India in New Zealand 2008-09 February 13, 2009

Dhawal Kulkarni receives maiden call-up

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Dhawal Kulkarni took 42 wickets in the 2008-09 Ranji season © Cricinfo Ltd
 

India's selectors have picked their squads for the tour of New Zealand, with Dhawal Kulkarni, the Mumbai seamer, the surprise inclusion in the Test side. It caps an astonishing season for Kulkarni, who made his first-class debut six months ago and ended up the highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy. L Balaji makes a return to the Test squad less than two weeks after being recalled to the one-day side.

Harbhajan Singh, who missed the one-day series in Sri Lanka, and Munaf Patel, who had to leave midway with an injury, also return to the squad. Dinesh Karthik has been named reserve keeper for the tour and features in the Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads. He was dropped after a poor Test series in Sri Lanka last year but has fought his way back via a strong domestic season with the bat.

The selection of the quicks for the Tests was always going to be the major issue for the selectors, and Kulkarni's selection was the only surprise. Less than two months ago, Kulkarni was not among the 36 players handed BCCI contracts; RP Singh and Sreesanth were on that list but aren't in the tour party.

Sreesanth was not fit when the contracts were handed out and RP ran into fitness problems later. While Sreesanth played three domestic first-class matches, taking 15 wickets, to prove his fitness, RP's fitness status remains unknown.

There's a clear indication the selectors have gone for bowlers who have turned out long, consistent spells over the last year, and not those whose potential hasn't translated into wickets. On that count, the selection of Balaji and Kulkarni selection - with 78 Ranji wickets between them - doesn't seem surprising.

Kulkarni said the call-up was not entirely unexpected. "Given my Ranji performance, where I was the highest wicket-taker (42 wickets), I did feel I could get picked," Kulkarni told Cricinfo. "Now I am up for whatever role offered to me." He will be valued both for his knowledge of New Zealand conditions - he toured with the India Under-19s in 2007 - as well as their personnel, having played the 'A' side last year.

M Vijay stays in the Test squad, the reward for an impressive Test debut against Australia on a day's notice. Apart from being the reserve opener, he might need to bat in the middle order if the need arises: neither Rohit Sharma nor S Badrinath have been picked. Which also raises the question, why such a hurry in naming the Test squad? What if Rohit finds form in the ODIs? Will India let go of a player who has acclimatised himself to alien conditions? If not, will they swell the squad to 17?

It remains to be seen whether Karthik has improved his wicketkeeping after two poor Tests in Sri Lanka last year, but his batting form is not in doubt. He scored 1026 runs at 64.12 in the just-concluded first-class season, none better than the 113-ball 153 against Central Zone, when his team was down at 86 for 6. If he does get to play, it could well be his last chance to prove he can hold a place on the strength of his keeping.

The one-day and Twenty20 sides are as expected, with Munaf taking back his place. It is heartening to see that Ravindra Jadeja, who impressed in his ODI debut, will get a taste of New Zealand conditions in the two Twenty20 internationals before flying back. Sachin Tendulkar, who has pulled out of the Twenty20s, will replace him for the ODIs.

Test squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Amit Mishra, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

Twenty20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • V_Raju on February 20, 2009, 2:24 GMT

    1> Test: Its very shocking that selectors didn't select Irfan Pathan on swing friendly pitches of New Zealand(remember his performance in Perth last year) and I feel Praveen Kumar ,who can move the ball both ways should have been in the team. I am happy with selector's policy to give M.Patel a long run, but this should be his last chance. Even Badrinath,who be under study for test middle order. I even like having Kartik in the squad. Anyways "Best of Luck" to the team. 2>And I feel ODI and 20-20 squads are balanced and really wish to be Yusuf bhai hit NZ bowler around the park.

  • lakx on February 19, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    So many people with biased views. Guys, unlike Gujarat and UP, TN has always been a top team and many of their players had the best averages in the country, but if you never found any TN players in the Indian team it was due to the kind of bias we find here.

    Some guy was asking what Dinesh Karthik had done in tests. During the previous Australian visit he scored 90+ to save the test and Gavaskar and Shastri were so impressed they told him that he will get may more chances to score many 100s for India but the next match he was dropped for an unknown M.S.Dhoni. He came back as opener and had the best average but was again dropped for Wasim Jaffer. He has the capacity and has won matches on his own, on the contrary Parthiv was not a batsman to start with and failed miserably in IPL and was replaced.

    Karthik topped the deodhar trophy batting and was responsible for his team' victories. He was also among the top batsmen in Ranji and he was also responsible for Delhi entering semis in IPL

  • goutam70 on February 19, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    Badrinath was given chance to play only 1 ODI after out of team, even he played well ,Manoj Tiwary was given chance for 1 ODI after out of team and never come back, This is not they way demoralize the quality player. whereas some like rohit. munaf are being given chance continuously even after failure , I Think selector have to give atleast five ODI to prove ability if cant prove, out of team . gotam india

  • FairComment on February 19, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    Sorry to say this but parochialism which was missing during the time Dada was captain has set in. I do not blame Dhoni for this but the Chairman of Selectors Srikant who has a single-minded agenda for providing berths in the team for players from Tamil Nadu and Mumbai. I do not understand what Jadeja did wrong in his only One Day match to be dropped from the side.

    The team is playing well due a number of overachievers and unless more players are added to the team based on performance alone. The team needs match-winners and none of the Tamil Nadu players Vijay, Dinesh Karthik or Balaji appear to be match winners on their own right.

  • Srikee1987 on February 16, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    I think the selectors should have thought about R Vinay Kumar from Karnataka who has picked up 47 wickets this Ranji season. I think Irfan should been in the test team since he could give stability to the team as an fast bowling all-rounder, instead Mun[half fit]af Patel or Balaji. Sreeshanth should have been in the mind selectors just because of his pace and good outswing. Parthiv Patel will feel he is unlucky not to get into the team. Since the first test starts on march 18th,as per acclimatising to the weather conditions is concerned i would have wanted Rohit in the Test team, who is a part of One Day team.

  • Tanuj on February 16, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    I am largely in agreement with the squads selected for each of the three formats. However, I would have like to have seen the following names:

    1) Irfan Pathan in the Test squad, in place of Balaji. Irfan is still the number one all-rounder in the country and may have helped us play five bowlers (if we so required). Dhoni and Irfan at 6 and 7 is not bad!

    2) Parthiv Patel in the Test squad (could have served as the back-up openers) and either of Badrinath/Pujara/Rohit Sharma as the extra middle order batsman;

    3) Ravindra Jadeja in the ODI squad (probably in place of Ojha, though I admit that may have been too unfair to Ojha); and

    4) Abhishek Nayar in the T20 squad, he could have been squeezed in place of Rhot Sharma may be.

  • hemant_v82 on February 16, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    Can't wait for this series.

    I have just booked to go to New Zealand and watch the one dayers and test. Booked a Travel Package from www.boundaryshot.com. Very cheap - includes sightseeing, tickets to the games and 4 star accommodation!

    I think this will be a good series. New Zealand performance in Australia was great. Indian tend to struggle in New Zealand, however they are a better team these days. Be a good test. Can't wait.

    Anyone else planning to go to New Zealand to watch this series?

  • vaijayaram on February 15, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Though the team look very balanced, we must not forget that there should be one middle order batsman (Badrinath, of course) instead of ever unfit Munaf patel. I do not know why the selectors persisting on Munaf Patel knowing fully well is unfit even for a twenty-twenty match. A player who does not take care of himself should not be selected. THis is still a mystery. Same is the case of Harbhajan. When he himself says he is fit, the committee agrees. I am sure that he will once again be a failure in all forms. We cannot be expect better performance from Dinesh Karthick either though he is far superior than parthiv patel. Chateshwar Pujara was a failure in his last two Ranji match and two Deodar match. Hence, he should not be considered. A veteran like Jaffer never fit into this side. A young opener M. Vijay is the better reserve for opener than Jaffer. Though we cannot expect surprise result we can expect better result than the earlier tour. BEST OF LUCK TO THEM.

  • Bharat1981 on February 15, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    I am amazed to see a lot of writers blaming Srikanth for favouring Tamil Nadu in the selection. These people perhaps forget that S. Badrinath who could not be accommodated in any of the squads desreves to be playing in the 11 in both one day and test and he is the captain of Tamil Nadu team. It is a very good thing for the Indian cricket that the competition is so much that we cannot do justice everyone but still even taking the age factor Badri should have been selected. Pujara, Rahane and Jadeja will surely get their chances in future. Sreesanth and RP would be missed in test but Sreesanth has to prove first in the domestic circuit after his recovery and RP perhaps not fully fit. To give chance to Dhawal Kulkajrni and give another chance to Balaji are fine but Irfan Pathan should have been selected in Test ahead of Munaf Patel as he can come good as all-rounder.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on February 14, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    why doesnt the indian board ever push for adequate practice matches when we tour abroad? All others come to india 10-15 days prior to the first match and try to get used. Wadda hell does our board do!!!

  • V_Raju on February 20, 2009, 2:24 GMT

    1> Test: Its very shocking that selectors didn't select Irfan Pathan on swing friendly pitches of New Zealand(remember his performance in Perth last year) and I feel Praveen Kumar ,who can move the ball both ways should have been in the team. I am happy with selector's policy to give M.Patel a long run, but this should be his last chance. Even Badrinath,who be under study for test middle order. I even like having Kartik in the squad. Anyways "Best of Luck" to the team. 2>And I feel ODI and 20-20 squads are balanced and really wish to be Yusuf bhai hit NZ bowler around the park.

  • lakx on February 19, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    So many people with biased views. Guys, unlike Gujarat and UP, TN has always been a top team and many of their players had the best averages in the country, but if you never found any TN players in the Indian team it was due to the kind of bias we find here.

    Some guy was asking what Dinesh Karthik had done in tests. During the previous Australian visit he scored 90+ to save the test and Gavaskar and Shastri were so impressed they told him that he will get may more chances to score many 100s for India but the next match he was dropped for an unknown M.S.Dhoni. He came back as opener and had the best average but was again dropped for Wasim Jaffer. He has the capacity and has won matches on his own, on the contrary Parthiv was not a batsman to start with and failed miserably in IPL and was replaced.

    Karthik topped the deodhar trophy batting and was responsible for his team' victories. He was also among the top batsmen in Ranji and he was also responsible for Delhi entering semis in IPL

  • goutam70 on February 19, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    Badrinath was given chance to play only 1 ODI after out of team, even he played well ,Manoj Tiwary was given chance for 1 ODI after out of team and never come back, This is not they way demoralize the quality player. whereas some like rohit. munaf are being given chance continuously even after failure , I Think selector have to give atleast five ODI to prove ability if cant prove, out of team . gotam india

  • FairComment on February 19, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    Sorry to say this but parochialism which was missing during the time Dada was captain has set in. I do not blame Dhoni for this but the Chairman of Selectors Srikant who has a single-minded agenda for providing berths in the team for players from Tamil Nadu and Mumbai. I do not understand what Jadeja did wrong in his only One Day match to be dropped from the side.

    The team is playing well due a number of overachievers and unless more players are added to the team based on performance alone. The team needs match-winners and none of the Tamil Nadu players Vijay, Dinesh Karthik or Balaji appear to be match winners on their own right.

  • Srikee1987 on February 16, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    I think the selectors should have thought about R Vinay Kumar from Karnataka who has picked up 47 wickets this Ranji season. I think Irfan should been in the test team since he could give stability to the team as an fast bowling all-rounder, instead Mun[half fit]af Patel or Balaji. Sreeshanth should have been in the mind selectors just because of his pace and good outswing. Parthiv Patel will feel he is unlucky not to get into the team. Since the first test starts on march 18th,as per acclimatising to the weather conditions is concerned i would have wanted Rohit in the Test team, who is a part of One Day team.

  • Tanuj on February 16, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    I am largely in agreement with the squads selected for each of the three formats. However, I would have like to have seen the following names:

    1) Irfan Pathan in the Test squad, in place of Balaji. Irfan is still the number one all-rounder in the country and may have helped us play five bowlers (if we so required). Dhoni and Irfan at 6 and 7 is not bad!

    2) Parthiv Patel in the Test squad (could have served as the back-up openers) and either of Badrinath/Pujara/Rohit Sharma as the extra middle order batsman;

    3) Ravindra Jadeja in the ODI squad (probably in place of Ojha, though I admit that may have been too unfair to Ojha); and

    4) Abhishek Nayar in the T20 squad, he could have been squeezed in place of Rhot Sharma may be.

  • hemant_v82 on February 16, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    Can't wait for this series.

    I have just booked to go to New Zealand and watch the one dayers and test. Booked a Travel Package from www.boundaryshot.com. Very cheap - includes sightseeing, tickets to the games and 4 star accommodation!

    I think this will be a good series. New Zealand performance in Australia was great. Indian tend to struggle in New Zealand, however they are a better team these days. Be a good test. Can't wait.

    Anyone else planning to go to New Zealand to watch this series?

  • vaijayaram on February 15, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Though the team look very balanced, we must not forget that there should be one middle order batsman (Badrinath, of course) instead of ever unfit Munaf patel. I do not know why the selectors persisting on Munaf Patel knowing fully well is unfit even for a twenty-twenty match. A player who does not take care of himself should not be selected. THis is still a mystery. Same is the case of Harbhajan. When he himself says he is fit, the committee agrees. I am sure that he will once again be a failure in all forms. We cannot be expect better performance from Dinesh Karthick either though he is far superior than parthiv patel. Chateshwar Pujara was a failure in his last two Ranji match and two Deodar match. Hence, he should not be considered. A veteran like Jaffer never fit into this side. A young opener M. Vijay is the better reserve for opener than Jaffer. Though we cannot expect surprise result we can expect better result than the earlier tour. BEST OF LUCK TO THEM.

  • Bharat1981 on February 15, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    I am amazed to see a lot of writers blaming Srikanth for favouring Tamil Nadu in the selection. These people perhaps forget that S. Badrinath who could not be accommodated in any of the squads desreves to be playing in the 11 in both one day and test and he is the captain of Tamil Nadu team. It is a very good thing for the Indian cricket that the competition is so much that we cannot do justice everyone but still even taking the age factor Badri should have been selected. Pujara, Rahane and Jadeja will surely get their chances in future. Sreesanth and RP would be missed in test but Sreesanth has to prove first in the domestic circuit after his recovery and RP perhaps not fully fit. To give chance to Dhawal Kulkajrni and give another chance to Balaji are fine but Irfan Pathan should have been selected in Test ahead of Munaf Patel as he can come good as all-rounder.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on February 14, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    why doesnt the indian board ever push for adequate practice matches when we tour abroad? All others come to india 10-15 days prior to the first match and try to get used. Wadda hell does our board do!!!

  • hsengiv86 on February 14, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    I feel very sorry for badrinath,after all the runs he scored in domestic. If the selectors continue to name dravid,laxman,and sachin in test squad I am very sorry to say but a whole generation of cricketers will be lost.Let us assume that all three retire after 3 years , by then the players now of age 28 like badrinath will be past his prime.what do you call by saying that by adding the three that India has got a very experienced side?isn't gambir,shewag,dhoni,zaheer's experience not enough?I think sachin ,dravid should retire from cricket,they dont have to prove anyone that they are great players,they are now and ever will be called as legends of Indian cricket team.take the new zealand team for example all the players like astle,stephen fleming (same generation of the famous 5 of indian cricket team) have retired from cricket,and now they are experimenting with new players,also take the case of lara, steve waugh were they past their prime when he retired, No certainly not!s

  • 9170 on February 14, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    the main problem in the indian team selection is there are too much players, the pick of dhawal kulkarni should be encouraged and i think the selection comitee should reduce the no of players selected ,that's all.........

  • vinchester on February 14, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    N.Z are always a tough team to beat in their backyard. I am afraid The one day Indian team will end up as the losers. By the time they get used to the conditions, N.Z will wrap up the series. N.Z seamers led by Kyle Mills will be The spear heads The conditions & pitch will suit them. Scores of less than 200 will be the order of the day. Sadly India lacks a Batsman to keep one end up barring Sachin. Rahul will be missed here. Yes we have Zak & Ishant but it will be two against 4 0r 5 in the series. For the tests India will perform betteras they know the conditions better now; but still it will be 50- 50. Yes Indian batting is strong, but dont discount N.Z either; Even DAn can come to their party when the chips are down. Remember what Smith did To India when they where on the verge of winning a decade back.

  • rkannancrown on February 14, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    The composition of playing XI will probably have 6 batsmen, Dhoni and 4 bowlers - probably 3 seamers and Harbhajan. Having two standby seamers at the expense of standby middle order batsman does not make sense. Karthik had the best batting average, in the entire Indian team, in England where he opened the batting. He could have doubled as standby opener and a middle order bat included. The selector's logic is difficult to understand. Anyway, lets hope the team returns victorious.

  • Krishna_Sydney on February 14, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    The teams wear a settled look and have the right mix of youth and experience also. Sreesanth is on the comeback trail but Kulkarni and Balaji deserved to comeback, their sheer consistency has helped them force their way in. Sreesanth has done well in the comeback matches, but often takes his place for granted ( seems ) and disappoints once he is in the team. RP is a fantastic bowler, did really well in Australia but needs to be in peak fitness and performance after injury before he is back. Not to worry, sooner or later one of the other bowlers ( Munaf /Ishant or Zaheer )will either need a period of rest or have a breakdown - ofcourse dont wish it, but with the workload and schedule, will happen. Karthik and Vijay are assets and inform. Of course no one can say how they perform in NZ conditions but this is true of all those new to those environments. Krishna

  • fan_cricket on February 14, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    There should be Parthiv Patel and C.Pujara in test squad in place of M. Vijay and D. Karthik. Mohnish Parmar shuld be considered while selecting the team for test series. Why Jadeja is out of ODI team? I think Rohit Sharma failed to give his best in last tour and it should be not the part of T20 team for New Zealand.

  • Percy_Fender on February 14, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    George Lohman the all time medium paced bowler of the late 19th century was the fastest ever to get to a 100 wickets in Tests. There were no ODIs in those days as we know. He could seam the ball both ways and was unmatched in his accuracy. He took just 1 wicket in his first two Tests and yet completed his 100 wickets in 16 Tests. In fact he died at the age of 36. He is seldom talked about possibly because he lived too far back in time for our generation. S F (Sid) Barnes of England and not the Australian bat,like him was a medium pace seam bowler took a 189 wickets in 27 Tests. Both these players played mostly in Australia, South Africa apart from England.That they were so successful against teams for whom fast,swing and seam bowling came as bread and butter ( not just metaphorically)is particularly relevant in our age when we talk of fast bowlers only in their speed gun context. It could just be that Dhawal Kulkarni is waiting to walk in the big shoes aforesaid mentioned.

  • shrastogi on February 14, 2009, 7:12 GMT

    Teams are very balanced.The test team has both Balaji & Dhawal as they have done well in the Ranji Trophy so get nod ahead of Sreesantn & RP Singh. A second wk is hardly required instead a specialist batsman should have been sent. Poor Badrinath lost out to Dinesh Karthik. NZ team has lot of new faces but they have done not too badly against Aussies in the one dayers. India would do well to not underestimate them. I think India has better chances in test matches as one dayers should be competitive.

  • jeevanmathai on February 14, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    it is interesting and warm to know that ranji performance does not go unnoticed. Kulkarni was seen bowling his heart out (for those who cared to see ranji on tv).He deserves a chance and hes got it. the selectors have done it right this time around

  • _Oracle_ on February 14, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    bvcric I guess you need to get your facts straight first. When was the last time Karthik did anything significant in a test? I can show you a few occassions as far as Parthiv goes. Remember in Rawalpindi when Ganguly and Yuvraj were too scared to open the innings to face Sohib Akhtar in 2004? It was Parthiv who opened and scored 60+. Also do you remember the test in 2003 in Australia when Parthiv played out entire last session on 5th day with tail enders to draw the test? Forget Karthik, even other Indian greats have failed to do that in final session of an overseas test. I am not a Parthiv fan and I admit his wicket keeping sucks but Karthik isn't any good at wicket keeping either. Remember SriLanka last year? Argument is that this selection is based on better batting skills and in that arena Parthiv is much better than Karthik. However, I think, this is zonal selection. Other than that there isn't any explanation to pick Karthik. I would have given W. Saha a chance if not Parthiv.

  • arian77 on February 14, 2009, 3:50 GMT

    The selection of Munaf Patel for all the 3 formats is totally ridiculous. The guy is pathetically slow with the ball in his hand, incompetent in the field and doesnt know how to hold a bat. I dont know on what credentials he has made his way into the team. He was injured before the Sri Lanka series even began but still ended up playing the first game only to bow out after bowling 5 overs. A better option would have been to select Sreesanth who gives more than a 100% everytime he plays for India. Balaji is a fair pick considering his scalps in the domestic season but again I have my reservations for him at the international level. And where is Murali Kartik? True that Ojha picked up a lot of wickets in Sri Lanka but he could never stem the flow of runs. Murali Kartik is a county bowler for Middlesex and knows how to bowl in different circumstances, be it 20-20 or one dayers. Batting is India's only strong point but good bowlers win matches.

  • krish75vijay on February 14, 2009, 1:52 GMT

    Ojha has done very well in Srilanka and it is a must to select him. He will be a fine bowler in all forms of game. Regarding the selection of Rohit a batsmen who can play very well in any conditions. Jadeja left out in the team is a blessing is disguise for him since failure in the newzeland will put an end to his carrer. We need experience for test squad and hence Dravid is essential in the team. Pathan may have lost his speed but will be a very successful bowler under swining conditions.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on February 14, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    Taking munaf patel and balaji in the test squad is outright ridiculous. These 2 are at best pedestrial. Maybe a dozen km/hr quicker than anil kumble. We need VENOM to slay teams abroad. Specially, NZ, OZ, South Africa and England. RP and Zaheer did it in england. RP and Pathan nailed Oz in Perth. So, it's absolutely ridiculous to exclude both of them from the test team. Zaheer and Ishant needed RP Singh as the 1st change. These 3 would make a lethal pace battery. Very much at par with current south african trio of steyn, ntini and morkel. Besides, Munaf is a shame on the field. His fielding sucks to the core.

    But congratulations to the selectors. They do what they do best!! And that's screwing it up all the time!!

  • Ajoogle on February 14, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    What Happen to Robin Uthappa? What a attacking player he is. What happen to the selectors. He is more capable than Rohit & Jadeja. He is a good finisher and a nice fielder also and also a team player. He always played for team not for their own like Dhoni. Also he was scored some runs in the Ranji Season. It's really unfortunate to see the list of One Day & T20 teams without Uthappa. We all Miss Uthappa. He has to Give Some More Chance to Prove His Metal

  • thetruelegend on February 14, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    It finally good to see that there is a lot of competion in India and full of talented cricketer and now India can get over from the era where Tendulkar didnt perform well all india can do is try to draw the match or decrease their loss figures. There will be times when one will pick one and others wont be picked and thats what we want so much competion in domestic to make it to national team. Signs are looking good for India.

  • thetruelegend on February 13, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    I think most of the players who are selected deserve expect for Munaf Patel instead of Sreesanth should have been better choice which adds more variety and balance to the team. Munaf is still test match worthy when India goal is to become NO.1 this year. People who are saying Rohit doesnt deserve a chance dont whta they are they talking about. In Sri Lanka he wasn't batting in this poistion he is not the guy who go for slogs from ball 1. He has a got a very good technique he cant be used in slog for now because he still has adapt to that in international level. So the selection panel has a done a great job but they could have improved by selecting Sreesanth instead of Munaf. Rest depends on players not the selectors to go win the matches and series, with Dhoni the captain they have got a better chance of winning the series than New Zealand. Good luck Team india i cant wait them to come to NZ and i will get the chance to see the best team in cricket in action.

  • Reckless_Akash on February 13, 2009, 22:16 GMT

    Most of the team selects itself in all forms of the game and that is a happy situation to be in for the Indian selectors. But its time the selectors also learn that horses-for-courses policy is likely to yield much better results than maintaining the same combination in all conditions. Considering the havoc swing wreaked last time India were in New Zealand, one would've thought the selectors could've picked Irfan Pathan in the Test squad as well, even though he hasn't performed as a bowler at the Test level for quite some time. Quite apart from providing balance to the team, we all know how deadly he can be when the ball is swinging. Same for Sreesanth if he's fit. They might be useless bowlers on the subcontinental featherbeds, but they're well nigh indispensable in New Zealand.

  • kapil_goyal on February 13, 2009, 20:53 GMT

    i think instead of d karthik we should have had Someone like Robin Uthappa in the ODI and T20 side and Cheteshwar Pujara/Badrinath/R.Jadeja in the test side. Also there is no need of Pragyan Ojha in the ODI squad for a NZ tour when u already have someone like Harbhajan. I dont think he will play at all until something like serious injury to Bhajji or India winning the series comfortably in the first few matches. and why the hell been selected for the T20 when he stands no chance ahead of Bhajji and jadeja to play it

  • kalyanbk on February 13, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    I think that Sreesanth or Praveen Kumar should have replaced Munaf Patel. Cheteshwar Pujara instead of M. Vijay and Badrinath instead of Rohit Sharma. Some players like Rohit Sharma and Munaf have been given several opportunities to prove themselves while others like Badrinath have not had a fair run.

  • anuajm on February 13, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Continuing from last post- Vijay did well against Australia as well doing good in domestic so is a very good choice.Good that he is not dumped after a single performance. Well Karthik has done extremely well and deserved a place, Saha as well as , shreevats can wait and will surely get their chances. Jaffer has been given a lot of chances and has to now doubly do well to win back a place because other performers will be preferred. Rest squad seems fyn. Rahane/Nair/Pujara are all very good players and shud continue doing well.They r young and have loads of time to become the future stars of the team. But one major flaw in the non selection of Badrinath.He can easily fit into the first eleven of all 3 teams and the selectors did a mistake by not picking him.He is a major prospect with the biggies retiring soon and deserved atleast a place in one of the squad. Lastly Dravid is and will remain one of the best and am sure will do well in New Zealand - conditions tailormade for him. Cheers!!

  • SudhanRockz on February 13, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    I don want to comment the selection of Vijay. Though he dint have a better Ranji season, he made a decent debut agains Aus.

    But my question is D Karthik has scored in an awesome way and i believe he is the best Performer this season. Rahane is the other guy who got missed. He has been so consistent and he shud have got the nod.

    Balaji and Dhawal are the other guys who performed well this season. I can clearly see people doesnt have any knowledge abt Ranji Trophy here.

    Only Balaji and Dhawal impressed. Sreesanth is recovering from his injury and had a horrible season this year.

    No doubts abt Balaji and Dhawal selections.

  • anuajm on February 13, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    It seems half of the people commenting don't have much knowledge about cricket.The selectors have choosen a very sensible team based on domestic performance and therefore it doesn't matter how many players from a state come into the team.Though certain issues- Balaji,Dhawal both deserved a place based on performance.Sreesanth should perform in domestic and only thn get a chance.Though RP could hv come ahead of Munaf.Munaf shud be dropped and asked to improve his fitness and fielding/batting skills else with limited bowling skills he is more of a liability. With Bhajji in Jadeja had to go but its sensible to send him for 20/20 and keep him in the loop for he is a great future prospect. Bhajji in any case is a bad bowler in tests overseas, so hope Mishra gets his chances. Rohit Sharma is a good prospect but no point in keeping him in the team when he is doing no good.He should be asked to concentrate in domestic cricket and given a break from international matches.Continued....

  • Sabi79 on February 13, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    What about Badrinath in the test squad? He have a series of strong performances behind him. He is the future of Indian cricket. This act will depress his confidence.

  • venkzz on February 13, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    What happened to S.Badrinath? Is he not even worth being in the squad? This might well be Dravid's last series and there is no batsman who can fill his spot. I don't think Raina or Rohit Sharma can come into the test side so easily. Also its high time we looked beyond Dinesh Karthik. He has let India down way too many times and his selection cannot be justified.

  • niraj1222 on February 13, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    I think that the team is picked is good....since last few series we have hardly lost a series. So, you guys can't complaint about who should be give chance and who shouldn't until we lose a series. This team they have picked is great for India. I don't think NZ can beat us with the team we have right now. And why 16 players because there are two keeper and I don't think Dinesh will get any chance to keep unless we win the series and there are still couple games left after. And I don't see that's going to happen cause NZ is better team then Sri Lanka. NZ will give hard time for India even in test so we need experinced players like Sachin, Rahul and Laxman.

  • edward_smythe on February 13, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I think that a good test team needs a real all-rounder at #7 or #8. England have this in Freddie, the Kiwis in Vettori.. too bad the rest of their teams suck! Of course, no point comparing Kallis to anyone except Sobers (and that too favorably!)....

    Australia are so desperate for an all-rounder that we will ruin perfectly decent players (Roy, Watto) to fill this gap. It seems that India have a great opportunity to nuture Irfan Pathan into this role (hello, he's only 25!!) in tests, and yet they rely on injury-prone (Munaf) or unproven (Kulkar-who?) players... India has an awesome batting line-up, but a bit of a revolving door policy for the 3rd/4th seamer positions... and no plan for an all-rounder...

    I say give Irfan an extended run in tests, and see whether he can fill Kapil's boots.. heck, even if he fills 50% of them, India will have a winner on their hands.

  • rocky on February 13, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    AH ...the armchair experts. com'on guyz give ur busy minds a break.even if we try to please everyone writing their comments we need a team of about 50-60 members.(leave alone all the indians thinking 'n watching indian cricket)

    ofcourse we have a lil' bit of regionalism, a lil favoritism , a lil corruption, not so perfect standards , rotten system....blah blah... thatz how india works !!

    but the team is doing fine....enjoy while it lasts.

    dont we all remember the DARK AGES where turned off the tv's in disgust ((could'nt afford to break ' em)) left stadiums half way thro' knowing the results.

    good luck to indian team. may all my fav players shine... 'n all thos i dont like fail miserably 'n get kicked out of the team..but hope india wins... haha..

  • India_all_the_way on February 13, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    The selection cannot satisfy everybody, karthik score 1000 odd runs at a healthy average, yet Parthiv patel is better than him right? And in the Ranji trophy Balaji was the outstanding bowler compared to RP Singh, Sreesanth and others yet his selection raises eyebrow for you guys. Anyone who have seen Murali Vijay playing that one innings against Aussies know what technique this guy has and remeber he is a natural opener....but I am sure he wont get a chance as we have a great opening pair now.

    This team is good...I hope we can win both the series there.....Go India!!!!!!!

  • vengat_c on February 13, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Where is Badri? God only knows..

  • Caveman. on February 13, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Heartening to see Dhawal Kulkarni get rewarded for a consistent Ranji season. Just as disheartening to see Ranadeb Bose ignored after a number of consistent Ranji seasons, that too for a tour of New Zealand where his bowling style fits perfectly with the conditions. He might as well have joined the ICL.

  • Khem on February 13, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    I wonder why a batsman less in the test side. I think one of Rahane or Pujara deserved a chance to tour. It could have done wonders to their cricket.

    Jadeja, given chance in T20 is a good thing but he is a better player in longer versions of the game. But alteast he got his finger to cling on.

  • physiojk on February 13, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    For all the people who think that P. Patel is better is crap. He was considered to be the best and was given a lot of chances when he was young, and he squandered it. The inclusion of players from south is justified as they play better cricket and handle pressure well.The previous selectors like Vengsarkar, K.More just wanted players from north and central india. The south was neglected for long and not anymore.

  • prawn on February 13, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    Also please tell me my dear selectors.. With All rounders Sehwag, Yuvraj, and Yusuf in the team who can spin better then many full time spinners and part time spinner in Raina, and a Full time spinner in Harbhajan, why are we taking 2 full time spinners in Ojha and Jadega and specially in a place like New Zealand where the ball doesnt spin. And i am sure Rohits Sharma Parents are best friends of some one in BCCI or something .. or are financing the already Cash RICH BCCI if he is there in the squad even after performing even worse then my 2 year old daughter. Three cheers 2 Shrikant Sahab for making Tamil Nadu the most prominent state on the Map of INDIA.

  • bvcric on February 13, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    shashidharg get your facts right.. Karthik has performed a lot better than partiv. Partiv had his chance since his 16 yrs and has proved nothing... he has been a liability in any test/odi's he has played.

  • u_forgot_me on February 13, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    I couldnt be more agree than what previous collegue prawn has to say. I dont know but selectors have hardly got their selection right. Again same point as prawn how much irfan and RP has to prove for their selection. It was RP after Zaheer who helped india perform better/best in england tour followed by T20 Worldcup. Also it was irfan who has scored runs WHEN needed many times. Also in same instance with Munaf "I thik he had his chances now its time to move on with other players" Let the player like Raina have chance in test squad. After this many games we know he can bat. We are still continue to waste skillful player like we did with Yuvi. Yuvi played 225 one dayers and only 25 or odd test matches. I think what India need is a selectors for "so called selectors".

  • howizzat on February 13, 2009, 16:02 GMT

    ODI SQUAD: 1.With so many part time utility spinners in the team and considering pitch and weather conditions in NZ selecting a second spinner absolutely does not make any sense. In place of Ojha eithar Dhaval or Abhishek Nair should have made the cut. 2.The wise men could have shown better vision in selecting reserve wicket keeper. Any way he is not getting too many chances to play. Then why not nurture a youngster like Sreevats Goswamy? Alternately Uthappa should have been considered who can also keep wickets whenever need arises. If for some reason, Dhoni is not available for more than a match Karthik / Goswamy could have flown in.

    TEST SQUAD: Cheteshwar Pujara should have come in place of Dravid.

    T20 SQUAD: Why 16 players?

  • prawn on February 13, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    It is shocking what the selectors are doing. I understand the inclusion of someone like Kulkarni in the squad, but what has Munaf Patel done in so many chances given to him. Including him is just unreasonable. He will just take a new zealand tour for a week and come back with another injury. Why dont the selectors show their confidence in a player like Irfan Pathan. He is not the highest wickettaker in the domestic circuit because he has been doing national duty in the odi's. His performance for baroda has been excellent, and what else will he have to do to prove his worth for the team after the Sri Lankan T-20 ?? Please let me know if you have any answers.

  • jpaul211 on February 13, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    How long will you continue with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Many young cricketers are getting aborted for not getting chances to prove themselves. Sachin scored in single digits last three outing and Dravid did not do that well even in domestic matches. For heavens sake drop them from all forms of game.

  • ajaydesai on February 13, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Indian selectors have done good team selection as they have really difficult task to do when lot of young players are performing well. Newzealand tour will be competetive as they nearly clinched series against Australia. As Tendulkar has already said about playing conditions are little different than other parts of world so Indian cricket team has big challenge ahead.

  • shashidharg on February 13, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    I am sure after Srikanth became the Chairman of selectors, the Tamil Nadu card is playing, look at the players coming from TN, Badri, Vijay, Karthik, and now Balaji. Parthiv is better than Karthik, Sreesanth is any day better than Balaji, who is throwing at 125Kms. Even Goni is better than Balaji. In the near future, Srikanth's son is also going to be seen. I am sure Shikhar Dhavan is much better thank Vijay.

  • ashishmishra on February 13, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    It is disgusting to see M Vijay in team who didn't pick for Duleep trophy for South zone. If you remember A Mukund & R Utthapa was opener for south zone in Duleep trophy. Badari/ Chateswar or Jaffar should be picked for Test matches. As there is doubt Jaffar can't play swing & fast so Badrai or chateswar would be ideal choice.

  • finalwarrior on February 13, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Nice too see Kulkarni coming in to the side. But instead of Rohit Sharma, for T20's and ODI's, Robin Uthappa should have been given chance, who had great Ranji season and also Duleep Trophy. I dont know whats wrong with selectors for ignoring him.

  • Nihar192 on February 13, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    For all you losers that think selection is still based on favoritism, you're wrong. Clearly the selection panel have tried to put together a winning unit from day 1 and even more so obvious, it has worked. Whoever suspects Dhoni of showing favoritism you need to watch more cricket and read more articles. Dhoni knows how to work his team and only he/selection panel knows what the team needs improvement on. I fully support the way the team is now and yes...i also agree with raj_che on his comments of following the Ranji Trophy more.

  • _Oracle_ on February 13, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    I think M. Vijay has his place justified, however, D. Karthik and Balaji shouldn't be in the team. All the people talking about performance, should know that P. Patel is a much better performer than D. Karthik any day. And I can find handful of bowlers who are better performer than Balaji in this day. Don't get that I am saying this because I don't like Balaji. I am probably a bigger fan of his than any of you guys from his performance in Pak back in early 2000s. However, his place isn't justified right now. I would have picked I. Pathan or RP Singh as they are much better swing and/or seam bowlers than Balaji and that is what type of skills will be required in NZ. This is a test team we are talking about and we know Irfan and RP have performed at that level time and again. Hell, I would take Praveen Kumar, as he can move all both ways, if you don't like these guys ahead of Balaji. Also I think, R. Jadeja should have found a place in ODI squad in place of Ojha.

  • Anu4444 on February 13, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    The situation cannot be worse than this.... K.Srikanth & his team has not selected BADRINATH,RAHANE,PUJARA,JAFFER,SREESANTH,RP....the leading run scores/wicket takers in ranji and duleep matches....and instead gone for M VIJAY,MUNAF PATEL,A MISHRA,LAXMAN,P OJHA.... who had under performed... 1)BADRINATH-he was captain of southzone and vice captain of tamil nadu team...with which not only led team from front but also made tons of runs....because of which he is called RUN MACHINE...and he was also selected for australia,england and many more tours but poor chap did ONLY DRINKS DUTY...and there is no reason to leave him instead of M.VIJAY who not only under/not performed but was also was only a team mate while badrinath was captain....2)SREESANTH-POOR LITTLE BOY was almost 6-8 months injured and after returning the only match he got to play was the last match of the ranji match where his team had already been out of the tournament(Kerela) in which he took 7 wickets....i feelbad for guys.

  • jokerbala on February 13, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    I don't see any regional bias in selection. Murali Vijay was already in the team and had a decent debut,so there is no reason to discard him.When you tour overseas you always take a reserve keeper,so Karthick will not play necessarily.Balaji,Kulkarni deserve a chance after a good season.Sreesanth if selected, could have been useful in swinging conditions.

  • viku13a13a on February 13, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    Ok, First of all this is Indian selection at work so i am sure it does not matter how you perform or who you are. What Mr.Srikant says goes and what Dhoni wants gets. That is pretty much the selection idea. Other wise one of the best season (Domestic) performance was by Pujara but have not seen that. God knows what is Rohit Sharma is in team for he had what a few million chances? Suresh Raina he shows some reason every now and then but nothing special, Munaf is in the squad but they never play him, may be 1 game after every 12. I think Pathan brothers should be involved in all 3 format (and i am not saying because of the 20/20 in Sri Lanka) look at their track record from domestic to international you will see what i am talking about.

  • jam-11 on February 13, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Whats wrong with uttappa ? he perform well in domestic cricket. he is the member of winning team of world cup. only dhoni's friends(bajji doesnot want sree),T N players,MUMBAI players(rohit)get chance. sree better than bala, uttappa better than rohit,cheteshwar better than m vijay(Karthik is another opener). sorry badri u r unlucky guy,u have 2 choices 1.go and play for mumbai (TN already have 4 member) 2. become good friend of Mr Dhoni.

  • mail4sha on February 13, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    good team selection...The selection of Balaji & Dhawal Kulkarni is heartening because it sends a clear message to players that good performaces in Ranji & Duleep Trophies matter. Balaji & Kulkarni had an outstanding season and they have been rewarded..thank you

  • Rajit on February 13, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    I think Kris Srikanth is clearly showing signs of favouritism by selecting 3 TN players.I see no reason why Balaji,who is no longer an international class bowler that he once was,should be selected ahead of Siddharth Trivedi.Poor Siddharth has done enough to get a look in atleast once.Same applies to Dinesh Karthik and M Vijay ahead of Parthiv Patel and Wasim Jaffer/Badrinath/Suresh Raina.Also can't figure out why P Ojha is in the ODI team ahead of Ravindra Jadeja.

  • becker52 on February 13, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    When everyone is taking abt bias with TN players, for ur kind information wat dilip vengsarkar did was just picking mumbai players like wasim jaffer in odis,ramesh powar, ajit agarkar,etc. there is no bias now. Only performance oriented selection.

  • nirmal_gold on February 13, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    What de hell is going on Shrikanth's mind. How could he miss Badri and Sreesanth for NZ tour. Even though am from TN i say tat selection of Balaji is not justified. Just form alone wont matter. The Black cats wil treat him like a spinner with his unlively pace. And as for M.Vijay, why do they need a specialist opener with Sehwag n Gambhir in good nick. D.Karthik is good selection cos he has proved his mettle in England n he can be used as a specialist opener. I dono much abt Dhawal except for he played good IPL cricket. He bowls well but dono whether he can swing it. Certainly Sree, Munaf, Zaheer, Ishant would be the most lethal fast bowling attack. To add fire power RP could be the other one. No probs in spin dept.

  • becker52 on February 13, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    What swell the squad to 17 if rohit sharma performs. rohit is taking the place without performing anywhere. U should definitely pick either Badrinath,the top duleep trophy scorer or Pujara who are consistently performing in domestic seasons.

    selectors are making the same mistake again and again giving the old used people a chance.

    Really embarrassing and hurtful to those players who perform in domestic.

  • Sajish on February 13, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    It is a good indian team selection for the 3 formats of cricket. However, missing names in the line up are Badrinath and Sreesanth, both are agressive players. Sreesanth would have been a better choice than Balaji atleast in tests. Sreesanth has proved that he is good swing bowlers in favourable foreign pitches. It is very sad that this aggressive guy is missing in the line up along with a prolic scorer of Badrinath, why Badri has ignored. I hope he will not be another Ajay Sharma for India.

  • concerned_cricketer on February 13, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    I think Sreesanth should have been taken in place of Munaf Patel. I have no difficult understanding the selection of Kulkarni and Balaji who's been out of action for sometime and has maybe got better. But Sreesanth is capable of proving unplayable in some conditions and might prove to be a handful in the windy conditions in NZ. But ultimately he's only himself to blame if this is a continuation of the lesson the selectors want to teach him for his kiddish antics which he's exhibited too many times. As an Indian fan enjoying our unaccustomed position of having a huge pool of talent to pick from, I can only hope that Sreesanth uses his time out to mature and get a balanced head on his strong shoulders. Good Luck to India.

  • dhiraj113 on February 13, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    The selection is more or less OK, may be I would have included another batsman in the squad for tests, probably Rohit Sharma. And all those people saying the Rohit Sharma should be removed from ODI & T20 squads, don't forget that he is the most technically sound batsman in the current line up. Centuries on flat tracks can hardly be considered as a criterion to select batsmen for the NZ tour, where the ball swings hell a lot. With regard to that, Rohit Sharma would have been ideal in the test squad( Don't forget that he scored centuries in both innings of the Ranji Troply final on a track that was seeming a lot and on a track in which the likes of Wasim Jaffer etc failed miserably). Regarding Balaji's selection, he is too slow to play as a seamer in my college team, forget about international cricket.

  • raj_che on February 13, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    I cud see a lots of comments abt regionalism that 3 players from TN have been selected. These ppl who hav commented shud follow the domestic circuit closely bfore commenting. Balaji has taken a hell lot of wickets this season in ranji' and he definetly deserves a place. D.Karthick is automatic choice as a second keeper as he has scored above 1000 runs. M.Vijay had proved his mettle as an opener and why shud not he be picked as reserve opener ahead of Jaffer who has failed time and again in international circuit. people seem to be crying over the non inclusion of Sreeshant and RP. i wonder what they did in the domestic season in order to be considered for selection. I personally feel Badri shud hav been selected ahead of Rohit, who is failing time and again.probably they might have known that people of India would make a big cry of regionalism if there r 4 players from TN in the team, which is jappening now. Cmon guys its performance which matters and not which state you are from!

  • Champ2000 on February 13, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    Why is so much of fuss..No matter who were selected there would have been few good players left out.. So lets move on and hope for the best.(Anyway: Sreesanth is load of rubbish with his attitude, he is out and india is doing good). It was heartning to see jadeja getting one more ticket though and brave selectors select dhawal as well..

    Now if few other good did not get select is ok as there will be other times.

    Cheers India...

  • amitabyss on February 13, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    I feel Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Pateland Amit Mishra have included themself in the team. Have a look on the other 4 ---- M Vijay, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wk) 3 of these reserves are from Tamil Nadu. I dont have any better proof of my allegations against SRIKANTH. Pujara/Jaffer ahead of Vijay,Parthiv ahead of DK ans RP/Sreesanth ahead of Balaji. Hopefully performance will be given preference over state in the future.

  • arvin_d on February 13, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    while one group backs the decision of the selectors, others would disagree and vice versa. There will be never a time when all of us agree on what the selectors pick. It really doesnt go well to criticize them when the teams that they have picked this far has done so well and also talks of selectors being biased to TN players is pure rubbish!

  • palfeb3_1987 on February 13, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    A lot of the comments here are totally biased.Lets come to know about the debatable selections here.In the Test Squad - Backup players are essential for opening,wicket-keeper and pace bowling slots.Opening is a specialist position & Vijay seems a good prospect coz jaffer is a flat track bully and he failed completely in OZ.In SA and Eng he played averagely where karthik scored brilliantly. Karthik deseves his back-up keeper slot coz he had an excellent domestic season and he can be a handy opener too. Sreesanth though a swing bowler didnt have a good season. U cant judge balaji in a single ODI. Lets see how he performs(if he gets a chance) and we will reserve the judgement till that. ODIs and T20 squads look great though. What more should Badri do to convince the selectors. In just 5 matches he has scored 426 runs at an avg of 85.2. What more, he can roll over his wrists and field well also. Sorry Badri. Good luck next time.

  • SarathyVaishnav on February 13, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    ignorance of Badri, pujara is very evident and reasonable, after this series it will be bid adieu for the wall and very very special laxman and they will take their place thats why M.Vijay given chance ahead of badri.. Then Sreesanth and RP were injured so they were not included.. But for Rohit this may be the last chance to prove his class..

    To conclude this is good one day and T20 team

    Test team they have testing time ahead especially for the BIG 4 sorry for now BIG 3 after this series it will be BIG1

  • 12kris on February 13, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    One can't help sympathising with Badri, who has not put a foot wrong. With Rahane too in ominous form, Dravid is mighty lucky to have got the nod.Yet, it might be a blessing in disguise for both of them, for a NZ tour is never easy for a debutant. Kulkarni never impressed in the Duleep trophy finals. But his strength is his line and length, which are of cardinal importance on NZ pitches. Sreesanth deservedly was ignored. He was lucky to get the wickets he got in the Duleep trophy finals. His strength seems to be outside the cricket field.

  • Percy_Fender on February 13, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Akhinjya Rahane should definitely have been selected because he had played and done very well and aggressively in in the Under 19 matches against New Zealand and their local teams in February 2007. He has since proved his mettle on his first class debut in Pakistan and thereafter has moved up the ladder in domestic cricket very impressively. Having watched him on TV I got the impression that he is very accomplished, has a sound defensive technique, plays all the attacking strokes front and backfoot without exception, and above all has the hunger to score big. Considering that he is not a poor traveller I am sure he would have made a mark there. The conditions are very cold and windy in New Zealand at present and I would have liked to have someone who has proved himelf there. This talk of Tamil Nadu being favoured is hardly convincing when one sees that Badrinath, probably the most deserving one from there not being selected for the tests.The others may not play in the India NZ games.

  • samphel on February 13, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    I dont understand why RP Singh and Sreeshant are being ignored continously. I think they are one of the best out swing bowlers in the world who can swing it at a very lively pace. I just hope that Sreeshant is not being ignored becouse of 'slapping incident during IPL' coz he happens to be young and Bajji having been the senior must be having his clout. I think Tendulkar should not be supporting Bajji blindly, and be less regional, is the Mumbai going to represent India again? where does Balaji fit in completely strange...Shrikant the chief selector has started showing his regional colours..basically he is getting away because the playing 11 are doing really well so others are not tested at all, I hope both Zaheer and Sharma remain injury free..

  • IndianInnerEdge on February 13, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    Munaf-If he doesnot bowl @ 150kmph or even close-he is useless...useless batsman and useless fielder-RP or Sreesanth or even both would be better than him & Balaji(incidently from TN)...For those whose brains have been mashed with an overdose of Chole n Rajma and are pointing to a TN bias just because Srikant is from TN, Plz note that I've pumped 4 RP-a UPite and Sreesanth-from KERALA (completely diff state from TN)...though if 11 Mizos or Sikkimese were good enough to wear the India cap-they should be in the team. As regards Vijay, definately a better fielder than Jaffer(his closest rival)-even though akash chopra might be a close runner, Dinesh K-deserves to be in the reserves in case of any injury to MSD-Guys-plz stop the parochial spin, Its India that matters...C'mon India!!!

  • LukyLibran on February 13, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Where is Badri ? I think Rohit Sharma have direct link to BCCI he never perform in a single ODI since he got a chance but he is always in the team his domestic record also not near to Badri but I don't understand which type of performance these selectors want. I think RP also is in the team.

  • arijitdasgupta on February 13, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    I THINK THIS SERIES COULD BE USED TO GIVE GOLDEN HANDSHAKES TO TENDULKAR AND LAXMAN AND ITS TIME TO LOOK AHEAD OF DRAVID. LET'S MOVE FORWARD! ITS TIME!!!

  • aruntheselector on February 13, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    Most of the players in all the 3 squads are as expected and there is nothing much to debate upon.Justice has been done to Dhawal.However,the selectors could gambled by selecting Sreesanth instead of Munaf or Balaji in the test squad considering the seaming conditions of New Zealand.It is unfortunate that Badri is not selected in the test squad without getting a chance and above all he has perfomed well consistently for the last 3 years.Even though the chances for him to make it in the final 11 are very less,he could have made it instead of Vijay as Dinesh Karthik can fill the spot of reserve opener if required.India's past performances in NZ has not been good due the seaming conditions.Under such situation a solid batsman might be required in ODI squad.Badri could have been considered ahead of Rohit who is inconsistent.Abhishek Nayar had a good season as an allrounder.He could have been handy in NZ and a competition to Irfan who has been inconsistent with the ball.

  • 6x_CS_King on February 13, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    I say that the team looks good,but everyone is saying y balaji? y not sree or RP ,and y more T.N players, the reason is T.N has performed well in ranji trophy with dinesh kartick amongst the higest run getters, balaji in leading wicket takers list,but BADRI should have been in the side instead of M.Vijay,but vijay has also performed well,ITS very difficult for the selectors to pick a team ,wen guys who r not considered as having high potential or natural talent r performing(balaji,Dhawal) and others who have done well in the past and has high potential (like SREE,RP) dont perform well so those who perform well should be taken into the side,they r almost inevitable;and the selectors have done the same,balaji bowls at ~120Km/H nowadays,wen compared to SREE ~140km/h.balaji doesnt swing the ball much like SREE does in Foriegn conditions,but balaji has a record of 36 wickets last domestic season. so obviously he has to be picked>>and same for other unexpected players..

  • GopalMuraliG on February 13, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    The selection of Balaji & Dhawal Kulkarni is heartening because it sends a clear message to players that good performaces in Ranji & Duleep Trophies matter. Balaji & Kulkarni had an outstanding season and they have been rewarded. As for Cheteshwar Pujara, he has shown some weakness against the short ball (Agarkar used it well against him) he still needs to polish his game. He is an exciting talent and I am sure his time will come sooner than later.

  • RameshMenonTeam1blogs on February 13, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Whatever said (about) and done by Sreesanth, I strongly feel, he should have got a chance to play in this series. This, especially, when he has proved his fitness and ability to perform and deliver in the recent matches he played. What to say, Dhoni, has been consistent in his approach and saying that he is looking for a bowler, who listen to him and bowls according to his scheme or plan of things, and probably this is the reason why Sreesanth lost out. We hope for the best for him in the coming days. After all, not many times, we get to see or had the chance to see aggressive players like him in Indian Team.

  • Munis.S on February 13, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    Whats wrong with badrinath ? Who had scored double century is duleep trophy and Century notout in Final ? Even rahul not scored well in the final. He was picked for some series, But got change to play. With out giving opportunity he was ignored. What is his age now , When he is going to get chance to play ??????????

  • mynor on February 13, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    What Happen to Robin Uthappa? What a attacking player he is. What happen to the selectors. He is more capable than Rohit & Jadeja. He is a good finisher and a nice fielder also and also a team player. He always played for team not for their own like Dhoni. Also he was scored some runs in the Ranji Season. It's really unfortunate to see the list of One Day & T20 teams without Uthappa. We all Miss Uthappa. He has to Give Some More Chance to Prove His Metal.

  • ruvvy on February 13, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    Disappointing. Very. Why Balaji? Why Rohit Sharma? Karthik could be a replacement WK as well as reserve opener (Just in case). Pujara or Rahane would have been better than Vijay as reserve batsman. A seaming allrounder was required for NZ, even for the test matches. Am sure someone is around (are we looking hard enough?). Exhibition of complete lack of guts!

  • sandy107 on February 13, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    why rohit sharma again n again despite being poor performance in the last few games.and why ignoring badrinath.also negelecting sreesanth and rp singh is not a good choice inspite being known that new zealand is a boom for fast bowlers.pitches in new zealand supports fast bowlwers. and ravindra jadega is taken in 20-20 squad. he is not a player of that kind.he more fits in test format.

  • ankurgarg_pec on February 13, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    ok we all do forget about respective states, but mn how can selectors overlook praveen kumar, he bowled briliantly in australia, the tri series with pakistan in srilanka, his state team has reavhed finals of ranji trophy 3 years in a row since his debut, what the hell does this guy have to do to get into the team, are gud looks and stupid anctics(sreesanth) important to make the fans realise that you are performing, ppl backing sreesanth should take a look at the duleep trophy matches where he seemed nothing more than a second rate seamer

  • BIJUAYROOR on February 13, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Balaji's bowling has been exposed during the last ODI in Sri Lanka. His role in the team was specialist fast bowler and he was struggling to bowl at even around 125Kmph. Also hasn't got the captain's confidence as everybody in the team were bowling to fill overs and the specialist only got 5 overs. How can the selectors forget the expoilts of Sree Santh or R.P.Singh in South Africa and England? Both of them have proven international records and easily touch speed around mid-140's. Or can I call it favouritism or quota system??

  • gauravk on February 13, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    I think RP might be more effective in NZ than munaf. Lets see what happens.

  • riteshjsr on February 13, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    I think the selectors have done a good job. The squads for all three formats look good. I would have loved to see Sreesanth in the mix but then his performances haven't been too great post his recovery. If Sreesanth were fit and in form, it would have given our bowling a lot of variety. Ishant who naturally swings the ball into the righthander, Sree who naturally swings it away and Zak who can pretty much do both and more. People who are questioning Balaji's place in the squad obviously have not followed the domestic action this season. 36 wickets at 17.50. What else does a bowler need to do to merit selection? We know he can swing the ball and can be quite a handful in the seaming conditions in NZ. Poor Badri would be wondering what more he has to do to get into the team. However, with a packed middle order, he would have struggled to get a game. Rohit ahead of Uthappa in ODI and T20 surprised me a bit though. Rohit is struggling right now and should have made way for Uthappa.

  • kpcp on February 13, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    I feel it is a blunder by the selectors that Sreesanth could not find a place in the team. I thought the selectors will consider the climatic conditions of the country where our team will go to play. The pitches in OZ-NZ will help the bowlers who can swing more and there sree could show that he is a dangerous bowler.Let time will tell us the result.

  • HaraJN on February 13, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Sreesanth himself is to be blamed for not being selected in the indian team. If he had not tried to turn others attention by crying and other out of box stuffs.. I think he would have been reckoned. Attitude is important. BUt still if Sreesanth is part of the team for NZ he will definitely make his mark. Domstic records are all right but we need to think what schewag did in the Australian tour despite his poor form prior to the tour in the domestic circuit. Yes Sreesanth should be a ahead of injury prone Munaf. Munaf plays a match and he is injured the next day. whats the use. And Sreesanth is a better fielder than Munaf.And again Badri poor chap.. By now he must be wondering what is it he needs to do to be a part of the indian team other than scoring. May be Badri you should do some domestic help by goign to some selectors house. Feel very sorry for Badri for missing the flight yet again. Gambir was given 10 to 12 chances and now he is almost a certainity.Y not badri???

  • arvindal on February 13, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    To continue with my previous post, i`m not saying the previous committee was partial or anything like tat all i`m saying is give the performers a chance and ppl in the team a chance to prove themselves. Sorry for Badri - a man who scores, scores and still has to score to prove himself poor fellow , Pujara - man this guy has good temprament and is concentration personfied he`ll get his chance not to worry, Rahane - give him one more season more A-team cricket he is surely a prospect for the future. Hope ppl realise the team to S.L didn`t have a single tamilian other than urgent replacement of Munaf wit Balaji.This committee has shown it has always provided teams with performers and we`re nearing number 1 in all forms of cricket wat more does a selection team have to do to prove their credentials, forget being Mumbai or Chennai or Kolkata or Delhi its about INDIA!!!!! got it guys now jus wish the team good luck

  • Easwar76 on February 13, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    Where is BADRI? He is more suitable in NZ conditions than others. Sree should replayes for Dhawal. Dravid form is not good in domestic also. So he will also sacked from the team.

  • Cricdish on February 13, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    The absence of a reserve middle order batsman is scary. If one of Dravid, Tendulkar, Yuvraj or Laxman gets injured/ill before the toss, Vijay will be drafted in, potentially at 3. Not a bad thing in itself, but then again Karthik may be asked to do the job! Now that's bad!

    I think Badrinath should have been picked ahead of Dhawal. I can't see Dhawal getting any opportunities in the series because he is the 5th choice seamer!

    I don't understand the need to name a separate T20 side when the only difference is Jadeja. They could have just taken him along for the T20 and ODI legs!

  • arvindal on February 13, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    Man i never read such comments when Dilip Vengsarkar was the chairman of the selection committee, Ppl from Mumbai got chances, more chances and kept getting chances just as 3 players from T.N are selected in a team of 17 and there is so much hue and cry for partiality plus these 3 aren`t even non performers, Dinesh Karthik - Captain of the T.N ranji team reached the semi finals and missed the finals by a whisker,scored 5 hundreds including a 200, 1026 runs @ 64.16 and was the 3rd highest in the number of dismissals, top scorer in the duleep trophy,he can field really well can any1 forget the catch in the 20-20 WC,an opener of good caliber who topped the runs in England which where the swinging conditons are close to N.Z. Vijay - a dashing opener who scored against Aus,sensational fielder he proved himself in the one opportunity he got. Balaji- Ppl must know its not easy to get back from an injury as Bala has done and he proved his fitness with 54 0vers in the ranji semis.

  • say2sumeet on February 13, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    Looks like Tamil nnadu players are being given preference.. Murali vijay, dinesh kartik, balaji.. Guess they are all close to our chariman of selectors chika.. We could have had RP singh and Sreesanth in the team who all have bowled so well in England and south africa. Both of them bowl with a decent pace too. And Badrinath is a better bet for a middle order slot than Murali.

  • manoo_ind on February 13, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Hi All, after seeing the new team, i decided to create a account(even though i used view cricinfo for a long time) just to share my thoughts: As per me Rohit(waste..)is not fit for any of the team. i have been watching him since he joined in the team, hardly we contributed in few ocations in Team win. He looks like really lazy in the fields or even batting. How many runs he scored and how many centuries(NIL) and how many 50 he scored in his international career. What is the average in ODI and 20-20? Still why selection team is in favor of this batsman????? I dont have any commens about other members bcz i was just finding Rohit name praying God he should not be in the team. Even Deccan Chargers included this person in their team, but same results there also. Selection team is selecting him just bcz he is mumbairkar and no body is there for successor of Tendulkar. They are trying to make this bloody guy as furture Tendulkar. It will never happen even in dreams...

  • Raj_pandian on February 13, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    Nice balanced team!! but i dont think why Rohit Sharma is given more chances again and again. What happened to Badrinath!! Karthik should utilise this chance, he had a very nice domestic session so far scoring more than 1000 runs....I dont think sri is giving more imp to TN ( Balaji,Vijay and karthik had a very nice domestic session this year! rubbishmedia-FYI Balaji took almost 30+ wickets in this ranji and kulkarni is the leading wicket taker, he took 42 wickets so i think this is a very well balanced team and we have a very good chance to register a series victory in NZ

  • ankurgarg_pec on February 13, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    I think the selectors have done a fairly poor job in picking the seamers for the new Zealand tour, for me praveen kumar who had done well in the recent srilanka series should have been picked for the new zealand tour. He swings the ball both ways, i would have definately preferred praveen kumar over balaji. Come on selectors open ur eyes, choose Horses for courses

  • goyalpkr on February 13, 2009, 9:32 GMT

    It's really painful to see Rohit Sharma again in the team in spite of so much failures. I think selectors are trying to make him Sachin forcefully. His slection arises a question mark on selection policy, that is does performance is any parameter in selecting any player. Badrinath and Pujara are realy unlucky as they are not the favouraties of selectors, leave the performance aside. Also, the selection of Vijay and omission of R P Singh are surprices.

  • Lords on February 13, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Teams are okay but they could do little better.

    1. M. Vijay could have been replaced by S. Badrinath or C. Pujara or A. Rahane

    2. L. Balaji is not a good choice for Tests. Sreesanth or RP Singh would have been ideal choice.

    3. Rohit Sharma should be asked to go back to domestic cricket. We already have enough of attacking batsmen in ODI squad anyway. In difficult NZ conditions, S. Badrinath should have been selected in ODI Squad.

  • cantwaittosee on February 13, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    munaf and balaji should be replaced by sreesanth and rp. badrinath should be given a chance. and what about ashok dinda and manpreet gony?

  • ravisantosh on February 13, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    Hello hello what's going out again and again in Indian cricket.Why should Rohit be selected ahead of Indian "Michael Hussey" Badri?Its absolute trash picking Rohit who has been maintaining a very consistent poor form in all forms of cricket.I can't understand why Badri is promoted to B-grade contract if he is not going to play for India???Hoping to see him in Indian color soon.

  • sunnysideuppp on February 13, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    Both RP and Sreesanth are far better bowlers than both Balaji and Kulkarni. Just because the ball swings in Nz does not mean you fill your team with below par medium pacers and hope they would run through the NZ side. Historically only swing bowlers with a decent pace have done well in NZ, Sree and RP would have fit the bill perfectly both have done well in the past when the ball swings, Sree in SA and RP in England. Wrong move am araid by the selectors to ignore them

  • surfacer on February 13, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    People need to watch a bit of domestic cricket before even considering commenting. L.Balaji has got the best bowling average among fast bowlers in the Ranji trophy which speaks volumes of his current form. His average is under 20 this season which is remarkable for a fast bowler in Indian conditions. If you feel Balaji shouldn't be in the team, then I don't see why Dhaval Kulkarni should be in as well. And I don't understand the banter about Vijay. He came in at a crucial juncture of the Indo-Aussie series and saved our skin. If you would recollect, the opening partnerships were the ones which helped us through the series and Gambhir was suspended for the last Test. So I cannot understand how you can drop a guy who proved himself in his very first Test. Wasim Jaffer has been given enough chances through his career. As far as Dinesh Karthik is concerned, I think its an automatic choice.

  • Mohiit on February 13, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    For the third opener's slot, Wasim Jaffer is more suitable than M Vijay. Vijay didn't even have good scores in the last domestic season. There are far better players like Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, C Pujara etc.. Wasim Jaffer also has some international experience.

  • raimanish on February 13, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    To select Munaf is not a good idea because he is always struggling with his fitness. Why does Pujara fail to find a place in the team? I agree with previous comments that Rohit is struggling with form, so R Jadeja should get a change in ODIs also.

  • nunu_nan on February 13, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    Good team. But is Munaf Patel necessary? We know his action, body language and speed. Where are Badrinath and Sreesanth? Both these players are in a good form. Also we can utilise the speed of Sreesanth here. Sreesanth and Ishant sharma are good options, both of them have good pace. I feel Tamil Nadu players are getting a preference over others. Whatever it is we can expect a good series win under our real hero MS Dhoni. Best wishes for 'Team India'.

  • iamafreak on February 13, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Sreesanth would have been an ideal choice in NZ, where the conditions are perfect for swing bowling. Munaf doesn't deserve to be in the Test squad. And Pujara should have been picked ahead of Rohit in the ODI squad and should have replaced M Vijay in the Test squad.

  • arianashok on February 13, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    And to the ignorant gentleman, who thinks Balaji's lack of pace will make him a failure in NZ, you have no idea about the playing conditions over there. Do you think it is a coincidence that NZ is full of swing bowlers? Provided Balaji is fit and in nice rythm, his type of bowling is a perfect match for NZ pitches. So get over 'more-talk n cry-less-work' Sreesanth's failure to make it to the team and appreciate the selected team.

  • Vnott on February 13, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    Badrinath should have be there. Though he did have a slump in form late last year, the terrific performances in Duleep Trophy should have ensured his selection. The committee seems to think no reinforcement is required for the middle order which is overconfidence. I hope we do not pay for this. Dinesh Karthik as a 2nd keeper is okay...But he cannot be a batting option in lieu of injury to top 5.

    While some people are questioning vijay, fact is he is a terrific prospect. He definitely is a better choice than Jaffer who is susceptible to swing bowling.

    In the bowling department, the selectors have done a bad job. What are Munaf, Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni doing ahead of Sreesanth. Is the problem to do with his fitnes or tiff with Bhajji. Sree should have been choice no: 3 with other 2 from Dhawal/ Praveen and Balaji. 20/20 and One day squads look good....

  • imaginedeejay on February 13, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    Badrinath, Sreesanth and Robin Uttappa should have been given a chance too.

  • ARCHONZ on February 13, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    Team looks though balanced.....but still a few faces are missing which are more deservable in the team..player like Ravindra Jadeja who hit and 60+ not out innings is not there in the team......the selectors shuold be answering about that.....thats a sorry state for a player of such quality.... Neways rest looks a cool selection... All the best to this team.....hope we will detroy Kiwis in same fashion like we did against srilanka and englad.... CHAK DE INDIA

  • rubbishmedia on February 13, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    Its a shame that favouritsm, assumption and illogical selection still goes on even when India is looking forward for the No 1 spot. Selecion of Balaji and Kulkarni is a joke in test team. Balaji played 3-4 games only after his return from injury. I doubt he can sustain intensity and long spells of a test match. Kulkarni is just 1 season old and sending him to a difficult tour is not justice to him. I.Pathan and Praveen Kuman should have been included in Test team, they r more experienced and after playing ODIs would have better prepared for tests. Sreesanth would have been more useful than Munaf in NZ condition. Not including Badri doesn't make sense to me. Overall, I would say in Test team Badri(for Vijay),Praveen(4 Kulkarni),Irfan(4 Balaji),Sree(4 Munaf).ODI & T20 Sree(for Munaf). RP & Munaf should go to NCA for preparation in case any bowlers get injured. Kulkarni needs play 1 more season to show his worth. Among young bowlers Siddharth Trivedi should've been considered before him.

  • arianashok on February 13, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Balanced team! Good luck to Kulkarni. He deserves it. But I feel sorry for Pujara, Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, and Badrinath, who are unlucky to miss out. Rohit Sharma is a lucky guy.

    There are only three TN players in the squad and people have started smelling partial selection here. All these three have played very well and been match winners for TN and South Zone this season. Come on guys. Please GROW UP beyond your narrow mentality. Jaffer has been given way too opportunities and he has proven to be no more than a flat pitch bully against mediocre bowling. It's time to invest in other youngsters. Sreesanth and RP haven't really done much in the domestic matches they played after their injuries, which means they are not fully ready yet. And don't go ga-ga over Irfan Pathan because he played a part in a 20-20 win. He still remains a serial underacheiver.

  • vsrajan on February 13, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Why Rohit Sharma is given one more chance when he miserably failed in the recent tours of england and srilanka? Is this the double standards of selectors? when any south zone player fails in one series or one match, he was asked to go back to domestic tournaments, but it never happens to west players. in my opinion, rohit sharma is not even worth in any team..... he is such a lazy cricketer who cares nothing in this world while batting..... rahane or badrinath must have been given a chance. other than rohit, rest of the team members got selected purely on merit!

  • Lanka007 on February 13, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Its really surprising to see that the swing specialist R.P. Singh not included in all the three squads (one day, test and Twenty20). This team hardly has any difference to the team that was selected for Sri Lanka tour. How can you continue the same bowlers for the New Zealand tour, which is entirely different compared to our pitches and climatic conditions. I am really not able to know why Munaf Patel is selected. His fitness levels are not at all up to the mark. Balaji....even he himself might be surprised to know that he has been included in the team. Its for sure that these two guys will prove futile. The selection of R.P. Singh would have made a great difference. He would have assisted Zak a lot. Its good that a young bowler Dhawal Kulkarni has been given a chance. Its really a challenging job for him.

  • abu_zayr on February 13, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    RP should have made the cut.. Balaji selection was a suprise, does'nt have that zip atleast in the last odi vs sl.. the rest pretty much selected themselves.. good luck india..

  • easwars on February 13, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Poor Badri. I feel so bad for him.

  • Saibaskar on February 13, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    I belong to Tamil Nadu and have felt several times some of the deserving players have been overlooked but now after Srikanth has come to the helm of selection it seems the reverse is happening. Balaji, Vijay and Dinesh Kartik have all made it to the national team but i would doubt if they all would have made it if the selection commitee chairman was from a different state. Guyz like Rahane and Abishek nair have done very well this season. Abishek nair especially would have been a valuable addition in the one day & T20 squad. What is the need for Dinesh Karthik in T20 team? Cant india play 2 T20 matches without an additional keeper? With Gambhir and Sewhag i doubt if Vijay would make the cut and with Dhoni around Karthik again may not get even a single game. Balaji is today a bowler who can restrict at the most so he is just a utility bowler donno why he scored ahead of several good bowlers with more than decent pace? Hope India gets saved from these regional selectors

  • AjayVeer on February 13, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Good Selection

    Remember India has not won in NZ for over 30 yrs - unlikey they will do so though

  • NEJIMON on February 13, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    I think Rajnikanth and Karunanidhi too could have given a chance, since M Vijay was chose against Jaffer and Balaji against Sreesanth. Rohit Sharma and Dravid seems have got govt jobs, were performance doesn't matter once recruited.

    P H NEJIMON ABU DHABI

  • mukundh1 on February 13, 2009, 8:29 GMT

    It makes no sense to pick someone to warm the benches when they are sure not to get a game. Jaffer has been tried before in Australia last year. His footwork might allow him to get runs in India, but in seaming (and bouncy) conditions, he cannot get away. The opener's slot is anyway taken by Gambhir and Sehwag and M Vijay is a capable reserve opener. Balaji is a surprise selection, though he has taken wickets in Ranji this season. Dinesh Karthik deserved a nod, for his handywork with the gloves and the runs he scored. 3 TN players in a squad of 17 doesn't make it a TN Ranji team. People accusing Srikanth for parochialism recommend Jaffer and Rahane, both from Mumbai. Seems equally parochial!

  • BlackBoom on February 13, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    I have to agree with Pragnesh, Praveen Kumar would have been very very handy with his swing both ways and nippy pace esp in the tests I don't think Balaji should be in any of the teams with seamers like Sreesanth and RP Singh in the reckoning who have proven their worth...well tour down under to NZL has been a nemesis for previous Indian teams hope the luck changes this time around!

  • BlackBoom on February 13, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    I have to agree with pragnesh on this one Praveen Kumar does swing the ball both ways with some nippy pace which would have been very very handy in tests.....well a tour to NZL has been the nemesis for India for a long time hope the luck changes this time around....One Day n T20 is money in the bank acc to me

  • venkatesan1973 on February 13, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    I am not sure what badrinath has to do to merit a place in the Indian test squad. The selectors have not announced a back-up for the Fab 3 plus Yuvraj and the only extra batsman is M Vijay. Since this is a 3 test match series, are they giving us an impression that M Vijay or Dinesh karthik will play as Specialist batsman if one of the Fab 3 or Yuvraj get injured.

    I wish the selectors speak to badri and let him know what they think. I was at Chepauk stadium to see a match between Badri's school alumni (he led the team) and the existing school team and he showed the same passion and aptitude for the game. That impressed me.

  • Parthipan on February 13, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    The selectors have done a nice job all round but there could have been a change here and there. T20 squad is ok, though 16 players is too much, but with one days to follow immediately, it is ok. ODI squad also looks settled.May have tried a new face in place of struggling Rohit - even kept Ravindra jadeja there. But it is ok as of now. The test squad, think is one batsman short. With Dravid and Laxman not in the best of form - they could have taken Badrinath or Pujara, but one has to think where is the place in the squad. With Dinesh karthik's recent form he could fill in. Dhawal is a good choice, considering RP and Sreesanth have been average in recent times. Selectors have done their job. Now it is upto the players to set our NOTORIOUS NEWZEALAND RECORD straight. GOOD LUCK INDIA

  • rshn on February 13, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    looks like a Tamil Nadu Ranji team....

    where is RP Singh? Sreesanth?

  • GANIL on February 13, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    1)Two full time spinners and 5 part time spinners too much for Newzealand. Could have included sreesanth at the cost of a spinner. 2) I think Munaf never played a full series. Its a joke from the selectors to include him for 20-20, on day and test. sure he will return after one day series. 3) keeping in mind the batting conditions at newsealand, Badrinath would have been an ideal option at the middle order for onedayers. the attacking cricketers who fills position 1 to 8 will find it difficult to cope up with conditions. we need players like dravid for onedayers in newsealand and badri is the available option

  • Ganapati9 on February 13, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    The team selection is disappointing.Wasim Jaffer is in the form of his life and has monumental scores this season.He captained Mumbai and West Zone teams to victory in the Ranj and Duleep Trophies.I do not understand how M.Vijay was preferred to him in the Test squad.It is a clear case of parochialism on the part of Srikant the Chairman ,Selection Committee.Rohit Sharma was a flop in the one dayers and twenty -twenty.He is suffering from a form slump.Still he is selected in preference to Robin Uthappa who has scored heavily this season and has captained Karnataka well.The Selectionn Committee is playing favourites and deserving players are being sidelined.It is not good for the team.

  • biju on February 13, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    I think the selectors have selected the players based on their personal interest.Sreesanth defenitely stood for Dinesh Karthik , Balaji & M Vijay .Rohit Sharma was a failure & selected ahead of Jadeja.Dhaval Kulakarni should have beed tried in ODIs not in test.He is a new comer & I donn't think he can adjust to Newzealand conditions.With the pace of Balaji he will defenitely be a failure in tests.I can see a lot of partiality in selection.Why M Vijay is considered ahead of Rahane who played better in Duleep Trophy.Sreesanth thinks Indian team belongs to his family !!!!!!!!!!

  • goutam70 on February 13, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Where are Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary. Rohit sharma again? Munaf again in all form of game,We saw his body language in Sri Linka series, cant bat and poor fielding and not so special (wicket taking bowler) to deserve his place again.

    goutam. india

  • abhijithsimha on February 13, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Nice team but i would have loved to have Irfan in place of balaji or kulkarni even for the tests, M Vijay and Balaji getting selected ahead of others, some thing smells wrong to me.

  • Aduthoma on February 13, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Rahane should have been got a chance considering his current imperious form! Also Sree Santh Should have been in the twenty20 squad since his experience would have helped the team! this tour hopefully will monitor Dravid and Laxman form! The more they delay talents like Rahane and Raina's entry to test team,the more the maturity to play long innings also delay!

  • LKKingmaker on February 13, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    Very balanced squad.. All the best to 3 squads

  • Pragsl on February 13, 2009, 7:46 GMT

    I think instead of balaji, pravin kumar should have been a part of the test side. He can swing both ways and this will help us in great guns, especially in the seaming conditions.

    Overall a balanced side. Nice to see Dhawal kulkarni in the side.

    Pragnesh

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  • Pragsl on February 13, 2009, 7:46 GMT

    I think instead of balaji, pravin kumar should have been a part of the test side. He can swing both ways and this will help us in great guns, especially in the seaming conditions.

    Overall a balanced side. Nice to see Dhawal kulkarni in the side.

    Pragnesh

  • LKKingmaker on February 13, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    Very balanced squad.. All the best to 3 squads

  • Aduthoma on February 13, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Rahane should have been got a chance considering his current imperious form! Also Sree Santh Should have been in the twenty20 squad since his experience would have helped the team! this tour hopefully will monitor Dravid and Laxman form! The more they delay talents like Rahane and Raina's entry to test team,the more the maturity to play long innings also delay!

  • abhijithsimha on February 13, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Nice team but i would have loved to have Irfan in place of balaji or kulkarni even for the tests, M Vijay and Balaji getting selected ahead of others, some thing smells wrong to me.

  • goutam70 on February 13, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Where are Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary. Rohit sharma again? Munaf again in all form of game,We saw his body language in Sri Linka series, cant bat and poor fielding and not so special (wicket taking bowler) to deserve his place again.

    goutam. india

  • biju on February 13, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    I think the selectors have selected the players based on their personal interest.Sreesanth defenitely stood for Dinesh Karthik , Balaji & M Vijay .Rohit Sharma was a failure & selected ahead of Jadeja.Dhaval Kulakarni should have beed tried in ODIs not in test.He is a new comer & I donn't think he can adjust to Newzealand conditions.With the pace of Balaji he will defenitely be a failure in tests.I can see a lot of partiality in selection.Why M Vijay is considered ahead of Rahane who played better in Duleep Trophy.Sreesanth thinks Indian team belongs to his family !!!!!!!!!!

  • Ganapati9 on February 13, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    The team selection is disappointing.Wasim Jaffer is in the form of his life and has monumental scores this season.He captained Mumbai and West Zone teams to victory in the Ranj and Duleep Trophies.I do not understand how M.Vijay was preferred to him in the Test squad.It is a clear case of parochialism on the part of Srikant the Chairman ,Selection Committee.Rohit Sharma was a flop in the one dayers and twenty -twenty.He is suffering from a form slump.Still he is selected in preference to Robin Uthappa who has scored heavily this season and has captained Karnataka well.The Selectionn Committee is playing favourites and deserving players are being sidelined.It is not good for the team.

  • GANIL on February 13, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    1)Two full time spinners and 5 part time spinners too much for Newzealand. Could have included sreesanth at the cost of a spinner. 2) I think Munaf never played a full series. Its a joke from the selectors to include him for 20-20, on day and test. sure he will return after one day series. 3) keeping in mind the batting conditions at newsealand, Badrinath would have been an ideal option at the middle order for onedayers. the attacking cricketers who fills position 1 to 8 will find it difficult to cope up with conditions. we need players like dravid for onedayers in newsealand and badri is the available option

  • rshn on February 13, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    looks like a Tamil Nadu Ranji team....

    where is RP Singh? Sreesanth?

  • Parthipan on February 13, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    The selectors have done a nice job all round but there could have been a change here and there. T20 squad is ok, though 16 players is too much, but with one days to follow immediately, it is ok. ODI squad also looks settled.May have tried a new face in place of struggling Rohit - even kept Ravindra jadeja there. But it is ok as of now. The test squad, think is one batsman short. With Dravid and Laxman not in the best of form - they could have taken Badrinath or Pujara, but one has to think where is the place in the squad. With Dinesh karthik's recent form he could fill in. Dhawal is a good choice, considering RP and Sreesanth have been average in recent times. Selectors have done their job. Now it is upto the players to set our NOTORIOUS NEWZEALAND RECORD straight. GOOD LUCK INDIA