a chance because Wasim is capable of batting in the middle order too. Good at least they retained Badri.....

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | February 10, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    1) Dhawan indeed played well against Steyn and Co in the warm up match. I feel he deserves a chance definitely. 2) India needs good bowlers. DROP HARBHAJAN. Get another FAST BOWLER to accompany Zaheer. Munaf Patel will be a very good choice in my opinion. 3) DONT DROP M.Vijay. Though Badrinath scored more than him, I have watched Badri bat and I have to say he didnt look like he belonged at international level. He is very slow and edgy at times. Vijay on the other hand was comfortable and looked like he belonged here 4) KARTIK has been tested and tried. He is not INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL. Dont waste time on him 5) Most of India's successes were coz of Gambhirs consistency. He averaged about 100 in this year. So thats like about 200 runs we lost in this match. Add that and we would have given SA 200 total in 4th innings which is not a bad thing at all. I feel his failure is the main reason than the replacements. Ofcourse the pitch favored SA a lot too.

  • POSTED BY Ram839 on | February 10, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    indis team for kolkata 11 members 1.gauti 2.viru 3.vijay 4.tendulkar 5.badriath 6.ms dhoni(c)/(wk) 7.sk raina 8.zaheer 9.harbhanjan 10.ojha 11.ss sreesanth

  • POSTED BY ThinkCric on | February 10, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Funny that the selectors did not augment the spin department. Ineffectiveness of our spinners on a track which allowed decent turn from the first day was a standout problem. Ojha has also not caused any major impact in the chances he has got. Possibly the selectors feel that there are no better spinners in India at the moment. More proof to what Laxman expressed few days ago.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    indian selectors and dhoni talk about bench strength!!!!!!!!!...... but during selection of a team against a tough opposition they mess things up. Firstly, bowlers like ajit agarkar(who is in gud form these days) is completely being ignored by the selectors. Then, u r taking a wicketkeeper(W Saha) as a specialist batsman in ur team. May i ask the selectors that why the hack were players like Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey were ignored.......

  • POSTED BY Ram839 on | February 10, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    we have good seemers like rp singh,ashish nehra..they vl also do good job na....coomin 2 batting raina,kohli best ..and fielding also well these guys such a young talented,,jadeja is allounder hes also gud for batting/bowling and fielding also

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | February 10, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    The Indian selectors would not have been in criticism had they selected Dinesh karthik earlier instead of Saha for three reasons1)Karthik has better batting record than saha 2)He has been selected as a specialist batsmen earlier in the 11s so they could have justified the case 3)they have invested so much on Dinesh karthik for the past five years though he was in the reserve remember he was the frontline wicket keeper even before dhoni came into the picture .But he lacks temperment which was the case even for gautam Gambhir earlier in onedays where he used to score quick 20 s or 30 s and will get out soon .Later he developed and brought in some maturity in his game with serious analysis and know he is the no 1 batsman .He has to correct his batting technique against more than 140kmph pace bowlers as i find some flaws in his technique .With spin he can excel any type of bowlers even shane warne like(See IPL).He is good enough to replace even dhoni if he improves his batting.

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | February 10, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    We Indian never learn from past mistakes. Bangladesh tour was the right time to give oppotunity to young blood a chance to get established, yet senior players were persisted. See Australians today, in every one day they are introducing 2 or 3 new players and exposing them to international cricket. What we have done ! We played Zaheer,Ishant,Harbhajan in almost all the mateches. Amit Mishra was not given chance and then got to play test match there, and Tyagi, Dinda hardly played anything. Instead , to fight with South Africa, senior players should have been readided to fight out with them. What happenend is for everybody to see. We are now in no man's land. Neither senior players are there nor young players are expected to put up a fight, India team has been left to get defeated poorly by the "Bunch of Jokers".

  • POSTED BY ChilledBeer on | February 10, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    India does not deserve to be even no.2, let alone no.1, and the sooner we realize it the better. Who's our champion bowler? Zaheer Khan? Who can't take 3 wickets on a pitch without struggling? And who's ou champion spinner? Harbhajan Singh? who cannot get a wicket without the batsman making a mistake. I will be rooting for South Africa. I want them to take the series 2-0 and show the Indian team it's place.

  • POSTED BY supergohan on | February 10, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    There was a time when spin was India's main strength. Not anymore. India should stop harping about it and try playing 4 fast bowlers in a test match if not against top sides then atleast against lower ranked sides and make do with part time spin options like sehwag, sachin and jadeja. Lack of good fast bowlers (i mean FAST bowlers, not some mediocre bowlers like ishant sharma) is really hurting this side. I really enjoyed the sight of steyn running through the batting lineup even though i was dejected seeing my team lose. Watching a batsman's stumps cartwheeling is much better than seeing him getting out to dodgy bat pad catches. But i agree there are no real big problems as far as our batting is concerned.

  • POSTED BY RahulSharma5 on | February 10, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Whatever India does, but South Africa has the edge, they have a wonderful bowling line up who can dismiss any best batsmen in the world. The Indians will be under pressure after losing the 1st Test and South Africans will be confident and will not look for the draw, but i personally feel that South Africans should go for a draw so that atleast they show the World that they are back at No. 1 Ranking. All the best South Africa.

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | February 10, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    India's bench strength is untested there may be great batsmen or bowlers playing domestic cricket but unless they are out in the middle faceing the Steyns and Morkels of this world just how good they are nobody will ever know. Almost anybody can select what they consider a strong test team but the jump from domestic cricket to international cricket is huge. Replaceing the golden genteration of Indian cricketers is not going to be easy. It is not everyday that cricketers of the Calibre of Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly or Kumble come along. This team has always been considered the best that has represented India. but I consider the previous generation that had Gavasker, Chuhan, Vengsarker, Amernath, Azaruddin, Shastri , Kapil, More, Madan Lal, Binny and Mahinder Singh even better. Had that team been playing now they would have been number one by a long shot. So give guys like Vijay, Kholi, Pujara and Pandey a chance and accept that things are going to get worse before they get better.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    SureshAmsterdam, I Completely agree with you , couldn't have said it better. But I still think that Harbhajan and Ishant issue needs to be dealt with.

  • POSTED BY sankarantpr on | February 10, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    We will simply forget about our team's shortcomings if we manage to beat SA at Kolkatta and retain the No. one ranking in Test Cricket. Ian Chappell rightly said that India is not having enough strike bowlers to bowl out the opposition twice in a test match. It is high time that we should select palyers on the basis of their performance in the domestic circuit. I find most of our players seeking permission to take rest from the domestic circuit. I fail to remember the last time Harbajan Singh playing in the Ranji Trophy. I can say most of the current test players even not playing in the domestic circuit.With continuous international engagements one cannot find time to rectify or sort out some blemishes. Let us face the harsh realities that we have to travel still long way in cricket as a team.Till such time forget about the test rankings. Start perform consistenly at home and away, the ranking will come automatically

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    As looking the comments, most of them looking for a win for each and every match... this ain't a good thing... this is a first match loss for dhoni as a skipper and we don't need to confuse our self. As watching the way steyn has bowled it is not easy for any team to face his attack as the match away from their side. Anyway hope dhoni and his boys do their best for the next match and do the same as SA were here last time.........

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 10, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    The Indian team lacks in bowling which is capable of taking 20 SA wickets. Only Zaheer performs at the test level. Harbhajan & Mishra have not performed well and should be replaced by alternate spinners like Chawla and Ojha/Jadeja. India also needs a good opening bowler to support Zaheer - Ishant & Sreesanth have not performed well. In the batting Sehwag, Gambhir, Vijay/Kohli, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Raina provide the line up. Unfortunately, Kohli is not in the squad and he is the best Young fielder. India's #1 world ranking is purely due to their batting carrying the team. Without Dravid, this ranking is a huge misnomer.SA has the best pace attack followed by Australia, WI & England. Till India develops the pace attack, it should not rank any higher than #3.Currently India does not even have a good spin duo. So why is India #1? It is only by default. Indian selectors should wake up and develop a match winning test team which has strong bowling & batting like SA or Australia.

  • POSTED BY shanz12 on | February 10, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Why are the selectors ignoring Agarkar?He bowls well above 135 and swings the ball well.He can reverse the old ball too,besides he is handy with the bat too.

  • POSTED BY monty_lee on | February 10, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    It was hard to understand selectors strategy for the last test match. One thing Indian selectors should consider, which they have been ignoring from long long long time and that is: "You just can't pick a player based on past performance, look at the current form." Ishant is still riding on the horse that he produced in that magnificent spell at Perth. India has been a country that produced great spinners, its hard to believe that they do not have match winning spinners. Need to fill up the spot that Kumble had left. We have talent. You have to give them chance. Some players have been given way too many opportunities and failed, when others do not get a chance.

  • POSTED BY sachin300 on | February 10, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    There was an article from Ian Chappel a few days back suggesting why India can not be number 1. His main point was that India does not have "champion bowlers". I think everyone should see his point now (including Mr. Dhoni who was upset about this comment from Chappel). Test matches are won by taking 20 wickets! Batting can only ensure a draw. I do not think India batted badly in this test, I think they bowled badly! Taking top 5 wickets may not be easy all the time. But all great test sides have had bowlers who would, on their day, run through the tail giving away 10-20 runs (just like Stayn did). Indian bowlers typically struggle and WAIT to take the tailenders' wickets. Nothing wrong with Indian batting, we need bowlers with killer instincts. It is a pity that no one can bowl at 150 Km/h in a country with so many cricketers? We need a speedster who can blow away the stumps of tailenders and who makes batsmen's life hell at crease (within the spirit of the sport :) ).

  • POSTED BY TheBoss574 on | February 10, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Steyn was just brilliant it was one of them days where every thing just went well for him he was in good rhythm, and it would have tested any of India's regular batsmen. Although the selection was very poor considering the bench strength India have in Kohli, Raina, Karthik, Kaif and the Pathan brothers, It didn't make sense why they would include unknown debutants against a team that arguably might be the best Test team in the world currently, surely Kohli and Raina should have derserved those spots on the reserve. Irfan Pathan needs to be considered, he has been out of the team far to long, if he fails with the ball atleast he can bat, which would be a better contribution to what Harbhajan and Sharma are currently giving towards the team.

  • POSTED BY OwaisHyder on | February 10, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    i think Yusuf should be in instead of Mishra or Harbhajan......Mishra or Harbhajan can spin the ball but cannot spin the ball with accuracy.......Yusuf scored a double-century as well as a century in a same match.....he can bat well and bowl well..... harbhajan is just kept in the team because of his experience........take the bowling of Paul Harris....he utilizes the pitch well whereas harbhajan doesn't.....harbhajan just bowl some doosras and off-cutters and sometimes gets some near chances of a wicket.......Paul Harris just bowls the normal leg spin delivery but he makes good use of it whereas harbhajan or Mishra doesn't.......i also think that India need a quality fast bowler too......a bowler who can touch the 140 mark consistently.....nd also bowl with accuracy......nd a spinner who can make good use of the pitch....and an All-rounder...common guys.....give more place in the team for skills and not for experience............these suggestions are just from my point of view.......

  • POSTED BY DJohn on | February 10, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Not sure why Kaif is being ignored. Tamil Nadu and Chennai Super Kings players are getting preference.

  • POSTED BY W350 on | February 10, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Forget the rankings,they mean nuthing!!Look at the current Aussie team..they aint the top ranked team but just look at them play!!Man see the way the youngsters have stepped up their game from the end of the Ashes. 1)Bhaji needs to be send back to school cricket.He's outta sorts..no innovation..no thinking...he's lost his brains(if he had any) 2)Sack the selectors or the least fine them or some sort of punishments needs to be handed over..they just can not be let off this way!! 3)Drop or rest Ishant..he deserves it 4)Where is Murali Karthick..well if the board sponsers my trip i'll help out in finding him(Srikkanth dude ARE YOU LISTENING). 4)Improvement of the total cricket structure in India.What does the board do with all the money?? 5)Better start building up a strong batting line..else the future looks pretty bad once Dravid,Tendulkar,Laxman hang up. 6)Stop this garbage of politics in cricket and give the right youngsters the oppurtunity to play.

  • POSTED BY SureshAmsterdam on | February 10, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Very entertaining to read all these comments :-) Please remember that unlike us, the selectors, captain and players are responsible for their decisions and performances. Its very easy to suggest leaving out Bhajji & Zaheer - if their replacements do well, then good on us! If not, who cares, right? Making comments without responsibility for the consequences is totally useless. Just a thought. Dhoni is a cool head and winning captain who seems adept at reading situations on the field & making the best use of his resources; also, unlike Rahul, Sachin etc. his performance doesn't seem affected by captaincy. Zaheer & Bhajji are experienced bowlers, which is very important against tough opposition like SA. Sehwag and Gambhir are proven class openers who were undone by fantastic bowling. M Vijay, Badrinath, Karthik, Raina, Saha, Ishant, Sreesanth, Mithun and others are highly talented players with relatively little experience at test level - give them time!!!

  • POSTED BY abyrao on | February 10, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Srikkanth in his days didnt even average 30 with his bat and most of his shot selection was pathetic, so is his selection. Guys not even tried out are kicked out. Tamilnadu vijay, harbhajan, useless amit mishra, ishant sharma even after proven failures are permanent fixtures. Look at australia or SA, they groom younger players, here we dont even talk of Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Manoj Tiwari and Manish Pandey. Get in a couple of these guys let them groom in and take senior players place. How long Sachin, Dravid and Laxman are going to last? Hopefully a decent and unbiased cricketer takes over Srikkanths place to restore sanity else forget no 1 we wont be even no 5.

  • POSTED BY saeed.taraky on | February 10, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I think again that's not good selection from the selectors,

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | February 10, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Whats wrong in picking Kaif, he has been ignored for a long time now.He is a decent bat for Test as he has a good technique and he is a brilliant fielder too.Srikant and his team have been really harsh on few players and very linient on few, Bhajji and Ishant are not in any sort of form from long time and still selectors keep picking them.why??? Why is Ishant still in team and what Mithun and Tyagi did to be axed? Where is Ashish Nehra, I bet he is anyday better than Ishant and Sreesanth but for his fitness.

  • POSTED BY catchjose on | February 10, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    ohhh murali vijay is a good player but he must open with sehwag&Pragyan Ojha in the place of Amit Mishra&Sreesanth in the place of Harbhajan Singh.then we will get better result

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Srikanth is trying his luck this time, he should be aware that it may be his turn to be sacked on the 5th day of the second test. If this is the case what are we going to do after Sachin, Dravid and Lakshman's retirement? Don't say that you don't have middle order batsmen in India!!! you don't have quality spin bowlers in India!!! (Harbajan should be given a break anyway) This bowling attact (baring Zaheer) does not have the ability to pick 20 wickets against quality opponents. wake up guys wake up!!! MAKE INDIA PROUD.

  • POSTED BY Nakshatram on | February 10, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    What the Heck team selection is this ???????????????????????????????????????????????? Virat Kohli should be called in place of Murali Vijay...Pragyan Ohja should get in place of Harbajan Singh...Vinay should have taken instead of Ishant Sharma ...Sachin should open the batting Sehwag..Abhishek Nayar shold get in place of Badrinath who performed well in the Domestic criket

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    league of so called xtraordinary gentlemen ....steyn and morkel is enuf to c off this gentlemen...

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    i think its high time Indian selectors emphasize more on recent performances rather a numerous other factors for selection of a good team. Why we are still seeing Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh in the squad is a question i think even the selectors would not be able to answer. A bowler like Sudeep tyagi and abhimanyu mithun, who have done excellently well in the domestic circuit in the past were definitely much more deserving for the Indian jersey than Harbhajan Singh who has become more of a part time batsmen than a bowler and Ishant Sharma who has got enough opportunities on the mere basis of the fact that he did well in Australia once upon a time. Suresh Raina's selection has really come as a big shock especially considering his performance in ranji trophy and duleep trophy. He did well but not better than young lads like Manish Pandey, Chaiteshwar Pujara, Ajinkhya Rahane and Chjirag Pathak who have done tremendusly well to knock on the doors of Indian International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Shine77 on | February 10, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Are you guys nuts?? Chuck Harbhajan and bring Ojha in. Drop Ishanth and bring Sreesanth (only if he is fit) or play Nehra (where is he now??). I don't know whether VVSL will be ready for the match..if he doesn't let Badri continue.

  • POSTED BY aditsingh on | February 10, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    please please please selectors -WAKE UP.... drop harbajan ...he is useless. why have a guy who cannot bowl, cannot bat and definitely cannot field...and to top everything off, has the worst attitude in cricket. if the the pitch is that for the turners, get yusuf pathan to come in. he will be added as a guy a guy who can bowl off spin and bat as well. viru and sachin can bowl as well - so exploit them as well. however if for seamers, please get irfan. he definitely deserves to be out there.

  • POSTED BY 36638875ash on | February 10, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Raina is a good choice as he is has enough experience playing against quality bowling attack, but a Wassim Jaffer or a Virat Kohli who has better first class record is worth playing in the team. One of them should have been selected in place of S Barinath or a Murali vijay.

  • POSTED BY IhateSachin on | February 10, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    NOW EVERY ONE SHOULD KNOW THE VALUE OF DRAVID. HE JUST DOESNT CARE ABOUT PERSONL MILESTONE. PLAY FOR THE TEAM. WE DID HAVE 2 CETURIES FRON INDIAN'S BUT STILLWAS NOT ABLE TO SAVE THE MATCH. IF DRAVID HAD PLAYED AND SCORE ATLEAST A 50 MATCH WOULD HAVE SAVED. HE MAKES PEOPLE AREOUND HIM TO PLAY. BOWLING WISE I DONT THINK HARBHAJAN SHOULD CONTINUE

  • POSTED BY harykrishnan on | February 10, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    yusuf pathan shd hav been given a chance as it would help the team a great lot if there is a guy who can play like gilly and take the attack to the opposition and yusuf has proved his worth by his double ton

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | February 10, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Again, this is bad. no good bowlers. i would say we include Mithu, Sudeep tyagi and Ravichandran Ashwin dropping ishant, mishra and bajji. This would e the best 11 to play - Viru,Gauti,vijay,sachin,Dhoni,Badri,Raina,Zaheer,Tyagi,Ashwin, Mithun. Mithun can swing the ball and can come handy. What happened to the allrounder praveen kumar who can swing seam and spin ?

  • POSTED BY SPJADHAV on | February 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    "Harbhajan.......tu kar le Bhajan" he surely needed break from international cricket. I don't know how he can be still in the team after his disastrous performances. He can entertain crowd & team members with his antics, that's all he got in him now.

  • POSTED BY khaitan.nik on | February 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    i appreciate selectors dis time..but couldn't understand 1 thing why kaif is not given a chance at all even inthis injury crisis..to all my other frnds who has posted comments i would only like to say plzz dont criticise only for the sake criticism..jaffer days r gone..he has got plenty of opportunities n manish pandey is too young to play a test first let himplay a ODI..

  • POSTED BY ImtiazA on | February 10, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Wow!! We loose one match and we try to reshuffle everything. Of late i think Ishant Sharma & Harbhajan Singh have lost vigor.Batsmen across world have sorted Harbhajan singh, look at the way Kallis & Amla played him. Bhajji should be dropped and instead go for Ojha who is a left arm spinner which adds new dimension to our attack.

    Raina, when was the last time he preformed in a 4 day consistently? Wasim Jaffer, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Phatan, D Karthik, Manish Panday, C Pujara - instead of these guys who are inform selectors go for Rohit Sharma n Suresh Raina. It cannot get better for Indian Selectors.

  • POSTED BY Karzz on | February 10, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    This is the poor team selection. Srikanth selecting his own Tamilnadu state players. In the first test Sudeep Tyagi got the chance evev though he did not perform well in this season. He selected in the team because he is Playing in Chennai Supre Kings in IPL. Murali Vijay also did not deserve the chance he selected for both tests because he from Tamilnadu.Ishanth Sharma still there Why? Manish Pandey,Ajinkya Rahane they are the Highest run scorers in this season they should have been picked for the Rahul Dravid's place.Mithun is out of Second test Why? Vinay is not selected for both the test even though he is got more than 45 wickets & he can Bat also Why? Team India needs one All Rounder who can bat & bowl some good pace bowling. Vinay is the best choince for that. But Srikanth not selecting the Karnataka Players because he is from Tamilnadu. all the people knows that the Karnataka & Tamilnadu state is Arch - Rival states & they have not good relationship in each other states thats why he is not picking the Karnataks Players. He is an Idiot. Pls Sack him.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | February 10, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Vijay shud open with Viru, GG at one..badri, Raina lower down. GG could develop into an excellent No. 3 for future, if we are ready to accept that 'change is the only constant' and be paitent with Vijay.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | February 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Raina's selection is coz, a need for southpaw to handle Harris's negative line. Though is makes sense, defies selection logic. You put your best players with excellent record in domestic competionto face the best International bowling attack. Having said that No. 3.4 and 5 are up for grabs. its going to be a long hard road before we settle with 3 consitent performers, until then every regional supporters wish to select pandeys, pujaras, dhawans, rohits, vijay's will be satisfied..Time will tell if India will remain a force in Test cricket without Dada, Jumbo, The Wall, Little Master, Very Very Spl. Men may come and men may go, the game goes on..so no hope lost, but loads of patience is need of the hour.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    why is saha out and even mithun! and whyy ishant is in what justice has he done to his place!

  • POSTED BY dr.venky on | February 10, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    i feel tyagi needs to be given a chance.drop inshant replace him by tyage.. harbajan needs a break..misra is enough inm kolkata as it is not a turning pitch... let the team be-- sehwag,ghambir,sachin,vijay,badrinath,raina,dhoni,misra,zaheer,tyagi,sreesanth... 4 bowlers and part time spin by raina and sehwag... i feel sehwag bowled well in 1st test ..shld get more chances in 2nd... if laxman is fit thn we can drop one more batsman and take one more bowler... i feel this team is the best... sachin shld play at the 3rd spot...he needs to stay at the crease till the end... hope india wins..

  • POSTED BY fulltoCricket on | February 10, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    As a matter of fact i think Harbhajan and Ishant should axe from the squad. Apart from that Its a balanced Side, people are blaming new batsman against a bowler like steyn. I doubt even Dravid and laxman would survive when they come to playing 11. People bias youngsters against Dravid and laxman who have so much experience and class. Wake up guys and give more chance to youngsters....:)

  • POSTED BY manju.ngl on | February 10, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    It is good that Karthik is back into the squad ... But its unfair to drop Mithun without giving a chance. Mithun can be replacement for Ishant who badly needs rest. BCCI is ruining the future of two young talented players by not giving any rest to ishant and by not giving a chance to Mithun ...

  • POSTED BY akashchandran on | February 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    The injuries to key players have given a chance to the selectors to try out new faces in the available spots in the middle order. But they messed up by not naming even one reserve batsmen in the middle order even after knowing that Laxman's fitness is in doubt thereby us ending up having to play Saha as a batsmen(had rohit been in the side earlier then on laxman being declared not fit one more batsmen could have been flown in as a reserve). Also the policy of playing a regular opener M.Vijay in the middle order should have been done only if it was convinced that he is such a special player to play in the team ahead of specialist middle order players like Raina, unlucky Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Kaif (in this order - in my view).

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Guys everyone talks about Badri,Vijay,Saha,Karthick and Raina i dont know why selectors doesnt pick Dhawan,Nayar who have done well againt the same South African Attack ...or Else why they are not utilizing Saurastra Run Machine Pajura who had very good first class test record ... Still now its a big ? on selectors not selecting Dhawan and Pajura ..... this two players are such a good middle order batsman...

  • POSTED BY pandeykprashant on | February 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I think we must focus on fast bowlers and leave everything as it is,at least for the time being.Mind you....it was the beauty of SA's fast bowlers that resulted in Indian defeat not the inefficiency of Indian batters.Why India are still waiting for a genuine pacer,is the question to introspect.We have had enough efforts in the past as we know MRF Pace Academy for example but no results?????

  • POSTED BY mkgarg2001 on | February 10, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Sir,

    BCCI's selectors have once again shown confusion and panic while selecting team for Second cricket test match after drubbing in the first.

    There was no reason to throw away two youngsters who were not even given chance while persisting with those who did not perform even when given lots of opportunities. Badrinath did remarkably well considering that it was his debut match.

    Secondly the batting had miserably failed. Why selectors could not choose Abhishek Nayar WHEN HE HAD SCORED A CENTURY AGAINST THIS VERY SOUTH AFRICA IN THE PRACTICE MATCH? Bringing in karthik on the basis of domestic Duleep Trophy match is not going to do any good.

    Whenever someone does good against the visiting team, he should be immediately given a chance.

    Manish Garg

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    What about Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara? These guys perform through out the year just to get that one chance in the national team. What we do? We select Saha as a bastmen in the playing 11. Its total injustice to players like Pujara

  • POSTED BY Uchistha on | February 10, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    ok here is the perfect example of Indian Selectors great doing to the youngsters of our team.Sudeep tyagi has been travelling with The Indian team for past three months not playing a single match instead of, the dead rubber in which he bowled well,not to forget mentioning the Feroz shah Kotla wicket.Sometimes i wonder Cricket greats like Sunny Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri speak well and touch important points that can really help and guide india through while they are in the Comm box ...do they advice to the team players or management.I hope they get respect for what they say rather than turning deaf ear to what they say.Saha performs well but karthik on the other hand scores Two centuries in domestic cricket,then what happens Saha is dropped and kartik is called back leaving and hurting Saha alone who is still growing as a youngster??

  • POSTED BY Uchistha on | February 10, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    ok here is the perfect example of Indian Selectors great doing to the youngsters of our team.Sudeep tyagi has been travelling with The Indian team for past three months not playing a single match instead of, the dead rubber in which he bowled well,not to forget mentioning the Feroz shah Kotla wicket.Sometimes i wonder Cricket greats like Sunny Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri speak well and touch important points that can really help and guide india through while they are in the Comm box ...do they advice to the team players or management.I hope they get respect for what they say rather than turning deaf ear to what they say.Saha performs well but karthik on the other hand scores Two centuries in domestic cricket,then what happens Saha is dropped and kartik is called back leaving and hurting Saha alone who is still growing as a youngster??

  • POSTED BY bindas123 on | February 10, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    I think the selectors should have given kaif a chance coz he is performing well in the domestic cricket and he was dropped from the test team on basis of his oneday performance.Moreover harbhajan and ishant need some rest.

  • POSTED BY pirki on | February 10, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    HaHaHaHaHa...... what a joke this indian team is. why kaif, jafar and irfan are not playing, because they are not Hindus ofcourse they are proud muslims. Irfan is the best man. he did nothing wrong with the bat and i assure you that he can bowl better than ishanth any way.

  • POSTED BY jacobgeorge on | February 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    The real reason why India lost to S.Africa was because our key players were missing due to injury.This affected our team psychologically and boosted the mental status of S.Africa.They knew that India was on the backfoot even before the match started.Sending a full strength Indian team to Bangladesh could have been avoided just before an important series against S.Africa.Our selectors should look into this in future.We lost Dravid,Laxman,Yuvraj and Sreeshant in Bangladesh.Harbajan deserves immediate rest.At present he does not look capable of winning any matches for India.We should do better at Kolkata.

  • POSTED BY pranav on | February 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    i think pujara deserved the call up

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Send Ishant Sharma, Harbajan and Vijay back to domestic cricket, let them prove there. Where is Irfan Pathan who has done well in domestic cricket in all departments ?? why he is not getting chance ?? Our captain say's India does not have luxury to play 5 bowler as India does not have all-rounder, so why not play Irfan Pathan who can bat better then saha and vijay and bowl better then Ishant Sharma.

    Wasim Jaffer is the right replacement for Dravid, who is technical batsmen and can play cool in tough conditions, instead of throwing wickets away.

  • POSTED BY Sandy0387 on | February 10, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has performed well in Ranji matches and hence the selectors gave him chance. I guess the selectors were right in selecting Rohit. Things went wrong for us because Rohit Sharma got injured. I wish that the selectors pick Cheteshwara Pujara because he has the technique and skill to graft and score runs. It's very important that India grooms players like Pujara, Badrinath,Vijay and even Rahane so that we don't face problems when the stalwarts retire. As far as bowling is concerned, I feel Ishant hasn't done justice to his talent. He has been erring in line and length and hence Zaheer hasn't been getting the right kind of support from the other end. Harbhajan is short on confidence at the moment and it would be of great help if some of our former spin greats gave him some insights on where he is going wrong. Mishra disappointed everyone in this game. I hope the captain picks Pragyan Ojha for the next game as South Africans haven't been comfortable against left arm spin.

  • POSTED BY Sivamadurai on | February 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Ohh!!! Come on India..drop Bhajji first and give a chance to Ojha. This is will definitely make a big difference. Although Bhajji is more experienced than Ojha , but right now he is not in his best form. Give him rest and Ojha should be included. We must win the second test and let's give some stiff competition to SA.

  • POSTED BY rajagopv on | February 10, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Harbajan should definitely been shown the door. He is no threat to even any tail hander. Only his mouth speaks, he is not fit. The next match is very critical and need the experience guys to contribute. But all said and done, India (with this kind of attitude, approach to game) + 20/20 (IPL) spoiling test cricket, is not fit to be in No. 1 position.

  • POSTED BY daffodils on | February 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    The selection is absolutely biased.What happened to Mithun and Tyagi.They gave a dream performance in domestic cricket.What the selectors are looking as a yard stick for selection.They are picking players at their will .I had a respect for Mr.Sreekanth.but unfortunately he is also going on the same path.

  • POSTED BY Wanderer.Forever on | February 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    I agree with everyone's assessment on Bhajji but the problem is that he has jointly invested Rs. 10 crores along with Dhoni to buy a commercial property in Mumbai! Jokes apart, I guess the real problem is that none of the other spinners have shown enough promise or consistency to replace Bhajji. Mishra, Ojha, Kartik (yes, no matter howmuchsoever we keep hyping him!) have had their moments but they've been just "moments". Don't know if there is anyone really good in the domestic crop either. I follow Ranji and Duleep trophy - have never spotted a match-winning spinner in the recent past.

  • POSTED BY kirtpal on | February 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    I am surprise why selectors donot pick Abishek Nayer...? He will be good allrounder for India. He also prove him ability by hitiing Ton againest South Africa in warmup match. I think India is need a player like Robin Singh who can bowl fast/medium and make runs when needed. All the other team is world have allrounder like above said. India also need to drop Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma as well. They can pick Ojha, Irfan Pathan. Good Luck India for next match

  • POSTED BY sshailesh on | February 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    for 1st test in the absence on dravid and yuvraj there should be one exprience palyer in the middel order like Wasim Jaffer, he has that much international exprience and good domestic session. back up for dhoni selection of Saha .....!! Karthik had good runs against Srilanka ODI and also good domestic session,

  • POSTED BY PrameshP on | February 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Last time Indians were able to draw the series after lost in first test. I don't think this time same case will happen. First reason is that, they are playing just 2 test matches in this series. Another reason is South Africans are better in every department (In batting, in bowling & in fielding as well). I think India should go with 5 specialist bowlers rather than defensive mind. They should know you have to take 20 wickets to win the match, not just scoring a heavy runs. They should take a gamble & I believe that Indians have three descent batsmen (Sehwag, Gambhir & Tendulkar). If five bowlers can do well, they can support in batting department. Go and take 5 Specialist bowlers & at least try for series draw & maintains number 1 ICC test ranking. In fact you can't afford to lost number 1 ranking after lost in home series. Play attacking cricket......Best of Luck India......pick 5 bowlers…….pick 5 bowlers……& pick 5 bowlers…

  • POSTED BY TarunPrithyani on | February 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Ofcourse Raina is a Good Choice and can fit in a place of Yuvraj in his absence. But still Indian Team does not have any one to fit in a place of Dravid and Laxman to hold the middle order if the opening spell collapse. In the Boling Side, Praveen kumar should be given the chance, as he sticks to the basics of line and length and can be a wicket taker for India.

  • POSTED BY amped1000 on | February 10, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    It's funny how people jump all over the Karthik selection, but conviently forget the fact that he is just coming off a game where he scored hundreds in both innings. Saha made 33 against South Africa, he's an ordinary batsman, everyone knows this fact. Karthik has performed against SA in SA, he must be given a chance if Lax can't go.

  • POSTED BY Sobnesh on | February 10, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well the selection alone is not the problem in India.When steyn and morkel,parnell can swing the ball both ways and also get reverse, why cant Indians?Proper bowling coach and specialised conditioning camp for the current and emerging bowlers should happen on a regular basis. Bring some one like Pollock or Mcrath who have loads of experience as bowling coach and make use of some former Indian bowlers who were good at swing bowling and spoting the flaws in bowlers like wrist positions for the conditioning camps under the supervision of bowling coaches.The is nothing wrong to have specialist coaches as it is the demand of mordern era.PACE should be given prime importance.Will it be difficult to find atleast two genuine fast bowlers bowling consistently at 140kmph from our nation???It will be possible only if the think tanks of BCCI feel its importance and spend on the above factors rather than spending on useless non cricketing stuffs.Prepare lively pitches for domestic matches first...

  • POSTED BY nair_ottappalam on | February 10, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    I am not much convinced by Raina's induction to be frank. He may have done well in the limited over format. Test match is a different ball game altogether. Giving chance to youngsters, its fine but one at a time. Saha was not the best choice altogether. Yes Karthik should have been given a chance there. Indian team was overconfident by the exaggerated performance against the underdogs Bangladesh. Ishant, Bhajji "EXCELLED" against the poor minnows and have been termed "superheroes". South Africa is a different team altogether. We need to take the strength of the opposition before judging the performance of a player. Even Jason Gillespie scored a double ton against Bangladesh. Without even been tested Mithun & Tyagi have been shown the door. Sreesanth is a welcome choice to pair with Zaheer, by far the best seamer India has for the time being. I think once Dravid is back the batting will settle. Since Sachin & Dravid are not there to stay for long grooming youngsters is also important

  • POSTED BY PrameshP on | February 10, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Last time Indians were able to draw the series after lost in first test. I don't think this time same case will happen. First reason is that, they are playing just 2 test matches in this series. Another reason is South Africans are better in every department (In batting, in bowling & in fielding as well). I think India should go with 5 specialist bowlers rather than defensive mind. They should know you have to take 20 wickets to win the match, not just scoring a heavy runs. They should take a gamble & I believe that Indians have three descent batsmen (Sehwag, Gambhir & Tendulkar). If five bowlers can do well, they can support in batting department. Go and take 5 Specialist bowlers & at least try for series draw & maintains number 1 ICC test ranking. In fact you can't afford to lost number 1 ranking after lost in home series. Play attacking cricket......Best of Luck India......pick 5 bowlers…….pick 5 bowlers……& pick 5 bowlers…..

  • POSTED BY waaris on | February 10, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Raina is good for test team but Harbhajan should get some rest!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    If the selectors are looking at the future, Raina and Kathik need to be given good exposure to Test cricket....

  • POSTED BY TMS8137 on | February 10, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Finally a good squad from the selection committee. They should never have dropped DK he is most definitely the second best keeper in India. Parthiv has to do more with the gloves rather than the bat before he is selected as a reserve keeper. Raina supposedly can't play the short ball. If i remember right that was the same thing said of kohli before he scored runs. Can anyone remember a short ball bowled to kohli at that time? Raina should be given a chance to fail. Totally right in giving him a spot on the squad, it does not guarantee him playing. If laxman is fit I hope they retain a similar XI. Anybody else wanna drop Harbhajan?

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    The most prolific in the domestic season are Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Badrinath, Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay. But when the replacements are for Dravid and Laxman, it should be a case of batsman who possess lots of attitude and ability to play on both sides. Kohli is apt for #1 slot. Nayar got a century against South Africa and atleast he shd have been included for Saha. He can also bowl.

    Since Gambhir played for record, he might play well in Kolkata.

    1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Badrinathi 4. Tendulkar 5. Karthik 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Harbhajan 9. Ojha 10. Zaheer 11. Sreesanth

  • POSTED BY mycricket2007 on | February 10, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    This is really poor selection team. Raina has not succeed that much in domestic matches. Instead of raina they should give chance to Kaif, he played well in domestic. Dinesh is the guy who can make ton of runs in domestic but will never get that much success at international. He was failed against Bangla how come he is going to played against steyn. I think we already included Badrinath (one new comer) they they need someone who has some exp and he is in current form. W. Jafar is also best choice he can play down the order too..Instead of Raina they should pick up Jafar or Kaif.

  • POSTED BY Liontamer on | February 10, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Harbajan needs to sit out and get some one who can actually spin the ball. Harris was stunning with his unplayable line, length and bounce and in comparison Bhaji was choking on fur balls. India's halmark has always been our batting and the inconsistancy that plagues it. So we need to stack the deck with batsman to prevent collapses such as the one we just witnessed. Right now Bhaji and Ishant are not helping the team, so drop them and let them rest up and turn their game around. And dont waste the spot on the likes of sreeshanth either, he is just an other mediocre player. This is our chance to try out a couple of talented high energy allrounder. How the hell are we ever going to find an Akram, if we keep playing Bhaji and Sreeshanth.

  • POSTED BY santhoshyalamuri on | February 10, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Its a crunch situation where in likes of badrinath and vijay have to perform,its a make or break situation for them.For God's sake plz drop Ishant,he needs rest and let him regain his confidence.Coming to bowlers there has to be a spinning track for INDIA to win,no harm in using the home conditions. Hope if Raina plays he does well but it would be diffiicult as he would be peppered with lots and lots of quality short pitch bowling.

  • POSTED BY newborn on | February 10, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Rohit Sharma does not have the calibre to play in a National team. He has proved it multiple times. Harbhajan needs to be send back to domestic cricket. Between Raina and Manish Pandey, selectors did very well to give him the chance. Its upto him to grab it and he should be prepared for short pitched stuff from Steyn & Co. Saha does not look like made for international stuff. Karthik was sent back and that would have done him a world of good as now he knows men from domestic are inching closer to his position. Same needs to be done with Bhajji... Dada would have done it.

  • POSTED BY vedichitesh on | February 10, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    here we do not have bowlers and tyagi and mithun are out.... why is ishant in ??? shreesant zaheer and tyagi and 2 spinners is a must.... batting Dinesh Kartik is better than badri saha and murli. Also to people who crib that youngsters are not given chance..... 3 got the chance and except for badri (in 1 innings) nobody did anything..... Youngsters should capitalize every chance and force the seniors to retire with their youth and performance..... sadly no one did ......

  • POSTED BY Aronofsky on | February 10, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Give Harbhajan a rest.. His form is pathetic.. Give some young guys a chance to perform..

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    what the hell selectors are doing?really stupidity in case of rohit Sharma's exclusion.He is a class act after sachin.He should have been given a chance instead of raina,who is bad player of bouncers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    i do also feel that instead of suresh raina, selector should have picked manish pandey or mohammed kaif or yusuf pathan cause raina is too vulnerable to short pictch bowling and against south african bowling he may not be able to survive long

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Raina is a good choice when compared to Karthik. It's better to give chance to Badrinath,Raina and Rohit in the second test.

  • POSTED BY sathyanu on | February 10, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Harbajan should be out from the test cricket... He cant bowl in a right areas to take wickets atleast maiden overs... Pragyan Ojha has to taken into the palying 11 at kolkata test. All the Best team India... JAI HO.

  • POSTED BY Nesy on | February 10, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Why Mithun is out...? Why no chance for Manish Pande and Md Kaif ahead of Raina. This Selection is totally biased.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Raina should be a good choice, but feel for Mithun who had a fantastic run in the domestic season, he should have been tried before being shown the door.

  • POSTED BY Amu7 on | February 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Hmm Raina cant really play the short ball, simply because he uses a heavy bat. And test matches are a hell a lot different than the ODIs. Most of the ODI runs have come against weak oppositions in a familiar environment. They are straight technical flaws in every batsmen picked for this series. Badrinath with a crouched up stance and low backlift limits himself in every possible manner and would be susceptible to inswingers where he would just lock himself up, like he did in first innings or just waft at the away going balls simply because the stance really doesnt permit him to move really forward or really back. Murali Vijay is from the school which likes to stay beside the ball rather than get behind it . And if you dont have the eye of Sehwag which puts the bowlers off the line while bowling against him, inswingers will always trouble him .Karthik we have seen enough and its clear he is there simply because he is from Tamil Nadu.Strange days when Parthiv doesnt find himself in team

  • POSTED BY aksh_qa on | February 10, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Yes!!! that is great. but i think rohit sharma should be get a chance instead of suresh raina because in 5 day cricket. and what abt the replace of amit mishra, i dont think he is ever comfort in against this south african side

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    well, this the least thing that india can do .... who ever may be the batsman, steyn wont stop bowling reverse swinging deliveries..... Rahul, please get well soon.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I think Murali vijay is a opener not the middle order batsman, I think selectors must have selected Virat Koli in test, As same as South African given chance to Parnell for the future Prospect . And also Virat has show very good temperament in paying against Windies,Srilanka and Bangladesh.Otherwise selecting Raina was the good and expected move for the First test itself..

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I think Murali vijay is a opener not the middle order batsman, I think selectors must have selected Virat Koli in test, As same as South African given chance to Parnell for the future Prospect . And also Virat has show very good temperament in paying against Windies,Srilanka and Bangladesh.Otherwise selecting Raina was the good and expected move for the First test itself..

  • POSTED BY saravn on | February 10, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    hi all, i think karthik is good selection.he played well in duleep trophy final though he did not played well against bangladesh, i personally feel he will shine if he is given another chance.

  • POSTED BY chilipi on | February 10, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli must have been given a chance instead of Saha as he has more international exposure. I think it is time to take bowling alrounders into the team.

  • POSTED BY RKJangir on | February 10, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    It's good to see raina in the side, a classy left hander who has experience of international cricket will make the difference. In the spin department selecters must have given the chance to piush chawla, who bowled very well against SA in the tour game earlier. Ishant sharma must have given rest, he is not in his prime form. In the last selecters made a single good decision with lots of doubtful decisions. All the best raina... Go after SA....

  • POSTED BY vishwashg on | February 10, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    the selectors are making a big mistake by keeping harbajan in the squad ,we don't remember in taking any five wicket in haul in last two years.instead they could have gone for murli karthik,who is a left armer.and as quite experience.

  • POSTED BY KK4Cricket on | February 10, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I feel the slectors should have gone for a genuine allrounder [though we do not have, atleast should have thought that way.] Batting is OK even without Dravid, Lax and Yuvi. It is our bowling that costed us the match. The young lads did well in their first outings.They deserve chances to be given.

  • POSTED BY pak_leo on | February 10, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Great move to have Raina in the squad, he is the most promising batsman in ODI for India. India should give a chance to Ojha inplace of Mishra, india should also give chance to Nehra inplace of Ishant Sharma. Dhoni just focus on winning strategy and handover the gloves to Kartik or whoever the 2nd best to him.

    In my opinion team India probably should be (in batting order): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Dinesh Kartik(wk), Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY Shamim118 on | February 10, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Raina is a good batsman. But I think Virat Kohli should be the write choice for test squad than S. Raina.Kohli is a class batsman can handle the pressure. He gave his prove in recent times. So Kohli should be squad as soon as possible. When Rahul will go to retirement, Kohli is the right replacement of Rahul. I think.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Bhaji has lost his grip on things, he seems to be not able to break partnerships like he used to and as not been able to keep up the pressure.... he should be given a break and prove his skills in domestic matches..... Raina if he plays should be ready for a barricade of bouncers.... the spinners are the problem for India now....

  • POSTED BY Sreevalsam on | February 10, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Raina will not be able to face short pitched stuff from Steyn & Morkel. He will be a sitting duck.

  • POSTED BY KK4Cricket on | February 10, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I feel our batting is OK even without Dravid and Laxman. The young lads did well in their respective first outings. The selectors should have opted for an allrounder who can bowl and bat reasonably.

  • POSTED BY chiboo on | February 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Hello, this good and nice Decsion, to choose Raina, i have still a question How long Mr.Kaif will be out from this Politics, he is experienced batsman and he he was played few tests with many prominent team and he scored too all matches half or centry, i feel this is too much for him (Poor Guy)

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | February 10, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Suresh Raina against the likes of Steyn & Morkel ??? lol !!!

  • POSTED BY vponnada on | February 10, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    I dont think selectors have made a right choice by picking Suresh Raina who is very susceptible to the short balls and SA three quality fast bowlers in their lineup.I felt Manish Pandey should have been picked.

  • POSTED BY bkdheeraj3131 on | February 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    What the hell with murali vijay. Why selectors stick with him ..is he has done anything special anything for the last one year, and what did sudeep tyagi and mithun done to get axe instead of ishant sharma who was given as many as changes, but selectors still not axiing him still now.. Wake up.selectors.. We are blaming players. but the big part in indian defeat is due to selectors, always making pathetic choices like did in this test.

  • POSTED BY satyasaigangadhar on | February 10, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    That's good changing the squad for the test against a champion team. I'm unable to understand Why Irfan Pathan is ignored always. He is the best young all-rounder and is one the match winneres of our country. To be a champion team for long time, we should a such players in our team instead of specialist bowler/batsman.If we concentrate on this type of team composition, we can definetly win this coming ODI international 50 over WORLD-CUP. We have to use the services of Dravid too in ODIs. We have to boost our middle order,since sehwag , gawti, sachin will take care of top-order.we should have good all-rounders in team like Irfan, yuvi, Raina... who can take the responsibility of our middle order.Coming to bowling , we are having a match winnining bowler at presant.This is welcomed if he is an all-rounder too.

  • POSTED BY BDHUNTER on | February 10, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Hope all selection comes good for india,But get ready for the innings from the (flair) G. Smith and power of parnell in 2nd innings.I think india will fell the heat of styen also. Why not Africa's team management think to change the batting position of prince (although he is in good form ) 3rd/2nd position or give chance the H.Gibbs because he is far better player in sub continent than others. Because Time has come for the spinbok to ride the top.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | February 10, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    ho ho ho ho !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! superp, Raina the clean hitter and a classy technician is into the side, india will win surely in the second test, wise decision to throw saha out.Mithun should get a chance, with out playing even a single game mithun and tyagi are out.well no one doesn't know what is the reason behind that.we can call even romesh powar, because harbhajan is good for nothing now-a-days.mishra don't even know to face steyn. even in bowling mishra is not so effective. so ojha and powar should be given a chance.powar is a descent batsman too.harbhajan don't know batting.so some consideration should ne there in changing spin options.

  • POSTED BY Nitold123 on | February 10, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    The selectors made a correction in the balance of the squad. We cannot debate on what mistakes they made in the previous selection if we feel that this team has the right balance. India winning the next test match is more critical. There should not have been 4 fast bowlers so one of Mithun or Tyagi should not have been in the team. More so, Sreesanth when fit would be a pick and Ishant seemed to be getting into his groove before this match.As far as Saha is concerned, I do not know why he was picked if he had to be dropped after this match. It's a farce! Dinesh Karthik has not inspired confidence as a backup wicketkeeper and he is certainly not a better batsman than the likes of Kohli, Pandey, Raina, Pujara just because he scored two centuries in a match. Saha did admirably in the second innings and we had enough backup batsmen this time. Karthik was picked too early to play for India like Parthiv Patel. He had to be given more time to improve his keeping at the first class level.

  • POSTED BY csango on | February 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Another fatal mistake of selectors ....continues. Why cann't we agree that we are barking up a wrong tree by bolstering our batting. I regret to say that Mr Dhoni is going wrong, by backing up his mediocre blowers (leave Zaheer out) and putting blame on shaky batting. The batting has done no wrong, in fact w/o regular middle order, against a backdrop of 550+ total of opposition the batting did not crumble badly. But it's bowling in first place that is pedestrian. I can definitely say Bangladesh bowling in both medium pace and spin is better than India's. High time we should drop Ishant from international league and rest Bhajji for a while. Play Tyagi/Abhimanyu and Oza in place of Bhajji

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    i dont think raina is a good choice. he is calssy player 4 one day & t20 cricket but in 5 day cricket the proteas should check his style

  • POSTED BY passionatekrish on | February 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    The defeat in the first test was expected but not by an innings. Steyn was superb and any batting line up would have struggled against him. What we must look out for is how Dhoni is going to handle his limited resources. Harbhajan is a shadow of his past but he still is a world-class spinner. He also must be aware that he can't fail anymore. And whom do we replace him with ? Now is the time for Viru and Gambhir to take more responsibility and come up with a champion performance. Also Dhoni must step up and start playing some shots.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Yes!!! that is great. but i think rohit sharma should be get a chance instead of suresh raina because in 5 day cricket. and what abt the replace of amit mishra, i dont think he is ever comfort in against this south african side

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | February 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    How many chances Karthik is going to get and what did Saha do wrong? What is wrong with him being the back up of Dhoni? Is Karthik going to play if Laxman is unfit? Get the guy who scored 30 plus runs against the South African attack and get in a guy who failed against Bangladesh. Sounds real "smart" winning strategy!

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | February 10, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Having destroyed the career of Murli Karthik, the selectors are trying to do the same to Powar. In spite of repeated failures, Harbhajan is being kept on the team. Mithun, Rohit, and Tyagi have been dropped even though they did not play in Nagpur. May be they did not impress the selectors with their servings of drinks!

  • POSTED BY PrinceTN on | February 10, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    well....good change...i was disappointed with the team performance (india)...well, Sudeep Tyagi bowled well in Bangladesh...he should have been in the team...india must use three fast bolwer and one spinner...that will be gr8...india should get 20 wickets! and we must fight hard and win the second test...i hope the selector choose the right player to play for the second test. Dinesh Karthik should play for the second test...

  • POSTED BY aadh_king on | February 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Wise selection to bring in Raina, classy batsman who already had proved his worth in international cricket... He is Mr. Dependable of Chennai Super Kings and also he will be for Indian Side... All the best Raina, Success is yours!

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | February 10, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Raina is a good choice. I really dont like this categorization of one-day versus test-batsman.

    Most of these guys play Ranji matches which are indeed test matches.

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  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | February 10, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Raina is a good choice. I really dont like this categorization of one-day versus test-batsman.

    Most of these guys play Ranji matches which are indeed test matches.

  • POSTED BY aadh_king on | February 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Wise selection to bring in Raina, classy batsman who already had proved his worth in international cricket... He is Mr. Dependable of Chennai Super Kings and also he will be for Indian Side... All the best Raina, Success is yours!

  • POSTED BY PrinceTN on | February 10, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    well....good change...i was disappointed with the team performance (india)...well, Sudeep Tyagi bowled well in Bangladesh...he should have been in the team...india must use three fast bolwer and one spinner...that will be gr8...india should get 20 wickets! and we must fight hard and win the second test...i hope the selector choose the right player to play for the second test. Dinesh Karthik should play for the second test...

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | February 10, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Having destroyed the career of Murli Karthik, the selectors are trying to do the same to Powar. In spite of repeated failures, Harbhajan is being kept on the team. Mithun, Rohit, and Tyagi have been dropped even though they did not play in Nagpur. May be they did not impress the selectors with their servings of drinks!

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | February 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    How many chances Karthik is going to get and what did Saha do wrong? What is wrong with him being the back up of Dhoni? Is Karthik going to play if Laxman is unfit? Get the guy who scored 30 plus runs against the South African attack and get in a guy who failed against Bangladesh. Sounds real "smart" winning strategy!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Yes!!! that is great. but i think rohit sharma should be get a chance instead of suresh raina because in 5 day cricket. and what abt the replace of amit mishra, i dont think he is ever comfort in against this south african side

  • POSTED BY passionatekrish on | February 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    The defeat in the first test was expected but not by an innings. Steyn was superb and any batting line up would have struggled against him. What we must look out for is how Dhoni is going to handle his limited resources. Harbhajan is a shadow of his past but he still is a world-class spinner. He also must be aware that he can't fail anymore. And whom do we replace him with ? Now is the time for Viru and Gambhir to take more responsibility and come up with a champion performance. Also Dhoni must step up and start playing some shots.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    i dont think raina is a good choice. he is calssy player 4 one day & t20 cricket but in 5 day cricket the proteas should check his style

  • POSTED BY csango on | February 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Another fatal mistake of selectors ....continues. Why cann't we agree that we are barking up a wrong tree by bolstering our batting. I regret to say that Mr Dhoni is going wrong, by backing up his mediocre blowers (leave Zaheer out) and putting blame on shaky batting. The batting has done no wrong, in fact w/o regular middle order, against a backdrop of 550+ total of opposition the batting did not crumble badly. But it's bowling in first place that is pedestrian. I can definitely say Bangladesh bowling in both medium pace and spin is better than India's. High time we should drop Ishant from international league and rest Bhajji for a while. Play Tyagi/Abhimanyu and Oza in place of Bhajji

  • POSTED BY Nitold123 on | February 10, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    The selectors made a correction in the balance of the squad. We cannot debate on what mistakes they made in the previous selection if we feel that this team has the right balance. India winning the next test match is more critical. There should not have been 4 fast bowlers so one of Mithun or Tyagi should not have been in the team. More so, Sreesanth when fit would be a pick and Ishant seemed to be getting into his groove before this match.As far as Saha is concerned, I do not know why he was picked if he had to be dropped after this match. It's a farce! Dinesh Karthik has not inspired confidence as a backup wicketkeeper and he is certainly not a better batsman than the likes of Kohli, Pandey, Raina, Pujara just because he scored two centuries in a match. Saha did admirably in the second innings and we had enough backup batsmen this time. Karthik was picked too early to play for India like Parthiv Patel. He had to be given more time to improve his keeping at the first class level.