September 2, 2011

What's with India's bizarre picks?

India's selections in the Twenty20 reflect poor planning by the men in charge
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If I was a young man who had done well in the IPL, say Manish Pandey or Ambati Rayudu or Manoj Tiwary, or even S Badrinath or Yusuf Pathan, I would have been heartbroken to see the team India put out for the Twenty20 against England. None of the top three in the batting order would have made the first-choice XI, and while two of them did well, it still didn't justify their being asked to play the match.

It was great fun to watch Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid put together the partnership of the day for India, and I was delighted young Rahane was finally noticed, but they were on the ground for the wrong reasons. I would like to believe that every time an Indian team takes the field, it has to be the best possible one. At Old Trafford, India seem to look at whoever was left standing from the 50-overs team and took the field with them. By doing so they belittled the contest.

Getting the best T20 team would have meant flying in two or three players from India. It is not a staggering cost and certainly pales before the pride those players would have experienced. We send people to South Africa and to England for appointments with doctors, so surely we should be able to put them on a plane for the privilege of playing for India. Yusuf should have been there, and at least two other top-order batsmen, based on performances back home.

Selection is the most powerful arm of the BCCI, for it can encourage and admonish players, nurture them or ask them to grow further. In fact England's selectors are the unseen heroes behind their team's resurgence. At all times the aim must be to put the best Indian team on the park. India did not do that at Old Trafford.

Rahane benefitted from this lack of passion in selection, and he is a seriously good cricketer, someone we should see a lot more of in the future. He has done it the hard way; not with just a flashy innings here or there but 4673 first-class runs at 67.72, with 17 centuries. And as Dravid debuted at the other end - a farce in itself - Rahane experienced the privilege of batting with nobility.

It could be argued that part of the reason India had to go through this charade was that Gautam Gambhir was suddenly declared unfit. It was the world's most open secret that he wasn't going to play, and it's a pity it took 10 days for the decision to be made - time that could have been well spent in getting another cricketer to acclimatise to the conditions. That cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja, will now turn up cold since he wasn't with the Emerging Players Squad in Australia.

The choice of Jadeja itself is intriguing, since it isn't a like-for-like replacement. To my mind it is an admission that the team originally picked for the one-day internationals was imbalanced, with no one suited to play at No. 7. They didn't need that sort of bridge player at the World Cup because they had Yuvraj Singh as their allrounder, but here they do. The selection has been bizarre in recent times; here an opener has been replaced by a bowling allrounder.

Five international matches have come and gone on this tour and if India don't win one of the first two one-day games, they might very quickly start waiting for the tour to end, which in itself is a recipe for defeat. It will be interesting to see if India take the bolder option of playing six batsmen and five bowlers, for otherwise the bowling will be too fragile to win a tough contest. It might empower the batting - that being the reason Dravid was recalled - which is rarely a bad thing to do. And now that Dravid must play, India should be bold enough to go in with Tendulkar, Dravid, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni and Raina, with Rahane as a back-up to the top six.

Meanwhile, word is that a new selection committee will be formed. I hope taking tough calls will be one of the criteria.

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • Firoz_Raja on September 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    I agree with Harsha that India's T-20 team wasn't certainly the best on given day. If not Yusuf for his poor show in the Carribean recently then Saurabh Tiwari or Paul Valthathy could have been in the side instead of Parthiv Patel. Parthiv isn't a T-20 player to be fit in national side. Jadega's selection or his discovery itself is baffling. He's brought out from cold storage and now it's unfair to expect that he'll perform. India now definitely should go in with 5 specialist bowlers and 6 batsmen including Rahul Dravid. Varun Aaron should get a game if he's to be there in Australia later this year.

  • rustin on September 5, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: I too, am curious to know what Ganguly said. His commentary was very good in the test series and he never minced or sugar coated his words. And @skagrawal4k: The numbers you dug up rip this article apart. I am surprised Harsha Bhogle didnt do his research before writing this piece.

  • Shrescs on September 4, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    "Ajinkya Rahane made a half-century on his Twenty20 debut at Old Trafford, but he isn't an automatic choice for the format"

    ---------------------He is not!!!???

  • Green_Devils on September 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Completely agree with this article. And that doesn't stop me from being a huge admirer of Rahul Dravid, who is in my opinion India's best (yes, best) Test batsman. When all teams around the world seem to have specialists for the T20 format, then why in the world are the Pathans and Uthappas cooling their heels back home? And for all those criticising Yusuf Pathan, let's not forget that he played 3 games in SA prior to the WC, with 2 blinders. For someone coming in so late, he will fail every now and then. And to be fair, he had to fail a lot less than several others (read Raina, Jadeja) to be ousted!!! If the selectors somehow felt a spinning allrounder would be a fitting replacement to Gambhir ( whatever the reason might be), it is shocking to see them send Jadeja, and not Yusuf. After all, what did Jadeja, (or RP Singh) for that matter, do in the recent past to warrant this sudden burst of faith in their talents... Strange is the word!!!

  • Hindhustani on September 4, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    First thing to do is to prepare sporting pitches in Indian domestic cricket. Then select players who play well on this pitches. The main reason for India debacle is technical deficiency in batsmen to cope very good bowling in seaming conditions. Mainly our star players couldnt deal with bowls which are angling in and leaving the batsman.Result is edges to slips. Ex Dhoni,laxman,sehwag. Simply saying we lost the series mainly due to drawback in technique . Coming to our bowlers, frankly at present we dont have talent to take 20 wickets against good teams. This is fact.Lets face it. Secondly selection issue. The main problem is, selectorts dont have interest to watch domestic matches and judge players quality. Why is yuvaraj given more chances and why badrinath not even given single chance in test. (Leading run scorrer in ranji for three years). Thay say if you get Badrinath out, thats it. Worst selection desicions on this tour : RP singh,Zaheer Khan, Sehwag,Sreeshant.

  • on September 4, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    It is very obvious that given a choice between top rank and bottom line, the bcci would like to focus on the former. Thats why all these faux passes.

  • CricEshwar on September 4, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @Dipankar Sen Mukund in place of Raina in the middle order. You contradict yourself. You just said the board has to backup players out of form.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 4, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    @Saurabh Agrawal, Ganguly said lot of things mate. You missed a lot, not just something.

  • on September 3, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    @DRAVID_GRAVITAS what did ganguly say?? Plz tell me dude. I wanna know. Did I miss something??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 3, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    @shagrawal4k, can't agree more. You nailed it.

  • Firoz_Raja on September 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    I agree with Harsha that India's T-20 team wasn't certainly the best on given day. If not Yusuf for his poor show in the Carribean recently then Saurabh Tiwari or Paul Valthathy could have been in the side instead of Parthiv Patel. Parthiv isn't a T-20 player to be fit in national side. Jadega's selection or his discovery itself is baffling. He's brought out from cold storage and now it's unfair to expect that he'll perform. India now definitely should go in with 5 specialist bowlers and 6 batsmen including Rahul Dravid. Varun Aaron should get a game if he's to be there in Australia later this year.

  • rustin on September 5, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: I too, am curious to know what Ganguly said. His commentary was very good in the test series and he never minced or sugar coated his words. And @skagrawal4k: The numbers you dug up rip this article apart. I am surprised Harsha Bhogle didnt do his research before writing this piece.

  • Shrescs on September 4, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    "Ajinkya Rahane made a half-century on his Twenty20 debut at Old Trafford, but he isn't an automatic choice for the format"

    ---------------------He is not!!!???

  • Green_Devils on September 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Completely agree with this article. And that doesn't stop me from being a huge admirer of Rahul Dravid, who is in my opinion India's best (yes, best) Test batsman. When all teams around the world seem to have specialists for the T20 format, then why in the world are the Pathans and Uthappas cooling their heels back home? And for all those criticising Yusuf Pathan, let's not forget that he played 3 games in SA prior to the WC, with 2 blinders. For someone coming in so late, he will fail every now and then. And to be fair, he had to fail a lot less than several others (read Raina, Jadeja) to be ousted!!! If the selectors somehow felt a spinning allrounder would be a fitting replacement to Gambhir ( whatever the reason might be), it is shocking to see them send Jadeja, and not Yusuf. After all, what did Jadeja, (or RP Singh) for that matter, do in the recent past to warrant this sudden burst of faith in their talents... Strange is the word!!!

  • Hindhustani on September 4, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    First thing to do is to prepare sporting pitches in Indian domestic cricket. Then select players who play well on this pitches. The main reason for India debacle is technical deficiency in batsmen to cope very good bowling in seaming conditions. Mainly our star players couldnt deal with bowls which are angling in and leaving the batsman.Result is edges to slips. Ex Dhoni,laxman,sehwag. Simply saying we lost the series mainly due to drawback in technique . Coming to our bowlers, frankly at present we dont have talent to take 20 wickets against good teams. This is fact.Lets face it. Secondly selection issue. The main problem is, selectorts dont have interest to watch domestic matches and judge players quality. Why is yuvaraj given more chances and why badrinath not even given single chance in test. (Leading run scorrer in ranji for three years). Thay say if you get Badrinath out, thats it. Worst selection desicions on this tour : RP singh,Zaheer Khan, Sehwag,Sreeshant.

  • on September 4, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    It is very obvious that given a choice between top rank and bottom line, the bcci would like to focus on the former. Thats why all these faux passes.

  • CricEshwar on September 4, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @Dipankar Sen Mukund in place of Raina in the middle order. You contradict yourself. You just said the board has to backup players out of form.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 4, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    @Saurabh Agrawal, Ganguly said lot of things mate. You missed a lot, not just something.

  • on September 3, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    @DRAVID_GRAVITAS what did ganguly say?? Plz tell me dude. I wanna know. Did I miss something??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 3, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    @shagrawal4k, can't agree more. You nailed it.

  • harekrishnaom on September 3, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    one off t20...get ipl performers, that too in england...you gotta be kiddin. But maybe the team could have asked mukund to stay, since he knew the conditions ; rather than bringing jadeja.

  • aravabalaji on September 3, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    @dashe - Valid point made. It can only happen to Badri. He scored a gutsy half century on debut test against hostile SA. After one more match, he was dumped to favor Raina's entry into tests. Imagine what Badri could have done had he got the similar chances that Raina was given.

  • on September 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Teams need to specialize depending on format. Rahane (FC Avg: 68), Sharma (FC avg: 61), Manoj Tiwary (FC avg: 56), Pujara (FC avg: 55), Mukund (FC avg: 54), Kohli (avg: 53), and Vijay (FC avg: 48) are all young and highly successful in the First Class format, and hence are ideal as potential long-term Test selections in the same way that Gambhir was. The more experienced option of Badrinath (FC avg: 62) also is available.

    Saurabh Tiwary, along with other more open strokemakers like Pandey, Uthappa, Dhawan, and allrounders Pathan, Jadeja and Nayar are all better off in the Yuvraj Singh 'limited overs specialist' role - I would even consider Raina in this category until he can tighten his technique up.

    Test - 1. Gambhir, 2. Sehwag, 3. Dravid, 4. Sachin, 5. Laxman, 6. (young batsman), 7. Dhoni ODI - 1. Sachin, 2. Sehwag, 3. Gambhir, 4. Yuvraj, 5. Raina, 6. Dhoni, 7. (young allrounder/batsman) T20 - 1. (young batsman), Sehwag, Gambhir, 4. Yuvraj, 5. Raina, 6. Dhoni, 7. (young allrounder)

  • AvidCricFan on September 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Parthiv Patel proved that he has temperament. His knock of 95 in the 1st ODI against the best bowling attack and seaming condition proved beyond doubt that he is better choice than Karthik, Uthappa, Raidu, Badrinath and others. He did fairly well in SA when he got chance.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 3, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    So you thought Yousuf Pathan would be the right choice and Rahane doesn't even command a place in a t20 team? Can't disagree more with you. And Dravid's selection is a farce? Disagree again. That man already made 31 off 19 balls with hat-trick sixers and imagine if that full blooded cover drive went to the fence. All the naysayers would be eating humble pie by now. I can't help but wonder why commentators are unapologetic in pointing fingers at Dravid while only Ganguly seems to call a spade a spade, the way he talked about Sachin and then Harsha revealing that Ganguly has just said what many of the commentators are secretly wanting to say. Come on Harsha, grow up. Didn't expect this kind of an article on Dravid and Rahane, from you.

  • sharidas on September 3, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    In a way it is unfair to let Dhoni lead in all three forms of the game. It puts a lot of strain on the Captain. We have to make way and train a younger Captain for the T20 at least and also put in more youngsters. Otherwise India will find itself short of bench strength.

  • on September 3, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    It's heart-breaking to see how an exceptional talent like Irfan Pathan has been ruined by the short-sighted policy of our selectors who should've backed him up during his loss of form which every cricketer goes through at some time in their career-fully agree with Ajay_Toronto.Irfan P was and is the perfect allrounder and no.7 we are looking for in all forms of the game,having got a Test century and many good knocks against top quality opposition. What's the wisdom in not picking Yousuf Pathan for the ODIs either? This 'non-selection' also defies belief- selectors have written off Yusuf's chances against the short ball without any trial,as if the other younger batsmen we have are any better.And they have overlooked that short ball is not a major factor in ODIs. Poor Badrinath-although from TamilNadu,he must be desperately wondering what he needs to do to get a spot in the Test or ODI side Abhinav Mukund should've played as a middle order bat in place of Raina in the 3rd&4th Test.

  • skagrawal4k on September 3, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR R Dravid 55 49 4 1241 75* 27.57 1045 118.75 AT Rayudu 30 30 3 751 63* 27.81 596 126.00 MK Pandey 31 28 3 666 114* 26.64 580 114.82 MK Tiwary 39 33 12 709 75* 33.76 609 116.42 S Badrinath 62 50 17 1121 71* 33.96 910 123.18 YK Pathan 58 53 5 1294 100 26.95 828 156.28 Do you still think Dravid does not belong here?? His strike rate is better than Pandey and tiwari, has played less innings than badrinath, still scored more runs.. Your article came at a wrong time harsha.. The 2 players you are talking about were the only saving grace for india in that match.. The youngsters you were talking about would do much better for themselves by concentrating on improving their test skills rather than feeling heartbroken for missing a chance to play a T20I

  • on September 3, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Manish Pandey's non-selecetion even for international T20 is simply inexplicable & the selectors' attitude towards certain players like him & uthappa almost smacks of individualistic partiality...... i mean pandey as an opener has better record in first class domestic cricket than say someeno like M Vijay....but we are back to the same debate....

  • on September 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    i m impress with ajinkya rahane gr8 man

  • skagrawal4k on September 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    i wonder an intelligent expert like you is looking too much into a one-off T20... C'mon Harsha, you have done better.. Tell your Manish Pandey or Ambati Rayudu or Manoj Tiwary, or even S Badrinath or Yusuf Pathan to not look much into the IPL performaces and not be heartbroken for losing a chance to play in a single T20.. nobody cares who wins or loses, who performs and who fails in T20.. Tell them to instead improve their Test skills coz thats what really matters..fans care about Tests wins and losses.. As it stands, even after 3yrs Ganguly's No.6 spot is still up for grabs.. Nobody has made that position his own, and in a couple of years, No. 3, 4, 5 will be open too.. Tell ur Nonsense flat-pitches bullies to work on their skills to replace these greats in Tests instead of hoping to represent India in T20.. If an intelligent expert like you is talking like that, how can we blame these youngsters of giving T20 more importance than test cricket??

  • mrcool on September 3, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Selectors have given chance to mukund,vijay,kartik,dhawan to open the innings but not given single chance to attacking player like uthappa.he has been ignored for last three years.do you think he is out of form for 3 years?when tamilnadu players like vijay,kartik,mukund is in form in domestics they want opener for replacement of opener and when they didnt perform they dont want to give chance to uthappa and picks average players like jadeja in team as replacement.

  • Alexk400 on September 3, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    It is just musical chair between average players. People with some clout in BCCI mostly win. it is shocking to see no even dare to ask question that whether india have any tall athlete out of 1.3 billon? Why we stuck with hopeless irfan pathan , jadeja and yusuf pathan? i think people seems content with low quality players. BCCI with all the money not using it to develop better players and bowlers. For me to get out of all the filters in selection system , BCCI must adapt MLB scout based system to find bowlers. There is only way.

  • VPRAO on September 3, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    wen u replace injured zaheer with rp. then y not gambhir or yuvraj or sehwag with an attacking player like robin uthappa, who played in england. poor selection. i agree with harsha.

  • kapilsan on September 3, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    You are 'To the point' Harsha ,I'm also surprised on the "all of a sudden" selection of Ravindra Jadeja .Seriously how can a Bowling alrounder replace a prominent opener like Gambhir. God help BCCI!!!

  • AJGWST on September 3, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Thank god for Bhogle, He has some sense, Our Selection Committee should have been sacked as soon as we lost the first match in England

  • samincolumbia on September 3, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Basit...Know the facts before posting!! When was the last time Pakistan won a WC match against India? Maybe they should playing WC matches since they get thrashed every time!

  • Alexk400 on September 3, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    I predict india will lose 1st ODI. Anyone want to bet against me?.

  • Ajay_Toronto_ on September 2, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Can't agree more with Harsha...always has the right words to put the facts forward...the selection committee needs to make some tough choices and serious amends...and ensure that the best team is always put on the ground...my point would be - if a player does not fare well, he gets the boot; if the team as a unit does not fare well, why do the selectors and the coach not meet a similar fate...@Naveed, you are absolutely right in suggesting that Irfan should be given a chance...he showed the type of genius and promise that the likes of Kapil and Akram showed when they first came on the scene...then what could the reason be to keep him out of action...is it because he lost form???...who doesn't once in a while???...a good player does not turn bad overnight or even over a few years...

  • gdalvi on September 2, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    The same players performed well last 3 years in and out of India, even in more difficult places like SA. So saying that Indian players are poor does not sense. Also India won 1983 WC in England and 1985 Bensen and Hedges, which was equivalent to WC with all 8 teams playing, in Australia. Just 4 years back India beat England in England with almost same players both sides. Harsha has hit the real point - the loss in England was combination of poor preparation, injuries and POOR SELECTION. India has been winning in past 3 years since the stable core of team was playing solidly and compensation for each others failures.Selectors had very little do with the victories. Where are now all the TN fans support great selection skills of Srikanth and co.? I would say India won WC inspite of poor seleciton decisions and one of the reasons India lost in England because of poor selection.

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    If t20 is all about fun and entertainment, then let me tell you my experience. I watched the match live in my hostel with atleast 20-30 other boys. Yes, we liked when raina hit those sixes but it was actually dravid's sixes that really drove us mad. Who wants to watch these Pathans swinging their bats waywardly?? We love watching pure batsmen like Dravid attempting to slog sweep. Every single boy in our hostel went berserk. There were claps and chuckles and cheers and whistles when Dravid hit them. There were only a few claps when raina hit them. Who cares who wins or loses in a t20?? Test cricket is all that matters... Tell ur pandey, rayudu, tiwary, Pathan, raina and badrinath to hone their tests skills in ranji and not look much into the IPL performances. by that time we are enjoying watching the pros like Dravid hit those slog sweeps. Besides even by ur yardstick, Dravid was highest scorer for RR and 13th highest scorer overall in all IPL seasons combined. so why not??

  • Alexk400 on September 2, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    I believe ranking system will help players to produce stats. There are sometime stats lie but mostly close enough. Something to depend on. India's major problem is finding STUD all rounder. All we have is part time all rounders who can do neither thing well. India do not have good lower level structure to bring athletic players. At present indian team want to go back to india immediately. They should have rested dhoni and made kohli captain.

  • on September 2, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Basit Dilawaiz : They did it in every place consistently in the last three years outside sub continent except England in this tour. People like you who watch cricket for 2 months and think they are experts should atleast try to find facts before posting. India has been comprehensively beaten. But that does not change the fact that they have been world no 1 in the 18 months before the tour.

  • Nutcutlet on September 2, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I don't pretend to know enough about the current form of Indian plays for the two shorter formats. What I can recognise (because I have had to endure this summer with the Indian tourists as hapless visitors to our shores) is continuous lurching of crisis to crisis of the tour mangement & selectors. In fact, I have now concluded that the tour is close to disintegration. To begin with it was comic, but now it has passed into levels below (or is it above?) that: through incompetence and into a complete shambles. It will say much for the character of the players, who are not culpable for management blunders, if they make a contest of the ODIs. It is important that England is made to fight hard for any success in this round of matches. Easy victories have a habit of breeding unwonted complacency. And that is something that England must guard against; it is the nemesis that stalks success.

  • on September 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    India has been generally a poor team outside subcontinent. Not sure why do fans and commentators forget that and put high hopes. When is the last time india put 300 onboard outside subcontinent?

  • on September 2, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    may be indian players should be ranked as their recent performance and selectors must have to get their choice according to the rank.Low rankers wont be considered for selection. It may give a better selection process.

  • moko58 on September 2, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    England played 5 bowlers in the T20 match. India played just 4 bowlers. If India's strength is batting, then why do we need 7 batsmen ?

  • eshwarmv on September 2, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    India must seriously start looking at saurabh tiwary, cheteshwar pujara as potential test match players for the future. As far as the bowling is concerned Abhimanyu Mithun who is always consistent, and unlike sreesanth u can be sure that he will bowl 6 balls in the same areas. Umesh Yadav is another guy who can be given a long run. Raina at the moment does not like a test match player. So pujara should take his place. Seeing the way Rahane played, he looks a bright prospect. Very wristy and plays the pull well. RP Singh who is only 25 must be given more chances. Definitely more relaible than sreesanth.

  • InnocentGuy on September 2, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Australia are suffocating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. India better watch out when they tour Down Under. It's going to be a very tough tour. Then again, if BCCI doesn't mend its ways after this 4-0 defeat, then surely a drubbing Down Under should turn things around for good. If a whitewash defeat in Australia also doesn't improve Indian cricket, then it's doomed.

  • on September 2, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Ravi Jadega can only be an all rounder for the fact that both his batting and bowling are poor..... Why not bring Irfan Pathan as allrounder... He is 10 tmes better than any other....

  • on September 2, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    "BIZARRE" is the perfect choice of words if anything. You could have even embellished it with "We have no freaking clue what we are doing and somehow want to register one win, since we have no talent to pick the right combination we might as well play roulette and hope for the best". Let's not forget its not about one's passion for one individual player but for the game and the team that represents our country.The selection committee has shown very little foresight, planning and research into their own pool as they selected the team for both Test and for ODI's.I do understand though if the selection committee wanted to play safe in an overseas series & at minimum aim for a draw, but again all through selection we have seen hints of let's hope rather then let's plan . Overall, I agree with Harsha- Mr Rahane you are a pleasure to watch and good luck to you, this article though is about the incompetency of the process and its keepers and you should probably thank each one for your break!

  • arvin on September 2, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    all so called experts have this fixation about yusuf pathan... he has been given enough chances and outside ipl he is a total fialure... and ipl success should be no criteria for international teams... but indian cricket experts continue with their promotion of ipl bullies mainly due to their associations with respective ipl franchises...

  • SomeCricT20Fan on September 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    we can have 3 different selection committees, they can pick 3 teams, so that each selection committee is just focused to find player for that game.....

  • Nampally on September 2, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    @KarthikSatyam: To be fair to Harsha, Gambhir's concussion is the best case in point regarding the dithering BCCI & the Selector. Instead of immediate replacement they waited 2 weeks.It is well known fact that it takes months to recover from most concussions. Why delay?.Secondly bringing in a mediocre all rounder to replace him is crazy.India needs a bowler who is economical & takes wickets. Rahul Sharma was the obvious choice with his bouncy economical leg breaks. There is no dearth of openers - Dravid, SRT, Parthiv, Rahane to name 4. Indian bowling is very weak. Kumar, Munaf, Ashwin (if he uses his head),and a seamer.Jadeja was hit very badly in ODI's before he was finally eliminated. Can he play the role of Yuvraj or Yusuf - both in World team squad.Rahul has no God Fathers to pull him up but is an excellent bowler who can bat.England is weak against his type of spin. He should have been in the Test squad. But the Selectors are too myopic to pick talent and the needs of the team.

  • zico123 on September 2, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    if india needed a bowling allrounder, then best one we had in recent times was Irfan pathan. he is 10 times better than Ravindra Jadeja! i don't know why we call Ravindra Jadeja a bowling allrounder, he can't bat for god's sake, so stop calling him allrounder, BCCI should have realized long back that he is not good enough for international cricket. Terrible selction.

  • m_ilind on September 2, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Give the selectors a break, Harsha. With so much talent at their disposal, they are bound to make the odd mistake!

  • zico123 on September 2, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane has to play all 5 ODIs after such a good debut, we can't dent the confidence of a youngstar by not picking him in the side, so 7 batman and 4 bowler is the way to go, Raina, Kohli and Rohit has to fill in. or don't play Dravid. Also Aaron Varun must play ahead of Vinay kumar, otherwise Praveen, Munaf, Vinay all are slow meduim.

  • zico123 on September 2, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja's selection has been most bizzare!! so is selection of RP singh from Miami vacation, and unfit Zaheer and half fit Sehwag for Test series!! its high time for change in selection board

  • RD270 on September 2, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Seriously for the devoted fans, it is time to give up on Indian cricket and move on. That will teach the BCCI a lesson, do not take the fans and the game for granted. Only then will the Board get professional.

    All other options are not going to work out because the BCCI is too short-sighted and selfish, which has now extended to the players, with the possible exception of people like Kumble and Dravid.

  • on September 2, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    I dont like Rohit Sharma, I rather see Rahane continue to play :)

  • roxap on September 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    have alot of respect for harsha, but never expected such an article from him, this is poor, they had kohli, raina, dhoni and three of them have score heavily in T20 and i dont think u need a barrage of bastmen in 20 over game, u just need some good performance from 2 or 3 players, bottom line is that current generation of indian batsman can only play on flat and dead tracks....

  • CricketChat on September 2, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Jadeja, who was replaced by Yusuf, comes back again without having done much. Yusuf, despite two good knocks in in the meanwhile, has not done much either. To call him an all rounder would be wrong as his bowling is pretty ordinary. From the list mentioned by Harsha, only Rayudu deserves a look at this time. O do agree it is high time for a new selection committee and Chairman.

  • on September 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Well written Harsha and it does look that the selectors were hoping that Gambhir alone would be good enough. Here is what happens in the long run....Gambhir's future is always going to be questionable , once you have taken a hit on the head only then you can understand. It will be tough for him to face the same sort of aggressive bowling in future unless the injury is not all that serious.

    Here one would have thought that Mishra would have been the automatic choice after his exhibition with bat in the test match....He really got into Anderson, Broad and Bresnan and they were almost in tatters...The selectors do not have any brains if you ask any one of the Billion people in India and around the Cricketing world....

  • dimni on September 2, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    keep hopeeeeeeeeeeeeeee INDIA will be back but when i don't know let's pray to god

  • bharath74 on September 2, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Common People, please dont write essays while commenting, 2-3 line should be gud enuf

  • on September 2, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    no yusuf pathan in the team, u gotta be kidding me, its not only bizzare, its just pathetic selection. yusuf pathan is the most talented batsman in the country right now. he has scored many hundreds and one or two double hundreds in the four day game as well. he has also scored match winning fifties and a nearly match winning century against south africa in south africa. he should be playing in all forms of the game. especially in test cricket coz he can take his time and then demolish the spinners...

  • a1234s on September 2, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    i would have picked the best possible team and not worry about the results.

    Worrying about the results made them select Rahul who made is t20 debut at the ripe old age of 38.

  • moko58 on September 2, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    India needs to have 3 team captains for 3 formats, like England. One for the Tests , one for the T20 and one for the 50 overs game. Captaining for India is a drain since the public gets excited whether India loses or wins. If India draws, Star Cricket brings out a media campaign which eschews draws. We of course need fresh legs, but also fresh minds, and that cannot happen if the same old seniors are put to task all year round.

  • Romenevans on September 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The difference between BCCI and ECB is that ECO norusih their cricketers by not over using them for money and they take care of their players. Where BCCI use their players for generatign cash whenever they want to. I mean think about Yusuf pathan, how he must be feeling? He was in the WC winning squad and he's dropped to ravindra jadega? Now the point they wil say that, because of conditionsm and swing tehy didnt pick yusuf, but to make it clear, YUSUF was the highest scorer in SA ODI's and amost won the series for india in the last one day. So players shoudl be selected on the base of merit, not on the base of "Buddies of Dhoni" (RP, Jadega, Ahem Ahem!!)

  • on September 2, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    A beautiful piece, Mr. Bhogle. The jokers, as Mohinder Amarnath once called them, must go. The best talent in India must play, and these should be specialists in each of the three versions of cricket. India is reeling under, zonal pressures and preferential treatment. Can't India be as cold as some of the other cricketing nations? Just dump the rubbish and the non-performing players, and come up with adequate replacements.

  • moko58 on September 2, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Apart from all this, Dhoni has been a captain and wicket keeper for a very long stretch. Players burn-out in the hectic Indian cricket schedule. He needs to be given a well deserved rest. Give an opportunity to Raina to work as a Captain with the help of seniors like Dravid , Tendulkar before they retire.

  • KarthikSatyam on September 2, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    The article seems to be yet another stone added to the foundation that India's dismal performances in England is due to Administration and Selection related reasons. It's interesting to note that Mr.Bhogle seems to have forgotten in recent times that it's Cricketers who actually play the game on the field and not administrators. I am sure if Yusuf Pathan would have been picked just only for the 1 T20 game, it would have been termed "Inexplicable" by Harsha. And if he would have been picked for the onedayers as well, then Mr.Bhogle wld question his selection after Yusuf's dismal WC performance in home soil. The bottom line is Indian Cricketers are not good enough in terms of Batting form, bowling quality and fitness. There is no point covering up the Cricketers' flaws and making the administrators a Scapegoat. Afterall Selectors can select only from the available pool of players. They cannot pluck players out of thin air.

  • Nampally on September 2, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Choosing a winning Indian team is way beyond ther objective of BCCI & the Selectors. For the T-20, India needed an exclusive team &a new captain just like England did.Dhoni lost an easily winnable game thru' his questionable tactics of bad bowling changes and field placement.only 4 of the 11 players reached double figures - it is not team work. Thanks to Rahane, Dravid & Raina India at least reached a winable total. After brilliant innings of Rahane & Dravid,Ashwin's runout was bone headed while Kohli, Rohit & Dhoni were grossly irresponsible. Still. right up to the last over India was winning. Kumar or Munaf are the final over man Not Vinay. 14 runs were easily defendable with good field placement.Where was the passion for winning?The present ODI team is poor without Yusuf Pathan, Uthapa, & Rahul Sharma. The best of IPL performers should be there for the ODI's & T-20, not a make up team of 4-0 test losers, with low morale.Focus on winning rather than saving money BCCI - Wake Up!

  • on September 2, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Seriously 2-3 people out of Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Pandey, Yusuf Pathan need to be in T20 squad. Rahane ,Kohli, Rohit Sharma , Manoj Tiwary are good ODI and Test prospects and should not be wasted in T20s

  • Haleos on September 2, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    @here2rock - we do have PCB selectors for company. Not to worry.

  • on September 2, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Many people have wrong impression of T20 cricket.Even though T20 cricket looks like a fun-based game it still needs skill to drive a team through.

  • subhash50 on September 2, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    why we need to raina if he had play last two over we win t20 game but they can not control

  • on September 2, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Good article BUT...................... RAHUL DRAVID has contributed over a decade and he deserved a llast T20 match especially when he is 5 matches away from ODI retirement. its a very good decision. pls dont be hard on him.

  • praful_cric on September 2, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Another IPL article from Harsha. Seriously how much you guys promote this tournament. Players performance in IPL should not be considered in national team selection.

  • on September 2, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    well if a rahane could be picked, why not an uthappa, a saurabh tiwary or the big hitting yusuf pathan..and why the players are not transparent about their own fitness and injuries..if they are fully fit till ipl and crash during an overseas tour is that not a point to concern..

  • testcriclover on September 2, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Agree completely with Harsha. Just wanted to make a small point that bridge is actually a competitive mind sport and people who play that game are called 'bridge players'.

  • anshu.s on September 2, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Brilliant article Harsha...spot on ... Oh i seriously wish these Ipl bashers go take a hike.....Ipl gives deseving players a platform to be seen by millions n noticed by the media......cos in the pre Ipl days if you not playing or Selected for India you were doomed to live in oblivion n poverty.....

  • Texmex on September 2, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    For the ODIs 5 bowlers are a must. I will go with Mishra as the 5th bowler as he is a decent bat.

  • SachinRao on September 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    The article mirrors my thoughts. While Rahane was a revelation in the match, he and Dravid hadn't do anything to merit an inclusion in the T20 squad. He was a cinch for Tests and ODI's. Rahane and Aaron's inclusion in the ODI squad was the only positive. RP Singh and R Jadeja was a major flawed decision. Manoj Tiwary, Iqbal Abdullah, Rayudu (He wasnt given sufficient chances in Autralia) and Rahul Sharma (He should have gone to Australia in place of Bhatt) deserve to be in the ODI team.

  • howizzat on September 2, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    1. In first place T20 internationals should be scrapped or made unofficial in the name of charity. At least they do not merit a special squad. If one goes by the match statistics alone then Dhoni in first place should have been dropped. He may have won IPLs, but after the inaugural T20 WC he has not done anything worth mentioning after that in this domain. Then should we go by statistics alone? 2. Your that man, Yusuf Pathan is again a big zero, though he may be a domestic Hero. 3. Jadeja should have been there in first place in the original squad itself as he is a consistant wicket taker without giving away much runs, though unlike Yusuf and Harbhajan, the glamour quotient is missing. So the amendment is made. 4.And finally selection of Dravid indicates that the selectors have resigned themselves to the fate. In a way they are unwinding the World Cup Glory.

  • on September 2, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Poor article.... There were so many Ipl stars in Indian team for T20.... Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni... Even Dravid did well in Ipl... Rahane justified his position.... Now, if someone advocates on the behalf of Manish Pandey or Ambati Rayudu or Manoj Tiwary, or even S Badrinath or Yusuf Pathan.... Then that is useless....... You can't include all the IPL stars in a single team.... Chill.....

  • Herbet on September 2, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I agree with Kashi0127. T20i's should be just a hit and giggle laugh for an 11 picked from either the test or ODI squad, depending on which is in town at the time! T20 is interesting when you see proper players, like Dravid, trying to hammer a quick 40 from 20 balls. It should not be a main event. When we start getting T20 specialists, like Kieron Pollard and Yusuf Pathan, and T20 tournaments, thats when the foundations and real skills of the game start to be eroded. 50 over cricket can be tolerated because at least in bowler friendly places like England, New Zealand or South Africa the core skills of the game are still required.

  • buntyj on September 2, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    rohit sharma like rayudu flatters to deceive- they remind me of the other (was it laxman singh? raj or hyd?) opener with gavaskar for indian schoolboys and a more stylish strokemaker without the hunger for runs; fortunately indian selectors n critics at the time hadnt their senses warped by flashy flat pitch bully shots and realised gavaskar was the player to back; unfortunately f50 n t20 formats have warped the senses n today n its the laxman singhs who would be backed and gavaskars made to wait. rohit sharma has graceful strokes but even in domestic cricket has only scored runs on flat tracks vs slow to medium bowlers and has failed on any pitch with movement (spin, swing or seam) or (uneven slow, or pacy or spongy) bounce;yet he keeps getting chances. pujara n rahane look far more likely to make the adjustments to international level especially in tests.

  • on September 2, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan, one of the most feared T20 batsmen, was excluded from the playing XI... even though he had done reasonably well in the IPL this year... i hope the selection committee will be formed as soon as possible... Other wise this tour will be remembered as the win less tour of England.. :/

  • sohaibahmad on September 2, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    20-20 is overestimated, we have flash-in-a-pan kind of players succeeding in it...lets not waste time thinking too much about this format, just play (if you must) and forget...

  • Kashi0127 on September 2, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I do not understand why a 20-20 match needs such a serious commentary. Anybody can play this game(?) including Rakhi Sawanth

  • gargi_vizag on September 2, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    The blame for the team's debacle lies squarely on BCCI, they are more interested in making money than worry about the team performance.Some of the players are also more keen on money, i am sure Gambhir will be fit in time for the Champions League qualifiers. The Indian players on the current tour look like zombies, most of them are mentally not present in the game, ideally they should have had more time to celebrate the World Cup success but IPL did not allow that to happen. As the saying goes "you reap what you sow", we will still win Tests and other games also, but it will happen inspite of the board not bcoz of them.

  • on September 2, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Rahane is the right choice for this format. about Hars-ha comments am not sures whom he wanted to replace? to me Parthive and the Rahul are the right choice. though am a great fan of of Rahul David.The problem is not with the selectors our playershad played poorly again. having a such a good platform we haven't capitalized runs after 11 overs.

  • fastlane on September 2, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Bhaskar, You play to win, nothing less, nothing more. You never send a team to represent the country just to find out if they can play international cricket. You never send a team that is guarenteed to lose the country's pride when you have another team that can win for the country.

  • Vijayendra on September 2, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Badri and Yusuf didn't exactly set the Caribean on fire a few months ago. So I am not really sure how they merit a place in T20 or ODIs against England. At the WC 2011, a marquee event when all eyes were on him Yusuf went bust. He might just have played last of his international matches.

  • on September 2, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I think Indian team is just panicking too much. Perhaps it is giving more importance to the ranking rather than performances! India has few of the best players of the world in its team. What they need is self belief, which I think, is vanished after back to back losses to England. In one of the conferences, Harsha said that to conquer your fears, just allow yourself to think that you can do it! And this is what, I think, the Indian Team should do! Just allow themselves to think that they can win! Perhaps one good match may ignite their self belief and propel them to give their best. I still believe in Dhoni as captain. I am backing the Indian team to stage a come back in ODI series with a bang!

  • on September 2, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    watever be it RAHANE AND PUJARA two of the best players in india,but limelight is hogged by yusuf,saurabh tiwari,manish pandey...there lies the problem we dont give ppl wat they deserve pujara ,rahane,mukund deserve more chances.

  • on September 2, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Given the debacle of a test series and lots of injuries to the usual players in the ODI and T20 team, I would have shipped in a young team of potential stars and see what they can do against England. Maybe India would lose 0-5 but you identify who can play at that level and who will struggle. Now we will not know except for a couple of new players.

  • venkat_75r on September 2, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Well written Harsha. They should have a separate team for test matches, ODI and 20/20. It is always the best team that should be in the park. All the selection committee needs is consistency. Badrinath and Pathan should have been the pefect choice for 20/20 considering the fact that Badri was the man of the match in the last 20/20 India played. This will make the players know that the selection committee is consistent in their approach. Australia does this. Players like Warner, O Keefee play only 20/20 and return back. This will also create a pool of players, who are always there as a backup. The selectors are becoming from bad to worse. How in the earth can you recall Jadeja when he was not part of the emerging players. What is the message we are giving to the youngsters who performed well in the tounment. Just because Jadeja call roll his arm does not mean that he is an all rounder. Guys like Manoj Tiwari, S. Tiwari, M pandey, Rayudu should have been given preference.

  • KAIRAVA on September 2, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I strongly support Harsha Bhogle's view that Team India has to be represented by the best available players every time it takes to field & this fact is even more enhanced since India are the reigning ODI world cup champions, were the world's no. 1 test team before this ill-fated England tour & were the T20 champions in its inaugural year. Going back & picking Ravindra Jadeja who has been tried, tested & certified mediocre, just shows that the lackadaisical selection attitude of our so-called national selectors. Instead they should have picked up in-form Iqbal Abdullah who has performed credibly in the last 2-3 domestic seasons, bowled brilliantly in the last 2 IPL seasons & performed remarkably in India A's tour to England in the summer of 2010 & in the just concluded Emerging Players series in Australia. Also, just like Harbhajan, Amit Mishra has also been disappointing in England & he should have been replaced in the ODI team with the IPL 4 standout bowler Rahul Sharma.

  • AidanFX on September 2, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    I don't know much about this particular game; but it's not unusual for teams not to take the T20 thing ultra-seriously (apart fromt the world cup). Maybe you take it to seriously Harsha doing all that commentating for the IPL. It's good oppurntunity to throw in some no namers and see what they can do.

  • crickstats on September 2, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Article was good, had India won, I doubt this article would be a joke, it should have come before the match and not after, normally there is nothing much to read to a t20 defeat, but this has been that kind of a tour to India, there is an article on a t20 loss by a reputed journalist like Harsha

  • on September 2, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    All the energies of the Indian cricket board have been wasted in IPL. They clearly look out of sort while taking major decisions about team India. Again, IPL is affecting Indian cricket. Can't you see Harsha?

  • here2rock on September 2, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Indians selectors are a laughing stock of the world of cricket. They defy all logics!

  • on September 2, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Is the BCCI listening??? It is more concerned about not getting in the RTI loop!!.. Moreover, winning the World cup was 'the most' biggest achievement, rest is normal cricket - you win some, loose many!!

  • The_Manimal on September 2, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    BCCI seems to be so steeped in the money-making efforts (nothing wrong with making money) that they seem blinded that if cricket standards dip, the money will dry up!!

    Besides making tough calls, a selection committee that makes decisions not on zonal considerations but national squad performance is needed.

  • on September 2, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    I dont think India should play with five bowlers. Batting is India's strength. If Raina , Kohli and Rohit or may be Sachin can bowl ten overs among themselves it would be sufficient. It would only put more pressure on the batsman if we have only 6 batsmen. India should be able to make atleast 275 against England. It is possible only with 7 good batsmen.

  • Rahulbose on September 2, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    This squad and selectors back home are in full panic mode. They should have all returned with Gambhir, he is not the only one suffering with mental issues.

  • dashe on September 2, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Rhane is a talent I have been saying this for a while now. You dont average 70 in first class cricket and score nearly 5000 runs without talent. I have been living in Australia for 22 years. But I hail from Tamil Nadu. How in the world can Indian cricket treat Badri with such disdain seriously. The guy was Man of the Match in the last T20 we played and finds himself dropped for the next match. The arguement that Tamil Nadu players don't get an opportunity in the Indian side is no longer true. Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Ravi Ashwin and even Abhinav Mukund have been given extended runs in at least one format of the game. The one person who should have been aforded these same opportunities is Tamil Nadus favourite son Subra Badrinath. Ask Michael Hussey what he thinks of Badri. Also ask Michael Hussey how old he was when he cracked test cricket for the first time. 30 31 is the perfect age for Badri to start making a contribution in Test cricket.

  • on September 2, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Thanks Harsh for an unbiased opinion. When we hear Gavaskar or Shastri on TV all we hear is how good our players are even if its is shreeshants or Ishanth sharma's batting. Hardly do they do a real analysis and face the facts that English team was well prepared and played brilliantly. As fat as the selection is concerned there is word that Srikanth wants a Tamil Nadu team rather than a Indian team. Its time we change the selectors and get some who takes pride in Indians and Indian cricket rather than just push regional players from their state

  • johnathonjosephs on September 2, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Wow an entire cricket article about one T20 match that nobody cares about. Only the Indians could complain about this as they are the only ones that take T20 seriously. That being said, I think its time Indian fans/BCCI really looked between the lines and realize the horrible captaincy that Dhoni has been employing. The only reason India have been winning was because of the form of Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer, Laxman, and Sehwag. In the ODI circuit, the forms of Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Raina, and Zaheer. None of those factors depended on Dhoni who makes elementary selection errors and fielding errors (as any professional cricketer/commentator will tell you). Its high time Kohli/Gambhir becomes captain

  • puneriMisal on September 2, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Really hard to fathom the fact of going with 4 bowlers , out of which one bowler is always off colour, so effectively there are only 3 bowlers who are too medium paced and ineffective. Saw that in test series also...Carrying forward the anguish in shorter formats also, there must be some rocket science or research to the highly educated effective and smart people out there to find out a good solution it seems at present....

  • sam_laker on September 2, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Wonder if this article would have appeared had India managed to defend those 10 runs in the final over!

  • on September 2, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Actually harsha to be honest Bizarre selection is so common in Indian cricket take for example Piych chawla for WC Squad. they keep on crying for 2 years that we are building a team for WC and sided ganguly and dravid and yet they selected a player in piyush whom they didnt tried in 2 years

    its all that these selections were hiding behind the Wins India was getting I was shocked when they pick rahane that how can they choose a deserving person :)

  • RandyOZ on September 2, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Harsha, no one actually cares about T20!

  • on September 2, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Bringing Ravindra Jadeja is a stupid move. Why is Yusuf Pathan not picked instead of him?? Yusuf played very well on the bouncy pitches of South Africa, just ahead of the world cup so why is he suddenly out of the picture? And how do players like RP Singh and R Jadeja keep coming back again and again? They are clearly not match winners!! We need match winners!! Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Series in ODIs against West Indies and then why is he not picked for the Test Series in West Indies & England??

  • Vishal_07 on September 2, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Harsha, you are contradicting yourself. In once sentence you say "Rahane is a seriously good cricketer" and the other you claim that selection was poor. Other than Dravid whom are you arguing against picking, certainly not Kohli or Raina or Dhoni. And picking Dravid has nothing to do with Gambhir's injury as the ODI squad was picked including Dravid long before that.

  • on September 2, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Dear Harsha, if we keep aside selection issues for a moment. We as fans cannot digest the fact that players selected dont give cent percent on field. I still remember the intensity displayed by team India during world cup final in first ve overs. Where has that gone? That will always save some runs and help India in edging as winners in close matches

  • on September 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    India/Dhoni should give away the myth of batting first is better option. They dont know what is good total or they will get all out many times. When you win toss, bowl first and chase as per target. This will increase the chances immensely.

  • BinduKumar on September 2, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    A good timely article Harsha. I liked this sentence - "And as Dravid debuted at the other end - a farce in itself - Rahane experienced the privilege of batting with nobility", so very true!!

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  • BinduKumar on September 2, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    A good timely article Harsha. I liked this sentence - "And as Dravid debuted at the other end - a farce in itself - Rahane experienced the privilege of batting with nobility", so very true!!

  • on September 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    India/Dhoni should give away the myth of batting first is better option. They dont know what is good total or they will get all out many times. When you win toss, bowl first and chase as per target. This will increase the chances immensely.

  • on September 2, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Dear Harsha, if we keep aside selection issues for a moment. We as fans cannot digest the fact that players selected dont give cent percent on field. I still remember the intensity displayed by team India during world cup final in first ve overs. Where has that gone? That will always save some runs and help India in edging as winners in close matches

  • Vishal_07 on September 2, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Harsha, you are contradicting yourself. In once sentence you say "Rahane is a seriously good cricketer" and the other you claim that selection was poor. Other than Dravid whom are you arguing against picking, certainly not Kohli or Raina or Dhoni. And picking Dravid has nothing to do with Gambhir's injury as the ODI squad was picked including Dravid long before that.

  • on September 2, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Bringing Ravindra Jadeja is a stupid move. Why is Yusuf Pathan not picked instead of him?? Yusuf played very well on the bouncy pitches of South Africa, just ahead of the world cup so why is he suddenly out of the picture? And how do players like RP Singh and R Jadeja keep coming back again and again? They are clearly not match winners!! We need match winners!! Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Series in ODIs against West Indies and then why is he not picked for the Test Series in West Indies & England??

  • RandyOZ on September 2, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Harsha, no one actually cares about T20!

  • on September 2, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Actually harsha to be honest Bizarre selection is so common in Indian cricket take for example Piych chawla for WC Squad. they keep on crying for 2 years that we are building a team for WC and sided ganguly and dravid and yet they selected a player in piyush whom they didnt tried in 2 years

    its all that these selections were hiding behind the Wins India was getting I was shocked when they pick rahane that how can they choose a deserving person :)

  • sam_laker on September 2, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Wonder if this article would have appeared had India managed to defend those 10 runs in the final over!

  • puneriMisal on September 2, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Really hard to fathom the fact of going with 4 bowlers , out of which one bowler is always off colour, so effectively there are only 3 bowlers who are too medium paced and ineffective. Saw that in test series also...Carrying forward the anguish in shorter formats also, there must be some rocket science or research to the highly educated effective and smart people out there to find out a good solution it seems at present....

  • johnathonjosephs on September 2, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Wow an entire cricket article about one T20 match that nobody cares about. Only the Indians could complain about this as they are the only ones that take T20 seriously. That being said, I think its time Indian fans/BCCI really looked between the lines and realize the horrible captaincy that Dhoni has been employing. The only reason India have been winning was because of the form of Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer, Laxman, and Sehwag. In the ODI circuit, the forms of Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Raina, and Zaheer. None of those factors depended on Dhoni who makes elementary selection errors and fielding errors (as any professional cricketer/commentator will tell you). Its high time Kohli/Gambhir becomes captain