India in South Africa 2010-11 December 21, 2010

India at full strength for South Africa ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have named a full-strength squad for the ODI and Twenty20 series in South Africa, which is their last international limited-overs assignment before the 2011 World Cup begins in February. Piyush Chawla, the legspinner, is the only new name in the 16-man list, having played an ODI last in 2008. Ravindra Jadeja has been left out of the team while Yusuf Pathan, who impressed during the home series against New Zealand, has been retained.

The squad comprises six batsmen, wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, allrounder Yusuf and eight bowlers - five quicks and three spinners, including R Ashwin, who's followed up his success in the IPL and the Champions League with strong performances in ODIs. Ishant Sharma, who hasn't played ODIs since the trip to Sri Lanka in August, was also left out of the mix.

Sachin Tendulkar, who has opted out of one-day matches since his 200 against South Africa in Gwalior this February, will return to the format and partner Virender Sehwag at the top in order to get match practice in the lead-up to the World Cup.

The other players who've featured in ODIs for India in the recent past but haven't been picked, following the return of the big names, are batsmen Rohit Sharma and Saurabh Tiwary.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, S Sreesanth.

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  • Jeffrey on December 28, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Sachin poor batsman when it counting. World Cup Final 2003 = 4 runs.

  • prem on December 27, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    WC is clearly a pressure siutation game. Player like virat kohli can score only when every one scores. He is much fragile guy under huge pressure and certainly not a kind of match winner. People like uthappa, manish pandey should have been there though they lack consistence, still they are match winner under pressure situation. selectors never learn their mistakes

  • madhanprasad on December 26, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    its a good selection oveall, but guys v all are searching for a good allrounder in for india like kallis, someone like abdhul razaq, watson when v think abt this position u all pointing out the players like irfan, or agarkar but y ve shd not consider LAKSHMI RATAHAN SHUKLA....... he is a very very good allrounder a perfect search for all of us.. u guys can see his records...he s not a batsman like irfan or agarkar who can bat a bit, he s a perfect batsman and he can also bowl a medium face with good effect, i wonder y he is not even in the fram and i saw all the cricinfo comments but noone mentioning him.. he is still in 27... he can be our long time solution for a lorounder spot.. guys plzzz first of all v all shd think abt him bcoz he s a genuine allrounder with ebilty of collibers like kalli, flintoff .... i think he got a chance in our team and he plays only one or 2 odi's....guys dont think that im from west bengal... actually im frm chennai

  • ARUN on December 24, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    The selection has gone a bit wrong again this time. I think the selectors forgot that the matches are played in SA. So they should have retained C.Pujara in the team. We already know that Y Pathan, Raina and Kohli do NOT have the quality in them to play on lively pitches against a team like SA. And we are not going to play 2 specialist spinners in a match. So we could have dropped Chawla and retained C.Pujara. The only positive from this selection is the selectors have managed to drop a non-sense and mediocre player like R.Jadeja.

  • vinay on December 24, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    good selection. but considering the sa pitches, i think pujara is better choice than raina. lets watch the result of raina's flop show, just like in first test.

  • Vinayak on December 24, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Good to see Tendulkar back in the side

  • Vinayak on December 24, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Team look very good, The Best thing in the team is they left Ravindra Jadeja, but still did not understand why they have given a chance to Piyush Chawla over Pragyan ojha as he already did well in the recent matches on the other hand Piyush was one of the a big failure during the T20 world cup.

  • NEERAJ on December 24, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    gud to c piyush chawla back , he can bat to.. i dont know y munaf patel is still in the squad , he got so many chanes to prove himself , but he cud'nt.. he is a very lousy crickter in bowling , fielding all around.. he shud'nt be in the team .. board shud call back irfan , rp singh , balaji, smit mishra, raydu, uthappa who can really win matches for india . n ofcourse happy not to c rohit sharma and pragyan ojha who are other lousy players, if somebody read that article that these two players never come for practice during nets , they think the are senior cricketers and dont need to practice,, guys pls observe these two players they are becoming fat day by day especially rohit sharma .. my playing eleven is : sehwag, tendulkar, gambhir, kohli, yuvraj, raina, pathan , dhoni, praveen kumar/zaheer, harbhajan, nehra. hope to see this squad

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    I dont know why they r ignoring Robin Uthappa..............He can play well.....he is a good T20 player............

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has been injured so he can't be taken to the squad.......and he was sent to Australia for treatment........he can be back to the squad so soon.if nt for the wc bt after it v can see him in the squad.while the wc is going on he wub b playing some ranji odi matches for practice....

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