Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Mumbai, 1st day February 6, 2013

Vijay leads Rest of India with a hundred

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Rest of India 330 for 5 (Vijay 116, Dhawan 63) v Mumbai
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The competition for batting spots for the upcoming Test series against Australia appears to have grown tougher with Murali Vijay scoring a stylish century against Mumbai on the opening day of the Irani Cup. A prominent shade of green on the Wankhede Stadium pitch prompted Mumbai's stand-in captain Abhishek Nayar to bowl first, but it eased out considerably and the bowlers didn't help themselves by providing ample scoring opportunities to a combative Rest of India top and middle order.

Virender Sehwag wasn't among them, out due to an upset stomach at a time when a stint in the middle after being dropped from the ODI series against England would have helped, but Rest of India had enough ammunition to dominate the Mumbai bowling for the bulk of the day and post 330 for 5 at stumps.

Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a testing first spell and Nayar proved the best of the Mumbai bowlers, his third spell of nine overs spread across two sessions fetching two wickets, and though they tried hard - Kulkarni extracted some unsettling movement early on and Nayar got the ball to reverse - they lacked support as the Rest of India batsmen pierced the field consistently, approached their innings with confidence, and scored freely.

India's selection panel, including Sandeep Patil, the chief selector, was present at the venue and Vijay didn't take long to make an impression, shrugging off his initial rustiness against the moving ball with a couple of lovely punches off Javed Khan. The shots were infused with a timing that had deserted Vijay through the Ranji season in which he had managed a highest score of just 42. As in the Ranji Trophy final, Shardul Thakur was off the mark and Vijay took him for three boundaries in an over, driving him through mid-off, imparting enough force through his wrists to flick him away past midwicket and standing tall to punish him when he bowled short.

The left-arm orthodox pair of Vishal Dabholkar and Ankeet Chavan found little assistance, and the bulk of the responsibility fell on an inexperienced pace attack led by Kulkarni in the absence of Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan. There were several half-volleys on offer, so were short balls, with adequate width for both openers to open up. Vijay feasted on a generous dose of scoring opportunities through the off side, but survived a caught-behind chance on 79 as Thakur overstepped. He drove him for four before slashing Kulkarni for six, then punching him through midwicket to raise his century - almost five months ago, he smashed 266 in the season opener, an Irani Cup tie against Rajasthan, his last major contribution.

Vijay's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan will feel he missed out, having built a century stand, after looking especially strong through the V and being severe against anything pitched short. But his innings was cut short when he reached out to drive Thakur, only to get an inside edge and lose his off stump. Likewise with another Test aspirant, Manoj Tiwary, who drove soundly through the covers and even, still relatively early in his innings, walked well across to flick Javed to the boundary. But he tried that once too often, to be trapped in front by Nayar when on 37, standing his ground in disbelief long after the umpire had raised his finger.

Even after Nayar managed to break through Vijay's defences after tea, two other contenders, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina, ensured the innings retained its tempo. Thakur leaked more runs, Rayudu went past 5000 runs in first-class cricket during an attacking half-century and Raina targeted the left-arm spinners, stepping out to Chavan to launch him for six. Rayudu wasn't as comfortable against spin, and edged Rohit Sharma to slip, another Rest of India batsman who would, presumably, have fallen short of his own expectations in front of some key decision-makers ahead of a big Test series.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on February 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It is sad that Sehwag missed his chance of ensuring a Test spot against the Aussies. Both Sehwag & Gambhir are hanging by a thread. Dhawan, Mukund & Vijay are the serious contenders for the opening spot followed by J.Singh of Punjab. While Raina is in XI for ODI, he is yet to establish a spot in the Tests. Between Tiwary & Raina there will be just one advancing. Tiwary's best chance is to make his leg breaks effective enough to be of Test level. That will guarantee him a spot in the XI. Currently, Raina is still ahead of Tiwary. Rayadu will find it difficult to force himself into XI with so many middle order batsmen available. Kulkarni will also find it tough to get into the squad. Ishant & Yadev are the front line seamers followed by B.Kumar & Shami. In spinners department if Ashwin does not shape up he might lose his spot to J.Saxena, Rasool or V.Joshi- all distant contenders.Even Ojha has to fight hard to be preferred to all rounder Jadeja.Sehwag's no show ascertains Dhoni to lead.

  • AMAZINGFAN on February 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @28041991,what abt u friend,it seem u also don't watch indian cricket much.....haven't u seen the dismissals of RAHANE in eng series,like may indian batsmen he too doesn't have good technique.....same case with tiwary who doesn't even have courage to play against quick bowlers...when there is no swing irfan pathan is more easy to hit than anyone and look i'm not going to talk abt nayar......cricinfo pls publish......

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    even though i cant watch this match live, but based on the comentry in cricinfo , i can tell these two ( WASIM JAFFR, RAHANE ) are playing really good cricket. aiding with the bad captaincy from harbajan...... i think selectors should look at any one of these 2 players.... ofcourse they dont favor both... but my preference is for Wasim jaffer for opening slot.... UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT INDIAN TEAM IS RIGHT NOW , main problem is opening partnerships.... so jaffer is experienced , he may help india atleast he can do for quite a while until we can groom young opener......

  • Maratha-Mumbaikar on February 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Why not Wassim Jaffer on basis of one innings Murli vijay cant be picked Wassim Jaffer still has some GOOD cricket left in him. With 9155 Ranji runs that too he is the most runs in Ranji Trophy Wasim has to in opener of India against Aussies.

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @Muhammad Aami they dont have record because they dint get any chances to make records......probably you dont watch indian cricket too much i think... can you tell me how may odi's rahane and tiwary got?????? and how may chances did Rohit sharma , rahane, tiwary got????? answer is none.... what can they do if they were made to be seated in Bench....

    and if one is in team since 2007 doesnt mean that they got chance to bat..... what a waste of comment......

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @TM what india need in this current situation is perfect bowlers who can take wickets with good strike rate....over the [ast decade only batsmen did the 75% job for india... now its time we find new batsmen to replce the greats... and what ashwin's role is a strike bowler.. thats why i think he opened the bowking in many occasions in england test....he needs to perform in ranji first... i hav never heard his name in ranji before... not as many times as ojah.... and more over he lacks patience, IPL effect may be.... one or two ranji seasons and he will learn the test bowling skills.....

    and i am impressed with JADEJA's bolwing in last test , not with any of ashwins bowling... only middle and leg stump line wont help in test.....

  • jimbond on February 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    If Vijay gets any more chances based on this performance, Abhishek Nayar should also get more chances as a bowler. In other words, Viyay's batting may only be as good as Nayar's bowling. Now Raina has also scored a century against a weak bowling.

    Yes, Gambhir and Sehwag need to be discarded. But that does not mean that we include sub-standard guys like Vijay in his place. The selectors missed a trick in ignoring Jiwanjot.Other unsung heroes of the Ranj- like Jalaj Saxena or CM Gautam could also have been tried out now (Gautam on curent performances in batting is miles ahead of Saha or Parthiv, or the often cited Dinesh Karthik), . Rayudu definitely deserves a try in Australian condititions- as along with Pujara, he is one of the new guys with a good technique.

  • TM on February 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    @28041991 i think that we should give ashwin a chance as i believe with some good coaching he can become a very good spinner, one who averages around 25, plus he can bat people forget he averages 45

  • on February 7, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    For those who say tiwary ,rahane and rohit r still good for india team i think you guys don't watch too much of cricket .....tiwary and rohit is with indian team since 2007 with no record still you guys believe they can bat.....wat an joke....dada didn't bat for one series he was out of cricket ....but y do we give chance to them....they got there chance but still they wasted them.....great sachin was also out who still believe he can bat till 2015 world cup....he was too out of cricket.....i just would like to give chance to some other youngster who really deserve chance in indian team...

  • Dhanno on February 7, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    This is another example of biased reporting seen all around. The competition for test spots should not be heating, dear author. Vijay, raina, Rohit maybe all easy on eyes, but they have no technique/ patience to play against top quality sustained bowling attack (be it fast/ slow or combination). This match was billed as a real deal etc, but you have to accept Mumbai has had an avg bowling attack for last few years, who have consistently punched above their weight. Kulkarni,Nayar, Thakur, dabholkar are at best a honest, hardworking bunch of FC cricketers. But by hyping up this game, any success against these bowlers will immediatedly shine light on likes of Vijay (who has failed whole season) and raina ( who is seriously found lacking against international opposition in tests). Now based on the two centuries, I see these two guys getting into aussie squad and again flop on a royal scale, all the while rahane, Dhawan, Badri will play bridesmaid once again.

  • Nampally on February 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It is sad that Sehwag missed his chance of ensuring a Test spot against the Aussies. Both Sehwag & Gambhir are hanging by a thread. Dhawan, Mukund & Vijay are the serious contenders for the opening spot followed by J.Singh of Punjab. While Raina is in XI for ODI, he is yet to establish a spot in the Tests. Between Tiwary & Raina there will be just one advancing. Tiwary's best chance is to make his leg breaks effective enough to be of Test level. That will guarantee him a spot in the XI. Currently, Raina is still ahead of Tiwary. Rayadu will find it difficult to force himself into XI with so many middle order batsmen available. Kulkarni will also find it tough to get into the squad. Ishant & Yadev are the front line seamers followed by B.Kumar & Shami. In spinners department if Ashwin does not shape up he might lose his spot to J.Saxena, Rasool or V.Joshi- all distant contenders.Even Ojha has to fight hard to be preferred to all rounder Jadeja.Sehwag's no show ascertains Dhoni to lead.

  • AMAZINGFAN on February 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @28041991,what abt u friend,it seem u also don't watch indian cricket much.....haven't u seen the dismissals of RAHANE in eng series,like may indian batsmen he too doesn't have good technique.....same case with tiwary who doesn't even have courage to play against quick bowlers...when there is no swing irfan pathan is more easy to hit than anyone and look i'm not going to talk abt nayar......cricinfo pls publish......

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    even though i cant watch this match live, but based on the comentry in cricinfo , i can tell these two ( WASIM JAFFR, RAHANE ) are playing really good cricket. aiding with the bad captaincy from harbajan...... i think selectors should look at any one of these 2 players.... ofcourse they dont favor both... but my preference is for Wasim jaffer for opening slot.... UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT INDIAN TEAM IS RIGHT NOW , main problem is opening partnerships.... so jaffer is experienced , he may help india atleast he can do for quite a while until we can groom young opener......

  • Maratha-Mumbaikar on February 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Why not Wassim Jaffer on basis of one innings Murli vijay cant be picked Wassim Jaffer still has some GOOD cricket left in him. With 9155 Ranji runs that too he is the most runs in Ranji Trophy Wasim has to in opener of India against Aussies.

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @Muhammad Aami they dont have record because they dint get any chances to make records......probably you dont watch indian cricket too much i think... can you tell me how may odi's rahane and tiwary got?????? and how may chances did Rohit sharma , rahane, tiwary got????? answer is none.... what can they do if they were made to be seated in Bench....

    and if one is in team since 2007 doesnt mean that they got chance to bat..... what a waste of comment......

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @TM what india need in this current situation is perfect bowlers who can take wickets with good strike rate....over the [ast decade only batsmen did the 75% job for india... now its time we find new batsmen to replce the greats... and what ashwin's role is a strike bowler.. thats why i think he opened the bowking in many occasions in england test....he needs to perform in ranji first... i hav never heard his name in ranji before... not as many times as ojah.... and more over he lacks patience, IPL effect may be.... one or two ranji seasons and he will learn the test bowling skills.....

    and i am impressed with JADEJA's bolwing in last test , not with any of ashwins bowling... only middle and leg stump line wont help in test.....

  • jimbond on February 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    If Vijay gets any more chances based on this performance, Abhishek Nayar should also get more chances as a bowler. In other words, Viyay's batting may only be as good as Nayar's bowling. Now Raina has also scored a century against a weak bowling.

    Yes, Gambhir and Sehwag need to be discarded. But that does not mean that we include sub-standard guys like Vijay in his place. The selectors missed a trick in ignoring Jiwanjot.Other unsung heroes of the Ranj- like Jalaj Saxena or CM Gautam could also have been tried out now (Gautam on curent performances in batting is miles ahead of Saha or Parthiv, or the often cited Dinesh Karthik), . Rayudu definitely deserves a try in Australian condititions- as along with Pujara, he is one of the new guys with a good technique.

  • TM on February 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    @28041991 i think that we should give ashwin a chance as i believe with some good coaching he can become a very good spinner, one who averages around 25, plus he can bat people forget he averages 45

  • on February 7, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    For those who say tiwary ,rahane and rohit r still good for india team i think you guys don't watch too much of cricket .....tiwary and rohit is with indian team since 2007 with no record still you guys believe they can bat.....wat an joke....dada didn't bat for one series he was out of cricket ....but y do we give chance to them....they got there chance but still they wasted them.....great sachin was also out who still believe he can bat till 2015 world cup....he was too out of cricket.....i just would like to give chance to some other youngster who really deserve chance in indian team...

  • Dhanno on February 7, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    This is another example of biased reporting seen all around. The competition for test spots should not be heating, dear author. Vijay, raina, Rohit maybe all easy on eyes, but they have no technique/ patience to play against top quality sustained bowling attack (be it fast/ slow or combination). This match was billed as a real deal etc, but you have to accept Mumbai has had an avg bowling attack for last few years, who have consistently punched above their weight. Kulkarni,Nayar, Thakur, dabholkar are at best a honest, hardworking bunch of FC cricketers. But by hyping up this game, any success against these bowlers will immediatedly shine light on likes of Vijay (who has failed whole season) and raina ( who is seriously found lacking against international opposition in tests). Now based on the two centuries, I see these two guys getting into aussie squad and again flop on a royal scale, all the while rahane, Dhawan, Badri will play bridesmaid once again.

  • on February 7, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    All indian fans shud stop there bla bla bla.......they shud understand most of these players only takes there places for granted...performing on these dead pitches doesnt ensure a test berth ..most of the players are highly rated they play only in IPL... i pray india lose the series against aus so that good players deserve the chance... i know even if india win against aus these players will be ratede greats performing against the new teams...remeber the strongest team india ever hadd dint perform in aus even though they were lot of players played less than 30 matches and india team almst every player played atleast 75 matches on an average..they are no more greats..india performed only against the teams which were in revolution... indian team had the so called greats in the team...

  • Vivek_Singh3089 on February 7, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    So fight for the places in Test Team begins...sad to see sehwag missing the match, dhawan & vijay though used the opportunity...but I still believe Rahane must be tried as an opener..he's a decent batsman with a good technique...I would rate Tiwary ahead of Raina for the no.6 slot...Raina is simply not a test material, most of the time he keep hanging on his backfoot expecting the short deliveries every now & then, I believe one of Jiwanjot/Dhawan/Mukund can be one of the openers while Rahane can replace Sehwag...Vijay is still susceptible to pace & I don't see him able to face the Aussies attack comfortably.....IMO the squad should be Jiwanjot/Dhawan/Mukund,Rahane,Pujara,Tendulkar,Kohli,Tiwary,Dhoni,Ashwin/V Joshi,Yadav/Shami,Ishant/Zaheer,Ojha

  • realfan on February 7, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    i am looking forward to this series .... because i desperately want to see the end of career for ASHWIN( defnatnly not international material) Goutham Gambir( enough of poking outside off stump) , Sehwag( bring some footwork in the opening stand ) tendulkar ( enough of pressure on middle order ) Zaheer khan ( i like him , he is intelligent, but he is not fit to bowl complete series) and Harbajan(if selected, ofcourse i dont think he will get selected )

    and i want to see the start of career for RAHANE( test him as o opener may be) Rohit sharma ( in the middle order , my fit in 5th slot ) Manoj tiwary ( 1 unlucky fellow ) Abhishek nayar ( may be the alrounder that we were searching for since Kapil dev ) irfan pathan ( comeback alrounder)

  • TM on February 6, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    team should be for tests Jiwanjot rahane pujara sachin kohli sharma/jadeja dhoni ashwin b kumar yadav ojha

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 6, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, and Tendulkar should not be part of any Indian cricket team, period. Haven't they done enough damage to our team in last 2 years?? Two white washes abroad and one series loss at home!! Enough is enough. Let these 3 non-performers retire and enjoy their millions. We need some hungry youngsters who want to make a name for themselves. Give a chance to the likes of Murli, Mukund, Dhawan, Nayar, Ishwar Pandey, etc.

  • Cricketcraze912 on February 6, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    My team- Gambir, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane/Sachin, Kohli, Nayar, Dhoni, Ashwin, B. Kumar, U Yadav, and P Ojha-- Pace is good with Kumar and Yadav getting swing, and Nayar coming to chip out a few wickets, Spin is good maybe once in a while Dhawan can bowl his offies. Batting is solid with Nayar, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, and Rahane when Sachin retires.

  • SHIVA19 on February 6, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    My squad for aus test series.... gambhir,virat,pujara,tendulkar,dhoni,vijay,rohit,jadeja,umesh,,i.pandey,ishath,shammii,harbhajhan,ashwin,mishra.

  • satish_XI on February 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Raj12345 : now that's funny ..selectors won't read the columns in cricinfo in order to pick the squad .. although I believe vijay/rohit has to be tried as an opener in place of GG !!

  • Sathish.Velu on February 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    @Praveen madhu, your name itself says it all my KA friend, for your information, he was the man of the series in champions league held in south africa, and he played well too in australia, and one more thing he is a match winner, he is not just 30s 40s player, and more over, who is not flat track bully in our indian side except sachin dravid laxman ganguly, come on friend anyway ad per your thought, coming aussie tests held in india only, so no harm in playing him

  • binu.emiliya on February 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Why ankith chavn is getting selected ahead of Ikbal abdulla and Harmeet sing?

  • saikrish246 on February 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    my team for ind vs aus- viru, rehane, pujara, sachin, kohli, dhoni(c), jadeja, ashwin, ishant, umesh, ojha, rohit/vijay, nayar, bhuvuneshwar, mishra

  • rosh280 on February 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I feel selectors are really looking for players of the talent like Murali vijay, Cheteshwar pujara, Abhishek nayar, iresh pandey, sidharth kaul. Murali vijay , cheteswar, abhishek nayar showed in different venues against any team whether it is domestic or international level. I really pitch for these players bz they have sills in their anvil. They are great and will show their performances in the coming days. how long we can use players like gambir, sehwag and kohli in the team their performances are really painful to indian supporters. let them show their performances in ranji and comeback. inthemeantime we need to give opportunities to current performing players.

  • rosh280 on February 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Selectors will have to think of these two potential players of great calibre Murali vijay and Abhishek nayar into indian team at the earliest. They are perfect players india to watch out. we need to try new indian batting order with Murali vijay, Cheteswar pujara and Abhishek nayar. Iresh pandey is the another bowler to get chance. I feel it is the right time to include Murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, abhishek nayar and iresh pandey into indian team. Like bhuvanesh kumar, these players too will perform better. Murali vijay, Cheteswar, rohit sharma, abhishek nayar, suresh raina, yuvraj, dhoni, aswin, bhuvanesh, jadeja, ishant sharma,shami ahmed.

  • batman_gothamcity on February 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Decent opening stand always provides platform for good scores , in most of our test defeats we had poor partnership from Gambir /Veeru . Vijay/Rahane/Dhawan based on their performance should be tried inl warm up matches also before 1st test and then selectors should decide .

  • realfan on February 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    i think selectors should give a chance to Abishek nayar, he is suited for the alrounder that they are searching for too long since kapil dev.... jadeja can still be tested in ODI.......

  • pandez on February 6, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Absence of Ajit is there for everyone to see.

  • 30-30-150 on February 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1.. Believe it or not, but they have dropped Abdulla and Waingankar just because they dropped two sitters in some Ranji match.

  • 30-30-150 on February 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Don't know what has gotten into Sehwag these days. I'm pretty sure that 'stomach bug' isn't the true reason for him missing out. He sat out of the Delhi vs England XI game too. Doesn't he really want to make a comeback into the Indian team? He's taking things for granted. It's this attitude that has brought his downfall. I hope the selectors drop him along with Gambhir and Harbhajan from the Test team forever.

  • Raj12345 on February 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @androyuvi , how many chances Vijay chances like Raina or Yuvi or like Gambhir or Shewag.

    I think Shewag & Gambhir go away, so that Vijay & Rahane can open innings. We lost 13 test, I don't mind loosing more games having new pair.

  • Raj12345 on February 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @cricketmaan Let us talk about 13 test defeat than Vijay's issue.

    I don't know why crick info making big report of Vijay 42's in Ranji. I strongly believe some crick info appointed writer has biased view and they try to project to save people like Gambhir & Shewag and the same will be selected.

    What happen to Badri the same will happen to Rahane, Tiwary, etc. no doubt. that is how cricket game runs in India.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Why is Mumbai not playing their best spinner - Iqbal Abdulla? Is he injured, or do Mumbai selectors have a grudge against him??

  • AMAZINGFAN on February 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    so what these guys will never get the opportunity to play for india evenif they score tons of runs in domestic matches and our great selectors will still prefer people who play well in NETS ,they will prefer people who have gifted talent(just like ROHIT SHARMA) and last they will still prefer greatest openers of all time SEHWAG and GAMBHIR......

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Agree with @Bruisers - Dhawan-Vijay combination looks much more solid than the Gambhir-Sehwag one. It's time to get rid of Sehwag and Gambhir in all formats. They haven't done anything since World Cup 2011. Same thing applies to Tendulkar. We can't win many games with these 3 walking wickets.

  • on February 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Vijay is a flat track bully every body knows that except our TN friends. Come on guys stop supporting some one just because he is from your state.

    Vijay's avg outside subcontinent is 19 in India its 40+. That says it all!

  • TRAM on February 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @CricketMaan, so whats your point? Somebody scores a century and you talk all negative about him? You are *predicting* Vijay will fail because of his weakness outside off, and there is a guy called Gambhir playing for a decade for India poking and poking and getting out thousands times? Which one you want?? If Vijay had failed, you would again said "oh ya I know he is bad". Either way you are only going to talk negative?

  • Sathish.Velu on February 6, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @cricketmaan, so what dude, even kohli is vulnerable in that area, vijay has more potential and on his day, he scores big, really big, vijay is vulnerable in that off side against moving ball, but our so called current openers are even more vulnerable against moving ball and the normal balls, havent you seen our gambir poking and giving slip catch practice and inside edging to stumps for the past two and half years, M Vijay is far far better from that, I am sure he will be selected in the test squad, but he will not be in the final 11 as usual,

  • Heat11 on February 6, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    SRT was flop in ranji matches, at least he should score ton here to be selected for oz tour of India...

  • A.Ak on February 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    MVijay is solid and got good techniques. He did well in test matches. He played occasional odd shots. But he is very early in this level and will learn from experience. He did really well against Aussies (Remember he has got 139 + 37 in the same match when Pujara scored 0+72. But all forgot him and remembered only Pujara for his 72.).

  • Sir.Ivor on February 6, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Vijay is good against any bowling other that very fast bowling. And he is easy on the eye. So most people will get impressed by watching him.Similar to Rohit Sharma. I recall having seen him score a 100 against Bangalore in Bangalore the last time they visited. He was good but the it was a relatively easy wicket to bat on on the first 3 days. The last day was a bit tricky though. Considering that he has done well against Australia in the past, and since the first test is at his home town,I think he and Sehwag should open the innings at Chennai. Gambhir should be given a break. I hope Sehwag is the captain though. That will make a big difference to the Indian team. I feel Sehwag's new cycle starts when he makes a comeback.I thought Dhawan is the one who deserves some chances apart from Rahane. Only thing is that they should know that Staarc and Siddle swing the ball in pretty well. So I hope they are preparing appropriately.

  • Paras.Rishi on February 6, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Nayar should have batted first, If Raina with some resistance from Ojha, Bhajji & Mithun pushes ROI to 450 on Day 2 , Mumbai will be out this game.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 6, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Dont worry guys. If Vijay is vulnerable, then he would not survive the practice matches against the aussies. Let's see what he can do. I wonder how we have such short memory, he scored a century in Nagpur against the same aussies. So Lets give him a chance.

    In my opinion, Vijay is atlest one batsman who is not "afraid" to face quick bowling. I am happy for that fact, though his technique needs improvement. If you could give Raina, Yuvaraj so many chances then why not Vijay. One name which is missing is Badri. They guy has been given a raw deal. BCCI has destroyed his career, by giving him opporutnities in Onedayers and T20's. They should try him in test atleast 2 or 3 times. He atleast has patience and would not throw his wicket away unlike some given talented batsmen.

  • CricketMaan on February 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Vijay is still very vulnerable outside offstump to a moving ball. Aussies will expliot that weakness in no time. Far too often he will give a chance to point, gully or 2nd slip. He also has developed a habbit of palying fancy stokes throughout his innings after his success with CSK. A mighty cross the line over midwicket can either fetch boundary or his downfall. His defense is not yet good for tight bowling on or outside offstump. But if selected this is his biggest oppurtunity else he will soon be forgotten.

  • androyuvi on February 6, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I wish M Vijay get his last test chance before being discarded.. He is not that bad either.

  • Bruisers on February 6, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Dhawan-Vijay combination looks much more solid than the Gambhir-Sehwag one. It's up to the selectors now to make some 'tough' calls.

  • QingdaoXI on February 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Well Played Mumbai and India, match is in balance. Nayar bowled very well to break the momentum of Rest of India and that help Mumbai to comeback in the crucial last session.

  • QingdaoXI on February 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Well Played Mumbai and India, match is in balance. Nayar bowled very well to break the momentum of Rest of India and that help Mumbai to comeback in the crucial last session.

  • Bruisers on February 6, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Dhawan-Vijay combination looks much more solid than the Gambhir-Sehwag one. It's up to the selectors now to make some 'tough' calls.

  • androyuvi on February 6, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I wish M Vijay get his last test chance before being discarded.. He is not that bad either.

  • CricketMaan on February 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Vijay is still very vulnerable outside offstump to a moving ball. Aussies will expliot that weakness in no time. Far too often he will give a chance to point, gully or 2nd slip. He also has developed a habbit of palying fancy stokes throughout his innings after his success with CSK. A mighty cross the line over midwicket can either fetch boundary or his downfall. His defense is not yet good for tight bowling on or outside offstump. But if selected this is his biggest oppurtunity else he will soon be forgotten.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 6, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Dont worry guys. If Vijay is vulnerable, then he would not survive the practice matches against the aussies. Let's see what he can do. I wonder how we have such short memory, he scored a century in Nagpur against the same aussies. So Lets give him a chance.

    In my opinion, Vijay is atlest one batsman who is not "afraid" to face quick bowling. I am happy for that fact, though his technique needs improvement. If you could give Raina, Yuvaraj so many chances then why not Vijay. One name which is missing is Badri. They guy has been given a raw deal. BCCI has destroyed his career, by giving him opporutnities in Onedayers and T20's. They should try him in test atleast 2 or 3 times. He atleast has patience and would not throw his wicket away unlike some given talented batsmen.

  • Paras.Rishi on February 6, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Nayar should have batted first, If Raina with some resistance from Ojha, Bhajji & Mithun pushes ROI to 450 on Day 2 , Mumbai will be out this game.

  • Sir.Ivor on February 6, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Vijay is good against any bowling other that very fast bowling. And he is easy on the eye. So most people will get impressed by watching him.Similar to Rohit Sharma. I recall having seen him score a 100 against Bangalore in Bangalore the last time they visited. He was good but the it was a relatively easy wicket to bat on on the first 3 days. The last day was a bit tricky though. Considering that he has done well against Australia in the past, and since the first test is at his home town,I think he and Sehwag should open the innings at Chennai. Gambhir should be given a break. I hope Sehwag is the captain though. That will make a big difference to the Indian team. I feel Sehwag's new cycle starts when he makes a comeback.I thought Dhawan is the one who deserves some chances apart from Rahane. Only thing is that they should know that Staarc and Siddle swing the ball in pretty well. So I hope they are preparing appropriately.

  • A.Ak on February 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    MVijay is solid and got good techniques. He did well in test matches. He played occasional odd shots. But he is very early in this level and will learn from experience. He did really well against Aussies (Remember he has got 139 + 37 in the same match when Pujara scored 0+72. But all forgot him and remembered only Pujara for his 72.).

  • Heat11 on February 6, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    SRT was flop in ranji matches, at least he should score ton here to be selected for oz tour of India...

  • Sathish.Velu on February 6, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @cricketmaan, so what dude, even kohli is vulnerable in that area, vijay has more potential and on his day, he scores big, really big, vijay is vulnerable in that off side against moving ball, but our so called current openers are even more vulnerable against moving ball and the normal balls, havent you seen our gambir poking and giving slip catch practice and inside edging to stumps for the past two and half years, M Vijay is far far better from that, I am sure he will be selected in the test squad, but he will not be in the final 11 as usual,