India tour of South Africa 2010-11

Yadav, Saha picked for South Africa Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 20, 2010

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Gautam Gambhir lines up to pull the ball, Sri Lanka v India, 6th ODI, Dambulla, June 22, 2010
Gautam Gambhir will lead India against New Zealand in MS Dhoni's absence © Associated Press
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India have picked wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and seamers Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat for the three-Test series in South Africa, which begins on December 16 in Centurion. Zaheer Khan makes a return to the squad after being ruled out of the ongoing third Test against New Zealand because of a groin strain, but he, along with four other senior players, will miss the first two ODIs of the series against New Zealand.

Gautam Gambhir will lead the ODI team in the absence of MS Dhoni, who had said he would request the BCCI for rest after playing non-stop since the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh were the other players rested for the ODIs against New Zealand due to "injury concerns, which require attention and rehabilitation".

Unadkat, the left-arm seamer from Saurashtra, had been drafted in as Zaheer's replacement for the third Test while Yadav, who is currently playing for Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy, impressed during the IPL with Delhi Daredevils and made it to India's squads for the World Twenty20 and the tour of Zimbabwe. Saha, who plays for Bengal and has represented India in one Test, is fresh from a century against Assam in the Ranji Trophy Super League.

Saha will also make his ODI debut, having been included in the squad for the first two games against New Zealand. Dinesh Karthik, who has been the usual replacement for Dhoni in the 50-over format, was not selected. Saha, whose glove work is highly regarded, will have at least two games to prove his batting skills before the selectors pick probables for the World Cup.

Allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who last played for India in June, made his return to the team for the ODI series. Pathan is having a good domestic season with Baroda, smashing 89 off 42 balls against Gujarat in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scoring 195 off 138 balls against Haryana in the Ranji Trophy. He performed with the ball as well, pickng up ten wickets in a defeat against Uttar Pradesh.

Dhoni, on the eve of the ongoing third Test against New Zealand in Nagpur, had asked for rest for players like himself and Suresh Raina ahead of the tour of South Africa.

India coach Gary Kirsten had stressed the need for a few players to depart early, at least a week ahead of the Test series, not only to acclimatise but also understand the ground conditions better. The BCCI agreed to send some players early to South Africa to make up for the absence of practice games ahead of the Test series, even if at the expense of participation in the ODIs against New Zealand. Despite Saturday's announcement of senior players being rested, it is still unclear as to who would make the trip to South Africa before the others.

India face New Zealand in the first of five ODIs on November 28 in Guwahati.

Squad for first two ODIs v New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir (capt), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.

Squad for South Africa Tests: MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.

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Posted by   on (November 27, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

First of all Robin Uthappa is not a regular keeper he can be picked for T20 not for One day.Rest the Test Squad is fine

Posted by   on (November 26, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

I think Irfan Pathan is injured. He has not played a single game for Baroda this season. How can the selectors pick him? With the Ranji season going on, the selectors could have waited a little longer to pick the squad for SA. We shd have taken an extra batsmen. Raina is suspect against short pitch bowling and if Pujara fails or gets injured, we need a middle order batsmen. Badri has been very good this season and he deserves a chance

Posted by   on (November 26, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

i think Jaidev Unadkat has oly come frm his 1st season of 1st class cricket. he needs some experience under his belt to perform at bigger stage........ and comin to rest, i think the players who r likely to make it to WC 2011 squad should b rested from tests in south africa and play ODI matches to gain momentum for WC 2011......... if poor performances of Sreesanth can earn him spot in test matches, y can't irfan and RP comback into ODI squad, if not playin 11 it wil give them confidence and wil perform well when their turns on.............

Posted by   on (November 26, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

i just want to ask from the selector.. that why they are not giving the chance to Robin uthappa,, he was the best replacement for Dhoni.. he batting style is aggressive,, he is good behind the Stups.. he can bat in any order...

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

why not send a second rate team to SA for the tests and rest all those who wants to rest? I hate our Indian board discriminating so much against teams that struggle a bit. If they want to play in only high profile series, then announce so and dont blame it on "rest for players". I wish SA would field a totally 3 rd rate team for the upcoming test series. Every team deserves a chance to play against a good team. I am not proud of our Indian team being number 1 if this is the way they treat other teams. Shameful. It makes the efforts of Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and others all go waste!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

As an audience I do not pay to watch a B grade India team playing an ODI, do I? If first choice players need rest then what is the need to play one day match?

Posted by bluebillion on (November 25, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

Is Nehra injured? Otherwise its difficult to comprehend why he isnt part of the ODI team!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 8:36 GMT)

The squad has a good balance. I think this series will be Yuvraj's last if he doesn't perform. Sreesanth shouldn't have been picked. I think Parthiv Patel should have been picked as a second wicketkeeper. Raina should definately be rested and I think Irfan Pathan should have been selected. Atleast he should have been tried instead of Sreesanth.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 6:20 GMT)

where IRFAN, RP SINGH????? RP SINGH & IRFAN PATHAN is better than VINAY & SREESANTH?

Posted by LaMejor on (November 25, 2010, 2:16 GMT)

Why Indian selector ignoring Irfaan Pathan...he deserve one more chance in team or Dhoni have some problem with him???

Posted by sandp641 on (November 24, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

sreesanth is not a good bowler in one day international as he in test cricket. vinaykumar is the better option if nehra is not fit

Posted by pal864u on (November 24, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

yuvraj is playing like 10 years far india n he was also capt odi team why tht when senioor player is not at the moment only yuvraj is there so why he is not captain far india AND his test record is good u see every one why they not give one chance in test match .

Posted by Razor88 on (November 24, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

RazorHedge : not only our names but our thoughts too :P lol. But anyway the critics would have told - "So what if they won the test,It was still played in India and Not in Aus or SA".Who goes on and on yapping abt our team and forgetting how badly they do.They can't accept that we are the Number Uno AT PRESENT. Why cricinfo? Plz We badly wanna see haters Comments.Its a lot of fun watching them. : : Leslie : We live in India,Its Ruled By Politics and Politics is Ruled By Corruption :|.We would have been better in every aspect if not for Corruption. I think Dhoni should Pass on the gloves to Either Robin or Kartik or Partiv.they are Good and they can be Very Flexible in the Batting line-up.Take a Leaf out of McCullum's Book and start Concentrating on Batting and Better Selection.I think he is the only person who can Step up to the selectors and remove Quotas System :(.Still don't know y Rohit is sitting out :| :O. But all we can do is to wait and see whats going to happen :D

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Seriously we need an article for why Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa are consistently being ignored even for a team like where Gambhir is leading with 6 top players out...

Posted by Khem on (November 23, 2010, 23:04 GMT)

I wonder if Sudip Tyagi was considered ? He is a good fast bowler who can be good asset for Indian team in coming years. why pick Munaf, guy can hardly bowl, cant field and ofcourse nothing against his batting as he is a 'bowler'

Posted by atulcricket on (November 23, 2010, 17:56 GMT)

I don't know why Dinesh Kartick is suddenly out of favour? he had played well last time in SA i guess

Posted by razorhedge on (November 23, 2010, 16:12 GMT)

CRICINFO seems to have disabled the comments section right when INDIAN won haha... well it sucks coz i wanted to read all the HATERs comments ... all those India bashers went righht back under their rock... hilarious...

Posted by Raj12345 on (November 23, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

I agree with Dhoni - Raina need rest. Yes. Better, He need to be removed from test squad. He don't have quality to be there. Bring Puraja/Rahane/Badri/Kohli to squad replace Raina. What a explanation for recent failures in test. Don't you think Raina need a rest before playing this NZ series. If Puraja would have been played, we should have seen few 50s/100s, then Raina will be permanently out. Looks Dhoni wants people he likes it, that is why Tiwary is there. There is no problem with Dhoni skill on field as a skipper, cool and relaxed and get the result in favour. But he is going with his judgement and cliks 90% of time, no issue as long as India wins.

There is no doubt, Raina has superior skills in one day & T20 in sub-continent pitches. He is one of prosperous in one-day team future along with Kohli.

Also, I doubt Dhoni & Raina think themselves above than Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly &Viru.You both guys need to play in SA, England, Aus & WI, then let us see what is your fortune

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 10:34 GMT)

I wourld request cricinfo 2 criously look up 2 da matter..y uthappa in ignored again n again?.. cricinfo pls take dis matter 2 bcci, find it out..n publish an article..wich wil b of great use for us!

Posted by hatrick26 on (November 23, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

"Raina needs rest":Dhoni..OK..fair enough statement.Then why is he playing NZ series in the first place...you idiotic Indian Team Mgt and that includes Dhoni? You have Pujara/Vijay out there and all they did was warm the benches and or come in as subs. This is just plain ridiculous. If Raina is suffering from fatigue , the rest from NZ would have done good and he could be more focused for SA. You could also have Pujara have more experience. 2 birds in 1 stone and Dhoni is stating he needs rest but he plays all 3 matches.What a bunch of crock!!!

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 10:26 GMT)

I wourld request cricinfo 2 criously look up 2 da matter..y uthappa in ignored again n again?.. cricinfo pls take dis matter 2 bcci, find it out..n publish an article..wich wil b of great use for us!

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

Good Squad!!!but selectors should have picked S.Dhawan and instead of W.Saha Parthiv should be picked..

Posted by leslie_alo on (November 23, 2010, 8:55 GMT)

Selection of Umesh Yadav proves that there is still zone-wise quota happening during selections. Have they used Ranji as the criteria for selection or 4 overs for test selection ? Wont selections like this underline the fact that performance alone does not fetch you anywhere but money power will ? What a flop it was when Umesh Yadav was asked to bowl more than 4 overs in a match last time!! Dont they know that bowling yorkers and slow balls alone will NOT earn a test wicket! Going for such stupid decisions selectors have disheartened some worthy hard working cricketers like Munaf (who was a stupendous success in New Zealand, West Indies..), Parthiv (who grossly out-performed Dhony, Karthik, Saha or Dhoni is scared of losing place to Parthiv ? ) and co... Let the selectors show some cricketing brain and start watching test games or atleast spend 5 min to see the stats here - let them not squeeze in the bribers as 12th men and screw worthy people who have burnt the midnight lamp!!!

Posted by diri on (November 23, 2010, 8:18 GMT)

Send any team Indian team to SA , it doesnt matter really. they still going to lose. Steyn and morkel are the best opening attack in the world ...Hashim Amla is the No 1 basmen and AB is number 2 according to the ICC rankings. add in Smith and kallis and you have a batting line up more powerful than indias. Goodluck India

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 6:00 GMT)

Why Saha !

why not Parthiv Patel who is scoring good runs in all domestic matches? He is far far more good than Saha in wicket keeping too !

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

First things first, We dont bother if Mr.Dhoni takes his good friend Raina to SA or not, but we want Pujara to play at that spot of RAINA !Otherwise it will cause you a test match for sure. And selectors if you are reading this, be a little considerate and long-sighted in picking seamers; dont just pick one seamer for a series and then another for the second; They are youngsters and need to be groomed by giving them a long run. Remember after SACHIN+DRAVID+LAXMAN retire, you have to rely on the bowlers to win matches. So develop a consistent bowling unit;Secondly a straight word: WITHOUT UTHAPPA IN THE PLAYING XI and IRFAN IN THE SQUAD YOU CANNOT WIN THE WC !

Posted by   on (November 23, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Well..... i find the ODI team decent yet disappointing...... 1. Captaincy handed to Gautam Gambhir is definately a good positive decision. 2. M Vijay , Yuvraj Singh's presence is a waste. 3. Rohit Sharma should have been included in place of Suresh Raina. 4. Sourav Tiwari's inclution is an excellent decision. 5. Yousuf Pathan might entertain for an over or 2 but i am sure he will get out cheaply. 6. In place of Dhone having a sub wicket keeper Saha is ok.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

Can anyone please laud SELECTORS effort. They say they have their arguments for making this BEST selection possible in such CIRCUMSTANCES. Lets please unearth the arguments for them!!!

Posted by jk.jeetukakwani on (November 22, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

how srong indian team may be going to africa they will be on lusing side.only rain can save india.south africa is a very strong unit specially in their own yard.absolute solid batting order with worlds best new bowl attack.steyn n morkel will destroy indian batting line up.if indian can draw some test match then it will like a victory for them coz i cant see this indian attack capable of taking 20 wickets.i am an indian but truth is truth.now is the real test of mr.dhoni who is getting lot of success as a captain against weaker team.lets see how he is captaining in lions den.good luck to him n team.

Posted by rohanblue on (November 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

worst decision to pick saha, at the other hand sa is also strugling to take 20 pakistan wickets, so they r also not in a great position, they lost series against aus and drew against england at home, i think india has a great chance this time, but zaheer and bhajji have to perform their best ...

Posted by PKDM on (November 22, 2010, 12:46 GMT)

THE SELECTORS ARE GOING IN WRONG WAY...IN THE LAST ODI SERIES AGAINST AUSTRALIA THEY PIKED ROHIT SHARMA AND SHIKHAR DHAWAN.....BUT ROHIT WAS NOT INCLUDED NOT PLAYING A SINGLE MATCH......WHILE DHAWAN GOT ONLY ONE CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF....ALSO ROHIT AND DHAWAN ARE BOTH IN TREMENDOUS FORM IN THIS RANJI SESSION......AND WHAT ABOUT SAURABH TIWARI?ARE YOU PICKING UP THE TEAM FOR T-20?AT THE MOMENT TIWARI IS PLAYING FOR INDIA THROUGH HIS DECENT LAST IPL PERFORMANCE.....LAST ODI AGAINST AUSTRALIA HE PLAYED AT NO.7......ALSO HE CAN NOT BOWL.....IF YOU ARE TRYING WITH AHARD-HITTING BATSMAN IN NO.7 RATHER THAN AN ALLROUNDER THEN WHY NOT ROBIN UTHAPPA??????HE WAS IN SMASHING FORM IN LAST IPL SESSION......ALSO HE STARTED REALY WELL IN THIS RANJY SESSION...WHILE TIWARI IS PLAYING IN PLATE LEAGUE,ALSO HE IS NOT AMONGS THE RUNS....I THINK HE IS NOT A PLAYER OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARD...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

There will be a disappointed few, but the selectors have done a decent job. Fresh from a century, they have picked Wridhiman Saha as the keeper, ahead of Parthiv Patel. Saha has been a stand out keeper on the domestic scene, and has a Test match to his name, albeit by default. Jaidev Unadkat bowls along the lines of a Glen McGrath and was on standby for the ongoing test. He has arrived. Umesh paciest of the lot, breaching 150 kph. We need the likes of him on the SA bouncy pitches, along with the experience of Zaheer Khan and the not so disciplined Ishant Sharma. The performers Murli Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have been retained. Raina has not had a decent outing against the Kiwis, and Yuvraj may just have his foot in the door - for reconsideration, in the future.

The ODI side has my approval, but for Vinay Kumar. I wouldn't have minded even a struggling Irfan Pathan, in his place.

Posted by ssm2407 on (November 22, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

IT doesnt really matter what the test squad is.............if South Africa persist in playing 2 non spinning spinners, then India will win easily !

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 10:28 GMT)

nehra?????? what about him?? where is he?? the selectors clearly need to show more faith in nehra, sreesanth and ishant, instead of overhyped so-called allrounder jadeja and the flat track bully yusuf.... am not too sure about irfan, would rather have a go with umesh yadav....in any case, i hope to see sachin play in the last three one dayers... been a long time since he last played a one day game...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 10:14 GMT)

Good we are giving the youngsters a run out v the kiwis but where is Robin Uthappa? Oh & where is Nehra ? Rohit Sharma ?And and as for the test squad, how can they possibly select Raina, he will be a sitting duck, Steyn & Morkel will be licking their lips. Give me Yuvraj over Raina anytime 365 days of the year! Yuvi may have had his problems at test level, but I would back him to stand up & come out fighting. In time Kohli shud be promoted to the test squad too

Posted by avi11may on (November 22, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

What is wrong with Srikanth, man? He has gone crazy. Why Nehra is not in the team? Why Saha or Jadeja or Tiwari are preferred over Uthappa??? Jadeja is the luckiest cricketer in the world. There are at least 200 cricketers in India who bat or ball better than him, still he is in the Indian team!!!!! Also if IPL is the criteria of picking up national team, plz stop organizing Ranji trophy and other domestic tournaments. Young cricketers are ruining their careers by playing in those tournaments. Shame on Indian selection committee and team management.

Posted by diri on (November 22, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

Send them to SA and that will be the end of these young guys careers. They cant handle Steyn now. India are really going to lose badly

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

selectors treat uthappa evn lower dan a domestic player!.. dey r forgetting his international experience..n his abilities 2 find da gaps n hit da big ones.. n uthappa is doing fairly gud in da recent domestic season! n if not in place of saha..he shud hav been in place of tiwary!.. I wanna noe from all of u.. on wat basis is tiwary betta dan uthappa?!

Posted by ashutosh.deora on (November 22, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

can any one explain me where is Robin Uttaphaa

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 22, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

CRYING CRYING CRYING. Why Uthappa is not selected against Saha. Why Rayudu is not selecetd, why Irfan is not selected, why Rohit is not selected? Why Mithun is not selected. Uthappa is not a regular keeper, he is a part time keeper only. He is not scoring consisttently in any of the matches. Rayudu is a paper tiger. He shined only IPL. What his contribution for Baroda? nothing. Irfan is injured and for the past one year he is not playing even club level cricket. Without knowing this people crying for Irfan. Before the SL seris Mithun was idenfitied as fast bowler. After the SL series he was identified as a batsman only and not as a blower. Rohit, as you all know, he is a choker and he should play for SA and not for India. Please do not write off W.Saha. Though is batting is not as good as the IInd line wicket keepers like, Naman Ojha, Parthiv and Dinesh Kaarthik, he is a quality keeper. In fact he is a better keeper than MSD.

Posted by genuineIndianFan on (November 22, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

selection is better this time - but only better. Abhimanyu Mithun should have been the automatic choice in place of Vinay Kumar for ODIs and Umesh Yadav for the SA tests. Seems Srikanth has something personal against him :( He is a good enough bowler and has done reasonably well when ever given an opportunity. Looks like Srikanth is going to ruin the career of another youngster.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2010, 5:35 GMT)

Why is Sehwag not playing, despite his solid performance in Tests. He is, in fact the only player, who plays attacking cricket irrespective of whether it is tests/ODIs or T20s. And despite this, he has been consistent in Tests as well of late. And what about Robin Uthappa?

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (November 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT)

My squad for all New Zealand ODI's would have been:

1.Gautam Gambhir (Captain), 2.Murali Vijay, 3.Virat Kohli, 4.Yuvraj Singh, 5.Suresh Raina, 6.Saurabh Tiwari, 7.Robin Uthappa (WK), 8.Ravichandran Ashwin, 9.Praveen Kumar, 10.Vinay Kumar, 11.Munaf Patel, 12.Ambati Rayudu, 13.Irfan Pathan, 14.Yusuf Pathan, 15.Abhimanyu Mithun .......

Subramaniam badrinath and Abhimanyu Mithun should have been included in the test squad. When Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar retire, my test squad would be:

1. Virender Sehwag 2. Murali Vijay 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Virat Kohli 5. Chesteshwar Pujara 6. Ajinkya Rahane 7. MS Dhoni 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Pragyan Ojha 12. Subramaniam Badrinath 13. Abhinav Mukund 14. Ravichandran Ashwin 15. Abhimanyu Mithun

Posted by Skaul on (November 21, 2010, 20:16 GMT)

my playing eleven would be 1) GAMBHIR 2)YUSUF PATHAN 3)KOHLI 4)YUVRAJ 5)RAINA 6)TIWARY 7)SAHA 8)ASHWIN 9)PRAVEEN KUMAR 10)SREESANTH 11)MUNAF

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 20:14 GMT)

if ms is the skipper then saha has to play as a specialist batsman.his record does not speak much.should have gone for robin uthappa or ambati rayadu cos they are multi taskers.is ravindra jadeja india's best all rounder.if so i feel sorry.yuvraj could have been better than jadeja.abhimanyu mithun's exclusion is not justified.the guy had a superb game in the 3rd test at colombo vs sri lanka.i feel it should have been mithun and ashok dinda.

Posted by Guru2202 on (November 21, 2010, 20:04 GMT)

When'll the new selection committee be formed. Until then these foolish selections will be no big surprise. I have almost given up the hopes of seeing Uthappa and Irfan wearing the blue jersey again. I don't understand the what's the selection committee thinking before selecting the team. There has been countless instances when a player is not picked while he is at his very best.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

i dont why the selectors are keep on ignoring robin uthappa.wat wrong he has done and about dinesh kartik also. the selectors are selecting the team on wat basis only god knows about that..........

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 18:36 GMT)

i dont understand what the selectors are doin...1st d squad of odi,where is nehra???he has done well recently & now he is dropped...then were are uthappa & irfan???uthapa is treated like a waste by the selectors,also irfan..they should get a chance..instead of this,yusuf gets d chance..he is a total waste..he justs hit 2 or 3 sixes & gets out...Not at all happy with this selection...somebody advice the selectors...then d test squad..umesh yadav in squad???it is a joke..he didnt do well even in zimbabwe tri-series & he gets a call...also unadkat is very inexperienced even at domestic level..only 6 matches..then no mishra...he is very unlucky..Why not give chance to mithun?he is better than these two..Selectors,wake up...

Posted by AbAdvani on (November 21, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

The selectors have really become myopic -it seems a few good matches in IPL is all it takes to get the selectors noticed as can be seen from the selection -Umesh Yadav has the pace but he has no variety or swing which is needed to succeed in Test Cricket. Bowling 4 overs in T20 is not the yardstick to pick bowlers for Test Cricket or ODIs.-Ravindra Jadeja has replaced Ajit Agarkar as the luckiest indian cricketer -Vinay Kumar's pace (or rather lack of pace) won't trouble the NZ batsmen,Yusuf Pathan neither has the technique or the temparament to succeed in ODI -Munaf Patel has no variety (he has lost his pace) and is a misfit for ODI as he can rarely think -I would have liked to see the likes of Mithun, Tyagi, Bhuvanesh Kumar as replacements for Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel and Ravindra Jadeja -as for irfan, I recommend him to start playing for Tamil Nadu or CSK if he still wants to play cricket for India

Posted by JosephThomas on (November 21, 2010, 17:48 GMT)

I cant understand why Robin Utthappa is being ignored. If new faces are given chances then why ignore Robin who has been knocking on the door? Also why was Nehra dropped? Irfan deserves a chance before the World Cup. He is one of those all rounders India needs.

Posted by deepakjm on (November 21, 2010, 17:39 GMT)

Where is Nehra for Odi squad ????????????????/

Posted by DEV_ME on (November 21, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

Pujara SHOULD have been a part of the NZ ODI series, especially with so many quality players resting. I STRONGLY PROTEST the selection of the likes of Saurabh Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, yes - Raina. That bloke is a cloud, makes a lot of noise and will disperse with the slightest wind or sun. Vijay, Pujara, Abhinav Mukand, Rahane are the guys for the future. If Sehwag is not playing, it was a good chance to try the pair of Vijay and Mukand for opening. Both are domestic partners and have shreded all the attacks. Pujara and Gambhir would have followed them. We are entering the trap of mixed priority; keep the no. 1 ranking OR prepare options for the WC. I think the WC desrves more importance. In bowling why cant we look beyond Munaf, Unadkat, Yadav ? If 1 guy is useless, the other two are very raw, they havent completed 2 proper domestic seasons. Why not Tyagi / Kulkarni / Bhuvneshkumar ? These guys have made their bones on the domestic / List A level, they deserve it.

Posted by Prakhs on (November 21, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

Can the selectors answer the question of not picking Nehra in the ODI squad? What wrong has he done or was his performance in this year's ODI's has been dismal? He has been India's premier fast bowler in the ODIs. Plz stop making a mockery of the selection process. And where is Dinesh Karthik? I think he is a better batsman and wicketkeeper than Saha. No grudges against Saha but if a better player is fit, he should be given the opportunity first. Who's this Umesh Yadav??? Come on... we have RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma (who has just played 1 test in this test series) they could be better than Yadav on any damn day. India should play them more to increase their confidence level especially with World Cup round the corner. Finally Mr. Jadeja I salute your luck, born with luck in ur hands boss.. had these many opportunities been given to anybody else, he would have been a star by now. Uthappa dear, feel pity for u!!!!

Posted by Vnott on (November 21, 2010, 16:52 GMT)

8 batsmen, 7 bowlers and 2 keepers little to experiment on the test side to SA. Gambhir, Vijay, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Raina , Pujara.... Zaheer, Sree, Ishant, Bhajji, Ojha....The only roles available are the 2 bowlers - given it is SA has to be seamers and the 2nd keeper. While i dont grude Yadav, Jayadev and Saha, it would have been nicer to have Ambati Rayudu as the 2nd keeper. He is a hot prospect and has seen spectacular success in IPL. He is 25 and needs to be given a break. Forget his trip to ICL... I would hv liked to see Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for one of the seamers role. He presents a real solution to the seamer - all rounder problem. Also wonder why Mithun is not there as an option. He bowled with lot of heart in Sri Lanka and was a very determined batsman down the order too. I think India will do well and this will be a closely contested series. Really looking forward to it.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

wonder why sachin is always given rest in onedayers,come on he is great no doubt so dont crown him above the king,WC is nearing,sachin had enough of rest against srilanka,Australia,and now newzealand,earlier against bangladesh he had rest too.... guru Gary i think your hands are tied........during selection.......kris srikanth & Dhoni are lucky they have very good performing players or else they would have been ousted long back,look Dhoni is not battting as good as Ganguly or Azharuddin when they were captains....God save our country....

Posted by 1punter on (November 21, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

Uthappa shpould be given a chance instead of saha...he can be a handy batsman in depth overs.I dont think saha can do that job

Posted by Nampally on (November 21, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

It is puzzling to see the omission of Ishant and Unadkat from the ODI squad against NZ.Yusuf Pathan does not have big match temperment as proven by his repeated failures in the ODI matches at the inter National level. He is a good IPL player and may be at the local level. The same goes for Jadeja. Bringing these 2 guys back is a backward step.Sreesanth is injury prone and would have been better off resting. He may jeopardise his SA tour by playing in the NZ ODI's. Also he is not am economical bowler. What happened to young Mithun?. Vinay Kumar is in & out like a Yo-Yo. What is wrong with the Selectors? Have they got any plans for player development. Thay seem to be frustrating many youngsters by their clueless tactics. India needs a new selection team with a 5 year plan.

Posted by royalg on (November 21, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

intresting squad, felt the need of an explosive opener wish YUSUF PATHAN was allowed to express himself in the powerplay instead of vijay and it gives india the option of an allrounder at the top of the order, my 11 wud be gambhur, yusuf, kholi, yuvraj, raina,tiwary,saha,ashwin,praveen,vinaykumar and munaf. not happy with sreesanth in the ODI's dnt think it will help him at all to get ready for S.A. wud hav prefered to see hw unadkat or yadav wud hav done if they got the chance.

Posted by AsherCA on (November 21, 2010, 15:49 GMT)

I fail to understand the selectors' choice of Raina who has been sending the cricket world a message thru Dhoni that Raina is tired & requires rest. Raina is so desparate for a break that has asked BCCI to stop cricket ! Gambhir / Kirsten, please give Raina the break he is asking for.

Posted by nibus.oc on (November 21, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

I would still like to give Dravid a chance in the World Cup... Shewag and Gambhir to open followed by Sachin Dravid Yuvraj Raina & Dhoni followed by our bowlers... Dravid with his exp can lend stability to the middle order and can hold one end so that the 3 to follow him yuvi raina and dhoni can play the natural game.. moreover if we have to select from (pujara, tiwary, rohit, vijay etc etc) dravid is a far better player and this in all will be his last chance whereas the others are still young... my probable 16 for the World cup would be (Shewag, gambhir, Sachin, dravid, Yuvraj, raina, kohli, dhoni, yusuf harbhajan, ojha, zaheer, ishant, sreesanth, praveen, nehra).... not mentioning Jadeja's name as his name is there in everybody's ignore list.... and with just 10 odi's left (that too 5 in south africa) this is not the right time to test new faces for the world cup...

Posted by amit0806 on (November 21, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

the inclusion of jadeja really baffles me...i would never term him an all rounder... he batting is something that cant be relied to any extent....and india needs a batting allrounder instead of a bowling all rounder....i again feel that harbhajan singh is someone who should have not been rested keeping the world cup in mind.. though he has been in sublime form with the bat but his bowling has gone hay wire and he needs some wickets in any format of the game for the SA series and the world cup... again if he is not taking wickets then he would be a liability in SA because the conditions there would not permit two spinners

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (November 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

My batting lineup for the first two ODIs would be:

1. Murali Vijay 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. Suresh Raina 6.Saurabh Tiwari 7. Ravichandran Ashwin 8. Wriddiman Saha 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Vinay Kumar 11. Munaf Patel

My batting lineup for the SA tests wwould be:

1. Virender Sehwag 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. VVS Laxman 6. Suresh Raina 7. MS Dhoni 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Pragyan Ojha

Posted by anikbrad on (November 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

THE OVERALL TEAM NOT BAD BUT FEW MISSING PLAYER ARE IN ODI- PUJARA/ UTTHAPA/ NEHRA/ IN PLACE OF VINAY/ VIJAY/Sreesanth. IF THEY ARE NOT THEE BEST BOWLERS THEN HOW THEY ARE PICKING WKTS OR SCORIN RUNS. IN TESTS IN PLACE OF Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav WE COULD HAVE MITHUN AND PARTHIV. WITH MY BRAIN A BETTER CHOICE. YUVI NOT PICKED IN TEST IS GOOD AS HE HAS NOT SCORED FOR RANJI EVEN. WHEN UTTAPA IS NOT PICKED ITS SAD AS HE IS A SIMILAR EXPLOSIVE PLAYER AS YUSUF. MY FUTURE ODI TEAM - GAMBHIR/ SHEWAG/ KOHLI/RAINA/ YUVI/ UTTHAPA/ DHONI/ ZAK/ BHAJJI/ PRAVIN/ NEHRA EXTRA- SOURAV/ASWIN/MUNAF/ I.PATHAN

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

this squad good... but why not ashish nehra?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

I think Irfan Pathan deserves one chance here before the world cup. As we see the ODI squad is full of youngsters, and rivnder jadeja was picked again!!! why not Irfan???? Doesn't he deservse one chance here??? He is very good all-rounder,n i think Indian selectors having some personal issues with him. And who do u think Would be in for number 7 in ODI >> Yusuf or Saurabh Tiwary >> lol thats lil tricky one>> m waiting who will play first ODI against NZ ;)

Posted by Gaylo on (November 21, 2010, 14:10 GMT)

I think the selectors made a fair decision for the test series against SA. Our strength is batting. This time we can win in SA if not atleast draw the series because of one man Virendar Sehwag. SA bowlers have no idea when u attack them (recent example being against Pak in ODI). Viru can attack from onset and laxman should be at no.3 because dravid allows them to comeback. Zaheer khan is in fine form and sreesanth is one of best swing bowlers. Only Kallis has a better technique but doesn't score quickly. If we can get him cheaply we can conrol the game

Posted by anikbrad on (November 21, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

LOOK AT JADEJA HE IS GETTING FLAG FOR HE IS SLOW IN BATTIN. AS A BOWLER HE HAS NOT DONE BAD, HAS ECO RATE OF 4.8 WHICH IS EXTREMELY GOOD LET US THINK HE WILL BAT BELOW HAR AND PRAVEEN WITH BATTING AVG OF 31 AND SRT RATE OF 79 IS NOT POOR FOR NUM 10. LET US NOT THINK HIM AS ALRDER. YUSUF AS BOWLER IS NOT GOOD HE CANT GIVE YOU 8-10 OVERS EVERY DAY. ONLY OTHER CHOICE IS ASWIN WITH BHAJJI PLAYING AS WC MATCHES WE WILL NOT PLAY ANOTHER OFFIE. SO IF WE NEED2 SPINERS- (WE HAVE NO ALD IN IND). OPTIONS ARE - BHAJJI/JADE OR BHAJJI/OJHA OR BHAJJI/ MISHRA OR ASWIN/OJHA OR BHAJJI/ CHAWLA. LOOK AT THIS COMBINATION THEN JADEJA FITS IN AS BOWLER AS ALL OTHER LINE UPS ARE WEEK IN BATTING. IND SEL AND TEAM IS NOT MAD THEY WANT TO PLAY 2 SPINERS IN WC WITH JADJE NOT CLICKING IND WILL BE AT PROB AS WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO ONE SPINNER IN WC IN IND WHICH IS NOT SUFFICIENT AS GOOD TEAMS WILL PLAY 2 SPINNERS. BUT I PERSONALLY IND WILL PLAY WITH 1 SPINER WIL YUV/SHEW AND RAINA TEAMING AS OTHER. GOOD BUT RISKY?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 13:57 GMT)

Not a bad selection but y not pick odi's uthappa he is good foam and glove work is well

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

wht d hell has saha done to get selected for ODI's and SA series.. the selectors for once should have made gambhir d captain coz if he has bad matches then his confidence for SA series would b low...he should have been rested saha wht the hell has he done.....for ODI's d selectors could have selected robin uthappa to keep wickets(as he is already doin it for RBC in champions trophy and did it well to keep wickets in SA against kumble,kallis and steyn) wht has umesh yadav done for a selection v already saw wht he has done earlier....by selecting him are selectors closing doors on munaf,pravin and nehra,rp for test matches.specially( rp and munaf) wht abt nehra dropped from ODI's parthiv or karthik would have been the better option as 2nd WK for SA series vijay is not fit for ODI's....dhawan only one chance....wht abt uthappa,manish pandey,dhawan r d doors closed for them.....strange i selections and strange selectors...the gud thing abt selection is tht they r sending them eerly to SA

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Team selected for SA is a balanced one.If Mr Garry Kristein is to accompany the team as COACH,that will be a great advantage and strength.How Raina is handle bouncers in the SA pitches will be a worry unless he is trained and properly coached. Indian batting lineup is formidable.Bowling too needs to become sharper. A bowling / fielding coach will provide necessary support in those areas. SA teams generally lack ability to survive in crisis situations.Wish the INDIAN team goodluck

Posted by fkauser on (November 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Hahahahhahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahah i dont know till where i will laught on this poor selection of Ravindra jadeja ..its seems the selectors are in relation with jadeja hahahahhahahahahah i dont know why orelse they are giving him chance till world cup or to make the history in cricket for more poor performance ...come on guys let him play domestic and earn more experience rather than selecting him and putting more pressure on him as well as on the other tema mates coz if he is ther in team they feel they are playing with 10 players.

Posted by atulcricket on (November 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

happy that Yusuf pathan is in. now I hope he cements his place. very disappointed for absence of yuvi. he should have been in test team.

Posted by kimian on (November 21, 2010, 13:46 GMT)

Grt to see Yusuf Pathan.....Love to See Irfan Pathan Too..

Posted by aravabalaji on (November 21, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

@pvwadekar - Its unfair to say that since Badri crossed 30, he need not be considered. Then what is the fun of scoring heavily in domestic outings year after year for a decade only to be continuously ignored? 7 years ago he was considered too young and now he is too old! This should not happen to any player for whom cricket is not only profession, passion but life. Two contrasting examples : Mohd. Kaif, as an youngster, bloomed promisingly but after a bad path faded away. Mike Hussy started his international career at 29 and now he adds value to Aussie team. Age is not at all a criterion. After the retirements of Dravid, Sachin & Laxman, who are >35, team needs a mature hand at the middle and Badri is a perfect choice. Give him a decent run which he certainly deserves more than anybody else.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 21, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

JUST ONE CHANGE ABHIMANYU MITHUN FOR THE TWO ROOKIES MITHUN HIT THE DECK SEAM BOWLER IN SA CONDITION NEED MORE SEAM THAN SWING PROBABLY NOT WORRIED ABOUT ODIS AS INDIA IS GOING TO WIN ANYHOW

Posted by rko_rules on (November 21, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

I m really pissed off by the odi team selection. What are munaf and vinay kumar and saha and jadeja and m vijay doing in this team. I dont think even one of them is going to go into world cup. Munaf in match baroda vs UP, bowled at 123 to 125, not a single bowl more than that and looked lethargic again. No lessons learnt by him. Vinay kumar with his 5'7 height and pace automatically disqualifies with Parveen kumar already in the team. It is already very hard to bear one. More experienced D Karthik should have been in the team who is more likely to go into WC instead of Saha. Jadeja is the new ultimate symbol of love more than Taj Mahal whom no one can harm despite of negative response from all corners. M vijay has not done anything special to be in the ODI team apart from being part of srikanth's chennai squad. Instead he showed so many weaknesses against short balls and outside offstump in the matches played so far.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

Now what has abhimanyu mithun did wrong ? On flat tracks in srilanka he was the bowler who was sweating and tried his heart out to get wickets...what sort of commitment are the selectors looking for apart from this ? For the first time, we got a bowler who is an athlete as well and his body frame suits the bowelrs very much...What has vinay kumar done ? he was banged all over the places when he was given a chance...and he looks just a medium pacer ....common dear selectors open your eyes to see who is a bowler ...what is gary kirsten or ms dhoni doing with these selections ?

Posted by PTtheAxis on (November 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

yes sir ravindra jadeja can never be left out. the worlds best allrounder. they don't need nehra cause bcci thinks jadeja is the right man to open the bowling. in india everything is unaccountable so why should cricket team selection be any different.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

Now what has abhimanyu mithun did wrong ? On flat tracks in srilanka he was the bowler who was sweating and tried his heart out to get wickets...what sort of commitment are the selectors looking for apart from this ? For the first time, we got a bowler who is an athlete as well and his body frame suits the bowelrs very much...What has vinay kumar done ? he was banged all over the places when he was given a chance...and he looks just a medium pacer ....common dear selectors open your eyes to see who is a bowler ...what is gary kirsten or ms dhoni doing with these selections ?

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 21, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

Well some people are asking why saha is selected, I can tell you he might not be as fluent and flashy as some of the others, but he is a good grafter and you never know his style of taking singles ,be gritty, could vey well serve the indian side. Also i think, Rahul dravide is just been very lucky sitting on his past record Ofcourse. But the weakness he has shown recently against outswing, will be easily taken advantage of like Steyn and morken, both of them are wonderful outswing bowlers. they will also trouble Gambhie, Because he is always vulnerable against incoming delivery. As far as bowling is concerned Mithun would have been a better choice because of his inswing

India has never done well in SA even with Great players(may be they are not that great in SA). It's time to Think out of box, Have courage and give Vijay and oujara the go, There pull shots might just serve india better than Sitting Duck like Dravid, who sometimes makes simplest of batting tracks look difficult.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 12:57 GMT)

Whese these selection panel guys keep selecting "RAVINDRA JADEJA"... what he has done in the recent past to justify his selection...? He keeps getting chances in almost every ODI series in the recent past without any performance. Being a poor fielder and a less than average batter than Harbajan, how come he is there in the team... Seems like he is having STRONG underground political support somehow... that's something not good for Indian cricket....

Come on, selectors.... please give chance to performers...

Posted by vinayjayaram on (November 21, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

what the hell did Abhimanyu Mithun do wrong in Sri lanka?He bowled well on the flat tracks of SL, also batted decently and this is the raw deal he gets??He can be a handful in the seamer friendly conditions of SA..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 12:16 GMT)

Hey , This Series is a sure loss

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

Senior players don't deserve any kind of rest. If they can non stop play for 50-60 days in IPL (Which is nothing more than masala & mone making game), then how should they raise their hand before any international commitment for Team India? They should understand that their many duty is to serve the national team, not the IPL teams. If you remember, you will get many examples of selfisness of our national heroes. In 2007, just before the T20 world cup, our three main player sachin, sourav & dravid said that they are not fit enough to play T20 cricket & after 2 or three month they were present at IPL auctions to get the maximum reward. Another example is our current captain Mr.Cool. After playing in first IPL, he asked the team management for a break & pulled out himself from Lanka tour. Is it acceptable that if these players play in ipl kind of matches, then they demand for a break or a rest?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

No Yuvraj for South Africa !!!! This is ridiculous ..... come on who can play the SAn fast bowlers better than him in this current team....except Laxman all these so called great batsman average hovers around 20's and 30's in south africa...Yuvi deserves a place in this team to SA if Raina has one.... i can't believe that yuvi didn't played a test in South Africa....do selectors really believe that Dhoni, Raina and these old war horses can hold the middle order against super charged Steyn and Morkel on their home turfs...Come on selectors change your Pathetic selection strategies( By the way what this guy Ravindra Jadeja still doing in the team)

Posted by nataraajds on (November 21, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

if india looking to build team for worldcup, i wonder why uttappa & mithun is ignored? why Ravindra jedaja given opportunity inspite of his poor show? if Saha fails who will take the gloves.? pathiv patel should have got a chance. what happen to Nehra, injured? . selectors need to rethink these issues.

For test team to SA , Nehra & Praveen kumar should have been selected, these two will be more effective in SA wickets.both these players have played lot of intl.cricket and this gives more option to caption. these selectors select young bowlers,but donot give sufficient opportunity to them to prove.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

wriddhiman saha selection may be apt for regarding tests....but in the context pf one-days the place would have been given for robin uthappa who is hungry in getting a chance in the national side.....its a wrong selection.....though jadeja has been performing well in the first-class, the chance would have been given for another all-rounder...and what about ashish nehra????

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

What is Wriddhiman Saha doing in the Test squad for South Africa!

Parthiv Patel would have made a better cover for Dhoni instead!!

Selection thinking has gone awry!

Posted by shibukunnamthanam on (November 21, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

friends, actualy sachin not intresting playing one day cricket now. he consenrate test matches only . thats good for him. if he like playing oneday cricket ,not need any practice matches . this is not a selection committe problem.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

selectors should have to pick yuvi for the SA tests.He will be very useful as the waterboy.lol

Posted by arup_g on (November 21, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

I am not happy with the squad selected for the ODI's. Why is Ashish Nehra not there when he is likely to be one of the most valuable bowlers for us in the WC? Also, half the squad selected will not be playing in the world cup. India's top players cannot rely on just the South African ODI series for practice for the world cup. Okay players like Sachin, Sehwag and Dhoni can be rested but i don't believe others should be! Why is Saha the back up keeper? What happened to Dinesh K? He is a much better batsman. Also why is Yusuf recalled? Just because of one performance on the ranji trophy doesn't mean he is good enough at the top level - he isn't! India's WC squad should be - Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Kohli, Harbhjan, Ashwin, Nehra, Ishant, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Jadeja/Yusuf and Tiwary/Vijay

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

@Sami Ahmed : 200% Agree. How many time this RJ will be given a chance .. ? And was time to give irfan pathan another chance intead of yusuf.

Anyway RJ will never get in to pyaying 11 as he didnt get Vs Aussi

Posted by crisspyman on (November 21, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

I think selectors are concentrating more on tests in order to retain India's numero uno position..........But they do not seem to understand that world cup is wayyyyyyyyy bigger than SA test series....Loss in test series doesnt bother much ahead of the world cup but bad loss in the WC will affect fans to a big extent

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 10:33 GMT)

SA Test XI - Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, MSD, Harbhajan, Ishant, Zaheer & Sreesanth

Dinesh Karthik as 2nd WK n extra 16th Batsman. C. Pujara cover batman. P.Ojha cover spinner. M. Patel and A.Mithun as cover pacers.

Ideally bottom 5 in WC should look like H.Singh, R.Ashwin, A.Mithun, P.Kumar, Z.Khan...top 6 V. Sehwag, G.Gambhir, S.Tendulkar, Y.Singh, S.Raina, MSD. Extras in place of Ashwin could be Y.Pathan/R.Jadeja A.Nehra/I.Sharma 4 A.Mithun V.Kohli & Mr. X (Preferably batsman with 2 people 4m above 4 options) Moral of the story play fringe players as much as you can especially Ashwin & Mithun.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 10:22 GMT)

SELECTION IS NOT GOOD, TALENTED PLAYERS LIKE IRFAN PATHAN, ROBIN UTHAPA, WAISM JAFFAR, KAIF, AND ASHISH NEHRA HAVE BEEN IGNORED. I DONT KNOW WHY THEY ARE PLAYING WITH THE COURIERS OF THESE PLAYERS. DOWN DOWN SRKIKANTH.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Is it a problem that badrinath was born in tamil nadu or is it a problem that a few TOP PLAYERS in the current team prefer others over him or badri scoring tons in each n every game a big prob.... This is a extremely bad situation... some players who dont ve enof make it to the national side... but despite having the class skills and endurance to face the toughest bowlers, he is left out... can just laugh out at the selectors.... people will come to know the value of badri being in the side... this is politics at its peak... Pathetic situation.... Pity him ... a million dislikes at the squad selected :(

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Come on I think Sachin is being given too much rest or is taking too much rest . I think maybe if he needs rest he should not play tests for a while and concentrate on ODI's at least until the World Cup. He at least needs to play a few ODI's before the WorldCup. And where has Shikar Dhawan has gone why have the selectors not selected him after giving him just one match and why is Jadeja still in the squad!!!!!!??.

Posted by IPL_is_not_Cricket on (November 21, 2010, 10:02 GMT)

How come Wriddhiman Saha & Suresha Raina picked for South Africa Test Series. How come they along with Ravindra Jadeja picked for First Two Test against NZ ? Can cricinfo bring some light into this matter and reveal under whose influence was these players included in squad ?

Posted by pranksters on (November 21, 2010, 10:00 GMT)

Allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who last played for India in June, made his return to the team for the ODI series. Pathan is having a good domestic season with Baroda, smashing 89 off 42 balls against Gujarat in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scoring 195 off 138 balls against Haryana in the Ranji Trophy. He performed with the ball as well, pickng up ten wickets in a defeat against Uttar Pradesh.

??????????????????

yusuf pathan plays garba on the batting crease when he faces an international bowling attack in odi's

rohit sharma just scored 200 * against a formiddable kolkatta attack irfan pathan at day better than not "run" but "run-out" machine r.jadeja

w.saha?? D.K should be the second choice after msd he always gives the effort even after knowing he is only the second fidle

vinay kumar not again

shrikanth i guess put all the new players in the box & plays a super lotto with it which ever name comes in his hands he puts them in the squad

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT)

This selection is suicidal.As long as MS is the skipper for the test series in SA,he will keep wickets.Then Saha will be looked upon as a batsman.His past performance dosent justify his selection.Since the team needed a second keeper it should have been Robin Uthappa or Ambati Rayadu who can multi task in their dept.Does the selectors think Ravindra Jadeja is the answer to India's allrounder.If so the "Bunch Of Jokers" need to think again.Tired of seeing this guy seeing in the team doing nothing.Really sad that Abhimanyu Mithun is not in.He played a class innings at the 3rd test vs Sri Lanka at colombo.Also I remember his bowling was good.This is crazy maan.Also I would have loved to see Ashok Dinda instead of Umesh/Undkat.Really bad choices.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

In my opinioon Jadeja and Yousuf Pathan dont deserve a place in the team. Jadeja has not only been doing his best to make India lose the game, he is also blocking a slot for a new star. Yousuf Pathan may be an insane hitter of the ball. But he cant play pace. His average is not great for a no 6 / 7 batsman, but has a high volatility. A consistent scorer of 30 runs can be preferred over player who score 60 sometimes and 0 sometimes.

And why are not the youngsters given as much as chance as Jadeja has been given ? I dont see a department in which Jadeja can outperform Irfan. And Irfan is just 26, he still holds a huge promise. Why is he denied even half the chance Jadeja is offered ? What about Rohit Sharma ? I feel he can be both a better bowler and a bastman compared to Jadeja.

Also its time to search for an youngster opener and not Vijay. Ashwin, Vinay, Munaf and Tiwari should be made to play the games, not just included in he squad and be given a free ticket to watch the game.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

Sir Ravindra Jadeja again???omg!...why not Irfan?

Posted by aravabalaji on (November 21, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

After the advent of IPL, regionalism, lobbying & politics are back in action, going by the selection of players in the recent past. There is no kind of grooming of players. Talents not nurtured and wasted. Consistent domestic performances never acknowledged and virtually allowed to go into the drain. Glaring examples : Badrinath, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. Imagine what the selectors are doing to their morale. We are still sitting on the glory of feats of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Ganguly & Kumble. We have to groom players who will match these legends in terms of attitude and temperament, not necessarily talent. Whims and fancies will definitely ruin the future of Indian cricket.

Posted by pvwadekar on (November 21, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

To all those who are complaining about Mithun being left out .. he is just a glorified medium pacer (6 wickets in 3 tests, so what if test was in sri lanka). He is a run- of-the-mill medium pacers that we have in India (R.Vinay Kumar, Gony,Dhawal Kulkarni). Frankly he seems like another Dodda Ganesh .. remember him ? He was touted to be the next srinath but got his ass kicked in SA in 1997. At least Yadav (raw speed) and Unadkat(left handed swing bowler) are better option than Mithun and we already have two right handed fast blowers in Sreeshant and Ishant. As for Badrinath.. he is 30 + .. we are rebuilding the middle order, we need someone who will play for 10 -12 years not 3 to 5. Only grudge is that Raina is included .. he is going to get massacred in SA.. which should be fun ..they should have picked Kohli or Sharma.. both are better players but perhaps not ready yet for test level.What is Saha doing here .. should have stuck with Kartik as the second keeper.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

For god sake!!! Why jadeja again?! give chance to other players like irfan. with worldcup arriving soo fast, why not give chance to allrounders like irfan? or whynot a specialist batsman at no.7 like robin uthappa?! one good point is inclusion of "Terror man" Yusuf! I believe he will come bak as the no.7 player.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:33 GMT)

Where is Irfan ? How can Ravindra Jadeja be in any way better than Irfan ?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

sriknth sir u picked good team but if u have offered a chnce for rohit sharma nd giving rest to raina would be a good option.....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

why...? Ravindra Jadeja.... C,mon Srikanth......what he doing in the squad...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

Why utthappa is not there? he is a good w/k batsman i dnt know why he ddnt picked. What R Jadeja is doing instead of Irfan pathan. Irfan Pathan is one of the best allrounder indian team ever had.

Posted by shahedaq on (November 21, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Till now no one knows why Irfan Pathan, the only best avaialble allrounders is sideline by the selector, it look thaT our selectors are very much fond of Jedeja, he is agian back in the team as an allrounder, God save Team India, he is a big PANOTHI for Indian Cricket. Our media is alo quite on dropping Irfan Pathan, his contract is also scraped, what is the reason behind it. Its good to see some new faces like Saha, who is better keeper than Dhoni. Surabh Tiwary shouldbe in 11, and it is good chance for youngsters like Yadav and Pujara to prove their talent. my request to selectors is to keep Jedeja out and look for some one else, if they don"t want Irfan to be in the team, but not Jadeja.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 9:01 GMT)

another nasty blow by hitler srikanth FOR NZ ODI.....y yuvi is nt opted to lead d side....and where is rohit sharma.i think he replaced rohit for jadeja................utthapa was better choice instead of saha....its gud to see yusuf back in side....IRFAN WE WILL MISS U AGAin.......

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:59 GMT)

Did cricinfo make a printing mistake (by omitting rohit sharma) or were the selectors too dumb !!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:56 GMT)

where is ashish nehra in the odi team!!!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

the problem with Irfan Pathan seems to be a lack of DESIRE to play .. dint play the Ranji match against UP for some strange reason although the selection was in a few days.. I am from baroda and a big fan of his but just cant understand his intent...

Posted by mak102480 on (November 21, 2010, 8:46 GMT)

I am not a big fan of rav jadeda by any means but I think he gets a bad rap by us (the fans). He avg's about 31 batting at # 7 or 8 (mostly 7). He generally scores his runs at a faster pace and has the ability and power to hit. And although he doesn't take too many wickets, his economy rate is more than respectable as the 5th bowler - of about 4.85 runs per over. And to top it all, he is a very good fielder. Ideally, you'd like yusuf pathan instead of jadeja but everytime india has needed yusuf to step up in time of crisis, he has failed. Jadeja on the other end comes to the party during a time of crisis (look it up). Yusuf has not been as reliable as Jadeja I am afraid to say... So yeah, as much as I hate to say it, give some credit where credit is due.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

this is absolutely rediculous...i understand that india is world no 1 in tests so they are keen to hang on to that spot by playing there possible full team.But at the same time world cup is round the corner.How long can srikanth rest the seniors especially sachin if this is the last odi series in home before world cup???how can sachin win the world cup for india in mumbai if he does not have enough match practice??

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

What on earth is the framework of logic here? Why hasn't Mithun been given a run? What did he do to merit being dropped? Why can't Cheteshwar Pujara be in the ODI team? Why can't R Ashwin be in the test squad? Who else here finds the selection of Saha really random? It seems like Srikkanth is hell bent on building different teams for different formats. I personally think Yusuf Pathan is overrated. And for god's sake Ravindra Jadeja; how long will they persist with this scrawny guy? Doesn't an ODI #7 need be strong to hit boundaries and finish off an innings? Chikka, I've never complained, but you have truly outdone yourself this time.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

11 4 NZ ODI.. Gambhir (c), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan/Ravindra Jadeja 4 All rounder/2nd spinner slot. Wriddhiman Saha (wk)...only man to replace MSD is Dinesh Karthik Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar (Mithun should have been given a chance, could have been 4th pacer on friendly wickets) Suresh Raina (what is tis guy doing in the team...he should play a ranji game and then pack off for SA)....get Badrinath n competition for spoilt YOUNGSTERS

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

look New Zealand lost odi series against bangladesh by 4-nill so i think srikanth was selected this team to relace newzealand. mr srikanth this is not a warmup game. if tendulkar was not picked for next 3 odi then he will go directly to world cup with out playing odi in indian soil for past 8-9 months where world cup was set...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 7:23 GMT)

Oh c'mon! Not again! What is Sir Ravindra Jadeja doing in the squad?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

This is very poor selection. I dont understand why selectors are selecting Ravindra Jadeja again and again, instead of him we can play one bowler in the team because he dont have batting at all ..even if he will bat India will going to lose the match becuase he will score 20 runs in 40 delivery... Irfan pathan would have been better choice. What about Sachin Tendulkar why they r not picking him ..he has hardly played any ODI match this year after feb. Making Gautam gambhir is also not a good choice..they should have opted for Yuvraj singh .his form may be not good but he is still best player in ODI games and if india has to win the world Cup ..he needs to fire. More over Gambhir form was also not good...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

where is rohit sharma guyzz

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 6:38 GMT)

Same old Harbhajan and Ojha as the only spinners in the Test squad, Ashwin or Mishra should be there instead of one of the pacemen. I know South African pitches favour quicks but only experienced ones,eitherYadav or Unadkat should have been picked, not both.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

wt r they doing ? this team is a big waste .why cant the selectors take mithun ,dinda ,irfan,rp singh,wassim jaffer .why cant they give them a chance.[this in the case of tests] where as in odis why cant they use more talented batsmen and bowlers like irfan , uthappa , dinda.they shld give chance to youngsters rather using jadeja who is a utter waste . i think that this selection commiteeeee shld be changed . they r using the old players.i m likely to suggest an odi team[sehwag,gambir,sachin,uthappa,raina,dhoni,harbhajan,irfan,praveen,zaheer,ishant.sub-yusuf,sreeshanth,nehra

Posted by rko_rules on (November 21, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

Very poor selection again by srikant team. Batting looks very weak for the south africa tour if one of them gets injured or does not perform. And Yuvraj Singh should have been picked. They are not going to reach anywhere by not picking yuvi or by ignoring him. He is eventually going to be picked in the team so why not now for the crucial SA tour. He is the most brilliant and hopeful for the future of the younger lot.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

what is the case with sachin?? he hasn't played an ODI after his double ton.this india's no.1 test status damaging our ODI profile.sachin has to be in form for the upcoming world cup..for that he need to play atleast 2 series ,,,for god sake ..BCCI see the future.. same is the case with sehwag also

Posted by rsurya on (November 21, 2010, 6:24 GMT)

Though wriddhiman saha is better than dhoni, there is a parthiv patel, naman ohja, uthappa who are waiting for a single chance to prove. Jadeja is back as alrounder (God save India from him). surprise to see yousuf back. Irfan is always a dream for his fans, don't punish talents for so long. Irfan can better join australia and can easily become worlds best allrounder and show how best he suits at no 7. Tiwary should be in playing 11 otherwise he will forget batting.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja ??? again ?? i'm sure the team must be having problems with 12th man :D

Posted by joseyesu on (November 21, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

@Manoj : May be nehra is rested due to WC as no need to take risk. Parthiv patel is a good choice but as already regular openers are there there is no place for Ojha

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 6:12 GMT)

Again our Indian team selectors made errors in selecting the team.I prefer Robbin Uttappa instead of M Vijay,Not selecting Manesh Pandey and Rohit Sharma is a big mistake as they proved there mettle long back when India is in crisis.Selecting Yusuf Pathan was obvious since India required a hard hitting batsmen down the order.Selecting Saurab tiwary is a bad move instead of him Rohit Sharma was correct one one to replace him as a perfect allrounder ,he could be very handy with chipping in with few useful overs.selecting Saha was quite not right as he can not deliver in crunch situations apart from his keeping skills he a not worthy player to be picked in the Indian side

Posted by Alok505 on (November 21, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

bad selection ... Wridhiman Shah & Ravinra jadea may be replaced with Parthiv patel & Pragyan Ojha or Piysh Chawla ..& why dont they rested raina with pujara in odi against kiwis. suresh raina has not perform since his debute match against srilanka. World cup is knocking high time the selectors to wake up i feel sorry for Mithun whi bowl his heartout in Srilankan flat track & now he is not in the reckoning ... this is why we dont help our fast bowlers ..look gus highest wicket taker in ranji trophy ....but why dont they select him...

Posted by u.moral on (November 21, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

As only 11 players have to enter the field, it will be better for Rahane, RP,Mithun and co. to strengthen their domestic record. As for the playing XI, i will be sadly stating that Raina has to make way for Pujara and Dravid shud drop down the order to no. 6 after Laxman. Some may say Dravid is the greatest no 3 for India , but definitely he is struggling now. Moreover Pujara will be an unknown commodity for SA and i bet he will be the trump card or X factor or whatever for India. So, Gautam,Viru,Pujara,God,Artist,Wall,Dhoni,Ojha(based on current form bt i m sure bhajjis gonna play),ishant(no 8),zaheer,sree shud b the line-up

Posted by indrakolla on (November 21, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

I think Swagath Sawant is gone mad by commenting aganist Pujar in support of badri .pujar is one of the brightest test hope for india

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 5:55 GMT)

The main problems that I am understanding watching most of the comments are people are really getting ignorant of domestic season or to such extent international cricket also. The only image one player is having is from his participation in IPL or Champ League.

Few facts: Dinesh Karthik--

Last 13 test innings scored 180 runs: Avg 13.85

Last 12 ODI innings scored 250 runs: Avg: 21

The word goes around in the domestic circuit is that Saha is the best technically sound keeper in the country. His batting is a suspect though. But let us give him a chance. We have not seen specialist WK in the side for a while. The batting skill overlooked the keeping abilities. But I dont think Saha would do worse than Karthik.

As for Pathan/Dinda, they are injured. U jadav is very inexperienced. Probaly Praveen Kumar...... Leave it... Let us join hands in hand in wishing India best of luck in these two series.

Posted by Viper2.0 on (November 21, 2010, 5:35 GMT)

Why ravindra jadeja is been preferred again? He could neither bat nor bowl consistently.We already have ashwin who could bowl 10 good overs and bat decently.Cannot understand the selectors for keeping faith in him thinking he might win some matches which he could do only in his dreams :x

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 5:33 GMT)

WHY NOT ASHISH NEHRA? What more do you want from him? Why not try Parthiv Patel and Naman Ojha as batsman wicketkeeper?

Posted by Arunviz on (November 21, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

3 of them should replaced based on current form Bhaji required one shock treatment , while Umesh Yadav is not good even in current ranji match, also Suresh Raina will be a failure in SA pitches

MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh ( VIKAS MISRA/HARMEETH SINGH ), Suresh Raina(VIRAT KOHLI), Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav(SUDEEP TYAGI is better option as Yadavs performance is not upto the mark), Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

Trying odd combinations with 40% of the ODI squad made up by people unlikely play the World Cup - does look like the right way to prepare for the World Cup.

Posted by Arunviz on (November 21, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

ODI team should like this BASED ON CURRENT RANJI SERIES

Gautam Gambhir (capt), H.KHADIWALE ( M Vijay,suitable for test squad only ), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh,CHETHESWAR PUJARA ( Suresh Raina 'needs rest' ), AMBATTI RAYIDU (instead of Saurabh Tiwary), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar,RP SINGH (instead of R Vinay Kumar), Munaf Patel,ASHISH NEHRA ( instead of most worst economical bowler Sreesanth), Yusuf Pathan, A.RAHANE (instead of 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja , no need of a 3rd spinner as Yusaf/Ashwin is there )

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 21, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

Tall bowlers generally do well in South Africa. Apart from our own Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad who did exceptionally well there, Johnson and Stuart Clark did outstandingly against South Africa. So for all their being familiar with fast bowling by virtue of having some of the fastest in the world, handling tall bowlers is as much aproblem for the Proteans as for anyone else. Zaheer, Unadkat, Sharma are pretty tall and should do well. Sreeanth and Yadav are only slightly shorter and could be quite effective as well. Abhimanyu Mithun would have been a revelation. For some reason he has not made the cut. Only Srikanth can tell us why.Be that as it may, the correct length to bowl is what will have to be determined early to succeed in South Africa. With Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons this should be covered effectively. It was heartening to see Ishant Sharma bowl in Nagpur. He was looking like he used to in Australia when he had Ponting's number. I am sure he will do well in S Africa.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 5:15 GMT)

would someone throw light on inclusion of Wridhiman Saha? Credentials?? All i know about him is that he was unsuspecting victim of Dale Steyn's reverse-swing missile @ Nagpur. I also remember S Badrinath played a fighting innings of 56...where is he? Why isn't he included? And selectors should be brave enough to drop Dravid & blood Pujara here. And AFA bowling is concerned, whatever happened to Munaf Patel?

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (November 21, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

whats wrong with ppl here? uthappa for a keeper? guys, remember...there is no dhoni in the squad for the odis...uthappa cant be a full time keeper...he only does it for rcbs in ipl to give them an additional batting option...he screwed up big time in CL T20 as a keeper....

i would say good selection except for jadeja in ODIs..however fail to see why the selectors persist with unadkat who has hardly any first class exposure...

Posted by crisspyman on (November 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

Test team looks good but it definitely lacks firepower to take 20 wickets in a match...But one day team looks like a dead rubber....We need a express fast bowler desperately before the world cup....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 5:11 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja is in the ODI side!!!! I bet he himself is wondering he is able to keep his place. If for scoring no runs and taking no wickets and giving bucketful of runs, he is still dropped for what he can be dropped. I think he can get away with anything now!!!!

Posted by sanjits2010 on (November 21, 2010, 5:07 GMT)

The team selection by Srikkanth & Co. is very inconsistent and has almost become a joke now-a-days.

Look at the way, especially the fast bowlers - Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaidev Unadkat, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Ashok Dinda, Abhimanyu Mithun, Manpreet Singh Goni, Vinay Kumar and others being tossed around.

It's quite illogical to see the mantle of captaincy given to Gautam Gambhir for the first two ODIs against New Zealand, Gambhir is not only struggling for form but just come back from a long injury. Better choice for the hot seat would have been Yuvraj Singh considering his experience or Suresh Raina seeing the form he is in.

The choice of Vriddhiman Saha as the second wicket-keeper ahead of the experienced Parhiv Patel, that too for a tough tour of South Africa, is quite perplexing.

Are the selectors riding on the thirst and ambition of a few seniors to win the World Cup by selecting the team the way they wan't and wait to glorify themselves about their selections?

Posted by Razor88 on (November 21, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

First of all Y the hell is Saha playing while Karthick is still there ??? Stupid selection... n y not badhri.. Y not Rayadu n Y not Irfan they the three batsmen have been Averaging more than any of the Blokes in that team Against Kiwi,Irfan is way better than Yusuf He is nothing other than Maniac Afridi.They Included Yuvi because he Scored a double Ton,Then Why on Earth is Mukund left, he scored 2 Double ton recently i think :| :| BCCI has a lot of Corrupted ppl.... God save indian Cricket :|.... Take a Leaf From the Aussie or the Eng Selection :| They do Include Players even though they are nearing 30, Some even make their debut after 30

Posted by Sachin-all_time_hero on (November 21, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

@ Shine Kr : I dono y he ask that question????????The selectors should give chance to domestic run machine Badrinath.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

Maybe Uthappa also should hve been given a chance!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

send yousu f at no.3 position and then see what he do. indian team not doing fair with him. just see in ipl how shane warne utiliize him. they are always sending in at no7.means the last five overs. most of the people think that dhoni is a good captain. from my view tht

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

Is there a quota system still valid in selecting the squad ??4 ppl from south already so Guess thats the reason Uthappa is not seen in the mentioned squad. Uthappa is in good form and also can keep wickets in the absence of Dhoni. Rohit got dropped and that has made way for another in-out player from the west. Yeah, Yusuf Pathan. No Zaheer = another bowler from west (Munaf) Whatever, I just wish the Indian team play good cricket and win matches.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:42 GMT)

Indian selectors should understand India is not Austrailia, which has a bag of fast bowlers, you need to groom the bowlers well. Tyagi played a match against the Lankans on bad wicket, but didn't get even a single game after that. Mithun seems to be another lost prospect. The selectors are investing Vinay Kumar, who is a medium pacer, India needs no more medium pacers, he can rarely bowl 130s. They can bring back even Pathan if they want that pace. Jadeja seems a good prospect, if he improves his finishing skills. Would like to see Tiwari bat at the top of the order, with Kohli at no. 4 in atleast one of the two matches.

Posted by aravabalaji on (November 21, 2010, 4:31 GMT)

@Cricket_Crazzy echoed my views in absolute words. Curious case of Badri's non-consideration is definitely not for cricketing reasons. 7-8 years ago, late Rajsingh Dungapur said Badri is a great talent but was too young to be blooded against SA when India toured then. Vengsarkar considered him to be the first choice replacement for any casualty in the fab4. But after change of selectors, Yuvi replaced Ganguly and Badri made to wait. Made his debut at 29 in adverse conditions and showed his class against THE best pace attack. Yet he was dumped and Raina was preferred. And now Pujara! In a Neo TV show,an East Zone personality,openly expressed his grudge that Badri will not have his career as he was groomed as replacement for Ganguly! And Ashok Malhotra, former selector, in Neo,expressed that everything is right with Badri except that he is born at the wrong age and wrong place! Take that! You are not only playing with the career but also his life, to people like Badri, now into 30s.

Posted by MANSUR_MUSCAT on (November 21, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

ODI team for NZ: Overall good selection with only confusion of two batting allrounders YUSUF & JADEJA??????????, I think ASHWIN can also fill in this role and give a space for an extra bowler. TEST team for RSA: Balanced team with good mixer of seniors and youngsters! with only surprise UMESH YADAV, Munaf or Mithun should have been drafted instead. Where is the Bowling Allrounder which Indian Team is looking for the WORLD CUP??

Posted by Farce-Follower on (November 21, 2010, 4:27 GMT)

Umesh Yadav and Unadkat??? What a joke. Where is Mithun? What wrong did he do? Two draws will be a victory for the World's #1 team.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

there is something wrong with t

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

well time will tell that who was good for selection, offcourse Nehra is a good bowler and he should be picked for the ODI's incase he is fit for playing.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

seeing the world cup ahead senior players need rest i would a sreesanth need to be tested for his behaviour others need chances in front of full strength international team so this squad is nice with exceptions of yusuf and jadeja they could have tried some new faces

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

gr8...if you give senior players rest in ODI ahead of world cup then will they get proper practice before the great event of world cup.. is the coming world cup is the world cup of test? i have forgotten when Sachin Tendulkar played his last ODI. Is this a good sight...

Posted by nikita_karthick on (November 21, 2010, 4:02 GMT)

Selectors you beauty!! Excellent to see Saha has been included in the squad for his unbeated 178... but you didn't know the same pitch Minnows Assam took nearly six hundred runs against strong bengal attack and of course took first innings lead!!! What a pitch that was!!

DK a regular wicket keeper, out of 52 odis he played only 12 as wk. Selectors utilized him as a make shift batsman for covering almost everyone in the team! when the real opportunity arrives he has been thrown away!!

My question to selectors if DK wins ranji trophy for his state side!! Can you replace Dhoni with DK in 2011 WC?

FYI! he played rather got opportunity to play only one test in SA! He scored 63 runs in the first innings with 153 for the first wicket and got a horrible decision!! Second innings he was pushed to bat @ 7 and result was india lost the match and lost the series 2-1!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 4:00 GMT)

Where is Irfan Pathan ? Really our Indian selectors are avoiding Irfan ...... He is the only Genuine all rounder in India

Posted by Bang_La on (November 21, 2010, 3:59 GMT)

NZ will whitewash India in ODI series, easy.

Posted by linilmon on (November 21, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Dear me! What is srikanth and co up to. the selection of jaidev and umesh for the test match series is really intriguing and hurting me. Really wonder whether these selectors are former internationals at all. Just think of the scenario where two of the front line pacers amongst zaheer, ishant and sreesanth getting injured before a test match in SA and the two novices being drafted into the playing 11. In my wildest dreams they dont stand a chance against the formidable combination of SMITH/ AMLA /KALLIS /VILLIERS. Just yesterday yours truly was there watching the match between vidharaba and kerala, where umesh yadav was bowling and he looked listless to say the least. Kerala openers feasted on his bowling. Yes yadav has pace but it ends there, as he hardly moves the ball and as a result he is too predictable. My gut feeling is that Yadav got selected on the back of his 7 wickets against Maharashtra recently. I really wonder whether these selectors are really watching any first class m

Posted by swagatsawant on (November 21, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

Where The Hell Is S. Badrinath??!? And How Come Pujara Got Ahead Of Him For A Test Duty??!?

Posted by arvindthiru on (November 21, 2010, 3:41 GMT)

Where the hell is Ashish Nehra. He made himself available for tests as well, but the selectors removed him from one day side too??? Umesh Yadav doesn't look an exciting prospect..though vinay kumar was a good choice considering his consistency..Yusuf just got lucky..his bro deserved a chance but hes injured and not playing ranji's as wel..and yusuf's timely bursts with the bat in ranji got him lucky..another confusing thing was Suresh raina was made captain for the zimbabwe tri series and gauti didn't play in that series. But making raina a captain again, will give him good practice and it could mean we are grooming someone for the future like was aussies did with clarke..moreover praveen kumar should have replaced umesh yadav in test squad..The indian bowling for tests has too many back up bowlers while the batting has very few..I don't know how many more centuries badri has to score to get a slot in India's middle order..and saha was lucky no other keeper scored anything in ranji's

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

We should understand Yusuf Pathan does not perform when he plays for the country, he will play only when shane warne is captain. What about Irfan Pathan, I agree that young bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat should given chances in the NZ one day series. Jadeja is not that great pick. He should be allowed prove more in the domestic season. What about Abimanyu Mithun? Unfortunately and the fact india does not have good all rounders and bowlers. World cup coming up and we dont have a perfect team.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

Why Sachin to SA ? Series loss is sure..

Posted by We_Win_All on (November 21, 2010, 3:28 GMT)

@Subshek.... We are not talking about Yadav's selection but that of Unadkat's..... He doesn't deserve a place in this team ahead of Mithun.... When Indian Domestic players find it difficult to tackle Mithun on Flat tracks, you should appreciate that the Guy has Talent to rattle the opposition in helpful conditions.... Also Vinay should have been given opportunity in tests before taking him to ODIs.... You always have chance for comeback in Tests

Posted by Prats6 on (November 21, 2010, 3:24 GMT)

India need not worry at all. Sir Ravindra Jadeja is in the side ! He takes wickets & scores runs at will.

Posted by ns_krishnan on (November 21, 2010, 3:22 GMT)

What abt Ashish Nehra for the ODi team ? Is he injured ?

Posted by ns_krishnan on (November 21, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

Selecting Yusyf is backward step. He simple cannot play fast bowling. Why is Raina in the ODI team against NZ ? If anybody needs a rest apart from Dhoni it's him.

Posted by NewAgeCricket on (November 21, 2010, 3:19 GMT)

what happened to ASHISH NEHRA.. He recently announced he is ready for tests and he is not picked even for one dayers

Posted by Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on (November 21, 2010, 3:16 GMT)

Mithun got a raw deal. Yadav is an unproven talent and pretty quick, but he is no Jeff Thomson. Mr.Dhoni - if a couple of the main seamers break down in SA (which i guess is sure to happen), would you depend on Unadkat/Yadav to shine on their debuts and take 20 wickets?Mithun bowled his heart out on the roads in SL and this is how that gets recognized? i would have gone with Mithun and Unadkat as backup to the big boys. Morkel, Parnell and Steyn will finish off the careers of Gambhir and Raina. Am pretty sure one of those two is going to get sent to the hospital or worse and the lineup will include Vijay and Pujara instead.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

EVERTHING CORRECT EXECPT TWO WAT IS UMASH YADAV DOING IN S A M PATEL AND NEHRA AND RP SINGH AND ALSO WATS HIS NAME JAIDEV DOING AT SA BAD SRIKANTH WHY JADAJA STILL WAT DID HE DO ZERO WITH THE BATTS INDIA MAIN CONTENDER TO WIN THE WORLD THE ONEDAT SELECTION IS NOT UPTO THE MARK

I DIE HEART FAN OF INDIAN CRICKET BUT SELECTORS HAVE TO BE CONSITANT

Posted by deepnam on (November 21, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

why saha are include in the team,it is very bad choice ....because parthiv is a goood player and he score more runs than saha....why jadeja is giving more chance.

Posted by ravithecricbuff on (November 21, 2010, 2:28 GMT)

There is no mention of Nehra anywhere!! I am stunned!! If he is rested then why is it that there is no mention by selectors, if he is fired, then also it needs an explanation. I think Nehra has been the pick of our bowlers in ODIs and we need him in SA and in World Cup...Can someone please tell the truth!!

Posted by Bytheway on (November 21, 2010, 2:09 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja should be captain of the one day side and he should be allowed to pick his own team. Perhaps he will include the selectors in it.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 1:55 GMT)

dinda is also a decent bowler. HE could have also been selected.

Posted by soorajiyer on (November 21, 2010, 1:50 GMT)

Guys, give them a break. Have to say there is inconsistency in the selection in the bowling department.

Posted by spinkingKK on (November 21, 2010, 1:30 GMT)

I see the selection as good. Only person I would have loved to seen in the side was Irfan Pathan. However, from other comments in the post, I can see that he is injured. There are always lots of talented players who have to be sacrifced to get the right mix. Badrinath definitely was a good player. However, only person he could have replaced in the squad was Raina. But, Raina hasn't done much wrong to get sacked. Badrinath didn't do much wrong either. But, he was a temporary replacement for a big player who was absent at that time. Raina was lucky to have got a permanent spot(replacing Yuvraj at the right time). So, he can be perisisted with, eventhough I beleive he will fail in South Africa. One has to feel for Karthik, though. He only gets a chance once in a bluemoon and he wasn't setting the world on fire on those limited opportunities. Now, he loses his spot. Hopefully he will come back. He is a very gutsy player and will provide immense value to the team in the future.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 1:27 GMT)

what is jadeja doing in there??? he failed with the bat in their recent games and shouldnt be called an allrounder and no need to pick him for the 5th bowler option when there equally good bowlers who bat better than him...and where is nehra?? is he injured??

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 1:20 GMT)

DK? Who's DK? Just look at his international record not his ranji record. It is high time he is sacked. Saha is far better than him though not of international quality. As for the usual cry of Irfan, hope these people follow domestic circuit closely. He isn't playing in the current season. Where's he? Is he thinking of pursuing any other career? Look we don't need people bowling at 110 kph at any level and claiming to be an allrounder. We can send Irfan to NZ where they frequency produce bits and pieces like Harris, Larsen, Adams, the list goes on...

Posted by amit.80s on (November 21, 2010, 1:14 GMT)

India's squad for first two ODIs is absolute rubbish no place for Rohit Sharma, S. Badrinath, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uttapa, Ishant Sharm and even Ashish Nehra. Why Suresh Raina has not been rested after he ask for it and why not trying Unadkat, Pujara and U. Yadav in home ODI series against NZ b4 sending them to SAF tour. And what did R. Jadeja did to get another comeback this is absolute disaster.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 21, 2010, 1:11 GMT)

I don't understand selection of Saha. Parthiv Patel has been playing very good for the last few seasons and has much better temparament than either Karthik or Saha. Saha has not done much even in the domestic matches. One has to remember how Parthiv performed in England when he was only 17 years.

Posted by nikhilpuri on (November 21, 2010, 1:10 GMT)

What i find strange is that Tendulkar has not played a one-day international since his 200* against South Africa. Furthermore, with the World Cup in India, I would have thought they needed some One Day cricket practice in India prior to the World Cup. India now only has 5 ODIs before the World Cup, and on South African wickets, which are completely different from Indian wickets. When are the Indans going to get time to acclimatized to their own conditions prior to the World Cup? I know Tendulkar and co. have played on these tracks for decades now, but it players are human, and it takes only a small bout of being out of form to lose confidence in your ability. A bit risky in my mind, but if it works, then it works!

Posted by Bryan999 on (November 21, 2010, 0:38 GMT)

IRFAN(allrounder) & UTHAPPA(wk) should have been included...

Posted by AtifButt on (November 21, 2010, 0:36 GMT)

@Raj12345, i a from pakistan and i am very disappointed thats what you think about Dhoni. Give him to us then. I think we recognize the value of player more than you. We need him badly.

Posted by Bryan999 on (November 21, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

Still RAVINDRA JADEJA!!! INDIA ka allrounder dept khattam ho gaya kya??? Is he the ONLY ONE PIECE left??? sayad lagta hai FEVICOL ka jod hai, niklega nahin...thnx to selectors...

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:54 GMT)

PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! IRFAN HAS NOT EVEN PLAYED FOR HIS RANJI TEAM SINCE FEBRUARY BECAUSE HEZ INJURED!!! HOW CAN HE BE SELECTED FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM? UTHAPPA NEEDS TO PROVE HIMSELF IN THE DOMESTICS!!!! HE JUST HAD FEW GOOD T-2O MATCHES! HE NEEDS TO BE MORE CONSISTENT!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

Well said Raj12345.. DK, Rahane and also Mukund definitely deserve more than what they get! feels sad for them :( WS, RJ, ST, JU are still not ready for the big stage I guess..

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:47 GMT)

Very well said Raj12345!!! DK, Rahane and also Mukund definitely deserve a place in the squad! According to ME - WS, RJ, ST, JU are not yet ready for the international level..

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:39 GMT)

It's a travesty of justice that Unadkat and Yadav are picked ahead of Mithun who did not disappoint in SL. Just check their first class records - clearly see Niranjan Shah and Shashank Manohar 's hand in this. And Saha agian? Parthiv is a far better choice. This is beyond a joke..., I await people like Kumble to step in to Cricket admin and do justice....

Posted by Cricket_Crazzy on (November 20, 2010, 23:28 GMT)

So, Badrinath (first call average 59.82 in 10 yrs of experience) scores a gutsy 50 on debut against a venomous Steyn and South Africa but still gets overlooked for Pujara (first call average 59.73 in 5 yrs of experience) who himself scores a beautiful 50 against Aus in a tight Test. Musical chairs you ask? You are dealing with someone's life you bunch of jokers called selectors..

Similarly Mithun is the preferred fast bowler in SL and has a very decent outing given the conditions in SL. All of a sudden, people like Jayadev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav are preferred over him for a tour of South Africa? What's the rationale? Outside Zaheer, Sreeanth, Ishant whats the pecking order of reserve fast bowlers, can the selectors make up their mind, Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Unadkat, RP Singh, Dinda, Vinay Kumar, can you jokers rank these guys and then go down the order?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:27 GMT)

Talented rohit should have considered ahead of raina in SA. Why india did not try pujara against NZ even for a single test at home ??????? nehra deserves a chance in both form of the game. Munaf and ashwin should have included for SA .For ODI, uthapa should have been in the team in place of saha as keeper and irfan in place of jadeja.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

irfan is injured and is scouting talent for ambuja cement in jammu. so lets forget about him and robbin uthappa brother we have 3 hitters in team then why do u need a player who cant control his agression. to all those who are brickering against umesh yadav for abhimanyu mithun we need a fast bowler there not 120km bowler

Posted by peterss on (November 20, 2010, 23:12 GMT)

happy to see ashwin being moulded into the leading one-day spinner. but badrinath and rahanae should hav been picked in place of yuvraj and raina. certainly yuvraj doesnt deserve a place in any squad.

Posted by tdobbo on (November 20, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

It seems to me India have a production line of choice and talent and more importantly it is fantastic to see the younger players being given an opportunity.

I hope we do well in South Africa and either way it is a series to remember.

I think India will also do well in the ODI World Cup, but Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and of course England will be tough to beat.

Posted by levin36 on (November 20, 2010, 22:31 GMT)

i cant wait to see india going down...first wid nz n then wid sa..m loving it

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

Praveen Kumar & Ashish Nehra would have been handy in SA....

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 22:13 GMT)

guys like robin uthappa, rohit Sharma,pujara, ajinkya rahane,ambati rayudu,mithun,vinay kumar,iqbal abdula,tyagi & bhubneshwar kumar could be given chance in odi's & badrinath, abhinav mukund,rahane,arun kartik,ashwin & jaffar . also im very surprised by the exclusion of dinesh kartik who is the regular member of odi team 2nd best wk after dhoni for any format. & where is nehra no comment on him is he rested or punished for consistency of wkts. i know he is getting aged but he is bowling well now with good speed what else somebody want . for me umesh yadav is no one. u picking up a bowler for tests on the basis of ipl t20 is really pissin me off. vinay,mithun,tyagi,b kumar stop playing because u r not gonna get chance because of guys like u yadav

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 22:12 GMT)

Don't know if those who wrote comments are following Ranji, selectors are. Dinesh Karthik failed in 3 of 3 outings so far, on top of failing continously. He needs to redeem himself. Yuvraj has scored an useless second inning 200 besides scoring one match saving 93. Abinav Mukund / Wasim Jaffer have been consistent but whats the use. We've Sehwag / Sachin to lead and Gambir and Vijay to back up. Irfan Pathan seems to have decided to follow Saurav Ganguly, 5 years of hibernation and then bounce into the team (at Dhoni's rate of scoring runs, I wouldn't be surprised if Irfan becomes the captain). He hasn't been on wickets or any runs. Munaf Patel finally bowled with some venom. Sudip Tyagi and A Mithun will be on stand by. Ravindra Jadeja bowled well but batting wise he is still a bit far away Yusuf Pathan has done well.

Posted by JONNEYBHAI0071980 on (November 20, 2010, 22:07 GMT)

I do understand on what bases Jadeja has been selected?. From what i see, irrespective of bad performances, if u are one of the favorites of the BCCI or have a god father to push you, u are selected.I do feel now, that Jadeja, irrespective or how bad he performs, will play the WC squad. I don't understand why, the team of selectors, can't give a chance to Irfan Pathan, who with stats, will perform better than Jadeja as an all-rounder. Also, they should have selected Robin Uthappa ahead of W.S, who has had much more international exposure & experiences under his belt.Why has WS been selected?.What has he done exceptional to get selected?. Happy to see, Yusuf in the team based on his current performances at Ranji trophy , both with the bat & ball.Overall the selection is ok, but the selection, could have been much better, if these 2 major chances could have taken place.

Posted by ms.arjun on (November 20, 2010, 21:40 GMT)

here we go again...Mr.Jadeja in the squad.. Good God...

Posted by SSharmaAndIndia on (November 20, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

The test squad is good and generally predictable with regards to selection, except for a the exclusion of A Mithun and the inclusion of Saha (in both formats). I really can't see why Saha has been picked, cos of one good innings? He doesn't have the technique or even the strength to perform in international cricket. What did Mithun do wrong in the tour of Sri Lanka? Where is Nehra!? Our most effective bowler in ODI's. Even Rohit sharma and Pujara deserve a place in the squad. Glad to see Y pathan back though. some issues really need to be adressed. During their tenure the selectors have got most things right, but they have been far too inconsistent! sort it out lads

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

It would have been wise if Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat where included in the ODIs against NZ, they could have got good International exposure and would have helped them to acclimatize with the Indian team before embarking on their dream tour to SA, so should we assume they can't bowl good in ODIs and is Vinay Kumar better than them? It seems like Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan are the only available all rounders in India no matter how they perform they still get to be in the Indian team. Wicket keepers alternatives for Dhoni like Karthik, Partiv, Ratra or Saha never clicked, so no matter who plays the story is the same, I would have gone in for Parthiv, he was never given a fair chance, also Karthik is a useful player in the middle order, he was asked to open and now he is not even the reckoning. I wish one day Dhoni should be asked to open the innings to keep his place in the squad.

Posted by tearawayquick on (November 20, 2010, 21:28 GMT)

Why is Nehra not picked in the ODI squad??? Also probably means the end of the road for the 2 Sharmas leading upto the worls cup. What a pity they looked so impressive in the tour Down Under!!!

Posted by Sobnesh on (November 20, 2010, 21:28 GMT)

The selection committee has done a good job in selecting 5 fast bowlers for SA tour. Umesh and Jaidev have got potential and this tour of SA will be a good learning experience for them especially with Zak and other senior players around. The ODI selection looks a little ordinary. Giving Saha a chance in ODIs is a good one as he will gain some International level experience before going for the tough tour of SA. Rahane should have been in the ODI team. Hope he gets a chance at least in the last 3 ODIs.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 21:23 GMT)

what the hell is going on in selectors mind , i think they r not watching the domestic matches ,,, uthappa deserves a place in one day . even parthiv patel scores heavily , he or karthick shud in team in place of saha . they also shud try praveen in the swinging conditions of south africa ,,aswin is the no. 1 spinner in the domestic circuit , he shud be in tests also.......and yes rahane also deserves the place ,what about yusuf pathan he is taking wickets and scoring runs for baroda , still he is best than luckiest person jadeja ...

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

Ajinky rahane is performing from quite while..but yes robie shud be caled back ..he is gud middle ordere stuff specially in Indian cond.Irfan Pathan is always better dan ravindr J

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 21:07 GMT)

Why are the selectors treating Yuvraj Singh like this, he should have been in the test squad to SA, he is a world class player who is better equipped to do well on the bouncy tracks of SA. Remember it is there he scored his six sixes in an over. In what way Pujara is a better play than him. Suresh Raina still hasn't scored anything significant after his debut century at the flat track in Srilanka, he still doesn't know to play the short ones and he is too edgy, lacking the temperament to control his loose shots in test match cricket. It would be wise if the selectors give an extended run to Yuvraj and then drop him if he fails. If Yuvraj can't play test cricket, then Srikanth shouldn't have walked to a test match pitch in his career. Infact Yuvraj is a better test match player than Dhoni, he has not scored more than 25 runs in any of his last few innings, why don't the selectors drop him. The way he got out in his last two innings were the most comical dismissals of the recent times.

Posted by Raj12345 on (November 20, 2010, 20:51 GMT)

There are 4 south zone players in ODI. So no place for DK or anyone. We have to accept as a regional politics. Also Dhoni don't want to see good 2nd WK in team, and it is threat to his place. Poor DK will soon join this list: Badri, Uthappa, Jaffer, Amol, Tiwary.

What WS did, made 178 in last ranji match. Oh my god. someone filed 1000 runs in last year. but no chance. Anyway WS showed as a poor batsman in last time in indian pitches. We can't expect anything there.

Only R Jadeja can get N number of life in Indian cricket. Not Dinesh Karthik. No idea what mistake DK has done. He should say I am not a wicket keeper anymore, then Dhoni will have second look. Can anyone tell what Dhoni doing in test in last 2 years.

Agree Saurab deserve a place, but not before Ajay Rahane. This is too much going on. Don't kill Rahane feelings anymore. Remove Yuvi and bring Rahane.

Anyway good luck India. I want to see India winning irrespective of whoever plays.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 20:42 GMT)

where is PRAVEEN KUMAR........................doesn't he deserve a single chance even. how can you pick bowler like umesh yadav in front of him..........he is probably one of the best swing BOWLERS available in India which can be more than helpful in seaming conditions like SA

Posted by sonjjay on (November 20, 2010, 20:32 GMT)

Suresh Raina is going to be a sitting duck against the short and fast stuff that steyn and Morkel are going to dish out, i d say lets play pujara even though he is new it will be a good test of his skills. Probably time to give H.Singh the axe and blood R.Ashwin,however spinners wont play a big part in SA we are anyways not playing a test in Port Elizabeth which is SA's most turning track from what i hear.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 20:12 GMT)

Pujara has an average of 57(better than all the players in current squad) and strike rate above 80 in domestic one day and he is still not in the squad. Stupid IPL fame seems to be the only criteria to get selected in Indian team .... Oh if that is so why poor Utthapa is always left out. Indian Selectors are just a bunch of stupid guys

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 20:10 GMT)

Why the hell the selector is not selecting IRFAN PATHAN????Ravindra Jadeja has underperformed a lot of times,thn y is he selected again n again...???Srikanth is i guess the worst selector in history of Selectors...!!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 20:09 GMT)

They should have picked uthappa and nehra for odis

Posted by ABTheSeclector on (November 20, 2010, 20:06 GMT)

Why Saha of all the people... Dont we have Robin Uthappa as a perfect replacement for MS Dhoni?? Assuming all are match fit, my team for the World cup in India would be as follows - Sachin Tendulkar, V Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Harbajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel. Keep Praveen Kumar, S Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary as standby.

For the South Africa 5day tour you need tried and tested guys- Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Suresh Raina, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:59 GMT)

where is karthik?? come on guys i would rather see karthik than saha.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

Can anyone tell what happened to A. Mithun who was very good with ball in SL and also can bat better than most of our bowlers (can't dare to write Vajji here who did EXtremely well in NZ series)??? I am also surprised that Y. Pathan and R. jadeja are included!!!! What's going on with Irphan? He could be the "all-rounder" our Capt. is looking for in WC-11....he is experienced, very good with bat and should be GOOD with his swing bowling.....? Why Tiwary instead of Rohit? Tiwary is doing awful in Ronji whereas Rohit was excellent? I'm sure that U.Jadav will not get a chance and will be axed just after this series....then why?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

i think india should not rest the senior players.especially before world cup. we all know ndia cannot win the world cup.and yuvraj should be captaning against nz in odis not ghambir

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

why still no Irfan pathan?? Can any1 tel me what wrong he had done?..On a given day either he vl perform with bat or a ball..!! on the bowling consequence of his high economic rate mind he takes wickets too no matter giving away few runs but he gets you the break through, I still remember he turned the T20 wc finals against pak into India's favor.He bagged mom with 3 wickets n quick fired runs..!! Can some 1 update me why he is not picked in this squad either.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 20, 2010, 19:18 GMT)

I am getting impressed by the job India's coach is doing. He seems to be doing a good job of talent scouting, injury management and player scheduling. Yadav, if given a chance, would be interesting to watch on SA pitches. India seems to have done its homework for SA and taking 4 fast bowlers to SA seems like a good idea.

Posted by mk2710 on (November 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT)

I don't know why this guys always going to ravindra jadeja the guy who has not played one memorable innings for india since he debut if you need a allrounder pick irfan who is better batsmen then him why con't Robin uttappa who can be used as a wicket keeper also a strong hitter

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT)

hey guys, where is Ashish Nehara?? Did you forget to consider him in ODIs ?? & why r u not consider Irfan pathan (at no.7 all-rounder)?? i think for keeper you should go for Rayadu.

Posted by Maha_Fan on (November 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT)

I am surprised Badrinath and Mithun are not considered after impressive performances against South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively. Indian selectors have a tendency to jump straight to the "next thing" ... remember when Uthappa was consistently preferred over older Gambhir! What wrong has Mithun done? Moreover, he is a handy bat. In fact RP Singh is one guy who has done well in South Africa (World Cup T20 2007 and IPL2). RP also was the leader of the pace pack after Zaheer was hurt in '08 tests in Oz. My gut is Raina will struggle against the rising ball. Pujara is the right choice for future. However, Badrinath or Md. Kaif, the two mature players who have both done well in tests should have been considered. Badri and Kaif are at the same stage Mike Hussey debuted; good experience. After the Fab 3 retire, the correct choice are Pujara, Badri or Kaif, and then Raina or Rohit or Kohli. Also, with respect to ODI, why not give Irfan P (better than Sreesanth or Ravindra Jadeja) a chance?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

Sensible move on Dhoni's part to not only rest himself but to request for the rest of other key players like Raina and Zaheer, who apparently also has a bit of a niggle. But not including Dinesh Karthik and taking Saha instead seems to be bit of a hasty and desperate decision. Dinesh has always proved his worth both as a wicket keeper and as a number 3 or number 7 player for that matter. Anyways, coach Gary seems pretty logical in requesting an early departure for some players to get acclimatised to the completely different ground and pitch conditions of South Africa, I think he will get the permission. But I sure hope that India does well in the upcoming ODIs against New Zealand and also that Yusuf Pathan keeps smashing the ball as he has been doing consistently in the domestic circuit.

Posted by Haryyi on (November 20, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

No matter whoever they pick , india cannot defeat SA in SA in tests. Sachin cannot play for 5 days in a row. our bowlers will struggle there, as always. and now even bhajji is concentrating on batting than bowling. whats going to happen ? all 11 players hitting centuries ? india - 1100+ all out ?

Posted by papaiya911 on (November 20, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

How the hell Saha gets a notch ahead of Dinesh Karthik in odi's and also for SA test?? Also where is Nehra for the NZ odi's?? There is no way this team can win odi series against NZ. Good Luck team India..

Posted by spiritofhumanity on (November 20, 2010, 18:54 GMT)

why does sachin need rest only from ODIs (and not IPL and CLT20)? Cmon BCCI!! Wake up! He has only played 2 ODIs this year! Why did he not take rest during IPL/CLT20?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

Wriddhiman Saha & Jaidev Unadkat deserved this chance since long. They have been performing excellently in domestic level. Hope Saha does well & Unadkat gets some chance at least. Good team selection but I would like to see Ishant in ODI squad as well, he has been doing well in Tests.

Posted by Partha.Pratim.Paul on (November 20, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

Should not Rohit Sharma & Robin Utthappa (also as WK) include in ODI? Why UMESH/UNADKAT? In this time, you need to take those who has got the experince as well as possibilty playing in WC. Also in the test team, Munaf should have been picked. But Wriddhiman in test, might be a good choice at the momment.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (November 20, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

Why will the selectors never get rid of Jadeja? Even Dhoni decided to leave him out in the last two ODIs. They could have taken Ojha instead for an additional spinning option.

Posted by malolaki on (November 20, 2010, 18:40 GMT)

Indian Test Squad to SA looks good!! But why did we suddenly choose Saha in place of Dinesh Karthik who's been for a long time a 2nd choice keeper and been performing decently? We're for sure screwing his career by not giving him right chances., India as well is missing a good player.. And are we settling for a stable ODI team before the start of the WC??? Robin Uthappa could have been tried in the absence of senior players..

Posted by arghyasukul on (November 20, 2010, 18:36 GMT)

It is Unfair for Parthiv Patel. This talented Wk must have his chance. Is he forgotten by the selectors like Budhi Kunderan?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:34 GMT)

Indian Team Is Good But What About Nehra, Why This Article Doesn't Mention About Him....! I Am Not Say To Include Nehra, He Should Be Rested Ahead Of SA Odis And WC. But Why A Single Line Not Mention About Him Who Is Leading Wicket Taker For India For This Year So Far....!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:26 GMT)

sudeep tyagi can be picked ahead of umesh yadav he just picked 6 wickets against baroda in the 2nd inninngs

Posted by Born_Smart on (November 20, 2010, 18:26 GMT)

Whatever happened to Abhimanyu Mithun, who was impressive in Sri Lanka. When is this selection committee's term coming to an end? I can't take this any more. I think selection committee under Kiran More was the best in recent times. Vengsarkar's and now Srikanth's committee are the worst.

Posted by cubersamy on (November 20, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

Why is Mithun not in the squad? What exactly has he done to deserve this kind of treatment I wonder.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:21 GMT)

its really tough to find out what selectors think about rohit sharma.he is in form and scoring runs for mumbai.i think he should have been in the team in place of yusuf pathan.rest of the players are good but ishant could have been given a chance in place of sreesanth. test team is upto the mark.big chance for umesh to make his mark here because the pitches will support him,if he gets a chance to play.

but both the teams are looking balanced and good results can be expected out of both the sides.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

im really surprised to see guys like saha & umesh yadav done nothing to deserve a palace in the team rest of the test squad is ok they can give chances to vinay kumar, Abhimanyu mithun or bhubneshwar kumar from up look at these guys recent performance & im very surprised at exclusion of dinesh kartik who has a very good int'l experince

Posted by BabaKR on (November 20, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

whathappened to Ashish Nehra. Is he injured. Also why are Ashish Nehra and Aswin not picked for test matches in South Africa?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

Well about the test side not sure what happened to Abhimunya Mithun. He did put his case in Sri Lanka so its hard to understand why the selectors have back pedalled thinking it was a wrong investment. Would have picked Mithun ahead of Yadav otherwise the team looks good. Good to see Saha in the squad he is definitely the best keeper in the country whether his batting is good enough at this level is yet to be seen. About the one day side Sreesanth is a bad choice and so is Munaf and Jadeja and Saha. Would have loved to see Ambati Rayadu as the keeper batsman and a surprise allrounder selection in Laxmi Shukla. Ashish Nehra should play in all one dayers and would have taken a re-look at RP Singh ahead of Munaf

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

selectors hve done a gr8 job....jadeja doesnt deserve to be in the team....i cant understand why he is in the squad....its time for the selectors to give a chance to irfan pathan with world cup on the corner....

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (November 20, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

what the hell is this!!? why are ravindra jadeja and wriddiman saha in the odi squad?? Both of them should be out!. And why hasn't AJINKYA RAHANE made the test team? Why aren't Robin Utthappa and ambati rayudu in the odi team??? THIS IS BIZZARE STUFF REALLY...

My ODI squad would be: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Saurabh Tiwari, Robin Utthappa (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra.

My test squad would be: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Chesteshwar Pujara, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Abhinav Mukund, Umesh Yadav

Posted by murthydn16 on (November 20, 2010, 17:58 GMT)

Why Abhimanyu mithun was not considered? Saha is not a good choice for back up keeper.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 17:58 GMT)

i just cant see wriddhiman saha in ne scheme of things!!! i am pretty sure raina cant cope up with south african pacemen. Where is yuvraj???Badrinath?? who are in prime form?? bench strength in south africa is very very week

Posted by thenkabail on (November 20, 2010, 17:52 GMT)

Regional politics: In the ODI squad, Saha must be replaced with Robin Uttappa (he can also keep). Umesh Yadav by Abhimanyu Mithun. Suresh Raina is one lucky cricketer. he fails in crucial times and is definitely suspect against guinine fast bowling. Instead I would have had immensely talented Rohit Sharma. Definitely replace Ravindra Jadeja (his continued selection is simply unacceptable) with Abhimanyu Mithun.

In the SA squad, again I would replace Saha with Robin Uttappa. Umesh Yadav with Abhimanyu Mithun and Suresh Raina with Rohit Sharma.

Rohit needs a good run. He is extremely talented eventhough his discipline and commitment are questionable. Mithun can be a future star if given proper opportunity and encouragement. He is not taking wickets like he should, but deserves more chances. Uttappa is performing well recently in Ranji. He needs a second look.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

where is irfan and uthappa wake up selectors we need allrounder like ifran in the team and uthappa a great hitter. wht jadeja is still doing in the team. my 11 for NZ oci should be GAMBHIR, UTHAPPA, YUVRAJ, VIRAT, RAINA, SAHA, YUSUF, IRFAN, PRAVEEN, SREESANTH, ASHWIN.

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