Irani Cup 2013-14 February 3, 2014

Harbhajan to lead Rest of India

ESPNcricinfo staff

Harbhajan Singh has been named captain of the Rest of India team for the Irani Cup to be played in Bangalore from February 9. Gautam Gambhir has also been included in the 15-man squad. The big name missing was that of Pragyan Ojha, who didn't get a game in South Africa and wasn't taken to New Zealand. However, he managed to play only one Ranji game during the season, which could be the reason why he wasn't picked.

Others who might consider themselves unlucky are Maharashtra batsman Harshad Khadiwale, Jharkhand's Saurabh Tiwary, Himachal Pradesh allrounder Rishi Dhawan and Railways wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat. Khadiwale is one of the three players to score 1000 runs in the tournament, but couldn't join his two Maharashtra team-mates, Kedar Jadhav and Ankit Bawne, in the squad. Tiwary scored 854 runs, including an impressive century in Mumbai, but lost out to - among others - Natraj Behera, who scored 584 runs. Rawat accumulated 820 runs in the season, but lost to Dinesh Karthik who made 401 runs.

Punjab's Jiwanjot Singh, who had a second good season, will be Gambhir's opening partner. Jadhav, Bawne, Baba Aparajith, Karthik, Natraj Behera and Mandeep Singh were the other batsmen in the squad. Parvez Rasool was the allrounder, while most of the highest wicket-takers in the Ranji season made it to the squad.

Pankaj Singh, who earlier in the season complained about his non-selection, got another chance to impress the selectors, with Varun Aaron, Anureet Singh and Ashok Dinda as other quicks.

Rest of India will face Karnataka, who won the Ranji Trophy beating Maharashtra in the final in Hyderabad.

Squad Harbhajan Singh (capt.), Jiwanjot Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Ankit Bawne, Dinesh Karthik, Amit, Mishra, Pankaj Singh, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Parvez Rasool, Anureet Singh, Natraj Behera, Mandeep Singh

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  • Android on February 9, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    where is irfan pathan????

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    West Zone: Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ankit Bawane, Ajinkya Nayar, Ravindre Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Aditya Tare, Harshad Khadiwale, Samad Fallah, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Jawed Khan, Akshar Patel, Ambati Rayudu. This is the West Zone Squad. Duleep trophy which is played earlier than Ranji trophy should be slated back after Ranji trophy. So we can enjoy the clashes again, since lst 2 years Duleep trophy has lost its significance as it is played simultaneously with Champions Legaue. Duleep trophy is the more tougher competion than any Ranji tophy and BCCI should try to look after it.

  • Al on February 5, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    India needs replacement for Ashwin and Ishant. Hopefully Pankaj Singh or Anureet Singh will perform here and replace Ishant from Indian squad. Hopefully Parvez Rasool will get selected and get a chance to replace Ashwin from Indian squad.

  • anagh on February 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Typically ignorant decision from the Indian selectors. When what India desperately needs is a seam bowling allrounder, you exclude the very player(Rishi Dhawan) who is most likely to make it. He was also the highest wicket taker in the Ranji. Would the selectors care to explain the logic behind the decision?

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    keep altarnate for ashwin.. he is tired

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    realy everybody has ego.even if Dhoni..he don't want take senio player still young player struggling like ashwin raina ,m vijay.. shikhar, i think last 1 year only virat had played little dhoni rohit , no one else played for india. m vijay playing last more than 3 year but he is not getting 50 run also.. we don;t know why selector or dhoni taking like this list 2 senior player he can take.. Sehwag or ghambhir.they are match winner last one year dhoni lost all most match in abbrod because of ego not taking senior player...want to play with young player..Dhoni is good captain but don;t be too good

  • J on February 4, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    saurabh tiwary has been really unlucky here, he should be a genuine prospect for the indian ODI squad yet was not selected for behera, aparajith and mandeep singh. Behera has no future in in the indian team and was only selected for his 4 good innings (all the rest he completely failed). Aparajith is not going to be making the indian team any time soon as he is only 1 season old. Mandeep singh had a mediocre season at best averaging below 40. Tiwary only had one bad game all season and by that point jharkhand pretty much wanted to lose so they would go back to group C. Kedar jadhav and tiwary could be the new 4 and 5 for india in the next WC but it looks like tiwary will have to do well in the vijay hazare trophy to make the ODI squad for england, while this is jadhavs chance to make the asia cup squad. Also have to feel bad for rishi dhawan, this couldve been a chance to show how he performs against the best domestic team.

  • Time on February 4, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I hope Parvez Rasool gets picked in the eleven and not sidelined because the capt. is an offspinner too. Don't think Ashwin is doing the trick as an offspinner. So somebody should be pushing Ashwin for hsi place, as he is not doing his primary job i.e picking up wickets.

  • Shajahan on February 4, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Yes, As few saying Dinesh Karthik should be given chance. Because he deserve to be in Indian XI.

    Sanju Samson should be included. He played most of the matches in his home ground against flat opposition in this season and this match would be good testing for him againstthe like of Vinay Kumar , A Mithun.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Ashwin & Raina should sent back to play some local games they have forgetten their basics. Raina is in doubt everytime he faces shortball. Ashwin does not which line n length to be bowled on the fast seaming pitches. He would have learned something from Nathan Mccullam who bowled in the series with the average of 4 runs per over

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