August 16, 2012

India's selectors pick populism over vision

The final selections by Srikkanth's committee have sent all the wrong signals to the players and fans
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After India's 0-8 rout in England and Australia in 2011, the BCCI took some measures to ensure the team doesn't face such a drubbing again. Among these were scheduling two India A tours every year and revamping the domestic structure to make it more competitive, with the aim to produce players who will do well in all conditions. These efforts may not form the complete blueprint for success, but we must laud the BCCI for taking the first few steps in the right direction.

But while the board has showed it intends to bring change, the national selectors have simply delayed the process of repair India need if they are to be successful against all teams in all conditions.

The beginning of a new season was an opportune moment for the selectors to show their vision and intent. It was also their last selection (four of the five selectors will finish their terms in September), so the moment could not have been more appropriate to perhaps undo the errors of the past. Instead, they chose to bury their heads in the sand.

Where they could have taken a few radical, if possibly unpopular, decisions, they preferred to play it safe. Instead of showing vision by backing youngsters for the India A tour, they chose to please everyone by picking a completely different squad from the one for the A tour of West Indies a couple of months ago. This shows not only a dangerous incoherence in thought process, it also raises questions about the selectors' credibility.

While Yuvraj Singh's comeback for the World Twenty20 grabbed the headlines, it was the other, unemotional, selections that revealed the selectors' lack of vision. Sidharth Monga covered several of these in his column last week. Decisions like Ishant Sharma's inclusion for the New Zealand Tests without him having played a single competitive match after undergoing ankle surgery, Suresh Raina replacing Rohit Sharma in the Test side, and Gautam Gambhir replacing Virat Kohli as vice-captain for the World Twenty20 are jarring enough, but none betrays the lack of clarity as much as Piyush Chawla's return to the Indian team for Tests and the World Twenty20 does, 16 months after playing his last international game, in the 2011 World Cup. In fact, Chawla was a surprise selection for the World Cup as well, and was dropped after taking four wickets in three matches (two of them against Ireland and Netherlands). It isn't often that a member of a World Cup-winning team isn't played again for 16 months. Only a sub-standard performance can lead to such a long absence, and it would then be fair to assume that Chawla must have forced his way back with a series of sterling performances. Not really.

Rahul Sharma, who replaced Chawla in the squad after the World Cup, did very well in the 2011 IPL, and was picked for India on the basis of his performance in the league, despite poor first-class figures - 18 wickets in ten matches till then. But then selection is not always about numbers, or we'd have statisticians for selectors. Every selection committee has the right to look beyond statistics and go by instinct for potential and talent.

It isn't often that a member of a World Cup-winning team isn't played again for 16 months. Only a sub-standard performance can lead to such a long absence, and it would then be fair to assume that Chawla must have forced his way back with a series of sterling performances. Not really

There are only two ways to justify any selection: by merit, backed by seriously good numbers, or by the selectors' instinct for considering potential over performance. Rahul's selection fell into the second category. But while he was picked with the long-term idea of playing Tests, he was dropped after only ten months, not having been given an opportunity in the longer format. So was his being picked an error in judgment, or was dropping him without giving him a chance a mistake? Chawla has now reclaimed his place without producing any earth-shattering numbers - 27 wickets at 40.62 from nine first-class matches. Yes, there were only eight spinners in the top 30 wicket-takers last season, and the best took 28 wickets in eight matches, but then again, if Chawla was going to be picked for the Test series against New Zealand, why wasn't he picked for the A tour to West Indies?

National selections rarely demand out-of-the-box thinking because most players select themselves. You need to simply pick the best team possible to win the assignment, which means there isn't much scope for working towards a vision. Not so with an A squad, where the selectors have opportunities to plan for the future, and gives us a peek into their thought process. If selected fairly, an A squad is a great indicator of the country's bench strength.

Being consistent in selections for the national team is the default mode, but consistency in A team selections can only be achieved through a carefully crafted design. A team is as good as its bench strength, and the bench can only be as strong as it is allowed to be.

In July 2011, Srikkanth Anirudha was picked in a three-day squad for the Emerging Players tournament, even though he wasn't a regular in Tamil Nadu's Ranji team. It goes without saying that one deserving candidate was pushed further back in the queue for no fault of his own.

Only six players from the India A tour to the West Indies have survived for the A tour to New Zealand in September-October. Robin Bist, the highest run scorer in the 2011-12 first-class season, Wriddhiman Saha, who is being groomed take over the gloves from MS Dhoni in Tests, and Parwinder Awana, considered one of the most promising young fast bowlers in the country, have all failed to make it. Saha was the team's vice-captain, while Bist and Awana got only one match each on the tour. What did Saha do wrong? Was one opportunity enough to judge that Bist and Awana aren't good enough? Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund both failed to score runs in the West Indies, but Mukund has now been named captain for the New Zealand tour, while Dhawan has been dropped. RP Singh was picked for the West Indies but couldn't make it because he wasn't fit. Now Jaydev Unadkat has been preferred over a fit RP.

And what about Praveen Kumar? If he wasn't considered good enough for the World Twenty20, shouldn't he have been a part of the India A set-up? As a rule, A squads consist of promising players from the first-class circuit who have a realistic chance of graduating to the next level and those who have fallen off the national radar and are trying to make it back. Picking completely different teams every time defeats the purpose of organising such tours.

India are about to begin a very long home season, and this selection could have been used to make a statement of intent. Unfortunately, the out-going selection committee didn't see it as an opportunity; maybe they looked at it as a liability.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • beeblebrox on August 19, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Not said a word about Tendulkar continuing in the team! Strange.

  • Sackz on August 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Hi Akash, I agree with you. I always wished selectors were more set of people.

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    What a joke selectors have made, picking Piyush Chawla, ironically, the person who called selectors Bunch of Jokers are also part of this squad now...what to do...

  • PD40 on August 17, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    This is a god article about selection policy. But I also think there should be an examination of captain Dhini's determination to promote Chennai Super King players at the expense all other players. His persistence with Jadeja, Ashwin at the expense of Ojha is not well documented. Then he tries so hard to keep Manoj Tiwary out of the team - I thought someone like Akash Chopra or Harsh Bhogle would be able to notice that.

  • mark2011 on August 17, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    i think the movements made by selecctors for NZ series is ok and nothing much to worry..NZ is no great threat to current Ind team and can easily win this series too... so guys dont bother too much...no need to see storm in the tea cup!!

  • basophil on August 17, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    why are some of the people here ranting that just because aakash chopra and sanjay manjrekar didn't contribute much with the bat to the indian team, they shouldn't be making these analyses? at least they have a good knowledge about cricket - there's no hypocrisy in that

  • ravi_hari on August 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Akash has been giving good analysis after selections and matches. I think you are right in commenting that the selections are clueless and inconsistant. I feel the selectors do not have a definite plan of action. If I were in the selection panel, I will first draw a list of 30 probables. I will first select the the top 15 who would represent the country at International level. Then I will look at the rest 15 and see if anyone needs to be replaced to suit a particular format. Like, I would pick a player like Rayudu for T20s and ODIs and not probably for 4 day games or tests. Then I would pick players who are outside the 30 list who have performed exceptionally well in domestic tournaments, IPL, english county, etc. and see if they fit into my selections. I will then have a flow chart of their performances and why they failed, if they did so. The flow chart will be a transparent document for players to see for themselves where they stand and their chances of further selection.

  • SouthPaw on August 17, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    You forgot a very important question, Chopra. Why has Harbhajan Singh been picked?

  • on August 17, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    its nt that kind of selection we thought piyush was a surprise pick and praveen kumar missing out is a huge upset to team india if yuvi performs srikanth is safe and if he dosent then its going to be d- day for him!

  • on August 17, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Many questions comes up from the current selection of national team and A team. Can we file an application for RTI for selectors?

  • beeblebrox on August 19, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Not said a word about Tendulkar continuing in the team! Strange.

  • Sackz on August 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Hi Akash, I agree with you. I always wished selectors were more set of people.

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    What a joke selectors have made, picking Piyush Chawla, ironically, the person who called selectors Bunch of Jokers are also part of this squad now...what to do...

  • PD40 on August 17, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    This is a god article about selection policy. But I also think there should be an examination of captain Dhini's determination to promote Chennai Super King players at the expense all other players. His persistence with Jadeja, Ashwin at the expense of Ojha is not well documented. Then he tries so hard to keep Manoj Tiwary out of the team - I thought someone like Akash Chopra or Harsh Bhogle would be able to notice that.

  • mark2011 on August 17, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    i think the movements made by selecctors for NZ series is ok and nothing much to worry..NZ is no great threat to current Ind team and can easily win this series too... so guys dont bother too much...no need to see storm in the tea cup!!

  • basophil on August 17, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    why are some of the people here ranting that just because aakash chopra and sanjay manjrekar didn't contribute much with the bat to the indian team, they shouldn't be making these analyses? at least they have a good knowledge about cricket - there's no hypocrisy in that

  • ravi_hari on August 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Akash has been giving good analysis after selections and matches. I think you are right in commenting that the selections are clueless and inconsistant. I feel the selectors do not have a definite plan of action. If I were in the selection panel, I will first draw a list of 30 probables. I will first select the the top 15 who would represent the country at International level. Then I will look at the rest 15 and see if anyone needs to be replaced to suit a particular format. Like, I would pick a player like Rayudu for T20s and ODIs and not probably for 4 day games or tests. Then I would pick players who are outside the 30 list who have performed exceptionally well in domestic tournaments, IPL, english county, etc. and see if they fit into my selections. I will then have a flow chart of their performances and why they failed, if they did so. The flow chart will be a transparent document for players to see for themselves where they stand and their chances of further selection.

  • SouthPaw on August 17, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    You forgot a very important question, Chopra. Why has Harbhajan Singh been picked?

  • on August 17, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    its nt that kind of selection we thought piyush was a surprise pick and praveen kumar missing out is a huge upset to team india if yuvi performs srikanth is safe and if he dosent then its going to be d- day for him!

  • on August 17, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Many questions comes up from the current selection of national team and A team. Can we file an application for RTI for selectors?

  • QingdaoXI on August 17, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    First change the squad for test and select from this pool: Gambhir (C), Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu, Manish Pandey ,Bist, Kaif, Mandeep, Surya,Jaffer, Badrinath, Kartik, Saha (From this lot top 6+1wk should play) and Bowlers Ojha, Ashwin, Rahul, Appana, Abdulla (Spinners) and Umesh, Aaron, Nechim, Shammi Ahemd, Awana, Tyagi, Kulkarni,(Fast bowling option and All rounders if pitch demands Irfan (For foreign conditions and Bhajji (Sub-continent condition). This is the pool of 30 best players available in India , who can make our side better in future. And i important think remove Duncan Fletcherhe is of no use, coaches shoulde young in 40's or early 50's, not like grand pa Duncan.Have One main Coach as batting coach, Bowling coach and Feilding coach of good reputation. If BCCI have that much money why dont they recruit Jonty Rhodes as Feilding Coach and Craig Mcdermott/Pollock/Akram as bowling coach and head Coach from India Sandip Patil or Mohinder Amarnath.

  • jay_vkjay on August 17, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    In my opinion, Anil Kumble should be the next chief selector. Akash rightly pointed out that the outgoing selectors always picks populism over vision. What wrong have Virat Kohli done to be thrown out of vice captaincy? His performance as vice captain is astonishing. 4 centuries and 1 fifty in 8 ODI's + 1 fifty in only T20I. Selectors are just toying with the players.Its a huge relief that Srikkanth and Co. is going.....

  • dilipm on August 17, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    For the NZ Tests one could have seen the induction of players like U Chand or Rahane as an opener in place of Sehwag; Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma in place of Tendulkar and Laxman; Irfan Pathan in place of Zaheer and Saha in place of Dhoni to test the bench strength. Gambhir could have led this side. It is disappointing that Murli Vijay who started his Test career on such a bright note has allowed himself to compromise his technique to meet the exigencies of the biff and bash IPL and become totally confused about his role. Some promising 18 /19 year olds like Vijay Zol and alrounder Baba Aparajith could also have been shortlisted for future Test roles. Such experiments cannot be made against stronger oppositions like Australia and England later in the year.If some of the oldies get injured who is going to take their places unless they are exposed to the highest level of this game?

  • dilipm on August 17, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    I cannot understand why some readers are shooting the messenger(Aakash Chopra) instead of looking at the real issues articulated by Chopra. For the records Chopra was a solid opening batsman and helped India to get off to a good start on a number of occasions by blunting the effect of the new ball.Just because he played like a classical opener the then captain Ganguly had him dropped saying that his scoring rate was slow. What Chopra writes about the selection process is true. There is no consistency or planning in preparing a roadmap for the future.There is adhocism everywhere. BCCI seems more interested in ODIs and 20-20s than Tests. The future batsmen and bowlers seem totally geared for the shorter version. A few of the older players could have been rested against NZ and some promising players could have been tried.Sadly that opportunity was missed through short sighted planning!

  • aravabalaji on August 17, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    The title conveys everything about the present state of affairs. It is baffling to see Raina showered with so many chances despite his proven weakness in the longer version. Whereas unsung player like Badrinath were left wondering what to do. Considered as a possible replacement of any of the fab four, Badri has never been given a decent run in the Tests. He is treated as an untouchable and the people at the helm seem to shut every door available to him. In terms of technique & temperament, Badri stands tall among the current crop. Hope he comes up with another determined performance this domestic season to ask serious questions against the selectors.

  • Rahulbose on August 17, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Its simple no one in BCCI cares about overseas test matches. They are picking players with next season IPL in mind and are heavily influenced by the IPL team owners.

  • Meety on August 17, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    I'll say that it is not such a bad thing to rotate players thru the A-Team structure. ATM though (IMO), India need to be selecting an A-team that is the alternative Test side. The reason for tihs is atm they need to find a replacement for Dravid, nobody looks to have their hands on the role (yet). VVS & SRT are surely only a matter of months away from retiring, so they have 3 pretty big holes to fill. Their best batsmen need to be playing tough matches. The bowling is a whole different kettle of fish, the pace bowling is in reasonable shape, it's India's spin bowling that is sadly lacking atm. This could be catostrophic in up coming home tours by England & Oz. Unless India can get the Turbanator firing again OR unearth some other talent from under a rock somewhere, the EXPECTED revenge series v OZ & England may NOT go to plan!

  • Cricket_Geek on August 16, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    There is a big gulf between domestic cricket in India & international cricket. Agreed its the same system which produced players of Tendulkar's class & many other batsman in the last decade. But they stood out due to their own talent & hard work than the system itself. Those were the days when Test cricket was considered the ultimate goal for any cricketer. But now with so much cricket especially Twenty20 a player can pick & chose what they want to concentrate on & solid test cricket has taken a backseat. Players like Rohit Sharma would have developed immensely if introduced to test cricket first rather than ODIs. The bowlers in domestic cricket are no comparison to what India faces especially when they go abroad. Hopefully Rohit is not beyond repair as we would have lost a good batsman who had the talent to be a great but never got there due to various reasons. He should have been slotted in the test team straight away after Yuvi failed as a test batsman

  • Hellboy82 on August 16, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @yogiyogo: Averages need not tell the real story. He had a reasonably good debut series. He really did contribute with the bat in the Australian series. Anyone who closely followed the series will agree to that. Look at the number of deliveries faced in each innings & the opening partnerships that he contributed. He did his job when Sehwag kept up the scoring rate. That was perhaps the most stable opening partnership that India had in a long time. He couldn't really convert the starts that he got. 2 bad series followed & he was dropped for ever. He was not given enough chances, I would say. Anyway thats not the point being discussed here.

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @yogiyogo: If you are criticizing a cricket columnist for not scoring enough international runs, perhaps I should ask you to show you writing experience before you criticize any writer ? FWIW, Aakash Chopra is the only "classic opener" India has seen in many decades (but it should be irrelevant here - he is not topic of the discussion, selection committee is.).

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @ Shankar Balachandran: I don't think Author is singling out TN players. Aniruddha selection was the worst example of fiefdom in cricket and its possible it came at the cost of another TN player - everyone in India should be upset by it!!! And in case of Mukund, author is ruing the non-selection of Dhawan (Mukund is just used for comparison) - as both a potential batsmen. Author may have his biases, but I don't see them in this article - he is just attacking the selectors choices(biases?), specially when it comes to building future team.

  • Cricket_Geek on August 16, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Murali Karthik, the long forgotten spinner. India is struggling to find bowlers to take 20 wkts in test matches. Karthik although 35 yrs, is still fit & in the form of his life. He deserves another chance in th e Indian team at least for the next couple of yrs. How come bowlers like Chawla who has been tested before & dropped because he was not good enough gets chance. Ojha will benefit greatly from Karthik who has great experience playing on wkts which dont help spin much. Its time to think ahead of Zaheer as our premier fast bowler. He needs to managed. Praveen Kumar certainly deserves another chance. Ishant is good but inconsistent. We need to develop a group of 5 to 6 solid fast bowlers & look to develop them by giving them regular breaks in test matches & see how they perform

  • ProdigyA on August 16, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Im really glad that this is K. Srikanth's last selection and he is going. I hope somebody with a head on his shoulders replaces him.

  • SoverBerry2 on August 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    It is all about Mumbai lobby, Delhi lobby, relatives, kith kin etc...Talent is not a problem anymore...

  • on August 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I actually like this A team for NZ better than the one to West Indies. Except I would pick Awana ahead of Vinay Kumar.

    Mandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Rayudu, Chand, Menaria all deserve a chance. These guys are replacing players who are in the World T20, so no surprise there. Saha is overrated and Ojha is a much better prospect.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Posted by Haleos on (August 16 2012, 12:45 PM GMT), mukund played in place of injured sehwag during England tour,but then when sehwag returned he was dropped.He never got many opprtunities like the overrated rohit sharma who got many chances due to mumbai backup from the time of vengsargar as selector and even now under Srikanth .He should only play for MI as he performs well for Mumbai but looks very ordinary under team India.Mumbai lobby should stop supporting rohit and give some chances to new talents or use him only for Mumbai Indians .Ashwin atleast performs with the bat or ball when he gets chance but how abbout rohit sharma Who is still getting zilionth chances by scoring 13 runs in 5 Odis? Of course they keeps Rohit as he plays for MUMBAI Indians with tendulkar support and keeps Mumbai lobby happy.First they shoud remove him from all forms of cricket for india and asked to play domestic cricket.

  • Naresh28 on August 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    The way I see it is that we have different sets of players for tests and ODI/T20 Our big problem is finding bowlers with stamina for tests and the openning pair. The openning pair actually defines the way our games will go in tests. As @nampully said there needs to be rules/criteria laid when making selections. I learn that there is a 23 yr old who is making waves as an openner (Athiraj Shandilya - google up) - I hope one day he is exposed to the A-team tours. Maybe also have an IndiaB team going on tours.

  • ansram on August 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Srikkanth the selector has played out just like Srikkanth the batsman of the 80s- very lucky at times, and a reckless slogger at other times. I had high hopes for Srikkanth when he came in but he has been disappointing not only with his selections, but also with his attitude.

  • yogiyogo on August 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    good posts. do anybody know the cricket history of the article writer. his first series with nz (2 tests) ave 45 (no prizes for finding out it was in India). his next 4 tests (8 inn) in australia ave 19. followed by three innings in pak ave 17. the great news is what follows next. he was still 'selected' for the next series, after four months, with australia in India an scored totally 25 runs in three innings before being dropped. the low standards set by srikkanth and co i just our legacy.

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I think Rohit sharma would have gone to New zealand with the A team. New zealand tour would have helped him to regain his form. Selection of Piyush chawla for the t20 is very surprising and wrong as well bcoz P.Ojha has been very economical bowler for India in the t20's whereas Piyush has not done well enough in the limited over cricket. Harbhajan and Ojha would have been a much better pair for the t20's. My team for the t20 world cup would have been MS.Dhoni,V.Sehwag,G.Gambhir, A.Rahane,V.Kohli,Y.Singh,S.Raina,S.Badrinath,I.Pathan,L.Balaji,V.Kumar,H.Singh, P.Ojha, A.Dinda, A.Rayudu... No R.Ashwin bcoz his stats in t20 cricket r not good enough at the international level.

  • on August 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Cmon Akash. I thought you were the only unbiased person, but again you made me wrong. What's your problem with TN players? If Rahul Sharma can be considered for potential, why not Mukund? And why drag Anirudha here? Why not many others from North? Check what the previous selectors did in your tenure before talking about others,

  • cnksnk on August 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Selector bashing is a past time for all of us arm chair selectors. before we start to pick holes in this selection, let us just pause and note that after the 8 - 0 drubbing we have not played test cricket. Is it not important to pick the best team that will build some confidence into a batterred ego and confidence. Every one including Siddharth and Akash Chopra are straight away assuming that New Zeland will be push overss ( which may be a tad unfair on them). So what is every one cribbing over. Piyush Chawla. WHile he may not have much to show, there was a need for a leg spinner. With Rahul Sharma probably not picked for non criciketing reasons it left a choice of Piyush or Amit Mishra. Not much of an option. The other one seems to be Abhinav Mukund's selection. It is not that our opening is strong.Come SA tour and we have a challenge on our hands. Can any one with any confidence state that Viru will succeed. If Rahane is iin the test team not so outlandish to choose Mukund for the A

  • on August 16, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    India should play well in their own condition.. but don't u think they gained 1st rank to play only in their own condition.. they don't play well in other's..

  • thalalara on August 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Blaming the selectors has become a fad, let us all understand that no great thinking is required to select a team for domestic tour and that too against a team which has lost to Windies. Any first class cricketer can be considered for the current NZ tour. Blaming the selectors for not having a long term perspective is a good joke, if Mr.Akash Chopra sits in the committee do you think he will be a Mr.Perfect Selector? C'mon give a break...We have seen a lot in the last 4 to 5 decades... Why cant Sachin & Lakshman retire on their own? its really funny? The team which took the India to No.1 in the test ranking lost 8-0 outside India... whom will you blame? The ODI world cup was won under the current selection committee.Lest be clear, selectors are doing their duty what ever the best possible and if they start listening to T D & Harry they should be allowed to select 5 teams representing India......

  • Nampally on August 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Aakash, there should be some pre-established ground rules for the Squad & XI selection. If there are none, the selection is illogical & defies rationality. This is exactly what has happened in selection of Test, T-20 & India A squads. This is wild selection with no vision or logical rationale. You & Mr.Monga rightly listed all the questionable players in various squads.Dhoni's choice of Test Captaincy after bizarre moves in Australian test matches defies logic. Fans were quite honest about their criticism as well. Physical Fitness, performance record & current form have been ignored n selection of these squads. Prime examples: Chawla & Ishant Sharma in Test Squad. India A squad has 5 such players who must have been shocked to see their names. In the T-20 squad there are names from the past like Harbhajan + Chawla - when India needed to boost their bowling. The only bright choice is the inclusion of C.Pujara in the Test squad.Thankfully new Selectors will soon replace 4 of these guys!

  • Haleos on August 16, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @Akash Chopra - you forget VVS. He needs to go too. How long will he carry on based on that 281 and few saves with the massive help from tail enders.

  • Haleos on August 16, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Good that Shrikanth and 3 of his cos are finally going. Going by the way he was going he would not have rested untill all the members of the Indian cricket team were from TN or CSK. Mukund, captain for India A. He Shrikanth serious? He needs some serious medical assistance. Also he likes to pursist with mediocre Ashwin who gets zillions of oppurtunities because, of course he has dual benefit of being from TN and CSK.

  • on August 16, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    MSD and chika have destroyed our status as a test nation!we hav lost the respect and dhoni seems to be doing nothing abt it!which is disheartening to see!it looks as if he thinks that test side wud take care of itself!sehwag has become volatile vvs has lost his overseas form!i wud drop sehwag vvs and bring in robin bist and badrinath!gambhir needs a stint with a county team!our test side needs a complete revamp including change of coach captain and selectors!dhoni shud stop influencing selector's decision!i think he shud be removed frm test captaincy and gambhir shud be made the captain!(no better choice) saha or dinesh kartik shud step in for MSD!duncan has done nothing since he has becum the coach! he now 2 whitewashes in australia which itself is a record!he's more of a consultant than coach!we need a coach wit old school toughness!someone like steve rixon!irfan pathan shud be brought into test side!v shud look to replace zaheer khan with some quickie!shami,parvinder,bhuvaneshkumar

  • on August 16, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    What a joke selectors have made, picking Piyush Chawla, ironically, the person who called selectors Bunch of Jokers are also part of this squad now...what to do...

  • sanzen on August 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Akash Chopra: where is MUNAF PATEL, a regular bowler ODI/T20 bowler? No one is talking about him.

  • venkatesh018 on August 16, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Even by Srikkanth & Co's very low standards, these latest selection blunders are an embarrassment for the BCCI. Saha and Awana are desperately unlucky.

  • SAGAR4545 on August 16, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Pujara is in the test side based upon his Domestic test carrer, then why they r considering ODI form of Rohit for giving him chance in Test. This is not the case of this season, it's happening for the years...every time he plays well in Ranji trophy & get selected in ODI team instead of Test team

  • on August 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Everyone who knows something about cricket would certainly pick Rohit in Tests but he has not played a single test. We all know that Raina and Tiwary are not test material and so is Chawla. Not picking Saha does make a sense as Dhoni doesn't was anybody to challenge his post in Test. His performance in Tets has been mediocre if not pathetic.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on August 16, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    this was the worst selectio committee india ever had

  • on August 16, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What an article written by Akash. I really appreciate his cricketing acumen. Our chief selector is an emotional fool and have no intellect to take Indian cricket to next level. I always liked Mr Srikanth as a batsman and team man during his cricketing days, but his selection skill is ridiculous. He should immediately replaced by someone who has vision to take India to the next level. It seems there is some wrong practice is going on in selecting players or this is an emotional fault done by selectors.

  • Ktyagi on August 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Good Article Aakash. Just wanted add my 2c worth of wisdom as well - Pankaj Singh has been the highest (top 3) wicket takers in the Ranji Trophy in the last 2 years. How come he has not been recognised by giving him at least a chance in Ind A? Also wanted to remind the commentary panel & selection committee if they happen to read this that Rohit Sharma still termed as young & bright prospect for future made his debut 5 yrs ago and has played in close to 80 One day games. His last tour to SL was a disaster as many others but instead of him being dropped frm T20WC he has been dropped from Test side, when he never got a chance to prove himself in Aust. I was of the opinion that the performance of players in one dayers would reflect on T20 selection? How unprofessional is Srikanth as the head of selectors in not having a proper press conf and answering the media who in turn is our (Public) representative so we can get some answers. "I do not have time" is what he said to waiting media.

  • sifter132 on August 16, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Good stuff. This doesn't even touch on the Test side for NZ, which is going to have only ONE change from the team in Australia, and it's a forced one since Dravid has retired. Short term, I'm sure that team will be good enough to beat NZ, but to make no changes is poor for long term planning. Sehwag and Gambhir will think it's fine to fail overseas as long as they perform as home etc. etc. Poor message to players who didn't do the job.

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  • sifter132 on August 16, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Good stuff. This doesn't even touch on the Test side for NZ, which is going to have only ONE change from the team in Australia, and it's a forced one since Dravid has retired. Short term, I'm sure that team will be good enough to beat NZ, but to make no changes is poor for long term planning. Sehwag and Gambhir will think it's fine to fail overseas as long as they perform as home etc. etc. Poor message to players who didn't do the job.

  • Ktyagi on August 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Good Article Aakash. Just wanted add my 2c worth of wisdom as well - Pankaj Singh has been the highest (top 3) wicket takers in the Ranji Trophy in the last 2 years. How come he has not been recognised by giving him at least a chance in Ind A? Also wanted to remind the commentary panel & selection committee if they happen to read this that Rohit Sharma still termed as young & bright prospect for future made his debut 5 yrs ago and has played in close to 80 One day games. His last tour to SL was a disaster as many others but instead of him being dropped frm T20WC he has been dropped from Test side, when he never got a chance to prove himself in Aust. I was of the opinion that the performance of players in one dayers would reflect on T20 selection? How unprofessional is Srikanth as the head of selectors in not having a proper press conf and answering the media who in turn is our (Public) representative so we can get some answers. "I do not have time" is what he said to waiting media.

  • on August 16, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What an article written by Akash. I really appreciate his cricketing acumen. Our chief selector is an emotional fool and have no intellect to take Indian cricket to next level. I always liked Mr Srikanth as a batsman and team man during his cricketing days, but his selection skill is ridiculous. He should immediately replaced by someone who has vision to take India to the next level. It seems there is some wrong practice is going on in selecting players or this is an emotional fault done by selectors.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on August 16, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    this was the worst selectio committee india ever had

  • on August 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Everyone who knows something about cricket would certainly pick Rohit in Tests but he has not played a single test. We all know that Raina and Tiwary are not test material and so is Chawla. Not picking Saha does make a sense as Dhoni doesn't was anybody to challenge his post in Test. His performance in Tets has been mediocre if not pathetic.

  • SAGAR4545 on August 16, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Pujara is in the test side based upon his Domestic test carrer, then why they r considering ODI form of Rohit for giving him chance in Test. This is not the case of this season, it's happening for the years...every time he plays well in Ranji trophy & get selected in ODI team instead of Test team

  • venkatesh018 on August 16, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Even by Srikkanth & Co's very low standards, these latest selection blunders are an embarrassment for the BCCI. Saha and Awana are desperately unlucky.

  • sanzen on August 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Akash Chopra: where is MUNAF PATEL, a regular bowler ODI/T20 bowler? No one is talking about him.

  • on August 16, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    What a joke selectors have made, picking Piyush Chawla, ironically, the person who called selectors Bunch of Jokers are also part of this squad now...what to do...

  • on August 16, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    MSD and chika have destroyed our status as a test nation!we hav lost the respect and dhoni seems to be doing nothing abt it!which is disheartening to see!it looks as if he thinks that test side wud take care of itself!sehwag has become volatile vvs has lost his overseas form!i wud drop sehwag vvs and bring in robin bist and badrinath!gambhir needs a stint with a county team!our test side needs a complete revamp including change of coach captain and selectors!dhoni shud stop influencing selector's decision!i think he shud be removed frm test captaincy and gambhir shud be made the captain!(no better choice) saha or dinesh kartik shud step in for MSD!duncan has done nothing since he has becum the coach! he now 2 whitewashes in australia which itself is a record!he's more of a consultant than coach!we need a coach wit old school toughness!someone like steve rixon!irfan pathan shud be brought into test side!v shud look to replace zaheer khan with some quickie!shami,parvinder,bhuvaneshkumar