Sri Lanka Triangular Series 2010 August 26, 2010

Sehwag backs Indian youngsters

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India's misfiring young batsmen are getting plenty of support from their seniors. Two days after captain MS Dhoni said he was not too concerned about the batting collapses in the Dambulla tri-series, Virender Sehwag has also backed his less-experienced team-mates to deliver.

The quartet of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have managed just 94 runs between them through the tournament. But India are still in the final, on the back of two solo efforts from Sehwag which led to two victories.

"When I was a youngster, it took me almost 50 to 70 innings to perform consistently, so we have to give more time to youngsters," Sehwag said. "We are not worried about them too much because in Dambulla, everybody's not scoring. We have to live with that and give youngsters some confidence and tell them to go out and spend some time at the wicket."

India's batsmen have kept the opposition wicketkeepers and slip fielders busy, giving up nearly half their wickets to catches in that area. Dhoni had called for his batsmen to be more decisive with their stroke-selection, particularly to balls outside off. However, on Wednesday two of India's top-order batsmen, Karthik and Kohli, fell wafting at precisely such deliveries.

"It's very easy to say that you should leave the ball or hit it according to its merit but it's very difficult to react according to the merit of the ball," Sehwag said. "When we were young, it would have been confusing whether to hit or leave. It used to be tempting to hit and we used to get out in that confusion. It's important to either leave or play the balls outside off rather than defending them."

Sehwag, the only batsman from any of the three sides to come to terms with the seam and swing in Dambulla, advised caution in the early stages of the innings. India's scores after 15 overs in their league matches were 54 for 5, 47 for 3, 56 for 3 and 81 for 4.

"If you see off the first 10-15 overs, it becomes easier to bat. But those first few overs are difficult to survive," he said. "If you see off the new ball [even] without scoring much in the first 15 overs, it helps the team a lot."

Saturday's final could well be the last chance for the likes of Kohli and Rohit to press for a permanent place in the side, as senior batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir could return to the one-day team for the home series against Australia in October.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    If we have to pick squad of 15 players for world cup, below are must

    a) Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi,Dhoni,Zaheer,Bhajji. (7)

    Remaining Fast Bowlers :- Ishant,Nehra,Praveen and Munaf (Only 2 should be picked). Will go for Ishant and Nehra.(2)

    Spinners:- Ojha and Mishra ( will go for Ojha).(1)

    Youngsters :- Raina,Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. ( will go for Raina and Rohit Sharma) (2)

    Must in Palying Eleven :- Pathan Brothers because they can turn match single handedly......(2)

    Surprise Package:- Rahul Dravid (Old is gold)....

    Best available Playing Eleven:- Sachin.Sehwag,Gambhi,Yuvi,Dravid,Y.Pathan,Dhoni,I.Othan,Bhaji,Zaheer,Ishant.

    Ravindra Jadeja don't even deserve in Bangladesh 15 man squad. Don't know why we are persisitng with him. Most of the time Bhaji comes ahead of Jadeja when Batting 1st and when Batting 2nd, Jadeja can't handle pressure and gets run out. (check the stats).... And In Bowling, he is not Shane Warne or Anil Kumble.

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | August 30, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    For the upcoming wc, India will have Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Zaheer for sure. So that leaves spots for 3 more players. Dhoni would definitely opt for a specialist spinner and two more fast/medium pace bowlers. He cant depend on spin for 30 overs and one of these 3 will be expected to be handy with batting too. If he goes for Ashwin,Nehra and Praveen he will have no one to be beleived to bat after Raina. So he is going to opt for Jadeja, Praveen and Nehra, or Jadeja, Ishant and Nehra. However the ideal option would be Irfan, Praveen, and Ashwin or Irfan, Nehra and Ashwin depending on track. I am totally against Jadeja's inclusion for the wc, but lets face it guys, if Irfan and Ashwin are not going to play in the upcoming series against Australia or SA, its definite that they are not going to play in the WC either.The selectors, coach, and the captain had so long to groom a proper all rounder, its about time where it might be just too late to experiment

  • POSTED BY sanchit_sabharwal on | August 30, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    I THINK WHAT IS THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH INDIA IS THAT WE DONT HAVE A GENUINE FAST BOWLER ALL-ROUNDER. WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE JACKES KALLIS, CHRIS CAIRNS, DWAYNE BRAVO, SHANE WATSON, ANDREW FLINTOFF. ALL THE ALL ROUNDERS WE GET ARE PART TIME SPINNERS LIKE RAVINDRA JADEJA, BUT WE SERIOUSLY NEEDED PLAYERS LIKE KAPIL DEV IF WE WANT TO WIN THE PRETIGIOUS WORLD CUP AND WE WANT TO REPEAT THE HISTORY OF 1983. PLAYERS LIKE IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND GIVEN CHANCE ONCE MORE.

  • POSTED BY 11Noobs on | August 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @ tillu1234... You stole my words.

  • POSTED BY tillu1234 on | August 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Just one question to Shehwag and all that want to give them > 50 One day Caps to settle in

    HOW MANY MISTAKES/FAILURES WILL BE PERMITTED AT YOUR WORK PLACE BEFORE THEY SHOW YOU THE DOOR?

  • POSTED BY peri88 on | August 28, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Dhoni and selectors don't have mind at all. Both are not selecting right team. Look at Rohit, kohli, jadeja, Karthik, Ishant. How many failures? Dhoni should have given atleast one game to Ashwin, Tiwari during this series. Look at Munaf, Dhoni was reluctant to give him any game until he had no choice and Munaf did well in both the games. What Ishant or Nehara doing?, they are very inconsistent especially in crunch game unless pitch help them. I. Pathan even he performs 50% is lot better than Ishant and some times even Nehra. If you look at history how badly Irfan has bolwed. May be 10-70-0, how about other bolwers? Look at Ishant or Nehra's bad performances. plus no contribution with Bat from them.

    There won't be any chance winning world cup unless Dhoni and selectors select right team on particular day. Dhoni is not changing or trying any new things, same old stuff like others, atleast he should select correct team and correct batting order.

  • POSTED BY cool_engineer on | August 28, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    "Sunil Ob" is absolutely right............International cricket is a final Test, not a Practice field or net practice area ............It is place to deliver........

  • POSTED BY DubaiSiva on | August 28, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Whilst Sachin is an automatic choice for world cup, looking back, we should realise that even Sachin did not score a century during his first 70 odd innings. So it may not be fair to drop youngsters who are averaging in the range of 30 to 43 who have played only 50/ less than 50 matches. No point in calling back players like Dravid who are poor in fielding and is above 36, considering grooming for the future. Sachin though above 37, still runs like a kid and his recent batting performances are better than anyone else playing international cricket. Selectors should continueto select talented youngsters presently available.Decisions should not be made considering performances in Dambulla, which was not the best for batting even for more established players. Ghambir and Sachin should be in. Rohit should be axed if he fails in the next series as well. Tiwari , then should be considered.

  • POSTED BY Binstech on | August 28, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    How about giving the young Saurabh Tiwari a chance?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Giving a chance to Ravinder Jadeja and other player does not worry much. But I cant understand why Irfan, Yousuf and RP are not playing..? Irfan can replace any all rounder in the team. I think India is wasting its talent.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    If we have to pick squad of 15 players for world cup, below are must

    a) Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi,Dhoni,Zaheer,Bhajji. (7)

    Remaining Fast Bowlers :- Ishant,Nehra,Praveen and Munaf (Only 2 should be picked). Will go for Ishant and Nehra.(2)

    Spinners:- Ojha and Mishra ( will go for Ojha).(1)

    Youngsters :- Raina,Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. ( will go for Raina and Rohit Sharma) (2)

    Must in Palying Eleven :- Pathan Brothers because they can turn match single handedly......(2)

    Surprise Package:- Rahul Dravid (Old is gold)....

    Best available Playing Eleven:- Sachin.Sehwag,Gambhi,Yuvi,Dravid,Y.Pathan,Dhoni,I.Othan,Bhaji,Zaheer,Ishant.

    Ravindra Jadeja don't even deserve in Bangladesh 15 man squad. Don't know why we are persisitng with him. Most of the time Bhaji comes ahead of Jadeja when Batting 1st and when Batting 2nd, Jadeja can't handle pressure and gets run out. (check the stats).... And In Bowling, he is not Shane Warne or Anil Kumble.

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | August 30, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    For the upcoming wc, India will have Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Zaheer for sure. So that leaves spots for 3 more players. Dhoni would definitely opt for a specialist spinner and two more fast/medium pace bowlers. He cant depend on spin for 30 overs and one of these 3 will be expected to be handy with batting too. If he goes for Ashwin,Nehra and Praveen he will have no one to be beleived to bat after Raina. So he is going to opt for Jadeja, Praveen and Nehra, or Jadeja, Ishant and Nehra. However the ideal option would be Irfan, Praveen, and Ashwin or Irfan, Nehra and Ashwin depending on track. I am totally against Jadeja's inclusion for the wc, but lets face it guys, if Irfan and Ashwin are not going to play in the upcoming series against Australia or SA, its definite that they are not going to play in the WC either.The selectors, coach, and the captain had so long to groom a proper all rounder, its about time where it might be just too late to experiment

  • POSTED BY sanchit_sabharwal on | August 30, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    I THINK WHAT IS THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH INDIA IS THAT WE DONT HAVE A GENUINE FAST BOWLER ALL-ROUNDER. WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE JACKES KALLIS, CHRIS CAIRNS, DWAYNE BRAVO, SHANE WATSON, ANDREW FLINTOFF. ALL THE ALL ROUNDERS WE GET ARE PART TIME SPINNERS LIKE RAVINDRA JADEJA, BUT WE SERIOUSLY NEEDED PLAYERS LIKE KAPIL DEV IF WE WANT TO WIN THE PRETIGIOUS WORLD CUP AND WE WANT TO REPEAT THE HISTORY OF 1983. PLAYERS LIKE IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND GIVEN CHANCE ONCE MORE.

  • POSTED BY 11Noobs on | August 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @ tillu1234... You stole my words.

  • POSTED BY tillu1234 on | August 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Just one question to Shehwag and all that want to give them > 50 One day Caps to settle in

    HOW MANY MISTAKES/FAILURES WILL BE PERMITTED AT YOUR WORK PLACE BEFORE THEY SHOW YOU THE DOOR?

  • POSTED BY peri88 on | August 28, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Dhoni and selectors don't have mind at all. Both are not selecting right team. Look at Rohit, kohli, jadeja, Karthik, Ishant. How many failures? Dhoni should have given atleast one game to Ashwin, Tiwari during this series. Look at Munaf, Dhoni was reluctant to give him any game until he had no choice and Munaf did well in both the games. What Ishant or Nehara doing?, they are very inconsistent especially in crunch game unless pitch help them. I. Pathan even he performs 50% is lot better than Ishant and some times even Nehra. If you look at history how badly Irfan has bolwed. May be 10-70-0, how about other bolwers? Look at Ishant or Nehra's bad performances. plus no contribution with Bat from them.

    There won't be any chance winning world cup unless Dhoni and selectors select right team on particular day. Dhoni is not changing or trying any new things, same old stuff like others, atleast he should select correct team and correct batting order.

  • POSTED BY cool_engineer on | August 28, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    "Sunil Ob" is absolutely right............International cricket is a final Test, not a Practice field or net practice area ............It is place to deliver........

  • POSTED BY DubaiSiva on | August 28, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Whilst Sachin is an automatic choice for world cup, looking back, we should realise that even Sachin did not score a century during his first 70 odd innings. So it may not be fair to drop youngsters who are averaging in the range of 30 to 43 who have played only 50/ less than 50 matches. No point in calling back players like Dravid who are poor in fielding and is above 36, considering grooming for the future. Sachin though above 37, still runs like a kid and his recent batting performances are better than anyone else playing international cricket. Selectors should continueto select talented youngsters presently available.Decisions should not be made considering performances in Dambulla, which was not the best for batting even for more established players. Ghambir and Sachin should be in. Rohit should be axed if he fails in the next series as well. Tiwari , then should be considered.

  • POSTED BY Binstech on | August 28, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    How about giving the young Saurabh Tiwari a chance?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Giving a chance to Ravinder Jadeja and other player does not worry much. But I cant understand why Irfan, Yousuf and RP are not playing..? Irfan can replace any all rounder in the team. I think India is wasting its talent.

  • POSTED BY NagarajaG on | August 28, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Bring back Dravid and retain till at least world cup. Bring back Irfan Pathan and groom him for future also.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    again irfan pathan is what we have at least we know he is a good batsmen and a good bowler he needs to consistently perform in both forms to be a good alrounder but his replacements are not even good so lets stick with him untils something comes better

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | August 28, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    This bunch is by and large - crap. Raina can't bat well but at least he has more commitment. Get rid of Yuvi, Rohit and Kohli. Bring in Mukund/S. Tiwary for Yuvraj (leftie for leftie) and Pujara for Rohit. Kohli still has a decent average so give him a few more chances. If he fails then bring in Rahane.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Its time for Youngsters to perform on the big stage and prove their potential.. hoping someone among Raina, Virat or Rohit to score a ton!!

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | August 27, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Sehwag is spot on. How much did Sachin average after first 75 ODIs? Some guys are mentioning Virat who avg 42 after 33 ODIs or they are going on about Raina who scored brilliantly in two Tests.

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 27, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    I just stated a fact there because some one was asking about Pakistani Cricket team. Neither was that a joke nor was I trying to start another debate about better team

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    @Pranav Kidambi Ahmed Saleem is not joke but the likes of nfer and klobania are.Actually he is a good one and he rates Indian bowling better than most of the Indians.

  • POSTED BY shayad on | August 27, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Worldcup 11

    1. V Sehwag 2. S Tendulkar 3. G Gambhir 4. R Dravid 5. M Dhoni / R Uthappa 6. S Raina / Y Singh 7. I Pathan 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. P Kumar 10. Z Khan / A Nehra 11 I Sharma / M Patel

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | August 27, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I didn't see the India Vs. Srilanka (2nd) match LIVE, I was watching the HIGHLIGHTS.. I am really shocked to see the umpire decissions. Srilanka played with 12 players. KUMARA DHARAMASENA, u r disgrace...U might be a patriot, but don't MURDER CRICKET. Those were shocking decissions, one after the other. I hope atleaest for FINALS there will be nuetral umpires. Simon Toufel is the best, i admire him.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    You know what...it is really very very unfair coz of the bias selection committee headed by Srikanth....Well dont u all think that the Indian selection and management is being very unfair with IRFAN PATHAN he is an perfect all rounder just look at those days when he is used to bowl and bat....Now Mr. Sehwag is saying that they should give more time to the under performing youngsters to perform but how long none of them are consistent....under considering this statement than IRFAN PATHAN should get a chance...looking back wat he did wrong only one series againt West Indies and the fear of losing the place he was under performing assure him his place in the playing XI then u will have the same old pathan as a very good all rounder...so its our request that PLEASE BRING BACK IRFAN PATHAN

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Ahmad Saleem is a joke. I can't type anymore because i'm on the floor laughing.

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | August 27, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Also stop calling jadeja an all-rounder. He is neither a bowler or an batsmen. There is no book or a rule implemented by the ICC saying that #7 spot is only for all-rounders. Just get a pure batsmen or a bowler... simple!! Irfan Pathan is the only player who can be called an all-rounder. By picking him you get your fast-bowling all-rounder and also you can then select an extra pure batsmen for the number #7 spot, which you can never do by picking useless jadeja. Dhoni and some people do not tend to understand this part.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    bring back irfan pathan ,we should not talk about his pace because none of the Indian bowlers have pace,he is the only all rounder available in India (players with similar pace like jacob oram,mathews,)are never dropped so please include him

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    bring back irfan pathan please ,we are wasting him ,nobody in Indian team have pace so we should not talk about his drop in pace

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | August 27, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Is Sehwag serious or is he just buying time for these failures? Rohit and Virat have batted 50 and 30 times in ODI's respectively and STILL haven't nailed down their spot in the team. The ONLY youngster to have claimed a spot on merit is Suresh Raina. Rohit and Virat have played the majority of their cricket in Asia, so unless they face weak opposition elsewhere in the world, their stats and ego are going to take a HUGE hammering. Such a shame that Rahane, Dhawan, S.Tiwary and Pujara haven't been given any opportunities, when there have been occasions to do so. Virat, Rohit and Ravindra obviously have some influence, indirectly of course, on the selection of teams.

  • POSTED BY Arok on | August 27, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Its good that senior players back junior players when they are going through a bad patch.If India drops Rohit and brings Tiwari in for this match this would really demoralise his confidence and multiply to his debut pressure;because many of the players are not performing well here;again it depends on his confidence, but he is very talented.Some have given baseless comments on Suresh Raina, as if Raina needs to pay back huge amount of debts to them.If we start looking into players weaknesses we will end up selecting none for the WC;each and every player has obvious weakness. Raina is a future pillar of Indian cricket. For the final we can retain Karthik( in the middle order) and ask Praveen to concentrate a bit on his batting too, he is really capable of contributing with bat atleast like Bhaaji. WC is fast approaching if we keep on experimenting with a lot of new players & at the time of WC we will be in a quandary,hence sharpen the skills of existing players and use them effectively.

  • POSTED BY amin.bintory on | August 27, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    I have a better suggestion. Put the likes of Dinesh Karthick, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli back in the domestic cricket leagues. These guys have had enough number of chances in recent past but have failed miserably. It's like one performance in 5-6 matches from these most-of-the-time-out-of-form players! With the world cup looming ahead, once-upon-a-time-established players like Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa and Murali Vijay (never so established but was in killer form in IPL3) should be given a chance for short tournaments like these. Instead the selectors seem on a mission to establish the mentioned 4 players in the team no matter what. It's pathetic to see players like Jadeja being pursued when we have the likes of Abhishek Nayar and Yusuf Pathan who are better players any day then him. If Pathan Senior had so many chances as Jadeja, by now he could easily had found his groove and role. Bottomline: Get the non performers out, now. Give the deserving a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    @AhmedSaleem In response to your mention of the performance of India against SA in Ahmedabad 2008 I can remind you that this is the exact score of 75 that Pakistan made against Srilanka at Lahore in 2009 where they were defeated by 233 runs in the Odi series(3rd match of the series).Every team goes through such pathetic performances.Even we bundled South Africans for 84 at Johannesborg in 2006 and guess that was no green top pitch or overcast conditions to help the Indian seamers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I think dhoni should give chance to tiwary he has played good in IPL

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    @AhmedSaleem Pakistan played exceptionally well in the T20 world cup in 2009.They only had a creditable win against India in the group stage which took them to semis.They were extremely lucky to make it to the semifinals even after having 3 losses in the 2010 edition and they went through only because of NewZealand's defeat against England.Winning 2-3 odd matches in small ICC tournaments does not make it a better team vis a vis India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    @AhmedSaleem But Pakistan is yet to win a test series after winning the T20 world cup.They narrowly escaped a test series defeat against NewZealand,lost to Srilanka and Australia comprehensibly,drew with Australia and again fighting hard to level the series against England.They haven't won a single ODI bilateral series in the past 3 years except the series wins against Zimbabwe and Pak.They have a very good record in T20s thats it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    arey .. we r missin Sachin n Gauti nw.... dat a gr8 loss 4 us... once all - sachin,gauti, Zak .. cum back... den watch dem rockin d international Corridor...

  • POSTED BY driftingmoods on | August 27, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Which world do you live in sweetspot? Jadeja scores only when the match is lost and he has nothing to do. He then pokes/defends, collects singles and scores a few runs. Which match has he won us with his batting? And about his bowling, less said the better. He came on to bowl in the last match when it was all but over. Even then was thrashed by Mills and gave away 19 runs in his first two overs! Similar to how he is thrased in the T20s. And he's an expert at running better batsment out - of his own team that is. If someone asked Nitin Gadkari about Jadeja, I am sure he'll ask the Jamai question again :). And about Jadeja having a hard time, well I am not sure about that but he's definitely giving the team as much trouble as one possibly can. LET'S GET RID OF JADEJA.

  • POSTED BY fareeduetian12 on | August 27, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I think Indians are getting too much rude by resting some of their best and senior players like Sachin, harbhajan and gautam, I can understand sachin as he is geeting older and they need replacement and also harbhajan who is not the same bowler as he was about 5 years back, but why gautam I mean he is young talented and have been scoring runs but still they just drop him, that shows rudeness of india they think that they can win with any players, but what they should understand is that they are good team because of seniors not young players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @AhmadSaleem I make the stats easier for you.. Pakistan has lost 11 matches out of 13 matches they have played recently. 1 win is against BANGLADESH and other one against NZ

  • POSTED BY jpaul211 on | August 27, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    There is no question of giving more time to youngsters. International stage is for performance and not grooming. Have you ever purchased a ticket to a circus and found the artists are practicing or are being groomed when you went to watch the show? With world cup so near we may be very well doomed. These youngsters are good for IPL and not for ODI.

  • POSTED BY avnish_thakur on | August 27, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @26raghu: I fully agree with you. Dhoni is an opportunist. When the pitch is good for batting and openers have given india a good start he will come down to bat at no. 3. If the batting conditions are not good and India is struggling he is be the last Batsmen to come. This is the reason for his inflated ODI avg.

  • POSTED BY NagarajaG on | August 27, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    It is high time that Rahul Dravid is called back to the side and retained at least till the world cup. We can't take chances for the world cup with players who have proven to have either inconsistent form or are consistently injury prone. Apart from Sehwag and Sachin, the remaining 3 batting slots are filled by Gambhir/ Dinesh Kartik, Virat Kohli / Rohit Sharma, and Yuvaraj Singh, all of whom are either injury prone or have inconsistent form or have both. They have proven weakness against genuine pace and crumble like a pack of cards. Senior players like Dravid maintain their fitness well and have proven consistent form and off-late in the IPL, Dravid has a maintained a good run rate also. In spite of his recent lack of performance in tests, I would still back him to perform well and contribute a lot to the world cup provided he gets matches on a continuous basis. Supporting the young players and giving them chance can happen after the world cup.

  • POSTED BY prateik_always on | August 27, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    I do not know how to take this message to Sehwag or Dhoni, but I have a few questions. Do we have a limit on how many matches should we try the youngsters for before giving them a kick out: Rohit Sharma, the so called "prodigy" player has played 53 ODIs, scored a meagre 1150 runs with an average of 29.48. I do not believe we are anywhere close to witnessing the magic that has been proclaimed for the last 3 years. Dinesh Karthik, another talent, who has been lurking in and out of the team for the last 5-6 years. ODIs - 51, Runs 1008, Average - 28. This guy has gotten the opportunity of batting at the best positions in the team, yet you can see the figures for yourself. Ravindra Jadeja, well, the less said about him the better. One final unrelated question, do we have any backups for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman in tests???

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    @AhmadSaleem wow reaching into semis..wat after that..??

  • POSTED BY SharadAgarwal on | August 27, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    My playing 11 for final will be:

    1. V Sehwag 2. V Kohli 3. R Sharma 4. S Raina 5. Y SIngh 6. MS Dhoni 7. S Tiwari 8. P Kumar 9. M Patel 10. A Nehra 11. I Sharma

  • POSTED BY cakvasan on | August 27, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Critics of ravindra jadeja need to understand that he is being given a number of chances only because there is no alternative in sight. No 7 is such a critical position. Look at the kind of value that a genuine all-rounder like Angelo Mathews brings to the side. Jadeja has done reasonably well with the ball. Dhoni seems to have a lot of confidence in his bowling which is not totally unjustified. What India needs at 7 is a bowling all-rounder like Abdul Razzaq. The best person suited for the job (Irfan Pathan) seems to have lost his confidence in bowling. Having Yusuf would only strengthen the already strong batting and not the bowling. If only jadeja could come up with improved performance with his bat....

  • POSTED BY meenaveen on | August 27, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Why dhoni is supporting Jadeja too much, he's not good in batting, bowling either fielding very poor performance from him. He is not a all rounder. He is not confident with his game. PLease give chance to talented players.

  • POSTED BY meenaveen on | August 27, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    I prefer openers Jadeja and shewag.

  • POSTED BY Yogi1985 on | August 27, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    My worldcup Team is 1. Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3. Sachin 4. Yuvaraj 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Yusuf pathan 8. P.Kumar 9. Bhajji 10. Zaheer 11. Nehra...backup bat-Rohit,Uthappa,Kohli,Bol-ojha,Munaf----We can use P.Kumar as a opener and middle order batsman,why because he was opener for UtterPradesh long time

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | August 27, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    This is not a matter of playing 'consistently' as Sehwag, the apparently self proclaimed consistent batsman claims. This is a matter of discipline and attitude. We can see this through Kohli's fine in the last game and Rohit, who is walking a fine line with his evident dissent which is being viewed all too often. Both are talented but neither have the discipline or the willingness to learn from their mistakes to succeed. Rohit is undoubtedly one of, if not the world's greatest batting talents yet we see him constantly falling to the same traps. Jadeja, who has been persisted with for an inordinate amount of time, has made little impression having not produced an innings of true substance or a five wicket haul. India may have a myriad of talent but I think they need to begin to give opportunities to players who are beyond the immediate view of the selectors.

  • POSTED BY VVchowdary on | August 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    YES I AGREED WITH YOU raopreetam, AND REQUESTING CRICINFO.COM PEOPLE TO PUT A POLL OPTION FOR RAVINDRA JADEJA PLACE, LOT OF US DONT LIKE TO HAVE JADEJA IN OUR INDIA TEAM, SO KINDLY HELP US TO EXPRESS OUR FEELINGS TO BCCI THROUGH YOUR POLL.

    KINDLY PROVIDE US A POLL OPTION FOR RAVINDRA JADEJA OR 7 PLACE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CRICINFO TEAM.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | August 27, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Hey, Sehwag, You are pampering the youngsters by your statements. I agree with you that you need 50 to 70 innings to establish yourself in the team, though you have taken less than that, frankly speaking. But where is the consistancy with these youngsters except for Gambhir and Raina? Once in a while here and there they have played a match winning innings. Most importantly the hunger to excel, or the hunger to make booty of runs is clearly missing. Forget this Dambulla pitch, Even on flat tracks their performance is well below the par and nowhere it acredits the talent. Rohit, Virat, Karthik, Yusuf, Jadeja are all sailing in the same boat, though they are in international cricket for quite a few years. Sadly none of them are following footsteps of you, Dhoni, Gambhir OR Raina. They just loath under the excuses. Why a time bound mission should not be enforced on them by the coach and the selectors?

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | August 27, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Highly Pathetic. The Cricket followers in India is also like our slection panel. They always judge the performance of players based on one or two matches. The comments made by those in this forum in single voice opined that Jadeja, Kaarthik and Rohit should be dropped in favour of Uthappa, Pathan and Pujara / Tiwary. But what about the performance of Pathan and Uthappa in their last int's matches. In 1999, Ponting scored hatrick of ducks in test matches. But the selectors had faith in him and given chance and now he is next to Tendulkar. Sehwag made series of ducks five years back. But today he is compared to Viv Richards. Till 2006 Gambhir was in and out of the team. People are praising high about Yusuf Pathan. But in which int'l match he performed well? He is the star batsman in IPL only. Every one has forgotton that Dinesh Kaarthik is not a regular member in the team. On every occasion he was inducted in the team only due to the injury of some one else.

  • POSTED BY INDIASHINES on | August 27, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD CHOOSE PLAYERS ACCORDING TO THE PLAYING CONDITIONS,LIKES OF SRISANTH SHINES WELL OUTSIDE INDIA AND YUSUF PATHAN WILL SHINE IN INDIAN PITCHES,ALSO I THINK RAVINDRA JADEA HAS GOT SOME INFLUENCE WITH DHONI AND SRIKANTH,OTHERWISE HE CANNOT SURVIVE,JUST COMPARE JADEJA WITH IRFAN PATHAN IN ALL CASE EVERY PUNDIT IN CRICKET WILL SAY IT IRFAN IS FAR BETTER PLAYER THAN JADEJA THEN WHY YOU SPOIL HIS CAREER,DONT FORGET HE WAS THE MAN OF THE MATCH IN THE T20 WORLD CUP FINAL WHICH WON BY INDIA.COME ON SRIKANTH FORGET ABOUT THE REGIONAL BASIS HE DESERVE A PLACE IN OUR INDIAN TEAM ,JUST REMEMBER THAT HATRICK AGAINST PAKISTAN..PLEASE INCLUDE HIM IN THE TEAM,MY WORLD CUP TEAM 1)SACHIN 2)SEHWAG 3)GAMBHIR 4)RAINA 5)DHONI 6)IRFAN 7)NEHRA 8)HARBHAJAN 9) ZAHEER 10)PRAVEEN 11) UTHAPPA/KOHLI/ROHIT SHARMA

  • POSTED BY halfadozen on | August 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    I dont know why R Jadeja is given so much chance when we have so many spinners. He has never performed with ball or bat. i think dhoni has to be strict..not only strict but very strict..because we have so many talented people who are sitting out side without oppurtunity ....

  • POSTED BY siddeek on | August 27, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    dont criticise the umpires here, if u strat to criticise kumar dharmasena, we knows indian umpires too. one day i was watgching a match in tv srilanka vs india in india. one umpire risis his finger for giving out , and then he changes his mind , quickly scratching his head, funny . but dharmasena is given confidentially and with long thaught. stop criticising. if u loose , u r lost.cont try to find excuse from umpires

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | August 27, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    If they wanna give more and more time to youngster, give some chances to Uthappa, Irfaan, S. Tiwari, and R. Sathish. They incleded S. Tiwari and R. Sathish in the team, but they just sat outside on the bench, no matter middle order of 4 batsmen all the way failed in this series. These four batsmen made only 94 runs in this series, but they don't want to give any chances to Tiwari and/or Sathish. I also prefer youngsters, but not Karthik the pony, Rohit the softy, and Jadeja the jack-ass. The whole country is corrupt, so is cricket. Whatever we wrote here, they (Captain and Selection Committee) won't gonna change their attitude. The team was very strong when Vangserkar was the chairman of selection committee. Now the jack-ass is the chairman of selection committee who has no love to his country. His team defeated twice against current Zimbabwe (without A. Flower, G. Flower, A. Campbell, G. Whittle, H. Streak) in the same series 3-4 months ago, but never going to change his attitude.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | August 27, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    IF Ravindra Jadeja does NOTHING, how come he has an average of around 32? It is better than some other fancied players and indeed better than that IPL cracker Uthappa. Also Jadeja can field very well and bowl too. So easy to condemn someone who is having a hard time like many others.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    i think india should play a quartet of fast bowlers along with harbhajan. This is unless the pitch is a real slow bowlers pitch. my four picks would include irfan pathan( proven performer, given a chance at the big stage will surely regain his touch, allows keeper to stand up), praveen kumar, vinay kumar( he does a great job for the challengers and can swing the ball, do a kulasekara role, allows keeper to stand up occasionally), ashish nehra.

    spin dept is not lost . sehwag and harbhajan are very different off spinners. and they still have yuvraj. so they could very easily get about 23 overs of spin. raina could be given the occasionally but i dont see him as a bowler at all (even part time)

    i consider sehwag as an all rounder for one dayers along with yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY 26raghu on | August 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I totally accept sehwag's words , Youngsters need more time . As he said its very difficult to bat 15 - 20 overs in this pitch . So Dhoni should come at No3 and stabilize the innings if we lose a early wicket . I am not quite sure wat he is trying to do by batting at no 5 or 6 , he is one of the experienced guy in the team and he should lead from the front . If the Pitch is easy to bat he comes at no 3 and scores runs and if its difficult like Dambulla he comes down the order and ding nothing .. so dhoni pls stop ur selfish innings and play for the team ..

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | August 27, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Sanjbudd, I am partially agree with your comment. The description of Karthik is mind blowing and hundred percent true. But giving more chances to Rohit is meaningless. He is also softy, fatty, lazy, struggler, plays like bolluck cart is going on the highway, scared to hit the ball, and never going for the boundary. If you wanna see the statistics of his career, read the comment of Raja2222. I would say the most struggler in the world are Karthik and Rohit. When I watch them batting in ODIs, I always feel that they both don't have any gut or courage to go for hitting. They always try to touch the ball with bat, and give a simple catch to wicketkeeper or sleep cordon or the point fielder. If they would play like this for Australia, they wouldn't have survived more than 10 matches. But in here with stupid captain and stupid selection committee, they are getting more and more chances to stay with the squad, and bring India more and more down. May be they are only good for women cricket.

  • POSTED BY RamShankarS on | August 27, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Of all the comments, I found very few mentioning the name Rahul Dravid. People should think that now the focus should be on the biggest ever event in Cricket, the World Cup. And, without senior players performing, how do you expect India to win? These youngsters will play their natural game only around a senior player like Sachin, Dravid, like how Dravid played around Azharuddin, Jadeja, etc. If the selectors atleast NOW don't think about bringing back Dravid alongwith Sachin, India can't think of winning World Cup. This is the best tribute that BCCI can give for these two LEGENDS. My best probable 15: SEHWAG, SACHIN, Gambhir, Dhoni, DRAVID, Yuvraj, Raina, Harbhajan, Praveen, ZAHEER, Nehra. Reserves: Kohli, Dinesh Kartick, Amit Mishra (we need an extra spinner) and probably Yusuf or Irfan (he can be given another chance) or Munaf.

    Seniors should be around all the time and the others should play around them. For non-volatile matches, one/two reserves can be tested for match practic

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | August 27, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I think they gave them enough chances. Now they have to replace Irfaan, Uthappa, S. Tiwari, R. Sathish in the place of Karthik(Stupid), Rohit(Softy), Yuvi(Struggler), R. Jadeja(Kid). This and the next series if they would have before the world cup should be the training before the big tournament-World Cup. Every one in the world knows that these four men (Karthik, Rohit, Yuvi, and Jadeja) always bring India down in the cricket, but the the stupid-Srikanth, and dull(Dhoni) won't leave them behind. Moreover; they want to give them more and more time like without them there will be no team of India. In order to stay on the no. 1 place they should accept the Australian attitude as if anyone fails in consecutive 2 or 3 matches, they will be dropped from the squad. Uthappa already proved that he is the specialize batsman for limited overs match, but may be he doesn't have any contact to the selection committee, nor Tiwari has any contact. Giving more time to these strugglers is stupidity.

  • POSTED BY KaZsa on | August 27, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    ha haaaaaaa....now its the pitch eh...What Sehwag is saying is our youngsters can only score on flat decks.Please prepare flat decks for them.Sorry for you guys.I hope you remember Tharanga scored a 70 odd in the same pitch and Williamson scored a 50 odd in the same pitch.Just accept the inability and work on it, without giving lame excuses.Common guys,how many things Indians want to go their way to win the match...omg...pitch,umpires,bad bowling by the opposition,silly mistakes by the opposition batsmen...ahh i forgot to mention the best part...the toss....India truly is the best side ever to have walked in a cricket field....full of legends who can't do a thing right...:p...but have really big mouths...

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 27, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    @elephasMaximus. We are the only team who have been reaching semi final of every ICC tournament since 2007 and you are the only team among top 8 who have not reached semi final of even one trophy. Okay?????? You have asked about our performance of late and I have told you. Enough said

  • POSTED BY Abid4it on | August 27, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    How jadeja get a chance in eleven. He still fail in tri series. Why dhoni not trying to Aswin and both rohit and kohli fail. We have available another batsman saurabh tiwari when he get a chance? My playing XI for final match:- 1. Virat Kohli 2. Verendra Sehwag 3. Suresh Raina 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. MS Dhoni 6. Saurabh Tiwari 7. R Aswin 8. P Kumar 9. A Nehra 10. Munaf Patel 11. Ishant Sharma

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | August 27, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Its not the time to worry about losing a match..especially against Srilanka. By tomorrow, I guess they would have played around 60-70 matches in a years time. Its boring to core seeing Sangakara and Dhoni together, again, and again and again. With world cup around the corner, its time for team India to focus more on preparing the best squad - both main and reserve players, than winning a single match now.

  • POSTED BY vivekkamathSrirangapatna on | August 27, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I don't know why in Indian Team the selector's choose the young players when the senior players like sachin is performing well. I think the selection team in doing the worst selection by eleminating more than 3 - 4 team senior members and include 4-5 fresh faces. The fresh face need 2 - 3 years to settle down. That mean's india is going to loose more than 50 matches in those two years. So, i am going one suggestion to the indian team selectors that tray 1 or 2 young players insted of 4-5. Sachin still in the hunt for another 2 years. So, why u r doing such silly thing u selectors are just thing about future not present.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | August 27, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    We all know that Dinesh Karthik will in the world cup squad as the back up wicket keeper so it would be better if the team management gives him a proper role to play. I wont be surprised if Karthik starts bowling if any the of the bowlers get injured because thats what he has been doing all the time filling up for other players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    If India to win a World cup they need to Get all the Umpires decisions to go their way, other wise they are going to be bunch of sorry loosers..

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rules on | August 27, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    The best 11 for the finals ( from the current squad ) 1- Rohit Sharma 2- Sehwag 3- Dhoni 4- yuvraj 5- Raina 6- Karthik 7- Tiwari 8- Praveen 9- Nehra 10 Ashwin 11- Ishant / Munaf... And please no Jadeja again.. We have had a lot of him already

  • POSTED BY saiparames on | August 27, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Doni should give opportunity to Saurab Thiwary. Thiwary is one of the terrific performer in IPL. I can't understand why Doni doing undercutting Job for Thiwary.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | August 27, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    My worldcup Team is

    1. Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3. Uthappa 4. Sachin 5. Yuvaraj 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Bhajji/ojha 9. Zaheer 10. P.Kumar 11. Nehra

    12. Yusuf pathan - can replace raina or uthappa if opposition team has spinners.

    Uthappa gives quick boost and better fielder.

    Kohli , rohit sharma , DK all wasting plenty of chances to cement their place. Yusuf pathan may be good in INDIAN flat pitches.

    This team can win the worldcup. Uthappa is a must!. We can't rely on Sehwag to win the game everytime. We need another dasher. Sachin just collecting runs. Yuvi becoming a headcase.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Agree, Players like Jadeja who don't do nothing.. karthick who still doesn't how he wants to bat. Rohit a wasted talent, Yuvraj ruining himself flabbily. and list will go one. Why are these players even in the team. i am still surprised why the selector are giving one too many chances. It's time to have fair play policy for the team selection also.

  • POSTED BY sanjbudd on | August 27, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I'm all for developing young talent and am prepared to give the likes of Kohli, Rohit and Raina chances. Dinesh Kartik is just pony, rubbish, useless, county level at best type of cricketer. Yes he may be a trier and a good team guy and all that but he is just basically cr@p and how he has got so many chances at all levels of the game is beyond me.

    His best innings I remember was a century in a test in england and he must have been dropped 5 or 6 times in that effort. He just doesn't have it in him to score fluently, build an innings or do anything basically. What more can I say. I'd pick a under 19 player who might be something in time than Karthik who is proven third rate player.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    This kind of pitch is well suite for Test crickets. But i don't know why ICC granting permission for playing ODI's in such pitches. Especially, the players like sehwag, sachin, dravid and laxman play very well in this pitch. But its totally new for youngsters. thats why happing like this...

  • POSTED BY Hot-Tadpole on | August 27, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Rahul Dravid....................................

  • POSTED BY Raja22222 on | August 27, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    As a specialist batsmen one guy played 53 matches.In which 22 times he was dismissed in single digit. 14 times he perished with the score in between 10 to 25(mostly less than 20).He only scored 50 & above for 7 times.For these 7 innings at the cost of 46 non performing innings. Whether he deserves more games to get trained in international level at the age of 23 by sacrificing the team success?Shewag ,Dhoni and selector representing west zone has to reply.His name is Rohit Sharma, having a very poor attitude and laziness.behaves like a star performer.over rated &over paid.Now all the bowlers knows how to get him out.His strike rate is 55,60,64 67,69,against NZ,Bangladesh,West Indies, Australia and England respectively.But he is too good against the mighty Zimbabwe with a SR of 95.Will you advice him to go back and play some cricket at domestic level or experiment him with the national team?

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | August 27, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    As such enough time is wasted in trying these non performing IPL talents like Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Jadeja and Virat Kohli..I bet if these many chances were given to other really talented players like Sourabh Tiwary, Ashwin and many others, there would be atleast another six to seven players, Dhoni would have to consider when major players like sachin and harbhajan, etc. are rested or injured.

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | August 27, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    As such enough time is wasted in trying these non performing IPL talents like Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Jadeja and Virat Kohli..I bet if these many chances were given to other really talented players like Sourabh Tiwary, Ashwin and many others, there would be atleast another six to seven players, Dhoni would have to consider when major players like sachin and harbhajan, etc. are rested or injured.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    TO INDIAN SELECTION COMMITTEE: COMPARED TO US...LOOK AT SRILANKAN CRICKET ..AND THERE PREPARATIONS FOR WORLD CUP...THEY ARE TRYING ALL POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS....LIKE CHAMARA SILVA..KANDAMBI....PARERA.ANGELO MATHEWS...WELAGADHERA..RANDIV..HERATH..MENDIS...KULASEKARA..DILHARA FERNANDO...MY GOD..THEY ARE TRYING ALL COMBINATIONS AND TRYING TO C WHICH ONE CAN B THE BEST BOWLING AND ALLROUNDER ATTACK..WHERE AS INTERESTINGLY...DINESH CHANDIMAL..EXCITING YOUNG STAR WAS SENT TO THERE EMERGING PLAYERS TOUR AS THEY THOUGHT THAT HE WILL JUST SIT LIKE SOURAV TIWARY AND WASTE HIS TIME IF SELECTED FOR NATIONAL SIDE...NOW THERE CHANDIMAL IS GETTING EXPOSURE AND EXPERIENCE...HATS OFF TO SRILANKAN CRICKET.WHY ASHWIN WHO IS MENDIS TYPE BOWLER IS NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO PLAY IN 11 WHEN HE HAS SO MUCH OF VARIETY AND HE IS EVEN BETTER THAN HARBHAJAN SINGH....GUYS PLEASE DO SOMETHING WITH OUR BOWLING ATTACK..ITS FAAR WEAK..I KNOW WHEN SACHIN AND GAMBIR JOINS IN ..OUR BATTING WLD BE BETTER..PLEASE DO SOMETHNG

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    TO CRICINFO AND CRICKET PUNDITS OF INDIA..WHERE ARE THE PREPARATIONS FOR WORLD CUP ? DO YOU PEOPLE THINK ASHISH NEHRA WITH FITNESS ISSUES, ISHANT SHARM WITH INCONSISTENCY AND PRAVEEN KUMAR AND MUNAF PATEL WITH 125 KMPH SPEED CAN WIN US OUR WORLD CUP ?????? WE WANT ALL ROUNDER FOR THE TEAM ? BUT ARE WE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT ? ARE WE ATLEAST TRYING TO GET AGARKAR WHO IS SWING BOWLER AND ALSO CAN BAT INTO THE TEAM OR ATLEAST IRFAN PATHAN OR EVEN MUMBAIS ABHISHEK NAYAR ? WE ARE DOING NOTHING..JUST SITTING AND PRAYING FOR AN ALL ROUNDER. DO YOU PEOPLE THINK RAVIDRA JADEJA IS AN ALL ROUNDER WHO IS NEITHER A BATSMAN NOR A BOWLER ? COMMON.. ATLEAST THINK PRACTICALLY NOW...WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH SOURAV TIWARY...JUST MAKING HIM SIT AND SIT AFTER SELECTING....IF HE WAS TOURING ENGLAND OR EVEN NOW AUS WITH EMERGING TEAM ..HE WOULD HAVE GOTTON EXPOSURE.I DONT KNOW WHERE INDIAN TEAM WILL GO FROM HERE......SUNIL GAVASKAR....KAPIL DEV...RAVI SHASTRI, SIDHU...JADEJA...CANT YOU PEOPLE DO SOMTHING?

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    I think the 11 Playing Members for final : 1. DINESH KARTHICK 2. SEHWAG 3. RAINA 4. YUVARAJ 5. SAURAB THIWARI 6. DHONI 7. MUNAF 8. ZAHEER KHAN 9. NEHRA 10. PRAVEEN 11. ASHWIN

  • POSTED BY SriniDasari on | August 27, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Are we slowly forgetting the fact that cricket is a contest between bat and the ball? Off late, it has always been alayzed even by most of the critics saying that either the batsmen have succeeded or failed. For the game's sake please give due credit to the bowlers. I still fondly remember those matches when India defended 183 successfully to win world cup and defended 125 runs successfully to win a match against pakistan in Sharjah. They are fasinating

    I think a one-day match played in good bowling conditions is more enjoyable than a match where 600 + runs are scored in total.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 27, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    rohit sharma , ishant sharma etc are the youngsters who helped india win the series in Australia in 2008, so they will come it is just because of this stupid pitch which is very unpedictable they r not scoring for that matter even the home SL batsman r struggling even batting first against india they were bowled out for 170 odd. So let them get a chance they will come good once out of dambulla. The pitch here is neither Asian or like in ENg, aus or SA.

  • POSTED BY elephasMaximus on | August 27, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    @Mansoor Shiekh Mohammed - You cannot be serious dude, you still bask in the glory of the six that Miandad hit? That was when Google still was in early years, there was no Iraq war and I was learning to shave! What have you and your team done lately?

  • POSTED BY SuperTechnique on | August 26, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Well this is sickening .They would better have played guys like Pujara,Uthhapa, Manish Pandey but the selectors keep on trying proven failures like Rohit Sharma and Kohli Yes these guys have belted tons in internationals on flat tracks and against minnows .But I bet that Uthappa ,Pandey and Purjara can score the runs as well

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    My World cup 15 - 1}Sachin 2)Sehwag 3) Gambhir 4) Yuvraj 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Irfan 8) Harbajan 9) Praveen 10) Zaheer 11) Ohja 12) Yusaf 13) Nehra 14) Uttapa/Dinesh 15) Kohli

    Yusaf is good in Indian condition. So is Kohli, Uttappa, Ohja.

  • POSTED BY avinash11may on | August 26, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    It's high time Indian management starts gettting serious for the world cup. Players like Rohit, Jadeja, Kohli and Raina simply do not deserve a place. The best possible combination is 1. Sachin, 2. Sehwag, 3. Gambhir, 4. Dravid, 5. Dhoni, 6. Yuvraj, 7. Uthappa, 8. Harbhajan, 9. Praveen, 10. Zaheer and 11. Nehra. Raina, Ashwin, Ishant and one of Pathans will round up the 15. Big tournaments test the potential of players and we should trust only stalwarts like Dravid. Sehwag and Sachin are best openers right now for India, followed by the dependable Gambhir who can hit out as well as defend. Dhoni is no longer a hard-hitter, hence he should bat with Dravid in middle order to play out the middle overs. Yuvraj and Uthappa are the best in the business when it comes to panic hitting in the slog overs. It is rather easy to pick the best four bowlers.

  • POSTED BY tareqma on | August 26, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Team India should perform BOTH bowling n batting prior to damage ODI ranking. whats wrong going on with them in SL ....??? totally inconsistency and unpredictable

  • POSTED BY I-Shud-b-a-selector on | August 26, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    We need to give youngsters a chance but someone like a Ravindra Jadeja has had too many chances. There are other all rounders like Abhishek Nayar and R Ashwin who should be given a try. And what about Saurabh Tiwary? Why is he just a cheer leader in the squad all the time? What about giving a chance to some street smart players like Sidhharth Trivedi?

    Anyway amongst the tested youngsters, I feel Kohli has great potential, he and Raina should be play more Test Matches. Under-performers like Yuvraj should be dropped for a couple of series and then given a chance again later.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | August 26, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    I think these youngsters have about two to three years to prove themselves before Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar retire. Sehwag will then need to work his role in the side, assuming more responsibility and possibly batting with less risk and relying on his solid technique.

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | August 26, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    It is always better to give enough to oppurtinuties for players. Which india is doing right now. There are few players who love cricket, and there are few players who love the money they get on cricket. It is upto the BCCI to take care of the second category, to make it competitive and spirited. I have noticed few of the players, they feel they are STARS just playing one match wining inning. Somehow I never like ROHIT SHERMA's ATTITUDE. he might have great tallent, but ....If one doens't have skill, they won't be at that level. Good to see some lively pitches, I doubt BCCI/Indian pitches will be doing something close to them, India always depend on good opening pair, last couple of years, Sehwag/gouti was great, I hope they continue the good work in all forms of the game. I can't blame karthik, he is just a make shift opener. He has talent and gr8 attitude, but flashy, he can perform, matter of few good innings. koli- I would give him chances.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    It is very heart warming but Sehwag knows as well that players like Rohit and Kohli are low on temperament and skill. He is just trying to boost their morale by these sweet words. Fact is there is no replacement player who could put fire up the backside of these spoilt duo.. specially Rohit Sharma and Jadeja.. It is not very common to have young Sehwags and Yuvi always up the ranks... Soon the cracks will show wjen this lot retires - the likes of Sach, Sehwag, Zak etc.. Dhoni should try and do what Ganguly did.. pay close attention to the domestic circuit and pick few hard-working youngsters and groom them.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    n i would like to add one more thing to my dear indian fellows. If you want to play in indian team. you dont have to waste time in Ranji or othere leagues played there. The only thing is to play A succesfull IPL SEASON n you are in indian team. Thats so disastrous. How can you judge a player from 20over game to 50over. :S I think Indian Board Are gone Mad after they are the riches board. lol

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @Ashkat .there is no doubt india at the momment has got the best batting line up.but i can,t stop my self laughing when u used the word deadly for indian bowlers .That shows all your cricketing wisdom .one six does,t make any bowler a bad bowler .check the records who has won more test or odI s . Best of luck for ur deadly bowlers

  • POSTED BY prateek315 on | August 26, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    why the hell is dhoni still persisting with stupid ravindra jadeja...............he already hass cost us 2 t20 worldcups...........and if it continues to go like this..........i think he will also let loose th upcoming world cup....and i dont understand why nobody is talking about rahul dravid.he i still there....they can utilize him....atleast he is much better than kohlis and sharmas.............

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    i think its to early to blame indian batsmens to much. I think conditions are not good for batting there. There is always swing n seam for new bowlers. For me if dravid or sachin were playing both would have been struggling as per conditions. What is shows by the sehwag's innings that you have to play your shots regularly you can survive by defending. Nd its not only indian bowlin is working thre. if we look through out the serious. All three teams batting has collapes time n again/

    @ Akshat Jaiswal : Mr Akshat. I have great respect for the indian batsmens. I still believe that there is no match up of indian players in batting. But you cant say that pakistan players doesnt know how to hold the bat. This is Dis-Respect for me n fellow pakistanis. If you remind me of that asia cup. I think i have lot to remind you. YOu have forgooten JAved Miandad SIx ?? You have Forgotten Saeed Anwer 194 ?? do you have forgotten Shoaib n Yousuf innings In champions trophy ??

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    thats what sehwag is all about,a gr8 player who makes every1 around him comfortable...these kids rohit,kohli need mentoring from seniors like sehwag sachin zak...btw rohit and kohli shud sort out their attitude first !!!

  • POSTED BY Maddy287 on | August 26, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    TEAM FOR FINAL WITH SRILANKA 1.SHEWAG 2.KOHLI 3.RAINA 4.YUVRAJ 5.DHONI 6.SAURABH TIWARI 7.JADEJA 8.PRAVEEN KUMAR 9.NEHRA 10.ISHANT 11.MUNAF

  • POSTED BY Maddy287 on | August 26, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    WHY DHONI TRYING MANY PLAYER AS ALL ROUNDER HE IS ALSO KNOW NOONE IS BETTER THAN IRFAN PATHAN WHO IS GOOD BATSMAN WITH GOOD BOWLING SKILLS RAVINDRA JADEJA/YUSHUF PATHAN ARE FAILED TO IMPRESS IN ANY INNINGS THEY CAN BOWL WELL BUT CANT BAT LIKE IRFAN AND THEY ARE NOT SO GOOD IN BOWLING COMPARE TO IRFAN

  • POSTED BY Maddy287 on | August 26, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    WHY DHONI IS NOT TRYING SAURBH TIWARI IF ALL BATSMEN ARE FAILED TO POST RUNS ON SCOREBORAD,I THINK HE IS GOOD RECORD IN IPL THIS SEASON AT LEAST ONE CHANCE HAVE TO GIVEN HIM TO PROVE HIMSELF

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I think the World Cup 15 Playing Members shall be : 1. SACHIN TENDULKAR 2. SEHWAG 3. GAMBHIR 4. ROBIN UTHAPPA 5. RAINA 6. YUVRAJ 7. DHONI 8. ZAHEER KHAN 9. NEHRA 10. PRAVEEN 11. HARBHAJAN 12. IRFAN PATHAN 13. ASHWIN 14. ISHANT SHARMA 15. VIRAT KOHLI/SAURABH TIWARI

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    DEAR SEWAG WE WANT INDIA TO WIN. AND I DONT BELIEVE INTERNATIONAL GAMES ARE PRACTISE MATCHES OR FRIENDLY MATCHES. INDIA SHOULD WIN. IF THE WINNING IS COMMING FROM YOU WE INDIANS ARE PROUD OF YOU. I DONT WANT TO SEE INDIA AS LOOSERS. SO PLEASE DONT PROTECT LIKE THIS. YOU HAVE TO GIVE CHANCES BUT NOT LIKE THIS KIND OF CHANCES GIVING TO JEDEJA. PLEASE....PLEASE...

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    These guys are not new comers to the team.. They have been playing for some good few years.. I would say someone like Ohja is new and young to the team.. and harbajan is useless..

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    hello Dear Sewag, its your good heart towards the youngsters. but these experiments should be done on domestic level. there he should learn earn techiniques how to bat and how to handle a bowler. So these reivisons should be done and done like mathematics in the domestic levels. and not in international levels. call me and give me this much chances i will prove how to bat. so in international level a batsman musT produce his best. its ok we can give chance for 2 to 3 series but not like this much chances. here we are doing our exams. the result will be faliure or passed. International cricket is not the place where you want to do practises. let jedeja go and practise and work with big guys like kumble etc.. PLEASE DONT PROJECT THAT ONLY THESE ARE THE BEST IN INDIA AND DONT PLEASE DEGRADE BY SHOWING THESE MUCH FAME TOWARDS THE POOR PERFORMERS. WE WANT INDIA TO WIN EACH AND EVERY GAME. A CRICKET GROUND IS A PLACE WHERE BATTLE IS GOING ON. THERE IS ONLY ONE WINNER, LIKE YOU. SO PLEASE...

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    well i dnt think rohit sharma should still be considered as a youngster......!! he didnt showed any consistency till nw .....there r no consecutive tornaments in which he performed consistencly ......y not consider dravid as an option ....he is far better player than him and no less in his fitness...atleast wht he can do is play at the time of WC @2011....!! dravid shud be brought back....!!

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 26, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    @Akshat Jaiswal . Here is a quiz for you. Which test team were bundled out inside 80 runs in their own backyard on first morning of a test match during last three years? (Hint: It is supposed to be best batting team in world) Hope you wont answer it

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 26, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    @Akshat Jaiswal. Hahahahahahaha. Good joke mate. Remember, last time we met outside sub continent India were thrashed by Pakistanis. And deadly inswingers of Indians conceded more than 300 runs and our strike bowler got rid of your best batsman in 4th over and you didnt able to last entire 50 years. I think you have gone mad after that humilating defeat.

  • POSTED BY sweetiee on | August 26, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I think they forgot one very useful batsman/feilder..." Mohd. Kaif"...we need a finisher in a crunch situation and he is good at it...remember the Natwest series and WC match against Pak..i dont think so Jadeja is capable of doing that...we used to have coupl eof good finishers A Jadeja and R Singh...we need Mohd Kaif back as he can save 20 runs nad may be score 30+....

  • POSTED BY raopreetam on | August 26, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    dear cricinfo,

    I request cricinfo to run an opinion poll, to see how many people actually feel ravindra jadeja should be given more chances. or atleast if he suits no 7 slot for indian batting line up, coz this is the most debated topic right now on cricinfo, I follow each and every comment on cric info, and i have seen nothing more discussed than this topic,

    or something like, who should no 7 spot belong to, A Irfan Patan B Ravindra jadeja C. Yousef Patan

    regards

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is unfit for one day game. Rohith Sharma is able to get in to inernational games. Better these two changes & Tendulkar & Gambir to include. And also Pujar & Unadict who were played in India A team may give a chance for newcommers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    INDIA'S TEAM FOR WORLD CUP.... GAMBHIR,SEHWAG,SACHIN,RAYNA,YUVRAJ,DHONI,YUSUF PATHAN,ZAHIR,MUNAF,NEHRA,ISHANT,P.KUMAR,ROHIT,HARBHAJAN,UTHAPPA, IRFAN,SHREESANTH.

  • POSTED BY sats on | August 26, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    I do agree with Sehwag but Dhoni and selectors are giving too many chances to players like Jadeja and Karthik..They are giving chances to these players as if no talent left in india..Rohit Sharma is fine he has a potential contender in the middle order...What about Irfan Pathan? He should be in scheme of hing in One day ...

  • POSTED BY sandunk on | August 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Before picking on Kohli, Rohit, Raina.. i would check on Karthik and Jadeja. I dont get why they keep getting chances so consistently without doing much and still not getting noticed.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 26, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    well guys dont worry even if we lose the final, because we have won the asia cup and drew the test series, as some one told mr kumar dharamsena is there so we know decisions will go against us

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 26, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    well well well ravinder jadeja, please take him out , that guy cant bat cant bowl cant field, even kyle mills hit him for 2 sixes, bring back irfan pathan at least he can bowl and bat well, wen he was playing well he was pushed up and down the order to bat the end result he lost the focus in bowling, bring him back!!! he took hatrick in pakistan, was man of the match in the perth test which we won, he bowled well in australia and pakistan, he is still young bring him back also in odi bring back yousuf pathan as well and give a chance to robin uthappa

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    good to see that people are not jumping on the guys they are also supporting..yeah they ave talent..they have proved it previously..and they will do the same thing in future too..just wait ad see.........

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | August 26, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Well done Sehwag-you are right, but just give us all a tentative date when these guys will start performing.It is good the seniors should back the youngsters and groom them and polish them, now looking at this consistent and long failures , I can come to only 2 conclusions, either 1) the seniors are failing in their role to instill confidence and grooming the youngsters, 2) the youngsters don't have in them what it takes to be a player at the international level, the attitude, the temperament,the technique. Another question why is it that some players are given a long rope and others are discarded at the drop of a hat-just after a couple of failures? there are definitely more than cricketing reasons.. Why Yuvraj is still being persisted with? when India should have tried other combinations both bowlers and batsmen who i believe are better than the current lot. A billion dollar question, u need someone to steady then where is "KAIF" or atleast Badri, their fielding is a bonus?

  • POSTED BY Sachin_da_yaar on | August 26, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    I think the World Cup 15 Playing Members shall be : 1. SACHIN TENDULKAR 2. SEHWAG 3. GAMBHIR 4. DRAVID 5. RAINA 6. YUVRAJ 7. DHONI 8. ZAHEER KHAN 9. NEHRA 10. PARVEEN 11. HARBHAJAN 12. IRFAN PATHAN 13. ASHWIN / OJHA 14. MUNAF PATEL 15. ROBIN UTHAPPA / VIRAT KOHLI

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @ ali haider Yeah as per u dambulla is flat track....... even den indian bowlers tamed lankan nd kiwi batsmen twice.....just thnk wat will happen 2 ur pakistani batsmen wen dey wil face deadly indian bowlers outside sub continent coz pakistani batsmen cant even hold bat properly forget abt batting...a thot f it gives me giggles...and as far as indian batting is concerned even harbajan can hit ur main strike bowler amer for biggies...forgot asia cup????

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Mr Sehwag:- everyone will fail in final. You forgot there is Mr Kumar Dharmasena standing. Even if bowlers dont apeeal you are out.

  • POSTED BY kevivnajar on | August 26, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    i agree with bharat_123. These youngsters form the indian team post 2011 wc. but what need to do now is to decide who will be in wc squad and prepare them. i would prefer to have Ashwin as surprise pack for wc, as the matches will be in india & SL. not many ppl have played his stopping deliveries. I'm against jadeja to be in the team. I prefer Irf/Yu pathan to be no.7 rather. DK shd be in middle order if at all he is in team. At the same time, key players shd not be used more before WC..may get injured. Post WC, need to groom Kohli Rsharma Mtiwary Stiwary Cpujara Rahane Mvijay in overseas tours for 1day & tests. WC squad selection is going to be highly controversial.. Poor Srikkanth.. wrong timing to be ch selector.. whatever he does, ppl will criticise..

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | August 26, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    COVER-UP won't help: This cover up of mediocrity by Karthik, Raina, Jadeja won't help India cricket. Probably, Kohli and Rohit need some more chances. BUT BRING BACK DRAVID if we are to have even a slight chance in world cup. Please, please, please give chances to Pujara, Unadkat, Uttappa, Mukund. Indias world cup team: Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Dravid, Yuvraj, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Nehra, Ishant, Vinay Kumar, Uttappa, and Rohit.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 26, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    It is very good of Sehwag backing up the youngsters and asking for patience. But if you examine the root cause closely, these guys do not have proper footwork. They must learn to use their feet and get behind the ball. That is the basic rule of cricket.Neither Yuvraj, Rohit or Kohli follow this rule. If you do not have perfect footwork, you must have lightening reflexes and improvise the strokes like Sehwag does. On a perfect batting strip you can get away with ldeficient footwork but on bowling friendly wicket like in Drambula, you cannot. That is the root cause of their failures. Dravid, Sachin & VVS are excellent examples of footwork in action. That is why they play well even on a spinning wicket. If any of Tiwary, Pujara, Rehane or Mukund have good footworkl, they should be included. otherwise they will fail if their footwork is deficient too. Youngsters, Tiwary & Mithun are in the present squad and deserve a chance to see how they fare in place of Kohli & Jadeja. Why Not try.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    @Ali Haider Yeah as per u dambulla is flat track....... even den indian bowlers tamed lankan nd kiwi batsmen twice.....just thnk wat will happen 2 ur pakistani batsmen wen dey wil face deadly indian bolers outside sub continent coz pakistani batsmen cant even hold bat properly forget abt batting...a thot f it gives me giggles...and as far as indian batting is concerned even harbajan can hit ur main strike bowler amer for biggies...forgot asia cup????:P

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | August 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma for one is not for 50 overs match. He is fit only for 20 over format. Hit out blindly at anything. He does not have the temparament nor the technique for a longer innings. Dravid should be in to replace him, Irfan for Ishant, Yousef for Jadeja and Uthappa for Karthik. With these changes and Tendulkar and Gambir back, we are in for a world class team.

  • POSTED BY svinodmenon on | August 26, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Sachin and Gambir is anyway going to replace two of the three young players, Raina's place is sure. So it is going to be Karthik/ Virat/Rohit. So why can't Dhoni come up the order and make the young players play at overs after 30. Dhoni is surly going to play a safe game and he is also occupying the grease very well. He also finds it easy playing with Sehwag. I believe these youngsters were picked up by their performance in the IPL. The funniest thing is that non of the players are coming at 1 down or not even 2 down in their respective Ipl team. It is that replace a opener with an opener who has a handful experience in domestic level. 1. Sehwag, 2. Karthik, 3. Dhoni, 4. Yuvi, 5. Raina, 6. Rohit, 7. Jadeja, 8. Praveen, 9. Isanth, 10. Nehra, 11. Patel for this final Vs SL. Don't play a bunch of new players at 2,3, & 4. The opponent SL has one startegy that is to win the match by any chances. They look only to win the day's match with their possible players and don't look for the future.

  • POSTED BY 0wais on | August 26, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    there is no use of giving R.Jadeja too many chances...... He is an absolutely useless batsmen whom i hav never seen to perform well in a crunch situation!!! his bowling is ok but i think so one of the pathan brothers will be better than Jadeja at 7 or 8

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | August 26, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka deserve to win this tournament. They are the team in form. Our batting and bowling have both been pathetic. The last win was a one man show - Sehwag and some spinless Newzealand batting. We really dont deserve to be in the final. If Sachin, Gambhir, Irfan and Yousef were played things would have been different.

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Yep they should be given some time because even "WORLD BESTS" (Viru, dravid, VVS and ganguly) were bowled out at 76 in their own backyard two years ago in a test match against SA. I havent seen any other team failing in their home country so badly in recent years though

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    HEY PEOPLE BEFORE COMMENTING MUCH IN THIS ISSUE PLZ PLZ CAN ANY ONE "INCLUDING CRICINFO EDITORS" COULD TELL ME "IF THEY HAD SEEN RAVINDRA JADEJA PLAYING HE IS A BATSMAN,BOWLER OR A FIELDER. LAST MATCH REMINDED ME OF THE T20 WORLDCUP IN WHICH JADEJA WAS HIT A NO OF 6S THE WAY MILLS WAS HITTING HIM.

    PLZ TELL ME THE ABOVE QUESTION.

  • POSTED BY 1.vivek on | August 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    i agree with shewag but their r so many others who perform very well in IPL and domestic cricket ex- p. Ojha. thiwary..... and i think y. phathan is better than Jadeja place. finly we require a good team and good performance from indian crickters alllllllllllll the best.

  • POSTED BY Born_Smart on | August 26, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Isn't 30+ to 50+ matches good enough (Raina & Yuvraj have played 100 ODIs and 200 ODIs) for a player to prove himself. Even I could have scored couple of 50s and 100s if given that many chances. Going by Sehwags logic we'l lhave to wait until 2011 WC finishes by that time they would have played around 60-70 matches. So are we preparing for 2015 WC? By droping Pathans, Dravids etc Srikanth, Dhoni & co may have dropped the 2011 WC. Time & again Dhonis boys prove 2007 T20 win was a fluke, for that matter we should read too much into T20 championships and performances.

  • POSTED BY JPAGRAWAL on | August 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE DAMBULA PITCH BECAUSE NO PLAYER HAS HIT ANY CENTURY NITHER PLAYER HAS SCORED TWO FIFTIES IN THIS TOURNAMENT EXCEPT VIRENDRA SEHWAG.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 26, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    India should have more than one international cricket team. May be all odd numbered state to have one team and the even number states or provinces to have another one. It is a huge country. Just a thought.

    Also BCCI and its little brother ICC should allow expeorting some of India's talent to USA, UAE, bangladesh, Ireland, etc. It will help promoting cricket througout the world. Just a thought :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Man if these guys are like this on dead sri lankan pitches,i wonder how they do in england or anywhere outside the asia for that matter..makes me giggle :P not that my own pakistan team is a bunch o greek gods at batting but i thought thats the only thing the indians produce well.."BATSMEN"

  • POSTED BY Bharat_123 on | August 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Everyone calm down and think with a cool head. The facts are as follows: Rohit Sharma has immense talent however he is finding it very hard to consistently perform at the international level. Virat Kholi is also an exciting young talent. He has scored a couple of 100s for India, 1 significantly coming against SL last year in December when they really needed it. Dinish Karthik I feel is a player that people are neglecting. If you look how he is being treated by the Indian team u will also understand how he feels. When in need of an opener Dinish. When someone is injured Dinish. He is not been given a chance on his own merit. Well raina he is classy as you seen in the IPL and in his 1st Test match against SL. Everyone calm down and all these 4 players will come through. Remember how long it took the little master to score his first ODI hundred. Well then give time and they will shine as they are the future of Indian Cricket and there is no hiding from that fact.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | August 26, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Give same chances to Karthik as Rohit/Virat got in ODI matches in the middle order. Then everyone will come to know, who's place in ODI will be in permanent doubt? Karthik already made statement a year ago, since Dhoni is already successful as Captain and WK, he is competing in middle order. Also he has proven with lot of runs is last 2 seasons as a middle order batsmen. He got technique.

    Why no one talk about Yuvi's failure here? since he is endorsed with more products in the market. Why do we talk about only youngsters. Think about India A team played quality matches 1 month ago in England. Don't we think about Puraja here. Common don't make him another Badrinath in Indian cricket.

    Whoever talks about Uthappa, don't you here what he said last month, he is coming out of injury and want to play in middle order, not as a opening anymore.

    Once World Cup 2001 over , then we will come back to same cycle.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | August 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    What Sehwag is saying here is true but the major problem with Indian cricket these days is that players are selected on the basis of their IPL performance instead of Ranji or Duleep trophy.Dravid has been one of the main reasons for India's victory in swinging conditions if the selectors does not want to bring him back then they should call up players like Pujara or Badrinath who can steady the ship.

  • POSTED BY bvsbabu on | August 26, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    In my opinion, Ravindra Jadeja has been given so many changes in T20 as well as One days. As of now, I am still trying to figure out what he is good in (Batting or Bowling or fielding? )

    Please help me .. , what he is good in

  • POSTED BY Uppal809 on | August 26, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Shewag is right, but Tiwary deserves a chance. I would not hesitate to give him a chance in the finals as other youngsters are not performing. Karthik is a good player he is having a terrible time opening theses days. Virat should open with Shewag as he comes in the first over anyways. The team for the final should be. 1 Shewag, 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Yuvraj Singh,4 Raina, 5 Saurabh Tiwari, 6 Dhoni, 7 Ojha, 8 Nehra, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, and 11 Munaff Patel.

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | August 26, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    it's nice to see sehwag supporting youngsters. But our young cricketers look just ordinary not able to cash the opportunity given to them. both batsman & bowlers are not upto expectations. we don't see any ambitious commitments in them. if you look at youngsters playing in other countries & their performance, everyone agree that our players are performing just below standard. only Raina is coming near to sachin, dravid, sehwag,laxman. rest are very ordinary, may be they perform good in indian flat tracks.. but when it comes to overseas performance, it's very ordinary during the Zimbabwe ,England & SL tours. it's very disappointing to say this..

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | August 26, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Sehwag backs Kohli, Rohit & Raina inspite of their regular inconsistency & questions regarding their commitment & attitude, but who will back the likes of Saurabh Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara who have been waiting in the wings for over a year for atleast one opportunity. Man to Man, each of these guys have a better first class averages than the REGULAR "youngsters", yet they don't find a place in the staring XI. Pujara, Rahane & Tiwary should have been actually tried in this season ODI's which would have been ideal given a high number of matches being played in familiar sub-continental conditions (Asia Cup, Tri-series, ..). The selectors have got their timing all messed up!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    SEHWAG, SACHIN, best openar in the world cricket

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | August 26, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    In a country where there are just 11 international slots for 1.2 billion people compared to 11 spots for a country like New Zealand for 4 million people, you should not waste more than 5 matches for any yso called youngster. After 5 matches if someone does not perform discard and look for a different player. Why just a few should be groomed this way here . Totally wrong. It will be unfair favouratism for those palyers given more opportunities for international exposure to mature. Also no cricketer in India must be allowed more than 75 Test matches or 100 ODI. Give chance to more players, or India should have 4 international teams just as UK has more teams in Football world cup. India is a land of opportunities for few and these few players make disproportionate accumulations.

  • POSTED BY Tarzansree on | August 26, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Last chance for not only Kohli and Rohit but also for Karthik... Poor fellow ... every one is after his life....

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    shewag is right but better youngster like, irfan pathan, yousuf pathan, uthappa. not kohli, rohit sharma or raina. they alrady given enough chances.according to me team should be tendulkar, shewag, gambhir, yuvraj, dhoni, yousuf, irfan, harbhajan, praveen, zaheer, nehra. for world cup full allround team every player in the team shold be a match winner not looser for 12th men uthappa. and 3 more player in the squad should be karthik, raina, jadeja if somebody got injured.

  • POSTED BY charan200 on | August 26, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    i agree with sehwags opinion........but virat kohli is better player than rohit sharma in terms of foot work also..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Fair enough. However, I wonder how many more thousand chances are needed to be given to Ravindra Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    completely agree with Sehwag's viewpoints about giving youngsters more time.

  • POSTED BY IndianAnalyst on | August 26, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    yeah BCCI will forget everything very soon as next season is played on flat Indian pitches and guys like Sharma, Jadeja, Raina will become world beaters under those conditions .

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Yuvraj in the worst form of his life but hes a very talented allrounder . Rohit and Kohli are also very talented but seems that they arent in good form . Only Sehwag seems to be in good form.

  • POSTED BY ksriniasu on | August 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Isn't "India" a singular word? Shouldn't it be "India is" rather than "India are"? To treat a country as a plural word seems to be a trend with many cricinfo reporters.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | August 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    ok it is true that they need more chances. But why is a performer in Saurabh Tiwary sitting whenrepeated chances are being given to rohit sharma? Saurabh proved himself during T20 and earned a few MOM awards as well. He is just 20 alright- but what is wrong in having him in the team early and giving him the right kind of exposure? Atleast if Dhoni uses the rotation policy in giving chances to youngsters it would be nice. Rohit may be a better option in Tests as his temperment and stylr suit tests more than the shorter version. He has talent but we are wasting it. poor guy is losing his confidence as well. and soon might lose out on the race to the team and would be a permanent member knocking the doors but will never make it. Using right talents is very important as everone will agree.Hope the selectors are using their brains well or else someone like Mohinder Amarnath would come out again telling that they are a bunch of jokers. Seems that the comment was correct.ALL THE BEST

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | August 26, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Classic Sehwag at his natural best - straight from the heart, factual and no playing around with words. Yes, India's young turks have struggled, but so have even more experienced batsmen. How can we forget that quite a few of these youngsters have already put in some good performances outside India as well (Australia CB series, last SL tour when they won the ODI series, etc.). So we need to be more patient wth them. T

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | August 26, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Sehwag. If Rohit Sharma gets the kind of time we gave Rahul Dravid in ODIs, then another star is in the making. Kohli is a combative player and he'll be back. This time the surface in Dambulla gave misery to all Indian batsmen except of course Sehwag. The players have to realise that it is the mind, will and positive intent that will make stroke play easy on this mystery surface. And Dhoni will have to give up his nudging and fidgeting role down the order and instead come up higher and whack the ball! Kartick can come down.

  • POSTED BY Raja22222 on | August 26, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    I think the stake holders of Indian cricket isn't bothered about creating a specialist opener for the future. The way they are selecting openers,giving chances in the playing 11 is a clear example of poor talent management by the selectors and coach.For instance M.Vijay was selected for one day team earlier this year and given 4 opportunities in the last 8 months.he scored 25 in 15 balls with five 4's against South Africa in his debut. I found this technically correct young man is having the temperament to show is natural style in his debut with out fear,and hoped he will play for a long time. But in his next 3 matches he scored 14 ,11 and 22.The last 3 dismissals, one is LBW, another is run out & the third one is Stumped. After this he is dropped from ODI squad and playing for tests. My question to all who concerned is what basis you selected him?if he has the technique and talent y u dropped him?.If v need a solution the coaches has 2 play a part in avoiding the avoidable dismissal

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    HAHA.let seniors like sachin,dravid and laxman go,then real worth of guys like kohli,rohit sharma and jadeja will expose.they are worst batsmen with no talent and technique....

  • POSTED BY hollandindian on | August 26, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I think that they should play test cricket instead of limited matches. That would help then a lot. Go and look further then the Dravids and laxxies.

  • POSTED BY Satwikrossbones on | August 26, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    I have no idea why Saurabh tiwary has not been given a chance yet. With constant troubles in the Indian middle order why dont can't we bring in Ambati Rayudu. He comes from the same stock that produced brilliant middle order batsmen like Azharuddin and Laxman. And why is Dinesh Karthik even in the team. It makes sense to have him as a back up for Dhoni but that is all. He is does not qualify as a batsmen ahead of many others who are currenlty looking for a place in the side. Also I know Irfan Pathan hasn't been performing well but he is certainly brilliant in place of Jadeja and will give India an option of playing 2 specialist spinners. All this of course doesnt pertain to this tournament but is general advice.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Wonder when will Md Kaif and Irfan pathan get a chance..........

  • POSTED BY BapiDas on | August 26, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Dhoni and Sehwag have been quite charitable and understandably so. They are the 'officials' (Captain and Vice) and they can not really admit that they have made wrong selections! Can they please explain (1) why experienced Dhoni should continue to bat so low down the order (2) why Saurav Tiwari was being included and not given ONE chance. It is NOT pragmatic not to admit that the youngsters are inconsistent and as yet unreliable. Hiding under the carpet is not solution to the problem after all!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    I think some of them Like Ravindre Jadeja have been given a bit too much time, even Rohit Sharma is useless, he was pretty bad from the start, low avg, no footwork, he was just hyped too much by Ravi Shastri. India does need someone like Dravid in the Middle Order, his strike rate is 70ish which is really not that bad as everyone makes it out to be.

  • POSTED BY santhu.1134 on | August 26, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    i think the team ll be reviving if dinesh karthik is down in the middle order, irfan in the place of ravindra jadeja(for the place of all rounder) and robin utthappa can be the best option for reserve opener(even for gambir r sehwag) if not atleast rohit for this final....!!! hope India ll win the final !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Our youngsters have been given enough chances

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    More time, 50 ODI's for Dinesh Karthik ? Still How much time

  • POSTED BY raopreetam on | August 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Thank god, sehwag didnt mention anything about giving extra time for jadeja, Yeap other youngsters definitely need more time to come in terms with international cricket and become more matured, coz there is obvious talent. But in case of jadeja, i dont see any potential at all, so there is no point of persisting with him. it may take longer for jadeja when compared to raina, kohli and rohit to reach anywhere close to being of international standard. So give jadeja about 2 to 3 years atleast in ranji's and other domestic tournament so that he can be reckoning when he is ready. By jadeja being in the squad, we are doing more bad than good, the severe criticism going around with dampen his confidence, so its obvious that he has to start from basics and get it right, rather than trying to learn it all on the big stage, where it is not possible

  • POSTED BY laddum on | August 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Sehwag is absolutely right about it but he is forgetting one thing that Suresh Raina has played 102 ODI and he is the most underperforming player we ever had. His weeknesses are well know since the last T20 World cup in West Indies. HE CANNOT PLAY PULL SHOT. He haven't found alternate ways to work with that. In this matter consistency has been maintained with Dhoni picking him in the team. He is definetely a good player on domestic grounds where the ball is not rising and good batsmen in IPL but not for international cricket. All he knows is how to celebrate when an opponent wickets are falling. He knows how to kiss ass and keep playing. Further more I don't know how far we will go with player like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma ( He should not be picked in domestic cricket).

    Well I hope Personal favors will be dropped and Raina should be given an early exit from International cricket forever.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    The collapse of India's famed middle order (Raina, Karthik, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj) shows that these guys may be bullies on flat, dead IPL pitches, but are technically deficient when the ball is seaming or lifting anywhere else in the world. This will spell doomsday for Indian batting when Sachin, Sehwag, and the seniors retire. We also haven't had any all-rounders since Kapil Dev - Jadeja can neither bowl, not bat (like Ravi Shastri in a previous era). Why keep supporting people who continue to fail and make no effort to improve their batting? Why not search for less known players who may have at least a bit of Sachin's technique or Sehwag's timing or Dravid's determination?

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Bring back RAHUL DRAVID...................

  • POSTED BY danifilth on | August 26, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    why the hell isnt Sachin Tendulkar in the one day team also im slightly confused how hes not ranked number 1 batsman in odi only person ever to get a 200 i mean wtf Dhoni has nothing on sehwag or Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY itssachin on | August 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    its right that we nned to show some faith and give some more time to the young batsman to find their feet but to whom.. i guess out of rohit,raina,kohli,kartik and jadeja.. only raina has proved that he belongs to this level and can play.. All of rest has wasted their oportunities.. Rohit and virat have the talent but they need to set their priorities and work ethics right .. Rest like kartik and jadeja are complete waste it will be better if india gets rid of them ASAP. Keeping the WC in mind.. india need to set their focus righ and nned to bring back Irfan and Robin ASAP in the ODI scheme of things. India need player like Irfan/Uthapa at No 7 who can win the match th their won rather than SO CALLED ALLROUNDER JADEJA..The Indian World cup team should be like: Sachin,Viru,Gauti,Yuraj,Dhoin,Rain,Irfan/Yousuf,Hrabhajn,Pravven,Zaheer,Ishnat and Nehra. and the exerves.. robin,rohi,sreeshant

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I think rahul dravid should play in the world cup to balance the batting line up

  • POSTED BY sunny_k10 on | August 26, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    This is completely misleading..........he cant be believed, it's certain that he would like to spend a "jolly time" with his friends rather than true performers at the dressing room......we all watched the humiliating performances of these so called young and useless players at international level for over 2 years........it's enough.... 50 to 70 matches..!!!! OMG!!!!! look at his comments.......dont know who is that "idiot" and "nonsense" captain who gives this much of matches to any player in international cricket for any "phalthu" player to get settle down.....rubbish and nonsense... time for "bunch of jokers" to take proper corrective action by including "rahul dravid" at middle order... and kickout all these nonperforming "gully crickters"...

  • POSTED BY TexasCricket on | August 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Nice way to put it. But do we need to do that at the expense of more deserving players!.Especially with world cup around the corner?, Please get the team right. Kohli and Jadeja are not at that level yet. let them play through domestic and prove their mettle . A fit Uthappa should be an automatic selection to replace Dinesh karthik. Yusuf should be in for Jadeja.We are going to be a whole lot better with Sachin back in the line up with Gambhir at 3.(that will take care of Rohit and Kohli).

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    i think young indian batsmen played in flat pitches in india, when bowl is swining they struggled. in modern day cricket oneday matches played in flat pitches.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    i think young indian batsmen played in flat pitches in india, when bowl is swining they struggled. in modern day cricket oneday matches played in flat pitches.

  • POSTED BY TexasCricket on | August 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Nice way to put it. But do we need to do that at the expense of more deserving players!.Especially with world cup around the corner?, Please get the team right. Kohli and Jadeja are not at that level yet. let them play through domestic and prove their mettle . A fit Uthappa should be an automatic selection to replace Dinesh karthik. Yusuf should be in for Jadeja.We are going to be a whole lot better with Sachin back in the line up with Gambhir at 3.(that will take care of Rohit and Kohli).

  • POSTED BY sunny_k10 on | August 26, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    This is completely misleading..........he cant be believed, it's certain that he would like to spend a "jolly time" with his friends rather than true performers at the dressing room......we all watched the humiliating performances of these so called young and useless players at international level for over 2 years........it's enough.... 50 to 70 matches..!!!! OMG!!!!! look at his comments.......dont know who is that "idiot" and "nonsense" captain who gives this much of matches to any player in international cricket for any "phalthu" player to get settle down.....rubbish and nonsense... time for "bunch of jokers" to take proper corrective action by including "rahul dravid" at middle order... and kickout all these nonperforming "gully crickters"...

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I think rahul dravid should play in the world cup to balance the batting line up

  • POSTED BY itssachin on | August 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    its right that we nned to show some faith and give some more time to the young batsman to find their feet but to whom.. i guess out of rohit,raina,kohli,kartik and jadeja.. only raina has proved that he belongs to this level and can play.. All of rest has wasted their oportunities.. Rohit and virat have the talent but they need to set their priorities and work ethics right .. Rest like kartik and jadeja are complete waste it will be better if india gets rid of them ASAP. Keeping the WC in mind.. india need to set their focus righ and nned to bring back Irfan and Robin ASAP in the ODI scheme of things. India need player like Irfan/Uthapa at No 7 who can win the match th their won rather than SO CALLED ALLROUNDER JADEJA..The Indian World cup team should be like: Sachin,Viru,Gauti,Yuraj,Dhoin,Rain,Irfan/Yousuf,Hrabhajn,Pravven,Zaheer,Ishnat and Nehra. and the exerves.. robin,rohi,sreeshant

  • POSTED BY danifilth on | August 26, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    why the hell isnt Sachin Tendulkar in the one day team also im slightly confused how hes not ranked number 1 batsman in odi only person ever to get a 200 i mean wtf Dhoni has nothing on sehwag or Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Bring back RAHUL DRAVID...................

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    The collapse of India's famed middle order (Raina, Karthik, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj) shows that these guys may be bullies on flat, dead IPL pitches, but are technically deficient when the ball is seaming or lifting anywhere else in the world. This will spell doomsday for Indian batting when Sachin, Sehwag, and the seniors retire. We also haven't had any all-rounders since Kapil Dev - Jadeja can neither bowl, not bat (like Ravi Shastri in a previous era). Why keep supporting people who continue to fail and make no effort to improve their batting? Why not search for less known players who may have at least a bit of Sachin's technique or Sehwag's timing or Dravid's determination?

  • POSTED BY laddum on | August 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Sehwag is absolutely right about it but he is forgetting one thing that Suresh Raina has played 102 ODI and he is the most underperforming player we ever had. His weeknesses are well know since the last T20 World cup in West Indies. HE CANNOT PLAY PULL SHOT. He haven't found alternate ways to work with that. In this matter consistency has been maintained with Dhoni picking him in the team. He is definetely a good player on domestic grounds where the ball is not rising and good batsmen in IPL but not for international cricket. All he knows is how to celebrate when an opponent wickets are falling. He knows how to kiss ass and keep playing. Further more I don't know how far we will go with player like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma ( He should not be picked in domestic cricket).

    Well I hope Personal favors will be dropped and Raina should be given an early exit from International cricket forever.

  • POSTED BY raopreetam on | August 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Thank god, sehwag didnt mention anything about giving extra time for jadeja, Yeap other youngsters definitely need more time to come in terms with international cricket and become more matured, coz there is obvious talent. But in case of jadeja, i dont see any potential at all, so there is no point of persisting with him. it may take longer for jadeja when compared to raina, kohli and rohit to reach anywhere close to being of international standard. So give jadeja about 2 to 3 years atleast in ranji's and other domestic tournament so that he can be reckoning when he is ready. By jadeja being in the squad, we are doing more bad than good, the severe criticism going around with dampen his confidence, so its obvious that he has to start from basics and get it right, rather than trying to learn it all on the big stage, where it is not possible