India v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad February 25, 2010

Tendulkar and Sehwag rested for final ODI

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India have made a slew of changes for the final one-dayer against South Africa in Ahmedabad on February 27. The most significant of them is that openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have been rested for the dead rubber. Tamil Nadu opener M Vijay and Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun are among the new faces in the 14-man squad.

Tendulkar batted all 50 overs during his unbeaten 200 in Gwalior while Sehwag played that match after suffering a sore back in the first game in Jaipur.

Vijay has played a handful of Tests but is yet to make his ODI debut, and has had a decent run in the ongoing Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, making three half-centuries in five matches. This is the first call-up to a national limited-overs squad for Mithun, who is coming off a stunning debut Ranji season but has had lesser success in the shorter formats.

The home side will be short on experience as another first-choice player, fast bowler Praveen Kumar, has been rested, while offspinner Harbhajan Singh's break from international cricket has been extended. Add to that the injuries to Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, and India will line-up on Saturday without seven members of their preferred starting XI.

Another addition to the pool is Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma, who was most recently part of the national squad during the tri-series in Bangladesh last month.

India have already won the three-match series 2-0.

Squad: M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra

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  • mahi678 on February 27, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Dismal selection!! Already many youngsters are playing!! why need of more experimentation. very harsh for praveen kumar not selected in last ODI. He is better than wayward nehra and srishanth. Even Mithun is not having much success in List A matches. He should be picked this early. Indian cricket always digs hole for itself.

  • geevee97 on February 27, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    ...(cont.) and rohith sharma..one of the extremely talented guy, who has got so much time to play a fast bowler.. not so many r blessed like that.. except for his laid back attitude, the selectors have got it right, but one thing is to persevere with him.. and get back irfan, if u r planning to get ravindra jadeja as a five down batsman.. coz for the reasons obvious.. we are gonna play in india.. all of our regular bowleres are goin for runs.. so dont blame irfan alone.. he might have lost his zip and swing.. still a useful bowler.. and more than an useful batsman.. u cant go into a match with only two fast bolwers, if u want to play a extra batsman, and u cant have just seven batsman (jadeja included), if u take an extra bowler.. so obvious choice is irfan... i think he has gone out of favour due to unfavoutitism i would say.. i think he is not favoured by somebody.. check the records of all the fast bowleres in india over the last two yearss.. u wont find irfan lag behind too much..

  • durai86 on February 27, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    @geevee97:I agree every statement of yours and you are correct in your analysis .(example Kaif)Vijay is technically strong i reckon him as future ponting of india.....

  • krishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh on February 27, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    nayar shoulb be in the team........

  • on February 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    With no Sachin, Sehwag, Gauti & Yuvi; It will be interesting to watch India`s, so called, LONG batting line-up !... All eyes on Kartik, Yusuf & the newcomers...

  • anurag.7 on February 27, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    let c how young guns fire..

  • SVKUMAR on February 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hey come on guys.. why make so much of fuss! We have already pocketed the series and it is right time to try some new players instead of regulars ( praveen kumar & more). Also please stop those mud-slinging against selectors. They have enough freedom to choose the players they want and mind you they are responsible for those selection too. If anything goes wrong, they are answerable to us. So sit back and relax, watch the game and see whether these players do their justice to their bosses.

  • nlambda on February 27, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I am from north India and I do not believe that Srikanth is pushing a southern agenda. I remember last year at one time there were NO players from the south in the team. Srikanth is trying to select the best team for India and we should respect that. People crying 'north-south' are betraying their own petty mindedness.

  • HOTCHA on February 27, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra

    Leave Ashish Nehra. Amit Mishra and S Sreesanth out of the team, and you have a completely new look about the playing XI. Go on, give every one a chance. We have already won the series.

  • indrakolla on February 27, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    hi guys please support our future generation players then the present they are also very important for the future of INDIAN CRICKET.I pray to god that A.Mithun gets a chance to show case is talent.

  • mahi678 on February 27, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Dismal selection!! Already many youngsters are playing!! why need of more experimentation. very harsh for praveen kumar not selected in last ODI. He is better than wayward nehra and srishanth. Even Mithun is not having much success in List A matches. He should be picked this early. Indian cricket always digs hole for itself.

  • geevee97 on February 27, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    ...(cont.) and rohith sharma..one of the extremely talented guy, who has got so much time to play a fast bowler.. not so many r blessed like that.. except for his laid back attitude, the selectors have got it right, but one thing is to persevere with him.. and get back irfan, if u r planning to get ravindra jadeja as a five down batsman.. coz for the reasons obvious.. we are gonna play in india.. all of our regular bowleres are goin for runs.. so dont blame irfan alone.. he might have lost his zip and swing.. still a useful bowler.. and more than an useful batsman.. u cant go into a match with only two fast bolwers, if u want to play a extra batsman, and u cant have just seven batsman (jadeja included), if u take an extra bowler.. so obvious choice is irfan... i think he has gone out of favour due to unfavoutitism i would say.. i think he is not favoured by somebody.. check the records of all the fast bowleres in india over the last two yearss.. u wont find irfan lag behind too much..

  • durai86 on February 27, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    @geevee97:I agree every statement of yours and you are correct in your analysis .(example Kaif)Vijay is technically strong i reckon him as future ponting of india.....

  • krishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh on February 27, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    nayar shoulb be in the team........

  • on February 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    With no Sachin, Sehwag, Gauti & Yuvi; It will be interesting to watch India`s, so called, LONG batting line-up !... All eyes on Kartik, Yusuf & the newcomers...

  • anurag.7 on February 27, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    let c how young guns fire..

  • SVKUMAR on February 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hey come on guys.. why make so much of fuss! We have already pocketed the series and it is right time to try some new players instead of regulars ( praveen kumar & more). Also please stop those mud-slinging against selectors. They have enough freedom to choose the players they want and mind you they are responsible for those selection too. If anything goes wrong, they are answerable to us. So sit back and relax, watch the game and see whether these players do their justice to their bosses.

  • nlambda on February 27, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I am from north India and I do not believe that Srikanth is pushing a southern agenda. I remember last year at one time there were NO players from the south in the team. Srikanth is trying to select the best team for India and we should respect that. People crying 'north-south' are betraying their own petty mindedness.

  • HOTCHA on February 27, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra

    Leave Ashish Nehra. Amit Mishra and S Sreesanth out of the team, and you have a completely new look about the playing XI. Go on, give every one a chance. We have already won the series.

  • indrakolla on February 27, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    hi guys please support our future generation players then the present they are also very important for the future of INDIAN CRICKET.I pray to god that A.Mithun gets a chance to show case is talent.

  • rohit_singh_13 on February 27, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    my view on Nayar is he is just another Badrinath who would have made an batting average of above 50 if they are selected to the team and given a chance to play.Nayar proved every match he played before and he lifted the team to higher scores when his team is in tough sitiuation and thats an example of his 100 againt south africa.so he miss some one to push him up.

  • SupertrampMS on February 27, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    We have to accept it our selection is flawed..M.Vijay who doesn't even make it to the first eleven of CSK...Incidentally MS Dhoni captains CSK and it shows he doesn't have confidence in VIjay....Whatever may be the domestic records say he lacks the temperament and captains confidence..And Sreeshanth's continuing inclusion in the team baffles me..PK came bak after dropped from the squad fo SL series and Bangladesh tri-series and played well in the first two matches and he s dropped...Probably his fault was he din attend Srikanth's son's wedding...Im hoping that this may be a an odd occasion but I fear it is not..Its unfortunate for a team that aiming to be number one to leave so many questions unanswered every time selection process is done..Otherwise they will screw it up sometime again just like they did in the First test against SA..

  • Bhoopen on February 27, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Team selection should be based on keeping mind in coming world cup. Very poor decision by selectors. 1. why Parveen kumar has been droped? He has been best odi bowler. Selectors are very unfair with him. I hope they motivate care the player. 2. Manish pandey should get chance. We have seen in ranji trophy final he is a crunch situation player. 3. Why Abhishek nayer got drooped without giving him any chance? 4. Rohit sharma has got aleady lot of chances let selector should be fair and unbased with other players like abhishek nayar who has been selected and drooped without playing. 5. MJ perf in test is ordinary & also keeping world cup in mind not sure he fits in one day squad as we already have Viru, Sachin and Gauti for opner slot. we need middle order batsman back-up and Manish pandey, Abhishek nayar can be best fit. For WC sachi, Gauti, dhoni, Viru, yuvi, raina, Jadeja, parveen, bhajji, Jahir, nehra. Backup Virat, yusuf, pandy, dinesh, Tyagi, Ishant, muthun, RP, pyush & nayar

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 27, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    giving brake to sachin is not fair. if sachin wanted the brake it would be fine.if the selectors forced him to take a break it is not good.because loat of person wanted to see him after that marathon effort in gwalior.after this match there is no international cricket for 3 months for sachin.it is better for to sachin to avoid ipl even though not possible then make an arrangement in such a way that he will not cross more than 10 match in leau stage.He is plying t20 for ipl why he is not plying for india.that will make him injurey prone.avoid ipl sachin .

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 27, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    sreesanth selection policey is very bad(speeks both malyalam(mothertang) and tamilwell).iam a south indian.he is giving more chance to tn players.sreesanth got the chance only after sreekanths son's marrage.sreesanth attended the marrage avoiding the training section for a week it is happened in thalasserey kerala.he was a kerala capten because of that reason sreesanth become bad person infrond of kerala cricket association(kca).in that ranji match happened in nov first week. he does not get single wicket.even though he is selected for srilankan series.this is the selection policey of sreekanth.

  • on February 27, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Trying too many players at the same time is the other extreme to not testing bench strength at all. If India loses today (as apparent from the team selected today) all those new players will be waylaid again. The new players will also not have the presence of seniors to learn from them. Dhoni is the only one in the squad today with some experience. Resting Sachin is ok, but resting PK? He is not Brett Lee who bowls at 100mph to be given a rest nor has he perfected everything to not need one more learning experience.

  • Sri_The_fan_of_cric on February 26, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Hi Everyone...I dont know if rohit is playing tommorow's match...But he should be in the side..He is a superb player..I dont think anyone disagrees in this fact..i dont see anyone saying anything against Rohit ...

    I want him to play desperately..... All the best Rohit!!!!!

  • bharatindu on February 26, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    I think Dhoni is lucky as a captain, otherwise what is the logic in not bowling your most economical bowler the full quote of 10 overs. You can check any of the previous 10 matches and the story keeps on repeating itself

  • srini_cric on February 26, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Did everyone here forget the repeated chances Agarkar, Wasim Jaffer used to get even if they were horrible in all forms of the game at one point of time? Can we say that Vengsarkar who then was the selector favored Mumbai players?

    As much as I hate to believe that there is a bias in the selector/captain's strategy to pick players, I still feel it is not entirely transparent.

    And when it comes to Murali Vijay I believe he is a natural stroke maker like Yuvraj Singh and the Indian selectors know that.

    I think Srikkanth is much better than Vengsarkar when it comes to selecting players based on talent rather than success and purely on past track record.

  • on February 26, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Where were you guys before Srikkanth took over...Players from the north had a lot of prefferential treatment during the sunil gavasker era...someone like Shastri who lost us a lot of games should never have ever made it to the Indian team..dont forget the history..i think you should have a point system for players in the National and Renji level and top players must be picked based on performace and who is in form and selectors explain thr selection process

  • mkk4u on February 26, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    I don't understand why everybody is rooting for nayar over vijay. Vijay has better average and more runs in First Class cricket than Nayar.

  • nith.kr on February 26, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    guys even im frm south n i 2 feel tat srikanth is tryin 2 push in as many southies as possible... but i don understand y vijay was selected over pandey..... n when ther wer already 2 allrounders in the form of jadeja n yusuf vat was the need 2 select nayar... n wen they had already picked him y did they drop him without giving him a chance

  • durai86 on February 26, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Here I have a question if some one performs well and he is in the bench for Long time suddenly If some other person performs well currently in ranjis or irani trophies like take Goswami he has hit 3 centuries in 5 inning in Vijay hazare and has scored runs of 460 odd ,who would you prefer ?....suddenly many supporters will rise for him and criticise the selectors for not picking him.... and The attractiveness and the fame of the waiting person dimnishes.....Definitely this would happen..And as far as such a kind of entry only bowlers will get the nod not the batsmen...This is what happened in the case of Murali Vijay,Dinesh Karthik,Badrinath (who is in and out in the bench from 2007 onwards much before his debut).By that way Karthik is fortunate for shining as both second wicket keeper and batsmen and now has the maturity in handling theSA kind of pace attack.but the other two will get opportunity once in a while.Always their stats were much better than others given their slots by stat

  • durai86 on February 26, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    If a person comes from north ,with current selections Ashish nehra,Virat kholi,Amit mishra,SEWHAG!!!!!(?he he he LOL)...You would say it as parochialism,suppose if he is from west then Rohit sharma,Yusuf pathan,R.Jadeja,SACHIN !!!!!!!!!!he he he(LOL LOUD) come on guys some one has to come from some part of india as selectors ...Some one criticised Badrinath there is no indian bowler in the current ranji and Vijay hazare trophy to stop him from scoringand after all he was bowled out by a world class top bowler.stop the ifs and buts and accept the fact...He is a capable person and will prove it soon. he was in peak form in his early twenties(now he is 29) but the slots were occupied by the big guns Sachin ,Ganguly,Dravid all r fit ...who can replace them .atleast he got an opportunity now to prove him.Again the same selections Vijay,Badrinath,Karthik will be made as long as our bowling attack remains in the range120kmph to 135 kmph coz they will score plenty inour batting wicket

  • durai86 on February 26, 2010, 19:41 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

  • durai86 on February 26, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I agree with ksrdr..Our team selection, for that matter ,every team's selection is based on slot .Murai Vijay do played well in Vijay Hazare trophy and it is unfortunate to miss abhishek nayar probably we could have tested him replacing raina's slot coz he is also a settled oneday batsmen without much fight for his position.I dont find any reasons of favouritism ,afterall, all these years cricket was dominated by only 3 states MUMBAI,DELHI,KARNATAKA and what is wrong in introducing a person from TN.Manish pandey deserved a place in the squad but he is not an opening batsman.You can give chances to =back any body Pujara,pandey ,Dhawan etc....but see the statistics Murali Vijay's current Ranji performances are much better than Pandey,Dhawan,Pujara.See for yourself in Cricinfo and check it with Batting average and innings they have played.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

  • PrinceOfSalem on February 26, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    ksrdr is right. Abhishek Nayar is an allrounder and already we have YUSUF & JADEJA there. and once BHAJJI comes back either one has to sit-out. Where can u find a place for ABHIshek. He is a good utility player, but has to wait for his time. and talking about Favouritsm to TamilNadu players, its not just TN, but the whole of south who have been deprieved for a long time. other the 7 Karnataka players who played in the same Indian team for a while, South players in Indian team was always less. Case where deserving players like Sriram,Sharath,Arjan, Venkatramana W.V.Raman (TN)/ Ambati Rayadu, D.Vasu, Sridhar (Hyderabad,Andhra) etc.. the list in endless. Althoug i wud never say favouritsm is good,. but its high time some amout of favouritsm after years of sidelining. And pls dont forget.. VIJAY is the best of the current lot and is the reason he is the first choice in Tests. and as far as ROHIT is concerned ,, everbody knows he is most talented of the current young ones..

  • geevee97 on February 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    u people r biassed that srikaanth is biassed.. the team contains 5 players from south including the two inclusions now, lets say sachin, sehwag, gambir, yuvraj, harbajan all come in, then only two or max. three south plyers will be in.. srisanhth- madrasi??? get ur facts right mate.. i am not agiainst nayar, i think he shouldnt be handed like this.. but keep in mind that not too long ago murali vijay played aginst australia and scored runs.. we have a very short memory.. and he is probably technically very sound than most others.. he will be the ideal replacement for dravid..dont make comedy statements like shikar dhawan and sangwan, kaif (the most technically weak person to have played for so long for the country) .. all others are good .. manoj tiwary( he got bowled by an yorker by lee... so u would say he doesnt know to play, if u had forgotten that) dont talk about runs alone in domestic crickete.. many are having a good average.. but u can judge a player by the way they play..

  • on February 26, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I am not in favor of anybody.. but can not understand why people always make fuss when players from south are selected.. It has been the case from many years.. I agree that this time lot of players from south are getting the nod where there are many other better players in the country..

  • on February 26, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    i am very happy with the rotational policy practiced by the national selectors, especially with the very talented pool of cricketers that India possess. Its high time the young guns grab their opportunities. I am really happy with the 2 all-rounders that India possess in Yusuf Pathan and Ravindu Jadeja. Looking forward to more fast bowling all-rounders.

  • aryaan on February 26, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    guys just simple on current form i think Abhishek Nayyar Should be Retained in the squad & also manish pandey should picked over rohit sharma. abhimanyu mithun is a good selection as all the bowlers leaking too many runs . Abhishek Nayyar & manish pandey are good striker of the ball look at scorecard of ranji trophy final & bpxi (manish pandey score quick 44 against south africa) also bowlers like r vinay kumar & irfan pathan should be picked. i prefer chawla over mishra & believe me im indian not north south east west

  • on February 26, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    At the end of the day there is politics involved in the selection. I am from Chennai and i have found that there is a regional bias in the process, when the selectors were from North India the south indian players were neglected and now its the other way around. I guess its because these selectors know the players from their respective regions and this has been the trend. Right now even i feel there is a push for south indian players, I have been following cricket for a long time and feel there are players who have performed better than the selected lot.

  • Chestnutgrey on February 26, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Madrasi? what is a madrasi? Keralites are not from madras. It's like calling punjabis biharis. Poor rohit sharma. What more should he do to get dropped? And Abhishek Nayar would've been the worst drinks carrier cum substitue fielder in the side.

  • justjyote on February 26, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    As Irfan is playing well so India should give him a chance; I believe Irfan Pathan has the ability to become a pace bowling allrounder for india. India should not try to play young fast bowlers in a dead rubber; they may get battered and hence loose confidence....new spinners can have a go.....

  • arun-2 on February 26, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    i agree with ksrdr.......all people please use ur brains, instead of tongue... didnt know india had so many fools(referring to comments made by people)........india have started to win after srikanth became selector......

  • shreesoft on February 26, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    COMON SHRIKANTH , YOU DO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS DONT ALLOW PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN A SELECTOR WHO WANTS TO BUILD A TAMILIAN TEAM , IF WE ARE DOING TO MAKE A TEAM FOR 2011 I THINK MOST OF US WANT TO SEE ABHISHEK NAYAR AND MANISH PANDEY IN IT . THE WHOLE INDIAN KNOWS ABOUT THESE 2 AND HAVE SEEN WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED . WHO THE HELL IS MITHUN , SAHA,VIJAY? COMON... YOUR ACT WILL MAKE PLAYERS LIKE ABHISHEK NAYAR TO LOOSE THIER CONFIDENCE . GIVEE HIM A CHANCE AND CONSIDER MANISH PANDEY HE GOT TALENT AND EVERYONE IN INDIA HAS SEEN IT .. THEN WHATS THE POINT OF IPL WHEN YOU CANT RECOGNISE THE PLAYERS WHO PERFORMED WELL . WE ALL KNOW HOW YOUR SELCTED SAHA AND YOUR FAVORITE BADRINATH GOT OUT IN TEST MATCH , THEY HAD NO CLUE ABOUT BY THE TIME THEY REALISED SA TEAM WAS DONE WITH THIER CELEBRATION AND WAS BACK TO THIER FIELDING POSITION ... COMON GIVE MANISH PANDEY AND ABHISHEK NAYAR A CHANCE THEY HAVE PERFORMED WELL...

  • Rasikaa on February 26, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    it is very sad to see again abhishek nayar dropped without getting a chance to prove. dhoni keeps telling that india is lacking fast bowler allrounder but he should start trying like abhishek nayar when he is selected. I believe abhishek is another michael hussy for india who never gives up till end. the way he fielded in the first odi is an true example. I m die hard fan of irfan, very very sad to see him not in the team. I m a south indian, but i want the team who can win matches irrespective of whether he is from north or south. I too accept that murali vijay has got nod ahead of many good players, but everyone who has commented on badrinath is wrong, how can u say without giving him a chance. A player cannot simply score thousands of runs in domestic without talent. Finally selectors, pls select great players like shikar dhawan for odi's and pujara for tests, i want to see them donning india caps. Nonetheless maish pandey from my city,if he shows same consistency in the coming days

  • praveen_pvs on February 26, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    All the guys who has posted the comments has the same opinion. really glad to see that. if Mr. Srikanth is reading all these comments, please understand the pulse of indian cricket fans. It's a tragedy to see abhishek nayar dropped.the way he has performed recently in domestic arena speak itself.Srikanth must think beyond the tamilnadu arena. I am from south. But I am a big fan of nayar, manish pandey and all. please don't waste the talent pool that we have.hope srikanth won't lose the confidence of the cricket fans. Selection panels must not be based on zones.must be based on cricket experiance.then only they can find out the talent. I still don't understand how a selector whose name was never heard anywhere on any acheivements gets in to the selection panel.Hope these people won't spoil the reputation of this sport which is the only one to get a lot of support and finance in india.So this is request. The only sports team which makes india pride consistently must be treated fairly.

  • hollandindian on February 26, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    @ ksrdr I think you got a very strong point here. Those people who are saying Srikanths selection is not right, they should look at your point!!As there is not enough room for more allrounders why select more than 2?? Jadu and Yusuf did a very decent job in the twe matches. As there was no room for Nayar why should he be in de squad. Or should India play with 3 allrounders?? That will unbalance the playing eleven.

  • Zeroin on February 26, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I think we need to stop criticizing the selectors. I mean they are getting the job done here obviously. India #1 test team, #2 in odi. Seriously stop criticizing. Cricket board in not a democracy, they still are a private entity, so the decide who to select. They know better in order to increase revenue, India must be a winning team. And when it is not needed, rest your star talents, give others a chance. Who knows nayar might be injured or has other issues, thats why he didn't make it to team.

  • kannang22 on February 26, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I would like to bring that there is no south/west/north/east- Be Indian, do not blame Krish Srikkanth for his selections, doing his good Job now, comparing to previous selectors, giving chances for the players whom performs well in local matches, thatz it!! Early 90's you can see 80 % of the team members were of West Zone, during that time, did any one raised their voice?? Secondly,he is not pushing lot of southees in the team, bringing out the buddies who were kept at dark these years. During the period of VB Chandrasekar, as one of the selection committe member, was not having any voice for suggestion of southzone players. All the best!, Srikkanth!! Keep going, dont hear unwanted comments.....

  • ithink on February 26, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    An atrocious selection!!!....if selectors keeps on pushing players from their locality,we wont b able to see likes of MS,yuvraj...again.i think manish pandey is playing well and should get a chance early in his career...if a player (young) gets a chance based on his performance, it'll motivate him towards betterment....as both the openers r rested vijay is a good choice as he has d experience of opening the innings...In the bowling front sudeep tyagi is still not tested....

  • asok286 on February 26, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Hi Guys, I think you'r going nuts. How long u will be crying like this Venki,More&rest of selectors did the same giving imptance to North. Why bc not just they're from North, they know abt their players as they're watching them in Ranji etc. Now its same Srikanth is closely watching Southen Players so he's making selection.Now DineshKarthik Proved to be good, Vijay is an opener so he fits the slot, Nayar is middle order but raina,Yosuf, Jadeja as usful in middle then where does Nayar fits? To be frank this selection panel trying with lot of new faces, u cant expect 11 new faces in a team.Let's take the spin catgy - After Kumle/Harbajan do we've an bench strength...NO..Ohja- tried didnt click, Chalwa didnt, Mishra just getting hang, then why not try Aswin.I'm appreacting Kris for trying many options.So just dont be slamg dunk saying Kris favours TN,North was only dominating.Pls Dont forget abt Agarkar/Parthiv.How many chances guys got. Congrats Kris! Well done.Lets sweep SA be No.1

  • black_irshad on February 26, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    i am from tamil nadu but i feel this is disgrace in face of quality bowlers like pragyan ojha munaf it is a shock to see sreesanth being given the ball this will be indias undoing as our bowlers are not capable of picking wickets at the death in the first odi the last 3 batsmen allmost took away a easy game from us and in the second odi they conceded what the rest of SA couldnt do together

  • bluebillion on February 26, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    How is abhimanyu mithun better than Irfan Pathan, RP, Ishant and Munaf? And why on earth would you dropp abhishek nayar without playing him?? He was picked ahead of rohit sharma for the first two ODIs and hence he should be the obvious choice in the dead rubber! He's been shortchanged - hope his confidence doesnt take a beating due to this. WHy does sehwag need a rest? There is just one game to go and there's no specialist opener so shouldnt sehwag be playing? let him rest after sunday - the next tournament is only the ipl which is in mid March - enough time to rest.

  • Adhith on February 26, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    This is the problem with all indians (including me), i would say srikanth is one of the best selectors that we had in the past, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, Amit Mishra, Ashish nehra are all from india, rest all are srikanth's relatives, the guys writing comments should think 1000 times before writing it, M.Vijay, Badri, D.Karthik, R.ashwin, Mithun every one performed well in the domestic and got picked to the international squad, V.Kambli how many chances he got to show his talent, after srikanth no TN player was picked for the national team even after performing in domestic matches, why all these happened, because all biased approach from you North indian guys...., You all are not deserved to talk about srikanth, Overall the team picked by him win matches... thats it

  • Ragas96 on February 26, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar is as much a all-rounder as a Suresh Raina or a Virendra Shewag or a Yousuf pathan is. All of them are batsmen who can bowl a bit. I consider Jadeja more as a bowler who can bat a bit. The excuse that Nayar has been dropped because India has enough all rounders is a load of BS. In the IPL Nayar's batting contribution to Mumbai was far superior to one Mr. Duminy. During the Champions trophy, he got opportunity only in a side match against NZ, still he was the top scorer for India. Even during the current SA tour he was the only one hit a century for Board Presidents XI. This guy is already 26. It would be a shame if Dhoni does to him, what he has already done to Badrinath ... destroy his career.

  • eashwar27 on February 26, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    @ ede3ed2, dude.. whoever u r.. must be frm Nrth India.. no wonder u dunno the diff between Kerala n TN.. al the best dude.. hav a bright future, bein an Indian!

  • greathief911 on February 26, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    what in the world does dhoni have against nayar i cant understand.... pls some writer or someone should raise voice

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    You guys think bad of South indians, What was the team when Selector of Bombay was in the team, i could see a team of only useless Mumbai players whether they have proved or worth of playeing for the country and i had wanted tell you that useless Sreesanth is from Kerala and not from Chennai. ede3ded2 first know things and then talk. I would appreciate if you guys start thinking

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    are the people commenting out of their minds..? how can only srikanth be accused of all selection decisions.. every selector has a vote including captain.. do people think that they know better than wise men who have been playing and watching cricket closely for 30-40 yrs...? Firstly ppl must understand the logic of selecting Nayar or Vijay is to just give an idea of the Indian team dressing room and how things happen.. the list is not a final XI in any case.. secondly selectors act more by instinct than statistics which justifies why Rohit sharma has been selected because they think that he is very talented.. So dont get confused and feel let down by thinking of Nayar, or Pujara.. they will have their time.. If they are not selected then there must be some significant reason and not regional politics...

  • agastalin on February 26, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Sehwag and Tendulkar rested, So a regular opener who has an average of 44.39 in list A matches comes in. Harbajan Singh rested, so an offspinner with an average of 26.73 an an economy of 3.98 comes in. Dinesh Karthik who has performed admirably in the first two ODI's retained for the opening slot. Yusuf and Jadeja are the all rounders in the squad who has better average than Nayar. Tyagi and Mithun are the fast bowlers in the reckoning for some time. Where is the bias or partiality? Show someone who has a better average to take the opening, offspinner and all rounder slot. The only blemish in the selection is Rohit who is out of form and not doing justice to the so called talent he is. And he is not from South, but from Mumbai.

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    WAT HAPPENED... EVEN NOW IRFAN PATHAN CANT GET A CHANCE.... I FEEL SORRY 4 U GUYZ, dis is racism....

  • bnaveen on February 26, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    As a trial Yusuf pathan can also open innings with Karthik. But Murli Vijay need not be given chance.

  • spiritwithin on February 26, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    @ksrdr...if allrounder slot was taken by jadeja & yousuf pathan than y abhishek nayar was selected in da 1st two odi's??he sud hav beed given a chance in 2nd ODI without being dropped...wat ashwin has done which manish pandey or pujara or ojha hav'nt done ??vijay and rohit sharma is selected but y??has they done anything better than pandey or pujara??i will not say regional bias but srikanth is hopeless and we will definitely not improve as a team unless these jokers r removed from selection panels

  • Shejalluvscricket on February 26, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    where is abhishek ... manish pandey .... robin uttappa..what happened to srikanth.. at this age....he experience and his expertise ... his this is not IPL man this is indian v/s south africa....why this champs are not given a chance till now

  • lazyplayers on February 26, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Srikanth is getting ridiculous here. I used to like when he was playing as a batsman. I remember after the first test drubbing he was praisig all the 3 guys that they have done pretty good, while they made scores of 30-50. he should stop judging today's players by his test average standards.

    M. Vijay as a one-day player ahead of Abhishek nayar and Manish Pandey is confounding. Md. kaif cannt get place in top 30, in fact what is M. Vijay doing in top 30 probables when india has 5 ODI openers in Sehwag, gambhir, Tendulkar and karthik. he is pushing Vijay at the throat of Dhoni like he did in tests. Pujara or pandey was more deserving than him to get the test-match berth as reserve. He should come only as an opener, because in middle order there are more deserving players standing. I hope Dhoni teaches him a lesson by keeping him out in tomorrow's match.

  • Srydryn on February 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    to be fair to the selectors, all you guys who are confounding the selectors, pls try to see the logic. Allrounders slot is taken by Yusuf Pathan & Jadeja. there is no room for Abhishek Nayar. Sachin & Sehwag are rested, hence openers are reqd. Karthik played well at No.3, so better to consider him for one slot. Vijay who is an opener is being tested for the other slot. Since Karthik moves up, we need one for the middle order. Rohit Sharma gets the nod ahead of Manish Pandey.

  • on February 26, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    i think indian selector not like indian team winning habit,that why they are mood in keep changing.nayar out of squard,is very much predectable(because not for south)but yusuf,raina and jadeja is sill in team is very difficult to understand,i think they are planning to migrate to south that's why only.any ways all the best dhoni and plz dont change your ipl team,otherwise you will also drop any time.good slection srikant sir,try to put some more south player then they appeal in same way

  • Priyam-Sanjeev on February 26, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Krish Srikkanth is hell bent of giving chances to Tamilnadu players. I don't see why Abhishek Nayar was dropped. Many have reiterated this sentiment in earlier comments. Also why Abhimanyu Mithun when lots of players with International experience are waiting for opportunity, read Munaf, RP Singh, etc. With Rohit Sharma demonstrating a terrible form I cannot stop thinking if Srikkanth's uses his brains. In all probability this guy, if continues to be a selector, will ensure his hopeless son Aniruddha will make it to the team.

    Mishandling of talents like Nayar, Mishra(at times), etc makes me wonder if these people don't have Dhoni's favour.

  • Ragas96 on February 26, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I am disappointed about dropping of Abhishek Nayar.But this is not the first time this has happened to Nayar. In the Comapq cup in Sri Lanka, Nayar was in the original 15 member team. But when Gambhir got injured, Kohli was drafted as replacement & directly walked into the playing 11 instead of Nayar. Nayar did not get a single match in Comapq cup. In the Champions trophy, as usual Nayar was in original 15. This time Yuvraj got injured & Kohli agian walked into the team & the playing 11. Fianaly Nayar got an inconsequential match against WI in the CT. He was given 3 overs. Just to prove a point to Nayar, Dhoni removed his gloves & started bowling from the other end!!!???. Later on Nayar was sent in when India needed just 26 runs to win!!! And I cant help but conclude that Dhoni has a strong bias against Nayar. Why blame Srikant? I hold Dhoni solely responsible Nayar's predicament.

  • gauravkajaria on February 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Shame on parochial Shrikant. Both Murali Vijay & Badrinath were exposed at Eden Gardens against a quality SA attack. It was the ball hitting the bat & not vica versa with these two at the crease. One can only imagine how poorly they would perform in England, Austalia, South Africa etc. The continual backing that Vijay has received is shocking & blatantly unfair. Who will be next from Tamil Nadu? if I were a betting man I would say Anirrudha Shrikant!

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    why seesanth getting loat of chance? because he is madrasi? why murali vijay getting loat of chance? beause......? why badrinath? he deserve that? also because he is ............? sreekanth =madrasi.

  • bnaveen on February 26, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    I agree with "vineet" Abhishek Nayar should be given a fair chance and also one should not forget Ambati Rayudu who is now playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL3 he is also a match winner.

    He has single handedly won ICL1 for Hyderabad Heros.

    Also Irfan Pathan should be given a change.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 26, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    sreekanth selecting tn players and sreesanth. murali vijai is his son

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    srikanth selection policey is very bad it is better to change him.his main aim is to give chance to his son(his playing as a opener for tamil nadu).his give more chance to tamil nadu players.it is better to give chance to manish panday ,pujara,Abhishek Nayar,Shikhar Dhawan,Robin Uthappa (another chance to prove him)Murali Kartik Manoj Tiwary Mohammad Kaif(out after 2006).Pradeep Sangwan

  • mthanveer on February 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    I am from South and I too feel that Srikanth is trying to push in lots of southees in the team. My big question is WHERE IS ABHISHEK ?? If he was not good enough for a dead rubber game, then why he was included in the first two important matches. May be Srikanth knows that in a team with Sachin, Sehwag, etc he is not going to get a chance and may be thats what he wanted. I dont understand how they judge a player without giving a chance to play. And the fate of Manish Pandey ?!!!!!!

  • mthanveer on February 26, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I am from Kerala and I too feel that there is a partiality in the selection. Sreekanth is trying to push lots of southees in the team. My BIG question is Where is Abhishek ?? How he can be removed from the team team without playing a game? Do they judge a player by behind the screen games?? If he is not well enough for the third ODI which is dead rubber, then why he was included in the team for the two important matches. And the fate of Manish!!!!

  • SachTheGod on February 26, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    I loved Kris Srikkanth's batting when he was the opener for the Indian Cricket Team. He was an aggressive batsman and a trendsetter as far as big hitting is concerned. He's also doing a decent enough job as the Chief Selector. But some of his selections are sometimes quite baffling. Similarly I respect dhoni and admire him for the way he handles the team and the captaincy. But I fear the return of Rohit Sharma is mainly due to dhoni. Rohit Sharma is considered to be very close to dhoni. I believe thats what helped him to get into the team. A.Nayar is a great talent as far as his batting talent is concerned. He need not be viewed as an all-rounder. Its really frustrating to see his name out of the Indian team. And again i vouch for Manish Pandey. Man he is a great talent. The selectors should have definitely picked him. I believe he is better than rohit or kohli. I would appreciate the selectors if they pick him in the near future and also A.Nayar who definitely deserves a chance.

  • avudaithangam on February 26, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    People keep telling that srikkanth is biased to South and especially Tamil Nadu. For those who keep on telling this, Just go and have a look at the recent form and experience. Look how TamilNadu and Karnataka keep performing in the domestic tournaments. They are the two best sides in the country now. It is a mistake dropping Nayar instead of rohit. Manish pandey or Badri could have been a better option, but the rest of the selection seems ok. as Dananjayan sys, Its really ease to just type comments. For those People who keep on telling where is manish pandey. where is pujara etc etc just go and compare their records this year with Vijay and Mithun. For those who wants to be harsh on srikkanth, tell one player who does not deserve to be in the squad (Except Rohit)?

  • rhapsody on February 26, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Why is there a bashing on Badrinath?? Probably the only batsman who has consistently scored in domestic cricket for 2-3 years but never got a look-in! Against South Africa he had posted a 50 + in difficult circumstances..He should be given more chances in test cricket so that India will have smooth transition when the fab four - hang up the boots.. I for one believe everyone who performs well consistently on a long term basis in domestic circuit should be given a long rope in Test/ODIS. Sorry to see a lot of them who had posted comments are regionally biased. Manish,Pujara,Abhishek,Rahane all deserve a chance-but they have to wait a little longer. Let them continue to shine in domestic matches when the selectors would be forced to give them another opportunity.Chak-de India.

  • nirav123 on February 26, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    irfan pathan must be in the team...i have freaking no clue why they don't have irfan in the team...he can bat sometimes as well...irfan is definitely better than sreesanth even better than Nehra.....they dont let irfan play consistently...everyone knows in the world....irfan is a better bowler but u dont count one two performances over other performances,,,otherwise player like nehra should be even in the team..dale steyn and parnell can hit sixes in 49th over...the only effective bowler we have is Zaheer khan...i hope, irfan will make into the team by next series...

  • Ajayvs on February 26, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I See some comments questioning the selection of Mithun.Guys get your stats right,he is the highest wicket taker in Ranji season this year and he is a genuienly good bowler.

  • Kashwithcricket on February 26, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    I wonder why Maneesh pandey not picked for 3 ODI. He is sensible cricketer. and 1st Indian to get a century in IPL. He should have been given a chance....

  • PrAnZ on February 26, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Where the hell is Abhishek Nayar?!

  • Ajayvs on February 26, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    For God sake give Manish Pandey his due.He is the highest scorer in Ranji season this year.He is a perfect batsmen for One day format.He is a uncomplicated batsmen,very much in shewag's mould.Bringing in vijay is baffling really,May i ask what merited his selection based on recent performances. Selecting Abishek Nayar and dropping him is inexplicable. Please keep politics off cricket.Dont allot every other test match just because the board president belongs to certain state(Read Nagpur) and dont select certain players just because they belong to certain state. Give genuine talent their due!

  • anil80 on February 26, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    I thought Ranji trophy is a tournament from where the next generation will be emerging other than ofcourse under-19 worldcup and ipl. just have a look at this

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague2009/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=5192;type=tournament

    Mr Yusuf pathan doesnt even feature in this list. Manish pandey and pujara have done better than murali vijay and rohit.

    Indian selectors are just bunch of JOKERS thats all.

    Murali vijay who is gonna open for India will not even be in the 11 for Chennai super kings where as Manish pandey is a match winner for RCB

    well if selection is based on MERIT we need to change the meaning of MERIT from Indian selectors dictionary.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Why has Abhishek Nayar been dropped for the 3rd ODI? Did he drop any water bottles or did he injure his back carrying spare bats ?

  • Jamie007 on February 26, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    What happed to Abishek Nayar and Manish Pandey??? I feel that they should be given a chance in one day format in the absence of Sachin and Shewag.. Both Manish and Abishek are good strikers of the white ball also best suited for ODI's.. Abishek scored 100 in his very first match against SA and Manish scored a breezy half century. Selectors should look into it and give them a chance for the final ODI. Once again the selection panel has done a very poor job.

  • busbybabe on February 26, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    I do hope that the fringe bowlers get a game tomorrow. Nehra and Sreesanth's performances so far have been lacking any kind of consistency. We have needed Jadeja and Pathan to help out to win us the first game and also take wickets. the bench strength needs to be thoroughly tested, esp the rookies we are getting into the squads, there is no use just having them as passengers just for the "experience". Sudeep Tyagi and Mithun should play this match. And having got Rohit back in the squad, give him a game, rest Raina or Dhoni (though who will captain the side if Dhoni doesn't play is a mystery to me!).

  • kuttis on February 26, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Bad selection.No justification for droping abhishek nayar..Nehra and sreesanth are getting beating averymatch and r in the team only for bowling batting 0 and fielding Big 0.Praveen Kumar is droppped for no reason and dhoni has to take rest otherwise he will get injuries and wrld cup is coming near

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    why india made changes after win matches.i think they have to played with winning squad......by the way congrats to sachin

  • PiyushD on February 26, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I thaught it was time to may be rest Jadeja/Pathan and give chance to Nayar, poor chap never gets a good chance.

  • GemsBond on February 26, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    srikanth has gone mad...wht the hell nayar has done wrong and wht rohit has done good? instead manish would hav been a better option...I believ there ill be a day when it will be a TN team not indian team...shame selectors

  • sachinn10 on February 26, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    if d selctors r going to continue to do d same to others like a.nayar...then thier confidence level will be lost....why sreekanth doing this...bcoz he himself and all others know he is giving more importance to his state than indian team....he knows nothing is going to happen if he do d same.... everyone is talkin about a.nayar ,manish pandey.even in neo cricket extra ...so d selectors didnt care wat all others say.... we dont have good fast bowlers...look icc odi bowling ranks...we only have bagi as spin...we r top second team...we dont have a fast bowl in dat list..all r saying we r d top financial cricket board ..so why dont we take a good bowling coach...why we r not thinking of future...is icc ranking is not true?....indian bowlers r practicing bowling for many yrs now also they dont know how to bowl yorker...

  • Veeran123 on February 26, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    This was good team as well. keep up the good work BCI.

  • vineetthechamp on February 26, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    srikanth is gone mad he is developing a tamil nadu team why nayar was dropped without giving him a game which has always been a mysteriuos problem with indian selectors .If we looking for wc 2011 where is manish pandey, pujara

  • indnumerouno on February 26, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    the selection is baffling to say the least...........u hav rohit sharma who scored only a single in the vijay hazare trophy quarterfinal against TN.........and abhishek nayar who scored a century against a full strength protean attack being removed without playing a single game....also he is a good bowler.......and where is a certain manish pandey???abhimanyu mithun's selection is difficult to understand given his list A performances..........

  • busbybabe on February 26, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I am surprised that Manish Pandey has not made it into the squad, if we can pick Yusuf Pathan for his performance in one match (and its not that I grudge him that - he needs the exposure to grow into an international player), then why is Manish not in the team? If the idea was to blood youngsters, then he should have been in the team. Also, when is Dhoni going to get a rest? From here, he goes to the IPL where his franchise will run him dry - and make him play all of the league matches - that's 14 matches minimum and if they qualify further, there is a possibility of another 2 matches - then we go straight into the Worl Twenty20 - anyone thought of giving one of our most consistent performers a rest?

  • 12kris on February 26, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Why do we continue to have players in the squad for a couple of matches and drop them without giving them a chance? Abhishek Nayar is probably the best fielder in the team and probably the best slog over batsman after Yusuf Pathan. He bowls decent medium pace too. Why is he dropped? Sreesanth had a very ordinary trip to Bangladesh and was carted all over in the last match when he limped off the field. I am sure if he didn't sustain an injury, he would have been dropped. But the old ploy of blaming it on an injury when you are playing badly and getting 'fit' in a couple of weeks in time for the next series and saying "I am fit again" masks the bad performance. (Murali Karthik has done it successfully throughout his career). It is time we looked beyond Nehra and Sreesanth and looked to younger players.

  • on February 26, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Cricket selection always is a regional political affair. And i think srikanth is not as worse as the previous chief selector from the North and West Zone where hardly i could remember Dinesh Karthik,VVS Laxman,S Sreesanth and Robin Singh were the players who atleast played more than 10 Internationals from the south zone in the last decade(R Dravid and A Kumble were playing from the 90's) and there are lot of flops to be mentioned starting from the chopra's to singh's to chauhan's. And for now, M Vijay has not been yet tested in the ODI format and he is given a chance and he has not performed in his last 3 Test innings otherwise he is a good batsman and a opener to fill the void which A Nayar is not. Nayar played 3 ODI never got a chance to bat or bowl may be he will get another chance, As of now we have two allrounders in Y Pathan and R Jadeja and he can wait on the bay for his chances.

  • Deenesh on February 26, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    A good squad. Better to test the new faces by choice rather than by force. World Cup approaches, a team is only as good as its bench. For India who are serious contenders for the Cup, a strong bench is crucial. Whats a good bench? On a good day, this bench side should be capable of beating any other teams first XI. High standards, but not unrealistic.

  • on February 26, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    @Tvradke that shows how much domestic cricket you follow.............see the stats first before pointing fingers on some one like Irfan, have u seen his performance in Duleep Trophy - final? if not then go and see it......You can not justify that he can't be the list of 30 probables, He deserves a place in T20 and ODI..............Its clear politics by Chitta

  • on February 25, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    its easy to type and comment on something. Just dont type some non-sense like vijay is an idiot, dhoni is adamant and all. They are all class players, who have made their lives to represent for India. If you can comment here some crap, why dont you go and play for India.

    Everybody is telling Srikanth is doing politics by giving tamilnadu players a chance. When have tamilnadu players have got chance before this inspite of performing well? Only RobinSingh got chance that too at the age of 34.

  • TMSer on February 25, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    I agree with most others, tired of the slecotrs bringing in vijay at every opportunity. WHere is Manish Pandey, Pujara, Dhawan, Rahane , arnt india trying to plan ahead for the next WC? Hopefully Mithun will finally get a start in the playing XI, india already look short on seam bowlers that can bowl accuratley for 10 overs

  • getgopi on February 25, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Geez, we got quite a few whiners in here. When the next chairman of selectors is from North India (or West or East or Central), he will select players from his region. That's how it works.

  • shaurya on February 25, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Hillarious..I just done understand why murali vijay is in the team and nayar was dropped. .I think Srikanth is keen to just make it tamil nadu team than an indian team..Manish Pandey should have been incuded.

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Where do these NIKE bats come from?? I want to order one....

  • Retour on February 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Ind will have to work on playing a combination with 6 batsmen (including wk), 1 bowling all-rounder and 4 specialist bowlers. We can win an ODI series based on our batting strength as the batting can fire in 2 out of 3 games, 3 out of 5 games, etc but to win tourneys like the WC, we need to develop a team that can attack both with the bat and the ball .... In KO games, if batting fails then we are doomed. That's why developing a side with 4 specialist bowlers and 1 bowling all-rounder is important. The top 6 batsmen need to take more responsibility of playing out the 50 overs

  • PrinceTN on February 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Regarding on final ODI...i was little bit happy abt the selection, but why not giving chances to Abishek Nayar. i have seen him playing in IPL. he played very well...he must be included in ODI & Twenty20 matches...instead of Rohit Sharma...use Nayar (he is all-rounder player) i hope he will get his chance to play!

    for batting....i was ok with it...but Murali Vijay plays good but give try someone else like Pandey, Pujara

    for the bowlers....i was happy about the selection, but give them chance to play...Mithun, Tyagi, and Ashwin...we got to test some players before ahead of Twenty20 World Cup and World Cup 2011...the main thing is we got to win every matches! by the way, i was disappointed with the selection on Test Matches against SA....

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THIS , WE JUST ONE 2 odi AND WE RESTED ALL OUR PLAYERS .. COMON WHEN WILL YOU GUYS LEARN , WINNING IS A HABIT AND YOU HAVE TO KEEP WINNING ..AND ITS SO FOOLISH AND IDIOTIC STEP FROM OUR SELECTOR SHRIKANTH THAT HE IS NOT GIVING A CHANCE TO ...ABHISHEK NAYAR .. COMONNN.. HE IS A GR8 FIELDER SCORED GOOD AMOUNT OF RUNS IN DOMESTIC CRICKET U PLAYED HIM IN 12 AND NOW KICKED HIM OUT FOR YOUR GUINEA PIGS (V VIJAY AND ABHIMANYU MITHUN) COMMON.... THIS IS NO POLITICS ... ITS SIMPLE STUPIDITY AND UTTER INCAPABILITY OF SELECTORS TO SELECT A TEAM WITH BETTER PLAYERS .. WE SHOULD NOT REST PLAYERS AT FIRST PLACE .. WE HAVNT WON A WORLD CUP HERE WE JUST WON 2 MATCHES IN OUR OWN BACKYARD .. NOTHING TO CHEER ABOUT IT EXCEPT SACHIN'S 200 .. GIVE A NAYAR A CHANCE TO PLAY.... IF YOU CAN GIVE 1 CHANCE TO SOMEONE LIKE THAT IDIOT SAHA , I THINK ABHISHEK NAYAR DESERVES ATLEAST 10 CHANCES

  • sachin_siva on February 25, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    why ABISHEK NAYAR not in team

  • sachin_siva on February 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    srikanth is playing state game in selection..why ABISHEK NAYAR was dropped...??? think tat srikanth dont want to play ABISHEK NAYAR aginst tamilnadu for MUMBAI he fullfilled his wishes

  • RAMKI2404 on February 25, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Make winning a habit it will help for WC-2011. Why shouldnt we try for whitewash? If the management decides to test the bench strength then try it with players already exists in the team like Abhishek, Tyagi, Ashwin etc.. And coming to rohit I do not understand why and How he gets so many chances. He already played 41 ODI matches for India with 24.82 avg. If we would have given the same chances to any other player by this time they might have cemented thier place in Indian team b/c we have plenty of talent in India where cricket is life. Try Manish Pandey before it gets too Late. He should have been selected for test cricket itself.

  • crikkfan on February 25, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Here is future India team playing! Lets see how the kids do ..

  • harykrishnan on February 25, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    PANDEY AND NAYAR shd have been the ideal replacements for viru and sachin with either karthik or kohli opening the batting with pandey. but wat the hell r the selectors doing! is Murali Vijay a truely deserving candidate for this many chances that he is being given or is it pure regional politcs by srikkanth. also in the bowling front i hope they give chance to both tyagi and mithun in the place of the erratic sreesanth and the so called rested pk. AND IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC BEHIND THE DROPPING OF NAYAR AS SELECTORS KEEP CRYING FOR THE LACK OF GENUINE ALLROUNDER IN THE TEAM AND WHEN THEY FINALLY GET AN ALLROUNDER MATERIAL INSTEAD OF GROOMING HIM ,THE TEAM USES ONLY HIS FIELDING SKILLS, AND HE IS SHHOWN THE DOOR. VERY DISHEARTENING

  • shreesoft on February 25, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THIS , WE JUST ONE 2 odi AND WE RESTED ALL OUR PLAYERS .. COMON WHEN WILL YOU GUYS LEARN , WINNING IS A HABIT AND YOU HAVE TO KEEP WINNING ..AND ITS SO FOOLISH AND IDIOTIC STEP FROM OUR SELECTOR SHRIKANTH THAT HE IS NOT GIVING A CHANCE TO ...ABHISHEK NAYAR .. COMONNN.. HE IS A GR8 FIELDER SCORED GOOD AMOUNT OF RUNS IN DOMESTIC CRICKET U PLAYED HIM IN 12 AND NOW KICKED HIM OUT FOR YOUR GUINEA PIGS (V VIJAY AND ABHIMANYU MITHUN) COMMON.... THIS IS NO POLITICS ... ITS SIMPLE STUPIDITY AND UTTER INCAPABILITY OF SELECTORS TO SELECT A TEAM WITH BETTER PLAYERS .. WE SHOULD NOT REST PLAYERS AT FIRST PLACE .. WE HAVNT WON A WORLD CUP HERE WE JUST WON 2 MATCHES IN OUR OWN BACKYARD .. NOTHING TO CHEER ABOUT IT EXCEPT SACHIN'S 200 .. GIVE A NAYAR A CHANCE TO PLAY.... IF YOU CAN GIVE 1 CHANCE TO SOMEONE LIKE THAT IDIOT SAHA , I THINK ABHISHEK NAYAR DESERVES ATLEAST 10 CHANCES

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is out of T20 World Cup Team..............Chitta is only selecting South India team.................Shame on you

  • Richvii on February 25, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Srikanth is playing politics. what was the rationale of sleceting Nayar for the first 2 matches and then dropping him for the last match. Is mR dhoni behind it? Stop this nonsense. On what basis Ashwin has got included. In the last 12 months Nayar has performed better than Ashwin . Ashiwin is from south- that is the only qulaification he brings to the table. Srikanth is playing politics. he dropped Kartthik during the test selection and included wriddhiman and badrinath- who is an useless player, which backfired! BCCI please stop this politically driven selection. Get someone like Vengsarkar who truly recognized talent and changed the face of indian cricket the world over. BTW-Srikanth is known as the most corrupt cricketer in the business circles in India and he is living by that reputation king size as a head of selection committee. Shame on you Srikanth for playing with teh careers of talented and dedicated cricketers like Abhishek Nayar, Rahane, Pujara etc.

  • svinodmenon on February 25, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    When Australia toured India they almost replaced 5 players and still won the cup. Unless we try our bench strength we cannot produce good players. The best example is the first test between ind & SA. We need to replace injured Dravid, Yuvaraj and Laxman. Replaced player not have much experience in int cricket so hence we lost the match. Selectors done a good job by picking M Vijay, R Ashwin & Mithun. Vijay can play big innings, Ashwin is a good allrounder. Mithun a very good fast bowler. They really deserved. I also hope S Tyagi get a chance in the final 11. S Tendulkar is no more a regular player in odi as he consentrate more on the 2011 WC. So he plays only the important matches. Sehwag had a sore back. He played with the injury. So there is a point to rest both of them.

  • svinodmenon on February 25, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    When Australia toured India they almost replaced 5 players and still won the cup. Unless we try our bench strength we cannot produce good players. The best example is the first test between ind & SA. We need to replace injured Dravid, Yuvaraj and Laxman. Replaced player not have much experience in int cricket so hence we lost the match. Selectors done a good job by picking M Vijay, R Ashwin & Mithun. Vijay can play big innings, Ashwin is a good allrounder. Mithun a very good fast bowler. They really deserved. I also hope S Tyagi get a chance in the final 11. S Tendulkar is no more a regular player in odi as he consentrate more on the 2011 WC. So he plays only the important matches. Sehwag had a sore back. He played with the injury. So there is a point to rest both of them.

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    players like pandey , dhawan , pujara , etc must shift their residence to tamil nadu coz if dey want 2 debut for india they must represent tamil nadu or chennai superkings . if they cant able 2 dat they must take retirement from international cricket. sorry for

  • tvradke on February 25, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Devdip, I used to like Irfan Pathan but now I agree with the selectors. Irfan is no longer good enough. He needs to be good enough to merit selection either as a bowler or as a batsman and do the other decently. He is not really good enough anymore at either. He cannot be trusted to bowl 10 overs regularly. And he cannot be trusted to play out 25 overs. So he doesn't fit anymore. When he was a top quality bowler and could bat a bit, he was a proven match-winner. Now he just needs to find his range with either the ball or the bat before he merits his way into the Indian side. Nayar getting dropped is a joke although Rohit Sharma should have been in the squad to begin with if he was the chosen one to try out. It is generally a really stupid idea to select a player and then drop him without giving him a chance. To be fair, Rohit Sharma has the most talent of the youngsters and is a big hope for the future but then atleast persist with him instead of bringing him in and out of the side.

  • Tallboy on February 25, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Amit Mishra should be Given a chance for the Last ODI to improve his Confidence in future. India shouldn't have taken Proteas that Lightly .

  • NewYorkCricket on February 25, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    An inconsequential team for an inconsequential match... Everybody is in IPL mode now.. including the South Africans... Yes buy why was Nayar dropped without playing a match and Rohit Sharma was taken after scoring 0 and 1 recently.. cannot be regional polictics.. don't know what it is...

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Why drop Praveen Kumar...makes no sense!!

  • killyou on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @MadeInIndia and Akhil Goel are same guy posing comment from 2 diff ids. LOL @ u man(d). He just changed his name but the style of writing and the msg he trying to post remains same. I guess he's mouthpiece of pujara and nayyar.

    its like seeing an Indian movie where hero comes in 2 characters with only a black mole in his face to differentiate. LOL

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    seriously whats wrong with the selectors why are they so keen on having murali vijay in the squad when there are better options available to them his own domestic teammate abhinav mukund, mumbai's rahane and manish pandey of karnataka are openers in better form and much more suited to the format... why did they have to drop abhishek nayar without giving him an opportunity, this guy has great potential to be a genuine all rounder and this season his form has been excellent in the domestic circuit so when the selectors want to experiment in the final one dayer why not with him why go back to rohit sharma.. and finally it will be really unfair on mithun if he is not given a chance to play in the final one dayer wats the use of selecting him if you are not going to play him, so he should play alonh with tyagi, both of them deserve a chance

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    i really dont understand the temperament of board selecting group b players, when a team like Australia never select b team even for a dead rubber and this makes them lethal in any format of game, why dont India do the same and continue to play with their best players, if we can follow scoring at over 4 RPO in test then why not selecting the best team..

  • sahil_cricrazy on February 25, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    What the hell has happened to Robin Uthappa???????He's far more talented than a lot of these youngsters and he's age on his side as well....Such a gr8 talent getting wasted.....pity.........

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    exactly selectors are ready to force karthik or kohli to open and failure such as VIJAY who dissapointed in tests, but will never give chance to one like SHIKHAR DHAWAN or MANISH PANDEY, and they will never get away their love from ROHIT SHARMA who has failed consistently against some one like PUJARA or RAHANE who have done tremendously well in domestic seasons.....and NAYAR who has also done so well at domestic level and only player to score a hundred against AFRICA in tour game, but they will keep just as 12th MAN to field for lethargic people like sehwag and others or else dropping him off without playing a game for no reason...and that also if they feel moody regarding that....this kind of SHIT SELECTIONS are only expected form INDIAN SELECTORS...

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Its reallly SAD to see someone like ABHISHEK NAYAR not getting his dues, and likes of CHETESHWAR PUJARA and SHIKHAR DHAWAN getting ignored again and again, selectors will never learn from their lesson of 1st TEST against SOUTH AFRICA, where bad selection cost them the MATCH. MURALI VIJAY, BADRINATH, ROHIT SHARMA getitng opportunities time and time again while their performance not letting team performance down but entire NATION as well...i don't understand a player likes of PUJARA, RAHANE, KAIF etc. who have scored consistently from years and years is getting underestimated against players likes VIJAY who just played couple of first class games and getting cap sooner. TEAM INDIA is always gald to play KARTHIK as an opener as middle order and as a keeper if needed, why is this going on for soo long are we really out of proper genuine batsmen?? which is making us to do soo....this kind of selections only TEAM INDIA gonna suffer the most.

  • k7shah on February 25, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @ MadeInIndia....u r surely noot made in india.. since u have no idea how team gets selected.. Its all upto to sreekanth to decide which players will play and which one wont... i am quite sure u r a dhoni basher/hater... and u are searching for chances to bash him everywhere..... lol @ ur comments...quite pathetic to say the least.... To the selection commetee, u've proved that u can never be ACB. did they give Rickey ponting or hussey or watson rest after winning 4-0 against pak....giving rest to sehwag and PK is beyond me....thank you sreekanth u just ruined our chance to whitwash SA...

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    gud opertunity for Vijay, Mithun and Rohit to proove the metal..... As they r now future of indian cricket. I want Rohit to do well................

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    they should have given chance to robin uttapa

  • mr.cricinfo on February 25, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    c'mon guyz....cant criticize selection panel for addition of M.Vijay.With both Viru and Tendy out,the team definitely needs a specialist opener!!!

  • Devdip on February 25, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Where is IRFAN PATHAN. I think he should be given a chance to prove himself. he is a good allrounder and can be usefull in the 2011 WC

  • StreetCricketer on February 25, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Dhoni and Srikkanth have more trust in Rohit Sharma and Vijay respectively. But, a couple of cricinfo readers prefer Abhishek Nayar and Manish Pandey respectively. Whose opinion should team India consider first? That is not a huge quandary, is it? Nayar and Pandey are good players, but so are Sharma and Vijay. People should take their time before wagging fingers. Some seem to have their fingers pre-wagged.

  • wallstreet on February 25, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    SA did no favor to us when we toured them in 2006...thrashed us 4-0...But,I think we treat our guests very well, hence this new look squad.Whitewashing opportunities are very rare why waste it..And yes i do feel sorry for Nayar...Probably Badrinath in Pyjamas

  • IPL_is_Thrash on February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    If this Selection is free of politics and Chairman of Selectors, Srikkanth has total nod, then it is ok and acceptable. If there is any pressure from any quarters then it should be handled. But who will do this all ?

  • gaurang_4040 on February 25, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    If we leave bizarre selections, still can't understand the reason for dropping Pravin Kumar. Apart from Zahir, he only looked like bowling with some common sense.

    Nehra & Sree badly need to prove themselves. They bowl some really good balls. But at the same time, far too many boundary balls give all the momentum required by opposition. And it ultimately kills the efforts put in by batsmen.

  • frozeninusa on February 25, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    There is no method to this madness. There is no plan for the world cup. If India does win the world cup next year, it will not be because of good planning and certainly the selectors shouldn't be given any credit. Why is there a need to rest so many at the same time? There is another ODI to be played against a team like SA. Surely a couple of youngsters should be given chances now that the series is won. But we already had plyers like Tyagi and Abhishek Nayar in the original squad. Shouldn't we still try to win the match? It is unfair to South Africa also. Will they really get the satisfaction even if they win this match?

  • Syed4cricket on February 25, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    I dont Understand why the selectors are doing this. I am a BIG fan of Indian Cricket and I am very dissappointed to see these changes. This was an excellent opportunity to give Abhishek Nayar a fair chance, what they have done instead is bring along Rohit Sharma and play Yusuf Pathan who were responsible for India's debacle at the Champions Trophy last year. I know both have exceptional talents but how many chances will they get. What India needs is two or three good all rounders who can bat with a strike rate of 80 and bowl 10 overs with 4-5 runs average.Rohit is hugely out of form and Yusuf is good for domestic cricket only. I am surprised that in a country with this huge cricket loving population they cant find a few fast bowlers. They are still continuing with pre historic Ashish Nehra who at one time was not fit enough to play for Delhi.. leave alone India. He just leaks runs in 4's and 6's which is clearly written on his back #64... so thats what he gives 4's and 6's...

  • riproar on February 25, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    sheer inconsistency shown by the selectors. What did they expect abhishek nayar to have gained by sitting in the benches for two matches and then asked to make way for some one else......when will the "wise men" learn?

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    praveen kumar has not bolwed 90 overs in a day. Rest to players like praveen kumar is not at all needed. If abhishek nayar was not the first option replacement then why was he kept in the team for the first two matches. If you're to rest some persons then play your first replacements.

  • edward_smythe on February 25, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Someone better be working on a plan to have Irfan ready by 2011... He is the only genuine pace-bowling all-rounder prospect out there, and could be a future India captain if handled well.

  • on February 25, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    I truly believe M. Pandey should have been picked in place of R. Sharma and A. Nayar should have been retained in place of M. Vijay apart from these two I believe it's a good team.

    I surely don't understand Sharma and Vijay getting picked after some mediocre performances, guess it's no rocket science to understand it !!

  • RahulGandhi on February 25, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    nice selection, considering series is already won..... SA are ofcourse down on confidence....lets give youngsters a decent shot before T20 WC. To many, Irfan is injured...

  • pravinkh on February 25, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I think Vinay kumar should be selected instead of A Mithun as Vinay Kumar has been doing better in list A matches and he can also cart a few over the boundary ropes. I am not sure why the selectors are selecting players based on very littel first class or list A experience. Players should be groomed through the first class structure before giving them the India Cap.

  • arasan000 on February 25, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I THINK SREESANTH AND NEHRA SHOULD BE RESTED AND TYAGI AND ASHWIN SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE AND SHEWAG SHOULD NOT BE RESTED........

  • GauthamVA on February 25, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    india and dead rubber matches never come good... resting sachin and sehwag , i guess this team might struggle in the last game... and nice its that youngsters are getting a look in!

  • on February 25, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Never seen a more biased chairman of selectors' than Krishnamachari Srikant. What have Vijay and Ashwin done that Chiteshwar Pujara and Abhishek Nayar haven't ? Vijay and Ashwin are in the team simply because they belong to Tamilnadu, the home state of the chairman. Vijay failed miserably against South Africa in the Test series and hasn't done anything worthwhile since then. Nayar and Pujara should start playing for Tamilnadu if they hope to play for India !

  • drsandeepsurendran on February 25, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Excellent Raw team!! Exposure at this level will only improve them because higher the challenge, more will the some one can rise to meet. Bowling to the on batting wickets to top class batsman in a match situation will only further our bowlers development. Same goes for our batsmen. Facing bowlers of Steyn class will only help them grow. As Vijay and Badrinath himself found out in the Test Series, international cricket is quite different from domestic cricket.

  • anil80 on February 25, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Vijay does not deserve to be selected for sure. mithun has been picked but will not be played rohit is in no great form too srikanth has lost it totally manish pandey(new selection),nayar and tyagi should have been the replacement for the rested players. They were the most deserving surely.

  • RaviKarri on February 25, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Where is IRFAN, We need him for 2011 World cup Don't we need him??

  • 11deepaks on February 25, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    The selectors have done it again...........why they dropped Nayar no body kn ows....u picked a guy...he warm bench 4 two games (also save a crucial boundary in last over at jaipur) and drop him to bring Mithuns & Sharmas whpo were earlier metted out similar treatment............someone rightly once said them a bunch of jokers......

  • MadeInIndia on February 25, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    ABHISHEK NAYAR, the only CENTURION in the presidents XI match against South Africans is DROPPED??

    ROHIT Sharma a repeated FAILURE is given ANOTHER chance.

    All THANKS TO DHONIS Politics. Selectors are not to be blamed.

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    srikkanth does it again vijay after his flops in tests comes again tamil nadu chennai superkings zindabaad , manish pandey should have been given a chance, why was abhishek nayar selected then if he had to be dropped but its vijay man, so another one sacrifised

  • rips4u on February 25, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Why in the world would they rest in rhythm bowler Praveen Kumar. He has continued to be doing well recently.. I seriously believe they should groom players like this for the next year WC in India..decent swing bowler who can bat a bit....

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    it's good for indian team to rotate. i hope, india will had the best XI to WORLD CUP

  • Neeta on February 25, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Selectors make the same errors time and again.Rohit Sharma doesn't deserve to be in the team on account of his recent performances in Ranji one-dayers.Abhisek Nayar has been given a raw dealby the selectors.The man has been in superb form and also scored a century against the south africans in their tour match.Shikhar Dhawan deserves a chance at this level.he has been in good form throughout the season and not to mention Manish Pandey as well.

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    It is nice to see sachin and shewag getting rest and opportunities for new talented young guns...I would always prefer Sachin playing the team..He is the god of cricket:)

  • Balaji.B.Krishnan on February 25, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    How many times do you get a chance to white wash a top side like South Africa? Really can't understand the selection policy.Experimentation at what cost? The only regular batsmen who will be playing are Suresh Raina and M S Dhoni. Why are both Sachin and Sehwag rested? I am sure with this kind of form Sachin would have probably scored one more century.A wasted opportunity, really

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    We are being good hosts!! We defeated them by 150 runs in the last match, now by putting up this team, we are giving them an opportunity to return the favour. Why do we give the India cap so easily to players who have not earned them is beyond comprehension!!

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Resting shewag's is okay...but why sachin ? he should have been included in the team without resting as he is in good form and would have scored another century and added to his tally :) jai ho sachin :)

  • indiawillwin1234 on February 25, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Few funny comments, all new kids are selected for 12th man duties. No one is going to get game. It is free tour and showing how much they cam make if they are going to make it to top level. On top of that it is free tour with top players and to get feel of international dressing room. It is experience building and confidence building excersize and also warning and encouragement that you have to be consistent or you will be dropped as 100s in waiting. Few will get passport to games right away only they see exceptional technique. otherwise be 12th man for a while before get a game, while performing in domestic cricket. In short it is more like, you perform good in domestic, you will get free tour and backstage pass for International game, rather than game itself. Also, as in case with last few fast bowlers, when they were rushed in, failed after one or two seasons, for unknown reason, drop in pace, too much feeling of getting game every time, or just spending huge amount of money.

  • MadeInIndia on February 25, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Why is ABHISHEK NAYAR dropped? He is the BEST DOMESTIC ALLROUNDER India got and he played well against the South Africans in the Presidents XI making a century (He was the ONLY centurion).

    It is really a pity that a FAILURE ROHIT SHARMA is bought again instead of giving chance to NAYAR.

    Dhoni seems to be too EGOISTIC and ADAMANT in his views. He got rid of GANGUly and DRAVID out and now playing these stupid political games to have his say in the team.

  • on February 25, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    @benjamin Agree that mithun's list A record is not so good , but he has proved his mettle in Ranji , on the basis of his performance he deserves the place

  • Alter.G on February 25, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    16 fringe players who deserve their chance in ODIs, on current domestic form and/or by virtue of being benchwarmers in the squad Some serious talent in there, but many may never ever get to prove themselves. SAD, very SAD.: 1. S Dhawan 2. A Mukund 3. M Vijay 4. M Pandey 5. C Pujara 6. A Nayar 7. N Ojha (wk) 8. R Ashwin 9. Irfan Pathan 10. S Tyagi 11. Vinay Kumar 12. G Satish 13. S Goswami 14. Parthiv Patel 15. A Mithun 16. P Chawla

  • crictejas on February 25, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Wow. This is the problem with indian cricket. Team selection is completely dependent on Head of Selection committee. Kris Srikanth is now pushing all the players from South zone. You can see M.Vijay, Ashwin getting the call. S. Badrinath got the call in test. Where as Abhishek Nayar not getting a chance. The same thing happened when Kiran More was Head and he push all the players from West Zone. BCCI should stop this partiality and start playing fair game on selection. That would be better for future of indian cricket. Hopefully somebody is listening...

  • shashirahul83 on February 25, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Its a good move by BCCI, a kind of calcualted risk time.. worth testing fresh talents.... I welcome the BCCI's decision of selecting Mithun, may be they should hav also given chance to Vinay kumar.... anyways, K'taka gonna miss Mithun for the semi finals match against Bengal on Saturday, but it will be a worth a miss if he is gonna get a chance to play in final XI on the dead rubber in Ahmedabad... question is will he gonna get a chance? I would have also preffered Pandey or Pujara instead of Muruli Vijay...

  • kalyanbk on February 25, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I don't see Murali Vijay as a ODI opener. Perhaps Robin Uthappa is a better choice. I don't know what Rohit Sharma has done to get so many chances. Perhaps Kaif or Irfan Pathan or Abhishek Nayar would have been a better choice. I can understand trying youngsters out in a dead rubber, but we shouldn't lose the match.

  • on February 25, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Haha, just to put this into perspective, Tendulkar makes 200 in an ODI, and is removed from the aquad for the next game, bizarre!!

  • methecupid on February 25, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    surely enough their state sides need them for the Vijay Hazare Cup - do Mithun & Vijay. The only reason he gets a look in is probably because India goes in with no specialist openers... this notion of make-shift openers seems to be catching up so much so they do away with the concept of openers altogether??? If we really do need to experiment, its with the bowling - because the top 6 batsmen choose themselves! I would like to see both Mithun & Tyagi being blooded in alongside Nehra/ Sree. But you definitely need a better spinner than Ashwin... he can't turn off the light, forget about the ball.....!

  • Mcroos on February 25, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Sachin need a rest accepetable why shewag? Indian team always do this mistake once they won a match they will rest there est players,,, look at austraila they never do that thats why we consider they are the best..

  • on February 25, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Seems like Indian selectors are experimenting too much here by resting both sachin and sehwaq. In batting department we are already short of yuvi and gambhir. Looking at the given squad i can say only Dhoni has proved himself as a consistent performer. Every other batsman in the team haven't even cemented their place in the side. Two or three bad performance can easily chuck them out of the playing eleven.

    Adding to it, If dhoni follows the same 6 Batsmen, 2 all rounder,3 bowler approach, every batsman who has been named in the squad will get their ticket. Hoping that virat,rohit and most importantly dhoni will play the most crucial anchoring role and help india to bat out all 50 overs.

  • premendrasinghal on February 25, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I THINK INDIAN CRICKET BOARD DOESN'T LIKE TO CLEAN SWEEP 3-0

  • TigerBala on February 25, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I lost count of number of players who were called up and dropped without getting a chance. The latest is Abhishek nayar. He shd have definitely played the last game. I just hope Tyagi replaces Sreesanth and Ashwin gets a look in as well.

  • Bhanuka on February 25, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    India will surely win the series 3-0 and Dhoni surely will be a good captain and a batsman.JAI HAI DHHONI!

  • vinodkd99 on February 25, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    I hope this match does not turn somewhat the first test at Nagpur. BCCI is picking players when even thier Chief Selector does not mean to play some of them actually. In other words when we are without the services of 4 people on account of injuries, leaving few more for the sake of rest is really ridiculous. Poor planning as always by BCCI.

  • vswami on February 25, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    This is almost a second XI. Its great that so many youngsters are getting a chance to show what they have got.

  • Nampally on February 25, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    If the selectors really like to see a change in the team the following 11 should play; Karthick, Vijay, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Sharma, Jadeja, Mishra, Nehra, Mithun, Tyagi. There is no point in including the youngesters in the squad without ever giving them a chance to play. Yusuf Pathan had too many chances and has failed. He should be out. Sreesanth is very erratic and unless he improves his length and direction he should be out as well. Mishra & jadeja are both economical slow bowlers who can bowl 20 overs at 4 runs/over or less. It is better to have bowlers bowling to their field than spraying the ball all over in a meanigless manner. Young fast bowlers like Mithun & Tyagi need experience by playing NOT by sitting on bench. If they bowl well, the fast bowler problem will be solved. The selectors included many promising players in the squad without ever playing them. This attitude should change- especially for fast bowlers & even for spinners. Indian bowling needs revitalizing NOW.

  • on February 25, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Since our chief selector is from Tamil Nadu, most of the players are from the same region. Like Dinesh Karthik, M. Vijay, Badrinath.... Please select according to their performance. Abhishek Nair has forgotten..... It's unfair.Vijay is not deserve his position in the ODI nor in test.

  • splendorskies18 on February 25, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    The BCCI have done it yet again!!!They have dropped Abhishek Nayar for no reason and they have picked Rohit Sharma for no reason..I seriously don't know what's going on.How many chances will Rohit Sharma get???It looks as if the selectors have taken the team based on the recent performances of players.Rohit Sharma failed in todays game against Tamil Nadu.He made just one,Subramaniam Badrinath on the other hand made a century(105 in 90 balls) and he deserves to be in the team more than Rohit.This is absolutely ridiculous!!!Rohit Sharma gets too many chances!!!BCCI needs to do something here....

  • mclaren_rules on February 25, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Relax guys. First of all there is nothing wrong in experimenting especially when a series is sealed. Who knows maybe a Tendulkar likes will be born from one of these players. Moreover the squad above is not a list of who is playing. Relax and enjoy the game. If young talent is not tested in situations like this it will never be.

  • Ilin on February 25, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    no regular team....wow.no single player of early 2000 or before 2005,except ashish nehra.in the name of experience,there is nehra and dhoni.its the real test of dhoni's captaincy that will prove not only his capabilities as a skipper but also clarify that how much team india depends upon the biggies like sachin, viru, yuvraj, gambhir, harbhajan etc.and murali vjay and stingless spinner ashwin are in just because of srikant's blessings for tamil players{regionalism in indian cricket is not new} as u can see that vijay and ashwin got the chances ahead of awaited and inform players like kaif, shikhar dhawan, rohit sharma, tanmay srivastava, manish pandey, bhuvnesh kumar,abhi nayar and even uthappa.although uthappa is not in form,right now but when he was in,then srikanth never calls him.when this regionalism will finish in indian cricket,then we'll be truly no.1.

  • on February 25, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    it's realy nice to see new player in 14squad .next year we hav world cup so it's good for our bench strenth .hopefully these new player will perform well and convert this oppertunity .

  • rairatank on February 25, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    I totally agree with Ben Prabhu. How player can be selected and then disappear from the team without playing a single match. I mean nayar was drop from the team for no reason, and Praveen Kumar who played after Srilankan one day series and argubly best Indian Pacer against Africa in First two matches, why was he needing rest after playing only two ODI. if you want to drop somebody to select Mithun and to play Tyagi in the 11 (which he deserve after being in the wing regularly from last 6 month), it should be player who are not performing,Nehra and Sreeshant (check their last 6 month ODI record).Selectors, please show some common sence to select a team.

  • SachTheGod on February 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    ooh. I thought that Abhishek Nayar would be given the chance to play in the final ODI. But as it turned out, he has been dropped from the team and has been replaced with Rohit Sharma which is very unfortunate. Just think what would be going thro' his mind. He would have been looking forward to a chance and now he is dropped. Quite puzzling. What has rohit done recently to get a recall? Another case is Manish Pandey. The Next Big Thing in Indian Cricket i believe. He is not getting his chances that he deserves. He is a great fielder and technically very sound. Hope one day he makes into the Indian team and it should be sooner than later for the welfare of the Indian Team. Finally they have picked a team to lose the final ODI which is not right.

  • ElementaryJeeves on February 25, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    It's completely absurd, i presume it is an oversight but what happened to Abhishek Nayar? Surely his name is on the list and he should be first choice replacement ahead of Rohit Sharma and M Vijay as he was in the original squad albeit as an allrounder.

  • prabwal on February 25, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    No Abhishek Nayar...! U have to be kidding....! Dropped without being tested ? Wow...! Indian selection pane members are regularly making blunders now a days...no surprise...

  • Kml789 on February 25, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Shocked at the exclusion of Abhishek Nayar here, the selectors are really messing him about with there decisions. It makes no sense as to why he has been used essentially as a waterboy when he could have been playing for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare trophy (where they greatly missed him). Now Mumbai are knocked out of the trophy, and Nayar is left stranded in no-mans land with no competitive cricket for him until the IPL.

  • henchart on February 25, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    These changes have been made to enable SA achieve consolation win before leaving the shores of India.Australia have won 9 ODI games on trot with no signs of complacency but here are the great Indians,more eager to take the foot of the pedal even if the opposition is not expecting the same.

  • Jayseetharaman on February 25, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    What about Vinay Kumar? He did so well for a long time, and he has very good track record. Mithun may be right choice for longer format and Vinay is right choice for ODIs. Also without 7 top player, you are indirectly giving the match to the opponent. Either Sehwag or Sachin should played in the XI. Anyway let hope some miracle from Vijay or in form Rohit.

  • vsrajan on February 25, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Again a thoughtless selection....... What wrong Abishek Nayar did in the last 2 ODIs? He was not even given a chance to play and he was dropped. If Karthik and Kohli can open the batting, why we need Vijay, who is essentially a Test player? What did Rohit Sharma do to get selected again?? Mithun is again selected and will not be in the playing XI - why pick him from the state side where he could get match practice at-least? Simply to warm the bench??? If at all any youngster to be tried, we should have taken Cheteshwar Pujara who hit a century just today against Bengal and he has been consistently scoring runs for Saurashtra. No need to call a "sleepy" Rohit Sharma who has time and again proved useless for International matches except his debut series in Australia. Again a BRAINLESS THOUGHT IN THE SELECTION PROCESS...............

  • stunningseshu on February 25, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    srikanth is stupid selector ever i have seen, he is only concentrating on his state players, and many talented players losing opportunity, its very unfair to drop nayar with out playing single game.. this is rubbish...

  • bluebillion on February 25, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Why is sehwag rested? it isnt as if he's done too much in the one dayers. Alsom with sachin and gautam missing, why rest the 3rd specialist opener especially with only one game to go - cant he have his rest sunday onwards? after all, the next series is the IPL which is only in mid march!

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    This looks like India A or better India B. Except Dhoni none of the other 13 can claim that they are a regular in the team. This is like giving a parting gift to SA before they leave India so that they come back for the IPL. Anyways Best of Luck to the team and hopefully we surprise everyone..

  • Rajit on February 25, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    No Abhishek Nayyar? I don't see Ashwin or Mithun playing..might as well keep Nayyar in the team & send Ashwin and Mithun to do domestic duty for their state teams in the all important SF & Final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy....who is going open with Vijay?Perhaps Karthik.. but they should have tried some other opener like Rahane or even Shikhar Dhawan...

  • manasvi_lingam on February 25, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Poor selection. With Tyagi, Sreesanth and Nehra already around why is Mithun there as well? He hasn't got a very good record in limited overs cricket since he tends to leak too many runs. And someone like Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay might be good players but there are players with better limited overs form: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shrrevats Goswami (also serves as a wk), Ganesh Sathish deserved their chances. If not them, at least Vijay's place could have gone to Mukund. And Mithun's place could have gone to someone like Abdulla, who offers a left arm spinning allrounder option. And what is poor Nayar doing, in and out of the side without even getting a chance? We lack a pace bowling batting all rounder and Nayar is the best one around.

  • Santhosh3186 on February 25, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    So its Vijay who is assured of an ODI debut. India now has to look into the new generation of bowlers and also give chance to Ashwin and Ojha more

  • 11Noobs on February 25, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Vijay was a surprise... but it's time to experiment. Hopefully Mithun or Tyagi get a game.

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    mithun doesnt deserve to get picked based on his record....8 games with a average of 45....what are they doing, pitting him up against gibbs, kallis, de villiers and boucher?? is there no other deserving bowler in domestic cricket??

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    where is abishek nayar?? he shud have got a chance in this game...it is so unfair that a guy is dropped without getting a chance to play a game...ther is no way ashwin is gonna play..might as well kept nayar in the team...this must be a huge blow to him....

  • ABP235 on February 25, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    This is how the selectors spoil talented cricketers by messing around. Best example is about Mithun who was selected for one test and dropped without even playing. Now, as he was helping his team Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare trophy, he has been taken out and exposed to the limited overs format. Whether or not he plays or performs, he will not be a starter for the next ODI for sure. Unless of course he bags a 4 wicket haul which is unlikely anyway. His type of bowling is suitable for the longer version - he also shows enough stamina to bowl long spells. There was no need for Mithun especially with 3 pacers already in, Tyagi still not tested and the batsman oriented pitches that kill even great bowlers like Steyn as we saw in the 2nd ODI. Also, Karthik (or Kohli) will be forced to open now as 3 regular openers are missing which may ruin Karthik's very good rhythm playing at No.3. Frequent shifting between tests, ODIs and T20 has affected many bowlers - one best example was Harbhajan.

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  • ABP235 on February 25, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    This is how the selectors spoil talented cricketers by messing around. Best example is about Mithun who was selected for one test and dropped without even playing. Now, as he was helping his team Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare trophy, he has been taken out and exposed to the limited overs format. Whether or not he plays or performs, he will not be a starter for the next ODI for sure. Unless of course he bags a 4 wicket haul which is unlikely anyway. His type of bowling is suitable for the longer version - he also shows enough stamina to bowl long spells. There was no need for Mithun especially with 3 pacers already in, Tyagi still not tested and the batsman oriented pitches that kill even great bowlers like Steyn as we saw in the 2nd ODI. Also, Karthik (or Kohli) will be forced to open now as 3 regular openers are missing which may ruin Karthik's very good rhythm playing at No.3. Frequent shifting between tests, ODIs and T20 has affected many bowlers - one best example was Harbhajan.

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    where is abishek nayar?? he shud have got a chance in this game...it is so unfair that a guy is dropped without getting a chance to play a game...ther is no way ashwin is gonna play..might as well kept nayar in the team...this must be a huge blow to him....

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    mithun doesnt deserve to get picked based on his record....8 games with a average of 45....what are they doing, pitting him up against gibbs, kallis, de villiers and boucher?? is there no other deserving bowler in domestic cricket??

  • 11Noobs on February 25, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Vijay was a surprise... but it's time to experiment. Hopefully Mithun or Tyagi get a game.

  • Santhosh3186 on February 25, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    So its Vijay who is assured of an ODI debut. India now has to look into the new generation of bowlers and also give chance to Ashwin and Ojha more

  • manasvi_lingam on February 25, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Poor selection. With Tyagi, Sreesanth and Nehra already around why is Mithun there as well? He hasn't got a very good record in limited overs cricket since he tends to leak too many runs. And someone like Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay might be good players but there are players with better limited overs form: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shrrevats Goswami (also serves as a wk), Ganesh Sathish deserved their chances. If not them, at least Vijay's place could have gone to Mukund. And Mithun's place could have gone to someone like Abdulla, who offers a left arm spinning allrounder option. And what is poor Nayar doing, in and out of the side without even getting a chance? We lack a pace bowling batting all rounder and Nayar is the best one around.

  • Rajit on February 25, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    No Abhishek Nayyar? I don't see Ashwin or Mithun playing..might as well keep Nayyar in the team & send Ashwin and Mithun to do domestic duty for their state teams in the all important SF & Final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy....who is going open with Vijay?Perhaps Karthik.. but they should have tried some other opener like Rahane or even Shikhar Dhawan...

  • on February 25, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    This looks like India A or better India B. Except Dhoni none of the other 13 can claim that they are a regular in the team. This is like giving a parting gift to SA before they leave India so that they come back for the IPL. Anyways Best of Luck to the team and hopefully we surprise everyone..

  • bluebillion on February 25, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Why is sehwag rested? it isnt as if he's done too much in the one dayers. Alsom with sachin and gautam missing, why rest the 3rd specialist opener especially with only one game to go - cant he have his rest sunday onwards? after all, the next series is the IPL which is only in mid march!

  • stunningseshu on February 25, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    srikanth is stupid selector ever i have seen, he is only concentrating on his state players, and many talented players losing opportunity, its very unfair to drop nayar with out playing single game.. this is rubbish...