February 29, 2012

The same old selection cop-out

India's selectors could have used the Asia Cup to send a message to some players, or to try out a team for the future. They did neither
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The day before the squad for the Asia Cup was going to be picked, India's selectors indicated that their meeting in Mumbai was going to be "pivotal," one of their toughest.

About time, too. It was to be the meeting where serious decisions would be made following India's nightmare tours of England and Australia and, before Virat Kohli's century in Hobart, their below-average performance in the CB Series.

The selectors' hard calls could even have been bolstered by the fact that a low-profile regional event in Bangladesh would have been the ideal "soft launch" for a fresh core of ODI players. The meeting took more than two hours, but far from being pivotal, the results of those confabulations were timid, pitiful even.

By trying to sugarcoat their decisions with sweeping statements, the selectors ceded their power and self-censored their voice. A cursory look at the team beggared belief, and the theatrical explanations given by Kris Srikkanth to the media scrum at BCCI headquarters belonged to the theatre of the absurd.

It is astonishing that more than two hours of meaningful discussion produced this: a team composition that is neither radical reform nor short-term gamble with long-term benefit in mind. The selectors brushed aside MS Dhoni's incendiary speech about slow legs and the 2015 World Cup and gave Indian cricket some more same old, same old.

After a forgettable tour of Australia, players, we are told, have been "rested" because of injury and not dropped. "It is purely on injury grounds both [Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan] have been rested," Srikkanth said. "I can assure you that nobody has been dropped." It is a shame that an unfavourable fitness report made the decisions for the selectors, instead of them making it themselves. It is likely, though, that "rested" would have been the party line no matter what.

Regardless of injuries, the selectors also needed to send out a strong message. Not dropping underperforming players is telling every man on the team that, in some cases, poor performance and brittle fitness levels need not have any consequences. Umesh Yadav will wonder if his progress in Australia is to be bracketed with Sehwag and Suresh Raina's scores, and Zaheer's up-and-down fitness levels. Six months of "rest" from the Indian team are unlikely to dent pride or change habits. Players will coast if selectors let them coast.

So much for tough and pivotal decisions.

The most glaring selection or un-selection, however, is Sachin Tendulkar going to Dhaka. Tendulkar's future in one-day internationals has gone from being the elephant in the room to the whole zoo. The selectors, though, chose to look the other way.

Over the last three years Tendulkar scaled down his involvement in ODIs: after the 2007 World Cup he played 12 matches in 2008, 21 in 2009, two in 2010, and 11 in 2011, of which nine were in the World Cup. This CB Series is his first one-day appearance since that tournament.

Until 2011, Tendulkar seemed to be pacing himself for the World Cup, a mission that was inspirational - in how he found a higher gear again - and moving. If he was choosing when and where he wanted to play until February 2011, it was both understood and accepted.

After the Cup was finally won, however, things have gone woozy. The facts, though, are clear. Tendulkar seems to have set out his plan - he will play ODIs when he thinks he can and wants to. He did not play in four series - away and at home against England and West Indies - but is playing in Australia, and now in Bangladesh. In the contest between seeking lost form and trying to ensure his late-career struggle does not end up Kapil Dev-esque, it is easy to see which side is winning. The time was ripe for the selectors to step in: they are empowered to simplify the maze Tendulkar finds himself in. Instead, they responded as though their hands were tied. A board official even described the Tendulkar situation as "an uncontrollable".

Despite Tendulkar's stature, and in the midst of grumblings about the Hundred and India's failure to "do a Ponting", it must be remembered that he is a reasonable man, not an ogre. He has always been more hungry and proud competitor rather than tantrum-throwing diva. His persona may seem intimidating, his personality is not.

We do not know if Tendulkar has been spoken to by any of the selectors beyond his "availability" for the Asia Cup. For instance, has Srikkanth asked Tendulkar what his long-term plans are for one-day cricket? Whether the Asia Cup is actually the stage he seeks? Can the chairman of selectors not pick up the phone or set up a meeting to ask Tendulkar those questions?

When Ricky Ponting was dropped from Australia's one-day team, their selection chief, John Inverarity, said, "In elite sport, there's no place for sentiment." Indian cricket is often beaten up for being overly sentimental, and rightly so, but India is also a country of non-stop conversationalists. Surely dialogue is not alien to the culture? Srikkanth, for God's sake, was Tendulkar's first captain. That has to count for something.

Tendulkar's selection for the Asia Cup diverted attention from Suresh Raina being given another chance, when his average in Australia this season is 24.50 in ten matches. Or that Dhoni will be travelling to Dhaka as well, when his captaincy has actually lost its moorings after three tough months. Given that four of five selectors were batsmen, let's give them some benefit of doubt here. Which actually makes things worse.

One possible explanation for why Dhoni, who could do with a rest, and Tendulkar, whose greatness won't be affected by a sixth Asia Cup, are in the team to Bangladesh is that the BCCI wants to keep its slate clean in its litigation with Nimbus, which owns the broadcast rights for the tournament. One of Nimbus' arguments is that, despite a contractual obligation, the BCCI does not always send its "best team" to events whose broadcast rights Nimbus owns. If that is the real reason behind some of the selections, no wonder there were half-measures all around.

In the middle of this lack of direction came the surprise appointment of Virat Kohli as vice-captain, instead of Gautam Gambhir. Had the selectors been seen as men of great foresight, it would have been a message to both Kohli and Gambhir as to where they stand with regard to the 2015 World Cup, what one man must to do push ahead and the other must do to recover. There is a good chance, however, that this will be seen as just a trinket tossed at Kohli after his inspirational performance in Hobart and his conduct during and after the game. Kohli, though, looks the kind of fellow who could turn a trinket into a trophy.

After the defeats in England and Australia, it was said the selectors would be the most important people in Indian cricket. They obviously do not think so.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • goli6 on March 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    excellent !! Whwn speaking about raina's average, Shud have mentioned sachin's average of 22 together in 15 innings of this australian tour !! Indian selectors~ puppets in the hands of big players !!

    Had it been australia, Sachin would not have this tiresome career !

    India got independence in 1947, but the people decisions doesn't ~ The selection has become a function of players records but not the performance !!

  • henchart on March 3, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    SRT is not above selctors but merits selection and will always do so.Nobody is qualified enough out here to question his presence leave alone the writer of this article who is under the impression that she knows more than Srikkanth and Co.After all pushing pen or hitting the keyboard has always been easier than breaking one's head over selecting a 15 or 17 which will never meet the expectations of these so called experts.

  • nydk on March 2, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    i have 4 problems with all the moronic negativity against sachin coming from a lot of the comments here. 1) the team should be chosen on merit. period. sachin, even in his current form, is easily good enough to make the team. 2) sachin means so much more to the average indian than some of the ingrates here. after 14 years of service and sharing his gift with the sport, he has earned the right to be able to say and do whatever he wants as long as he is fit and in good enough form to play, thats his personal decision. 3) dont you want to see him play live, rather than watch old highlights? there may not be another sachin in indian cricket in our lifetimes. i for one would love to see him play in the next world cup. 4) exactly what kind of experience do you expect the young blood, that you want to have play instead of sachin, get on insipid banglasdesh asia cup tracks which would be exactly the same as all the experience they get on indian ranji-deodhar-duleep tracks?

  • Nampally on March 2, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    SL beat Australia in 3 games out of 4 - losing the 4th narrowly by 5 runs.India lost 3 out of 4 ! SL have young players + New captain. Why doesn't India do the same, especially after their performance in Australia? Asia cup is a good place to show case the talent. There is excellent talent that showed up in Under-19 & India A team trips abroad. Players like Rahane, Pujara, Mukund & Mandeep singh in batting need to be in XI. Just including a player in the squad is meaningless unless he gets to play & show his talent. India should mandate that a player cannot be benched>3 consecutive games. This will make it meaningful to be in the squad. Tiwary did not play a single game in Australia - benched 8 consecutive games. How demoralizing! Dhoni talks about rotation of seniors. Here is a golden chance to have a complete young team & Indian Selectors drop the ball. Now that Kohli is vice captain he should fight for more youngsters in XI than on bench. Indian selectors have lot to learn from SL!

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Age is no issue in the game...........it the the ability to perform at big stage that counts.....................and Tendulkar's avg is surely improving by the year not declining like the case with ponting.............since 2007 his avg has been on the rise with every year ..............................so no wonderShrikant has taken right decision

  • venkatesh018 on March 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    As usual very hard-hitting article Sharda. I agree with your view that the ongoing legal battle with Nimbus has had a huge role in the selection of this team.This set of selectors just follow orders and do not care about the well being of Indian cricket.

  • cosmos_kapil on March 2, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Though all of us were seeking more upside changes in the Indian team after a what you called literally a 'shameful' English and Australian tour, where team Indian not only beaten but with a quite large margins. The call Sehwag received was bound to be there, even Zaheer's exit not only provide him extra 'rest' but also opens up the gate for a new bowler. In fact if more new comers from domestic arena included it would be more better for the future. Now, coming on Sachin, I too think he should depart much earlier and as long he will be in the international scenario more rapidly his popularity and number of worshipers will reduce, but it was heard that he himself wants a chance where he wants to defy all the criticism of him. Whatever it may be but this should be the final one for him regardless of his 100th ton. The up gradation of Kohli is a welcomed one and Irfan should be provided more with bat and bowl. However axing Umesh is not yet understood.

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Ppl need to understand that Sachin's form is not an issue.. Its his age .. Being a legend, he should himself know that he cant play forever.. n needs to give youngsters a chance .. I just cant believe Rahane is not being picked, the sole reason being Sachin being picked.. His chase of that now meaningless 100th century is not doing any good for the team.. Its time to retire gracefully , rather than risking going the Kapil Dev or Jayasuriya way !!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Seriously!! when you people will stop criticising sachin??

  • vj3478 on March 2, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    FYI Author: Sachin VS Ponting: 1) Sachin is not playing all the matches where as Ponting was. So youngsters are getting their chances of course they are not playing all the matches tho. If you see -ves, I see positives. What if the youngsters were forced to play despite the abysmal performances in ENG/AUS. what would have happened to their confidence? 2) Sachin's batting avg compared to his team mates is far good when you compare Ponting's (ofcourse with OZ batting). 3)Sachin has been in good nick for the past 3 yrs but its not the same with Ponting.Above all what the OZ board did to Ponting is not correct! He should have been told. If they thought he was under-performing and had no faith in him, why was he asked to lead the team? He did deserve a farewell in ODI for the way he dominated his rivals as invincibles and the pressure he went through to build a new team which is now showing the results. Some common sense would be good when writing abt LEGENDS!

  • goli6 on March 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    excellent !! Whwn speaking about raina's average, Shud have mentioned sachin's average of 22 together in 15 innings of this australian tour !! Indian selectors~ puppets in the hands of big players !!

    Had it been australia, Sachin would not have this tiresome career !

    India got independence in 1947, but the people decisions doesn't ~ The selection has become a function of players records but not the performance !!

  • henchart on March 3, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    SRT is not above selctors but merits selection and will always do so.Nobody is qualified enough out here to question his presence leave alone the writer of this article who is under the impression that she knows more than Srikkanth and Co.After all pushing pen or hitting the keyboard has always been easier than breaking one's head over selecting a 15 or 17 which will never meet the expectations of these so called experts.

  • nydk on March 2, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    i have 4 problems with all the moronic negativity against sachin coming from a lot of the comments here. 1) the team should be chosen on merit. period. sachin, even in his current form, is easily good enough to make the team. 2) sachin means so much more to the average indian than some of the ingrates here. after 14 years of service and sharing his gift with the sport, he has earned the right to be able to say and do whatever he wants as long as he is fit and in good enough form to play, thats his personal decision. 3) dont you want to see him play live, rather than watch old highlights? there may not be another sachin in indian cricket in our lifetimes. i for one would love to see him play in the next world cup. 4) exactly what kind of experience do you expect the young blood, that you want to have play instead of sachin, get on insipid banglasdesh asia cup tracks which would be exactly the same as all the experience they get on indian ranji-deodhar-duleep tracks?

  • Nampally on March 2, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    SL beat Australia in 3 games out of 4 - losing the 4th narrowly by 5 runs.India lost 3 out of 4 ! SL have young players + New captain. Why doesn't India do the same, especially after their performance in Australia? Asia cup is a good place to show case the talent. There is excellent talent that showed up in Under-19 & India A team trips abroad. Players like Rahane, Pujara, Mukund & Mandeep singh in batting need to be in XI. Just including a player in the squad is meaningless unless he gets to play & show his talent. India should mandate that a player cannot be benched>3 consecutive games. This will make it meaningful to be in the squad. Tiwary did not play a single game in Australia - benched 8 consecutive games. How demoralizing! Dhoni talks about rotation of seniors. Here is a golden chance to have a complete young team & Indian Selectors drop the ball. Now that Kohli is vice captain he should fight for more youngsters in XI than on bench. Indian selectors have lot to learn from SL!

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Age is no issue in the game...........it the the ability to perform at big stage that counts.....................and Tendulkar's avg is surely improving by the year not declining like the case with ponting.............since 2007 his avg has been on the rise with every year ..............................so no wonderShrikant has taken right decision

  • venkatesh018 on March 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    As usual very hard-hitting article Sharda. I agree with your view that the ongoing legal battle with Nimbus has had a huge role in the selection of this team.This set of selectors just follow orders and do not care about the well being of Indian cricket.

  • cosmos_kapil on March 2, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Though all of us were seeking more upside changes in the Indian team after a what you called literally a 'shameful' English and Australian tour, where team Indian not only beaten but with a quite large margins. The call Sehwag received was bound to be there, even Zaheer's exit not only provide him extra 'rest' but also opens up the gate for a new bowler. In fact if more new comers from domestic arena included it would be more better for the future. Now, coming on Sachin, I too think he should depart much earlier and as long he will be in the international scenario more rapidly his popularity and number of worshipers will reduce, but it was heard that he himself wants a chance where he wants to defy all the criticism of him. Whatever it may be but this should be the final one for him regardless of his 100th ton. The up gradation of Kohli is a welcomed one and Irfan should be provided more with bat and bowl. However axing Umesh is not yet understood.

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Ppl need to understand that Sachin's form is not an issue.. Its his age .. Being a legend, he should himself know that he cant play forever.. n needs to give youngsters a chance .. I just cant believe Rahane is not being picked, the sole reason being Sachin being picked.. His chase of that now meaningless 100th century is not doing any good for the team.. Its time to retire gracefully , rather than risking going the Kapil Dev or Jayasuriya way !!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Seriously!! when you people will stop criticising sachin??

  • vj3478 on March 2, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    FYI Author: Sachin VS Ponting: 1) Sachin is not playing all the matches where as Ponting was. So youngsters are getting their chances of course they are not playing all the matches tho. If you see -ves, I see positives. What if the youngsters were forced to play despite the abysmal performances in ENG/AUS. what would have happened to their confidence? 2) Sachin's batting avg compared to his team mates is far good when you compare Ponting's (ofcourse with OZ batting). 3)Sachin has been in good nick for the past 3 yrs but its not the same with Ponting.Above all what the OZ board did to Ponting is not correct! He should have been told. If they thought he was under-performing and had no faith in him, why was he asked to lead the team? He did deserve a farewell in ODI for the way he dominated his rivals as invincibles and the pressure he went through to build a new team which is now showing the results. Some common sense would be good when writing abt LEGENDS!

  • geo05 on March 2, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Sharda, Sharda - Super cynical as always. With her consistently negative outlook, Cricinfo should seriously reconsider giving Ms. Ugra space to vent... The selectors did fine... This is the Asia cup we are talking about. The India team will be Tigers, with no swinging balls, bouncy pitches, etc... Please take a chill pill and relax...

  • on March 1, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    In a way I am happy that Selectors have kept sachin in the team for Bangladesh. He will find it easy to score his 100 against Bangladesh and then we hope he will spare us by retiring and leaving that position to a youngster. His obsession to 100th 100 has disgraced a nation and we are laughing stock right now.

  • Precioustar84 on March 1, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Sehwag surely would've found his form back in Asia series. Sehwag should've been rested, dropped, axed, kicked out from the team in Aus ...but Asia is where he dominates! Considering SUBCONTINENT, a few guys deserve chance (not Sachin though). The team that was playing in Aus is best suitable in subcontinent so change wasn't needed now. Changes were needed in AUS.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Sachin cannot and should not be dropped, he's had a bad series but who hasn't. If you can find someone to replace him then by all means go ahead, but at the moment there's no opener knocking at the doors, ready to push him out. It's been said time and again and it's very much true, his record speaks for itself.

    On another note, Kohli was rightfully made Vice Captain. For the first time in years, the Indian selectors are thinking of the future. Appointing Kohli as Vice Captain gives him a sense of direction and grooms him for captaincy in the future. He has definitely proven that he can lead (he led India to a U19 World Cup) and he's shown his mettle repeatedly under pressure. I think Sharda is mistaken in her assessment of his abilities. I'm sure many readers will agree that Michael Clarke is turning out to be a good captain of Australia. A major reason for his success is his early appointment as successor to Ponting. He was given a chance to start thinking like a Captain early on.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 1, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Excellent article by Sharda! Selfish people like 10dulkar are holding Indian cricket backward.

  • on March 1, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    absolutely agreed with renegade mike,that in fact was what i had come to this article to write,you beat me to it mike!LOL

  • No_BS on March 1, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Sharda - Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Wonderfully written and to-the-point! Great job!!!!

  • luck002 on March 1, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I think Sachin was very close to his best in AUS.He was just not converting his starts.As regards his future,he should decide quickly and let it be known whether he intends to stay on till WC 2015.If not,he should retire now and give other openers a chance.Personally,I would like him to continue if he shows the same form he is in now.,age should not be a yardstick.

  • l0veCricket on March 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    The last articles published by Sharda... India a circus without a ringmaster | Board games | A funereal end to Indian cricket's greatest era | India's road rage masks their inadequacy | Enough about the wait for the hundredth

    and this one.. Needless to say the +VE commentry.... Maybe someone needs to look at retiring instead of being after Sachin.

  • SibaMohanty on March 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Sharda hits it right on the head. Strong in her views and no sides taken. BCCI and Selection Committee clearly do not have Indian cricket's interest in their minds. IPL is what they want. Sehwag has been rested well before the IPL. So has been Zaheer. What a joke.

  • l0veCricket on March 1, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    if Sachin would have opted to skip Asia Cup everyone would have said that he is taking break before IPL. Considering he is playing, everyone wants him to be dropped.. Leave Sachin alone as he knows when it will be his day. He is still playing better than most in the Indian team including the youngsters.

  • l0veCricket on March 1, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Does everyone think that India lost the last two overseas series because of batting or is it bowling that let us down? We can never take 20 wickets to win a test match. For everyone who is after Sachin, tell me who is the youngster who can take his place? No one is playing to force him out of the team at this time. Its not like he was getting single digit scores in the last games. I have never seen one positive article by Sharda , not even when we won the world cup last year.

  • jossylouis on March 1, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    As always another GREAT article by Sharda Ugra. It is indeed high time for Sachin Tendulkar to say good bye to all forms of cricket in 2012. Hope and pray he gets his 100th hundred soon. There is no doubt all of us enjoyed watching him. But the time has come for him to GIVE WAY to younger stars. Let him not forget someone had to make way for him to play 20 odd years ago. He is not immortal as everyone tries to make out of him. I feel ashamed to see other Mumbaikars like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar , Manjrekar, Wadekar...not really telling Sachin to hang his shoes as any professional would at this stage in his career. He can still pay for Mumbai Indians if he loves cricket. But please do not do this disservice to the country and spoil all the wonderful years of excellent cricket you have given us.

    Bidding good bye now (even though late) will speak of his maturity and wisdom in taking proper decisions. He has gone old and cannot be the same for ever. PLEASE SOMEONE TELL HIM.

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I really wonder, when all our Indian mates contradict about Sachin....he is THE ONE,who revised Cricket for us...but remember, FORM IS TEMPORARY AND CLASS IS PERMANENT.....tat was a time, when opposition gets his wicket, match was half-won...Y cant it be opposite now...let the other 10 win the match for U....and people telling about team-sportsmanship,plz tats a debatable issue...

  • sidpod on March 1, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Ms Ugra, you are beyond repair.

  • SantoshGhirnikar on March 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    The only person who can ease Tendulkar out of the game is Tendulkar. Unfortunately, he is chasing a record and won't leave until he has gotten that record regardless of how many games it takes. It is disgraceful that such an icon does not realize that he is NOT the future of Indian cricket and should leave with dignity and his head held high.

  • on March 1, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I guess a Section of public (very minor though) have a serious problem with sachin scoring a century. Come on people grow up. even after scoring 99 international 100s if he is still passionate to score few more then what is the problem in it? if he succeed it is going to help the team. Mind all the sachin 100s have been score at brisk pace. Now those who say he isnt scoring, kindly get your facts right. After WC he is again playing in Australia. Of the 7 games he played he scored a 48 and a 39 which arent bad scores either. in one he was unlucky to be run out. and he had 4 failures. Now show me a cricketer who had not 4 failures? Since he is on the wrong side of his age dosent mean that you critisize him on each of his failure. Stop being biased. if you wisht to critisize do it in right spirit. Bravo Mr Srikanth for not coming under media pressure and backing the players in their tough times. Your tough attitude to Damn the media and critics is well appreciated.

  • Siddiee on March 1, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Dropping them now isnt a pivotal decision as these players would relish conditions in BD. Selectors should have axed seniors after second test match since we couldnt have won the series and it was quite evident that seniors wont make it to next australian tour so it was better to give chances to rahane/pujara/sharma. Everyone should understand that SRT/RD are big players because they were given chances during their younger days and had an opportunity to play in all conditions.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    There is no reason to drop Sachin simply because he is not scoring heavily! His form and reflexes are still very good. Am sure that he will get his 100th hundred in the CB series finals if India go thru! Why persisting with Jadeja?? We have seen his batting enough to conclude that his batting skills are gully class!!

  • venkatesh018 on March 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Agree with every word and comma of this wonderful hard-hitting article, especially the paragraph pertaining to the Nimbus contract. You have hit the nail on the head, Sharda. The BCCI are indeed keeping their slate clean in their legal battle against Nimbus(the company headed by an ultimate gentleman Harish Thawani, whose credentials or lack of it is well publicised) by sending a star studded team to this utterly meaningless Asia cup. Hell with the public opinion and long term welfare of Indian cricket. Why can't Jimmy Amarnath put in his papers and come out in the open and expose the nonsense that went on in the selection meeting?

  • eZoha on March 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Dhoni could have been rested. But again, then people would have said that he was taking rest to be fresh during the IPL. Same goes for Tendulkar. Yeah, selectors took the safe route indeed and let things be as they are. Making Virat captain is a good decision, but whether they will be able to stick to it is another question.

  • Noball_Specialist on March 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Tendulkar will as has always done. Silence you naysayers and bandwagoners.

  • gurtapi on March 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    There is no point in blaming the selectors. They have done a fair job under the present circumstances. I agree with most of the comments and suggestions given by JohnSilva. Top Indian batsmen performing poorly in Australia is not new. But the media and other cricketing experts/analyst should find out the real reason why this is so. First of all why is it that cricket is being played in completely different types of pitches in different countries? Is it impossible for all cricketing nations agree and arrive at a standard pitch with allowable variations in turn, bounce etc. Let the Indian batsmen practice,be coached and trained in those standard pitches in India and then compete in international cricket.Then you can ask for accountability.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    "His persona may seem intimidating, his personality is not." Beautifully stated. I think the selectors will keep hesitating to make the changes to the squad till the last series before the World Cup. Next WC is a surefire disaster at this rate. If the media are listening, this is the time to cook up new stars instead of investing in old ones. Three years is a lot of time to build new brands out of the younger players.

  • S.N.Singh on March 1, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    WHAT HAPPENED WITH THESE INDIAN SELECTOR. IS YUSUFF PATHAN RELATED OR SOMEONE SON-IN-LAW ? I SAW SEHWAG LAST INNINGS. HE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HE NEED ANY REST ? SEHWAG HAS AN ODI SCORING RATE OF 105 AND AN AVERAGE OF 36 RUNS IN 6 OVERS PER GAME. WHAT MORE DO A TEAM EXPECT FROM AN OPENING BATSMAN. SEHWAG IS FEARED BY ALL BOWLERS, CAPTAIN, AND TEAMS IN THE CRICKETING WORLD. HE RESENTLY RECORDED THE HIHEST ODI SCORE OF 219. ABOUT TENDULKAR, HE IS THE MOST LOVED CRICKETER IN THE WORLD. APART FROM ESPN EDITOR ? PEOPLE ONLY TURNED UP TO SEE TENDULKAR. HE MAKES A LOT OF MONEY FOR ICC ( GATE RECEIPTS). PLEASE LET HIM PLAY AS LONG AS HE HAS HIS HEALTH. THE INDIAN SELECTORS PUSHED OUT HARBHAJAN. THEY NEED TO GET BOWLERS TO GET A TEAM OUT AND SHOULD FULLY CONCENTRATE ON GETTING THIER JOB DONE IN AN IMPARTIAL MANNER. ASHWIN DID NOT DO THE JOB AGAINST GOOD TEAMS. WHAT HAPPEN TO OJHA AND ISHANT SHARMA ? S.N.SINGH U S A

    Hoping to get my comment posted

  • Tigg on March 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The selectors are playing Tendaulker against Bangladesh. 100th hundred thinking.

  • cricfan06 on March 1, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I agree with Anuradha_D, there are possibly two questionable choices in this Asia Cup team - this is quite a pointless article, once again BCCI bashing - it seems members of the media/press want to see radical changes every time something goes wrong and they have short memories of the performance of some of the Indian players. If you have one poor series and are dropped, how will be build a strong team in the long term. I have never really enjoyed this authors pieces, despite being well written, they are full of nonsense, designed to get people arguing about the topic in the comments.

  • csowmi7 on March 1, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    seems to me that all of sharda ugra's articles are directed at demolarizing the Indian team and blaming the system. Didnt really see anything about kohli's century.

  • rkannancrown on March 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Ugra misses the real debacle in selection - the retention of players like Rohit Sharma. you can be sure he will score some runs aginst Bangladesh and will fail against quality attacks. Besides, his fielding is below par. manoj tiwari got no chances in Australia & will once again be overlooked and will carry drinks. after being in the sidelines for 50 matches, he will get a game & fail and then be dropped. the same story happened with Dinesh Kartik who scored runs aginst SA in SA and England in England but was always kept on the fringes. Both DK & MT are brilliant fielders ( atleast 10 runs per innings better than Rohit) but why is Rohit always played in the easy games & given countless opportunities ?

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on March 1, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    DEAR SHARDA, YOU HAVE YOURSELF GIVEN THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WHY THESE SAME STARS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN...,ITS ALL COMMERCIAL... DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL SEE THESE ENDLESS MATCHES IF TENDULKARS & DHONIS DON'T PLAY....TENDULKAR IS A ADVERTISING BRAND FOR BCCI & IT WON'T BE A SURPRISE IF BCCI CARRIES HIM TO A&Z IN 2015 WORLD CUP....BROADCASTERS & SPONSORS WON'T PAY MILLIONS IF THE CROWD PULLERS DON'T PLAY...REMEMBER 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP WHEN SICK RONALDO PLAYED DUE TO NIKE'S PRESSURE....& RECENT IPL, WITH INJURED INDIAN PLAYERS...Nimbus arguments is that, its a contractual obligation that BCCI send its "best team" to events whose broadcast rights Nimbus owns. If that is the real reason behind some of the selections, no wonder there were half-measures all around.

  • KameshRao on March 1, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    If we looked beyond Srikanth's obviously poor communication skills, some of the decisions are not all that bad really.... atleast they are attempting to do something different. One can argue if Virat Kohli is the best guy but no doubt the timing to groom a new captain is right!. Likewise Sehwag and Zaheer are not in the team, does it really matter whether they were dropped or rested?.. Disciplining in private is actually a commendable thing to do assuming that is what they are trying to achieve atleast in the case of Sehwag. About the other debatable selections in the team - Raina, Rohit, Jadeja etc, with so many not really performing to potential how do you decide who among these to drop and indeed whether one bad series shud lead to them being dropped.. there is no doubt that they are part of a future core team with strengths that cant be ignored!. Finally Tendulkar everyone is assuming he has decided to play..what if the selectors want him to play? he has not been that bad afterall.

  • santoshyd on March 1, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    This article is ridiculous. Dhoni took it for granted that India would reach CB series finals, and started talking about 2015 worldcup preparation, giving chances to youngsters, etc. And see what happened... Now you say Asia cup is a launch pad for youngsters, and if we had selected youngsters and failed in asia cup also then you would have written a similar article blasting the team, selection, etc. Uff media...

  • Witty_Cricketer on March 1, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I dont understand this fascination with picking players for future, India has such huge cricket playing population that any point in time we will produce some good players (like Brazil football players) So just stick to picking the best XI for the current series. If somebody is 16 and good enough to represent India, pick him, however do not neglect somebody if he is 42 but is still the best player for India in that position. Because there is no guarantee that any player whom they want to groom will end up as a good player.

  • FanByHeart on March 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I think there is a need for all of us to think rationally.

    - Why should we worry about the future of a man who has more experience about playing the game than any of us? So what if he has had a failure in 1 on day series? I would say it only goes to show the immaturity of people who think of dropping Sachin at the word go. They are too restless to see a change. Rather than criticizing, one should stand behind the man who has given his heart out for cricket and for our country. I wouldn't mind if Sachin decides to play on until the next world cup.

    - There is no other team more powerful than the Indian team in the subcontinent conditions. Bring on the OZ here and we'll hammer them. We're talking of playing a tournament in our conditions and there's no need to take decisions in a hurry.

    - Kohli is an aggressive player who sets high standards and commands respect. He'll do well to lead India in the future. He needs to be groomed and making him the deputy is the right way forward.

  • pitch_curator on March 1, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    I do not think there are changes that need to be done to the ODI team. For Gods sake, we are the defending world champions and although we had an average CB series, it does not warrant whole sale changes in the ODI team. The real issue is with the test team and if/how the selectors want to force the hand of Dravid/Lakshman/Tendulkar in the five day format. We are more than good in the ODI format in sub-continental conditions.

  • satish619chandar on March 1, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    With Zak out and Umesh rested, we are thin on bowling and hence we need to have maximum resources in batting.. As simple as that regarding the selection.. It might be different in Australia but still, this team will be formidable in subcontinent which even the worst of the Anti-India fan also will agree with eyes closed..

  • renegademike on March 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    The only reason one sees tendulkar still playing ODI is the fact that he is stuck on 48 ODI 100s and he wants to complete his 'Golden Duet' of 50 centuries in both forms.If it were not the case , he'd have announced his retirement right after the WC.

  • anuradha_d on March 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    what could they have done diffrently? Tendulkar cannot be dropped....period...that's the way we indians are.....so no point criticizing what is a collective desire of majority in the nation.

    Jadeja should have been dropped......but.....CSK has just paid 2 millions bucks for this guy.....and the captain, the selector and the BCCI head all are from CSK.

    Other than that.....all is OK. and 2 out of 15 selections debatable.......happens with every selection.

    Looks Like Ugra had this article pre-written and determined to publish.....no matter what the selection was

  • Dashgar on March 1, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    I don't agree with the concept of the Asia Cup being a soft tournament. Any game with ODI status is a big game. India should pick their best team. What I find the worst about this Indian selection is that despite a very poor showing in Australia for 3 months they haven't had the guts to drop A SINGLE PLAYER. How after losing so many games by so much is every player safe from the axe?

  • on March 1, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I do agree with Ugra, whatever you have written is 100% right. But Asia Cup is a different ball game as it is played in subcontinent. It is unfortunate that it is been played immediately after Australian series otherwise no one would have complained about the team selection and for me the team selection is fine and I even wanted Sehwag in it. As far as Sachin, he is a legend and I don't think he needs to prove anything to anybody and I am sure he will take right decision on right time. If we treat him like what Australians have done to Ponting then what is the difference between us and Australians, we are Indians we have our own unique values. We cannot be so harsh and adamant towards someone who has served the country for so many years.

  • Suresh123456 on March 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Its simple guys why sachin is playing... Had he missed the Asia Cup and Played in IPL 5, we all would have been screaming... see he plays only for money and not for his country..

  • jimbond on March 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    All those who are calling for Tendulkar's head are those who have not watched the matches in Australia. In the tests, one could see that he was the only Indian batsman able to play with some sort of confidence in the middle. One should not select teams based on whether players are legends of the past or in the making. Current form should be the only criterion. Tendulkar seems good enough to play on this criterion. Raina definitely is a question mark- the selectors can give more chances to M Tiwary, R Sharma and I Pathan so that Raina's absence is not felt.

  • on March 1, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Most of the views here seem to support the selectors, I agree with Sharda. There is far to much emotion tied up in the Sachin decision, and it is clear that most informed observers think he should have gone out on a high after the WC win. Sachin must be aware that his place is now causing a possible longer term hold-up in the Indian team's planning.

    This series should have been for those players who will have to carry the mantle towards the next World Cup. Why was Yadav rested- he is going to be crucial in the next 3-4 years? In the same vein ,why is Irfan Pathan not given further time, he looks to be far more useful as a hard-hitting number 7 than Jadeja. Dhoni clearly needs a rest, and Raina has been pitiful abroad and Ganguly says clearly that he needs time out of the international game.

    A sad and spineless selection that is holding back India now.

  • Farnoosh on March 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I don't agree with your comments on Sachin at all. In England ODI's he was injured, against WI he didn't play to prepare for Aus, he's playing now & in Asia cup. Also please care to elaborate when has his form nose-dived? An average of 40 in Tests for last year is bad only by his own standards. Pursuit of 100th ton will go on, so it's better to get it with available chances. And for the millionth time, do not compare every tom, dick & ricky with Sachin!

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Ms Ugra, I just don't understand why you are so much after the issues in Indian team... I always saw your articles criticising about team india... earlier "INDIA A CIRCUS WITHOUT RINGMASTER" & now this... I didn't see you writing an article the other day when india made 321 in 36.4 overs while chasing and it is almost next to impossible... yes speculations are around the team just because this is the team which makes more money.... for sure BCCI can never dare to drop Sachin because the satellite rights gets doubled if he is playing... Pointing being dropped has never been this big issue, the articles were very plain, but if BCCI is saying that they are resting SEHWAG & KHAN on fitness basis why are you critics trying to read too much in between the lines.... what ever it may be the selection board are the best bunch to pick a team for a tour.... to be frank, is there any 1 who can take place of SEHWAG or SACHIN rite away, even the miracle 321 would not have happened with out them...

  • ABP235 on March 1, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Well written Sharda. Those of who saying the selectors made a major decision on Kohli will want to go back in Indian cricket history about appointments of captains and vice captains. Though Kohli deserves it and he indeed is the future captaincy material, Indian selectors can ruin a wonderful career of Kohli by keeping both Gambhir and Kohli vying for that spot. During times of poor form for one, the other will surface, sometimes even a third candidate will come and in all this melee, a talent like Kohli can fade away. Typical Indian politics for you, sometimes similar things happen for other countries too (example: see how Cameron White, a captaincy material for Australia, faded away). Therefore to avoid all this, South Africa made a bold decision anointing Graeme Smith as captain in 2001 even when they had Kallis, Donald, Pollocks in the team! We sadly missed out sending strong signals to the seniors and BCCI held on to the crutches of Nimbus TV.

  • Narbavi on March 1, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Tendulkar's odi future is what we are all pondering about?? Its time he moves on since he has achieved everything possible in one day cricket and he is nearing 40, he must remember he was 16 when he came in to the side, almost a child prodigy, and now 24 or 25yr old proven performers are waiting!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Hi Sharda, been a great fan of your writings. Hope you will read mine too. Don't you think it is too early to build a team for World Cup 2015? Why should Sachin Tendulkar retire from ODIs? Why can't a fresh pair of legs replace him? Who do you consider youngsters in the team?

  • ramab on March 1, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    I agree it is a cop out on the part of selectors. But you copped out when Haddin was "rested".

  • Riderstorm on March 1, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Let me make it clear to all the people who think sachin is being pushed into retirement. 1. He is choosing the ODIs he wishes to play putting a little burden on the planning of the team. 2. His struggles in Aus and Eng were more than a slump in his form, he looks different to what we've known over the years, seeing him struggle pains us. 3. Both the selection panel and sachin don't seem to know which path they are headed, he can't be playing for ever.

    It is true, sachin is an everest and to judge him based on one series is stupid but, his travails have been affecting the team and he should possibly decide where he is headed, play continously guiding the youngsters for a year or two in ODIs or retire from ODIs coz in my opinion his sparse appearances is not helping much.

  • Sankara on March 1, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Alas, a great man now not knowing when to go. Alas, an opportunity lost for selection committee to gently tell him a few home truths, like CA did to RTPonting. Why do many greats have this probelm. If he scores that wretched century in BD, then there will be thought that he can go on having scored a century. For all the fans indignant, I would like to say that it is better to remember a great Tendlya than the poor shadow he is now. Kapil Dev had the same problem. Took forever to go from 380 to 432 wickets. This would have been a lovely opportunity to try out a team with Rahane, Bisht, Tiwari, Poojara and take a final call on whether Rohit Sharma had the mettle and appetite to last in international format. Srikkant the batsman was a great entertainer. Srikkant the selector is a joker (apologies, Jimmy Amarnath, for using your description :-) )

  • harsha611 on March 1, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    What happened to Varun Aaron? Is he still unfit? Its an awful amount of time to be kept out or injured. He looked much better than Vinay Kumar or Praveen Kumar. And the selectors made a mistake by not including players who scored in the domestic season. Robin Bist from Rajasthan looked very promising in the Ranji final.

  • dariuscorny on March 1, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    im baffled and fuming what was the reason to leave out Umesh Yadav.he was hailed as the find of the tour.now what has happened?simply out out of this world.he cud hv been sent there as a leader of the attack.oppurtunity truly wasted by K Srikanth.we need to groom bowlers like Yadav Aaron not the truddlers like Vinay.talking about Dinda he bowls too short but might hv improved as his domestic performences show.as usual Uthappa ignored,may be he is not human,as i dont see any other reason which does not qualifies him for the selection.sad .cricinfo please publish it

  • Riderstorm on March 1, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Clear, concise and to the point. Well done Ugra. You have articulated my exact thoughts after the team was announced.

  • Sagay-Ed on March 1, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Asia cup - a "low-profile regional event". Good Joke and you got it all wrong. India are the defending champions and they are going to face Pakistan almost a year after they defeated them in the world cup semi-final. Pakistan will be coming back strong. India vs Pakistan - No matter where they play or what tournament... it is always high profile. Change your ideas.

  • chikku_ on March 1, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I wonder what kind of clarity people need on Sachin's future. Sachin still has that hunger and can easily play for another 2-3 years in ODIs. No matter how selectors pick team, there will always be criticism. Of course they were criticized for world cup team selection but the team took the Worldcup. Again subcontinent conditions are so different from what is out there in australia and I am sure everyone will see a different indian team there. Raina is going to be a different guy there in bangladesh.

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Cop-out? They just made a HUGE decision. Virat Kohli as vice-captain means that the era of stand-in captains Gambhir and Sehwag is over. Should there be another over-rate issue with MS being banned for a game or two, Kohli will be leading India. They have made the decision on India's next leader, made it clear. Not dropping Sachin (which should never happen, his form hasn't nosedived as far as even Ponting) is not by any means a cop-out.

  • JohnSilva on March 1, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    I agree mostly with selection. The batsmen who have failed in Oz failed bcos they simply dont have the skills to play the bouncy and/or moving ball. I doubt if they can develop those skills now.They did not fail for want of trying - except maybe Rohit who seems to have the skills but looks casual.(If so, dropping him as discipline may help). We have to look for new youngsters and groom them for those conditions. There are a few - Pujara, Rahane - but first make some green pitches domestically and try them out against Praveen, Umesh etc. Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yusuf have proved they simply cant play in bouncy, moving conditions but they are terrific in home conditions. So why not have slightly different sides for subcontinent and overseas??? HORSES FOR COURSES. So for Asia Cup team is fine. Sehwag shd have played but maybe unfit? Dhoni, as wicket-keeper/captain, shd have rested. Is he playing bcos IPL is round the corner and he will be blamed ?

  • on March 1, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Dropping Tendulkar is not going to be an easy decision. Cricket is not seen just as a sport in India. It is something beyond sport. It was an easy decision for the selectors in Australia to drop Ponting. But one has to understand the calibre and the stature a player like Tendulkar has. Even the fans won't really like Tendulkar being dropped. He is someone who has been worshipped by millions of fans. and he is an ambassador of cricket world wide. Every player goes through tough time. Sachin has gone through a lot of difficulties in the past, and he was able to make great come backs. I'm pretty sure that he'll once again prove all those critics wrong and announce his retirement instantly in thinking of the 2015 world cup!!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    We are all very emotional. About Sachin. What makes me wonder is - why would he want to play in this silly competition ?? He has been playing pretty much for close to 3 months then this for another and 2 more of IPL !!Ohh, there is the 100 -100..hmmm and then the selectors need to keep Nimbus happy, IPL happy and ofcourse please do not forget - themselves happy. Well it certainly looks like a happy family.

  • p77gin on March 1, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    as much as i agree with most everything you write, i think you have it wrong when you say there is no clarity about Sachin's future! his future his the most clear of all! selectors have no say in it! he'll go when "HE" wants to go PERIOD.

    you and the rest of the media can harp as much as you want about not clear/ambiguous, but that's just a waste of everyone's time.

  • on March 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    I do not agree with Sharda's observation of Sachin choosing his ODIs. The reason he has been doing is that he wanted to give youngsters chances to prove themselves so that he can leave the arena with good players.

  • musingsofamoron on March 1, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Selectors have chosen a good team. I do not understand the logic behind making wholesale changes on the basis of one bad series. Tendulkar deserves to play even if he retires after the Asia Cup. Long term plans of Tendulkar have no significance in this matter. Planning for the future is like a mirage and we should not lose the present on this basis.

  • on March 1, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    I do not agree with all the selectors' decisions but what I agree with them is including Sachin. The only reason is that he has won many matches for India and he wants to reach his goal of 100 tons. I do not see anything wrong with that. For 20 odd years, he has faced every bowler, saved many matches and also won many but not all of them. I think the young crowd of today do not understand the contributions of Sachin.

  • Cool_Jeeves on March 1, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Are you kidding - Tendulkar missing out of a journey into Bangladesh? The country against which he has his highest Test score? No way. He has been waiting for this, licking his chops. He will definitely get his 100th century in the Asia cup, which he has missed in the last two matches by 86 and 61 runs.

  • stalefresh on March 1, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Agree. Pathetic selection. It started with retaining Laxman for third test. When he was played in 4th test, my heart skipped few beats. Zaheer khan fitness amazes me..i would not select him in the weekend tournament of a district. Sachin is a mystery to me, I think he is forced into one day cricket, but I expect him to retire. I like Raina though..i rate him the best fielder in Indian team. I know that does not warrant a selection but he can bowl and inspire of inconsistent performances wih bat, I feel he can bat too.

  • on March 1, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    All this chatter for nothing... Who do you have better to replace Tendulkar... Rahane? One series... yes one series... Tendulkar doesn't do well and media reads the riot act. Give the guy a break, he's been demonized earlier as well only to come back stronger.

  • on March 1, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    I think this is all b'cause of IPL.India had done very well in previous tours Ausis & England.First of we should blame IPL.

  • on March 1, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    making Kohli as vice-captain is one of the greatest move.because he is a guy,who knows to respect senior players and to lead young guys.

  • on March 1, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Everyone in India is like Ok Sachin, u have achieved more than enough, now you retire and let youngsters come in!! Seriously??? its insane. This guy is fit ,was second highest in world cup, hitting the ball better than anyone in team right now, why should he retire???? Just one bad series? If one bad series is a criterion whole team should go, Dhoni should be thrown out of test team. The fact is , whole team had a bad tour. Not just one. So just be patient. I just dont understand why non performing seniors should go and non performing youngsters should stay. just wait and watch, he will make a lot of people eat there words, including Kapil Dev.

  • indianpunter on March 1, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Sharda, you took the words out of my mouth.. and put it so eloquently on paper. The people who criticise you on this forum, have no idea what they are on about. forgive them, for they know not what they do...The problem with Indian cricket is the failure to ackowledge that there is one. ( maybe several !)

  • AjitNarayan on March 1, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Tendulkar needs to be kicked out of the team like Dravid and Ganguly were. No use saying he's in good form.. he's not converting his starts. Time to go.

  • SanjivSanjiv on March 1, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Forget every thing what happened to Team India AFTER the World Cup victory. Now FROM Asia Cup onwards, everything will be fine. So relax guys.....good days are AHEAD.

  • vj3478 on March 1, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Instead of moaning, the author should have listed the players she thinks should have been in the team! Forget abt Tendulkar, no one in the selelction panel or any one in india will ever ask him to retire!!

  • jango_moh on February 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    I still dont understand what these scribes want!!! will u ever be happy with any team selection?? even the australian selectors are sticking with many of their younger players, shaun marsh is an eg, if they felt he was somebody for the future and are in their long term plans, so except for tendulkar's case, everything else looks good.. maybe rahane shud have been given a chance, and although raina didnt do that well, you cannot drop him just because of one series.... tendulkar's case is different, and i dont see any issues with him playing a few odis based on what the captain wants....

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    This is ridiculous. What is wrong with SRT's form now. He was in best touch in the matches. Which says he is still a good player. Now if you guys are so keen in measuring a player like sachin by the lack of big scores during this 3 months period, it is totally unfair to that little man, who is always well mannered and respected all around the world for his good heart (apart from his enormous talent). Of course he is not going to respond to these kind of articles. And I dont think he will hang out with indian cricket for long once he scores that 100 which he values a lot. After that, there will be a time when all these column writers will be coming up with articles on the golden yesteryears, when sachin, the legend used to make the indian cricket proud...And that great man will then be smiling at you, short visioned journalists. But again wont say a word.

  • kitten on February 29, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    It's good Sachin is going to BD. Hopefully, and a few million people around the world are hoping, he gets that blasted elusive hundred, and makes a graceful exit from the ODIs and a youngster given a chance. We will have to wait with bated breath, because I don't think any of the selectors has got the guts to sack him, even if he score three zeroes in the next three games!! Anyway, I haven't seen the team selected, but I am sure they will fare better in the sub-continent, in any case can't fare worse than they have(with the exception of the last game) over the past few months.

  • NAP73 on February 29, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Who cares? The only worthwhile ODI tournament is the world cup and it is a long time to the next one. Nearly all other games / series wins are quickly forgotten, particualrly when so many ODIs are played these days. That said, it does not set a good example when a player can pick and choose when he decides he wants to play. It is also not good for consistency. Seems like India is falling into the old Australian trap of poor succession planning and inability to let people go (things have changed in Oz somewhat in recent times, but more needs to be done, particularly in terms of fitness management).

  • Alexk400 on February 29, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    The first person should be fired should be duncan fletcher after 8-0 loss. Then dhoni. Then sachin. Then sehwag. Then k srikkanth in order. Bottom line is india really do not have bowlers to be effective in overseas. Too weak bone structure.

  • immit13 on February 29, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Let's not write on everything that happens with Indian Cricket, you guys just make them superstars, instead they are just players and selectors as any other sports has it or any other country has it... there is no need to write all this as they won't read it or apply it...

  • sns55 on February 29, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Of course. Why did you expect anything different? With IPL round the corner none of the 'star players' would have been dropped, eroding the brand value of their franchises as a result.

  • aks1812 on February 29, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    This selection panel has to be the worst in the history of INDIAN Cricket. The selection committee is spineless. How can they overlook what is infront of the whole world which is that raina has proved to be hopeless. Forget testing conditions, that guy cannot score runs even in flat conditions against good bowling. The case with Ravindra Jadeja was expected . How could they drop him when the chairman of the board has spent 2 million on it. Srikant and Srivasan are real threat to Indian Cricket and are out there to destroy the dignity and ethics of Indian Cricket

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    is this all because srikanth called out Shut Up ... hahahaha ... When we can enjoy fruits of selectors providing the team to win the world cup ... why cant it go with the same logic ... To give youngsters a role, sachin need not be dropped. he can be rotated n thats the role of a captain

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    ppl can say whatever they want about Sachin...even if they never scored 10 runs in their backyard...but since Cricket is so popular and since it is a democratic country everyone is free to express their opinions even though they don't know what the hell they are talking about...making cheap remarks on a player of Sachin's stature is pathetic rather than annoying

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Just like in case of Kapil he kept on playing so that he can break Sir Hadlees highest wicket record & Sachin is also doing the same thing.Dragging himself at the cost of his team.Who cares!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Sharda ugra, I do not agree with the following ''Tendulkar seems to have set out his plan - he will play ODIs when he thinks he can and wants to. He did not play in four series - away and at home against England and West Indies - but is playing in Australia, and now in Bangladesh'' Yes he has been picky in ODI but he was supposed to play in England but got injured(toe inflammation) so he didnt skip odi's in england,he was forced to do so

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Sharda's job demands her to criticize everything and anything related to the Indian team. Selectors have such a thankless job that she would have criticized them no matter what.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 29, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    The writer is courageous but she might be wrong and Srikant might be right after all. After a few indifferent years Sachin started playing well in 2007 after a Bangladesh tour. Then up to the WC Sachin played well; India got great results during this time. Sachin started failing in England. The fall of India too started there. So the selectors might have thought let us get Sachin going to have India get going. And as for long term these selectors just can't do anything right now. India doesn't have the talent. I mean the real talent that differentiated Sachin, Dravid, Kapil, Gavaskar, Azhar from others; Rohit, Raina....may look talented but clearly they are not. India can't be too sure of Kohli too after a knock against Sri Lanka. India's long term prospects currently depends on those who organise local cricket. If they organise it with good wickets and good tournaments good talent will emerge soon but right now there is no talent. Even Umesh might not be talented.

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    ha ha.. this is insane. u know what everyone is like ok sachin u have achieved everything in cricket, now please retire. what? serioulsy? People who want Sachin to stop playing ODI have zero knowledge about cricket. Its almost insane. the guy is in good form, He was second highest run scorer in world cup, and in this series also, if anyone understands cricket, u will know that he is in very good form and he will come good soon. Since when age became a criterion of selection? Sharda Ugra, just wait, he will make u eat your words. And y only non performing seniors should go?? y not non performing youngsters? do u think dhoni will be thrown out of test team on basis of last 2 series perfomance??? no.... And if performance of last series is criterion, WHOLE TEAM SHOULD BE CHANGED. Y ONLY SENIORS.but we cant do that. It was a bad series. whole team performed badly. not a individual . time to be patient. Fitness and form OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, should be the criteron, not age..

  • CricFan78 on February 29, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    The day Sachin retires what will happen to 5 min fame of all these media people.

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Like I said a few days ago, I knew that Srikanth & his co-selectors wouldn't have the gumption to make radical changes. His press conference was ridiculous!

  • Hurricane08 on February 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Well written Sharda. I think our selectors need to be held accountable as well for the performance of the team. It is atrocious that after such a performance in two overseas series, all they can do is come back with a spineless statement about resting the non-performers. The Indian fan has to stand up and demand answers and visibiilty into the decision making process.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 29, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    There's no future for Indian cricket as long as we keep playing these FAKE GODS OF CRICKET - SRT, DRAVID AND LAX. They should have been dumped immediately after the debacle in Australia. Instead the selectors, and a lot of misguided fans, wanted to dump KOHLI - the future of Indian cricket. They don't understand the basics - young has to replace the old. In active sports, anyone over 35 is old. It's hard to believe that there's no cricketing talent amongst 1 billion people to replace these 3 FAKE GODS OF CRICKET.

  • jerryman on February 29, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Sometimes you have to admire CA .. tough decisions have to be made .. that requires guts.. BCCI on the other hand seem to be spineless .. have the criteria for selection .... simply put must be based on performance and present form.. cannot live in past glories ... In a way I agree that fielding is critical .. when teams compete with bat and ball. and they are even .. fielding will tilt a game . saving a single by being alert , reducing 2 runs to a single are critical in a 50 over or t20 format.. . with the Asia cup I still dont seem to see a allround team ... Pakistan have a great bowling side .. the batting tends to let them down.. the other teams still lack a ruthlesness .. and the desire to go for the kill .. may the best team win.. and for all those die hard fans who feel their players have not been selected, look at the positive side , the BCCI selectors are just resting them ,so they are all raring to go for the next world cup.. the rest may make them obese or obsolete..

  • msooria on February 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    If selectors don't show guts to drop Sachin from the team, let us see if Dhoni has enough nerves to keep him out of the playing 11 for the entire asia cup and win it all. This will make Sachin (atleast I hope) to think twice before making himself available for future ODIs.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 29, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    If you look at cricket , a game played seriously by only 6 or 7 countries , India with its 1.2 billion people , the financial muscle and the mass following for the game SHOULD HAVE DOMINATED cricket... only other country where any sports might have such a devoted following is football in Brazil , and they are the most successful national team in a sports played by more than 100 countries... may be this kind of selectors and decision makers are the reasons why we cant do it.

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Indian selection system will never change. The biggest problem is that Sachin will want to continue playing and the selectors will allow him to do so. I don't understand whats the logic in saying that Sehwag is rested when its clear that he is out of form. If anyone is to be rested its Sachin.

  • ANONS on February 29, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    It is clear that Sharda has an axe to grind (against Tendulkar). Its good that Australia have axed Ponting recently, bravo, 2 claps and a smile. But why in Sharda's universe should India do the same? I mean Tendulkar's last tournament was the world cup where he was the second leading run scorer (albeit at a higher strike rate). If you are too lazy to look up, its 482 runs at an avg of 53 and a strike rate of 91.

    This is one off series where Tendulkar hasnt really had a big score yet. He made the odd 48 and a quick 30 but was also unfortunate to have been blocked by Lee where he really looked unstoppable. So yeah, it seems like he has had an un-Tendulkar like series filled with promising starts and some really dodgy luck.

    But thats enough for folks like you who bring out their axes, sure keep grinding away. It doesnt matter to Tendulkar and the billions that enjoy his game even today.

    I'll paraphrase Adele: KEEP rolling in the deep. ;)

  • baskar_guha on February 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Tendulkar played in the CB series because BCCI and CA wanted him to. I think even cricinfo reported this. Given that he is in the ODI vein, it makes sense to let him play the Asia Cup which I believe will be his last ODI series. As for the selection, Indian ODI performance has been mixed unlike its test performances. India beat West Indies and England in India and have won almost as many ODI matches as Australia in the CB series. There is no basis for chop and change for the ODI team, maybe some tinkering which is what has occurred. Time to reset is after the summer when the 2012-13 season begins. And for crying out loud, when will you journalists not mix test and ODI performances as if they are the same. Same applies to the stupidity of adding test hundreds and ODI hundreds for SRT and going nuts over it. You write well but not as well about cricket. Do something about it.

  • Angry_Bowler on February 29, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Excellent work by Sharda Ugra.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 29, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Sachin should commit to ODI cricket for one more year and then quit , his policy of choosing which to play and which to rest is hurting Indian team , and obviously our selectors who are looking like a bunch of jokers right now is not going to do anything which might hurt their 'precious stones'..

  • Nampally on February 29, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Sharda, you are right on! Making tough pivotal decisions indeed - 4 guys from the present squad out "instead of 7" & bringing in 2. How tough was that? This is Asia cup not World cup. For goodess sake bring in young talent & test them out. This is the big chance to do it. Both C.Pujara, Mandeep singh & RR Singh deserved a chance in the squad in place of Jadeja & injured Vinay. Why do we need "tried & failed" Yusuf Pathan? Captain Dhoni - was criticised for lack of team unity, with Sehwag & Gambhir being out of tune with Dhoni. Consequence - Sehwag is dropped & Gambhir loses his vice captaincy - My way or Highway approach! Proper solution: Rest Dhoni & let Gambhir lead & show the way. At least Gambhir will replace Jadeja with Rahul or Tiwary in XI. Unlike many fans, I like to see Tendulkar in XI. He is a strong role model for the team & is still top class batsman. Vinay is injured yet in the squad while Aaron is excluded under the pretext of injury! Irrational & disappointing squad!

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 29, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Tendulkar's case is unique , sachin can be allowed to play in ODI , he is not in poor form as such , he is getting those starts ,timing the ball beautifully, his placement is superb and foot work is still precise , its just that he cant get that one big one , may be its because of the pressure about this stupid milestone , i feel if he wants to play ODI he must commit fully to the team or quit completely , this frequent coming in and opting to rest is affecting our team building..

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 29, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I've never seen a cricket player who's as greedy as Sachin. He's a disgrace to himself. It's a pure shame on Sachin who's out to play only for numbers.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Gambhir should have been named vice captain , in fact its not a bad idea to make gambhir India's full time captain in ODI and tests especially with dhoni hinting at retirement in next year.. Kohli is a good prospect but not right now.. we want him as a batsman first , and someone should ring up sehwag and say he has been dropped (in all probability he will score runs on flat tracks and establish again only to fail in next away series)

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Why is Tendulkar being unnecessarily targeted? Why don't you leave that man alone and let him decide his future. I understand that Cricket is not an individual sport, but who better knows about that game than that man himself. Sachin has given so much for the cricket, and now its time to pay back. Also why don't you talk about bowling?? India's bowling has always been pathetic, still the bowling options are wide open for the youngsters. What about "All rounders"?? Even if Tendulkar is left out, who is there to fill his position?? Australia dropped Ponting because they are lot of "talented youngsters" available. But its not the case with India!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Another bold, defiant opinion piece. However, I can't say that I agree with it in its entirety; Sehwag and Zaheer have both been dropped, despite Srikkanth's remonstrations to the contrary. Your main point, which you should devote an entire column to, is whether SRT should play a role in the ODI side going forward; although a shadow of his former self, he's still a calculating, effective player. I am generally frustrated by the selection policy we choose to employ - not only between tours, but also within them. Why, for instance, have Rahane and Tiwary have both been warming the bench for the entire Test and ODI tours, respectively? Do the selectors and team management know something we don't? Let them prove their worth.

    Your observation on the Nimbus situation is a shrewd one, and it makes me wonder whether the BCCI's policies are merely grandiose posturing, with blatant disregard for posterity. I find it difficult to believe that there is a dearth of talent in this country.

  • chickentikka on February 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    A nice article. One thing I dont understand is why people are behind Sachin. He is not scoring 100's. He is not scoring 0s or 1s either. He has done a great job even if he cant match his own standards. Leave him alone for some time and see the rising of Sachin again. People who say that Sachin can score only on flat pitches and against small teams, please check the cricinfo statsguru for yourself.

  • Precioustar84 on February 29, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Uh Oh Sharda ...you uttered a negative word about Sachin. Now we will see 1000 comments here for sure... Regarding selection, Sehwag surely would've found his form back in Asia series. Sehwag should've been rested, dropped, axed, kicked out from the team in Aus ...but Asia is where he dominates! Considering SUBCONTINENT, a few guys deserve chance (not Sachin though). The team that was playing in Aus is best suitable in subcontinent so change wasn't needed now. Changes were needed in AUS.

  • Rohanbandekar on February 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Dropping Tendulkar coz he failed in one series in 22 years?? Ridiculous

  • Capt.Clint on February 29, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    However, I think there is a reason behind Tendulkar's selection. Of course, he has been choosing his games quite miserly and of late his scores aren't good, but each time he came to the crease in Aus, he has looked good barring the match at Gabba when Lee hit him on the head. His fans think its his 100 thats affecting his batting and the fact that the selectors really lack the guts to drop him unless Tendulkar himself opts to do so only means that he will play any freaking series he likes. Bottomline: Forget long term plans, let Tendulkar play the match against Bangladesh and get it over with. And now that Harbhajan,SreeSanth and Agarkar are going to be fit pretty soon(for the IPL) and could possibly perform well, the insatiable desire of 'pointless Comebacks' by fans will always be fulfilled.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I completely disagree about the Tendulkar comments by Ugra as the standout issue in the selection. The Indian team and its supporters are losing faith in the team and I believe this move of selecting "Same old same old" is the selectors trying to reestablish the faith by betting on tried and tested rather than new.

    If India team was doing great, I could had agreed with the comments in this article.

  • mali_jr on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Tendulkar is selected so that he can make his 100th hundered. Doing it in Bangladesh will be an easy preposition.The quetsion is will he retire from all cricket after that? India needs to move on, This stuff is becoming very boring now.

  • rahuja on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    After 2-3 years of utterly dismal performance and after a series in which he was struggling to get into double figures.. Australia drops Ponting.. What beats me is how that is this considered as swift action by the dozens of learned critics. By all means, do make a case of dropping Tendulkar (or anyone else) but please spare the Australian board and Ponting comparisons.

  • Johnny_129 on February 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Is there anyone in India who actually wants SRT to get his 100th international century??? Just when he is on the verge people are asking for him to be dropped! Yes, SRT has had a lean patch of late but he is still batting well and he looks like the most likely (Kohli apart) to get runs when at the crease. SRT's records are not just his but that of an INDIAN, just like Gavaskar's 10,000 runs. I doubt playing 20 ODI's less in their careers would likely impact on the likes of Rohit, Raina, Tiwari, Jadeja and the rest of the wannabe's! My message is, INDIA BE PATIENT, SRT IS NOT ALL SPENT JUST YET! Don't make SRT the scape-goat for India's losses. I think people are just looking to sacrifice a great player because of the teams pathetic performance. Why not drop Jadeja???? As for 2015 WC - forget it...too far away and India will not win regardless!

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Quite like the way you analyzed the Tendulkar quandary. His greatness deserves the legion of admirers (myself included!) - but elite sport is tough. It takes that little something to go out of your game: form, fitness, reflexes to pull you down from the zone. The shots still ooze class, the mind is willing and hungry, the body and the patience to build an innings though, seems a little jaded. Besides, what else could he possibly achieve in ODIs which isn't there in his (already creaking) mantelpiece? However, have to sympathize with Sehwag and Zaheer situation - they add legit value when they fire. With their age, the question is how often? But more importantly do we have able replacements who've done enough, are skilled enough? Gambhir is 30 now, an age when "good" becomes "great" .. instead, his angular-bat failings remain. Kohli shows steel and skill to race ahead of Raina, Rohit, Tiwari etc. He has temper, but he also has hunger. He is a WC winning captain. The call is clear ..

  • anilkp on February 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Nice, Sharda! Not much to say beyond what you said. Two 4-0 losses and the dismal tri-series would have opened up the eyes and brains of most; but not our selectors. The BCCI has already opined that "there is nothing wrong with Indian cricket; teams do lose sometimes"; and thus this selection is hardly any surprise. It is pity that analysts like you and fans like me expect too much from the bunch of jokers that run the show. It is time we see the reality and keep quiet (for, saying does not ensure that someone hears).

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Dear Sharda, FAITH is a big thing, a big emotion to possess! Result is not always the only parameter of judging an effort! The problem with most of the fans today is their roller-coaster emotions! 1 year back when Dhoni won the World Cup, even with his bizarre selections like Piyush Chawla- he was the man with Midas touch! 2 bad overseas tours- and his captaincy has come under scrutiny! So when Sehwag slams a double ton, he instantly becomes a rare breed- and when he has a silent tour, he is the punching bag! Yuvraj was in line of fire before the World Cup, and when he wins the cup on his own- he becomes the nation's darling!! Have faith in the team, and in the ability of these champion players! For a player like Sachin Tendulkar whose timing has fetched him unparalleled records, trust his timing to take a call on his career! He offcourse know this game more than me or you!!!

  • theswami on February 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Before the last match our players played abysmally. The only players worth retaining in our side include Gambhir, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Praveen, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja.The bench consisting of Tiwary, Rahul sharma, Pragyan Ojha ( benched in the tests) should have moved into the core side. Others such as Dinda, Pujara (recovered from injury), Bisht (leading Ranji scorer), Abhinav Mukund (spectacular season,2nd leading ranji scorer), Balaji ( did well especially in the Merchant trophy), Diinesh Karthik culd have been brought in. The team should have been Gambhir, Mukund (openers) Kohli,Tiwary, Pujara, Bisht, S. Tiwary, Jadeja (middle-order), Karthik, Dhoni (wk), Ashwin, Rahul sharma (spinners) Irfan Pathan, Praveen, Dinda, Balaji, Pankaj Singh.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    It's not like Sachin is struggling. He is getting the starts and also he rarely looked uncomfortable at the crease. There is no doubt that he would retire when he doesn't enjoy his game. So his inclusion -as he didn't opt to rest- is not a surprise and that too when Suresh Raina is picked...

  • KishorKumar25 on February 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    After the defeats in England and Australia, it was said the selectors would be the most important people in Indian cricket. They obviously do not think so. I second that

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  • KishorKumar25 on February 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    After the defeats in England and Australia, it was said the selectors would be the most important people in Indian cricket. They obviously do not think so. I second that

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    It's not like Sachin is struggling. He is getting the starts and also he rarely looked uncomfortable at the crease. There is no doubt that he would retire when he doesn't enjoy his game. So his inclusion -as he didn't opt to rest- is not a surprise and that too when Suresh Raina is picked...

  • theswami on February 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Before the last match our players played abysmally. The only players worth retaining in our side include Gambhir, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Praveen, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja.The bench consisting of Tiwary, Rahul sharma, Pragyan Ojha ( benched in the tests) should have moved into the core side. Others such as Dinda, Pujara (recovered from injury), Bisht (leading Ranji scorer), Abhinav Mukund (spectacular season,2nd leading ranji scorer), Balaji ( did well especially in the Merchant trophy), Diinesh Karthik culd have been brought in. The team should have been Gambhir, Mukund (openers) Kohli,Tiwary, Pujara, Bisht, S. Tiwary, Jadeja (middle-order), Karthik, Dhoni (wk), Ashwin, Rahul sharma (spinners) Irfan Pathan, Praveen, Dinda, Balaji, Pankaj Singh.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Dear Sharda, FAITH is a big thing, a big emotion to possess! Result is not always the only parameter of judging an effort! The problem with most of the fans today is their roller-coaster emotions! 1 year back when Dhoni won the World Cup, even with his bizarre selections like Piyush Chawla- he was the man with Midas touch! 2 bad overseas tours- and his captaincy has come under scrutiny! So when Sehwag slams a double ton, he instantly becomes a rare breed- and when he has a silent tour, he is the punching bag! Yuvraj was in line of fire before the World Cup, and when he wins the cup on his own- he becomes the nation's darling!! Have faith in the team, and in the ability of these champion players! For a player like Sachin Tendulkar whose timing has fetched him unparalleled records, trust his timing to take a call on his career! He offcourse know this game more than me or you!!!

  • anilkp on February 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Nice, Sharda! Not much to say beyond what you said. Two 4-0 losses and the dismal tri-series would have opened up the eyes and brains of most; but not our selectors. The BCCI has already opined that "there is nothing wrong with Indian cricket; teams do lose sometimes"; and thus this selection is hardly any surprise. It is pity that analysts like you and fans like me expect too much from the bunch of jokers that run the show. It is time we see the reality and keep quiet (for, saying does not ensure that someone hears).

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Quite like the way you analyzed the Tendulkar quandary. His greatness deserves the legion of admirers (myself included!) - but elite sport is tough. It takes that little something to go out of your game: form, fitness, reflexes to pull you down from the zone. The shots still ooze class, the mind is willing and hungry, the body and the patience to build an innings though, seems a little jaded. Besides, what else could he possibly achieve in ODIs which isn't there in his (already creaking) mantelpiece? However, have to sympathize with Sehwag and Zaheer situation - they add legit value when they fire. With their age, the question is how often? But more importantly do we have able replacements who've done enough, are skilled enough? Gambhir is 30 now, an age when "good" becomes "great" .. instead, his angular-bat failings remain. Kohli shows steel and skill to race ahead of Raina, Rohit, Tiwari etc. He has temper, but he also has hunger. He is a WC winning captain. The call is clear ..

  • Johnny_129 on February 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Is there anyone in India who actually wants SRT to get his 100th international century??? Just when he is on the verge people are asking for him to be dropped! Yes, SRT has had a lean patch of late but he is still batting well and he looks like the most likely (Kohli apart) to get runs when at the crease. SRT's records are not just his but that of an INDIAN, just like Gavaskar's 10,000 runs. I doubt playing 20 ODI's less in their careers would likely impact on the likes of Rohit, Raina, Tiwari, Jadeja and the rest of the wannabe's! My message is, INDIA BE PATIENT, SRT IS NOT ALL SPENT JUST YET! Don't make SRT the scape-goat for India's losses. I think people are just looking to sacrifice a great player because of the teams pathetic performance. Why not drop Jadeja???? As for 2015 WC - forget it...too far away and India will not win regardless!

  • rahuja on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    After 2-3 years of utterly dismal performance and after a series in which he was struggling to get into double figures.. Australia drops Ponting.. What beats me is how that is this considered as swift action by the dozens of learned critics. By all means, do make a case of dropping Tendulkar (or anyone else) but please spare the Australian board and Ponting comparisons.

  • mali_jr on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Tendulkar is selected so that he can make his 100th hundered. Doing it in Bangladesh will be an easy preposition.The quetsion is will he retire from all cricket after that? India needs to move on, This stuff is becoming very boring now.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I completely disagree about the Tendulkar comments by Ugra as the standout issue in the selection. The Indian team and its supporters are losing faith in the team and I believe this move of selecting "Same old same old" is the selectors trying to reestablish the faith by betting on tried and tested rather than new.

    If India team was doing great, I could had agreed with the comments in this article.