June 23, 2010

Continuity is India's strength and weakness

Six survivors from India's 2003 World Cup campaign are likely to play in the 2011 edition. And going by the younger talent at hand, the nation's hopes will rest on these six
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It was the best of times after the most inauspicious of starts. A flatline opener against the Netherlands was followed by a thrashing at Australian hands, and it wasn't until the team crossed the border into Zimbabwe that India's 2003 World Cup campaign sputtered to life. Seven more victories followed before a legendary Australian side, and Ricky Ponting in particular, handed out the harshest of one-day lessons. The heroes of '83 may not have been emulated, but there's little doubt that the run to the final at the Bullring remains one of Indian cricket's biggest achievements of the modern era.

Astonishingly, six of those who came within a 100 overs of immortality that day could line up for India's opening game of the 2011 World Cup in Dhaka next February. Fitness permitting, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan are certain starters. Ashish Nehra too should get an opportunity to reprise his heroics of 2003 - perhaps without the spewed bananas - and it's hard to see Yuvraj Singh being away from the fray, no matter what the state of his waistline.

This continuity, if you call it that, is India's greatest strength, and also a sign of weakness. In sporting terms, it's as rare as a maiden over in a Twenty20 game, and it raises serious questions about Indian cricket's talent-production line.

To put things into perspective, let's take a look at two of the greatest one-day sides of all. West Indies reached the first three World Cup finals, winning two of them. When India upset them in 1983, there were four survivors from the class of 1975 - Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Andy Roberts. With the exception of Lloyd, who lasted nearly two decades at the top, the other three had been young men looking to make a reputation in '75. By 1983, Roberts was the leader of the greatest pace attack ever, while Richards and Greenidge had established themselves as two of the most destructive batsmen of their age.

Nearly a quarter-century later, Australia took to the Kensington Oval for the 2007 World Cup final with three survivors from the side that had made short work of Pakistan in 1999. In that time Ponting and Adam Gilchrist had established themselves as candidates for the all-time one-day XI, while Glenn McGrath had carried on with his metronomic ways, spearheading an attack that was both parsimonious and penetrative.

Both teams, though, had strengthened in different ways over time. West Indies hadn't adequately replaced Alvin Kallicharran and Rohan Kanhai in the middle order, but the pace foursome of Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner was immeasurably stronger. Australia had moved on from Steve Waugh and Shane Warne, and unearthed the high-impact pace of Shaun Tait and the imposing all-round talent of Andrew Symonds. There was also Matthew Hayden Mark II, a punishing run-machine to complement Gilchrist at the top of the order.

India's six-man core now possesses more than 1400 one-day caps - Tendulkar alone has 442, and Nehra, the least experienced, has 101 - but the replacements for those who have departed the stage have yet to scale the same heights. Both Gautam Gambhir (99 caps) and Suresh Raina (97) have enjoyed a fair bit of success in recent times, but it would be a brave man who put them in the same class as Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, who had more than 20,000 runs between them.

The one great improvement comes in the shape of MS Dhoni, whose captaincy and improved wicketkeeping skills sometimes obscure the fact that he has evolved into one of the consummate 50-over batsmen. There are great expectations too from Virat Kohli (30 caps) and Rohit Sharma (49), but neither man has yet played a defining innings in a high-pressure situation.

India's six-man core now possesses more than 1400 one-day caps - Tendulkar alone has 442, and Nehra, the least experienced, has 101 - but the replacements for those who have departed the stage have yet to scale the same heights

It's not the batting that's the concern though. Teams that win the big tournaments do so by consistently bowling the opposition out. The Indian side that won the World Championship of Cricket dismissed every team they came across, except Pakistan, who limped to 176 for 9 in the final. In 2003, India's attack also had Javagal Srinath, and the luxury of Anil Kumble on the bench.

There are few such options when you look ahead to 2011. Zaheer, Harbhajan and Nehra remain the most important performers, and the remarkable decline in Irfan Pathan's fortunes - he hasn't added to his 107 caps in the last 16 months - has deprived the team of an all-round talent who should have been in his prime.

The other pace contenders are just as callow. RP Singh, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar have all taken the new ball in recent seasons, but RP is the most experienced of the quartet, with just 55 caps. On the slow-bowling front, the situation is even more alarming. Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have 23 matches between them, while Ravindra Jadeja has 29. Murali Kartik continues to take wickets in England, but he must surely be resigned to the fact that his India days are over.

The selectors and an expectant nation can only hope that wealth of experience triumphs over the relative lack of fresh options. Saurabh Tiwary and R Ashwin could prove to be interesting wild cards over the coming months, and the likes of Ishant and Sreesanth may get their groove back, but for the moment, the long-cherished dream of winning a World Cup on home soil rests very much on the shoulders of those who have been there and done that.

Dileep Premachandran is an associate editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I strongly feel for Irfan Pathan. He may not have been very successful in taking wickets of late but he adds strength to any team as all rounder and dependable 5 down batsman. With him around team can field 5 bowlers instead of make do with 4 bowlers. I trust him better than Yousuf or Jadeja as all rounder.

  • POSTED BY divyanjay on | June 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    I think india should now focus on world cup 2011, its the right time...Its the bowling which will win the world cup...so ideally india should pic the best 4 bowlers and rest them and play them only in important series against one australia & South Africa to dress rehersal WC next year. This team should really be the one which will bring the cup:

    Gambhir, Tendulkar (opening), Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, S Tiwary, Harbhajan, Kumar, Zaheer, Dinda. (final XI for World Cup), Dinda is better bolwer than Nehra as he has nack of picking up 2-3 wickets every match, and he is a deadly yorker specialist in last overs.

    India should keep following team as bench:

    D karthick, V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, P Chawla, P Ojha, RP Singh, A Nehra

    and play them in NZ / SL series to keep main team fresh.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 25, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    A lot of rubbish notions are flying around. Playing in India has not really been the greatest blessing for our ODI team. Our best performances have all come on foreign soil in World Cups. This current lot has done well everywhere and can be expected to carry on, no matter where the game is played. Under Dhoni, it doesn't matter who plays on a given day and who doesn't - this team KNOWS to win. For all those who suspect India's bowling, let us present the best of our batting. This line up can chase any score, and pile up huge scores against any bowling. It will all simply come down to being fresh, focussed, and hungry on any given day. MSD is the perfect captain for making sure that happens. Let's relax and enjoy the show!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Consistency NOT continuity needs to be CRITERIA. Its match 2 match scores that matter! With little differentiating top teams, inconsistent performance is THE weakness.

    Continuity as a POLICY breeds Complacency not Competitiveness. e.g. An Oz captain must first hold his place as a player - Bat, Bowl, Keeper or All Rounder

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | June 25, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Who are the new finds from the MRF pace foundation or any other pace academy. Nothing seems to be ever heard about all that. Who wants to see the same old faces bowling day in and day out..we need to see fresh exciting talent coming through always especially where fast bowling is concerned and spinners only if they are close to the Shane Warne category do we really need to be excited about it.

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | June 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    India's One Day team and 20-20 team should be recycled among

    The batting talent for the immediate future should revolve around-

    Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Yuvaraj ,Utthappa, V.Kholi, Rohit sharma, Raina, Shikar Dhawan, Pujara, Abhinav Mukund, Manish Pandey, Saurab Tiwary, Rayudu

    Wicketkeepers: Dhoni, D. karthik, Naman Ojha(Uthappa and Rayudu can be used as potential keepers too)

    Allrounders: R.Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Irfan Pathan, Abhishek Nayyar

    Fast Medium bowlers: Unadkat, Ishanth, Sreesant, Umesh Yadav

    Medium Pace Bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Praveen kumar, Nehra, Sidarth trivedi

    Spinners: Harbajan, Chawla, R.Ashwin, P.Ohja, Ali Murtaza

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | June 24, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Our batting is quite strong (at least on paper) - what are problematic are the spots 7 to 11. 7 - An all-rounder. A toss-up between the Pathan brothers and Jadeja. Irfan is the best bet. 8 - Bhajji. His batting will be useful. 9 - ?? Makes sense to select one of Ashwin/Praveen depending on the pitch. Both of them are useful lower order batsmen too. 10 - Zaheer 11 - ??? Could be any one of Nehra, Ishant, RP, Munaf, Sree, Ojha, Mishra, Murali Kartik, etc.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    It is quite clear that this Indian Team is short of two main weapons a World Champions defintely have possessed always:

    1. A tear away fast bowler - Please give Ishant Sharma / Munaf Patel a chance. These two are our best hopes.

    2. An explosive All Rounder- Jadeja doesnt fits the bill, Irfan Pathan or Yusuf Pathan is our best bet.

    At number 7 we need an explosive batsman please!!!

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | June 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    I meant Ponting's 140 and Gilchrist's 148 in world cup finals. Anyways, I don't mind. What I was trying to say if someone put a performance like this in finals no-matter how worthy you are to get cup, everything go in vain. SA, new emerging england and Lankans are the biggest hurdle of India. I don't think Aus. will be champion this time. Their batting blunders is their big concern, unless White and Hussey have something else in their mind. I want to see dream final between India and Pakistan. It will definitely bring cricinfo's server down. Because of 1983, we were able to popularize this format. If it wasn't for 1983, we wouldn't have seen few great players currently playing. The main difference between 2003 squad in coming squad will be Dhoni NewSachin Ghambhir NewZak Raina let's see if we see NewYuvi which will be real big boost in camp. Peace

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    the home side always looses out first...same thing here...Australia will win again under Ricky Ponting who will have his hatrick...

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I strongly feel for Irfan Pathan. He may not have been very successful in taking wickets of late but he adds strength to any team as all rounder and dependable 5 down batsman. With him around team can field 5 bowlers instead of make do with 4 bowlers. I trust him better than Yousuf or Jadeja as all rounder.

  • POSTED BY divyanjay on | June 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    I think india should now focus on world cup 2011, its the right time...Its the bowling which will win the world cup...so ideally india should pic the best 4 bowlers and rest them and play them only in important series against one australia & South Africa to dress rehersal WC next year. This team should really be the one which will bring the cup:

    Gambhir, Tendulkar (opening), Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, S Tiwary, Harbhajan, Kumar, Zaheer, Dinda. (final XI for World Cup), Dinda is better bolwer than Nehra as he has nack of picking up 2-3 wickets every match, and he is a deadly yorker specialist in last overs.

    India should keep following team as bench:

    D karthick, V Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, P Chawla, P Ojha, RP Singh, A Nehra

    and play them in NZ / SL series to keep main team fresh.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 25, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    A lot of rubbish notions are flying around. Playing in India has not really been the greatest blessing for our ODI team. Our best performances have all come on foreign soil in World Cups. This current lot has done well everywhere and can be expected to carry on, no matter where the game is played. Under Dhoni, it doesn't matter who plays on a given day and who doesn't - this team KNOWS to win. For all those who suspect India's bowling, let us present the best of our batting. This line up can chase any score, and pile up huge scores against any bowling. It will all simply come down to being fresh, focussed, and hungry on any given day. MSD is the perfect captain for making sure that happens. Let's relax and enjoy the show!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Consistency NOT continuity needs to be CRITERIA. Its match 2 match scores that matter! With little differentiating top teams, inconsistent performance is THE weakness.

    Continuity as a POLICY breeds Complacency not Competitiveness. e.g. An Oz captain must first hold his place as a player - Bat, Bowl, Keeper or All Rounder

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | June 25, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Who are the new finds from the MRF pace foundation or any other pace academy. Nothing seems to be ever heard about all that. Who wants to see the same old faces bowling day in and day out..we need to see fresh exciting talent coming through always especially where fast bowling is concerned and spinners only if they are close to the Shane Warne category do we really need to be excited about it.

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | June 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    India's One Day team and 20-20 team should be recycled among

    The batting talent for the immediate future should revolve around-

    Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Yuvaraj ,Utthappa, V.Kholi, Rohit sharma, Raina, Shikar Dhawan, Pujara, Abhinav Mukund, Manish Pandey, Saurab Tiwary, Rayudu

    Wicketkeepers: Dhoni, D. karthik, Naman Ojha(Uthappa and Rayudu can be used as potential keepers too)

    Allrounders: R.Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Irfan Pathan, Abhishek Nayyar

    Fast Medium bowlers: Unadkat, Ishanth, Sreesant, Umesh Yadav

    Medium Pace Bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Praveen kumar, Nehra, Sidarth trivedi

    Spinners: Harbajan, Chawla, R.Ashwin, P.Ohja, Ali Murtaza

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | June 24, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Our batting is quite strong (at least on paper) - what are problematic are the spots 7 to 11. 7 - An all-rounder. A toss-up between the Pathan brothers and Jadeja. Irfan is the best bet. 8 - Bhajji. His batting will be useful. 9 - ?? Makes sense to select one of Ashwin/Praveen depending on the pitch. Both of them are useful lower order batsmen too. 10 - Zaheer 11 - ??? Could be any one of Nehra, Ishant, RP, Munaf, Sree, Ojha, Mishra, Murali Kartik, etc.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    It is quite clear that this Indian Team is short of two main weapons a World Champions defintely have possessed always:

    1. A tear away fast bowler - Please give Ishant Sharma / Munaf Patel a chance. These two are our best hopes.

    2. An explosive All Rounder- Jadeja doesnt fits the bill, Irfan Pathan or Yusuf Pathan is our best bet.

    At number 7 we need an explosive batsman please!!!

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | June 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    I meant Ponting's 140 and Gilchrist's 148 in world cup finals. Anyways, I don't mind. What I was trying to say if someone put a performance like this in finals no-matter how worthy you are to get cup, everything go in vain. SA, new emerging england and Lankans are the biggest hurdle of India. I don't think Aus. will be champion this time. Their batting blunders is their big concern, unless White and Hussey have something else in their mind. I want to see dream final between India and Pakistan. It will definitely bring cricinfo's server down. Because of 1983, we were able to popularize this format. If it wasn't for 1983, we wouldn't have seen few great players currently playing. The main difference between 2003 squad in coming squad will be Dhoni NewSachin Ghambhir NewZak Raina let's see if we see NewYuvi which will be real big boost in camp. Peace

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    the home side always looses out first...same thing here...Australia will win again under Ricky Ponting who will have his hatrick...

  • POSTED BY davedave on | June 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    India played outstanding cricket in 2003 world cup all because of its captain and its players. When players like Khan, Nehra, Sehwag, Yuvaraj, Kaif all started their career in 2000 by the time when they reached 2003 world cup they were very well settled and all of them had important roles to play. After 5 years of their carer they were all established players and match winners as well. Now if we can see players like Raina, Rohit,Kartik who have been playing since 2005 and some of the players who are on and off for the last 5 years are cetainly not established players. First of all what are the roles in the last 2 years they played in mostly we would saypathetic

  • POSTED BY natasrik on | June 24, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    In my opinion winning this WC is the best chance for India, since it is played in subcontinent and for that to happen we have to be realistic first and foremost, I don't want Sachin to be in the squad, since we have not captured in the last 5 edition of WC with sachin when he was relatively young I don't think he can do wonders for us this time. Sachin at this age cannot last for 100 overs, he would sure develop cramps which offlate he has done quite consistenly and if sachin cannot bowl then actually our combination also gets quite weaken with Gambir taking the one drop position. Infact I was wondering why BCCI and Sachin did not take the initiative of joining the squad in SL when sehwag got injured, absolutely no common sense, I don't think Karthik will ever open in WC or for that matter any upcoming ODI series before the WC. According to Gavasker country comes first and that too when India team requires a replacement for injured player like sehwag.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 9:01 GMT

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  • POSTED BY ArshX1 on | June 24, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    I THINK THE SLECTORS SHOULD READ ALL THESE COMMENTS AND HAVE A THINK IF JADEJA STILL DESERVE A CHANCE ? HE HAD ENOUGH OF CHANCES TO PERFORM BUT HE HAS FAILED. He is more of a liability. HE HASNT APPEARED IN IPL AND WAS STILL SELECTED FOR WORLD T20 DESPITE OF THE FACE THERE WERE SEVERAL BATSMAN OR ALL ROUNDERS IN FORM RARING TO MAKE IT TO TEAM INDIA 11. I DONT KNOW WHY OUR SELECTORS HAVING SOFT SPORT FOR JADEJA EVEN THOUGH HE FLOPED IN WORLD T20 , TRIANGULAR SERIES IN ZIMBABWE AND EVEN IN ASIA CUP. I HOPE THE SELECTORS DO A BETTER JOB NEXT TIME BY SELECTING IRFAN PATHAN OR ANY OTHER ALL ROUNDER FOR THIS SPOT.

  • POSTED BY ArshX1 on | June 24, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    If we are preparing the squad for worldcup and looking for more experienced guys, than in the allrounder category, arent Irfan pathan or yousuf pathan are the best option?. Considering the fact that we are building up a squad for world cup why is irfan pathan not given a chance keeping in mind his 107 appearances for India. Moreover he is a better batsman and medium pace bowler than jadega. Position of a part time spin can be accomplished by the likes of sehwag, Raina, Rohit sharma , Yuvraj or Kohli. What we need is a genuine all rounder like irfan pathan who can do with the bat and with the ball.

    At the same time I have no idea why the selectors are ignoring Robin Uthappa, ambati raydu Or Saurabh Tiwari.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    MY INDIA 15 FOR WC: 1-SACHIN 2-SEHWAG 3-GAMBHIR 4-YUVRAJ 5-DHONI 6-RAINA 7-IRFAN 8-HARBHAJAN 9-ZAHEER 10-PRAVEEN 11-OJHA 12-ROHIT 13-KOHLI 14-NEHRA 15-JADEJA

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | June 24, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Indian team for worldup should be selected from following:- Batting choice :Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Yuvaraj ,Uttappa ,V. Kholi ,Rohit sharma, Raina , keepers : dhoni,D. karthik, alrounders: R.Jadeja fast bowlers: Zaheer, Ishanth , Praveen kumar, RP , Vinaykumar, Nehra spinners: Harbajan, A.Mishra, R.Ashwin, p.ohja, total 10 batting,, 10 bolwling and 1 alrounder option choose best 16 or 18 as allowed.

    since all sub-continent wickets are high scoring - 3 seamers, 2 spinners and an extra bowling option (sehwag -Yuvi) should be able to bowl 6-7 good overs between them.

    above all our players needs to do good fielding, consistent & commited match winning performance in bat/ball and even those who get one or two opportunities should also make best use & give match winning performance to bring india the worldcup because it's not easy to win world cup in sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY Rahul88ravi on | June 24, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I don't think this indian team is capable of winning a wc, with this bowling and fielding attack(??). Indian batting is good when sachin is playing. We are depending on him much (in 2003 also??). The attitude of india while fielding is poor. If an indian bowler bowls 135 kph, he will be the fastest bowler of our side and he will be having the new ball with him. But the fact is that many indian bowlers can touch 140 kph mark easily. But they don't try it. And why there it no bowling coach for india?.

  • POSTED BY sukuviju on | June 24, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Continuity is always a strength when used properly. In any sport the most important aspect is to maintain the winning habit. This where some intelligence is needed in team selection. For a tour like the current Asia cup where a Tendulkar is not playing, the selectors should have taken Rahul Dravid - he brings in experience, will ensure the boat is steadied when there are early dismissals and also inspire the youngsters. How many times we have seen India lose the dead rubber matches - we should never make wholesale changes to the team and always look to maintain the winning habit. As far as bowling is concerned, we should not continuously chop & change but give the young boys more time in the middle. The current lot may be tried to over do things instead of keeping their bowling simple as they are not sure of their place in the team.

  • POSTED BY h0n3y123 on | June 24, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    best team MR. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR VIRENDAR SHEWAG GAUTAM GAMBHIR SURAB TIWARY M.S DHONI S.K RAINA YUVRAJ SINGH/ROHIT SHARMA HARBHJAN SINGH IRFAN PATHAN/PARVEEN KUMAR ZAHEER KHAN / R.ASHWIN NEHRA / OJHA

  • POSTED BY nomikshah on | June 24, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    India has played a master stroke by getting the W' Cup to be played in India/SL/B' Desh. Had it been played at any place other than the sub continent, India would have been kicked out in the first round ala 2007. A team with players in abundance who are short on technique, where Nehra and Zaheer Khan are main bowler poseurs, its an agony to watch. Hopefully their coffers would dry up quickly and the world would stop being blackmailed by BCCI to run cricket according to India's whims.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    IRFAN PATHAN - a better batsmen than Jadeja, a better bowler than Jadeja, A better fielder than Nehra... And, if he regains his confidence, the best bolwer India has ever produced....................................................................................................................................................................................................  All he needs is opportunities jst lyk evry gr8 player needs...

  • POSTED BY starsagitarian on | June 24, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    I would really like to see Ravichandran Ashwin being groomed into a good one-day and T20 prospect... !! the only chance he got in Zimbabwe was worth thinking and i believe having him as a second spin option along side harbhajan singh would aptly fit the bill... ! he is tall, handy with the bat and generates some interesting stifling bowling of the likes that we saw in IPL3... on indian wickets he can be your stock bowler in the middle overs... !! I am not very impressed with what I have seen of Ojha so far... though his figures say otherwise, i believe he has got lot of scope for improvement and also he is also a liability with the bat... !! most teams around the world now have players who can bat till No. 9... Ashwin, if he performs well in this direction can be the perfect No. 8 or No. 9... !! the selectors should serious consider giving him another shot in the one-day side in the coming months... !!

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    India's batting looks fine on any track its just the bowling department that needs some extra talented players !!! they all come and dissappear after a short time i would say Zaheer and Agarkar are the last two fast bowler who ve played for a long time others jut fade after 25-30 matches ( some even after 5-7 ) !!! My Team will be ;--- > 1.) Sehwag 2.) Sachin 3.) Gambhir 4.) Dhoni (cuz of his latest Batting Style and Attitude 5.) Yuvraj or Rohit 6.) Raina 7.) Irfan Pathan ( He deserves to be in the team as Yusuf is nt fulfilling the AllrounderSlot> 8.) Jadeja ( I am not a fan of his Batting abilities but boy he can bowl ) 9.) Harbhajan ( He needs to give more air and Attack like Ajmal & Swaan ) 10.) Praveen Kumar & 11.) Zaheer Khan

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    my perfect wc 11 1.sehwag 2.sachin 3.gambhir 4.yuvraj 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.irfan 8.harbhajan 9.mishra 10.zaheer 11.praveen (rohit kohli nehra ashwin

  • POSTED BY pavansan on | June 24, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    ** WELL THOUGHT PERFECT 15 ** 1.SACHIN 2. SEHWAG 3.GAMBHIR 4.RAINA 5.ROHIT 6.YUVI 7.DHONI 8.BHAJJI 9.P.OJHA 10.PRAVEEN KUMAR 11.ZAHEER 12.AMBATI RAYUDU 13. TIWARY 14.DINDA 15.IRFAN

    NOTE: NO NEHRA,JADEJA PLEASE. WE NEED ALL ROUNDERS

    BONUS: ROHIT-SEHWAG-RAINA-YUVI CAN BOWL 15-20 OVERS BETWEEN THEM VIRAT CAN FIELD GREAT RAYUDU- A SUPERB BATSMAN & KEEPER

  • POSTED BY pacyCricket on | June 24, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    When u see most of the ppl against R.jadeja, I think it is bcos of his attitude. When someone bats at 7 or 8 down and that with a batting ability(as they say) should try to hold the crease giving confidence to the main batsman. Going through illogical running, mostly dropping sitters (as they say best indian fielder), pitching the ball as short as possible or bowling a pacy full ball. We can easily say these comes with experience. In that case give every indian domestic player a 25 matches with Indian XI.

  • POSTED BY nate63 on | June 24, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    India should never forget their great players of this generation were made from the old domestic system, a place where knowledge was passed on from older Indian players to the "golden generation". For all its glitz and glamour the IPL will never teach them these values. What does the IPL tell you, if you have a few shots, and can slog a bit, you make a bit of money out of cricket. None of the players now (except perhaps Gambhir) can be even spoke of in the same breath as Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Sehwag, even if you compare where they were at the same age!

  • POSTED BY srisa on | June 24, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    There have been a lot of changes to the Indian Cricket team since the 2003 world cup, we've changed coaches, captains and various other personnel both on and off the field. But the fact that these six players have become the core of the team is the truth. Therefore, it is important for our younger players to gain some inspiration from these players to perform at the level India performed in '03 and maybe take it a step further in 2011. The bowling will be the key, as in the recent past India has relied too much upon their batters to win matches for them. Batting has always been India's strength but just like any other sport, without defense there is no offense, hence why we need to concentrate on improving the bowling stocks we have into the lead up of the world cup.

  • POSTED BY asraruwant on | June 23, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Guys im really shocked with ur choices so far, that tells me how much u guys know abt cricket most of u r having seven batsmen in ur XI, n im asking on what basis? If u wanna win worldcup u cannot win it with 10 overs from part time spinners.India need a bowling allrounder at no:7 if they wanna win d world cup becoz sub continent pitches will be quiet flat so six batters will do d job but at 7 u need a bowling allrounder and d best available for india as a bowling allrounder is Irfan pathan and i think india shud go with him. My XI- 1)Sehwag 2) Tendulkar 3) Gambhir 4) Raina 5) Yuvraj 6) Dhoni 7) Irfan 8)Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Praveen 11 Nehra. My extras will be Ojha, Ishant(Shud Play if he is fitter n in better form than nehra or praveen) Rohit, Kohli,Jadeja( Only to be in d squad as an allrounder if irfan fails miserably). The above is d best 16 man squad i can come up with although if allowed 18 i wud include Utthappa and Ashwin. But i think we can only have 16

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    @ priyanka soares i agree that u have the right to ur own opinion but u should also think at how many games we have lost because of him 2009 20-20 world cup he came 1 down which was dhoni's fault but to kick off with that he scored 25 of 35 balls in a 20-20 like come on and that game we lost only by three runs even if he scored 30 of 35 we would have won and perhaps made it to the semi's and then at the 2010 20-20 wc he let watson and warner from australia scored three sixes of consecutive balls we lost that game caz of the indian batsmen's difficulty vs. the short ball but the he dropped chris gayle when he was on 25 and he went on to score 98 in the good game see he is a professional and i am not but im sorry to say he has to start playing first-class or list A then he has to improve his batting, bowling, and fielding cases then he will be good then against sri lanka in the game be4 the asia cup final he got out to a ball going at a normal speed that anybody can hit for a four

  • POSTED BY Slashin10 on | June 23, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Ideal Playing 11: 1. Tendulkar 2. Sehwag 3. Gambhir 4. Rohit 5. Yuvraj 6. MS Dhoni 7. Raina 8. Harbhajan 9.Ojha 10. Zaheer 11. Irfan Pathan

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    The problem with the indian cricket team is nothing to do with the way the players form or anything.I think other than the captain MS.Dhoni there is really no other player who inspires the other people to perform. Sehwag and Sachin do inspire, but most of the times they are not available.An important point about the article was how the records spoke for the likes of Rahul,sourav,srinath,tendulkar and kumble during the 2003 world cup. People like nehra and harbhajan got inspired as they were playing ahead of a stalwart like kumble! If india wants to win , they need to be united and each and everyone of the team should inspire the others to perform!! India will win the world cup for sure if this attitude is adopted!

  • POSTED BY Drahanif on | June 23, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I have always felt that during India Pakistan encounters, India always let the game slip away due to their poor bowling. I think the only difference between India and a championship is a fast bowler that is not afraid of bowling fast.

  • POSTED BY ajee on | June 23, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Well, the perfect XI should be : Veeru, Sachin, Gambhir, Rohit, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer, Nehra. The bench should include Ishant/(Seamer in peak at that moment), Ojha, Uthappa and Kohli.

    The one guy who needs to be shown the exit is R Jadeja... a pure waste in the squad. Still wonder how dare someone call him an allrounder when he is not fit to bat, ball nor to field.. Wish the selectors get the rite combination for the sub-continent pitches.. Still some more months to go...All the best India..

    Hope Sachins dream gets fulfiled :) before he hangs up his boots...

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    My WC XI will be 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Virat Kohli 5. Suresh Raina 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni 7. Yuvraj Singh 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Asish Nehra

    Irfan Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Rohit Sharma as extras

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    i dont knw why ppl are after ravindra jadeja..he is jst 21 yrs old youngste trying his level best in contributing in every possible department of cricket.. playing under pressure is difficult at times..but we all knw tht he can be the best all rounder tht we can have for world cup..sitting at home and watching cricket on t.v nd passing judgements over cricketer is not a good idea.. wat this players go through is something we cannot imagine.. thy play for country tht too under so much pressure... lets respect thr hardwork.. winning nd losing is a part of game.. ravindra jadeja we trust ur capabilities.. hope u prove every wrong and make india proud..

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    On bowling front, I would have liked another 2003 member, Ajit Agarkar (he didn't played a single match in thet WC though) making comeback to team India. He was the one who played most important role in Mumbai winning Ranji this year, and have average, economy and strike rate which all these can only dream of. And not to forget all those wickets, and very good fielding, and the experience he would have brought in. But since it is too late for team to draft him in, we will have to hope someone else will raise to assist Zahir to take those wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Sometimes I really wonder whether we are actually preparing for world cup. If so, of mind RP,Ishant ,Shrishant ,irfan & yuvi right now must be playing in India A & should have played in Zimbabwe.We are giving chances too all new ,not-so-talented guys in present time while we are forgetting that all above mentioned guys have proved themselves time to time & all the really require is their confidence back. Just tell me one thing whether Dinda ,pankaj singh,umesh yadav,V.Kumar can even ball with decent speed or swing or they have any extra batting talent???? If zaheer,praveen or harbhajan get injured then surely it will be like W.Indies world cup/or last 2 20-20 world cups.Everybody is just discussing about batting where we actually have a few replacements, so guys just worry about our bowling dept. instead .

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | June 23, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    India need to have the best of the REST: Tendulkar,2.Sehwag,3.Gambhir,4.Dravid, 5.Dhoni,6.Raina,7,Yuvraj. 8.Harbajan,9. Misra,10. Khan, 11.Sreesant,12.Inshan Sharma. 13. Rohit Sharma,14. Infan Pathan. 15. Ojha,16. Lakshman. This is for five day cricketI don't know why Dravid is not given a another chance in the ODI. He has one of the best records in ODI over 20,000. runs. They kept shunning this guy. He is the one to built partnership in the middle with Dhoni. For one dayer ODI. Tendulkar,2. Sehwag,3. Gambhir,4. Dravid. 5.Dhoni,6. Raina,7.Yuvraj,8. Infan Pathan,9. Harbajan,10.Khan, 11. P.Kumar. 12. Sreesant,13.Rohit. Kholi. 15.Ojha. The younger players have to wait their chance. The older players Lakshman and dravid is still there.Rohit got a lot of chances ? Kholi is always there. Raina is the best FIELDSMAN in the world. it is a hard task for India for 2011. I think Pakistan will have the best team. They have the Fastmen. S.N.SINGH USA

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    continuing wid dat i still think indian middle orderis feeble dey got all d stoke players!!!i seriously feel dat v should have dravid in dere!!!!!at d end of d day cricket crazy common indian needs to c india wining d world cup which i think is not possible wid d inconsistency v have in r middle order!!!Dravid got still lot of cricket left in him n dis is d rite tym for u do use him .....he is a world class cricketer n v need his experience in d subcontinent flat pitches!!!whereas bowling is concerned its really disgracefull to c no indian bowler can bowl over 80m/hr consistently let alone 140 to 150m/hr....i think selector should start thinkin n actin properly n dey shld not forget dey r representing a billion people nation who r cricket obssesed ,its tym to use our reserves lyk dravid properly or odawise its gnna b very late 4 indians n r cricket team!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    being an indian n cricket crazy person i personally feel dat since v omitted dravid n ganguly from one day team from australian tour which happened in 2007 v have tried rohit , dinesh ,suresh ,gambhir ,uthappa ,virat , irfan , yousuf n many more batsmen n out of dis only gambhir n raina has been d part of indian team consistently....n wen it comes to bowling v have in worst case scenario v have only zaheer as a spearhead n v tried shree , r p ,ishant , praveen ,nehra n many more n in spin department v have tried jadeja , mishra , ojha n murali kartik .now if u look at d time span from d dat series untill worldcup its 4 years n v r still lookin for rite players in all aspects n dis players r keep getting chances .....its gud dat dey r performing well in domestic n gettin there pace earned but how v gnna win d world cup wid all d inconsistentent players..selectors keep on sayin dat dis got potentials but i think its enough now !!!to hell wid every excuse v common ppl needs results!!!!!

  • POSTED BY .DON. on | June 23, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    My Ideal starting XI 1. Sehwag 2. Tendulkar 3. Gambhir 4. Rohit 5. Yuvraj 6. MS Dhoni 7. Raina 8. Harbhajan 9.Ojha 10. Zaheer 11.Nehra Rest 4 players could be-- 12. Mishra 13. RP 14. Praveen 15. Irrfan

  • POSTED BY Shash28 on | June 23, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    We should hope that bowling matters come WC 2011... India's challenge can be built on a batting platform which should hold them in good stead... but as I said before, HOPEFULLY, bowling does play a role on most of these flat tracks...

  • POSTED BY kunalnarse19 on | June 23, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    My Starting 16 for the World Cup... Dhoni,Viru,Sachin,Gauti,Yuvraj,Raina,R.Sharma/V.Kohli/Uthappa(any 2) Jadeja/Y.Pathan,I.Pathan,Zaheer,Pravin Kumar,Nehra,Ishant, Harbhajan, Ojha/Mishra

    Playing XI as of now 1) Sachin 2) Viru 3) Gauti 4) Yuvraj 5) Dhoni 6) Raina 7) Jadeja 8) Harbhajan 9) PK 10) Zaheer 11) Nehra

  • POSTED BY Sree.Rox.Rahul on | June 23, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Jadeja have to bat atleast for win this time

  • POSTED BY MeeraKrishna on | June 23, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    To solve the issue may be BCCI must enforce some rule like every team can play only 5-6 players from the previous match to the next match atleast at the domestic level. This wold make sure that players are not only in the squad and they are playing and getting match practice as well. This would also make sure that players cannot take there place for granted and have to perform to retain their spot. This would also make way for a large pool of players in each of the category say batsmen, fast bowler, spinner, all rounder. One way this would also reduce the fatigue of the players. Otherwise bench strength would be tested only in case of dead rubber and nowadays india is not getting too many dead rubbers though.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | June 23, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Team for world Cup 1. Sehwag 2. Tendulkar 3. Gambhir 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. MS Dhoni 7. Robin Uthappa/ Suresh raina 8. Harbhajan Singh/ Pragyan Ojha 9. Praveen kumar/Vinay Kumar 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Ashish Nehra please forget JADEJA the match LOOSER, we lost Hell out of matches due to him. pls forgegt d karthik too, hell lot of chnaces have been given for him, if dhoni gets injured get uthappa for wicket keeping and make shewag or gambhir as captain

  • POSTED BY HarshaVReddy on | June 23, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Longivity is great, but lacking consistancy is bad. Goutham is good when he sees great batsman around him, other wise he is pretty ordinary. To win World cup consistancy is very important that is lacking with all our prime youth ICONS. AS few of posts suggested they should get proper test match calls and they should prove. unless youth will be firing in one match and failing in 10 matches. Personally, with out Rahlu Dravid middle order is weak.

  • POSTED BY aditya104 on | June 23, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Heard a lot about Jaidev Unadkat, wnat to see him bowl. There is still a lot of time for WC. Nobody should b taken for granted. But if the WC were supposed to be next month then I like @Chatla;s team

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Opening pair of Sachin and Sehwag can be a real threat to any team in any conditions, and Dhoni, Raina, Gambhir and Yuvraj ( in form ) can give strength to middle order. Zaheer,Nehra ( or RP Singh ), Parveen and Harbhajan will have to play the major role with the ball...., one gap of all rounder can be filled by Rohit Sharma or Yusuf Pathan ......and they can keep Robin Uthapa, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma as substitutes in case of any injury.... if they all work as Team..., they can do wonders.

    I am surprised to see ravinder jadeja in the Indian Team, why is he in the team, he is not good for anything....., he drops catches, never makes runs when needed, the way he ball..., even Dhoni can ball better than him. why are the selector's not learning their lessons...., India had crashed out of two T20 World Cup's totaly due to ravinder jadeja...., he should be banned to play cricket.

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | June 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    All the Indian greats mentioned here have played a significant number of tests. Test cricket introduces consistency into how players' apply themselves to short term gameplans as well as stay on top of their long-term approach to fitness. Anyone remember that match when Sachin decided not to play and subsequently did not play the front foot offdrive at all? Anyone remember the last time Dravid was injured because of improper fitness preparation (that bouncer he caught does not count)? So there is no point judging the capabilities of these younger players until they have played a significant number of tests over several years.

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | June 23, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    All this is very nice & interesting to talk about, but I remember what I think was a comment from Arjuna Ranatunga at the start of his world cup campaign - My bowlers might be weak, but batsmen are brilliant. As long as my team scores 1 run more than the opposition every time, we have won the world cup.

    Impacts of this comment -

    1) batsmen who were actually talented were told explicitly, you cannot blame the bowlers when our side loses - in a team game, you with the additional god-given talent have a job to do, fill in for the weakness of your colleagues. 2) less pressure on the less than talented bowlers, allowing them to focus on their job without worrying about the possible result.

    If the Indian Media & Dhone think along these lines, India can win. Else, forget it - the batsmen know that 90 % effort is enough to stay in the tam, for the result, just blame the bowlers - who cares for the cup !

  • POSTED BY adityadhar23 on | June 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    My Ideal starting XI

    1. Sehwag 2. Tendulkar 3. Gambhir 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. MS Dhoni 7. Robin Uthappa 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Sreesanth 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Ashish Nehra

    12. Pragyan Ojha

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | June 23, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Dhoni looks jaded/old in the picture for this article.

  • POSTED BY AzizPirani on | June 23, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    India has got the best potential batting power. But it is very inconsistent on big occassions. To win World Cup only batting is not enough it also matters in bowling. This is the other side of the coin which is very limp. Look at the scenario in World Cup 2003, it was batting and bowling which brought us to the finals and then it was bowling which let us down. The scenario is even worst as of now as far as bowling is concerned. We have Zaheer and Harbhajan the 2 best. But we do not have replacement for Kumble at all who is a real fighter. We do not have a good intelligent pace attack such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia or England. If we want to win the World Cup then we shall have to reconsider the bowling and all-rounder spot in the team India. This would psychologically increase the morale of captain and team as a whole. Just as selectors have given the best batting options to Captain, they must also give similar options in bowling. World Cup 1983 Indian team had all these perfect

  • POSTED BY KrupeshPatel on | June 23, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Yes it's true the there is no replacement for dravid and ganguly or srinath and kumble. now this is where the selectors steps in. they are playing games with the team. for example was umesh yadav doing in zimbabwe when everyone, including the chairman of selector and yadav himself, knows that he will not be a part of 15 member world cup team........ Ishant one of the prime bowlers was not even sent with india A team........... no one can win match with out match practice

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Survivors - Right choice of word!

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    My dream team for India for 2011 World Cup: 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni 5. Suresh Raina 6. Saurab Tiwary 7. Yuvraj Singh 8. Harbajan Singh 9. Ashish Nehra 10.Zaheer 11.Ravindra Jadeja 12.Rohit Sharma 13. Irfan Pathan 14. p. ojha 15. Virat 16. Srisanth/amit mishra/ishant/pyush/uthappa/yusuf

  • POSTED BY desibabu90 on | June 23, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    i don't understand the reason Irfan Pathan has not been selected for such a long period of time. he is the only hope we have for a fast bowling allrounder and we are squandering it.

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | June 23, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    India's youngsters need to come through thick and fast! The team that India currently posses is a team that can win the world cup, but they need everyone on fire! My team for the World cup would be S Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Y Singh, MS Dhoni, S Raina, R Jadeja, H Singh, Z Khan, I Sharma and P Kumar. Ishant only gets picked if he ups his performances this year, but i feel that he is a big part of the team purely because of his height, bounce and pace! Yuvraj is a must because he is a match winner on this day, but needs to lose weight and concentrate on being a cricket superstar not a bollywood superstar! Jadeja will play an important part as the second spinner in the team. The rest of the squad will be from V Kohli, R Sharma, A Nehra, RP Singh, I Pathan, D Karthik, M Vijay, Sreesanth, S Tiwary, A Mishra, P Ojha.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    The team which is able to extend a good form for month woild be the champions. It is of very little concern how many players of 2007 Finalist Sri Lankan Team have survived or number of players from 2007 Champion Australian still play the World Cup . Big players won't matter much.

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | June 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I think we need to forget about trying to have more "young talent" and have some experienced players.. I would say 5 out of 6 from 2003 WC should play next year.. maybe not nehra.. unless we absolutely can't find a better bowler.. we definetly need an allrounder.. yuvraj could well be one.. sehwag could bowl as well... BUT PLEASE BRING IRFAN BACK!! he might not have done well for couple matches... but didn't yuvraj get chances for couple years while his form was up and down?!? CMON SELECTORS! GIVE IRFAN A CHANCE!

  • POSTED BY elPatriota on | June 23, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    First off, the selectors have got to get rid of the thoughtless R.Jadeja. Irfan Pathan is the best replacement and a genuine all rounder. Selectors give an unacceptable explanation about Irfan, saying he hasn't performed... how can they say that, when they're not giving him opportunities?? Choosing the right team is the first best thing to be done. Getting the chosen team to have the team spirit is next. Dhoni by far has been doing a good job at that, although hes getting bad team selection by the selectors. The bowling department is good with Zaheer, Harbhajan, Praveen Kumar, Ojha, and I.Pathan. Nehra & Sreesanth has to be completely avoided.

  • POSTED BY raamakumar on | June 23, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    India's batting is fragile because we don't have technically brilliant players. We have flat pitch tigers in the team and the tradition continues - we will continue to get the likes of Yusuf Pathan and Sourabh Tiwary now into the team.. while a Rayudu laguishes in the sidelines. If our middle order has to have solidity under pressure and pacers, its needs Ambati Raydu middle and center. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Six survivors from India's 2003 World Cup campaign are likely to play in the 2011 edition. And going by the younger talent at hand, the nation's hopes will rest on these six

  • POSTED BY PSK_analyst on | June 23, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    The Indian batsman are masters in flat sub-continental pitches but become paper tigers in fast bouncy pitches ( except Tendulkar ,Sehwag & Dhoni) . You can't depend on these people all the time in all situations & invariably India lose. In the case of bowling , the indian bowlers are quite useless in sub-continental conditions when there are attacking batsmen of sound quality. The bowling clicks only when there is some swing or when the opposition batsmen commit hara-kiri ( we are hoodwinked that our bowlers bowled well ). To have a turning pitch is of little use when a part-time spinner like sehwag can turn the ball more than the regular one harbhajan singh. The only way out is to score big in every match and hope the bowlers don't lose the game. To win a WC like this is near impossible!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    The great Indian players of the last 20 years have either retired or are at the end of their careers. The younger players aren't of the same quality. India is going to have a period in the wilderness until a new crop of good players comes along. Australia went through it in the 1980s, England in the 1990s and the West Indies in the 2000s. In the 2010s it's going to be India's turn. But keep supporting them- eventually the tide will turn.

  • POSTED BY vikicork on | June 23, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    For people who called Irfan a bits and pieces cricketer ,that cricketer did take more wickets than your so called fast bowlers in the most recent IPL

    and of course he scored far more runs

    he has always played well when given the chance

    continuing to ignore him in the side ,there has to be a far more sinister reason ,theres no cricketing logic here ,he must have pissed off someone real bad like Srikkanth or perhaps even Dhoni

    whatever it is, its totally unfair

  • POSTED BY vbhaskar on | June 23, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    My dream team for India for 2011 World Cup: 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni 5. Suresh Raina 6. Saurab Tiwary 7. Yuvraj Singh 8. Harbajan Singh 9. Ashish Nehra 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Ravichandran Ashwin 12.Ravindra Jadeja

  • POSTED BY vikicork on | June 23, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Prfan Pathan has to be in the side and probably Uthapaa

    we cannot afford to ring back Ishant,Sreesanth or play Dinda,Nehra,Umesh

    havent we learnt already or do we enjoy seeing them hit for 7 runs an over match after match adnt not contribute with the bat at all

    Sreesanth and Ishant were total disasters for their respective IPL teams as well ,they need to be considered only for test cricket

    PLEASE BRING BACK IRFAN

  • POSTED BY Adityak on | June 23, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Nicely written article ... good build up towards next year ... I think the batting top-order looks really solid - Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Rohit/Virat, Yuvraj, Dhoni & 4 bowlers should work fine .. I think Raina and Gambhir do stand in the same league as Dravid and Ganguly and we shouldnt be worried on tht front .. they are proven world-class match-winners ...

  • POSTED BY AzizPirani on | June 23, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Bowling is realy a serious worry for India. Its not new issue known to us. Best bowling combination for Indian team was during early 1980. It was a match winning and since then it has never achieved that peak of bowling. We can not rely on 2 good bowlers and continue to compromise with other inconsistent bowlers. India is such a big Nation but still can't find 4 good geniun 50 over cricket bowlers. It is strange to see other Nations such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka from sub continent have good and consistent bowlers. They are quality and inteligent bowlers. Other than that also England, Australia and South Africa have quality and dependable bowlers in them who can adapt on any given conditions of the world. Sincerely BCCI needs to look at it seriously so we do not let go the opportunity of getting the World Cup 2011 on our home soil.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    why nehra is part of the core is beyond me !!!

  • POSTED BY rakeshpittukallis on | June 23, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Dravid at no 3 or no 4....this will be a big boost to the team...world cup is about pressure......dravid has done very well in world cups and champion trophies......1999wc-leading run scorer,missed the man of the series award.... 2003 wc-nearly 450 runs,considering sachin scored around 600,450 is an excellent score for a middle order player...in 2007 wc he was the only shining light in out defeat against sri lanka....how cud they ignore this player....if sehwag who is a crap in fitness and who gets out after scoring 30 or 40,y not dravid....if i have dravid in ma pool of players,i first pick him and the rest of the team

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | June 23, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Well wrote Dileep. Ashwin is a world class bowler. I hope the selectors include him in the squad. This being a tournament held in the subcontinent, I think we don't have to overly worried about the pace bowlers. Zaheer Khan and a possible return of Ishant Sharma will do the trick. Its a sorry tale for Irfan Pathan. I hope he comes back. Please don't laugh at me for suggesting something: India should try Agarkar again. He is a good fielder and can bowl at 140kph. He should be told that his role is just to field and bat the team out of trouble on occassions and bowl sometimes. In effect, he should do the same job that Harris used to do for the New Zealand or even Robin Singh used to do for India. I think if Agarkar concetrates on his batting more, his expereince and utitlity can still be very useful for India in ODI's. Again, please dont' laugh at me for suggesting this. Think about it? It will work.

  • POSTED BY dhoni148 on | June 23, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    i think india never had a good bowling side except at 83 world cup and 85 world series when they bowled really well,its india batting that has lifted them to no 2 in odi and no 1 in tests,they should have glenn macgra as bolwing coach not dumb simmons,and as why do they always loose in finals thats a big qusetion too? Jaidev undaskat ia good bowling option just like australia have taken josh hazelwood in trip to england,ishant and sreesanth leak a lot of runs ,its corect we should carry irfan along becasue he is not doing any good by sitting outside,even if he doesnt perform take him along,dravids presence in 2011 should provide a big support,my WC XI sachin,sehwag,gambhir/yuvraj,dravid,raina,dhoni,irfan,zaheer,ishant,bhaji,stiwari.saurabh tiwari and ashwin shuld be given cahnce because they have potential and can make good allrounders,jadeja is mug with the bat.mrf pace academ shuld have special coaching only for indian fast bowlers if not kapil,binny or madan lal can be appointed.

  • POSTED BY Da-Silva1996 on | June 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Despite be a South African, i am huge Sri Lankan fan and started watching the sport when because of the unusual orthodox players that make the game exciting.While India may have obvious reasons for concern regarding their team, i am pleased with Sri Lankan teams performance especially with key players rested.Finally they are starting to play collectively as a unit and the batting contributions from each batsmen has been consistent which was a concern.With the likes of Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis coming through they have the makings of a super team and good stability to mount the World Cup campaign a good challenge.Keep the up the good work SL.

  • POSTED BY KYZA on | June 23, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    I feel for India, they have always been so strong with thier batting like others ahve mentioned with the likes of Ganguly, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Laxman(test), they have had great players in the middle overs, and batting has always been thier strength. However when it comes to thier batting, when these players like Tendulkar who must be ready to hang up his pads soon. The Indian team must be really worried as the new talent is not good enough, Raina, Sharma, Kohli, Tiwary, the list is endless, all these players are to my knowledge ok players but not great players, they will find it hard to fill in these gaps. Now for the bowling Kumar, Sreesanth, RP, Ishant, are all ok bowlers I would say they are not as good as thier predessors and India are finding it really hard to replace past superstars, I have not seen any really great talent come out of India for some time, especially fast bowlers there are none? and spin options are also limited after Harbhajan, India need to think??

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i feel as if the Indian board is busy making the batting line up look stronger and stronger and have not paid much attention towards the bowling department. The only thing where India is behind almost every cricketing nation is their bowling, they have not found a single bowler who could come up and bowl 4 stunning overs and take quick wickets regularly. They had Ishant Sharma, who was a good enough bowler but somehow he lost his pace and accuracy, they had Sreesanth, who had some pace but no accuracy and had some discipline problems and now they have Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan singh! Praveen Kumar is only good when the ball is swinging and seaming, Zaheer Khan is now a shadow of himself and Harbhajan, again a shadow of himself! Harbhajan used to be an attacking off spinner and he was better off as an attacking option, i dont know if Dhoni is not using him properly or is there some other problem! I think now is the time they need a young and pacy talent

  • POSTED BY Chatla on | June 23, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    My Team: 1) Sehwag 2) Tendlya 3) Gambhir 4) Dravid 5) Rohit Sharma 6) Dhoni 7) Raina 8) Irfan pathan 9) Bhajji 10) Zaheer 11) P.Kumar.

    Extra Players: 12) Yuvraj 13) RA Jadeja 14) A.Nehra 15) PP Ohja 16) KD Karthik (back-up keeper)

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | June 23, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    WC 2011 seems a distant dream. In India, experience does not translate to performance. For all his experience, Yuvraj still behaves like a juvenile in the field and the bowlers implode with the slightest of pressure. And Sachin too feels the heat while chasing. An experienced India does not mean a performing India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Hi prem thanks for your nice article as u said six are major still we need one allrounder as in this condition we should have to move over irfhan pathan we got good experince as well good batting skill than other allrounder as about his bowling which is way better than ravinder jadeja .Irfan still got more experince than any other bowler . If we talk about zaheer he is useless in big matches as stats shown abt him . Nehra is juz lyk 12th man who nevber ever got good fitness . Parveen is still showing better skill and attitute .Yuvi is most imp factor for india as sehwag and yuvi are only player who can get india win from any condition as a allrounder tooo.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    WITHOUT ALLROUNDER LIKE IRFAN , INDIA WILL NOT MAKE IN TO THE SEMI'S

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    India (General public and media) could win the world cup until someone actually wins the cup. For them India is the favorite in all the tournaments but result will suggest otherwise. First they should accept the weakness and then planning accordingly. The simple fact is India is the only international team competes without a genuine all-rounder. They cannot afford to have one they have the weakest international balling attack. India to win BCCI has to make a good negotiation with the umpires as they always do during domestic series.

  • POSTED BY enigma77543 on | June 23, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Although a lot of people hate Jadeja,I think he can be useful as the WC is in the sub-continent so India can do with a spinner-allrounder He regularly bowls his 10 for 40-50 with a wicket or two (better than other bowlers for sure) but I do believe that he needs to improve his stroke-play as he isn't good enough to bat higher & doesn't've enough shots to bat at 7 & score at 8-10 rpo in the death overs.Pathan would be an ideal man at 7 in that sense (although his bowling isn't as good as Jadeja's) but first he needs to sort out his problems against short ball,may be he should make bowlers bowl at him from 16 paces & bowl at his ribs & head & try to smack those for fours & sixes,then he'll EASILY get back into the team.Irfan was once a good pick but not so today it seems,he should've improved on his bowling speed & concetrated his efforts on becoming a front-line pacer but now he's just someone who is neither a good enough bowler or a good enough batsman,just bits & pieces cricketer

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | June 23, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Its not about the experience that they have, look at Aussies, Tim Paine, Dougie, Ryan,Hauritz,White don't have huge expereince in terms of games played, but they have proved far more successfull even in subcontinent conditions. Remeber Clint McKay in that famous chase in Hyd last year, even he proved quite handy in his debut. The problem is our youngsters dont have the confidence in thier own abilities and have hardly any apetite to learn. Kholi and Rohit must have shut Yuvi out with performances in Asia Cup, ill be surprised if Yuvi does not make a comeback for the Tri Series in Aug. Its hard to imagine India as a strong contender in this edition of WC, if they make it to the finals at Wankhade anything is possible, but id rather put my money on Aussies despite being a passionate Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY drake1234 on | June 23, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    world cup is big thing.... can india win this year asia cup even that would b intersting to see... full fledged indian side floored by second grade srilankan squad, taking in consideration the players they rested.indian cricket is going downhill.. and expecting them to win next year world cup is bit too much next to impossible. Sachin's dream may n't b reality next year . harsh but true,truth of indian cricket..

  • POSTED BY enigma77543 on | June 23, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Bowling is a serious worry because if India can't keep bigger oppositions like Aus,SA,SL under 300 then batting will be under too much pressure & we all know what happens with Indian batting when that happens. Zaheer doesn't look as penetrative,Pravin is too slow to scare batsmen on flat pitches,Nehra is too inconsistent,Ishant who seemed like an oasis in a desert,just turned out to be a mirage,Srisanth gives away way too many runs for too small a return,RP I don't know what happened to him he's become an alter ego of Srisanth & also gives away tons of runs & the less we talk about the likes of Dinda & others,the better With India's strong batting,I'd put my money on India doing relatively well (unless they somehow manage to repeat their 2007 stupidity) but with their bowling,sooner rather than later,they'll turn up in a crucial match(es) where batting fails to bail'em out & bowling isn't good enough to win it for them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Tendulkar's heroics apart, Indian team's biggest asset in 2003 was its fast bowling unit, With Nehra, Srinath and Zaheer consistently bowling at close to 90 mph and hitting the good areas. They won the matches on their own against England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively. They were able to defend not-so-imposing totals against Zimbabwe and England with relative ease. The Indian bowling now lacks the penetrative power. These are totally different conditions ofcourse but the Indian spin department doesnt look that impressive either. They have to start thinking beyond Ravindra Jadeja. Pragyan Ojha is a much better bowler.Batting wise, Raina, Gambhir and Dhoni have won a match or two under pressure before in the sub-continent.That is encouraging somewhat. They are playing at home and that is India's biggest strength, and the biggest weakness too. A lot depends on how Tendulkar reacts to the pressure and how close Yuvraj would get to his match-winning self.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | June 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    A few things stand out in the Indian team. Awesome batting, particularly the few superstars (Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni) but terrible bowling. And the fielding isn't that great either.

    To be honest, many of India's fast bowlers actually look good AWAY from India and on the bouncy/swinging England, South African, New Zealand and Australian wickets (especially Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth, but who in the subcontinent get hammered for 7 runs an over and can't pick up more than 1 wicket).

  • POSTED BY enigma77543 on | June 23, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Raafay,yes,Players who are doing well in ODIs in the domestic cricket,they shouldn't be picked on their IPL performances as their is a lot of difference between IPL/20-20s & ODI Cricket or Tests for that matter. The article makes a valid point about having good bowlers to restrict oppositions,India's bowling is pathetic that most teams easily score at 6 rpo & hence they depend heavily on their batting & although it is good,you can't expect them to score 300 or more everytime they come, ergo bowling needs to improve & restrict sides to about 250 or consistently if India are to win the WC.Manasvi,bringing Dravid back would be a terrible choice as we already have more than enough batting,bowling is the problem so I agree I'd like to see Murali Kartik being given an opportunity,he's a good bowler but selectors've treated him very badly & what more,he's a more attacking ODI bowler than Bhaji,Bhaji only looks to contain in ODIs but as someone said,best way to contain batsman is to get'em out

  • POSTED BY SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on | June 23, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Rahul Dravid should be added to that list- he will once again be called in to do an emergency job at WC 2011.

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | June 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Well, a very well scripted article. Enjoyed it untill the very last line. "winning a World Cup on home soil rests very much on the shoulders of those who have been there and done that."??? Who are you talking about ?? Did I miss a worldcup that India won after 1983???

  • POSTED BY vibh_ch on | June 23, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    I would put the blame fully on the present selection committee,for the simple fact that they havnt let any of the bowlers stake a permanent place in the team,be it RP,Sreesant and even the spinners.One thing,though we have younger lot good enough to play at this level,we havent seen anyone take on the opposition ruthlessly like a Dhoni,Yuvraj or Sehwag.Lesser be said of our bowling.But still,Raina,Rohit,Kohli are the best available options and they have played few important knocks,but since we have a lot of love for SL,and hence keep playing them all through a year,we have no chance of testing the youngsters against the likes of Australia,SA,England.So we hope for some miracle,for someone to come from nowhere and take on the world like Hercules,bowl,bat and field like no one else did and get us that most coveted of the trophies.This is what we always do.And that is where we are not Australia.Good luck for the 2011 WC!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Girishiyer on | June 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    India should consider itself fortunate that they are in top 5 and will be playing the sub continent. they don't have bowling attack as the other majot teams do. they have been winning most of the matches solely due to their batting. if it fails then they look shabby,fielding is pathetic. they are conquering when teams like new zealand and west indies are dwindling.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Irfan Pathan and Jadeja playing together would be like a boon. A dream of having two genuine all-rounders in the team

  • POSTED BY diri on | June 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    SIMPLE REALLY....INDIA RELY ON SEHWAG. IF HE IS OUT OF FORM OR GETS INJURED THEN INDIA WONT MAKE IT PAST THE 1ST ROUND. THE REST OF THE PLAYERS ARE A WASTE

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | June 23, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    How can we think of unearthing new talent, if the only 'new' batsman we give chance to is Dinesh Karthik- in either one day or tests, or 20/20. 'Emerging talents like Saurabh Tiwari, or Manish Pandey can possibly learn how to carry the drinks because Karthik is the only one to be given chances. And if Irfan is the only possible allrounder that India has seen in recent times, why not try him out -in at least some inconsequential series- or do the wise men under Srikkanth intend to bring him on just in time for the world cup. Again, if Yuvraj is going to be a part of the team, why drop him now- so that he can eat some more Paneer Butter Masala at home and earn a few more kilograms? Possibly we are the only team in the world - which keeps on talking about the world plan, but have absolutely no plan in place.

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | June 23, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    The problem with Indian team is in selection. Srikanth is bent upon propoting Tamil Nadu palyers (e.g., Karthik, Vijay) inspite of their repeated failures in top games. Then people like Raina who never succeds when going is tough keep getting chances. If India has to win the world cup, Dravid is a MUST. The team for the world cup should be: Shewag, Sachin, Gambir, Yuvraj, Dravid, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Harbajan, Zhahir, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Sreeshanth (yes, get the Meverick back), Ishant Sharma, Uttappa (he can keep and open if need be), Poojara, and Unadkat or Mishra. The playing XI is first 11 is the first 11 with Shewag, Yuvraj, Rohit, and Sachin sharing the 5th bowler role. It is high time (soon after the world cup) people like Poojara (included in world cup), Manish Pandey, and Abhimanyu Mithun are given chances. It is such a shame that they are ignored. Ian Chappell saw great talent in Rohit Sharma....but he hardly gets chances. It is all about selections.

  • POSTED BY Sekhar_S on | June 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Spot on in your assessment of Raina,Kohli and Rohit not having played any defining innings in high pressure situations.The solution would be give a couple of them chances in the coming Tests against Sri Lanka,probably Australia and then New Zealand.Gambhir's excellent form in ODIs is partly because of the temperament and the confidence he gained from playing a good number of Tests. Another player who might just sneak in to the side is Robin Uthappa.He deserves his due for his brilliant showing in IPL 2010 and he might just overtake the likes of Kohli,Rohit and S Tiwary into the 2011 squad.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | June 23, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    India won't win it because of sachin tendulkar. Yes he may score runs in world cup even few centuries. But his presence as a anti team man will upset team unity.

    Sachin never played under ganguly because he do not want ganguly hoist the cup. Now sachin think he can win the world cup with go with dhoni and sehwag coattails to win the world cup.

    Every time some say he is great batsman , i cringe.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | June 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    My mistake how can I leave Gautam Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | June 23, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    How can Indian Selectors be so blind to ignore Irfan Pathan so long, anyway our chosen bowling resources are no better, Praveen Kumar bowls in 120s and so does Irfan and he is surely a much better bat than PK.It's almost evident now there is someone who does not want Irfan Pathan in team, may be Dhoni or may be Srikant.Jadeja is not the allrounder option India need, On Subcontinent wickets Yuvi, Sehwag, Raina and Rohit can bown 10 overs. My team 1.Sehwag,2.Sachin,3.Raina,4.Rohit,5.Yuvraj,6.Dhoni,7.Irfan,8.Harbhajan,9.Zak,10.Nehra,11.PK/Ishant/RP/Shreesanth/Ashwin/Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | June 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well..Both 83's Indian side and Present Indian side has one similarity that is alrounders..now we may not have an alrounder of Kapil's capability(but even if u see that 83 side Kapil Dev is the only one who is a top class alrounder)but we certainly hav more than enough players who can bat and bowl some useful overs( with gud economy rate) and that is why Uvi's return is crucial for India's chances..and this WC is in Subcontinent where these slow bowling alrounders are going to be more effective than the so called Strike bowlers who can run through the batting line ups and this time its going to be our biggest strength along with our strong batting line up.. and ofcourse it would've been great if Yusuf can some how show his domestic and IPL heroics on the big stage but i'm afraid its too late for him :( anyway..all the best Team India..This going to be our best shot to win the WC for sure and hope u guys will rock big time..:)

  • POSTED BY KaZsa on | June 23, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan.As far as I think what india lack is team work and planing.They have good talent in the batting order.But none of them seem to know what their specific role in the team is.At international level just being a good batsman wouldn't win you matches consistently.On your day you will score tons of runs and win the game but other days you will fail as a team.They need to have proper strategies and planing if they want to win the 2011.Fielding is the biggest problem for Indians.It seems everyone is concentrating on batting and no one is thinking about fielding and bowling.They have to rectify that quickly.And as far as I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to try out Irfan again,just like the way Lankans did with Maharoof even with a solid allrounder in Mathews in the side.But one thing is for sure.India has to improve in leaps and bounce if they want to do well in 2011.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | June 23, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Well said, Dileep. Since this IS the WC we are talking about, one must ensure that some short term plans are brought into play as well. Select people for the WC 2011 in mind, and not look too longer than that. For that to happen: 1) Bring Dravid back. The last time he played in ODIs, he was reasonably solid and effective. It will add more experience, solidity and steel to a flashy Indian lineup. 2) Back-up sin options must be fully explored. Ashwin and Murali Kartik ought to have been given chances to stake their claims. 3) Irfan Pathan must be brought in as soon as possible. If he clicks, either with bat or ball, he is THE perfect player at 7. The top 7 should be: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid/Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan. The bowlers are a bigger headache though Bhajji and Zaheer select themselves.

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | June 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    India stands no chance of winning world cup. They have excellent batting resources whether its from 2003 in Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj or whether its recent ones in Dhoni, Gambhir and Raina. I would actually say its better batting lineup than 2003 when Ganguly was a lame duck and Kaif wasnt exactly top notch either. However the bowling resources are so thin that any team can score 270+ score easily against them if they bat first. Harbhajan is good but he doesnt run through sides in ODIs and neither do Nehra or Zaheer. Ojha, Mishra etc. are OKish for ODIs and Praveen and co. just doesnt exude any confidence at all.

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | June 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Sehwag and Yuvi are very important as far as India's chances are concerned, both with the bat and with the ball...moreover, my generation has grown wid the likes of viru and yuvi...so definitely want these two guys to be with the winning team.....

  • POSTED BY vivektheuser on | June 23, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Hi Dileep, Your article reflects true picture of current indian cricket scenario. I feel that since IPL has caome younger generation is not doing much hardwork as it has to be required on this highest level. Present Indian Team is not well balanced and thier bowing looks horrible. It is shame that even on today we have to rely on zahher, nehra, harbhajan for cutting the scoring rate. For taking the wickets you just leave it. There is no genuine strike bowler is available in total bunch of bowlers whether they are in team or they are sidelined. For WC 2011 it has to be going very serious issue, because all pitches will support batsmen heavily. From my side only 8 players are confirming in first 11. sachin, sehwag, gambhir, yuvi, dhoni, raina, bhajji, zaheer. Still No.7, No. 10 and No. 11 are vacant and we require one bowling allrounder at no. 7 (not jadeja he is not a big match material) and 2 genuine bowlers (one who can take wickets and otherwho can contain runs). Hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    there is no doubt that these six key players will play a major role in the india's sucess in 201 wc but to me the key is how we bowl and field. Dhoni,Sehwag,Tendulkaar are the key if india is ready to repeat the heroics of 1983 wc.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    India should concentrate on players that are more capable in ODI instead of picking the players from IPL in the ODI format!

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  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    India should concentrate on players that are more capable in ODI instead of picking the players from IPL in the ODI format!

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    there is no doubt that these six key players will play a major role in the india's sucess in 201 wc but to me the key is how we bowl and field. Dhoni,Sehwag,Tendulkaar are the key if india is ready to repeat the heroics of 1983 wc.

  • POSTED BY vivektheuser on | June 23, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Hi Dileep, Your article reflects true picture of current indian cricket scenario. I feel that since IPL has caome younger generation is not doing much hardwork as it has to be required on this highest level. Present Indian Team is not well balanced and thier bowing looks horrible. It is shame that even on today we have to rely on zahher, nehra, harbhajan for cutting the scoring rate. For taking the wickets you just leave it. There is no genuine strike bowler is available in total bunch of bowlers whether they are in team or they are sidelined. For WC 2011 it has to be going very serious issue, because all pitches will support batsmen heavily. From my side only 8 players are confirming in first 11. sachin, sehwag, gambhir, yuvi, dhoni, raina, bhajji, zaheer. Still No.7, No. 10 and No. 11 are vacant and we require one bowling allrounder at no. 7 (not jadeja he is not a big match material) and 2 genuine bowlers (one who can take wickets and otherwho can contain runs). Hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | June 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Sehwag and Yuvi are very important as far as India's chances are concerned, both with the bat and with the ball...moreover, my generation has grown wid the likes of viru and yuvi...so definitely want these two guys to be with the winning team.....

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | June 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    India stands no chance of winning world cup. They have excellent batting resources whether its from 2003 in Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj or whether its recent ones in Dhoni, Gambhir and Raina. I would actually say its better batting lineup than 2003 when Ganguly was a lame duck and Kaif wasnt exactly top notch either. However the bowling resources are so thin that any team can score 270+ score easily against them if they bat first. Harbhajan is good but he doesnt run through sides in ODIs and neither do Nehra or Zaheer. Ojha, Mishra etc. are OKish for ODIs and Praveen and co. just doesnt exude any confidence at all.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | June 23, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Well said, Dileep. Since this IS the WC we are talking about, one must ensure that some short term plans are brought into play as well. Select people for the WC 2011 in mind, and not look too longer than that. For that to happen: 1) Bring Dravid back. The last time he played in ODIs, he was reasonably solid and effective. It will add more experience, solidity and steel to a flashy Indian lineup. 2) Back-up sin options must be fully explored. Ashwin and Murali Kartik ought to have been given chances to stake their claims. 3) Irfan Pathan must be brought in as soon as possible. If he clicks, either with bat or ball, he is THE perfect player at 7. The top 7 should be: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid/Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan. The bowlers are a bigger headache though Bhajji and Zaheer select themselves.

  • POSTED BY KaZsa on | June 23, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan.As far as I think what india lack is team work and planing.They have good talent in the batting order.But none of them seem to know what their specific role in the team is.At international level just being a good batsman wouldn't win you matches consistently.On your day you will score tons of runs and win the game but other days you will fail as a team.They need to have proper strategies and planing if they want to win the 2011.Fielding is the biggest problem for Indians.It seems everyone is concentrating on batting and no one is thinking about fielding and bowling.They have to rectify that quickly.And as far as I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to try out Irfan again,just like the way Lankans did with Maharoof even with a solid allrounder in Mathews in the side.But one thing is for sure.India has to improve in leaps and bounce if they want to do well in 2011.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | June 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well..Both 83's Indian side and Present Indian side has one similarity that is alrounders..now we may not have an alrounder of Kapil's capability(but even if u see that 83 side Kapil Dev is the only one who is a top class alrounder)but we certainly hav more than enough players who can bat and bowl some useful overs( with gud economy rate) and that is why Uvi's return is crucial for India's chances..and this WC is in Subcontinent where these slow bowling alrounders are going to be more effective than the so called Strike bowlers who can run through the batting line ups and this time its going to be our biggest strength along with our strong batting line up.. and ofcourse it would've been great if Yusuf can some how show his domestic and IPL heroics on the big stage but i'm afraid its too late for him :( anyway..all the best Team India..This going to be our best shot to win the WC for sure and hope u guys will rock big time..:)

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | June 23, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    How can Indian Selectors be so blind to ignore Irfan Pathan so long, anyway our chosen bowling resources are no better, Praveen Kumar bowls in 120s and so does Irfan and he is surely a much better bat than PK.It's almost evident now there is someone who does not want Irfan Pathan in team, may be Dhoni or may be Srikant.Jadeja is not the allrounder option India need, On Subcontinent wickets Yuvi, Sehwag, Raina and Rohit can bown 10 overs. My team 1.Sehwag,2.Sachin,3.Raina,4.Rohit,5.Yuvraj,6.Dhoni,7.Irfan,8.Harbhajan,9.Zak,10.Nehra,11.PK/Ishant/RP/Shreesanth/Ashwin/Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | June 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    My mistake how can I leave Gautam Gambhir.