India in New Zealand 2013-14 December 31, 2013

Ishwar Pandey gets maiden India Test call-up

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Ishwar Pandey, the Madhya Pradesh fast bowler, has received a maiden call-up to the India Test squad, which will play in New Zealand in February. Pandey also features in the ODI squad, along with Karnataka allrounder Stuart Binny and Jharkhand quick Varun Aaron.

Yuvraj Singh has been left out for the ODIs, while Pragyan Ojha misses out from the Test squad.

Pandey was the leading wicket-taker in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, with 48 wickets at 21.06, and he has remained effective in the current Ranji season as well. He has 30 wickets at 24.76 in eight games this season, including innings figures of 8 for 84 against Railways in Indore. Pandey bowls in the mid-130s but, tall by Indian standards, uses his height to get good bounce even from a good length.

Stuart Binny, a medium-pacer and middle-order batsman capable of getting quick runs when needed, has had a decent Ranji season for Karnataka with bat and ball. He had, earlier this year, earned a call-up to the India A squad that toured South Africa but this is Binny's maiden call-up to the senior squad. His selection is likely to have been prompted by the need for a pace-bowling allrounder to add balance to the team in New Zealand conditions. Binny's father Roger was a key member of India's 1983 World Cup-winning team, and is currently a national selector.

Varun Aaron played the last of his four ODIs in December 2011, in the home series against West Indies. He had impressed then with his ability to bowl at over 140kmph regularly but has been plagued by injury since. He was left out for the tour of Australia in 2011-12 and, though he returned for the 2012 IPL, he suffered the recurrence of a back injury that kept him away from competitive cricket for 15 months. Following a tweak in his bowling action to reduce the stress on his back, Aaron made a comeback in the current Ranji season, and has played five four-day games for Jharkhand since November.

Yuvraj had a woeful home ODI series against Australia in October, scoring 19 runs in four innings, when he was visibly troubled by the pace of Mitchell Johnson. He couldn't bat himself back into form in the home ODIs against West Indies or on the South Africa tour and was expected to be dropped for the New Zealand tour given the conditions in that country and the hosts' pace-heavy attack. Mohit Sharma, the Haryana pacer, also finds himself out of the one-day squad after being expensive in South Africa.

Ojha, the left-arm spinner, is not in the Test squad despite his solid 2013 record: 18 wickets in eight innings at 23.11. He probably lost out because of the India selectors's wish to beef up the pace attack to suit New Zealand conditions. Ojha did not feature in the Test XI in South Africa, losing out to R Ashwin in Johannesburg and Ravindra Jadeja in Durban.

India will go in to the New Zealand Tests with the experienced Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, bowlers who can bowl quick in Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, the bounce of Pandey, and the swing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ashwin and Jadeja make up the spin department, while the batting line-up remains the same after having largely impressed in South Africa.

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  • on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron deserves a consistent run in both forms of the game. They can only improve by playing. India needs bowlers who can bowl over 140 consistently. I am seen this in many overseas tour. If the ball swings Indian bowlers bowl well, but everytime it stops swinging India concedes over 500 runs. Bizarre Test Squad, no Rohit Sharma, no back up batsmen. ODI team is a good selection. Hope Binny, Pandey and Aaron gets a game.

  • thinkgood on January 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Ashwin must have been dropped instead of Ojha. Ashwin is a poorer performer of the two when it comes to pitches abroad. Also Dhoni must give Ambati Rayudu a chance in one of the 2 test mathes. Its high time man !

  • DMS0505 on January 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Men in Blue ware clouded at SA tour, Now normal tracks are going to be face at NZ, this time team has to cheer up and need to gain the enthusiasm for AUS tour.

    NZ are medium face bowlers and with different climatic conditions, team was good need to push hard them self to reach the success.

    Capt has to think for sustaining for both formats(Day & Test), if not management has to advice him or make him to understand.

    He is using his trump cards in right way but should calculate the pitch performance, most of the fans ware hurt ed at SA.

    Good Luck at NZ series.

  • on January 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    if you are unlucky & leave a ball outside off stump.. the worst is that it hits the edge or even the off stump (Amla's dismissal).. but if the ball hits 3/4th the way of middle stump is unbelievable... rohit's dismissal in the durban test was really tragic to see.. he may have a lot of talent and he may be a "STAR" in the making(according to some indian commentators)... but he's extremely lazy with his foot work... he needs to put some urgency in his feet..!!

  • mahi678 on January 6, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    bhuvi. dont forget him. he lost form due to aus tour and bias attitude of dhoni. hoe he is back to form in newzeland. if bhuvi backs to form. indian bowling prob is solved.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I think Indian got a chance Rishi Dhawan. he perfoming well in this ranji season.2015 wc in NZ&AUS so I think this team will very usefull in 2015 wc in NZ&AUS .My Team 1.R.Sharma 2.S.Dhawan 3.V.Kohali 4.S.Binny 5.S.Raina 6.R.Dhawan 7.M.S.Dhoni 8.R.Jadeja 9.S.Kaul 10.M.Shami 11.R.P.Sinh 12.R.Ashwin 13.I.Sharma/R.Shukla 14.A.Rahane 15.A.Raydu/M.Tiwari/A.Nayar 16.I.Pandey/R.Shukla IN overseas pitchis this indian speed star & team is very usefull.

  • Johnny_129 on January 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    There are a lot of fans who are asking for Dhawan to be dropped! Given Dhawan did not get significant scores in 4 Test innings in SA but he did look like he could play Steyn & co - He did not look out of his depth. He kept getting out after looking settled. Compare this to Rohit - Rohit looked totally out of place even batting down the order. Rohit kept fishing outside the off-stump even after facing so many deliveries in the ODI's. If anyone should be dropped, it is Rohit! Drop Rohit and that allows both Jadeja and Ashwin to be included - India will have 5 genuine bowlers to bowl sides out twice - India is not capable of doing the same with only 4 specialist bowlers in Tests - especially with the aging Zak who is still a good enough bowler but will tire easily. Ishant needs to go - He is far too inconsistent. Ishant's record is abysmal but he is a master at doing enough to retain his place in the team - He fires in bursts without maintaining consistent good bowling throughout!

  • on January 4, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    ODI TEAM 1. Shikhar Dhawan,2. Rohit Sharma,3. Virat Kohli,4 Ajinkya Rahane,5. MS Dhoni (capt)6. Suresh Raina,7. R Ashwin,(or)Stuart Binny,8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar,10. Mohammed Shami,11. Varun Aaron Ashwin s not bow well so binny chance to seamers

  • hnlns on January 4, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan must be curtly told that they need to start performing or else face the inevitable. Team India desperately needs a genuine fast bowler to appear on the scene to share the workload with Shami. Hope Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav can provide some clues towards that. Zaheer seems like a tired guy and cannot be expected to bowl 40 overs in every test match. Ashwin and Jadeja need to deliver with the bat and contribute some at least with the ball. This tour will indicate who are ready for the next challenge in England and who should be out of the team for that trip.

  • Johnny_129 on January 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Vijay and Pujara should at least get a chance to travel with the ODI side - there are 5 ODI's prior to the Test matches. Vijay and Pujara are an integral part of the Test team and they should get more of a chance to acclimatise to the very different conditions in NZ. I have a feeling that India is a bit relaxed after their good showing in one Test in SA (they have forgotten they lost all completed matches bar one). India will get an unpleasant surprise in NZ!

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron deserves a consistent run in both forms of the game. They can only improve by playing. India needs bowlers who can bowl over 140 consistently. I am seen this in many overseas tour. If the ball swings Indian bowlers bowl well, but everytime it stops swinging India concedes over 500 runs. Bizarre Test Squad, no Rohit Sharma, no back up batsmen. ODI team is a good selection. Hope Binny, Pandey and Aaron gets a game.

  • thinkgood on January 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Ashwin must have been dropped instead of Ojha. Ashwin is a poorer performer of the two when it comes to pitches abroad. Also Dhoni must give Ambati Rayudu a chance in one of the 2 test mathes. Its high time man !

  • DMS0505 on January 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Men in Blue ware clouded at SA tour, Now normal tracks are going to be face at NZ, this time team has to cheer up and need to gain the enthusiasm for AUS tour.

    NZ are medium face bowlers and with different climatic conditions, team was good need to push hard them self to reach the success.

    Capt has to think for sustaining for both formats(Day & Test), if not management has to advice him or make him to understand.

    He is using his trump cards in right way but should calculate the pitch performance, most of the fans ware hurt ed at SA.

    Good Luck at NZ series.

  • on January 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    if you are unlucky & leave a ball outside off stump.. the worst is that it hits the edge or even the off stump (Amla's dismissal).. but if the ball hits 3/4th the way of middle stump is unbelievable... rohit's dismissal in the durban test was really tragic to see.. he may have a lot of talent and he may be a "STAR" in the making(according to some indian commentators)... but he's extremely lazy with his foot work... he needs to put some urgency in his feet..!!

  • mahi678 on January 6, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    bhuvi. dont forget him. he lost form due to aus tour and bias attitude of dhoni. hoe he is back to form in newzeland. if bhuvi backs to form. indian bowling prob is solved.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I think Indian got a chance Rishi Dhawan. he perfoming well in this ranji season.2015 wc in NZ&AUS so I think this team will very usefull in 2015 wc in NZ&AUS .My Team 1.R.Sharma 2.S.Dhawan 3.V.Kohali 4.S.Binny 5.S.Raina 6.R.Dhawan 7.M.S.Dhoni 8.R.Jadeja 9.S.Kaul 10.M.Shami 11.R.P.Sinh 12.R.Ashwin 13.I.Sharma/R.Shukla 14.A.Rahane 15.A.Raydu/M.Tiwari/A.Nayar 16.I.Pandey/R.Shukla IN overseas pitchis this indian speed star & team is very usefull.

  • Johnny_129 on January 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    There are a lot of fans who are asking for Dhawan to be dropped! Given Dhawan did not get significant scores in 4 Test innings in SA but he did look like he could play Steyn & co - He did not look out of his depth. He kept getting out after looking settled. Compare this to Rohit - Rohit looked totally out of place even batting down the order. Rohit kept fishing outside the off-stump even after facing so many deliveries in the ODI's. If anyone should be dropped, it is Rohit! Drop Rohit and that allows both Jadeja and Ashwin to be included - India will have 5 genuine bowlers to bowl sides out twice - India is not capable of doing the same with only 4 specialist bowlers in Tests - especially with the aging Zak who is still a good enough bowler but will tire easily. Ishant needs to go - He is far too inconsistent. Ishant's record is abysmal but he is a master at doing enough to retain his place in the team - He fires in bursts without maintaining consistent good bowling throughout!

  • on January 4, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    ODI TEAM 1. Shikhar Dhawan,2. Rohit Sharma,3. Virat Kohli,4 Ajinkya Rahane,5. MS Dhoni (capt)6. Suresh Raina,7. R Ashwin,(or)Stuart Binny,8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar,10. Mohammed Shami,11. Varun Aaron Ashwin s not bow well so binny chance to seamers

  • hnlns on January 4, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan must be curtly told that they need to start performing or else face the inevitable. Team India desperately needs a genuine fast bowler to appear on the scene to share the workload with Shami. Hope Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav can provide some clues towards that. Zaheer seems like a tired guy and cannot be expected to bowl 40 overs in every test match. Ashwin and Jadeja need to deliver with the bat and contribute some at least with the ball. This tour will indicate who are ready for the next challenge in England and who should be out of the team for that trip.

  • Johnny_129 on January 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Vijay and Pujara should at least get a chance to travel with the ODI side - there are 5 ODI's prior to the Test matches. Vijay and Pujara are an integral part of the Test team and they should get more of a chance to acclimatise to the very different conditions in NZ. I have a feeling that India is a bit relaxed after their good showing in one Test in SA (they have forgotten they lost all completed matches bar one). India will get an unpleasant surprise in NZ!

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    A couple of bad innings & ppl r baying for rohit's blood. to b honest he looked okay for whatever brief stay at crease. Except for the ist innings of ist test where he played loose shot offside, he got done with the crack-bounce. pur bad luck. over all it was good learning curve for the indian tea. even pujara dint score much on his maiden tour. So pls b patient before writing him off.

  • Naresh28 on January 3, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a stumbling block in Tests. We need a replacement in this area. Rather let Dhoni captain in ODI's. He is becoming clouded in the two formats. In the second Test vs SA we should have had fresh bowlers and FIVE - not FOUR. The mindset becomes defensive. The batsman can put in the work its the bowlers who struggle at the long format. Dhoni himself needs to contribute in tests otherwise we have a wasted spot. There are many wicket keeper batsman in India. Its about time some of the players have a conscience and come straight and say this longer version is not for me. I think most fans will agree that we do not have a combo in the bowling department for Tests.

  • CherryWood_Champion on January 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Hi Sharada, spot on as usual. Another mindless selection is Wridhiman Saha. Even though he is a bright future prospect, Why even select the poor chap if you know for sure that he is not going to be there in playing XI. Rayudu can always double up as a backup for MSD if required. Ah may be the quota system is the spanner in the wheel for this illogical selection.

  • CherryWood_Champion on January 3, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    @Nampally ... Good analysis. We definitely missed Umesh who bowls 140+ in the second test and he should have come in place of Ishant. But for some strange reason MSD is very consistent with Ishant. Agreed he did fine in First Test, but on that kind of brown pitch in the 2`nd Test, we badly needed Umesh. Instead of gut feelings or favoritism Dhoni should get into the mode of horses for races. If the pitch calls for a fast bowling allrounder it should be Binny, otherwise go for Jaddu. With Rohit not performing, Rayudu should get a chance. That conveys a strong message to Rohit, that only performance counts. Although he deserves another chance, Shikhar needs to be rested in Tests atleast on foreign tours. Rahane should step up to the plate and be willing to open the innings. We definitely need four full time bowlers and one allrounder. My Test X1 for NZ. 1)Vijay 2)Rahane 3)Pujara 4) Kohli 5)Rohit/Rayudu 6)Binny/Jaddu 7)Dhoni 8)Zaheer/Varun 9)Shami 10)Umesh 11)Ishwar Pandey

  • truecric_fan on January 3, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Good luck to our boys. They have a good fight to SA in the tests, now with that experience - confidence will be high - India may most likely blank NZ 5-0 in ODIs and 2-0 in tests. I expect all bastmen will click on this series.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 3, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    NZ is already showing no mercy on WI :) :) !! Looking at the confidence levels of NZ, this tour is also a tough one for this young Indian team....I am not expecting any series wins for India in NZ, but just hoping for a good fight...

    I wish India plays 60% of their bi-lateral series outside sub-continent for the next 2 years...just don't care about win-loss but play outside sub-continent.. that way, the young Indian team will get more mature with their skills...

    As far as team is concerned, Bowling wise, I feel Bhuvi should get chance to play every match in the series, tests and ODIs...ZAK seems to loose his fitness soon so can't rely on him anymore...get new blood, I hope Pandey does the trick :) !

    WRT test match batting, Dhawan seems useless, he must be replaced with Rahane at the opening spot...no point having an attacking type batsman for tests, unless the wickets are too flat...For ODIs, team can be the same with Dhawan/Rohit opening, and Kohli comes in later...

  • Alexk400 on January 3, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Varuna aaron is plain useless. Short bowler will be like chetan sharma. Waste of spot

  • DhairyBoghani on January 2, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Real problem India face overseas is fast bowlers. India have not fast bowlers who can use conditions well. If fasters can take 20 wickets india can win match.(Caption can select bowler can't produce bowler). We lost series in Aus by 2-1 in 2008 in kumble's captioncy because of fasters.

    India had won series in WI by 1-0, in NZ by 2-0, draw series by 1-1 in SA in MSD's captioncy because we had fasters who can take 20 wickets at that time. Ind won 6 tests in raw at home because we has spinners who can play well in Indian condition.

    Eng won series in ind by 2-1 & aus lost by 4-0. Eng had good bowlers to use condition (in india spinners) which aus hadn't to win. That was not difference of captioncy.

    So don't criticise MSD (because Ind never lost a test by his bad dicition) and try to find fast bowlers who can take 20 wickets.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 2, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan got a bum deal. Stay focused Rishi - you will get your chance. Your father may not be a National Selector, but you have enough talent to force your way into team India. You don't need any favors from anybody.

  • Nampally on January 2, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    There are over 475 comments on this article from the Fans. The Indian Selectors have replaced Yadev & Mohit Sharma with Pandey & Aaron in pace bowlers + Binny as an all rounder.They may be adding to "Bench strength".A fit Aaron is the best prospect who can bowl at 140 KPH +, but will Dhoni include him at the expense of his favourite Ishant? Also the biggest question is will Dhoni continue his reliance on mediocre all rounders as opposed to the "Specialist batsmen or Bowlers". MSD selects the XI based on his "Gut feeling" irrespective of alternates. In the second SA Test he had the option of bringing in Yadev + Kumar & retaining Ashwin, to have 2 fresh bowlers + fresh Jadeja. But MSD thinks in mysterious ways. His excuse for not using the new ball when due was: "lack of fresh legs" (?) when he was the root cause for excluding fresh legs! This resulted in 148 runs by #7,8,9 bats & the Indian defeat. So don't be surprised if only 4 bowlers are selected again in 5 day tests in NZ by MSD!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 2, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Agree with @CherryWood_Champion - Guys ... with all due respect to Gambhir/Sehwag ... they are a gone case. They can't even score in Ranji Trophy against club level bowlers like Vinay Kumar. It will be a mockery of Indian cricket to select Viru and Gauti over better performing youngsters.

  • CherryWood_Champion on January 2, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Guys ... with all due respect to Gambhir/Sehwag ... they are a gone case. We should now look into the future. Ishwar Pandey's call was actually due before the SA tour as he performed well in the India A team's tour to SA prior to the test series there. Binny would be a very good fit if a bowling allrounder is needed. Rahane should open with Vijay(Still cannot believe that Vijay actually performed in SA). Jadeja should be moved up the line to #6 and India should go with five bowlers in NZ. Here is my Test X1 for NZ. 1)Vijay 2)Rahane 3)Pujara 4) Kohli 5)Rohit 6)Jaddu 7)Dhoni 8)Zaheer/Varun 9)Shami 10)Umesh 11)Ishwar Pandey

  • cricdinesh14 on January 2, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    why irfan pathan is not selected...................he is only geniue fast bowler allrounder india have.................Ealier he was part of playing XI, got himself injured and after return he is not at all considered..ishant sharma should be kicked.....Amit mishra and ojha must also in side........as far Ishwar pandey is concerned I don't think he will be sucessful in international cricket.............Varon aaron,umesh and Shami in test as fat bowlers and shami, Bhuvi and irfan in ODI..........Ojha/Amit as spinner in Test and amit/Ashwin in ODI..........jadeja and irfan as bowling allrounder in odi give more options.............

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 2, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Dhawan at 6 in tests? You may have a new Gilchrist if it works at all.

  • PraWinn on January 2, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Interestingly, Ishwar or S Binny may become the 200th player to get the ODI cap for India. #NZ Series

  • on January 2, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    In tests jinks should open the batting with VIjay and Dhawan should come no6, as hes naturally aggressive. dhawan can not handle new ball especially outside subcontinent. ishant should be kicked out and varun aaron should be picked in tests and ODI, he has some serious pace for an indian! outside subcontinent india should go with varun aaron umesh yadav and ZAK jadeja should take care of spin department.

  • on January 2, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Hats up to Iswar Pandey. Though this lad came from virtually unknown Place as far as Cricket is concerned ( Rewa ) still he maintained his composure at different stages for getting the evergreen India Cap. In fact this iswar's selection act as catalyst for Crickets who are from either B/C Grade towns, which virtually lacks facilities as well as backup for reaching highest level. This is morale boost up for Cricketers from MP. Though M.P is producing good talented Cricketers most of them are ending up with only Ranji level due to various reasons particularly lack of grandfathers to play for India

  • CricketMaan on January 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Ohja seems like 'play him in India' bowler although that is what Ashwin has also proved. Jaddu has overtaken Ohja with that 6 wkt haul, unless he proves his worthiness with bat, its unfair for a traditional spinner like Ohja although Jaddu can field a lot better. Bhuvi, Pandey and Umesh will warm bench in NZ as i cannot see Ishant or Zak being dropped. Zak might have looked fit in that first test, but he clearly wasn't in that second test vs SA and his bowling as expected lacked old Zak edge. Ishant guess will play 100 Tests no matter what he does on the field. Shami is the new found 'great talent' for media and fans. Only time will tell where he will end up. Rayudu will carry drinks unless Rohit is unwell or unfit for Rohit is never out of form as per Duncan and Dhoni. Raina still is basking on that WC QF innings vs Aus. He is now primarily in the team for his fielding and part time offspin rahter than his batting prowess. Binny is 'hope based selection'.

  • Indianfan562 on January 2, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    I believe that Yuvraj Singh was unfairly dropped from the squad. As a senior member of the Indian cricket team who has produced match winning knock for the team, he should have been included in the team. Yuvraj does not deserve to come in at number 5 or 6 but should be in at number 3. I think that MS Dhoni has been supporting the Chennai Super Kings Squad by giving Murali Vijay. It remains quid pro, as the salary proportion makes a significant impact toward team selection. Yuvraj has never been given the opportunity to play up the order, and at number three he can show that, he would be the best batsmen to ever play that position. Just in case if an opener looser his position early, Yuvraj is the king of pace, and when it comes to spinners he can play an aggressive role in advancing down the pitch. I dont understand why he is not part of the squad as he is a proven match winner as well as the man of the match for the world cup.

  • on January 2, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    To All those who speak against sehwag..This is what i have to say you guys dont have the knowledge of what good batting means.BCCI & Dhoni just because of their vested intrests have morally supressed sehwag in such a way they are trying very hard to close each & every possible window where sehwag can come back and look even Delhi is against sehwag(By looking the way those pitches are prepared)I had great respect towards Start sports but that also went in to the hands of BCCI & Dhoni you can clearly makeout the difference in commentary between present & past Now even a loose shot which went to boundary behind keeper by an indian batsmen they are saying what a Shot! if you look start sports now they are only showing matches which india had won(disgusting).if you see media & dhoni they are saying we lost the SA series due to bowling failures that is the joke of the day we have purely lost that Test series due to batting failures only two people have scored centuries(even those centuries w

  • Leggie on January 2, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @kunal dash, why this hatred against TN players - Ashwin and M.Vijay. Vijay batted brilliantly and surprised every one in SA. In the three innings that he batted long hours, India posted decent scores and in the one that he failed, India collapsed to 220s on a supposedly docile track. Similarly, Ashwin had one pathetic Test - and there is no denial of that. But, hasn't he won matches for India in India. May be he is taking much longer to adapt to other bowling conditions, and this NZ tour may be an ultimatum of some kind to his career outside of India and he is intelligent enough to understand that. His batting skills are excellent and that was seen in the 2 innings at Johannesburg. Please refrain from making unfair / biased statements. It only shows you in poor light as a cricket fan.

  • on January 2, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    still indian selectors lacking in team selection.. i donno wats wrong with gambir? he s good in local matches.. he got few half centuries.. indian selectors have to give chance to that kinda players.. he s so good on aboard .. well clearly we seen wat happened in southafrica.. wer s dhawan , wat he done in whole series, wat abt raina , wat abt jadu , why the hell selectors giving tis much chance to raina and not for gambir,,, clearly shows its bull shit... dhoni u have to admit this.. bring gambir back ..den indian batting consistency become good......

  • Sagarneel on January 2, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    What was the parameter for selecting Stuart Binny? Look at his record and compare that with Bengal's Laxmi Ratan Shukla, and you'll see the difference. Shukla, by far, is the best allrounder in the domestic circuit (I'm not saying this alone, he was awarded the best allrounder award only last year by the board), and he is not even close to being discussed during the selection meetings. No hard feelings against Binny

  • on January 2, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should be called back. He has been successful as a bowling all rounder in the past. The guy can swing in both ways and get good bounce by stretching his back when needed. I though he would have been a much better option for South Africa conditions when compared with Ishant or Zahir. In all our bowlers shoul start targeting bowling regularly at 140 and above. The time has gone bowling in mid 130s. With T20 in existence, batsmen easily picks this speed and in the test conditions it is just an additional characteristic of waiting for the loose delivery. May be I am wrong but, the supervision of Vekatesh Prasad could be seen as the main reason as to why Indian could not bowl beyond 140.

  • Leggie on January 2, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @rajuramki, not sure if you're watching the Ranji games this season. The order of the day is green top, or at least good bouncy tracks. Rare are those spinning tracks - like the one created for the TN/Bengal encounter. This is best reflected in the fact that we have no "backup" spinners for Ashwin and Jadeja - both of whom could not have been even a backup to Kumble/Harbhajan at their peaks!!! In our quest to bring in quality batsman in alien conditions, we have forgotten our own strengths, and have played into the hands of Australia, England and South Africa.

  • bhushanB on January 2, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @Dhananjay Sarpotdar

    The problem is... it will be same.. even after he is 40 tests old.........Remember his almost 100+ ODIs... how convincing were they?

  • dganger on January 2, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Good to see Varun Aron is back

  • on January 2, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    doesn't matter what team is picke for a tour they will loose measurably..the fact is India is always a 'tiger' at home and a 'cat' abroad..

  • shashankqvivek on January 2, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @Muhammad Saqib Gulrez - Bro, Very funny, We don't need to play Pakistan to prove that what we are !

    @ zzby on (January 1, 2014, 21:24 GMT) - Yes agree with you .I guess one of the leggies you are talking about is Amit Mishra and another one may be in Karn Sharma or Piyush Chawla (Amit is in team but not getting chances).

  • shashankqvivek on January 2, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    India is trialing few players for this series for some positions. And nothing is wrong with it. Players like Yuvraj or Gauti have nothing to prove, So if they needed they will automatically walk into the team. What team management here wants to do is to create more options for future. Ofcourse Irfan pathan is India's best medium pace allrounder but he is palying as a batsman in Ranji Trophy. If he is on full fitness he also can walk into Indian imited over Side. Binny's selection may have to something to do with prepration of T20 world Cup. In my opinion this selection is good for our future.

  • on January 2, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    so much comments on selction? seems like everyone is having its own opinion...stop bashing Rohit he is just 4 tests old ...

  • Charu1983 on January 2, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    I would have liked to see Gambhir in.. Raina is surprisingly selected for job which he is consistently failing... Cant remember when Raina last playe a match winning knock... not in 2013 atleast... ODI Playing XI: 1. Dhawan, 2. Rohit, 3. Kohli, 4. Rahane / Raydu, 5. Raina (forcibly picked),6. Dhoni, 7. Jadeja / Binny (All Rounders),8. Bhuvi / I Pandey,9. Shami,10. I Sharma / Varun Aron, 11. Ashwin

    I would prefer Binnny over Raina and play 2 Bowling All rounders who can bat a bit (Jadeja and Binny)

  • rajuramki on January 2, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    The selection committee appears to be hell bent on giving chances to Ishant till he succeeds , like in the case of Rohit sharma.Ishant has learnt nothing even after playing more than 50 tests and hence there is no point in trying to groom him for the future . Even at this young age, he is not able to bowl at 140Ks and hence we are wasting a spot by retaining Ishant . Some bold decisions are necessary to improve India's chances of success when the travel to other countries . Further, there is no point in grooming players on spinner friendly tracks and expect them to perform on grassy and bouncy pitches . True, the weather conditions in India ( especially in the south ) will not help the curators to produce green tops but they can atleast produce bouncy wickets . Unless such drastis steps are taken , the performance of good players will also be belittled by the so called experts.

  • Mail4kar on January 2, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan should also considered to be a good prospect for the all-rounder place.. There are some medium pace bowling all-rounders in india currently like Abhishek nayar, Rishi dhawan, Irfan pathan, etc., Selectors just need to consider them while selecting the team..

  • HopefulIndianCricFan2 on January 1, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    I wonder why Rohit (Flat track bully) gets so many chances? I think Steryn said correctly that he scored more runs in the series than Rohit. Rohit did not have an answer for that. Well may be Rohit may be good for ODI but persisting him in Tests is not a good move. Gambhir may have been a better option or even someone new would have sent a message to non-performers. Why is India afraid to try new blood? We have never won an away series (non-subcontinent exclude West Indies) for many years (as long as I have known)

  • on January 1, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    India is likely to fair miserably on lush green pitches in New Zealand. 350 run scoring line up is likely to be exposed in NZ. Goutam Ghambir is a class act and should have been included in team. Similarly Irfan Pathan when selected gives india a balance which is must for a team, anyways GOOD LUCK INDIA........Hungry Kiwis are waiting for you

  • JRP100 on January 1, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    @jose Puliampatta not that obvious really as umesh yadav got a chance in the SA odis so i hope aaron and pandey get one too if ishant or kumar fails. How do you know pandey starts spraying it all over the place, we havent even seen him bowl in an international match, although i agree aaron and umesh need to work on their lines. While aaron has had a decent ranji and has good pace, umesh yadav has been picked soley for his pace, he has not had a single good game since his return from his back injury so i can see why theyre reluctant to pick him in tests for the playing 11. They are both too injury prone so i think yadav should stick to tests in the future (when he regains some form) and aaron to ODI's, that way theres 2 bowlers in each format who can bowl around 140 (shami should play both formats), however they should actually bowl well and not just fast, we saw nehra agarkar rp singh munaf and sreesanth bowl fast and look at their poor test records...

  • zzby on January 1, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    As a Pakistani I think due to Dhonis defensive mindset, he is against leg spinners. I have seen two excellent leggie playing in IPL but forgotten threre names .. One of them must have been selected agaisnt SAF & Kiwis as they are not good against Leggies.

  • doodwala1 on January 1, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Please stop the auto-play videos...it is extremely annoying. I had to install blockers just to stop it.

  • barryrichardsfan on January 1, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    irfan pathan potentially is the best allrounder that will drastically improve the team combination in all conditions be it subcontinent or overseas. not sure he is battling injury or form but those test averages of 31batting and 32 bowling definitely are easily good enough for a recall at no 7 .this nz tour could have been a chance for this immense but unfulfilled potential-india better use it. vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,rahane,msd,irfan,jadeja,PK,shami,yadav...seems the best 11 for upcoming tests in nz,eng,aus.. with mukund,m.pandey bat reserves and aaron,pankaj in bowling. but I aint no selector..poor me!

  • on January 1, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    i think u better play pakistan so u can proof yourself as are not flat track bullies why you really afraid of them, I think u should play 5 tests and 5ODIs and give them heavy defeat as u have a great batting lineup who is always hide to play better bowling lineups like u did with SA tour, tried everything to not go for that series and what u have attain almost whitewash in ODI's and also 8 runs for test whitewash as well so u afraid might be 5 test and 5 ODI white was from Pakistan as there is not often raining in UAE or in India who could save u, at the start of 2013 u have almost a whitewash by Pakistan at home..............LOL great indian batsman, the only thing u have is money so u can proud of that but please dont proud on your average cricket and if you think i am totally wrong please play with us and proof with your actions than your weak words :)

  • Hashimbaig on January 1, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    I dont now why dhoni not get harbhajan sing a chance in any form of the game. Specially test because he has over 400 wickets in test matches. Good idea to get zaheer back but that should be 4-5 expirienced players in the test team. In the odis i think they also should get harbhajan sing back but they did wrong again. Stuart binny has a poor record he should play t20is. Sehwaq has been dropped and that was a good decision but that was very stupid idea to drop yuvraj sing. He make a comeback against australia and he has just scored 1 fifty but that doesnt mean he cant play right now. Suresh raina has also not scored to many runs but why hes not dropped????. Gambhir are back in form he should be back:(

    (MY team odis)

    gambhir-rohit-kohli-yuvraj-raina-dhoni-ashwin-harbhajan-zaheer-sharma-yadav

  • on January 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    india do not have death bowlers or out and out fast bowlers for me ishant sharma is MSD'S fav so he is playing but i dont think he deserves a place in any of the team, if he is selected then why not vinay kumar is selected

  • on January 1, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Y you not pick up to G.Gambhir???? he is better than ur murli vijay

  • pradeepsays on January 1, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Selection along expected lines. Raina, Ishant baba and Binny are not inspired selections at all. Persistence with Ishant Baba is puzzling. One innings of 4 for gets him a berth for next 3 matches. This has been a pattern in his career. Look at the number of runs he gave away in Durban! Raina's, hopefully, will be a final chance. Enough is enough.It is pathetic to watch him dance on the wicket to fast bowlers. Binny's is strange selection. He has shown in IPL and also the India A tour that he cannot face up to fast bowlers. His bowling might help in NZ conditions. This we will have to wait and see. Rohit sharma is a wonderful backfoot player so his failure is hard to explain in SA pitches. If he fails in NZ too then he should also be given a breather for some time.

  • on January 1, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    After a string of losses overseas and not too great record with the bat, it is strange that Dhoni still remains.

  • on January 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    In my Test team is rahane, dhawan,M Vijay,Cheteshwar Pujara, kohli, r.sharma, dhoni, jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, pandey, shami.

  • on January 1, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Ashwin is better than ojha in nz just because NZ has mostly lefties in their lineup.. For this reason, ojha should've played against SA but then we all know who dhoni's favorite is..

    Binny seems to be there due to his dad. Anyways, at least they are looking for an all rounder.. Hopefully, the guy would get a chance and do well..

  • on January 1, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    My one day team is rahane, dhawan, kohli, r.sharma, raina, dhoni, (ashwin or jadeja), i.sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, shami, Varun Aaron.

  • Capricorn60 on January 1, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    After NZ's performance against WI today, India have been warned - it is going to be a very tough tour! Think Dhawan will still come good - he is just an aggressive player but has to learn to curb his aggression a bit & be a lot more selective in bouncy or seaming tracks when playing overseas. Has shown to be a good fielder too in taking that catch to get Smith out in Durban. Can't understand why some fans are still clamouring for Sehwag & Gambhir's return, pointless being nostalgic when they contributed nothing to the team for so many years & made our team's fielding a laughing stock too!

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @JRP100 on (January 1, 2014, 14:04 GMT): Is in't it obvious that Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey (probably Umesh Yadav too) are being taken there, to enable our batsmen to get some decent net practice, in the conditions prevailing there?

    If there is going to be an unexpected vacancy, one of these three (depending on who does well in the nets) will get a chance.

    Incidentally, these three and Ishant too, often, lose the line so easily and start spraying all over the place, even when there is no trouble from any wind? In NZ conditions, where wind can be an unfamiliar foe, all except Shami, Kumar (with no pace), and Zak (with no bite, of the old Zak) are likely to miss their radars? Hope not! But, likely!

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Gambhir should have been included in the squad as a third opener.Dhawan and Rohit looked totally out of sorts in SA.Keeping 2015 World Cup in mind its better to find replacements for Yuvraj and Raina.Dhoni should not show favoritism in team selection and should select players according to merits.Always pick Ojha/Mishra as the first spinner ahead of ashwin.Ashwin is good for T20's not test/odi.Also Can't understand the selection of Varun Aaron,Stuart Binny and why so much chances are given to players like Ishant Sharma and Raina.Zaheer Khan also should retire immediately as he has nothing much to offer.

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    my oneday team is rahane, dhawan, kohli, r.sharma, raina, dhoni, ashwin, jadeja, i.sharma, pandey, shami.

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Considering India's performance in South Africa it is evident that serious changes needed to made for the squad to New Zealand. I still don't get the logic behind the dropping of Gambhir & Sehwag. Clearly Dhawan was out of sorts and any one of them could have been a good choice. It's simple; Dhoni fears them as a possible test captaincy contender! India needs bowlers who could bowl the opposition out twice- they should come out of the IPL Saga (that's a blot on Cricket) and it took away from them the only Pacer of any sort, Sreesanth. I'm sorry to say but Bhuvi, Shami are nothing more than ordinary bowlers and Ashwin can only perform in India under Dhoni;) I guess tough times are ahead for them in New Zealand and England..

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Guys guys relax this is Team India remember how many ever new members you send or selectors get into the squad the playing 11 or nucleus as we call shall remain the same.India is bound to play the same playing 11 for tests and odi.Ashwin shall play both test and odi irrespective how useless a bowler he is.ZAk will head indian pace attack in tests along with Ishant.It would be an out and out miracle if Ishwar Pandey gets a game guys remember Dhoni is still the captain and picks the 11 based on who he likes not based on how they perform or deliver.So Ishwar Pandey Stuart Binny Varun Aaron Rayudu shall like many others in past server drinks and bring in bats and gloves for Dhoni's fav eleven.The only change I see in test squad for second test is Ashwin playing whether it is after removing Sir Jadeja or Shami is to be seen rest the same 11 shall be assured and same case in odi too

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    So the next test series is at New Zealand. Warm-up match - February 2-3 1st Test - February 6-10 2nd Test - February 14-18

    I would say under the breezy NZ conditions, India would do well to go with 5 specialist bowlers, 3 Fast and 2 Spinners

    The number one and two bowling slots are open for genuine fast bowlers if selection committee cares to watch my comment, while I think Shami should be there along with Sir Jadeja and Ashwin

    Rohit Sharma doesn't seem to have a role to play in "tests abroad" and so does Dhawan, so 5 specialist batsmen are just fine Vijay, Gambhir, Kohli, Pujara and Rahane with Dhoni to support

  • Kaka13 on January 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Why Rishi Dhawan not there, he is perfect into bowling allrounder, better bowler and batsman than Binny.

  • Srini_Indian on January 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Re ODIs: A bizarre selection, to say the least. Inclusion of Binny is shocking. Selectors might be tempted to go with seam bowling all-rounder in NZ conditions. But I think an all-rounder should be able to pick himself in either batting or bowling with useful contributions in other department. We don't need bits and pieces players like Binny. He isn't going to pick you 3 or 4 wickets or bowl 10 overs for 40 runs nor he is gonna score 60-70 with the bat. Omission of Yuvraj is a good decision, though. Hopefully India turns the promise they shown in SA to victories. We need to break the overseas hoodoo before we travel to England and australia later this year.

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    MISSING LINKS:

    "They are two types cricketers that a captain dreams of having - A hard-hitting allrounder, capable of batting in the top six and taking Test wickets. And a legspinner...." said, Andrew McGlashan, in an entirely different context!

    Where are they for India?

    Dhoni, don't you feel the need for these two types? Is there anyone in the establishment, looking for, identifying, and developing them in a well planned manner? I don't see any sign of it! ... 2013 :-(

    Gone, 2013! What about 2014?

  • Srini_Indian on January 1, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    A very balanced test squad. Batting unit picks for themselves apart from Dhawan and Rohit. But these two are too good a batsmen to not adjust to NZ conditions. This time around unlike SA, they have a little bit more time before India play tests. Dhoni has to improve his batting. He need to contribute around 35-40 each innings. Pace bowling is the real concern. Zaheer and Ishant had ordinary series with the ball in SA. My pick for 1st test would be Umesh, Shami and Zaheer. We need a bowler who can bowl 140+ and Umesh is an ideal choice. He is erratic but the more he plays he'll get better. India can't afford to lose him. But if the pitch is damp and aids swing and seam, I would go with Bhuvi, Zaheer and Shami. No more Ishant please!

  • JRP100 on January 1, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Pandey deserved the call up but he, kumar and ishant will be fighting for the 3rd seamer spot in the test side after zaheer and shami (which is unfortunate for pandey, as ishant and kumar will be selected in the ODI'S automatically along with shami, so he will have to hope that one of them fails and gets dropped allowing him to make an ODI debut). i also think binnys selection was justified as india need a pace bowling allrounder in these conditions and he actually went on an A tour (even if he didnt do great) where as rishi dhawan didnt. Hope to see raina out for pujara as well. future ODI 11 dhawan, rohit, kohli, pujara, rayudu, dhoni, jadeja, binny/rishi dhawan/ashwin, b kumar/ishant, shami, aaron (doubt he'll get a game this tour) future test 11 jiwanjot singh, kl rahul, pujara, kohli(c), rohit, rahane, samson(wk), jadeja/ashwin, rishi dhawan/pandey, shami, umesh yadav (need more reliable openers abroad and im hoping the 2 i mentioned do well on A tours!)

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @Satish Fully agree with you - what a bizarre selection! Stuart Binny in a 50 over match??? As always we have a lopsided team. Persisting with Zaheer and Ishant is a total waste of time. I am afraid I can see a drubbing in store for the Indians. We could not win a test we could have won thanks to our pace bowlers who look a bit decent when the pitch is lively and become useless when there is no juice in the wicket. 450+ runs in the bag and we could not bowl out the opposition...worse still were on the verge of defeat. The 1-0 scoreline in SA looks much respectful I would say!

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Same old wine. Someone other than Rohit Sharma should get a chance in Tests at least. Did Ugra say that Shami bowls @140K?? He barely crossed 130k in SA. India should focus on seam, swing and spin where they can compete and forget abt 140k bowlers. They all turn into medium pacers eventually (Munaf??) who are up and down like Ishant with little to no swing/seam.

  • SANATP22 on January 1, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Nice to see Ishwar Pandey & S Binny in ODI team , Also need to oppirnity to Rishi Dhawan. In test time to give chance to KL Rahul, Baba Aparajit and Gautam in top. Hope Dhoni & his team perform well and Indian Seamier explore New Zealand condation.

  • Seanny on January 1, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Don't understand the strategy of leaving Ojha out of the test team, that too without any reason........it's a blunder, looking forward to Jadeja as batting/ bowling all rounder in the longer format doesn looks feasible........better go with 6 specialist batsman and 5 specialist bowlers....

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Its surprising that Pujara and Rahane have not been picked in the ODI squad, what makes the selectors feel that Raina and Binny will be better than these two players in ODIs is beyond understanding. Dropping Ishant and Ashwin would have been more practical than dropping Ojha who was not even given a chance and who is his last Test got a Man of the Match. Again Dropping Umesh and not Ishant is unfair on Umesh. It seems factors other than performance and talent have gone into the selections. Not to forget that Stuart Binny's father Roger Binny is also a national selector.

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Binny's father Roger was a key member of India's 1983 World Cup-winning team, and is currently a national selector UNQUOTE. Nice touch of sarcasm sewn into this run of the mill write up. I wonder if Stuart was not selected would this line have found its importance... I wish someone corrected this before putting it up for the world to read. Finally it should have read STUART'S FATHER ROGER... Reporting at its very best.

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @Prashant Phanse - Harbhajan? We saw his experience in England when team was struggling and his not to mention his awful performance with bowling and then he left the tour for some injury and then few days later he declared himself fully fit and raring to go to play for Mumbai Indians in CL or IPL.

  • on January 1, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Stuart binny's selection is the most bizzare thing to have happened to Indian cricket, Thanks to his DAD. HUH!

  • fguy on January 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    @SamRoy totally agree with you.

    until we are finally rid of has-been Zak & never-was Ishant we'll never win. they had 2 good sessions on a wicket which did all the work for them but soon as it's even slightly flat they struggle.

    we didnt win that 1st test & lost the 2nd bcoz they didnt turn up. they are the major cause of 0-9 overseas record (& 1-2 against Eng at home) yet they havent faced any consequence. if seamers cant take wickets in SA/Eng/Aus then of what use are they?

    even last series in SA in 3rd test they cost us a series win. Zak has been off the boil for years now while Ishant has done nothing but lose us matches after his 1st year. & neither are good fielders or even half decent batsmen that they contribute in that regard.

    i can bet if we'd played bhuvi & umesh instead of those 2 we'd have won against SA 1-0 if not 2-0.

    if either of these 2 play in NZ then i will be keeping fingers crossed for NZ whitewashing Ind in every match

  • Vnott on January 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Pujara should have been picked in place of Raina or Rayudu. He will do as well as Kohli if and when he is given a chance there. Do not pick him for T20. Somewhere selectors are not realizing that 50 over cricket needs similar skills to tests. wicket taking bowlers, batsmen who can play longer innings. Look from that perspective, clearly Pujara is an automatic selection. Yuvraj was preferred over Dinesh Karthik. Yuvraj dropped and Karthik does not even figure in the picture. poor guy batted quite well in Champions trophy especially when the top order failed. Those two selections would have made it much better. Karthik over Saha would have been a better selection too. Stuart Binny is good for T-20. Tough to see him do well in 50 over games especially on the batting front. Ishwar Pandey is a good selection. He shd have gone to SA as well. good to see Varun Aaron back. Overall not a bad selection except for the glaring omission of Pujara and the sidelining of unlucky Karthik

  • itsthewayuplay on January 1, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    With Yuvraj dropped and Tendulkar gone, India has finally entered the new era. Encouraging to see players have been selected on merit of domestic performance, whether that's a good enough barometer is not the issue given the basis of selection on the past. It's about the long-term - players gaining experience and finding out whether they have what it takes to be international players. Bowling as always remains an issue, with the usual story of promising new bowlers starting brightly then fading away with injury eg Aaron, Yadav or form eg Kumar. There is a joint responsibility here - the bowlers to look after themselves and for Cricket India to help them to look after themselves. I'm disappointed for Ohja and his omission is inexplicable.

  • ultimatewarrior on January 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    We fans can't understand why BCCI is TOTALLY Ignoring FC & List A averages of Indian players so much. (I) They had not given Pujara ample opportunities in ODI when we compare him to Binny(now selected), Rainas, Rohits, Dinesh Kartiks, Y Pathans and many more having only 60% or less of average in List A and getting chances after chances. And this is worst case of selection policy as he was not selected even in Team of 16 leave alone in the playing XI even after he was the HIGHEST RUN SCORER in SAf on fast pitches against World's Best bowlers (not to mention he was out run out unfortunately in 1st innings) that too without any practice game...Everybody can see difference between Indian Team Batting with him in Test and without him in ODI on this tour against almost same quality of bowlers and on same pitches. (II) Although they had selected correctly Aaron in place of Yadav in ODI(check list A avgs) (III)Bhuvi should atleast in TEST XI to always give breakthrough in his first spell....

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on January 1, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    In ODI given chance to the rajat bhatia he is an excellent allrounder. And i am very dissapointed about rayudu becoz he didn't get chance in odi & test.i requested to dhoni please give an oppertunity to him and also he get good scores againest kiwis in list_A match in kiwi.oja also good wicket tacker in oveses conditions(good avg in county's).rohit very talented but lazy is his enemy. About dhoni. he as an excellent captain no doubht abou that but he is not test meterial. dhoni should be removed from tests and givd captency to pujara becoz he had lot of expearence as a captain.dhoni can sacrifice his place to another young cricketers. And about sikar dhawan he should be learn lot of patiency in test. If he played with out patiency the kiwi tour is final for him.

  • on January 1, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    this is the most biased selection of all time....... if stuart binny gets opportunity just becoz of ipl then there is no need of domestic tournaments becoz the players will only get selected becoz of their ipl charisma. Even Baba Aparajit ks much much better than Roger Binny and he is a recognised bowler also...

    and Gautam Gambhir must be feeling really undone and helpless even after performing in ranji trophy and for sure this will affect his batting in the remaining matches becoz he has done all he could and then also selectors are ignoring him. He is not that old also and has good 3-4 yrs cricket left in him.

    Only good was the selection of Ishwar Pandey but those who are saying that selectors are giving senior players a message that u have to perform otherwise u will be shown the exit, are completely wrong becoz know it is clear that selections are biased and only performance that matter is Ipl.

  • linguboy on January 1, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    @Kunal Dash. Rahul Sharma??????? This itself shows that you and cricket are far away. Sorry my friend. @Prashant Phanse. Ask him to play domestic competition first then think about national team. By the way where is he???? @VIKRAMBHA. Saha and Rayudu are there as reserves. Reserves are there for injury cover as far as my knowledge is considered. They will play only if someone is injured or seriously out of form. @Raja Kumar. Its safe that fans like you stay away from the team as far as possible. There's no need to play your best 11 all the time except the world up. Its these meaningless bilateral series that provide the opportunities to test various players for different positions. It doesn't mean these same players will play in the world cup. World cup selection will be based on form and fitness at hat point of time not now. @ultimatetestguru. Your username doesn't match the team you posted there. Jadeja at 7??? Seriously???? no. of pacers doesn't matter. its quality not quantity.

  • ultimatecricketguru on January 1, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    India should play 4 pacers in the test matches..My team for test matches.. 1.Dhawan,2.Vijay,3.Pujara,4.Kohli,5.Rahane,6.Dhoni,7.Jadeja,8.Zaheer,9.Umesh,10.Shami,11.Ishant.

  • on January 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    What are they thinking? Ojha out of the test squad ...understandable...as nz pitches won't be supportive to spin...but same thing goes for Ashwin...some will say he can bat...he has got 2 test century...but Harbhajan singh also has 2 test centuries and over 400 wickets in test(World class bowler)...Experience should count for something..

  • pull_shot on January 1, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @siri12345 Forget series Srilanka didn't won a test match in india up to now may be forever

  • on January 1, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Well friends book extra vacation tickets 4 Australia as if MSD persists with d same team we will b knocked out in league stage and dn wht to do in Australia 4 Indian fans so enjoy vacation watching holiday spota in Australia dn d matches as India would be puched hard and knocked

  • VIKRAMBHA on January 1, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    I feel YUVI should have been picked for One Day Series .What is the point of picking Saha and Rayudu for test matches if we have better players in domestic circuit and we all know they are not going to get a single game to play.

  • on January 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Indias best allrounder in Laxmi Ratan Shukla. He is playing one after another match winning innings in either green tops or square turners coming in to bat under immense pressure. Shukla is also a great athlete outstanding fielder and brings a lot of positive energy in the field, he is also bowling a lot of overs these days. No way can Stuart Binny be picked ahead of Shukla.

  • Fan1969 on January 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Kunal Dash. Whether selection committee gets it right or not, one thing is certain that you do not understand cricket.

    First you wrote that Aus-Bangladesh series and more Zim-Eng is preferable to Ashes tests and now you have strong views on selection. Cool off mate, first understand the player qualities and conditions rather than go by stats etc.

  • Fan1969 on January 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Wow what superb selection. Just need to start seeing Pujara in ODIs as well. This committee has done a great job while all the superstars retired and the 30 plus lost form (Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Zaheer and Bhajji).

    Good team selection, hope we can see better perforamance from the pace bowlers.

  • on January 1, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Why India will never win the next ODI World Cup? There are a lot of travellers in the India ODI team: The notable names are Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravi Ashwin. The presence of these players in the Indian cricket will singularly ensure that we are knocked out in the group stages of the next world cup. How India could win the next ODI World Cup? An ideal team that would be balanced with nice batsmen and bowlers. Lets face it. We do not have fast bowling all rounders. Hence, we go with 7 specialist batsmen and 4 bowlers with a batsman who can bowl or a 6 specialist batsmen and 5 bowlers combo. The roster to pick from would be Kohli, Pujara, Rahane (proven), Dhawan, Rohit, Rayudu(further trials in New Zealand), Dhoni, Varun Aaron, Umesh, Bhuvaneshwar, Ishant, Zaheer, Shami, Rahul Sharma (instead of the aging Amit Mishra), Pervez Rasool (instead of Ravi Ashwin who cannot spin the ball) and a left arm orthodox spinner like Pragyan Ojha. Maybe Jadeja for spin & bat.

  • on January 1, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Dont understand how Rayudu and Saha both fit in this test squad. Chosing one as a back up keeper makes sense but surely india has better batsmen waiting in the wings for a call up to the test squad. Keeping one of them out and bringing Gambhir in as a back up opener given Dhawan's poor form would definitely make more sense...

  • on January 1, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Apparently, Stuart Binny's selection seems to be largely influenced by factors besides talent. Maybe someone in the selection committee wants him to be in the team. The continued selection of Ravi Ashwin poses huge questions. Does he really spin the ball? Has he been selected for his batting or bowling? Similarly Amit Mishra. Where does he come into the bigger picture? Rather the younger leggie Rahul Sharma should be tried out. Or even for lack of options, trying out Parvez Rasool might be good instead of Ashwin. Other travellers are Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. Neither seem to be long term racehorses. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma need to be tried again and hence their selection seems logical. However, Ambati Rayudu needs to be tried out consistently. Dinesh Karthik could be brought back. The fast bowling looks great but Aaron and Yadav should be tried together in the ODIs supported by Shami, Ishant, Zaheer and Bhuvaneshwar. Ishwar Pandey also looks like a good selection.

  • ramli on January 1, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Well, I thought MSD scored a scintillating 200+ against Aus very recently that instilled competitive spirit in the Indian team and set the winning trend in tests. To assail him after a few failures is most uncharitable. There seems to be nobody that is setting the field ablaze with performances among the wicket-keepers in India to push MSD out of the test squad. Let us be realistic for sure and be appreciative for a change.

  • jimmyvida on January 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    There may be a way to settle all the selection problems for India. Instead of people from each State clamoring for their boy(s) to be on the team, lets do it by raffle. For wicket keeper, we put all the names in a hat and the person's name that is drawn is the keeper. Do the same for each position. No one will fret. If your boy is not in the team, you understand he did not make it, and the election was fair. In this way everyone gets a fair chance, even me. Because of my last two words, you definitely hate the idea. AH, go ahead and say it, its a lousy idea.

  • siri12345 on January 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    india can select ishwar pandey or chulbul pandey yet they will fail to win a overseas series for the next 100 yrs .no wonder they hav not won a single test series in srilanka.

  • Ramki.here on January 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha...again.....Really don't understand the rationality behind his selection. can't see a justification especially when there is a wicket keeper batsman already - Rayudu. why can't Gambhir be selected as 3rd specialist opener? Does this has any other name than politics?

  • on January 1, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    India's bowling problems seems to continue. NZ batmen with poor patch of form can regain their touch.

  • sony_sr on January 1, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Overall very good selection. There is no way selectors can satisfy all indian fans as each one will select different teams.

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    mishra took 18 wkts aganaist Zim bt he gav one day match against Aus, Ojha highest wkt taker against Eng nd West series bt he did not played in SA nd fr Nz series dropped, does Raina scored 50 runs on bouncy pitches, why raina included fr Nz sries, Can he score fiftey in Nz..? why isganth included in one days becas of one 4 wkt houl against SA he included.

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    R Aswin is only Indian pitches wonder. Poor record overseas and ins not strike bowler. In pace attack it is musical chair. In Test Doni is poor strategist.

  • Muraleemohanan on January 1, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    when ever jadeja and Ojha played together Jadeja Out played Ojha in Test matchs. In test matches Jadeja is far better than Ojha. Jadeja is unlucky that he always miss wankhede were his bowling sutes much. keeping in mind that Ojha was man of the match in his last match we should not forget the match before that he cudn't perform well in the previous match even though it was a spinning pitch that too against West Indies. Most of our Viewers suggest there selection with 20-20 performance. In that catagorey Ojha is better than Jadeja since he is bit predictable with line and length.

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Oh Binny Oh Binny, Darling you deserve it. Coming from my state, been watching Binny for almost a decade. Had his rough and tough times, as with BCCI's contentious selection policies, had to join rebel ICL for a while. Made a dramatic comeback in domestic cricket and IPL. Now there are atleast two former ICL players in the side Raydu z other. Better late than never,Rayudu, Binny and Varun these three could be india's men for World cup next year.

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    ojha is not good. he cant bat. and is not a good bowler on foreign soil

  • tashan329 on January 1, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Ojha and Mishra, making of another MANOJ TIWARY.

  • anver777 on January 1, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Strangely !!! Ojha is dropped even after a good 2013..i think in tests Ashwin & Ojha combination had worked well for Ind in the past, but Ind selectors have different ideas ????? Yet another life for out of form Ishant !!!!!

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I think Bhuvi & Iswar pandey will do well in NZ,,,also in NZ we would require player like binny more than jadeja.. i dont know why raina is being selected all the time when I dont remember when was the last time he has hit a century... Rishi dhawan could have been a better choice as he is doing well with both Bat & Bowl..I dont see a role for Umesh yadav in NZ,,,he should have been left to play in domestic cricket. also yuvraj would have been a asset in nz as the grounds are small

  • joemontk on January 1, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    why not cosider these players abhishek nayar and rishi dhawan they are better than binny..poor selection

  • on January 1, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Dinesh kartik is a better test player than dhoni - i mean overseas

  • on January 1, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    who is youvraj's replacement? Binny? lol. and why the heck is jadeja in the team? well he can bat but in ipl.if we are considering him as a spinner..then why not ojha? ojha is a better spinner than ashwin & jadeja.I dont think India are considering winning 2015 wc in aus.you cant win a wc with only top 3 performing. Raina is a waste in fast pitches and rayudu is untested. with wc around corner yuvraj is a better choice for no. 4. and MSD should have let him bowl in those odis.remember folks he won wc for us and he should b given a long rope & probably the best spinning allrounder we have now.(jadeja is not a all rounder for india).if u can let raina &kohli bowl then why not yuvi

  • on January 1, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Can we have non playing captain for cricket so that MSD can captain sitting on d sideline as he is not more dn a luggage in test team for India holding some talented players spot.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 1, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    I don't see reason for persistence with Ishant in ODIs.The bowling unit for WC2015 should be three fast bowlers - Shami, Bhuvi and one of Umesh, Aaron, Ishwar Pandey. After the drubbing against Australia and SA, I really wonder why we persist with him in the ODI squad. The bowling unit will have Ashwin/Mishra and Jadeja. We really need to try out Mishra more in ODIs. The problem with Dhoni is he never experiments with new players unless some player really forces himself out with a bad performance. Remember, we got Shami in the side again, only because Ishant had a horrible over against Faulkner.

  • on January 1, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    WHY does no one talk about Dhoni's batting in Test matches abroad, how come deserves a spot in Test team abroad.

  • Giant-Guru on January 1, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    The Indian team selection has always been questionable, R. Ashwin is not delivering and instead Ojha has been dropped, same goes for Rohit Sharma, "immensely talented" that's what most people say but having such a huge back lift is not going to work on fast pitches against real seamers. And it was evident in SA tour, another flat track bully i.e., S. Dhawan still retained his place??? Well I think Gambhir should be given a chance, or even Sehwag given a last chance, you can't just dump them like that. But if that's how BCCI operates then Dhoni should also dumped and forever, that will be a great favour to the upcoming talent and the fans....V. Saha can be a better replacement as a wicket keeper batsman with proper batting technique.

  • Kushalagr007 on January 1, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    (Cont) recent matched hasn't been good but he deserved one last chance, if he failed on this tour then we could have looked elsewhere, now by dropping him at this stage means he will not be part of the WT20 2014 either. For the Test team we should have selected a 3rd opener as Dhawan has failed miserably on the tour of SA if he fails in NZ ODIs then we should go into first test with Gambhir & Vijay, if a 3rd opener was there Dhawan would have felt pressure to bat responsibly, at the moment he is trying to become a new Sehwag

  • on January 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Is the match in India? Well Rohit Sharma is in d side. I thought its a away series. And as far my stats n knowledge about d game and Mr. Sharma is concerned he is worst dn a school boy in green tinge. And in New Zealand we have green pitches. God help Sharmaji

  • rahulkb on January 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    I just to happen to look at a couple IPL videos of Binny to see his pace. The guy is pathetic with deliveries clocking 96-116 kph (slower than Kohli and Dhoni :D). I sincerely hope that those were his slower balls. Couldnt find enough clips w speed gun. Can somebody pls enlighten me regarding his speeds.

  • Kushalagr007 on January 1, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Yuvraj should've got a last chance on this tour as he is a matchwinner and this tour of NZ is extremely important for the preparations of 2015 WC, with Raina also struggling the middle order is looking extremely weak and I can't see Binny batting at 4 or 5 he is more a No.7 kind of player, IMO Pujara should've been selected for this tour & he should bat at No.3 & Kohli No.4 followed by Yuvraj, Dhoni & Jadeja with Raina & Binny as replacements for yuvraj & Jadeja if they dont perform & Pujara can also open the innings if Dhawan or Rohit dont perform in overseas conditions. Its a big mistake by selectors in dropping Yuvraj for this tour as we dont have a matchwinner in middle order now. And its near impossible now for Yuvraj to make a comeback for 2015 WC and Kohli & Dhoni alone can not win the WC for India, and Dhawan, Rohit, Raina cannot be your matchwinners in overseas conditions, Yuvraj could have if he played like he has for a decade, i know that his performance in the (Cont.)

  • CriketCircle on January 1, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Who says Ishant sharma is unlucky he's been given more chances than anybody else. Zaheer hardly had a carry through to MS. One whole day with a mammoth total to chase for SA in first test, they were not able to pick 8 wickets in a bowler friendly pitch which had unstable bounce. Batsman with poor form play against India to retain their form back. Either we don't have quality bowlers or the selection biased.

  • on January 1, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @AnandKumar - Yusuf Pathan - man give me a break. Irfan is not yet fully fit, has not started bowling in the Ranji. Once he gets in a few games bowling at above 135, we can think of including him. Rishi Dhawn, probably too raw as of now - let him get in some experience first. I am not a great fan of Binny, but in typically NZ conditions, he can be a handfull. The way the squad reads, Dhoni would be able to go in with 4 quicks, Ashwin / Jadeja, Dhoni + 5 batsmen.

  • on January 1, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    If they need a pace bowling all rounder for ODIs, Irfan Pathan is the best. By a long distance, with bat & ball. Also, Zaheer needs to go now, and should be replaced by Pankaj Singh, who has even more pace, height, & bounce than Ishwar Pandey. Ambati Rayadu is a waste when Saha is second wk, Dinesh Karthik has batted better in overseas conditions than Rayadu. Ishant Sharma is a bad choice, Yadav is a better bowler--he is much faster.

  • sandy_san on January 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is super dooper lucky to get another go in both ODI and Test, as India, so much devoid of fast bowling resources, has no other choice but to give him another go. The last reliable wicket taking fast bowler that India last produced was Javagal Srinath. Agree fans? don't know when this draught will come to an end. If a batsman(Yuvraj) is not in form, he gets dropped, but when a fast bowler (Ishant) not in form, he gets another go. Thats present state of India cricket now. very rediculous !!

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I am disappointed in fact very much disappointed since I think if there is any1 who is better finisherthan MSD in as far as Odi's concerned is none other than our own Yuvi. I agree apart from a 50 in T20 against Pak he didn't do justice to his talent. But we fielded him against the Aus & mind you in the 5 Odi's + 3 Odi's vs S.A we batted 1st only once & the remaining 6 matches we chased & with a total of more than 325 batting 2nd & above all he came at 2 or 3 down & whenever he came there's Johnson & other pace bowler knowing , unfortunately he was dismissed with an unplayable delivery similar to the dismissal pf Pujara in the 2nd innings of the recently concluded test series vs S.A. & Bhuveneswar Kumar also didn't get any chance in the 2 tests & dropping Umesh Yadav is a totally bizarre selection since I think he was the only bowler who picked 5 wkts in an innings in the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Aussies in 2011. Totally absurd & bizarre selection.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Zak should have been dropped....Jadeja can handle spin department alone without oza..Binny/Varun/Pandey if we have selected then we should give them a chance In most of the matches otherwise there is no meaning taking them in the squad...One error I felt pujara could have been included in ODI's...

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Stuart Binny is a good selection. His Ranji form has been good and he was pretty useful for Rajasthan Royals last season. His inside out shots for sixes against pacers were really impressive in IPL. India must develop medium pace/ fast bowling allrounders. Almost everyone is capable of bowling spin in India. Rohit or Shikhar can be given a scare by picking Rayudu in Test XI. Selecting Varun Aaron is also good, hope he hasn't cut on pace by modifying his action. However, Dhoni must find some magic to breathe life to his Test batting skills...quickly.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    rishi dhwana should have been selected instead of binny, rishi dhwana may not be the "impact " player, but he can be out long term test allroundert that india were looking for.... binny may be tried in odi and test , but certainly for test.... his first class record is not impressive by any standard.... hope rishi dhwasn gets a chance in test arena quickly....

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @Nampally : exactly, that is what i said , pujara is the closest man that can be a captain now, but i think pujara needs bit time, right now he is played exceptional cricket, and captaincy can put a lot of burden on him ( imagine captaining a team with 9-0 away record and that may directly influence on his test batting ) and kohli is in process, he can be very good captain( kohli is slowly becoming more mature now ) , pujara was not ignore by international politics , infact he was selected for AUS tour of india some years back and he did well in that tour and right after that tour he got knee injury, even now i can see him struglling to run.... and i cetrtainly dont want this guy to take more sttress on him.... even i want pujara as captain for test and kohli for odi, but i strogly believe dhoni is the man till WC15 , PS: i am not a big fan of dhoni, but he has the ability to give us the test team that we all wanted...

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Well guys i think it is a great squad. As we all know swing is what is important in NZ rather than pace. As we saw in SA Ishant was handy with the ht he bowls,same is for ishwar pandey. I think bhuvi will come more handy here dan he did in SA. Varun Aaron over umesh seemed logical by d fact umesh tends to b off track every now n then. As @Nilabha Dey said i too was expecting Rishi Dhawan's inclusion bt as u know stuart binny can swing the ball vigorously. My 11 for ODI is dhawan,sharma,kohli,rahane,raina,dhoni,binny,ashwin/jadeja,bhuvi,shami,ishant My 11 for test is same as dt of durban.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Why ojha dropped frm test in the last series ge was man of the series, youvi,umesh dropped from one days why..? why not dropped Raina,ashwin nd ishanth bad form frm last one yr, same yard stick shuld be maintained fr all players, tell me one fiftey score of raina on bouncy pitches.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Too many holes in the Indian batting in the test side. Dhawan, Rohit, Dhoni, not in the best form overseas can be a huge problem in the middle order. The bowling, I guess dropping Umesh from the test side makes it spineless. Yes, there is Shami,who else?Spin department might prove to be effective, but only in stopping the run flow. But who will take the wickets? Coming to the ODI's, I gues it is still a pretty good selection by dropping Yuvi and that means that Rahane will be a straight swap to him.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Pankaj Singh deserved a go alongwith Dhawal Kulkarni. He has increased his pace and is bowling well in Ranji. If Zaheer continues bowling the way he is now, Pankaj Singh should be given a go in his place. Stuart Binny is a bizarre selection considering Rishi Dhawan, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan are available. Binny is a liability in the field as well. Irfan Pathan is the best batsman and fielder amongst the three. I suspect he bowls better than Binny and has experience to back up.

  • on January 1, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Gambhir and Dinesh karthik should be in our test playing eleven. We can't wait eternally to see Rohit Sarma's potential to realize (if any). By all means- Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik and Badrinath are our best bets to bat in overseas test matches. I don't think, one need to be a God to say this and an unbiased view automatically points to this.

  • Shridharan.S on January 1, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    @Aksh Kuma Rohit Sharma is in the test squad. Are you not aware of it? And plus it is rated as the featured comment. Bizzare!

  • on January 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Ashwin must play 5 drop and four bowlers apart from him.. I would pick four fast bowlers.. Mishra is not in the test team.. This is a very bad selection.. You have a very mediocre offie, an okay left arm orthodox spinner in Jadeja, why not a leggie to cover all bases??

  • RockcityGuy on January 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Disappointed to see so many ppl spewing fire on ashwin...Did any of u ppl actually see the jo'berg match...??? He was the bst spinner on display..please stop this hate propaganda Against the World's no. 1 allrounder... Anyways Congrats Aaron...!! it's just sooo exciting as an Indian cricket fan to see a genuine quicky's name in the team sheet...By the end of this year i hope the selectors give chance to SHELDON JACKSON(wk), VIJAY ZOL(bat), and BABA APARAJITH(ar). Blessed 2014 peeps..!!!

  • venuc1 on January 1, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    All these medium pacers will be cannor fodder for Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and other Kiwi batsmen. Why not follow the late Pataudi's mantra and pick the best bowlers regardless of spin or pace? Why dont the board and the captain back Pragyan Ojha who is the best left-arm spinner in India? People are gushing over the 6-wicket haul by Jadeja. Who knows what Ojha would have done! He proved himself in English conditions as well. And please dont even talk about Ashwin as a spinner. His whole task is to contain; not take wickets.

    India should go back to encouraging spin bowlers. They were the reason for India's wins abroad even with poor batting. Kapil and Zaheer are exceptions. One has to learn from history and just cannot hope for genuine speedsters from India.

  • DarthKetan on January 1, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    This current selection committee is doing a much better job than Srikkanth's panel....more gutsy and fair so far. Looking forward to the current crop of pacers performing. Wonder if Ishant ought be asked to play county cricket to hone skills..

  • ksriniasu on January 1, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    It is going to be the same old story. Ishant will serve up half volleys and claim that he was born unlucky. Zaheer will bowl a few overs and then go ineffective. Shami will toil alone, maybe with Jadeja. Umesh and Bhuvi will serve drinks. Just a pointer to the Indian selectors. In the second innings at Wanderers, the bowlers took 5 wickets of which one was a howler. At Durban, the fast bowlers took 3 wickets, and only Shami even looked like taking wickets. Finally, Dhoni was so unsure of the bowlers that he did not even take the new ball. All this when Zaheer is 90 tests old, and Ishant is 50+ tests old. I just cannot figure out what these to bring to the table. Ishant does not swing the ball, does not hit the deck, does not bowl fast. What exactly does he do?? Zaheer is 35 and not getting any younger. Zaheer should become a bowling coach and that will serve India better, rather than trying to bowl and prove some point that nobody cares.

  • on January 1, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Stuart Binny is certainly a surprise specially considering Rishi Dhawan has been doing pretty good at Ranji Level this season. Anyways, Good luck to Binny!! Ishant Sharma should stop getting selected forever for India even though he took wickets in two innings in the SA series, the need is to play others and give valuable exposure to the likes of Yadav, Aaron and Pandey!! All other selections have no specific comments

  • bobbo2 on January 1, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Provided the NZ pitches do not turn too much I think NZ will do well. Indian batsmen are good but the bowling is average and I can see NZ making plenty of runs. May be some draws in then tests.

  • drallion on January 1, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    BCCI selectors have once again erred by picking up the ageing, no-fire Zaheer Khan. He is a BIG liability with his medium pace (& unnecessary stare downs with that slow pace!!), horrible fielding and spineless batting - ready to throw away his wicket to any local pace bolwer. Ojha should have been selected in his place as we have sufficient number of pacers. What has Umesh Yadav done to deserve this treatment? He bowls fast. Give him a chance to improve than giving the old man ZK an extended life. Similarly, No-hit Sharma in the test squad is a very bad selection.

  • on January 1, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Zaheer should have been preferred over Ishant for the ODIs As for Binny I think he scored over Rishi Dhawan because of his superior fielding and hitting ability demonstrated in the IPL Remains to be seen if he will get a call in to the playing 11 Pandey is a good choice and deserved the call And how Aaron performs remains to be seen given his bad fitness record All in all it looks like the selectors are weighing in different options for a final countdown for the 2015 Cup which is unlike the unimaginative past selection committee headed by Srikanth This is a wise thing to do

  • on January 1, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Great to see some new Indian blood drafted in for some rain affected drawn test matches and abondoned ODI's.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 1, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    i think its smart that india are picking players to suit the conditions, i wish nz would pick batters that can play spin when we go to the sub-continent but i don't think nz batsmen would lose to much sleep facing your quicks rather than your spinners so not taking ojha is a bit of a mistake, the windies made the same mistake leaving out narine, nz batters really struggle against quality spin even on green tracks. as for all these new guys in your squad, i hope you arn't taking us too lightly, at home we are very competitive even against the big teams, a team full of inexperienced second stringers might get a bit of a shock. @ silver bails, you think this tour is a waste of time? the world cup is here in a years time, this could be the most valuable tour you have if you want to defend your title

  • on January 1, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    not good select team.pragyan ojha is good Ashwin not good. dhavan is fail .

  • SydneyIndi on January 1, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Well. Selection of Aaron & Pandey is good. But status quo with Dhoni! His negative captaincy and bad batting technique O/S cost us the series in SA. Now in NZ , on balance of probability we should win both ODI and tests because of our youngsters. That would again mask his negative captaincy and bad batting technique O/S and he will again be given the captaincy accolades! Why is it so hard for the BCCI / selectors to understand this about Dhoni? India can win at home with any captain / coach because our talented youngsters can deliver at home. Also, why is Ishant / Zak still in the team? No pace, hardly any swing yet we carry them in the team. By keeping Dhoni, Zak &Ishant in the test/ ODI teams their $$$ values in IPL stays high! So every time their places are threatened they just try to do the minimum to stay in the test & ODI teams. Is that acceptable to us fans? When was the last time MSD scored a 50 O/S or Ishant took a 5 for O/S? BCCI/selectors should look at these objectively.

  • on January 1, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    ... I dont thnk selector have given more chance then Rohit to any one... Binny is good selection, he is very hard working and dedicated cricketer, I Pandey can be good asset for the future ....

  • on January 1, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Its better to drop dhoni and give DK a go in test cricket....dhoni is absolute disaster in test cricket no defensive technique in his batting....only the captaincy is saving him now....gambhir is far better batsmen and he is ignored continuously after being dropped from India team....or may be rayudu who is genuine batsmen can be tried as a wicket keeper batsmen with Virat leading the team....

  • on January 1, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Did the selectors complete forget the existence of Irfan Pathan? In his last ODI, he belted 29 off 28 deliveries and picked up 5-61. In his last 13 ODIs, he picked up 21 wickets at 28. Is that not good enough to get him one more look in at least?

  • nyc_missile on January 1, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Ishant,Zak,MSD & Ashwin who were the travelers and culprits for loss in SA are back?!. Shame on gutless selectors for their cowardice and lack of vision! MSD is the whitewash specialist on overseas tours and to see him still captaining the side is an insult to our intelligence.No matter what cosmetic changes we make,till Dhoni remains test captain,we'll get smashed abroad.Also why drop Ojha when not even given a chance to play? Varun Aaron would have been better off in tests than ODI's.He along with Umesh & Shami would make a nice pace trio.Deadwood Zak and zombie Ishant wont add any more value.Ashwin will lack bite in NZ anyway.If there's a case for 4 pacers to play,then Bhuvi could come into picture.Overall pathetic and senseless selection.

  • truecric_fan on January 1, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    India playing overseas is a treat, the grounds are so beautiful, crowds are nice and normally Indian Fans are there in full strength to support our boys. NZ Team is 2-3 notches below India but they have some nice talent who may test our players. India has an opportunity to white wash NZ in both formats.Looking forward to this contest.

  • adityavohra97 on January 1, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Overall selection was ok but few changes that the selectors could have done were 1 . Bring pujara for raina reason Iis that pujara is more dependable also it would have helped him going into the test series, he also has a better technique than raina 2. Bring rishi in for binny as rishi is younger than him and can play for a longer time for team india , you can see rishi's first class record an average of 40 and 135wkts Iin just 33 matches means that he is a real alrounder . in my opinion by making these changes the team would hav3 become more stronger my xi : dhawan rohit virat pujara rahane ms dhoni rishi dhawan shami pandey jadeja kumar also I think that kumar is better than aaron as pace is not everything you have to have swing , good line and length also just see the example of tino best to a philander it is not the pace but the line and lenght + swing that makes him better

  • on December 31, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    In the current form Zaheer, Rohit, Ishant, Dhoni won't even make it to B team of AUS, SA or England. Even though Binny is a decent IPL player, he is nearing 30 years and what's the point? It was really painful to see Umesh warming the bench and spineless Zaheer and Ishant labouring through the overs. Ashwin seems to be a disaster out side of India but might deserve some more chances and same is the case for Vijay and Shikhar who seem to have shown some talent.

  • ProdigyA on December 31, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    @NarenPuppala - u hit the nail on the head. With bowling taking most of the criticism, Dhoni's lack of performance is going unnoticed. Just look at AB's contribution for SA with bat and wicketkeeping.

    As u said, he is a legend in ODI's. No question about it, but in Tests he is seriously hurting India's chances abroad. Saha is a lot more deserving than Dhoni. But the big question s who will be the captain.

  • satchander on December 31, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    I feel the lessons are not being learnt from SA tour. Zaheer clearly is not the bowler that he was. He was bowling in 125 kmph speed in SA during 2nd test. He just does not have the stamina to bowl in 135 kmph like he used to do earlier. No amount of swing in 125 kmph will get you a wicket. We simply have to look at someone else. I do not what pace Ishwar pandey bowls. Hope its 140+ kmph. I think Ishant is again overrated. He picks 4 wickets in one innnings every 30 innings and then manages to keep his place. Please lets give Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami more chances and I am sure they will form the next blowling line up in Tests for India for a long time to come.

  • sivakumar23 on December 31, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Selectors, We are REALLY DISAPPOINTED "Pujara " not being selected for ODIs. He is the trump card for India in overseas conditiions :).

  • Nampally on December 31, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Aaron is the most promising of the Indian pace bowlers. But for his injury ridden career, he would have sealed his spot 2 years back. He bowls consistently at 140 KPH & along with Yadev - also 140 KPH- makes a good duo. Shami at 23 & Pandey at 24 give India 4 young fast bowlers ( all >135 KPH)who should be nurtured & coached to bowl at the right spots. The Selectors for once chose the right group of pace bowlers. ZAK & Ishant are also in the squad. So the oft given excuse - lacking in pace bowlers- is redundant. The squad also has 2 spinners in Ashwin & Jadeja. India can go with 4 pace + 1 spinner or 3 pace & 2 spinners. But playing a test match with 4 bowlers is lunacy! 5 Indian batsmen choose themselves on form, fitness & performance. Openers + Pujara, Kohli & Rahane. Openers could be 2 of the 3- Vijay, Dhawan & Rohit. Any all rounder has to be either outstanding in bowling or batting. Binny is neither. So staying with "specialists" in Batting & Bowling- produces the best results!

  • ChiragPathak on December 31, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Can not believe, why great selectors are not including PUJARA even in a ODI team. He is much better than Rohit, Raina, Raidu and many more.

    I think Great selectors wasting talent of a PUJARA

  • BnH1985Fan on December 31, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Safe to assume then that 2011 was Zak's last WC -- at least he'll have fond memories. He will be 37 in 2015, surely India has younger / better options in the pace department by then.

  • spinkingKK on December 31, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    India's batting line-up is not as good as it was made out to be. South African board wanted the first test to be competitive so that the second test will attract more crowd. So, I won't count the first test performance. When the SA bowlers started firing, the batting started wobbly, as usual. I think, apart from the proven Kohli, Rahane is the only batsman showing some promise. In my opinion, Pujara and Vijay are yet to be tested properly.

  • iceaxe on December 31, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    I'm waiting to see how one of the world's best teams goes against a much lower ranked team on their home turf. Should be very interesting.

  • on December 31, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Raina is also out of form and stil greeting chances , why they not giving some more chance to yuvi , if India needs to perform well in World Cup they need someone like yuvi

  • jiten27 on December 31, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    my suggestion is that drop the old age bowler they get tired after while, for the test TESTS MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey

    zaheer khan and ashwin should out

    for odi MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, pujara,ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron

  • BnH1985Fan on December 31, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @Featured comment by Aksh Kuma -- Rohit is in the test squad -- the only change is Ojha out for Ishwar Pandey, presumably replacing spin with pace in NZ conditions. NZ played well against WI (like India did) in tests. While Indians are expected to bat well, continuing from SA, the bowlers will need to work hard to support the batters. Batting is so strong at the moment, that Dhoni could replace the extra batsman (Rohit) with a bowler.

  • CurrentPresident on December 31, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    The current system of finding and mentoring the pace bowlers is not working. That is because we do not have a tradition of fast bowlers and barring Kapil Dev and Srinath (and perhaps Zak), there aren't any who can guide the process.

    You need to have a system of scouts who can identify a talent early on (before they are 20) and then carefully nurtures them with the right coaching, diet and fitness regime to become good fast bowlers. MRF pace foundation seems to have died after all the politics.

    By the time a bowler makes a mark across multiple seasons of Ranji and IPL, on their own, they have already picked up a lot of bad habits that cannot be corrected by people who were not fast bowlers themselves.

    If nothing else, get a fast bowling coach+scout like Akram or McGrath or Alan Donald. Pay them bonuses based on the success of their finds...

  • CurrentPresident on December 31, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    The current system of finding and mentoring the pace bowlers is not working. That is because we do not have a tradition of fast bowlers and barring Kapil Dev and Srinath (and perhaps Zak), there aren't any who can guide the process.

    You need to have a system of scouts who can identify a talent early on (before they are 20) and then carefully nurtures them with the right coaching, diet and fitness regime to become good fast bowlers. MRF pace foundation seems to have died after all the politics.

    By the time a bowler makes a mark across multiple seasons of Ranji and IPL, on their own, they have already picked up a lot of bad habits that cannot be corrected by people who were not fast bowlers themselves.

    If nothing else, get a fast bowling coach+scout like Akram or McGrath or Alan Donald. Pay them bonuses based on the success of their finds...

  • on December 31, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    plz guys who r posting comments read this if u all are commenting this player that player instead of rohit, if he succeded what is ur comments ur cricket knowledge is like IPL,i am not interested with rohit i am interested with his class n technique some one can play well in nz,others in australia,sa we cant say because before this series every one commented why vijay in team now he scored one 90+ in this series ,if any other fails in nz series ,why indian team is giving chances to this guy they can give chances to some other guy u will post comment its too funny n if yuvi have to drop in odi team raina have to drop and in next series rohit n dhawan failed we have to think and post comments because we cant compare to players like sachin,dravid,ganguly,laxman in future because no IPL is there when they r playing;

  • Mr_Anonymous on December 31, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    The bowling department is still the weakest link. I think it is a good move to drop Umesh Yadav from the ODI squad so that he can stay fresh for the Test matches. I think the same logic must have prevailed for Pujara. I think it was a mistake to not include Umesh Yadav or Bhuvi in the side for the 2nd Test against SA (both Zaheer and Ishant were disappointing). It maybe time to include only 1 of Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma in a Test and experiment with a different bowler in the other slot. I am glad Zaheer was not selected for the ODIs. He is injury prone and we need to preserve him for the Tests when possible. Personally, I would have dropped Ishant Sharma from the ODI side and included J Unadkat instead. If S Dhawan/Rohit continue to disappoint, we need to give chances to Rahane to open and Rayudu in the middle order. Good luck to Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey and Stuart Binny. Hope this is a good learning experience for them.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 31, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Zaheer going to NZ with his ageing fitness? Nohit Sharma too on green NZ tracks? Dhawan on green tracks? Mark my words, selectors, you are sending a team to lose 0-2 to the Kiwis.

  • on December 31, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    if pakistan can produce a gud seam bowlers as subcontinent team why nt india..........no doubt indian batsman are strong enough to bat on any track...........but we must agree that indian batsman face many prblms on fast & bouncy tracks bcz they very used to of playing on flat tracks .....bCCI plz make some fast and bouncy pitches so tht indian batsman can make there technique more solid on fast pitches.........and im vry disappointed batsman like kholi's standard struggles against dale steyn and morkel.........plz someone teach kholi by jst leaving the balls of steyn and morkel.. u will nt become a nxt sachin

  • on December 31, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Indian selectors just done learn from thr mistakes ! Not including pujara in ODI again , remember india not even playing thr full 50 overs against south africa . They are giving chance to raina in the middle order who is not more thn a t20 player leave aside he coping up quality pace attack in nz n oz ! They say we are a good batting team n a worse bowling team i have this feeling we gotta have a tough time with batting too ! its all kohli show or no show .

    i just hope sehwag n gambhir do well in domestic n come back to the side !

  • Kapeel on December 31, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    India test XI should be: Vijay Rahane Pujara Kohli Sharma Rayudu Dhoni Ashwin/Jadeja Zaheer Yadav Shami... Dhawan dont deserve to be in test team ODI XI should be: Dhawan Sharma Kohli Rahane Raina Binny Dhoni Ashwin/Jadeja Bhuvneshwar/Pandey Aroon Shami Shami deserve chance in both test and ODI team because he is looking one of the bright prospect in bowling dept of india at the moment. Pandey should be kept with team for some time to know something about external environment. If you select these team the advantage is that there would be less load on faster bowlers as only Shami will be playing in both formats (whoo looks to be fit). Well all the best India for NZ Tour !

  • NarenPuppala on December 31, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    The real thing missing in India's efforts in the 2 Test contest with South Africa was a significant contribution from the Indian Captain MS Dhoni. His credentials as a batsmen or a wicketkeeper+batsman in the shorter formats is peerless. However he would certainly not deserve a place as a batsman or a wicketkeeper in Test Cricket. And that was one of the major reasons for being unable to force a win in the first test and losing the 2nd test. He is the senior most member now and not pulling any weight as one... not even as a captain at least in away games. This needs serious consideration and repair.

  • on December 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    This team selection is nothing but bizarre to say the least. Ishwar Pandey like Mohit Sharma & Jaidev Unadkat is a rookie & would struggle just like them on first overseas tour. He would be shown the door eventually after this tour just like Mohit & Unadkat. It would have been better to have him played on A tours for at-least 1 more year.

  • WC2011Champs on December 31, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    BCCI and selectors have learnt very little from past experience. Two test series (that's how long it takes to acclimatize) in peak winter time in NZ. It will be 2002-03 winter all over again. All the laggards Zaheer, Ishant, Rohit, Ashwin are back in the test squad. Not just they are back it will be hard to carry Zaheer along and not include him in XI. Last year's top wicket-taker Bhuvi takes the back seat again. If Ishant is unwilling to clock 140 then he should have simply been replaced by Ishwar. Rohit, who has the weakest defense test-wise, will continue on. Rayadu, keep praying for that slot. It will open sooner than later. Binny? That is a surprise selection. Again the pace department looks overcrowded and the undeserving ones will make playing XI. Then they will all bowl in unison, at 130kmph.

  • on December 31, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    With no Zaheer Khan in the ODI's, does it mean he is not in contention for the ICC World Cup 2015?

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 31, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @Savvy-Cricket-Analyst - BIZARRE selection. Stuart Binny was an ABSOLUTE disaster when he played for India A squad. In batting he was a total failure and in bowling almost ineffective with his moderate medium pace. Whereas, a proven all-rounder like Rishi Dhawan with an outstanding record of 49 wickets in 8 games, with economy of 2.89 and bowling average of 20.30 has been ignored.

    Rishi Dhawan failed in one aspect - he failed to be born in a family whose father is a National Selector.

  • on December 31, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Time for Dhoni to be replaced. When Sehwag & Gambhir can be ousted, why not Dhoni.

  • DhairyBoghani on December 31, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    I think Varun is the man who can provide agressivness to fast bowling attack which was left after srisanth.

    Poojara's non inclusion & going again with raina is very disappointing. but would be better if raina would not in playing 11.

    My odi team: Dhavan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Aswin, Bhuvneswar, Shami, Aaron.(If Aaro not fit I will prefer Panday.)

    My test team: Dhavan, Vijay, Poojara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvnewar, Yadav, Shami. (only for first test, if Rohit/Yadav can't play well, I will go with Rayudu and Panday)

  • Nampally on December 31, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @Vishwas HS: My #1 candidate for Test Captaincy is Pujara & for ODI captaincy is Kohli. Both are around 25 or 26. Dhoni Captained India at about the same age. Pujara's entry into the Test side has been delayed by a couple of years due ti internal politics. Otherwise he would have played Test Cricket for about 5 years by now. He is fully recovered from knee injury- an oft quoted excuse. Pujara has been caotaining India A Teams for the past 2 years at home & abroad. He is the group mate of Ashwin. Kohli is equally good & has captained India ODI team in Zimbabwe & did a very good job of handliung the team. Rohit Sharma is my next choice. All 3 are future of Indian XI. So there is no problem with their ability or knowledge of the game. A Captain should be able to select a balanced XI which gives the team a chance to be competitive. Not 4 Bowlers in a 5 day test match- twice in a row! this is where a captain's judgement of his squad comes. Rahane after a series of benching by MSD showed Up!

  • JRP100 on December 31, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Some Good decisions made and some bad.. Everyone wants umesh yadav in the ODI squad but look at his record.. He has a poor average and economy after so many games, add to that he hasn't had a single decent game since his back injury and he barely deserves a place in the test side for his pace alone if he won't take wickets.

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    To win series abroad they need to take 20 wickets. There is no new ball bowler who can take wickets initially. Bhuvi can do that but he was not in the XI, I think they could have opted for Bhuvi instead of Rohit Sharma. That would have given more options. Also, Bhuvi can bat too.Dhoni was prepared and they were saying that they dont have bowler who cant take wickets with new ball. Shame !!!!

  • CurrentPresident on December 31, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    The ODI team has many options because of the nature of the game and Dhoni is the master of that art. He should be captain and get to pick his team full of all rounders.

    But the overseas test team needs a complete revamp. Dhoni needs to be replaced and my choice would be Pujara as captain over Kohli. Kohli can take over the limited overs teams from Dhoni when he retires.

    All bit players and affiliation picks should be weeded out and a fresh start made. Specialists with a fresh mindset and mental strength, who believe they deserve to win, not the "well-played" ones with self doubts (no matter how talented or useful they seem).

    To win at test cricket, you need a winner's mentality. With little artificial bounds, it is a real reflection of the national character. This is how life's battles are fought and won. The fifth day performance in both tests brought out that real difference between India and SA.

  • CurrentPresident on December 31, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    The ODI team has many options because of the nature of the game and Dhoni is the master of that art. He should be captain and get to pick his team full of all rounders.

    But the overseas test team needs a complete revamp. Dhoni needs to be replaced and my choice would be Pujara as captain over Kohli. Kohli can take over the limited overs teams from Dhoni when he retires.

    All bit players and affiliation picks should be weeded out and a fresh start made. Specialists with a fresh mindset and mental strength, who believe they deserve to win, not the "well-played" ones with self doubts (no matter how talented or useful they seem).

    To win at test cricket, you need a winner's mentality. With little artificial bounds, it is a real reflection of the national character. This is how life's battles are fought and won. The fifth day performance in both tests brought out that real difference between India and SA.

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    shame, opener pair for Test should change with Wasim Jaffar and others, and should change / add one more all rounder Irfan pathan, bas wahi sharaab nayi bottle

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    6 Specialist Pace bowler out of whom at max three will bowl. why cant v have one more specialist leg spinner "Amit mishra" who may come handy if any spinner friendly tracks comes up..

  • Capricorn60 on December 31, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Due to problems Pujara has had with his knees, perhaps this is why the selectors have been saving him for the Test side only. Strange to see Stuart Binny being chosen when he had a poor tour of SA earlier this year with the India A side & bowls only medium-pace. We saw how our medium-pacers got hammered in SA only very recently. When you consider Binny is also nearly 30 yrs old, think Rishi Dhawan would have been a better long-term bet as a seam-bowling all-rounder! Ridiculous still picking Ishant for the Test side when his bowling average is inexorably rising to nearly 40! Yadav must be included in our Test XI & Aaron in our ODI XI as we need these young fast bowlers in our teams. Feel sorry though for poor Ojha as he has done nothing wrong.

  • Silverbails on December 31, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    It's really so sad to see yet another meaningless overseas ODI Series, ahead of yet another two match Test series! There really is no point to these series, apart from bringing in some revenue!! How are India going to nurture the future players in Test matches, which not only require skill, dedication and determination, but also long - term strategic thinking, including daily pitch and weather conditions, if there is always a surfeit of this form of cricket? I can see yet another loss in the Test series from this very poor Test team...so sad and disappointing for all their fans across the world...

  • InsideHedge on December 31, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Good to see Varun Aaron force his way back. Ideally we would have Yadav, Aaron and Shami leading the Indian attack in Tests.

  • InsideHedge on December 31, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Truly disappointed to see Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma make the Test squad. Ishant went wicketless in the 2nd Test against SA, returning to his usual 100+ strike rate. As long as MSD remains in charge of the Test side, we'll continue to see these failures included.

    Just what does it take for them to be left out? What really grates me is that MSD never trusted these "bowlers" in the Durban Test and refused to take the new ball. But he went into the Test with just ONE spinner even tho the wicket was clearly dry with recent history supporting the use of two spinners.

    We (India) have a history of picking players on past reputation. Both Zaheer and Ishant were picked for the Durban Test on their supposed good performance in the JoBurg Test.

  • InsideHedge on December 31, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Truly disappointed to see Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma make the Test squad. Ishant went wicketless in the 2nd Test against SA, returning to his usual 100+ strike rate. As long as MSD remains in charge of the Test side, we'll continue to see these failures included.

    Just what does it take for them to be left out? What really grates me is that MSD never trusted these "bowlers" in the Durban Test and refused to take the new ball. But he went into the Test with just ONE spinner even tho the wicket was clearly dry with recent history supporting the use of two spinners.

    We (India) have a history of picking players on past reputation. Both Zaheer and Ishant were picked for the Durban Test on their supposed good performance in the JoBurg Test.

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Atleast this time around i was expecting Gautam gambhir make a come back... Let c how its gonna be..!!!!

  • ashok16 on December 31, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This selection committee of Sandeep Patil seems to be going to the Srikkanth way- start out well and then descend into chaos by avoiding harsh decisions. Ojha being dropped and Ashwin retained is the harshest decision. If we really need Ashwin's batting at no. 7 then this team has a lot of other problems. And is Binny really the best all rounder that India has (is he really better than Rishi Dhawan or Sachin Rana or the slightly older Rajat Bhatia? And since he is the selector's son, doesn't the selection committee have an explanation of how he was selected - did Roger Binny recuse himself when Stuart's name came up? Having survived the specter of Aniruddha Srikkanth and Arjun Yadav playing for India, we are now having to deal with Stuary Binny.

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Welcome back Varun Aaron....!!!!!!!

  • gsingh7 on December 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    good choice of pandey. pankaj singh or sandeep sharma should also be considered for future. yuvi needs more domestic performances to back up his selection. pitches in nz are akin to ranchi or ahmedabad flat tracks. results will be in short order. need freasher bowlers other than zaheer and ishant who led down brilliant batsmen. still indians played best cricket of four teams that last toured sa which includes india,sl,nz and pak.hoping for india to gain maximum points from nz tour to maintain their high position in all formats

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I felt regarding this selection the inclusion of Ishwar Pandey in the test team is the right choice since his line and length bowling suite more in test form. Rishi dhavan seems right choice with his performance in both form(Bat & Bowl) as an all-rounder rather than Stuart Binny . Varun Aaron selection looks good but we should not ignore the performance of Pankaj Singh.

  • TSJ07 on December 31, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    omg!! Indian selectors at their best!! If they dropped Yuvi then what about Raina for ODI and Ishant,Dhoni,Ashwin for test matches?? I cant believe its Yuvi every time who gets the drop!But by including Raina in A grade board had to justify their decision.I have lost whatever respect I had for Patil as selector.Why they keep on selecting Ashwin,Raina for away test and ODI matches res'ly?If Indian selectors think that likes of Jadeja,Dhobi,Ashwin,Raina can bring them world cup from AUS then they are in for huge shock of their life! And why drop Yadav from ODI's? This just shows that Dhoni and his CSK bass only want to promote CSK players o/w DK is far better than Saha as back up WK,may be Dhoni is afraid that if he gets injured and DK plays then Dhobi's game plan will be gone as DK will perform better than Dhobi. Can some body tell me if players like AswinRaina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ishant, are better than Yuvi? He may be out of form but HE WILL be needed most in WC15 and only he......

  • Sreeram83 on December 31, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    It is sad to see people putting the past overseas loss on this young team. The loss in Aus and England are to be credited to the old horses that were at the verge of retirement and clinging to their position just to have a right time to bid farewell. Now that they have all vanished from the team, we have a very young team, with such a team even if you lose it is still a good thing, because there is scope for imrpeovement. What is the use of losing with old guys in the team?

    I hope the pandey guy is a hit the deck fast bowler rather than a swing bowler. We have too many fast bowlers in team who are of any threat only when the ball swings. But in conditions like SA, it is the bounce that gets you wicket. Swing can be good in NZ condition, but for variety you need a hit the deck bowler.

  • sumeshraj on December 31, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Why is India not playing Pujara in ODIs??? There was lot of criticism for playing Dravid in Odis. But finally he turned out to be one of saviors of odi team overseas. Before trying to make 350, India should think how to bat 50 overs.

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Side is Descent, but selection of binny is debatable.

  • nrgopal on December 31, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    One out of the box thinking could be tio look at two captains for Tests and the other forms of cricket. Dhoni's captaincy was not certainly inspiring in the concluded South Africa series. A couple of moves like not choosing a new ball at the right time and not sending a night watchman on the 4th day of the second tests go to prove the flaws in his captaincy.

    One cannot just push on with Charisma and requires Game instinct and insight which was obvious in this tour as far as Dhoni is concerned.

    Can BCCI take such tough decisions??

  • csowmi7 on December 31, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    If India want to win series abroad the first thing they must do is get rid of Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan. These guys have been tried and tested and they continue to fail repeatedly. Yes they may produce a good spell once in a blue moon but it is largely because of their failure that India lost against South Africa(taking no credit away from the superb performance by the South Africans). Instead Ishwar Pandey and Umesh Yadav should be given a go that way we will have a varied and hungry bowling attack. Mohammad Shami can swing the ball in and can utilize reverse swing if there is any. Ishwar Pandey with his height can extract bounce and Umesh Yadav can bowl quickly above 140 kmph. Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also be thrown into the mix due to the swing he can generate. He must be given more chances in the longer format and must be persisted with. This is India's best chance at trying out our young pacers and test their mettle in New Zealand.

  • BenGundry on December 31, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    NZ is not going to mind an uncapped seamer coming in for a top-rate spinner. India should play to their strength, which is spin. WI showed that two spinners could be a danger, even on NZ wickets, as NZ players play spin so badly.

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan, i think UV should get an other chance in ODIs, He is a good hard hitter, best fielder and also smart bowler. What else an ODI team required?

  • mensan on December 31, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Ojha should be India's first choice spinner in tests.

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @sant saxena : seriously, pravin tambe at the age of 42, u must be kidding me, amit mishra is lot better than pravin tambe...

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Wriddhiman saha is a very good keeper batsman, I think he should be drafted into the test XI ahead of dhoni and kohli should captain the side... it will be a very good decision for the future of team india... dhoni is the man for ODI and 20-20 though...

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    I think Yuvraj Singh should have got one more chance in New Zealand. But by thinking on the other side that including Ishwar Pandey and Stuart Binny in the ODI squad is a good move by selectors, but still missing Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan in the ODI team. But I am always seeing that no one is concentrating on Cheteshwar Pujara. Although he is a good player in TEST format and has earned the name next to Rahul Dravid but still he should get chance to play in the ODI's because he has performed well against New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa. And also in Next year in 2015 ICC CWC in Australia and New Zealand Indian team needs someone like Pujara to keep wickets like Rahul Dravid did in both formats. By playing Pujara at No.4 position in the batting line-up instead of Suresh Raina will be a good move.And please also try Ambati Rayudu in batting line-up he has been sitting on bench for a long time.Also they should have tried Pravin Tambe.

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    now that UV is dropped, can we expect rahane at 4 ?? or will it be some other??? I personally want to see virat and rahane batting along side holding the middle order of Indian odi team followed by sloggers like raina and jadeja my odi team will be dhawan, Rohit, kohli,rahane,raina, dhoni,jaddu,binny,ashwin/ishant,bhuvi,shami.... don't judge me just because I selected ishant, for me ishant looks good in odi, he has done very well in ODI so far... if we can leave out binny we can add varun Aaron, just to see how his fitness keeps up with him ( he had some issues with fitness already)

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Till the time Ishant The "SpearHead" Sharma with his Mr. talented Rohit Sharma are in team, we will never win overseas. I'm so sick of this word called "talent" now.

  • kc69 on December 31, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Mixed reactions looking at this Squad.Inclusion of youngsters in pace attack ahould have been done in SA tour itself.Rohit sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are only good in subcontinent.Mainly their attitude to improve is quite bad and some newcomers should be given a chance.Where is Irfan Pathan? I guess his inclusion is way better than Zaheer as pace and experience wise both maybe similar but batting and fielding Irfan is lot superior and Bhajji might be more useful than Ashwin.Lets see how many days are left for Dhoni from quitting test cricket.

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    for those who want dhoni to be out of test squad.who will be the captain then??? kohli? no way he is still not ready, only guys who can lead right now is dhoni,pujara.pujara is too early to lead any team.captaincy will add more stress to these kind of players and add to that the knee surgery he got already..... to lead Indian team you need a very strong heart who should be ready to take any criticism that they get.... and only dhoni has such attitude.... kohli is still in process.... instead I have a suggestion, dhoni should play at5 in test followed by Rohit, and rahane, that extends our tail and dhoni will have the time to bat.... remember dhoni always played with tailenders who are as good as sitting ducks anywhere in the worlds.... if he needs to play his natural game he needs time to do that, he scored 99 and 200 recently when playing at no6 which is one.spot above his natural no7 spot.... please stop criticizing dhoni. " India is lucky that they have dhoni " comment are welcome..

  • lsekhar on December 31, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Cheteswar Pujara should be in the one day team as well. Rohit Sharma should have been given the drop. WE need to groom a different player to be the test captain. Dhoni's time is up!

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    rishi dhawan please perform in next IPL, it's the only way that you can get selected into the national team.... look at this guy's record, he has 140+ wickets in 30+matches with strike rate of 40 balls per wicket ( extremely good for Indian bowler) and batting he has 3 centuries with an average of 40 , and he is just 23 and he fields better than our main fielders.....if he was in other country, say aus or saffas, he would have played 10 tests atleast now.... we have already lost 2 seaming allrounder in the form of irfan pathan and Abhishek nayar, hope we don't waster rishi and Stuart binny.... I have a gut feeling that seaming allrounder is a must for WC15.....

  • jimmyvida on December 31, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Here we go again, calling Binny a fast bowler. So play Binny, Zaheer, Inshant and Shami against NZ. Can't we find another one? Sorry, youv'e got Ishwar. These jokers are not fast bowlers. They are just over slow. Inshant hits the ball short of a length, so he looks good. Its high time India considers giving some fast bowlers from Pakistan etc accelerated citizenship in order to play for India. The first time I saw Bhumeshwar I thought finally, India has got something. Too much T20. He began to think he is a fast bowler. At just that pace, if he puts the ball in the right spots and swings it, Walla! If you want to play these guys, you may find NZ scoring 500 for the first time, with all the top batsmen looking good. Recall, it is WI slow bowlers that did the trick there. Sorry, your selectors do not know that.

  • myStraightTalk on December 31, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Why the Dhoni Test captainship is never under Rador or in question?

  • myStraightTalk on December 31, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Dhoni should have resigned from Test captain. I can't understand why Dhoni was still kept us captain. This will carryover and will affect the one day world cup team under Dhoni. Selector should take responsible for india's poor show abroad under Dhoni captainship.

  • TRAM on December 31, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Ohja - man of the match in the last test match, made to sit for a tour and then dropped. Great way to destroy the cricketers. I expect Bhuvi to be dropped very soon like this, since he was also benched in SA tests. Whereas, Zaheer & Ishant who could not get Steyn/Philander out are there in the team - as I predicted earlier. Great future for India bowling. Hail Dhoni. Only good selection is Pandey.

  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on December 31, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    BIZARRE selection. Stuart Binny was an ABSOLUTE disaster when he was selected for India A squad on various occasions for tours abroad recently. In batting he was a total failure and in bowling almost ineffective with his moderate medium pace. Time and again, he has proved that he is just a club-level player, good only for IPL. Whereas, a proven all-rounder like Rishi Dhawan with an outstanding record of 49 wickets in 8 games, with economy of 2.89 and bowling average of 20.30 has been ignored. In batting too, Rishi Dhawan is better than Binny. Even in current Ranji matches Binny is a super-flop. What has he currently done to suddenly warrant his selection out of the blue, especially after taking into consideration his disastrous performances in recent India-A team abroad? Sorabh Tiwari (7 matches, average 70.41, strike rate 56.22 with 90 fours and 22 sixes) & Kedar Jadhav (8 matches, average 92.11, strike rate 92 with 111 fours and 11 sixes) deserved to be considered.

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Wow! What a change in the team. That could help. But I don't think any problem about Rohit Sharma. Don't forget the 177 and 111* in his first two tests against West Indies. Although he didn't perform well in his last series, he is still a dangerman. Anyway, best of luck for India. So bad to hear Ojha out. He is a brilliant bowler. I will give the best team according to my view. 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Murali Vijay 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virat Kohli 5.Ajinkya Rahane 6.Rohit Sharma 7.MS Dhoni 8.Ravindra Jadeja 9.Pragyan Ojha 10.Ishwar Pandey 11.Mohammed Shami I have a doubt, what is amp?

  • ketaann on December 31, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    disappoint overall. Pandey,binny are not special talent. Dhawan,pandey,binny does not deserve places. They will flop n should.

  • kahvas on December 31, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Zaheer Khan should be retired now. He has been toothless for a decade, and somehow Bhuvi who was one of the best opening bowlers recently, is made to get drinks to the field. Zak waste's opportunitues to dismiss openers which creates more pressure on other bowlers. Where is praveen kumar, before Bhuvi he was India's strike bowler. Real solution is to fire Dhoni as captain, so we can get a capable team selected.

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Both Pujara & Rahane are class acts. Both should be groomed to be regulars in BOTH test matches AND ODIs. Kohli is the only one who is in the same class; of course with more experience, since he happened to get picked soon after his heroics in the under 19 World Cup.

    In test matches, my personal preference is to open with Pujara & Rahane. The most solid batsman (in our case, Kohli) should come in at No.3 as is the usual practice.

    At least for two overseas series this sequence should not be disturbed.

    I am not saying that Vijay & Dhawan should be dropped. They certainly should be in the touring party and be used at the right slots depending on the conditions and the developments in a particular innings.

    Every other batsmen in both the squads are on the " trial & error" mode!

  • wolf777 on December 31, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    The big question is - Will dhoni show courage of playing four fast bowlers and spinner? Or, he will dwell on familiar defensive mindset of playing 6 batsmen?

  • krish2486 on December 31, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    better options are irafan,rishi,binny,praveen kumar if they do not bowl well atleast they can also bat

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    When will Rayudu get a chance to play?

    I think Suresh Raina should be dropped from the ODI team. Let Rayudu take his spot in the batting order in this series, and include Pujara in the squad.

  • CricUniverse on December 31, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    One big mistake - Not including Pujara in the ODI squad. India needs stability in middle order in NZ conditions. Considering India is playing quite a few matches in NZ in next world cup, this would have been ideal time to draft Pujara in ODI squad.

    This selection committee has taken some very good decisions in the last year or so. But constantly ignoring Pujara for ODIs is hard to fathom. This is very poor judgement from selectors and very harsh on Pujara. I wonder what else he must do to earn ODI call up.

  • Ramu444 on December 31, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Pujara should be in the team.he is like Misbah,he holds the innings together.

  • Iceman29 on December 31, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the mail culprit in Test matches...he is a walking wicket along with Dhawan and Rohit..If we need change then it should start with Sacking Dhoni as Test captain..keep him as captain of the side for Oneday and T20 but clearly he is not a test material...It is a good move bringing in some new bowlers but what about DK?? why is he being constantly ignored by the selectors???And there are still other fast bowlers allrounders in our country we should start grooming them ASAP....

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    AARON, YADAV, & PANDEY:

    Hey, folks! Don't have any false expectations about these three being in the playing XI. They are there for two reasons.

    1. Host country never give good bowlers for nets. Never, someone bowls above 140. Not even in the mid 130s. These three are there to give practice to our batsmen to face real pace, in overseas conditions. Even if they are erratic most of the time (which is the case with the first two), it is OK for practice sessions.

    2. Regular pacers in the XI may have to bowl more than 30 overs in both the tests. That itself is heavy load. The team management can't afford to tire them out and/or risk injuries by using them too much for nets too.

    If any of them also gets the required accuracy, right line & length consistently in the nets, then alone he will get a chance to be in the playing XI.

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Pandey is a good selection. Aaron was decent one, though he did not have a really great bowling ranji season.

    Binny was decent from 20-20 perspective. ODIs - I'm not too sure. List A record is pretty modest from both batting as well as bowling perspective.

    Heartbreaking for Rishi Dhawan - great season last year with bat & ball, super season with the ball this year and reasonable one with bat. Only problem guess for him is that his team is stuck in Group C. Not to forget he is a super fielder - ask Mumbai Indians who played him in all CL games and a good number of IPL games. Hope his time comes soon.

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    To all those who think Dhoni can't bat in tests, look at his record comparing to other wicketkeeper batsmen in tests, he is at the top of the list for india and 8th overall in tests

  • akshatd on December 31, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Lucky for indian cricket that the selection commitee makes it's selections without reading the bizarre comments here.........people want Rohit Sharma out of test team in his 5th test match because his average in the 4 innings in his first test tour outside india is about 11,completely forgetting his innings against West Indies on his debut just 3 matches ago,they are now saying that it was a flat track and West Indies is a weak bowling unit,again ignoring the same batting lineup that faced SA along with SRT,was reduced to 83-5 before he even faced a ball.....Not so long ago Pujara was also on his first tour outside india,coincidently against SA,where his average in the 2 matches and 3 innings was 10,not surprisingly these expert indian "FANS" also wanted him out,well we all know now how that would worked for indian cricket............ Similarly some here Shikhar Dhawan also out as he did'nt do any better than Yuvraj in SA,again forgetting his contribution in indias last six tours.....

  • bhushanB on December 31, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Amazing... now whats the rationale behind leaving out Ojha.... these guys know how to dent one's

    confidence when on the rise and how to throw them to oblivion when at their peak........

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on December 31, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Dhoni has been talking about having a fast-bowling all-rounder, and Stuart Binny fits the bill perfectly. He's just the kind of impact player you need lower down the order, and he's very handy with the ball. Good selection.

    For those talking about Rishi Dhawan, he's not the same impact player that Stuart Binny is. His limited over numbers are not all that good, and while his first-class numbers are excellent, it must be taken into consideration that he plays for Himachal Pradesh which is in Group C of the Ranji Trophy. He doesn't play against a lot of top sides. When he does play against a quality side like Maharashtra, he doesn't do so well.

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    dont know about ishwar pandey much, but overall its a big squad with 6 fast bowlers for just 2 test. really a waste, probably its due to keeping ODI series in mind & if Bhubneswar fails ishwar can be given a chance first in ODI & may be later in test matches if he performs extraordinary.

  • MaruthuDelft on December 31, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Everyone has a range. Dhoni has a range. It is cricket in India, SL, Pak, Bang, NZ and West Indies and ODI & T20 the world over. That looks an impressive range but he is very poor in Aus, SA and Eng the cricket played there actually matters. India's, Pak's, SL's WC wins are just jokes. India's 2011 WC win was a big joke; it was followed by an 8-0 manifest. Dhoni must be dropped. Mohinder Amarnath was right. As long as he is the captain India would never develop into a world class team.

  • bhushanB on December 31, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Pujara does not find a place in the ODI team, even after the 2-0 and almost a 3-0 white wash in the SA ODIs... Even after scoring at 6 an over in a TEST session... everyone knows how he accelerates once he gets in....

    Raina continues in the team....inspite of his short ball technique......Wow...

    I should not be saying this... but... NZ please prepare green lawns with plenty of bounce and white wash IND in ODIs 5-0.......You will do more good than harm to IND by doing so...

  • desiboy454 on December 31, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Poor desicion by selectors to over look Pujara for the middle order, personally I think yuvi/ raina dont stand a chance in AUS/NZ for world cup as #4. Pujara can strike the ball at 80+ strike rate. He could be a somewhat Michael Clarke of aus in ODI. Stabily, and have others, MSD, Raina, take the more risks. Poor choice!

    Good to see Varon Aaron, but not happy to see Umesh go, he should be given a decent go in NZ. Iswar Pandey seems to be an Ishant Sharma of today not 2008, but with some swing n bounce, so would like to see what he does. I personally dont think Binny wil have an impact in overseas conditions, but maybe 2 3 games wont hurt.

    Test XI: 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. Jaedja 9. Zak 10. Shami 11. Ishwar.. Give ishwar a go and test Ashwin n Jadeja as all rounders to give the attack from versatility .

    ODI Xi: Test XI: 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Binny 8. Jaedja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Aaron.. could be interstin

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Simple question - Why Parthiv Patel is being constantly ignored ?

  • HarwinderSinghBRAR on December 31, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I am always surprised by the selectors attitude towards yuvraj.Whenever team lost yuvraj is always made as scapegoat.Why they don't understand that there are also other players in the team who are not performing.In SA he got only one game and in his previous game he got a fifty.Look at raina he hasn't scored a fifty in his last more than ten games but he is in because of dhoni's support.Also yuvraj was in the team as an allrounder but dhoni didn't give him a single over but to raina.Definitely there is discrimination with norrh zone players.

  • bhushanB on December 31, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Pujara does not find a place in the ODI team, even after the 2-0 and almost a 3-0 white wash in the SA ODIs... Even after scoring at 6 an over in a TEST session... everyone knows how he accelerates once he gets in....

    Raina continues in the team....inspite of his short ball technique......Wow...

    I should not be saying this... but... NZ please prepare green lawns with plenty of bounce and white wash IND in ODIs 5-0.......You will do more good than harm to IND by doing so...

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Can't understand how Rohit Sharma merits a place in the squad after his poor showing in both the ODIs and tests in South Africa. He has to show what his "potential" is very soon. I think he should play below Ajinkya Rahane in the batting order.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    why stuart binny seleced? instead of binny would have gone for rishi dhawan.... he is at the top this year with 49 wickets this year at an avg. of 20. and batting average a little under 40... he could have been to the test squad also....

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    my playing eleven overseas 1.S.Dhawan 2. Pujara 3. Virat 4. Yuvraj 5.Rahane 6.MSD 7.Jaddu 8. Rishi Dhawan 9. S.Binny 10.V.Aaron 11.M.Shami

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    What is MS Dhoni doing in Test team, specially playing outside subcontinent, he should be replaced by somebody who have technique to bat where conditions are tough, and same with Jadeja, he is not test match player, Ashwin is better atleast he can bat.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on December 31, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I think time has come to seriously question Dhoni's role in test squad. With a poor tail, we cannot afford a lame wicketkeeper batsmen in foreign conditions. He plays some of the most innocuous strokes which invariably are gobbled up by fielders in foreign conditions. This is solely the reason why teams only need to take 5-6 wickets only and the last 5 contribute barely 10-50. His ODI credentials are no doubt outstanding but this means that even if 2-3 of the top order score 100+ in Tests, team is barely going to cross 350 which is grave injustice to the likes of Pujara, Kohli, Rahane who scored big in the recent series but even then, the non-performers kept the team score to manageable proportions for the opposition. At a time when AUS won 3 test matches out of 4 due to the performances of wicketkeeper/lower order batsmen in 1st innings, a hopeless wicketkeeper batsmen with a poor tail can be ill-afforded.Hope people do understand that ODI success is no parameter to Test success.

  • udayduvvuru on December 31, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    a bit disappointing to see Rishi dhawan who has scalped 49 wickets at an average of 20.30 and had scored 435 runs at a batting average of 39.45 this ranji season not being picked for the New-zealand tour....may he is the medium pace all-rounder for whom India has been searching very desperately....not so sure of sacking of Ojha over Ashwin who has failed badly with the ball on oversea conditions ......otherwise team seems quite good to take on the underdogs quite easily...

  • Rajcric05 on December 31, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Ishant and Zaheer selection is not good for any format. Umesh should be in for test match. The other bowler who deserve chance is Pankaj singh. Dhoni need break from test team his careless shot was one of the reason for team loss.

  • sk123 on December 31, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Time to drop Dhoni in test. He's a good limited overs player but useless in tests - both as a batsman and captain. There's no reason not to play Karthik in tests. Karthik is a better batsman and keeper for tests any day.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Unlucky to see Ojha out of the squad as he didnt get a game in SA. He looks a more attacking option than Ashwin. India should play 5 bowlers everytime with Jadeja as the fifth option + Ojha as the lead spinner. Shami is a very good option in Tests outside India as he regularly hits 140+ and swings the ball as well. The other two seamers should be Bhuvi and Umesh. Time for Ishant to be dropped permanently from all formats for India. Dont know whether Dhawan's techinque is good enough for Test Cricket, with him relying on hand eye cooordination. Pujara should open with Vijay and Rahane at three with Kohli at 4. Will still retain Rohit for NZ for his natural talent and Dhoni at 6 with the 5 bowlers. And @ JT0511- yes Ojha has played overseas but in SL, so dont really know whether that can be counted :P

  • Natx on December 31, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    It's a shame Dhoni hangs on. His days as a test match cricketer are gone and in every oversees tour his batting technique is exposed and his scoops, helicopter shots etc. won't help here. His captaincy record also is poor 0-9 on the last 3 abroad tours including 2 whitewashes. Why in the hell he remains as the test captain is for anybody's guess. VK could be the test captain and CP the vice. It's better MSD retires from test cricket with immediate effect and let some promising wk/batsman takeover his spot. Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson are the first 2 on my list. If they want to try a pure keeper then Saha could be there for 2 -3 tours before selectors decide on next. I also don't know why the guy called sandeep sharma is not in this list. I thought he bowled outstandingly in the junior WC in Aus and could be very handy in swinging conditions in NZ and Eng. He also bowls mid 130's. He should replace ZK who better be made the bowling coach than a non-performing bowler.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan should have been given a chance instead of Stuart Binny. His record is far better than Binny's and he is also younger.

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Test Squad: Dhawan, if we take out 187, has an average of 22 in 6 innings. If he continues in same fashion in NZ, Gambhir should be brought in. Rahane should play ahead of Rohit in the order. Rohit has an average of 11 in 4 innings in SA, well below Steyn at an average of 30. Dhoni should consider playing 5 bowlers to take 20 wickets, dropping Rohit. Zaheer should be rested for a match and 3 young pace bowlers should play in NZ along with Ashwin and Jadeja.

    ODI Squad: Binny did well in IPL, but List A records does not impress a ODI selection. Rahane should get a permanent slot in ODI in place of Yuvraj. Why continue to ignore Pujara for ODI? He must play ODI outside subcontinent. It also helps him with Test preparation. What is Amit Mishra doing in ODI squad? He is never going to get a chance to play.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Good to see Ishwar in the squad. Reinforces the beliefb that Ranji performances do get recognised. Rishi Dhawan must have run close as well. Though a big surprise, I quite like Stuart Binny - has shown spark in the IPL over the years, especially in pressure situations. But you got to question..... on what basis???? Nice to see Varun Aaron back from injury. We need the 140k bowlers.

    On the test squad, we need to look hard at Zak. We need fresh legs who can steam in 2 tests in a row. 17 members for a 2 test series with 6 seamer does seem unnecessary, probably a reflection of our selectors state of mind -. Lack of confidence in who will finally deliver. You got to feel for Pragyan - has done no wrong whatsoever to be left out of the squad!!

  • minnow_cricketer on December 31, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Good to see ishwar pandey in indian test team, but why they're not giving chance to Dinesh karthik in any one of the formats. He can be handy in those middle order in any condition and can field on any position even extraordinary wicket keeper. He also got good experience as well. Overall, good selection.

  • vik56in on December 31, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Sandeepan Warrier ,the fast bowler from Kerala should have got a look in keeping in mind the foreign tours that are coming up in the future.He can touch 145kmph easily and is one of the fastest bowlers in India at the moment.

  • Playfair on December 31, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Dhoni's press conference brings into perspective the lack of a thought process and planning for the future!

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    One of the big pluses in the recently concluded SA series was the batting showing the ability and temperament to mature into a formidable group. A long way to go but I do feel that the top 6 clearly have the ability to match the best in the business.

    The bowling is an area of concern, especially in conditions which may not be helpful to the bowlers. We need a pack of 4/5 bowlers who can bowl well over sustained periods of time who even on flat conditions can build pressure, if not with wickets then at least by series of low scoring/maiden overs. Happy to see a bit of pace in the form of Varun who along with Umesh could be handy on conditions abroad.

    I also seriously think we may end up needing different teams for subcontinent and other conditions- just like we have different teams for ODIs and tests. For example in one dayers abroad I am more tempted to have a Pujara in the team as a batsman rather than a Raina in the same manner that I agree with Ojha's omission for NZ.

  • Nampally on December 31, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is in, he will make sure to exclude Pujara from the ODI team. Hence I am not surprised about his exclusion. It remains to be seen whether Rohit Sharma continues to be in the Test batting line up & Dhoni continues to make his irrational XI selection with 4 bowlers for a 5 day Test match. The Indian Selectors need to address Dhoni's XI selection on a priority basis- a major issue!. Dhoni's illogical moves have cost India an easy win in the first Test Vs. SA + at least a draw in the second test. On the squad selection, inclusion of Aaron is the best move. He has the pace & hostility. .If he can remain fit he is a great choice for a seamer. Let him open with Yadev. Pandey is a young man with promise who deserves experience. However the choice of including Binny is a poor one! Abhishek Nayar is the best medium paced bowling all rounder- far superior to Binny. Dhawan & Vijay need to prove themselves as the opening pair with big stands, for India to do well. Good Luck!

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Where is Infran Pathan? Why BCCI Ignoring him a lot?? He is the one of the best All rounder in India..From 120 ODI Matches he took 173 Wickets and his batting average is 23.39. In test matches, his batting average is 31.73. Somewhere how BBI ignore him a lot.

  • MPeter999 on December 31, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    How come Zaheer and Ishant find place in both the teams... Ofcouse they "where" once good fast bowlers... But now they clearly lack pace... bowling in mid 130 s is not gonna work in foreign pitches... clearly they where very far behind the South African bowling line up in pace dept... We need to move with them and invest in young upcoming fast bowlers... If there is none then train few young ones to be fast sometime before the World Cup in 2015... So that we can go to Australia/New Zealand with good fast bowlers for the WC'15... Happy with the inclusion of S.Binny, I.Pandey and V.Aaron... Good to see our selection panel moving in the right direction but could have been more effective if the 2 bowlers where replaced by some new ones... I am not against them... But as a fan of Indian Cricket we need to think and move on... No offence and hard feelings Zak and Ishant fans... Think from Teams performance point of view you will agree with me... Thank you.. :) :) :)

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    still zaheer and ishant??? Mark this, UMESH YADHAV AND ISHWAR PANDEY won't get a game in newzeland.... I would prefer rishi dhawan in place of binny, but never mind selectors realised the need of pacer allrounder....

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Watch out for this New Zealand attack they are deadly in home conditions, their pace bowlers are also quality and India needs to not take them lightly even if they are at a much lower ranking.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I think BCCI should drop MSD from Test Arena. Give the leadership to Virat Kohli. Dinesh Karthik/Parthiv Patel is much better batsman than Dhoni in Test Cricket.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    It is surprising to see Umesh being dropped as he did not even get single game SA.Also we see writhiman Saha ahead of Dinesh Kartick and that is surprise, as Dinesh Kartick was batting well for India in last away tour and also against the Australia at home. They should play Aaron in some of the games and rest Ishant till he becomes more lethal,by becoming more accurate, just to see how he fares and does for India. Rohit could have replaced by any one of the youngsters who played under 19 for India, the likes of Unmukt Chand and Vijay Zol, why they dont figure in the scheme of the things only the selectors know. Unnadkat could have been included as he can bat also.

  • JT0511 on December 31, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Is anyone able to give a good reason why Ojha has been dropped from the squad ? Has he ever played a Test overseas?

  • sergio11 on December 31, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Bad decisn to drop umesh...we cannt expect a fast baller to do well unless he is given a long run..keeping in mind the nxt world cup is in AUS and last tour umesh did really well there,he mustn't have dropped..shami,umesh,aaron is the futher of indian fast bolwing...bhuvi is a gud bolwer..bt he cannt be that gud in AUS(world cup) with his pace...we need bolwer who can use the conditions in AUS very well..now we have those sorta bolwer, whatz the point in having those bolwers if they are not properly taken care off.. for NZ ODI TEAM:Shikar,Rohit,Virat,Rahane,Raina,Dhoni,Binny,Jaddu,Shami,aaron,Pandey TEST TEAM:Shikar,Vijay,Pujara,Kholi,Rohit,Rahane,Dhoni,Jaddu,Zak,Shami,umesh

    hope Raina plays short ball better this time!!

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    dropping ojha is not a good idea, he deserves at least opne chance in away condition in stead of aswin.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    where is rishi dhawan??? he is better allrounder than Stuart binny, even though binny play for our state Karnataka, I want to see proper allrounder like rishi dhawan.... ishwar pandey and varun Aaron is very good move.... I thought zak and ishant played their last test, but with these two around none of yadhav or ishawar pandey gets chance... hope varun Aaron gets chance in odi, and rahane in place of yuvraj ....

  • x_lnc on December 31, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Both the Sharmas Ishant & Rohit shall consider themselves extremely lucky to be in the bus for New Zealand tour and also Shikar to some extent. Selectors completely erred by dropping Pragyan and also not considering Varun for Test matches. My eleven for test matches would be 1) Vijay 2) Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Virat 5) Rahane 6)Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Zaheer 10) Umesh 11) Shami

  • CricketChat on December 31, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I would have liked Ohja and Umesh to stay and Zaheer and Ishant dropped after less than satisfactory show in SA in pace bowler friendly conditions. Ohja got 10 wkts, no less, in his last test and get dropped for the next? He is a better choice for tests than Ashwin by a long shot. Ind batsmen might do a bit better in NZ than in SA even though the ball may swing more, as NZ doesn't have express fast bowlers like SA (Styen, Philander and Morkel). For Ind fans, it is better to have lower expectations as we don't know what physiological scars the batsmen suffered at the hands of SA fast bowlers.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Suresh Raina & Gautam Gambhir desearves their place in test squad in the place of Rohit Sharama & Shikhar Dhawan because of their failiours. Test:- Murli Vijay,Gauti,Pujara,Virat,Rahane,Raina,Dhoni,Jaddu,Bhuvi,Zaheer & Ishant.

  • vsroc on December 31, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (December 31,2013) Selection committee did a wonderful job in selecting Ishwar Pandey for the Indian cricket team's tour to New Zealand in both the formats.He must be encouraged and motivated to bring out his worth in New Zealand.Let us all bless the members of the Indian team to come out with flying colours in New Zealand.

  • Kannan18 on December 31, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    One thing obvious always is 1) Selectors doesnt have the independent decision power which they should have. They have to listen to captain mostly which accounts for the extended passes for Ashwin,Raina,Jadeja, Ishant, Vijay. Zone based restrictions apply as well. In attempt to please all zone selectors - pre-agreed selections might be in place. Eg: Player A from Zone A gets selected for this tour, with a condition that Player B (from zone B) will replace him in the next tour - Irrespective of whether Player A performs (or even plays), or if Player B is getting trashed in domestic. Always puzzled with how they treat Yuvraj - The strict performance criteria applies only to him

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 31, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    We will never win outside India as long as we have Ishant Sharma as our "pace spearhead". It's time to drop Ishant forever. It's a good thing Ishwar Pandey and Varun Aron got selected. And why is Rohit Sharma still in the team? For All rounder spot, Rishi Dhawan seems to be a better player than Stuart Binny. Other than that it's a good selection. Feel sorry for Ojha, but there's no need to take 3 spinners to NZ.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    World's No. 2 side has away record of 0-9. What kind of point system is this? The tour to New Zealand is very tricky for India - if they perform then it will be considered in the light of the lowly ranked team and if they don't perform then it will confirm that India can only play at home.

  • jimbond on December 31, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Pandey is a good choice, was the top wicket taker in Ranji last year. Would have thought of a possible chance for Rishi Dhawan or Abhishek Nayar also in the allrounder slot. For all those DInesh Karthik fans, his performance is not all that great. If there is to be a substitute WK, there are better ones around in India like Parthiv Patel and Gautam.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Why not pujara in ODI???

  • Rags57 on December 31, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Surprised by the selection of Zaheer Khan and Ishant in the test squad. Despite his better fitness Zak is well past his best. His attitude in the recent SA series was also unpredictable. His performance was also below par. Not sure if he is going to give his 100% in NZ. Ishant has been a failure by all standards in the last two years. When the policy is to groom youngsters why are we persisting with both these bowlers? If Zak and Ishant are in the team, Umesh, Ishwar and Bhuvanesh Kumar are not going to play. Hope the policy changes at least for the tour to England and beyond.

  • vwazalwar on December 31, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    yadav deserves birth in both forms.. ojha also should be given a chance in test as ashwin is not so impressive overseas if he is been kept for his batting skills then its sheer loss of opportunity for ojha and he has to get back to net and do some batting practice for the future....if this is so you can give a thought to pravin tambe the man rose to occasion for RR in IPL... My question is where r the other soinners like rahul sharma piyush chawla has gone?? does india have only one spinner to rely on "Ashwin???? Why not give chance to Harbhajan also..... If this team fails again dhoni will say that our bowlers need some overseas exposure... why not compile team with mixture of both players????

  • PACERONE on December 31, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    India has picked a team to suit the NZ conditions,which makes sense.W.I does not pick teams in that fashion.Sorry not to see Pujara in the ODI side,but that might not be a bad thing.He will not get bad habits.

  • Ggupta11 on December 31, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Why does Pankaj Singh not get a chance???? The guy has been among the leading wicket-tackers for last 4-5 Ranji seasons, bowls around 135 kmph and is tall !!!!

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    What is DHONI doing in overseas test .. Drop him and add anyother wicket keeper batsmen will solve all problems..of course need to pick up young pacers as well ..

  • LongLiveTestCric on December 31, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    I still dont get why they keep ignoring Pujara for ODI what else he needs to prove.The selection of Raina is ridiculous because a guy who cudnt handle pace and bounce on Indian pitches is highly unlikely to succeed in NZ(friendship with Dhoni is helping him)..Why they keep persisting with Mr NoHit(may be they want him to play another 100 test to realize his true potential)..Badrinath is really unlucky here...The selection of Stuart binny is more because of his Dad's position ...really they are not ready to change at all..do not want to learn....High time for MSD to give a serious thought about his batting skills

  • vagee on December 31, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I completely agree with @Madan Shivakumar. Dhoni has to think hard about his contribution with the bat in the test matches and take a decision. DK is performing consistently in the domestic matches. He should consider all that. It is not necessary that he should quit. He has time now, so he can work on his technique, change it or his style, change is batting position and try to improve in the 2 tests in newzealand. And raina is extremely lucky and he is in the team only because of his fitness which dhoni considers most important for limited over matches. rishi dhawan and DK are the unlucky ones. MY TEAM : Tests : vijay, dhawan, pujara, kohli, rahane, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, bhuvi, shammi, umesh. ODI s: dhawan, rahane, kohli, rayudu, dhoni, binny, jadeja, ashwin, ishwari, aaron, shammi.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    why should you preferred ishant sharma in the swinging track?

  • GRVJPR on December 31, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Although Zak is in the test Squad again but what I want from him is to sit in the dressing room and mentor the young players rather than playing himslef. No doubt that zaheer has some great Ideas as bowlers but he lacks pace. No what he should do is to pass on those tricks to new young bowlers who could use those tricks at faster pace. Varon Aron should have been in test squad. I mean Umesh, Varon must always be in test bowling line up. If it swings its OK and even if it doesn't atleast they have pace to make things happens. Bhuvi and Zak should be used only when there are extreme swinging conditions.

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Instead of dropping Pragyan Ojha we can drop Ashwin because his first duty to lead spin department after that batting will matter and he did not bowled well throughout the whole series. Ashwin can only be considered in one-day.A part from that team looks good.

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    that is good, Ishwar must play test instead of Ishant. Ishant was the weak link in all overseas losses. His wicket taking average is like scoring average of good batsman.

  • pratit on December 31, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Come on, drop Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan from the test side. Make Zaheer Khan the bowling coach. Besides grooming a few allrounders, India need to maintain their bowlers' workloads better. Just look at how South Africa manage Steyn, who is anyway a supremely fit athlete. Indian bowlers are not as fit. Bowlers like Shami, Umesh- who have good pace and look like test prospects- should be preserved for Test Cricket and used in ODIs sparingly. Using the same guys in both formats over a prolonged period results in them losing their pace. That is what happened to Ishant. Unless a better management system is found, India will not produce any world class fast bowlers. Just look at the number of talented fast bowlers India have lost in the last few years. In other teams, fast bowlers enter as good bowlers and become better. In India, they are initially good but become bad after 1 year. There's got to be a better way to manage bowlers.

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    In case India loses in Tests in NZ, selectors should seriously consider replacing Dhoni first as a captain and then as a WK...His overseas record is very poor....The shot he played in last innings in SA was horrible. No captain should be retained, if he loses test series in England, Australia and in SA (and in NZ now) and also on the home soil against England. Let Virat take over the Test Captaincy for tests and Dhoni should make way for Dinesh Karthik in Test matches over next 12 months. Let MSD be the captain for ODI and T-20 where he performs much better

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    really sad to see the depth to which Indian team selection has fallen! I mean this is seriously atrocious ... the highest wicket taker of the ranji season and he has an avg of 40+ yet he can't get a spot in the XI while binny who has had a few cameos in the IPL for RR comes in! ishant sharma has already delivered his once in a blue moon performance in the 1st innings of the 1st test so he s ready for another all expenses paid holiday to NZ.. and wow! suresh raina must be the luckiest man after ishant ! he keeps flopping even in Indian conditions and here he is ready for an abroad series! dhoni with an avg of 20 in the last 10 away tests is still the boss of both the team and the selection matters! and finally does pujara need to have an avg of 100 in domestic ODIs to get selected ? rest assured the WC will change hands in 2015 ...cricinfo plz publish

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Overall a good squad for both the formats.Umesh Yadav should play in the TESTS.He may be erratic and expensive in limited overs, but is a good bowler even when the conditions do not offer him anything in TESTS. ODI: Rohit,Dhawan,Virat,Rahane,Raina,Dhoni,Jaddu,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron. TEST:Vijay,Dhawan,Pujara,Virat,Rahane,Rohit,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Shami,Umesh.

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    y yuvraj if u see last 2 odi series raina,jadeja too under performed. ojha should have been included. ashwin performance outside subcontinent is below par. bhajji is missed

  • RESM on December 31, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    It ll be great if these new bowlers are tried and given opportunities in the matches... The reason why zak and ishant are still in the side is becoz none of the new bowlers are showing stupendous wicket taking skills... is was sad to see that they could not even defend 458 in a fifth day of a test match... our bowling is unarguably one of the worst at the moment... drastic situations call for drastic measures... Wishing the new people all the best for the NZ series.. hope Dhoni puts a price on his wicket or criticism is sure to mount for his axing from the test squad after the NZ series... All rounders are sure going to be a handful in NZ conditions in the event of a middle order collapse.. I think its good idea to develop a new crop of bowlers for these conditions keeping the WC 2015 in mind since NZ AUS are hosting the event...

  • vrkp on December 31, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Once again Pujara is over looked for that overhyped Rohit. Only good thing is that another super hyped Vinay kumar wasn't selected. Thank God for that.

    We have another mid 130s medium pacer. if height is the criteria, we already have Ishant for that.

  • on December 31, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    This seems to be a good balanced squad eventhough I feel really sorry for Pankaj Singh . He has toiled and done exceptionally well on lifeless pitches in India and he really deserves a chance . I donno how long our selectors are going to persist with I shant . He neither has good seam position nor is he bowling at very high pace to trouble batsmen at international level . I really think a season in Englan would do him a world of good .

  • Dalena on December 31, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    DHONI in tests again??? hes very poor in test match. d.karthik or w.shah is better than him in test matches, i dont know why people dont take Dhonis name even after many poor innings.. wake up india!!

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Why Pragyan Ojha is dropped? he was awarded man of the match when he played last time. he is a much better bowler than ashwin and jadeja. but never got a chance to play away from the subcontinent. his odi and t20i records are also very good. but never got chance to play more. the no. of chances given to jadeja,ashwin,rohit are 10 times more than the no. of chances given to ojha,amit mishra and gambhir. this is not fair.

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Picking up Pandey is a Good move by selectors, but I guess Rishi dhwan would have been better option than binny, no doubt over binny's potential but as per current form n new Zealand's seaming Conditions Rishi dhawan would have been better option as he is better seam bowler than binny.

  • balajit on December 31, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Overall decent selection with couple of glaring mistakes in both squads. Cant understand why zaheer & ishant are persisted in tests. Also should have selected Binny in test squad as well.

    ODI's selection almost on expected lines except selection of Ishant.

    Looks like project -revive ishant of perth is in full swing!!!!! even at the cost of India losing matches!!!

  • Shishir.d on December 31, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    why Wriddhiman Saha???? i dont understand whats wrong with selectors....poor DK or other wicket-keep like Naman Ojha...not getting a single chance....

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Why are Pujara and Rishi Dhawan not selected for ODIs? Com'n selectors RD's numbers are better than any of the all rounders. Last time I checked there are only three so called "pace bowling" all rounders Nair, Binny and Dhawan. Rishi has the best numbers. Also, what is going on with UP's Imtiaz Ahmed. Surely he cannot be worse than Ishant. Com'n Sandeep Patil I dont see any method to your madness.

  • kdevil3 on December 31, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Ishwar Pandey ok good , but please give him a opputhunity to play dont have him miss his Ranji also please. But rishi dawan was a better selection he has an outstanding record this year with ball & averages 40 with bat .

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ranji-trophy-2013-14/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=8307;type=tournament

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    why Irfan Pathan is excluded ? I feel he's certainty in ODI n T20 as an all rounder..2015 wc in aus/nz, he wl b d ideal at No. 8 n his swing bowling

  • IndCrab on December 31, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Dhoni must make a call along with Zaku Khan and Ishant.... We need fast bowlers like Pandey , Umesh ,Varun ,Shami and Anwar Ahmed. Jadeja is a fantastic underrated player,, what a bowling in Durban.......Wow. As WK we must now take Shindon Philip Jackson....

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Raina & Ashwin are a poor choice for one day and test respectively in foreign conditions.

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    The amount of injuries pujara had in past is a worrying factor for selectors and its better not to disturb him rather his focus towards TEST match

  • S.Jagernath on December 31, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha being dropped is a serious shock.He seems to be the ideal spinner for conditions away from India.These Indian team selections are very unusual.

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    5/29, 58, 5/58 H. Pradesh v Assam 5/75, 47, 3/85, 0 H. Pradeshv Hyderabad 4/70, 50, 5/51 H. Pradesh v J + K 4/32, 67, 3/48 H. Pradesh v Tripura 89, 5/68, 0/63 H. Pradesh v Goa These are the performances of Rishi Dhawan in the mid season He is still in the good form Does he have to perform better to get into the ODI team.. He is by far the best all rounder in India right now

  • Sir_Ivor on December 31, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Stuart Binny should have been in the ODI team for some time now. He is a match winner like his father Roget used to be. Unfortunately,Stuart joined the ICL and he lost out for a while. I wish him the very best on this tour. Somehow his father did brilliantly in Australia and England. I hope Stuart is the same.Rishi Dhawan should also be brought in later. The selectors are doing a nice job.

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    India should be much more worried about bowling combinations keeping world cup in mind.Dropping yuvraj is fair enough but it would have been better to look after Praveen kumar what wrong he did with the amount of experience he has.Even Bhuvneshvar is of no use as we have seen his performance is goinf down and down.

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    India should have kept Stuart Binny for the tests as well. India dearly needs a medium pace- batting all rounder who can bowl 18-20 overs of decent quality overs while playing away. Strangely, never thought I would say this, but I miss Sanjay Bangar! :(

  • on December 31, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Dhoni still holds on to Test and ODI captaincy? BCCI and Selectors have missed a golden moment to have horses for courses. NZ won't mind though!

    I guess the quality of grass roots pool of players is the major issue. Get more (neutral) scouts out there to the schools and club matches and spot talent early and nurture these.

  • Rajeshj on December 31, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Funny thing is that Vijay scored a decent 96 against a top-class bowling attack in SA and people still question his place in the test team.. Dhawan/Rohit scored nothing and were exposed, squared-up and got out in bizarre ways and still people want them in the team.. Ashwin gets played on bouncy pitches where even Ajmal/Swann etc. have failed to take wickets and still his credentials are questioned.. Looks like these guys Vijay/Ashwin are being criticized only because of their place of origin.. and Dhawan/Rohit/Ishanth are allowed a free rein inspite of poor show and inadequacies because of their place of origin.. quite a sad note..

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Yuvi gone, and its time for Zaheer as well. He is 35 years old, bowls 120 KPH lollypops and fields like a duck running after the ball as he is worried about he may pick up another hamstring injury.

  • Dhoni_Gang on December 31, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Binny inclusion is ok but what wrong did ojha did without giving chance , terrible selection

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Like to see Pujara in ODIs too in overseas tours

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I am very sad to see Pankaj Singh (Rajasthan) miss out in the scheme of things-He's a young gun, with a strongly-built physique, just suited to a fast bowler's persona. Besides that, he extracts excellent bounce & speed even on dead surfaces-should have been picked.

    What have Zaheer & Ishant done to merit their selection in the side? Or, for that matter, how long a rope will Dhoni be given to lead the test side, or, even be included in it. The selectors have yet again bet on old horses to win the derby, without thinking about the race track. I am afraid that Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Zaheer & Ishant are all one-trick ponies who are well past their prime-and will do nothing to justify their selection in this side.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Looks like selectors were reading my comments. During the SA ODI series i was constantly saying Stuart Binny can be the one day all rounder we are looking for. He can bowl those 130 KPH out swingers, he fields well, and he can be a hard hitting batsmen as well.

    Overall good selection except inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    no backup opener and and what is ishant sharma and Ashwin doing in the team. NOn perform like Raina in Team .Poor ohja dropped from test team . Ishwar Pandey is a good call though.what Amit mishra is doing in ODI Team if not select to play in starting XI.16 member in ODI team too much considering dhoni reluctant to change team even when india is lossing.

  • Bharat_Ratna_for_Jadeja on December 31, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Good to see selectors taking initiative to pick allrounders now, feel pity for pujara i mean what more the selectors want from him to give him a right to play ODI's he can play such a important role at number 4 for the team in 2015 WC in AUSTRALIA, also i guess Rishi dhawan is a bit unlucky to miss out there just because of being a bit inexperienced, guys just go through his profile once you will find some mind boggling numbers, difference between batting and bowling avg of 17+ is something commendable with a batting avg of 40 when he has played so many matches in dharamshala where the ball does more than just something of the pitch continuously, and to maintain that that bowling avg also means that this lad knows how to bowl on helpful conditions as well, and to perform with these numbers for 33 matches i.e. 2 ranji seasons is already a very good job done can be very much more than just useful for India in defense to WC title-2015 in Down under if given proper exposure on time

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Stupid selection again. Our selectors can't learn lessons. I don't understand why Dhoni mourns that there are no fats bowling allrounders. Instead he can demand to selectors for 2-3 fast bowling allrounders. NZ and Aus pitches mostly has Fast,bounce and swinging pitches. For India it is unlikely for them to give spin pitch. So, India is going to face powerful Aus fast bowling.

    Why No Pujara in ODI??

    Why not selected 2-3 fast bowling allrounders?? Few names: Rishi Dhawan, Abhishek Nayar, Stuart Binny, Irfan pathan

    Why Umesh yadav is out for ODI's

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    dinesh kartik in place of dhoni. aaron in place of ishant. jadeja should b treated as a bowler nd batting Tai lender

  • Humdingers on December 31, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    No Pujara in the tests??? Carrying Zaheer Khan again??? Dropping Ohja who would have made a huge difference in that final test in SA (if Dhoni had picked an extra spinner). Terrible. They will lose this series as well.

  • Bharat_Ratna_for_Jadeja on December 31, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Good to see selectors taking initiative to pick allrounders now, feel pity for pujara i mean what more the selectors want from him to give him a right to play ODI's he can play such a important role at number 4 for the team in 2015 WC in AUSTRALIA, also i guess Rishi dhawan is a bit unlucky to miss out there just because of being a bit inexperienced, guys just go through his profile once you will find some mind boggling numbers, difference between batting and bowling avg of 17+ is something commendable with a batting avg of 40 when he has played so many matches in dharamshala where the ball does more than just something of the pitch continuously, and to maintain that that bowling avg also means that this lad knows how to bowl on helpful conditions as well, and to perform with these numbers for 33 matches i.e. 2 ranji seasons is already a very good job done can be very much more than just useful for India in defense to WC title-2015 in Down under if given proper exposure on time

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Roger Binny is part of the Selection Committee .. would be good to know if he excused himself from the discussion when the ODI side was being picked ..

    Rishi Dhawan has taken 49 wickets in Ranji this session - he plays for HP in Zone C- so wickets are against Maha, Andhra,Assam, Tripura, Hyderabad, J & K , Goa ..he has also made 375 runs . Averages 40 with the bat in his Ranji career .145 wickets at 23 in First Class in 33 matches

    Stuart Binny - 11 wickets in the season so far .. 233 runs .. averages 34 in Ranji overall .. 79 wickets in 53 matches at 32 per wicket ..

    Stuart is 30 years old, Dhawan is 24 ..

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Terrible selection. What Ishant Sharma has done to deserve a place in both forms. Time and again he has been proving that he is good for nothing and still finds a place in the 11. The ineffectiveness of Zaheer and Ishant is the main reason why India lost the test series in SA. How many more chances the mindless selectors and the captain give to Ishant whenseveral talented bowlers are still waiting in the sidelines?

  • rbabur on December 31, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Stop the press. We are talking about inclusion of Binny in ODI matches and if you see the record of Rishi Dhawan and Binny in List A, it is almost same. Binny's Avg/Strike rate in Batting is 22.3/95.16 vs Dhawan's 24/93.33. Bowling wise Average/Economy is 36.64/5.52 for Binny and 37.38/5.04 for Dhawan. How is everyone saying Dhawan is better than Binny...

  • OnAGoodLength on December 31, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    The inclusion of Ishwar Pandey was long due. Vinay and Ishant have been given a long run, and we need some genuine pace bowling options. Good to see Aaron back in the mix of things. The selectors have kept both the NZ, Eng test series and 2015 WC in consideration. Another gem of a selection from Sandeep Patil. Pragyan Ojha was a tad unlucky, I believe he would have done well as the specialist spinner.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Someone just called me up to say that Rohit's name was missing in the Test Squad, when the list was put up for the first time. Soon, someone seems to have 'corrected' it. (Under 'orders from above'? Who knows?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Rahane and Ishant in ODI?Whether rahane will play in a critical situation which Yuvi did?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I would have preferred Rishi Dhawan over Stuart Binny. The guy has had an excellent RT season with both bat and bowl. He would give India the perfect balance if drafted in at #7. Also, Dinesh Karthik should have got the nod ahead of Saha. He can even be used as a specialist batsman in New Zealand.

  • cutenik on December 31, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I dont understand why Ojha gets dropped without playing amatch in SAF and doing well in whatever chances he has had so far. Unlucky chap!

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Hey folks (those who can't SEE Rohit's name); Rohit Sharma & Mohit Sharma are two different guys. One may be a No-hit in batting & the other may be a No-hit in bowling, in alien conditions. No-hit is the only commonality.

  • pvwadekar on December 31, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey included and No Vinay Kumar, No abhimanyu mithun Yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Suresh Raina is still there .. ..never mind. He will be kicked out soon enough ..

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Dhoni & Vijay for what purpose go to NZ

  • Army_rangers on December 31, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    For those who questioning binny's selection just check delhi vs ktka match..no explaination needed

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Varun Aaron is in, Thats good..But a bit worried with Umesh yadav being dropped!! Varun a sppedy star can only adapt short spells but Umesh can Be used to provide long spells.It would have been even better if They both played together.

  • SamRoy on December 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    As long as Zak and Ishant are in the team we can forget about becoming a good test team away from home. Dhoni keeps defending them (in press conferences) and opposition keeps milking them for figures of 1-100 or 2-125 every time. But it's not that they take 1-100, it is lack of international class which is missing in them. Neither look threatening to get good Ranji batsman out.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I like this group of selectors. They keep giving opportunities to all performers.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    The selections of Ishwar Pandey and Binny is bizarre. Neither have done anything of note during the domestic tournaments to warrant consideration...let alone selection. Not sure why everyone else is saying Rohit Sharma is not selected. He certatinly has been selected for both Test and ODI squads. There is a strong case for Manish Pandey and Rishi Dhawan to be selected here. Based on what has been seen in SA, we need another backup batsman and another all rounder. Varun Aaron should have been selected for the Test team too, based on his performance in Ranji Trophy this year.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Don't know why Ojha was dropped. Don't know why Pujara not there in ODI. Don't know why Ashwin in the etam despite his mediocre bowling intelligence in the overseas. Perhaps Ashwin is the answe why Ojha & Pujara were not taken - get into Chennai Super Kings and get selected. Dhoni's trac record in last 10 away Test: 9 loss and one draw. shame!

  • ADARSH100 on December 31, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    ODI XI : Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Varun.

    Test XI : Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishanth, Pandey.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Why Vijay,dhwan,ashwin nd ishanth included in the test,vijay played 21 tests still not fixed his place and his centuries all at home, ishanth played 53 test and took 158 wkts its a pathetic record still u picked him fr 4 wkt in one inings against SA, Ashwin on bouncy tracks faailed to get wkts he played 5 test on bouncy tracks and took 9 wkts, how can ashwin included in both forms of cricket, becas of one test inings dhawan failed 4 tests does he deserve his place,This all players got support of dhoni thts why thy r in the in team bt incase of Gambir nd yovraj does not hav support of dhoni and captain not lik include them.

  • widelongon on December 31, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    no gambhir and pankaj singh and what is ishant sharma doing in the team. and those who are saying binny is a good call i request them to please check his career stats, he is not even very good at domestic level how he can be an asset in international matches. they may win against NZ but would be very hard to do well in SF, Aus n Eng. what the hell is bcci doing.can't find 4-5 very good bowlers both fast and spiners from such a huge population . there is something in the administration else how come other countries even the sub continent countries can find good bowlers but not bcci. Ishwar Pandey is a good call though.

  • lovemadan on December 31, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    it is good and comfortable selection . Stuart binny , grab the chance with two hands and be like a all rounder , as you are now. Varun Aaron love to see you back . even i feel ODI captain should be changed . Rohit can be my choice for ODI captain . ODI team is balancing , as we have rayudu , rahane , raina , dhoni , kohli , Dhawan as batsman , jadeja , binny , as allrounders , ashwin mishra as spinning options , pandey , varun , kumar , shami , Ishanth as medium pacers. Hope everyone should get a chance to play in ODI etc . Its the right time to plan a team for 2014. my playing XI would be 1)rohit 2) dhawan 3)kohli 4)rahane 5) raina 6) dhoni 7) jadeja 8) binny 9)kumar 10) shami 11) varun . changes like rayudu / rahane jadeja with ashwin or mishra , kumar with ishanth varun with pandey. this is a good team selection. Love you selectors . your providing 5 bowling options for dhoni.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Ashwin: HAS TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS (not gimmicky experimentations like the 'pause & release') to be effective in SA, NZ, OZ & ENG. (Of course in bi-lateral series.)

    In multi-lateral tourneys in the same countries, ICC come into the picture, and they do not permit 'doctored' pitches to suit just the host country, which seems to have become a norm, and a 'proud' move by the host country, in bi-laterals.

    In the meadows / grazing lands of New Zealand, he would be mostly ineffective, with his current repertoire... Of course, if he proves me wrong, I would be extremely happy!

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    why is everyone saying No Rohit Sharma in test team??? He is there!! Open your eyes people..

  • Sanket2323 on December 31, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Cannot understand that why are we persisting with Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma in ODI's. Selectors should atleast give chance to C.Pujara, Manoj Tiwari, S. Badrinath etc. Cannot believe that Suresh Raina can be preferred over seaming pitches over C.Pujara. Further, if you select a new talent like Ishwar Pandey - atleast ensure that he gets a chance like it is given to somebody like rohit, ishant, raina etc. Players like rohit/raina/ishant are having talent but not the temparament. They have actually proved it by playing more than 200 ODI games and still not a good player. You intend to plan for WC 2015 in Aus - give a thought man - rohit, raina and Ishant will perform the same way as they have consistently done over the past few years. Not sure why something good is always expected of them.

  • loki897 on December 31, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    @Nitin Desai Rayudu is only a part time wicketkeeper and India doesn't want to make the same mistake England made with Bairstow.

  • pushkar.patel05 on December 31, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Wake up MS DHoni .. Why not Pujara again ignored from ODI? Pujara deserve a place in ODI

  • USSHR on December 31, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    To all who says rohit sharma is in Test Squad not seen the list first published or uploaded in this site....Thats Y the confusion...Now it has been corrected...

    If Raina can be in ODI squad , so too Yuvraj,,,Man of the WORLD CUP . handy spinner & X factor and Quite a brilliant allrounder...Balance the side...

    Performance wise both are not so different in the current year...

    Ishwar Pandey , Stuart Binny good call up...Chance 4 varun aaorn come back... Praveen Kumar must be a good bowler in OZ NZ conditions....Check records

    Pl give some chances to AMIT Mishra , Ambati Rayudu rather than taking them to tour to warm benches....Dont make them feel another badri

    Ohja very Unfortunate ....

  • Anil_Koshy on December 31, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Ashwin should have been dropped from the test squad instead of Ojha, Ashwin has not business to be there, he never looked like a wicket taking bowler while travelling abroad. What we saw in South Africa was not dip in form for many of the India batsmen, but inability to play quality fast bowling. Kiwi bowlers may not be as threatening but they have Southee and Boult who are as very capable bowlers.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir , who was called the third opner for the indian by Dhoni team has again been overlooked even after the failures of Dhawan and Vijay . And why there is no Rohit Sharma ? he just performed bad in two test matches and has been dropped whereas dhawan who has failed to score a 50 in last 6 test matches has been picked . Anyways, another series loss coming for india

  • SamRoy on December 31, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Again Zaheer and Ishant has been selected and will play in the test series in NZ. When will the selection committee wake up? Zak has lost his zip and Ishant was always terrible except in his first season of international cricket. These two were the biggest reasons for India not winning in SA (Ashwin was the third biggest but at least he kept a lid on the run-rate). Again Dhoni will open the bowling with these two and again India will concede above 500 (this time vs NZ). In one spell Ishant will take about 3 wickets and his backers will start singing his praises and he will be useless rest of the series. I fail to understand why do we need to persist with these two when clearly there are better fast bowlers. If Umesh, Bhuvi, Shami and Jadeja played the first test and Umesh, Shami, Jadeja, Ashwin played second test we would have won in SA. These two Zak and Ishant have failed in England, Australia and SA in the last 30 months. When will the selectors learn?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Why is Dhoni in the Test Team !Dhoni along with Rohit should have been dropped from Test squad.In SA tour Dhoni too did not perform.

  • stk4191 on December 31, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    its nice see varun aaron selected. We need fast bowlers,not medium pacers. In SA tour, when the ball stopped swinging, our bowlers fodder for SA batsmen. Only this that can make batmen uncomfortable on foreign pitches is express pace. Shami was goos. We need to play varun,umesh,zaheer and shami in the test squad with jadeja being the stock bowler.. then we a have winning combination. "Spinners do not win matches on foreign pitches"

  • MaheshLoya on December 31, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Well... Again Indian selectors missed the trick here... Still see CSK effect after bad ODI series in SA... Why Rain still in ODI team?? Just after one bad series Rohit Dropped?? Shocking... Based on this Dhavan is not doing any great since his 187 against AUS in Test In NZ, India need good seam and swing bowler where Mohit would have been good... In Summary... Dhoni is still backing Raina, Ashwin and Ishant for no reason... Bizarre!!!

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    WHERE IS irfan pathan..! a nyc all-rounder than jadeja..! who can bowl nd bat very well than jadeja..! y they left him?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @Sourab Shedbal - dude.. open ur eyes.. Rohit Sharma is there in the team..

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Why is everyone saying that Rohit Sharma has been dropped?? I can see his name there in both the squads.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Why selectors didnt pick R Dhawan. An Outstanding All rounder. highest wicket taker with 49

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    6 pacers and 1 spinner for NZ picked, For SA it was 5 pacers and 3 spinners... Gambhir and Ojha could have made into the team for Tests... for Ishant after repeated poor performances In Odi's only 2 middle order batsmen in squad... rayudu and raina which raises question of IS Binny selected as a middle order batsman or as an all-rounder But still India GO on

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    where is rishi dhawan ?????

  • stk4191 on December 31, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Why is ravi ashwin still in the test squad? sight seeing trip for him i guess. He is absolutely useless on foreign pitches(NZ,SA,AUS,ENG). he's a bits and pieces bowler who can do well in doctored Indian pitches...In test matches , his bluff is being exposed !

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Varun Aaron should have been included in the test squad. He had done reasonably well in his last test match vs West Indies at Wankhede. He is a fast bowler and he could be better utilized in Test match in short spell rather than One day where any average batsman swings bat and can get runs in slog overs and mar the analysis of a good bowler. Hope Indian Selectors give him fair chance in Test matches as well.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Sorry for Rishi Dhawan, he has performed exceptionally well to be ignored for a tour like Newzealand seamer friendly conditions. I do not understand the selection of Binny and ishwar pandey ahead of Dhawan. Also would have liked Gambhir in Test Squad instead of Raydu, we have enough middle order batsman, we need solid openers ahead of England tour, and Newzealand is idol prepration for that....

  • CRIC_FAN94 on December 31, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    It is unfair to drop rohit sharma after one overseas tour and we should also remember that kohli took 5 overseas tests(WI,AUS) to score a fifty and pujara was a utter flop in his first SA tour but we see both of them performing now,it only takes one good innings for him to be back on track

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Good selection, except what Suresh Raina is going to do outside subcontinent,

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    y is Yuvraj singh. dropped .out of the squad.?. if he is dropped then raina should also be dropped ..he had a very poor performance in this year..! shame on selectors..! i dont know y selectors are giving importance to CSK players..! and also GAMBhIR should be called back into the indian squad .. he had performed well in oversea tours..! y M.VIJAY IS IN THE TEAM?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Good Selection, Why Zaheer Khan is in Test Squad. Also why selector is ignoring PANKAJ SINGH, he is one of the consistent domestic performers since more than 5/6 years.Ishwar Pandey is Good selection he can get good bounce but pace is lacking

  • Farce-Follower on December 31, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Good to see the back-bone of the Karnataka team featuring. Go for it, Stuart Binny. And here's hoping that Messrs Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ashwin know what it is to play outside the sub-continent. Break some records outside home comfort, guys.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Rohit sharma is named in both Tests and Odi squad.Why every body are saying rohit is removed from Test Squad

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    plz some one give me answer why selectors did not pick pujara . he is the best batsman in india right now even virat kohil comes after him.in 2015 w c in aus nz .pujara is our mainstay in batting.i did not understand what was the logic behind it.in aus/nz in batting tecinque should be need if u succeed .

  • looloogun on December 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    baba aparajith for tests and sourabh tiwary for odis

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik did no wrong in England during Champions Trophy. Unfairly dropped in favour of Yuvi for the home series. After Yuvi's failures, DK should have been the 1st choice replacement.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @wapuser Gambhir is having brilliant ranji season??? by what standard?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    absolutely not pleased by rohit being dropped. He has in his account 2 hundreds in 4 matches.Inspite of his failure in SA, he's still a strong contender with solid defense... nz pictches will behave in same manner as SA pitches behaved, which itself says that jadeja and ashwin both wont be playing together,then rohitwith (60+ firstclass avg ) in at no.6 will be perfect...rather going for rayadu... u cannt judge anyones poteintial simply by seeing him in 2 matches

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    now rohit's name features in the list. so 17 member team as was for south africa

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    A very good squad with great balance. When the condition are ideal for 'swing' , bowlers like Bhuvi and Binny are the most dangerous because of their ideal pace. As Binny is the only fast all-rounder in the squad, he gets an automatic entry into the side. In ODIs, Rahane will come in for Yuvi and Binny for Ashwin. In tests, Binny and Ashwin at nos 7 & 8 will be a combination, in my opinion.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Rohit is very much in BOTH squads. Surprised to see Saha retained as if he is selected only for paid world tour by BCCI. With Rayadu already in team, where is need to have another specialist wicketkeeper?

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    stuart binny is a right replacement for yuvraj singh all rounder plus a seamer in nz good benefit for india. why they left out ojha without giving a chance? i think in windy conditions they should have picked rishi dhawan instead of ishwar pandey he is in awesome form with 49 wickets in 8 matches in ranji. he could add some handy runs with the bat. varun aoron instead of mohit is an excellent pick. umesh+aaron will be threat for any oposition bowling 150+. i think raina should also left from odi squad infact he is given more chances than yuvraj singh. india will win the series 3-1 and 1-0

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    dropping yuvraj is not fair ,dhoni made him play at no.5 which was not his place against australia then against south africa dhoni dropped him for 1 game out of 3 he has not got fair chance if he is droppedthen shikhar dhawan and rohit sharma should also be dropped what have they done in south africa ? nothing erasing experience from team is old habit of dhoni which will definitely cause us to loose the world cup 2015 because a winning team consists of both experience and youngsters

  • MetalKat on December 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Thanks for updating the list. I now see Rohit Sharma's name in the Test Squad as well. Has Umesh Yadav's name similarly missed from the ODI squad ?? If so, please have that corrected as well.

  • spinkingKK on December 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @ArgadeChaitanya, You are right. In swinging conditions, he should be in the side. Otherwise, New Zealand slip fielders and wicket keeper will not get enough catch practice.

  • on December 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Why is ojha missing from the test team, if the selectors remember he was man of the match his last test after that he has not been given a chance and all of a sudden he gets dropped from the team. Also where is Rishi Dhawan , what had binny done to get a place? I remember dhoni saying in every press conf. that he doesnt have a luxury to play a medium pace all rounder,,, then why is Rishi dhawan not picked..cant understand logic of the selectors here :P

  • avatima on December 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Bold decision to *finally* drop Nohit! He is good enough only for the Indians team and not India! Ojha should feel a little unlucky though!

  • balaji28 on December 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I don't know on what basis rohit sharma and ishant sharma are selected in both odi and test squad.I don't know on what basis pragyan ojha is being dropped from the test squad???

  • sharma444 on December 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    why? all talking about rohit he is in squad.

  • mzm149 on December 31, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    I am sure India will extend 9-0 test loss to 10-0 or 11-0 after this tour.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    What did Yuvraj do wrong ? He is much better than Jadeja ... he is the least responsible cricketer in the side .. the way BCCI is treating players is pathetic .. there is no backing out of form players .. and surprisingly this is the same BCCI and Captain who backed Rohit Sharma during his poor run which haunted him until recently .

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    There is no use keeping ashwin / raina . Need to give a chance for Pujara / ojha for WC 15. Drop Amit mishra also any way he is not going to be XI .

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    absolutely true Ashwin had to be dropped after very poor performance in SA, Ojha had to be given chance, bizaare, hope Amit mishra doesn't remains as traveller again. Iswar , Binny & Aaron deserves to be in the team.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Binny is a good selection...But Irfan ..rishi or Nayar would have been a better choice ..

  • ashrajp on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    If yuvi dropped than why not raina..both performed simillar. Why not Rishi Dhawan considered he is top wicket taker in domestic and a good alrounder. Why pujara is not being selected in ODI's.He is much needed in overseas conditions.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Why Ishant Sharma is not dropped? What is his achievement in last 3 overseas tour?

  • BoyaniA on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Bring in Pujara into ODI Team ... He deserves it more than anyone.

  • darsh_antani on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    I should say that this may be the last chance in ODIs for Mr. Raina otherwise no objection.

  • Naresh28 on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @fans - look at th recent trip to SA by IndiaA. Pandey did very well. So there is justification as a TEST option. I would have chose Rishi Dhawan as a ODI candidate over Pandey. Rohit should learn to be patient and enjoy test cricket - boredom gets to him in tests. Gambhir should have been given a slot ahead of Rayudu.

  • RajeshNaik on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Rohit Sharma deserves a longer run. He has waited for such a long time, so let him at least get a decent run. I am sure he will come good. Too good a player to be sidelined after failure in 1-2 series. But, I am not sure about Stuart Binny and Ishwar Pandey. Binny is always a lottery in batting. Against international bowling he WILL struggle. He is good enough for T20 batting but not so sure about his 50 over credentials. He bowls well in helpful conditions. Rishi Dhawan would have been a better choice. Ishwar Pandey is a premature selection. He still has to hone his skills in domestic circuit. He has to play more domestic cricket and A tours. Pankaj Singh would have been a better and super choice. Rest all select themselves. Good team.

  • JAnimator on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Hope the new guys get a game or too! Nice team overall! Waiting for kickstart of this tour! Would hve love too see Yuvi but he needs to wrk out of his form and score big ! All the best !

  • mrinal.bhadra on December 31, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    it seems, Rohit Sharma is the most famous cricketer now... Everybody is looking for him.. LOL !!!

  • akchorera on December 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is present in squad. It looks some typo.

  • vishwa500 on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Complete nonsense selection. 17 members for just 2 tests!!!! Are they going to NZ for test series or for holiday?? And why stuart binny and why not rishi dhawan who is better allrounder than binny. Happy for pandey, promising bowler. Anyway all these three will not get even a single game, so its waste to discuss about their selection. And again why varun aaron who is fresh from injury? Umesh yadav himself not finding a place in playing 11 and what varun aaron will do by selecting him in overall squad?

  • vishal.gadhave on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Ashwin has given a lot chances for ODIs and Tests. I think Ojha should be there instead of Ashwin. Good move for Stuart Binny(If given a chance to play). Binny is good allrounder and Rohit should be kept as only ODI batsman.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    It is quite surprising ....Raydu and Saha are both in the test squad .. Rohit Sharma should be selected before Saha.. I think Saha is in the team just as a backup wicketkper but Raydu can do that as well...

  • anvesh4444 on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Unbelievable Ozha who won India single handedly in his last match was Axed while Ashwin who is the reason for India not winning the match was given chance

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Binny's Selection is a welcome sign for 2015 world cup.Jaddeja and binny should be given chances at no 6 and 7.Ashwin should be dropped from ODI squad.Binny brings stability to the team.Manoj Tiwary should also be included inorder to boost the middle order.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    can't understand the tactics to keep Pujara out of the odi team.. he is by all means a better player than Suresh raina especially in overseas conditions.. with world cup coming in another year, Pujara should have been given a go.. poor selection.. ojha is purely unlucky to miss out again..

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Iam upset with the comments abt ashwin.100 wkts in 18 tests,2 hundreds and some useful fifties...why people want to see him dropped?.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    dhawan shud be in the team... he bowls well and bats as well.. much better than ishwar pandey.. he was instrumental in MI winning IPL and CH Trophy.. whereas IP was bashed all around.. RD took most wickets in ranji as well..

  • ALPL on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Why Dinesh Karthik is not Picking for squad? He was in good form in ICC champions tropy ... we have to think for the Better openers for the team. Both Vijay and Dhawan not standing together for at least minimum 50 run partnership.

  • Karunk on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    With WC taking place in Australia & Newzealand, Pujara should have been included in the one day side. Not sure why selectors are branding him as only test cricketer. Even in tests, his scoring rate is much faster than others. Need batsmen with proper technique & strokes to play on Australian wickets and not sloggers. Indian selectors are giving Pujara the same treatment as the earlier selection committee's did for Dravid. Dhoni, as a captain, should have pushed Pujara. He could have come in place of Rayudu who anyway will not be in final XI.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Agree Ohja did nothing wrong to be dropped, But why people are against Ashwin's selection ? He did well in the Champions trop

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Cmmom where are players like Sanju Samson????

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has looked completely out of sorts in SA, that may be the reason he's been dropped... overall a good squad selected...

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan should have been included after a fantastic Ranji Season. He might have been the answer for Indian Allrounder hunt

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Not right from the selection committee to leave Ojha out...Its true that Jadeja is performing well but Ojha has done nothing wrong to be out of the team..he didnt even get a chance to play in the recent South Africa series...if the team can afford to find a place for under performing Ashwin,an unfortunate Ojha should also be given a place.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    I think Rishi Dhawan should be include instead of Ishwar Pandey... Rishi is in great form right now..And also very brave decision taking by selectors drop RG Sharma...I think Ishant Sharma also has been drop from current Test & ODI squad... Can selectors do that???

  • r.leaks on December 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    when will we see umesh n aaron bowling together with shami or bhuvi .. will be a good mixture .. yuvi should get one more chance . . . n plz axe ishawar pandey we have no future in him

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Himanshu Singh,abhivenke Rohit Sharma is there in the test team...perhaps we will miss Pujara and xperience in pace dept in ODIs.Ojha shud be given oppportinities in limitd ovrs cricket, and Gambhir shud play in test matches

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Another series loss coming for Indian. Ojha not evan played once on the south African pitches and has been dropped even after getting a 10w haul in his last match. Rohit sharma has been dropped for not performing in just 2 test matches .Also gambhir doesn't find a place in squad even after having a brilliant ranji season

  • Amulyaranjan_IND on December 31, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Its Nice 2 see that BCCI give some experiment in Fast Bolwer chance to gain in abroad Conditions.Similarly its time to rebulid some fast bouncy pitch for home condition also to find fast bolwer for IND.I am happy with the ODI squad and Test squad with bench Strength.......@ Varun Aaron a good call for fastest tracks.....keep up IND

  • Preciouss on December 31, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Good for Ashwin. He will be able to improve his away record against weaker opposition and provide fodder for argument to his regional supporters.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Sorry for Ojha. Dinesh Karthik would be good choice for Test Squad as reserve wicket Keeper batsmen. Dinesh Karthilk as done reasonably good at recent ODI's.

  • Saurabh_Kale13 on December 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Is rohit sharma dropped or not? If not then kindly rectify or clarify the exclusion.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Very RAW deal for Ojha. Maybe he has a medical condition- I cant see why he was dropped, otherwise???

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Near perfect selection except a back up batsman in place of a fast bowler might be a better choice in tests

  • BoyaniA on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Pople might think Rohit Sharma absence from Test Squad was a bad decision. But it is a brilliant one. He did not show responsibility yesterday , rather than concentrating on this batting he was busy in verbal battle with Dale Steyn, even from non strikers end.

    We have given him enough chances and he should have ended up saving the test match along with Rahane.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Superb selection. Pandey is an excellent prospect which Indian team needs so badly. He plays most of his matches on the flat pitch of Indore where Sehwag scored his 219 runs in an ODI still he was the highest wicket taker last season in Ranji trophy. He did well in India A tour of S.Africa this year. Hope he gets in playing 11 soon. Good luck Pandey.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan n Pujara shd have been there in place of Binny n Raina.........

  • MetalKat on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha ?? Ishwar Pandey ?? Ambati Rayudu ?? for tests in New Zealand ?? ... Where is Rohit Sharma ?? 1 bad series after 1 excellent series and he is dropped ?? What about Shikhar Dhawan then ? Rohit Sharma was even handy with the ball in the second test match against SA. He dint get any wickets but he dint give away many runs either. We should have gone with the same test team that played in SA.

    I'm happy to see Varun Aaron's name in the ODI squad. Would have been even better if Umesh Yadav were in the squad bowling along with Shami and Aaron. With Bhuvi and Ishanth doing a decent job, not sure if we really need a Binny or a Pandey in the team at present.

  • ROXSPORT on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Disappointing selection, to say the least. The selectors should have shown some guts and dropped Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu (he isn't test material. Better to groom a youngster in his place like Mandeep Singh or even Unmukt Chand) & Ishant Sharma from the test squad as well as Ishant Sharma & Amit Mishra (he isn't likely to get any chances in New Zealand) from the ODI squad. Better pick horses for courses and show some planning for the future.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma Dropped after only two overseas Tests????

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Good selection. Ranji performers have been perfomer. Would have loved to see Laxmi Ratan Shukla on the list. He can provide the 5th bowler option and is a useful bat down the order

  • ArgadeChaitanya on December 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Where is Gautam Gambhir? Why he is still outside the team? In swinging conditions in New Zealand he must be in Squad.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    i thinks stuart binny is an excellent addition to this team. He is very handy all rounder, very good fielder , fine medium pacer & can score quick runs down the order. But ravindra jadeja all ready in the side, it will need some thinking to include (binny) 2 players of nearly same utilities in the playing XI

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Its unfair that Rohit Sharma was dropped from the test squad & Rishi also deseve the place in Indian test quad but of them are missing....am wondering why no chance for pujara in ODI sqad???? he batted really well against the best bowler of the world in latest test & he can play well against Mcleghahan & co in NZ.NZ bowlers also showed superb performance against WI.

  • mani_9234 on December 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    check your test squad........Rohut Sharma is included.

  • rbabur on December 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Is Dhoni looking to play Jadeja and Ashwin in tests with Rohit not around. or is he looking to play Rayudu at 6? A good choice if he includes Rayudu instead of playing both Jadeja and Ashwin. Rayudu has performed admirably whenever he got choice. As Badri once said, "Please give me a chance to fail"...Please give Rayudu a chance even if you are not convinced. Like Rahane whom Dhoni was ignoring for long, he might also come good.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Varun Aroon back! Thats great news if hes in good touch, we can see some very good yorkers. But it seems to be more bowlers than batsmen in ODIs. Thanks for resting Rohit from Tests and Zak from ODIs. But Ishant too was not required in ODIs as Bhuvi and Shami are experienced now. Lucky Raina...but how long?I am sure his fielding must helped him to retain it.

  • dakshinap on December 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    What basis Ishwar Pandey has been selected instead of Rohit Sharma. Bowler replaced for batsman is not good. Sourab Tiwary is the best option (he is the left hander as well) for Rohit. Ashwin is not deserved in the Test Squad. Where is Pragyan Ohja?. Ishant is the worst choice.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    what are you guys talking ? Rohit sharma is there in the list.. who said he is dropped

  • raghu566 on December 31, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Give a chance to Pujara in ODI's.

  • Naresh28 on December 31, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I commented just yesterday on Ishwar Pandey - a good bowler who did well in SA on the India A tour - like to see his name there for NZ. Rohit Sharma has no temperament for TEST cricket (it seems to me that he gets bored easily with the long format) Rayudu might not be a good choice, prefer Gambhir for a middle slot. Allrounder - Rishi Dhawan is missing!!! Really need to look at him as th WC approaches.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is in test squad. I have seen his name in bcci's official announcemnet. Please update with correct info.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    is Rohit Sharma not there in test squad? seems typo or is it Ambati Rayadu in test??

  • prawinq on December 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Selectors give rohit 50 to 100 chances and not for yuvi and Dinesh karthik...

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    At last a sane decision!!!! No Rohit Sharma.. He was given a very long rope!! Umesh, Pandey and Shami should start..

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Aaahaah... Rahane is a good prospect for Indian cricket. he should be moulded well. In bowling department we need some fire power for the post Zaheer tenure.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    This doesn't seems a good team in ODI. Why is Zaheer not a part of the ODI team.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Superb selection. Pandey is an excellent prospect which Indian team needs so badly. He plays most of his matches on the flat pitch of Indore where Sehwag scored his 219 runs in an ODI still he was the highest wicket taker last season in Ranji trophy. He did well in India A tour of S.Africa this year. Hope he gets in playing 11 soon. Good luck Pandey.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    good selection. pandey will get the bounce

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    a really great selection by the board...finally they understood they needed pace battery....and good decision to leave low on confidence Yuvraj Singh

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Overall nice selection except for the ignorance of Rishi Dhawan...

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    y is rayudu not playing.....had been so impressive

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    surprise, why suresh raina again, why not gautam ghambir, he is good for both version , hope good sense will will prevail.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    No Gambhir again..... This is Dhoni's team. One day CSK XI would be the India's XI.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Rohit Sharma too has been dropped from the Test Squad. Did you miss it or it just isn't worth mentioning?

  • AB_DeVilliers on December 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    No Hit Sharma left out haha I'm sure it's just an error. But after his rant at Dale Steyn yesterday, that would be hilarious. "Wait til you come to India" and play against my team mates cz I've been dropped? Lol!

  • asif7804 on December 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    A good decision indeed to pick Ishwar Pande! Hope to see some fiery bowling from new bowlers like Shami and Ishwar Pande alongwith old horse Zak...

  • Mani_ROW on December 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    No Pujara for ODIs. What more he needs to prove. Got a feeling, if not now, then never Pujara is going to be part of ODIs (might be good for him, given his injury history). Still disappointed...

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    i am sure india losse 3-2 .... where is zaheer ....

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    One Of The Best 11 Selected I Need To See Rishi Dhawan As Medium Fast All Rounder Binny Is Also Good Choice.. Remaining All Are Best One.

    And Hope We Will See Pujara in Playing 11 of Indian ODI Team

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Will Binny get a game?, will be interesting to see what position Dhoni plays him in, Agreed NZ has seaming conditions, hence Binny, but what happened to P.Kumar? And Saha over Karthik again?? Still feel that Mishra, Ojha should get a longer gig in the test squad...

  • mani_9234 on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    where is Rohit Sharma in Test Squad.

  • 8197595858 on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    looks good selection!!! i think selectors finding/making stars for future world cup...

  • vish57 on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar considered as the best Indian all rounder by BCCI award committee should have been preferred over Binny, though the later is not a bad choice considering the swing in NZ Wickets, yet he need to prove that his selection is on merit when he bats or fields. Ishant Sharma looks a lucky guy always despite not so significant performance. Gambhir /Dinesh Karthik could have replaced Saha. Looks this selectors so far excellent in identifying talents such as Bhubaneswar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan or Rahane are marginally slipping, yet the best selectors since 1970s.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Ojha dropped ???? till whn vl Dhoni keep favring Ashwin..Ojha is far better bowler than Ashwin & Jadeja..Gambhir yet again overlooked wt a mess BCCI is creating...Good to see Aaron back...

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    What wrong did Ojha do? He is a far superior baller than Ashwin. Ashwin should have been dropped and not Ojha.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    did they miss to name Rohit Sharma in the test squad??? :P

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Has Rohit Sharma been axed from the test squad?

  • abhivenke on December 31, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Rohit Sharma also misses out from the test squad????

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    SHOCKED ---- for both yuvi and ojha, more so for yuvi. Knowing that he is a big match player, and the world cup will be played in Aus-NZ, they should have given him 1 last chance to prove his worth in unfamiliar conditions before making this massive decision :(

  • pmg08 on December 31, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    How come Ojha has been dropped out of test squad without giving him any chance to prove?

  • gourishankar2 on December 31, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Why again Pujara neglected in the ODIs!!!So sad..He needs to be there to provide the required balance to the side..Dropping Rohit is a nice move in test squad..

  • charanysg on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Gud Selection!! I dont get the point why is Pujara not in ODI Squad.. N Amit Mishra will be in the squad and never get a chance to play!! Do not understand the logic..

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    They should have dropped Ashwin instead of dropping Ojha. Ashwin played both in ODI and Tests and din't perform well.. Ojha did not even get a game.. What is the rational behind his rejection?? Weird

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    where is Rohit Sharma in the test squad?

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    why indian selection panel selecting rohit sharma again and again. Please select new ranji player.

  • rbabur on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    it is shame that Pujara is not selected for ODIs. He is definitely a man to watch out for in ODIs as well in tours like NZ, Eng etc. Also Not sure what the combination will be as will they have both Jadeja and Ashwin in the team or only have Jadeja as the primary spinner. May be they have selected Binny as medium pace all rounder. In that case, are they missing Rishi Dhawan who is promising and has done well as well

  • munjiv on December 31, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Rohit Sharma also missed out for test squad :'(

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    rishi dhawan not in the squad quite surprising who took 47 wickets in the ranji trophy and can bat a bit too whereas ishwar pandey took only 30 wickets quite harsh on rishi dhawan who is in form this year selectors should always back players who are in form

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Where is rohit sharma in test squad? Got 2 centuries in 1st 2 test and suddenly dropped after 4 tests??

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma Not in Test Squad....? Why....?

  • bighit14 on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Pujara should have been in the ODI team as well. He will be the key for 2015 WC. Raina should also been given a warning by dropping him from the team. All other selections are quite positive.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    No Rohit Sharma in the Test squad? To remove him after just two overseas Tests is inexplicable.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Why no backup batsman in tests?

  • Srihari.Cricinfo on December 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Harsh on Yuvraj! If he is dropped, so should Raina be! Raina is always safeguarded by Dhoni! Ojha excluded? another gamble!

  • Srihari.Cricinfo on December 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Harsh on Yuvraj! If he is dropped, so should Raina be! Raina is always safeguarded by Dhoni! Ojha excluded? another gamble!

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Why no backup batsman in tests?

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    No Rohit Sharma in the Test squad? To remove him after just two overseas Tests is inexplicable.

  • bighit14 on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Pujara should have been in the ODI team as well. He will be the key for 2015 WC. Raina should also been given a warning by dropping him from the team. All other selections are quite positive.

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma Not in Test Squad....? Why....?

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Where is rohit sharma in test squad? Got 2 centuries in 1st 2 test and suddenly dropped after 4 tests??

  • on December 31, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    rishi dhawan not in the squad quite surprising who took 47 wickets in the ranji trophy and can bat a bit too whereas ishwar pandey took only 30 wickets quite harsh on rishi dhawan who is in form this year selectors should always back players who are in form

  • munjiv on December 31, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Rohit Sharma also missed out for test squad :'(

  • rbabur on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    it is shame that Pujara is not selected for ODIs. He is definitely a man to watch out for in ODIs as well in tours like NZ, Eng etc. Also Not sure what the combination will be as will they have both Jadeja and Ashwin in the team or only have Jadeja as the primary spinner. May be they have selected Binny as medium pace all rounder. In that case, are they missing Rishi Dhawan who is promising and has done well as well

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on December 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    why indian selection panel selecting rohit sharma again and again. Please select new ranji player.