Sri Lanka v India, tri-series final, Dambulla August 27, 2010

India consider playing extra batsman

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India are considering playing an extra batsman in Saturday's final following a slew of collapses in the tri-series. MS Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference that they were toying with the idea of picking a specialist batsman in place of the struggling Ravindra Jadeja.

"If we feel the wicket is dry and not hard then Jadeja will get a spot," Dhoni said, "but if we feel it won't help the spinners and we feel like playing an extra batsman then Jadeja will have to miss."

Allrounder Jadeja has been the preferred option at No. 7 for the past couple of months, but he has not contributed much with the bat on the difficult Dambulla tracks either in the Asia Cup or the current tri-series. The absence of Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, both of whom are capable batsmen, has weakened India's ability to resist down the order when the specialists fail.

"In this tournament the lower order looks completely different because you don't have Harbhajan Singh who bats at No.8 and you don't have Zaheer Khan who bats at nine," Dhoni said. "They are two batsmen who can score a few runs. When it comes to the four batsmen who we have right now… they have not been able to score, but it won't be justified to put the blame on them because they are in the side for their bowling and they are doing that job."

Virender Sehwag has been the architect of both of India's victories in this tournament, scoring nearly as much as the rest of the team. "I don't want to put pressure on Sehwag since he is a free-flowing cricketer," Dhoni said. "He is a natural aggressive cricketer. So he should back himself and bat the way he bats."

India reached the final after their pumped-up quick bowlers demolished New Zealand's batting on Wednesday. "Last game there was lot of intensity and we are hoping that in tomorrow's match also there is enough intensity," Dhoni said. "First 15 overs and last 10-12 overs and Powerplay is important. In the middle if the intensity drops down a bit it is okay but at the start of the game it sets up the tone for the whole match."

Right through the tournament, Dhoni has stressed on the need to give the opposition bowlers respect in the initial stages of the innings. "I think this has been a series of ups and down not only for our batsman but for all the three teams that have participated. The new ball spell has been important. It will be crucial not too lose too many wickets early. How you do that is not important, whether it looks good or doesn't."

On Saturday, Dhoni will be looking to win his fifth successive one-day series in Sri Lanka as captain. Calling correctly at the toss helps. "We have won many tosses; in the series before the Asia Cup when we had come to Sri Lanka, at the Premadasa, we won four tosses out of five," he said. "Before it we had played the initial part of a series in Dambulla, where again we won several tosses. In this tournament we have seen that the toss is not the factor like in the earlier series."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Indian team management should bring back their full Test squad in action for all one-days ahead till the end of World Cup. Also they should avoid the strategy sending in-form player into rest in the name of testing young blood.

  • on August 28, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Don't understand why the selectors are persisting with Rohith Sharma...talent alone doesn make a player ...it requires commitment and hardwork also...No doubt Rohith is talented but he has no attitude wat so ever...he is a spoiled Brat...kick him out of the team....get in Pujara or Tiwari ....India has to regroup quickly ...get in Irfan...for he is a far better option than Jadeja...Don't know how Jadeja is still lying in the Team...he doesn look a bowler while bowling and doesn look like a Batsman while Batting...n wat about Sreesanth...has he changed enough to make it to the Indian Team...Really feel disappointed to see such a Talent go waste...I have been follwing Indian Cricket for the Past 23 yrs and I have never seen a Indian Pace Bowler as awesome as Sree...But God....he has no attitude at all.....Another Talent wasted....I think we people are to be blamed for these for treating our players like GOD...it has gone into the head of some of these players....

  • anilkanduri on August 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Guys..this is my playing XI for WC and u decide ..

    1.Sehwag 2.Sachin 3.Gambhir 4.Yuvi 5.Dravid/Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Irfan pathan 8.Bhajji 9.Zaheer 10.Praveen 11.Nehra

    Reserve:1,2,3: Virat Kohli 4,5,6,7:(Raina),Uthappa(bat/keeper) Spinner:Ashwin Pacers:Ishant

    Against tough bowling attacks..we'll play dravid..else raina. Dravid up the order if early wickets fall ..else if we get a good platform he shouldl bat low down..as a whole the inclusion of dravid and irfan pathan holds the key to IND's success..but NO jadeja plsssssssss..!!

  • on August 28, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I still don't get why youngsters are getting chances at the cost of someone as classy and as legendary as Rahul Dravid who hasn't even retired yet!! He is still a great force to reckon with as he has shown in IPL. And why Jadeja is in the team is a very old and boring question.. Its only Dhoni's ego that has kept Jadeja in the team.

  • on August 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    India should play with the same team with Karthik & Jadeja .It is not helpful to make a sudden change in the squad for the 'final match in the same venue/pitch' .. Believe in their ability ..remember the Asia cup final where Karthik was MOM , while Jadeja also played well .. Changes can made after this final .. Gud luck for Indian Team

  • anilkanduri on August 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    In order to gift the WC to the master,we definitely need solidity in the middle order..we NEED dravid to come back to no.5 spot and control the innings when the batting collapses..Other than Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir..we dont really have any technically solid batsmen..ofcourse yuvi off late..but his temperment is questionable..and Dhoni is only a Performer,he can somehow score runs with a technique worse than that of Nehra's,but will definitely fall flat against top class bowling attacks..And the biggest threat that India has is JADEJA,the luckiest cricketer ever..i think he is too over-rated and too many chances..why be in a false pride that he is an all rounder..he is actually a par bowler on spin tracks and a below par batsmen..He has NO IMPACT on any match he plays!!Why not groom somebody like Irfan pathan for the WC??What abt murali kartik who is doing extremely well in recent times at counties??We can even play 7batsmen with sehwag,raina,yuvi bowling 12-15 overs..

  • DEEPAKUK on August 28, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I don't think why Mahi opt allrounder to Ravinder Jadeja as he has far better option is yusuf pathan who can ball & bat well and is a match winner. Also why you guys prefer to win toss. In my view you have to play in worse condition and from there you win the match then, if you win i count you as number 1 team. Hope you consider it in future.....Also Kartik has never having the ability to score more than 35 runs and he is opening for India !! Please choose the batsman who can score 100 in his day. There are number of option to bat at No. 1.......Deepak

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on August 28, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Wake Up - SELECTORS!!!! you are still in search of an allrounder??? nearing to WORLDCUP when you have great talents available like (IRFAN, YUSUF, NAYAR, ASHWIN other than JADEJA). All we need @ No. 7 is a dashing/demolishing player who can also be used as a pinch hitter on times for which JADEJA is surely not suitable. Please give him a break and bring back IRFAN or YUSUF for sure they will grasp the opportunity or try out ASHWIN. My 15 of WORLD CUP with orders (SACHIN, SEHWAG, GHAMBIR, DHONI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, YOUSUF, HARBHAJAN, ZAHEER, PRAVEEN, NEHRA) reserves (IRFAN, UTHAPA, ISHANT, ASHWIN).

  • on August 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Specialist batsman @ #7! Not a bad idea, but whi is it going to be, Rohit or Tiwari? that's going to be a big decission. Rohit - tried and tested but trusted? Tiwary - an unknown quantity for both team India and for the opposition as well, but is it worth a gamble now? best of luck to Dhoni and India.

  • on August 28, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    India have missed a calm batsmen like Dravid ,Mohamad kife,or even Ganguly. All the batsmen are playing with risk in this squad and out of technique too. For the world cup they will have Tendulkar to fill the vacant position but will it be enough. Take srilanka team , they have Sangakkara,Mahela . India need at least 2 such kind of players. There is more than talent and also pick the right player in the right spot.

  • on August 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Indian team management should bring back their full Test squad in action for all one-days ahead till the end of World Cup. Also they should avoid the strategy sending in-form player into rest in the name of testing young blood.

  • on August 28, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Don't understand why the selectors are persisting with Rohith Sharma...talent alone doesn make a player ...it requires commitment and hardwork also...No doubt Rohith is talented but he has no attitude wat so ever...he is a spoiled Brat...kick him out of the team....get in Pujara or Tiwari ....India has to regroup quickly ...get in Irfan...for he is a far better option than Jadeja...Don't know how Jadeja is still lying in the Team...he doesn look a bowler while bowling and doesn look like a Batsman while Batting...n wat about Sreesanth...has he changed enough to make it to the Indian Team...Really feel disappointed to see such a Talent go waste...I have been follwing Indian Cricket for the Past 23 yrs and I have never seen a Indian Pace Bowler as awesome as Sree...But God....he has no attitude at all.....Another Talent wasted....I think we people are to be blamed for these for treating our players like GOD...it has gone into the head of some of these players....

  • anilkanduri on August 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Guys..this is my playing XI for WC and u decide ..

    1.Sehwag 2.Sachin 3.Gambhir 4.Yuvi 5.Dravid/Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Irfan pathan 8.Bhajji 9.Zaheer 10.Praveen 11.Nehra

    Reserve:1,2,3: Virat Kohli 4,5,6,7:(Raina),Uthappa(bat/keeper) Spinner:Ashwin Pacers:Ishant

    Against tough bowling attacks..we'll play dravid..else raina. Dravid up the order if early wickets fall ..else if we get a good platform he shouldl bat low down..as a whole the inclusion of dravid and irfan pathan holds the key to IND's success..but NO jadeja plsssssssss..!!

  • on August 28, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I still don't get why youngsters are getting chances at the cost of someone as classy and as legendary as Rahul Dravid who hasn't even retired yet!! He is still a great force to reckon with as he has shown in IPL. And why Jadeja is in the team is a very old and boring question.. Its only Dhoni's ego that has kept Jadeja in the team.

  • on August 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    India should play with the same team with Karthik & Jadeja .It is not helpful to make a sudden change in the squad for the 'final match in the same venue/pitch' .. Believe in their ability ..remember the Asia cup final where Karthik was MOM , while Jadeja also played well .. Changes can made after this final .. Gud luck for Indian Team

  • anilkanduri on August 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    In order to gift the WC to the master,we definitely need solidity in the middle order..we NEED dravid to come back to no.5 spot and control the innings when the batting collapses..Other than Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir..we dont really have any technically solid batsmen..ofcourse yuvi off late..but his temperment is questionable..and Dhoni is only a Performer,he can somehow score runs with a technique worse than that of Nehra's,but will definitely fall flat against top class bowling attacks..And the biggest threat that India has is JADEJA,the luckiest cricketer ever..i think he is too over-rated and too many chances..why be in a false pride that he is an all rounder..he is actually a par bowler on spin tracks and a below par batsmen..He has NO IMPACT on any match he plays!!Why not groom somebody like Irfan pathan for the WC??What abt murali kartik who is doing extremely well in recent times at counties??We can even play 7batsmen with sehwag,raina,yuvi bowling 12-15 overs..

  • DEEPAKUK on August 28, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I don't think why Mahi opt allrounder to Ravinder Jadeja as he has far better option is yusuf pathan who can ball & bat well and is a match winner. Also why you guys prefer to win toss. In my view you have to play in worse condition and from there you win the match then, if you win i count you as number 1 team. Hope you consider it in future.....Also Kartik has never having the ability to score more than 35 runs and he is opening for India !! Please choose the batsman who can score 100 in his day. There are number of option to bat at No. 1.......Deepak

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on August 28, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Wake Up - SELECTORS!!!! you are still in search of an allrounder??? nearing to WORLDCUP when you have great talents available like (IRFAN, YUSUF, NAYAR, ASHWIN other than JADEJA). All we need @ No. 7 is a dashing/demolishing player who can also be used as a pinch hitter on times for which JADEJA is surely not suitable. Please give him a break and bring back IRFAN or YUSUF for sure they will grasp the opportunity or try out ASHWIN. My 15 of WORLD CUP with orders (SACHIN, SEHWAG, GHAMBIR, DHONI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, YOUSUF, HARBHAJAN, ZAHEER, PRAVEEN, NEHRA) reserves (IRFAN, UTHAPA, ISHANT, ASHWIN).

  • on August 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Specialist batsman @ #7! Not a bad idea, but whi is it going to be, Rohit or Tiwari? that's going to be a big decission. Rohit - tried and tested but trusted? Tiwary - an unknown quantity for both team India and for the opposition as well, but is it worth a gamble now? best of luck to Dhoni and India.

  • on August 28, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    India have missed a calm batsmen like Dravid ,Mohamad kife,or even Ganguly. All the batsmen are playing with risk in this squad and out of technique too. For the world cup they will have Tendulkar to fill the vacant position but will it be enough. Take srilanka team , they have Sangakkara,Mahela . India need at least 2 such kind of players. There is more than talent and also pick the right player in the right spot.

  • paramuzz on August 28, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    hai friends...never forget the contribution given by karthik on the final of the asia cup... go through the series statistics only sehwag played well among all the three teams...dambulla is bowlers paradise.. who ever played there patiently he scored runs... and karthik has that ability.. he was out last two occasions because of umpires mistake..if karthik playing today..sure we can see a good innings frm him ..

  • on August 28, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    WHY MR. S Tiwari tourist? And Why Kartihk, Kholi, R.Sharma are not dropped. Irfan & Yusuf Pathans are much better allrounders than R.Jedejaa.....

  • akshayonline on August 28, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    bingo RKSING thats my line up for the world cup too

    1.Virendra Sehwag.2.G.Gambhir.3.Sachin Tendulkar.4.Yuvraj Singh.5.Suresh Raina.6.Ms dhoni.7.Irfan Pathan.8.Praveen Kumar9.Harbhajan Singh.10.A.Nehara.11.Zaheer Khan.

  • sweetspot on August 28, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    All the Indians here who criticize the Indian cricket team, ask yourselves if you or the company you work for, or the institution you study in is #1 or #2 in the world. If everything in India performed as well as the cricket team, we'd be the greatest country in the world. We're not, so let's enjoy whatever highs our cricketers can provide us, and let's show some gratitude for all the joy they have given us. NO team is performing anything great in this tournament, thanks to this Dumb bulla pitch.

  • DubaiSiva on August 28, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Irrrespective of the condition prevailing on inspection of the pitch, going by what has been seen so far, playing an extra batsman is sensible, but the most important point is protecting wickets when the ball is new. Taking a leaf out of Sangas approach, it may not be a bad idea to promote someone who will scratch and protect his wicket for the first 10 overs. Dhoni can take a chance and open himself with Sehwaag, this could be key!!.

  • on August 28, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    DON'T PLAY WITH JADEJA BUT DHONI WANT TO PLAY HIM AS AN ALLROUNDER,WILL ANYBODY WILL TELL ME WHY IS JADEJA IN TEAM ????????????????????????????????????????? I'M SURE NOBODY WILL GIVE ANSWER ............. I WILL TELL HE IS NOT THEIR BCZ OF HIS BATTING OR BOWLING BUT BCZ OF DHONI WANTS TO PLAY HIM ????? WHY IRFAN PATHAN /ABHISHEK NAYAR/YUSUF PATHAN IN SQUAD. ALL OF 3 ARE MATCHWINNERS ................... NO WAY JADEJA WILL BE MATCHWINNER EITHER IT'S BATTING OR BOWLING .....................

  • on August 28, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    TIWARY should be included......

  • iAmNotHere on August 28, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    As 2011 WC is goin on in Ind you actually don't need Dravid, tat was my opnion some weeks back coz u actually don't need class in these indian pitches any child can play..

    but seeing at this childish batting line up we hv today(except sehwag, sachin and if you filter further u'll get gambhir and dhoni) i think dhoni has to tell the same sentence "we hv to give youngsters some more time" after we come out of the first round in WC.. Rohit is very talented i agree, but his talent is confined only to his ranji team,Deccan chargers and teams like ZIM and Bangladesh as he can score big runs against them and make his avg stronger.there are other youngsters who hv not recieved chances as him but are eager to perform. And i don't think i hv to talk abt jadeja the whole of india is talkin abt him, it is actually waste of time talkin abt him. and finally my opnion abt the Ind team, Srikanth and dhoni if u r listenin "I NEED THE CLASS BACK", i need "THE WALL" back in the Ind team.

  • Sarev on August 28, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Karthik is shameless, he should have rested himself, selectors will never send him out till Srikanth is there. In selection there should not be any partiality based on the State it should be purely on the ability and talent. Karthik can be replaced by Kohli and Rohit by Tiwary.

  • pashya on August 28, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Dhoni, please give one chance to Saurabh tiwari.There is no point playing Jadeja in a team where we have at least 2 batsmen who are spinners and bowls regularly. In future we should look for medium pace allrounder like Irfan or even Abhishek Nayar.Nayar was in the team for couple of series but never played a match! Rohit is dissappointing and he gives impression that he is not serious about his job.

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    go viru go n won the cup today because our libilitiy ravinder jadeja is hopefuly not playing today n dhoni if ur finger is injured so pls dnt playing today n give chance to tiwary

  • T.Varghese on August 28, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Dhoni & Team management should understand that, karthik shound not be considered as a specialist batsman. Not only Karthik &Jadeja plays useless boring cricket, but also prevent the progress other youngsters. Having done such a mistake, still he is really lucky to get a final spot. Shame on SRIKATH & DHONI for the worthless chances provided for these two.

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    please correct line no. 2 sunday's final it's saturday final instead siddarth.

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Dhoni! Pls dont give chance to Rohit, dont waste one player. otherwise play only 10 member. he is talented only in IPL. GIVE CHANCE TO TIWARY,

  • saptak on August 28, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is Great all rounder than any body. Yusuf is also well alrounder

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    My gut feeling is that Sri Lanka may take full advantage of the 5th bowler's 10 overs and pile up a huge total :(... And what worse than losing the cup, Jadeja will be back in the next series :((... Forbid this, Almighty!

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Dear mahi, please change RJ and put rohit,or kohli we have 4 pacers and 7 batsmen

  • bobby1234567 on August 28, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    dont consider jadeja as a all rounder .he can bowl well but coming to batting he is not suitable . and please select either rohit sharma or sourav tiwari for today's matchhhhhh rockz inidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • RKSING on August 28, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Finally the think tank is thinking of resting Jadeja,I suppose he was too overwhelmed with the applause he initially got from some cricket all time heroes..its time he goes back to Ranji and Ipl and learn to play for the international standards....I guess it's Pathans turn to return....So tat india could well prepare for its World Cup campaign...According to me india should work on this line up if they are really thinking to win this World cup and give Sachin the present he long waited for... 1.Virendra Sehwag.2.G.Gambhir.3.Sachin Tendulkar.4.Yuvraj Singh.5.Suresh Raina.6.Ms dhoni.7.Irfan Pathan.8.Praveen Kumar9.Harbhajan Singh.10.A.Nehara.11.Zaheer Khan.

  • rsurya on August 28, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    We have an allrounder who can turn any match from anywhere towards the opponent side. and also we have an allrounder who can turn any match from anywhere towards ours. But we alwaz go for the first choice and the later is not even in 30 men list or even not in any of the corners of the selectors mind. some could say that, watch the stat of Mr.Jadeja he has above 30 average and scored far better than many others in the team, but his speciality is that he will fail despite of any pitches, even if it is dambulla or Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo he fails with bat. every run he scored is of useless. In his first match he scored unbeaten 60 of 77 balls where India had no chance of winning, and when India scored 414 against srilanka he contributed a 30 of 17 balls is the only performance i remember. the day when he wasted sachin's 175 he should have been sent off. 10 of 20 balls to win is still a dream for India with jadeja. Anyway Jadeja will play the finals, dhoni cant mis him.

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    "First 15 overs and last 10-12 overs and Powerplay is important. In the middle if the intensity drops down a bit it is okay" I guess that's what wrong with this team and it's attitude. You would never expect a No.1 team to play a game in bits and pieces. That's why they have so close to loosing the 3rd Test against SL and have lost several matches in the past (I can recall the champions trophy final vs NZL). I guess they need to fix-up that mentality first and try to be more aggressive if they want to become No.1 side or win next WC.

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @KAIRAVA- Dude.... WIth Kula and Mathews(may be even perera) bowling so many incoming deliveries, its too tough for Rohit to survive too many deliveries, put aside scoring runs, be it 3rd position or 6th....... DK is obviously a lot better in the 7th spot than opening the innings.... Especially against SL...... And watching Sehwag scoring a ton for India, Dilshan playing well for SL and Tailor and Mills playing cool for NZ in atleast one match...... I feel this track is better for hard hitting players than classy players who plays slowly like Rohit(I dint mean to say that he always plays slow....But under pressure he generally does that.... and i dont see any chances that he wont be under pressure when he comes to bat)........ It mite be a good option to go for Saurabh Tiwary....... If he clicks it wud be fine...... If he goes duck out..... let us just assume that Rohit has once again gone for his regular(these days...) across drive to get lbw....... whats the big risk........

  • rsurya on August 28, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    We have an allrounder who can turn any match from anywhere towards the opponent side. and also we have an allrounder who can turn any match from anywhere towards ours. But we alwaz go for the first choice and the later is not even in 30 men list or even not in any of the corners of the selectors mind. some could say that, watch the stat of Mr.Jadeja he has above 30 average and scored far better than many others in the team, but his speciality is that he will fail despite of any pitches, even if it is dambulla or Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo he fails with bat. every run he scored is of useless. In his first match he scored unbeaten 60 of 77 balls where India had no chance of winning, and when India scored 414 against srilanka he contributed a 30 of 17 balls is the only performance i remember. the day when he wasted sachin's 175 he should have been sent off. 10 of 20 balls to win is still a dream for India with jadeja. Anyway Jadeja will play the finals, dhoni cant mis him.

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Hey, you must be joking!!! They dare to keep Jadeja out of the playing 11!!! Will Jadeja's God Fathers will allow to do that?? Jadeja is a disgrace for all the Indians, failures after failures, still able to feature in the team on regular basis. Come on selectors, please wake up!! There are millions of youngsters waiting to get an opprtunity to represent 1 billion plus Indians!

  • vinodkannan on August 28, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Good that Jadeja is getting dropped. Just playing few low scoring knocks he cant fill the void of an all rounder. He should really equip himself by learing what he is in the team for and what he has to do in the middle. Playing an extra batsman is a good thing but Rohit Sharma has not lived upto the expectation at all! How can he fit in the slot of an extra batsman. Seriosly Dhoni and the selectors has to take a call on Rohit and Jadeja. Vijay and Uthappa can be better options in the future.

  • venkat4018 on August 28, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Hi Cricinfo.

    I think if you see Sri Lankan Line up: Perera, Silva, Mathews are all rounders who either will perform with bat or ball. In India, New Zealand also has Oram, Styris. when it comes to Australia, we have the cream and class in form of Shane Watson and Hopes, In SA, we have Albie Morkel. We saw super Hero Broad's performance in england just now. Indians lack all rounders and a class batsman who can negotiate short ball bowling. Dravid is ideal for that job. With reference to the All rounders, we should consider Irfan Pathan as primary and Ajit Agarkar as secondary option. Agarkar is nearing his 300 wickets too. My ideal choice would be: Sewag, Gambir, Sachin, Uthappa, Dravid, Dhoni, Raina,Zaheer, Bhajji,Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Nehra, Agarkar/Unadkat/Ohja,Yuvi. This will give balance to the side. Uthappa too can keep and can be used as a back up plan.Trio Praveen, Pathan, Agarkar can be fierry all rounders as of now and then build the younger breed after the WC

  • SLJohn on August 28, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    India this time you will gone a loose final match, srilanka team is so stronger than ever , look at their all round strength , India doen't have any allrounders right now, if you played with 4 bolwers who will ball 10overs , Raina or sehwag ? this pitch doesn't helped even a bowlers like Oja or Mendis, then what Raina ,Rohit, sehwag will do, remember couple of big over can change the Match,

    I think srilanka should send Tisara perera early to bat, within first 15 overs , so he can hit some runs and go, also Nuwan kulasekara. they have 10 indentifed batsmans + Malinaga dont forget he also can bat, India be ware!

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    do wht ever u can sri lanka will the champs today

  • theRule19 on August 28, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Finally good to hear Jadeja being rested....also hope it is for a longer period of time..Jadeja is better off playing Ranji and IPL ...what India needs is a sound lower order player who can contribute substantially with both bat and ball when the openers or the middle order fails and in such a situation it wont be a bad idea to try someone like Saurabh Tiwary or a spinner in R. Ashwin...Good Luck..Team India.

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Rohit shud be in the team for this match.... He is very talented..

  • tanstell87 on August 28, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    @srisri buddy India's upcoming schedule- Ind v Aus -Oct 2010 Ind v NZ -Nov/Dec 2010 SA v Ind -Dec 2010/Jan 2011 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011 -Feb/Mar/April 2011 WI v Ind -May/June 2011 Eng v Ind -July/August 2011 Aus v Ind -Dec 2011/Jan 2012

  • KAIRAVA on August 28, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    @Masterclass: LOL, funny observation & interpretation of Jadeja's evasive stance..If Jadeja is not playing today, my XI for the final (& the batting order) would be 1.KOHLI, 2.SEHWAG, 3.RAINA, 4.YUVRAJ, 5.DHONI, 6.ROHIT, 7.KARTHICK, 8. PRAVEEN, 9. NEHRA, 10. ISHANT, 11. MUNAF. Kohli has opened previously and has a comparatively better average than karthick at that position. Since the IPL performances was considered during the selection of a lot of these youngsters, TEAM INDIA would do well if they follow similar batting patterns of these players for their respective IPL teams. Karthick is better off at no. 7 where he can be expected to make some quick runs (remember his knocks for Daredevils at similar position). Rohit is also suited at no. 6 where he has often reeled of impressive knocks in hopeless situations (again his knocks for Charges being the reference). Playing Tiwary (his debut match) in the final would be asking too much.

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    I think RJ is better than M Dhoni .....after this failure let Dhoni go and give the billion dollar job our favourite Viru...Go Viru Go....Rambo Australia.

  • aaaa1111111 on August 28, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    i think we should play the untested lot from here on; especially in the first half of the australia series. Eg. Give Badrinath, Tiwary, Uthappa and Rayadu a chance. Also give Mithun, Nayar, Sreesanth, Ashwin and Mishra/Ojha a chance. Let us see how they fare against the Aussies. Also pitches should not be flat so that they can be tested. Then, we can go with our 11 for the world cup in other matches.

  • raopreetam on August 28, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Finallyyyyyyy looks like so sense still prevails, and hopefully jadeja wont be seen around for the next few years atleast. Please look at the photo attached to this article. Playing a bouncer with the bat sticking up high in the air, even a kid knowns to drop his wrists first when playing a bouncer.

    I think either robin or vijay have to be roped in for karthik. they are specialists, and always specialists are specialists. when ever there is no gambir/sehweg/sachin, the automatic replacements should be Vijay/robin uttappa.

    Karthik should only be considered for tests as a replacement keeper, coz robin can do the job for one days, in dhoni's absence.

    We really need one bowler like Mohd Amir though, just one, and then indian bowling will shine.

    Harbajan has lost it, and we should start looking beyond harbajan. but the future seems dull in spin department.

    the single best thing that the indians should be doing is " never ever select jadeja, till he proves him self in ranjis"

  • on August 28, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Pls dont mention jadeja as a all-rounder bcoz he cant hardly bat well and bowl any better.we have lost t20 wc bcoz of him.so pls dont select him for wc11.lets other youngster make an opportunity to prove themself like tiwary.

  • sarfraz1981 on August 28, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Its quite funny when Dhoni is saying depends on the pitch whether jadeja is in/out...Mr Dhoni why dont u consider Ashwin who is a geniune spin bowler who has the advantage of his height and can turn the ball and pressurize the batsmen n also take wickets and who is decent in batting iam sure he is much better than Mr Jadeja who came to fame in IPL-1 for Rajastan Royals...He is so good player that the RRoyals have thrown him out of the last IPL...its a shame what RRoyals saw u didnt see...throw him out give chance to other players who are also in ur squad...This is not Galli cricket or any school level cricket where u favor ur friends no matter how bad they are....Come on Man u r a captain representing INDIA....Shame on u....

  • on August 28, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Agreed with all you Jadeja basher. I am also baffled like evreybody else why he is in the team. I wonder if Jadeja was giving massage to our captain. The guys like Saurabh Tiwari has been taken to visit Sri Lanka and see its beauty. What is the fu**ing point of taking them, if they won't be allowed to play a single match and then they will talk like we have focus on building team for WC. I have my doubts that the same set of players will play in the world cup with few changes here and there by the inclusion of Sachin, Gauti, Bhajji and Zaheer...

  • manasvi_lingam on August 28, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Not only must an extra batsmen play but the order must be changed. This is the order: Sehwag, Kohli (who has opened for India A), Raina (mas has batted at 3 before), Dhoni, Yuvraj, Rohit, Tiwary (smash the ball around at 7), Praveen, Munaf/Nehra, Ashwin, Ishant. Ojha has bowled OK in the series but we need batting depth. Ashwin can bat at 8 and Praveen at 9. Both these guys can bat a bit. In the bowling, we have 4 bowlers + Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit and Kohli.

  • AKmAK on August 28, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    I'm sure at what at all the pitch condition Jadeja will be in first 11. Because Dhoni just don't want to left him out, meantime Dhoni's comments reg. Jadeja's inclusion at todays game gave some happiness for Indian fans, as at least management targeted some rubbish players. And many of them like Yuvaraj, Rohit, Virat hanging around their spot without more injuries by the expense of the Great Shewag's play. We really hats off you man. And India must consider Tiwary, Pujara, Ashwin etc., the sooner they in the better for team india. In any other team players can't get this much chances. I wonder why India don't have a specialist opener, dont waste time with below average player like Kartik. Get rid off these mere players and give some fresh blood. I'm sure afer this WC things gonna be changed, coz everybody know the outcome if these guys performs.

  • Guduji71 on August 28, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    I still believe India should still play with specialist bowlers. You can not win internatioal matches with the bowling of Schewag, Yuvraj & co. I don't understand why Irfan pathan is not playing he is such a good seamer and specialist No.7.

  • on August 27, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    A trainer is required for batting. I suggest Rahul Dravid

  • on August 27, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    I second PTtheAxis: Dhoni is a classic example of getting to the top without having the basics right. Dhoni cannot play good spin/ seam bowling. I feel like puking looking the way he plays the shovel shot (Danny Morrison calls it). Dhoni was a glorified captain because of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman in tests and one days. One of the main reason Dravid is not in the team is because of Dhonis friend's in the team. Dravid had beautiful game and I don't see even 1 batsmen who can score 25% of the runs Dravid used to score per one days. Politician Dhoni you will be exposed when the greats leave.

  • gestapo on August 27, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    I still dont understand the point behind jadeja's inclusion in the side,,he is totally at sea whenever he bats, had been given too many chances,,Dhoni has always been clear and simple,but its surprising y he has jadeja in the team all the time,,u just cant waste a slot by having him in,,rather u can have irfan in on whom u can always count on whenever it comes to batting atleast. Sehwag ,yuvraj,raina can be more than handy to bowl those 10 overs that jadeja usually bowls,because he is not an exceptional bowler either,,the best bet would be to have irfan at no.7 or play an extra batsman,,nobody needs exclusive IPL sizzlers who come a cropper when pushed onto the intl arena and it is clear that Jadeja does not fit the bill.

  • on August 27, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    enough of jadeja already....kick him out. where is irfan pathan?

  • on August 27, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Mr Dhoni I dont know when you will find that D. Karthik is not an oppener. In the absence of Gambir put Kohli as an oppener and give a chance to new comer S Tivari. R Jadeja is looks very good on the bench and give chance to Ashvin. Good luck for the game tommarow.

  • on August 27, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    good news finally and i think raina should come at no:3 position he need some time to play strokes

  • on August 27, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    dis guy tiwari deserves a chance nd he can be a dark horse as wel, regarding jadeja i feel u cant drop him bcoz we dont hv any bowler who can bat a bit so dhoni has to stick by him

  • on August 27, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Awesome news i have got it today. Please don't consider R.Jadeja anymore please.

  • Nampally on August 27, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Irrespective of the wicket, Jadeja does not deserve to be in the 11. #7 is definitely a batsman's position in this team, with only 2 reliable batsmen in Sehwag & Dhoni. None of the younger players or Yuvraj can play fast bowling & rising balls because of their poor technique. Let us admit this deficiency. Play Tiwary @ #7, who did well in English conditions. #3 Raina, 4.Dhoni 5. Yuvraj 6. Sharma/Kohli 7. Tiwary. Yuvraj can bowl exactly the same as Jadeja's left arm spinners. Sehwag & Raina can also bowl decent off spin. Why do we waste one place for Jadeja is very puzzling to me. He is neither a good bat nor a good bowler.

  • PTtheAxis on August 27, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    dhoni needs to be removed as captain if india has to have any chance at the world cup. he makes bad decisions regarding playing 11, batting line-up, field placings, bowling options - what else can a captian do wrong ? that he lacks intelligence is no secret & his luck ran out after 2007 t20 itself. indian cricket is surviving these days only because of some committed cricketers like sehwag & praveen kumar. am glad everyone has not gotten on the jadeja case. i was beffudled at his inclusion even in the 2009 T20. he has lost india many matches and in a cricket-mad country there are still no real loud voices demanding his exclusion ... tiwary, pujara, ashwin will not get a chance because if they perform dhoni would lose buddies like yuvraj, sharma and jadeja

  • srisri on August 27, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    whoever wins this cup... please don't schedule any more matches with Sri Lanka, at least until the world cup. Sick and tired of this saga. By the way, dump that Jadeja.

  • on August 27, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Why I have a feeling Saurabh Tiwary wil play in d final.

    Someone here told that Karthik is son-in-law of Kris Srikant, is dis true or joke, lol

  • MasterClass on August 27, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    @grishpate - I think the reason that ppl are against Jaddu is that he looks so incompetent while batting. I mean just look at the picture in this article! And I've seen him make some dubious shots, where the commentator even said it looks odd because the body is supposed to be going the other way when punching or glancing...it was like the decided to play the shot after initially deciding to leave it. Really weird stuff! I mean he looked just BAD. So while what you're saying is correct form a numbers perspective his batting doesn't generate any confidence but rather embarrassment. His bowling has actually been OK and sometimes even good. Just my 2 cents since I'm not a big Jaddu fan either.

  • srisri on August 27, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    whoever wins this cup... please don't schedule any more matches with Sri Lanka, at least until the world cup. Sick and tired of this saga. By the way, dump that Jadeja.

  • venjal on August 27, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Indian batting failure starts with opening pair. Karthik is surely struggling with bat. I am wondering he is the luckiest cricketer ever in Indian team. I still don't understand why don't we have the dedicated opening batsman? We have given so many chances to Rohit Sharma, Virat and Raina. They are not consistent. I still surprise to see they cannot even spend some time in the grease and score at least 25 runs. Why they get out so cheaply? Nobody forced them to score quick runs, they all need to hang around and just spend some time till the end. If Karthik, Virat or Rohit score 50 or more runs for tomorrow's match, they are again lucky to secure their place for one more year. I wish all of them get out so cheaply but India still win with the help of Sehwag and new players come to Indian batting order.

  • venjal on August 27, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Indian batting failure starts with opening pair. Karthik is surely struggling with bat. I am wondering he is the luckiest cricketer ever in Indian team. I still don't understand why don't we have the dedicated opening batsman? We have given so many chances to Rohit Sharma, Virat and Raina. They are not consistent. I still surprise to see they cannot even spend some time in the grease and score at least 25 runs. Why they get out so cheaply? Nobody forced them to score quick runs, they all need to hang around and just spend some time till the end. If Karthik, Virat or Rohit score 50 or more runs for tomorrow's match, they are again lucky to secure their place for one more year. I wish all of them get out so cheaply but India still win with the help of Sehwag and new players come to Indian batting order.

  • on August 27, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary should be a good choice..

  • ravithecricbuff on August 27, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Jadeja....Never Jadeka.....He is not at all worthy of playing for India...please get a break!!

  • Pragsl on August 27, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    tiwari is a wonderful player. and he should be the dark horse for the final against srilanka..... he can benefit with his height and big hitting skills......

    full on player for the future.....

    go for saurabh tiwary dhoniiiiiii...

  • neverbeatbypak on August 27, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    from now indian team should pick players for the world cup the teams should be like - sachin,sehwag,robin,yuvraj,raina,dhoni,irfan,harbhajan,praveen,zaheer,nehra, gambhir,ojha,ishant,rohit,ashwin

  • saifu on August 27, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    People are saying that jadeja has not contributed much with bat. His scores in this series: 20, DNB, 0, 17 . Total 37 runs and he got 3 wickets.

    Please look at the scores of others except Sehvag

    D karthik - 14, 10, 9, 0, = 33 VKohli - 0, 8, = 8 RG Sharma - 4, 0, 11, = 15 Yuvaraj - 5, 38, 6, = 49 Raina - 6, 21, 8, 1, = 36 Dhoni -2, 23, 10, 38, = 73

    Statistics shows that Jadeja is performing better than karthik, Kohli, Sharma and Raina.

    Indian selectors need to solve our real problem. That is a good fast bowler. Our fast bowlers are not consistent. This will not help to us.

    Really we need minimum two good fast bowlers to take a good result in next world cup...

    Good luck India.

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    oh..................Jadeja.... total waste..... please dont have him in playing eleven.. wste player . not a bolwer nor a batsaman ..worst is not a good fielder too...

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Dont criticise jadeja too much he has a good record with both bat and ball . He is probably the only no7 in world to have a 30+ average in that position and it is a difficult position too

  • mrgupta on August 27, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Well Dhoni i can understand that being a good leader you want to back your players but backing up Jadeja and Rohit is doing no favor to our team. Why cant you see that these players are no good? Enough chances have been given to them and what do you see in Rohit? He may have the Talent but until its shown on the scorecard its waste. He should have played atleast one good inning in the last few months. The matter with Jadeja is worse. He can't Bat, bowling wise i wud say Sehwag is way better or maybe Ojha wud have been a much better option. Irfan Pathan should be given atleast 1 more chance. If you can stay with Jadeja and Rohit then Irfan deserves your attention too. Please keep out Jadeja and Rohit from Finals and bring in either Ashwin or Tewari. For God's sake open your eyes now!

  • PremZtalks on August 27, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Back to 7 batsman. India cricket has always been Indecisive, Same applies to Indian captaincy. If u need an allrounder @ 7. go for it don't ever stepback. If India could afford only Jadeja like players @ 7, then be it. A jadeja should be replaced by I pathan/ Abhishek Nayar / R Ashwin. But I am definetely against R sharma / Tiwary/ any batsman. Bcos it would kill the batsman's skill like what happened to M Kaif, H. Badani, R Uthappa ,Y Pathan & others... If India had persevered with I Pathan as an ordinary all-rounder like Jadeja then Pathan would have been a great success. But instead they wanted him to be a Kapil DEV and Pathan is nowhere now. Atleast learn from our past mistakes.

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    can anyone comment on Mr.Dinesh Karthik...It feels like we were playing 10-men team the series..He walks in and kazzaaammm he walks out.

    I don't understand what the rest of the "Bench Strength" is doing, sitting and strengthening the benches maybe...

  • the_blue_android on August 27, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Unleash the monster Tiwary on the Lankans! The Lankans have no experience and don't know where to bowl to him and he will gobble them up!

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    give rayudu a chance , or manish pandey

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    I think it's time that we find our best 11 before the World Cup...

    i agree..Saurabh Tiwary, Ambati Rayadu..both should have been given chances.

    Untill and unless there is competition there is no pressure on players...

    Rohit, Jadeja, Virat are not consistent...why not give others a chance....

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 27, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Dry or Wet. How does it matter with a player like Jadeja. Let him play ranji for couple of years and please dont select him for the world cup he already cost us two.Viru/raina/yuvi can bowl and conceed the same amout of runs.Please give a chance to Tiwary or Ashwin .

  • vish-india123 on August 27, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    i think irfan should be called back or even yosuf ... they are better than jadeja on any pitch and any day ....but regarding this series ... tiwary should play instead of jadeja .. coz sehwag ,yuvi and raina call ball ... jadeja is no good .. expect for the first IPL performance , he has not proved himself enough to play in the national side.... there are many more talented players in the reserve .. dhoni should start building his 16 for the world cup ......

  • PremZtalks on August 27, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Back to 7 batsman. India cricket has always been Indecisive, Same applies to Indian captaincy. If u need an allrounder @ 7. go for it don't ever stepback. If India could afford only Jadeja like players @ 7, then be it. A jadeja should be replaced by I pathan/ Abhishek Nayar / R Ashwin. But I am definetely against R sharma / Tiwary/ any batsman. Bcos it would kill the batsman's skill like what happened to M Kaif, H. Badani, R Uthappa ,Y Pathan & others... If India had persevered with I Pathan as an ordinary all-rounder like Jadeja then Pathan would have been a great success. But instead they wanted him to be a Kapil DEV and Pathan is nowhere now. Atleast learn from our past mistakes.

  • grishpate on August 27, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    I can justify why people hate Ravindra Jadeja, I am no fan of him nor support anyone but stats says that he scored more than V. Kohli and R.Sharma in four inning with bat and also picked up the wickets. So go figure

  • hi_cricfan on August 27, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    so that means Indian team and Srikanth's son-in-law KARTHIK will be continued. Tiwari and company are being treated fairly :) . They would be dropped from the next tour.

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    instead of jadeja must give chance to tiwary and some other replace by ashwin dhoni should think some

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Dhoni should bat at No. 3

  • prashanthbm88 on August 27, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Mr.Dhoni forget this tournament n think of thee world cup. now u have seen these youngsters who were given enough chances but cudnt prove. they only perform ony when wicket is flat.so my advice would be to bring back Dravid into ODI's as the selectors did b4 2007 world cup. if there is a bit in the pitch for the bowlers then am sure none of our young top order batsmen including Raina have the ability to stay @ the crease. So plzzzzz bring back THE WALL. He is good fielder too, which is also important!!!!!!!!

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    sack jadeja...he is a good for nothing player....he is a total crap...

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    India must take irfan back and kick jadeja out....plzzz for god sake bring irfan backk

  • thenkabail on August 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Srikanth and selectors need to be fired: I think we have visionless slectors. Get Pujara, Unadkat, Uttappa, Vinay kumar, Abhishek Nayar. Here is my world cup team: Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dravid, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Nehra, Ishant, Unadkat, Abhishek Nayar, Uttappa. Reserves: Mukund, Rohit Sharma, and Irfran Pathan. One can also closely look at Yuvraj's form and more than that his fitness. If he is not fit, replace him with Rohit. For heaven's sake no Raina- he is given too many chances and invariably fails in key games and against quality bowling.

  • subhash1987 on August 27, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Thank God........now we can pull it off.......dhoni's masterstroke or wat???

  • BapiDas on August 27, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    If team India has to prevail, the top order batsmen must be prepared to SPEND TIME in the middle and runs will come. Dhoni must consider batting higher up in the order. This will lend 'substance' to the batting without putting pressure on the younger and less experienced batsmen under pressure. Perhaps this will be a good opportunity to play Saurav Tiwary and see how he stands up to the pressure.

  • MadeInIndia on August 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Please for god's sake, get rid of Dinesh Karthik at the top. Let Virat Kohli open the innings. Instead of Rohit Sharma, give chance to Saurabh Tiwary.

    Take a specialist spinner like Ojha or Ashwin in place of Jadeja. Or else take an extra batsman but not rohit sharma. he is hopeless

  • on August 27, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    whack Karthik and Rohith out of the team...get in Saurabh Tiwary...Give Chetheshwar Pujara a chance...let's c how it works out....

  • ravithecricbuff on August 27, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Sack Jadeja for ever. Please...God there are better players than him in our country..c'mon Dhoni..this one this I don't like about you..ur love for this USELESS cricketer..Get the HELL rid of him!!

  • wolf777 on August 27, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    WhoRohit Sharma? And you call it extra batsman? Funny...

  • kalyanbk on August 27, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    R Ashwin and Saurabh Tiwary should have been given atleast one chance in the league stage so they can be competing for a spot in the final. But since Karthik, Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja have all not done enough, maybe we should just give these two a chance anyway.

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on August 27, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    7 batsman, that should be done long time ago, because 5th bowler in India team have never completed his quota.... jadeja is no use, there are much better player den jadeja in India. play 7 batsmen, 4 bowler, and 5th bowling can be done by yuvi, veeru, raina, rohit sharma

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  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on August 27, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    7 batsman, that should be done long time ago, because 5th bowler in India team have never completed his quota.... jadeja is no use, there are much better player den jadeja in India. play 7 batsmen, 4 bowler, and 5th bowling can be done by yuvi, veeru, raina, rohit sharma

  • kalyanbk on August 27, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    R Ashwin and Saurabh Tiwary should have been given atleast one chance in the league stage so they can be competing for a spot in the final. But since Karthik, Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja have all not done enough, maybe we should just give these two a chance anyway.

  • wolf777 on August 27, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    WhoRohit Sharma? And you call it extra batsman? Funny...

  • ravithecricbuff on August 27, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Sack Jadeja for ever. Please...God there are better players than him in our country..c'mon Dhoni..this one this I don't like about you..ur love for this USELESS cricketer..Get the HELL rid of him!!

  • on August 27, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    whack Karthik and Rohith out of the team...get in Saurabh Tiwary...Give Chetheshwar Pujara a chance...let's c how it works out....

  • MadeInIndia on August 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Please for god's sake, get rid of Dinesh Karthik at the top. Let Virat Kohli open the innings. Instead of Rohit Sharma, give chance to Saurabh Tiwary.

    Take a specialist spinner like Ojha or Ashwin in place of Jadeja. Or else take an extra batsman but not rohit sharma. he is hopeless

  • BapiDas on August 27, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    If team India has to prevail, the top order batsmen must be prepared to SPEND TIME in the middle and runs will come. Dhoni must consider batting higher up in the order. This will lend 'substance' to the batting without putting pressure on the younger and less experienced batsmen under pressure. Perhaps this will be a good opportunity to play Saurav Tiwary and see how he stands up to the pressure.

  • subhash1987 on August 27, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Thank God........now we can pull it off.......dhoni's masterstroke or wat???

  • thenkabail on August 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Srikanth and selectors need to be fired: I think we have visionless slectors. Get Pujara, Unadkat, Uttappa, Vinay kumar, Abhishek Nayar. Here is my world cup team: Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dravid, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Nehra, Ishant, Unadkat, Abhishek Nayar, Uttappa. Reserves: Mukund, Rohit Sharma, and Irfran Pathan. One can also closely look at Yuvraj's form and more than that his fitness. If he is not fit, replace him with Rohit. For heaven's sake no Raina- he is given too many chances and invariably fails in key games and against quality bowling.

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    India must take irfan back and kick jadeja out....plzzz for god sake bring irfan backk