South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Johannesburg January 15, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar to return home

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India have pulled out a win out of nowhere to level the series 1-1, but their task of winning the series has become more difficult with Sachin Tendulkar has become the fourth first-choice player to return to India, joining openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and fast bowler Praveen Kumar. A hamstring injury has ruled Tendulkar out of the series, and Parthiv Patel, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has been named as his replacement. M Vijay is the only specialist opener in the squad currently in South Africa.

Dhoni is no alien to such circumstances as India have hardly played cricket with their first-choice XIs over the last two years. "We will have to open with someone," he said. "I don't know what's happening, whether we are getting someone from India [as replacement] or not. The visa will take three days at least, he will take the next flight, and by the time he comes here we will have just one match left. I don't know who will open."

Dhoni sounded hopeful that Vijay will find some form. "Vijay is looking a bit out of form, but he's working well in the nets. Form is just a matter of a few strokes. Once you get those few strokes, all of a sudden you feel back in form."

These fitness issues have left Dhoni not demanding too much of his fast bowlers either, with the World Cup just around the corner. He said that right now fitness is more important than form, because there aren't too many choices, especially in the fast-bowling department.

Dhoni said he would need to rotate the fast bowlers in this series because there are a few niggles troubling them. "We will have to see what kind of niggle a bowler is having, and accordingly we will decide," Dhoni said. "Of course right now we don't have too many fast bowlers to choose from when it comes to the one-day side. You have two bowlers outside, Ishant and Sreesanth, who have not played a lot of ODI cricket recently. This series is important, but I don't want any bowler to get an injury just because of over burden. We will try to avoid it because World Cup is big for us, but at the same time this series is important."

Dhoni himself seems to be struggling after getting hit in the shin while keeping. If he becomes unavailable during this series, that will be some trouble because India don't even have a reserve wicketkeeper here.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rohanblue on January 19, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Aditya Das u mst be another of those kolkatans who thinks cricket cnt be played without one player, dude grow up cricket is a team game, kkr will do better without ganguly nd india cn win without sachin

  • on January 19, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    that's bad . no Tendulkar no thrillers no exitement no centuries from India side.

  • NikSaid on January 18, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    wud be nice if Parthiv replaces Vijay for next odi only. play all world cup guys-nehra included-even if they are failing in this series.

  • on January 18, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Just pick Irfan Pathan for world cup, because he is very good bowler and late order batsman. That's why I think he is a very good choice for world cup.

  • hungDaddy on January 18, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    i'm shattered n heart broken to find srisanth missing in the final 15 .... even the likes of lillee, alderman, truman, marshal et al got the same treatment at sm pt of time in their resp career's.... dont loose heart sri ... u r the best bowler ever

  • swaroopjammula on January 18, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    @Sumit Agrahari :is that so?what would ganguly have done if thaere was no sachin?he made runs consistently in 2003 wc.yes ganguly was the captain and he was good.but without tendulkar India would have gone nowhere in 2003 wc.his scores respectively in that wc are 52,36,81,152,50,98,5,97,15,83,4.yes its a team effort but sachin has more credit for taking India that long.

  • swaroopjammula on January 18, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @ farooq16:out of 46 centuries sachin scored India won 33 times.no body except the graet man has scored 33 centuries till date.the remaining 13 include some graet fights from sachin where nobody helped him against aus in hyd,the league match in sharjah where he took us to finals single handedly.it's more than sachin that we want his century.whole of India wanted to see sachin score a century more than he wants so he slows down a bit but not as u mentioned.just see the tension of the masses when sachin is in 90's whole of India would be glued to thier tv sets.when that much pressure is exerted on your century nd when it makes so many ppl happy u are determined to reach it.do u know that India when India wins sachin has an average of 58 in odi's and it is 32 when India lost.that itself says how dependent are we to this great man.

  • on January 17, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    i dont understand how could icc manage these tours jst b4 world cup. making it hard for players to adjust,look ind,sa, pak, nz aus eng. everyone is playing just less than a month to go for world cup, i think sachin did right thing by going back home and getting atleast some rest.soo poor job done by icc by planning these tours. i dont know what they get pay for.atleast a common man could even think of that.

  • Pavan_2020 on January 17, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Whatever you do dont get zaheer or harbhajan injured. we might as well not play if they get injured.

  • thisisashish on January 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    India has won the game 33 of the 46 times Sachin has scored a century. How people claim he does not win games for India? @farooq16 - check how many times the "selfish" batting has cost India the game before you declare the great man selfish.

  • rohanblue on January 19, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Aditya Das u mst be another of those kolkatans who thinks cricket cnt be played without one player, dude grow up cricket is a team game, kkr will do better without ganguly nd india cn win without sachin

  • on January 19, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    that's bad . no Tendulkar no thrillers no exitement no centuries from India side.

  • NikSaid on January 18, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    wud be nice if Parthiv replaces Vijay for next odi only. play all world cup guys-nehra included-even if they are failing in this series.

  • on January 18, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Just pick Irfan Pathan for world cup, because he is very good bowler and late order batsman. That's why I think he is a very good choice for world cup.

  • hungDaddy on January 18, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    i'm shattered n heart broken to find srisanth missing in the final 15 .... even the likes of lillee, alderman, truman, marshal et al got the same treatment at sm pt of time in their resp career's.... dont loose heart sri ... u r the best bowler ever

  • swaroopjammula on January 18, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    @Sumit Agrahari :is that so?what would ganguly have done if thaere was no sachin?he made runs consistently in 2003 wc.yes ganguly was the captain and he was good.but without tendulkar India would have gone nowhere in 2003 wc.his scores respectively in that wc are 52,36,81,152,50,98,5,97,15,83,4.yes its a team effort but sachin has more credit for taking India that long.

  • swaroopjammula on January 18, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @ farooq16:out of 46 centuries sachin scored India won 33 times.no body except the graet man has scored 33 centuries till date.the remaining 13 include some graet fights from sachin where nobody helped him against aus in hyd,the league match in sharjah where he took us to finals single handedly.it's more than sachin that we want his century.whole of India wanted to see sachin score a century more than he wants so he slows down a bit but not as u mentioned.just see the tension of the masses when sachin is in 90's whole of India would be glued to thier tv sets.when that much pressure is exerted on your century nd when it makes so many ppl happy u are determined to reach it.do u know that India when India wins sachin has an average of 58 in odi's and it is 32 when India lost.that itself says how dependent are we to this great man.

  • on January 17, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    i dont understand how could icc manage these tours jst b4 world cup. making it hard for players to adjust,look ind,sa, pak, nz aus eng. everyone is playing just less than a month to go for world cup, i think sachin did right thing by going back home and getting atleast some rest.soo poor job done by icc by planning these tours. i dont know what they get pay for.atleast a common man could even think of that.

  • Pavan_2020 on January 17, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Whatever you do dont get zaheer or harbhajan injured. we might as well not play if they get injured.

  • thisisashish on January 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    India has won the game 33 of the 46 times Sachin has scored a century. How people claim he does not win games for India? @farooq16 - check how many times the "selfish" batting has cost India the game before you declare the great man selfish.

  • Wypinkara on January 17, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    @Farooq16. Sachin Tendulkars Career Strike Rate and Average is better than Ponting, Lara and Saeed Anwar. Only Sehwag is having a better than Sachin. What do you mean by "Finally Sachin makes century-India lost." Do you know that 34 out of his 46 ODI Centuries India Won. Which means that 74 percent of his centuries is match winning ones. Which means in your language (74 percent "Countryish and 26 percent Selfish)

  • Wypinkara on January 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    @hacib23..Exactly 34 out of Sachins 46 ODI Centuries were match winning ones. That means a 73.91 percentage. Whether this stats has answered his sportmanship mr. hacib23 ?

  • memoriesofthepast on January 17, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    This is what happens when BCCI makes a 37 year old Sachin play 11 tests in a period starting from 15 july 2010 to 7 jan 2011. Laxman had back problems, Zaheer only 70 % fit, Gambhir had injured hand and knees, Sehwag injured shoulder now Dhoni too looks unfit, Sharma is unfit and less than a month for world cup to start. Gambhir, Zaheer, Sharma , Sehwag and Dhoni also played in 50 over games and IPL which is a way for cricketer to get auctioned as well as get unfit. AFter world cup india have another ipl then tour to west indies and england and then a tour to aus- wont be surprised if all eleven of current Indian team get unfit in a couple of months.Dont know how sAchin's 100 is related to his returning home?

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @ Viswajith Navin Kumar ....if track record dictates terms then what is Rohit Sharma doing in the team? check out his average...together check Attapattu, Jayasuriya etc. The selectors should reconsider about Uthappa!

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @farooq16 , to give you an answer in your own stle - that 4-5 overs he take additionaly prevents 4-5 wickets flow. Also when a person scores 100 the team score will be decent that time.

    Mr half boiled (farooq16), reply in my stlye - pls understand that thats why strike rate of a person is measured and SRT strike rate is the best among the all name you have mentioned.

  • SportySpice on January 17, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Dear Mr. Farooq16,

    Sachin has scored his 46 centuries at an average of 186 per innings and a strike rate of 100.20 with 15 not outs period.

    22 centuries have strike rate above 100 12 centuries have strike rate between 90 and 100 8 centuries between 80 and 90 (lowest being 84.03) and 4 centuries between 72.14 and 80, 2 centuries of which are above 78.

    If you still feel unhappy how he paces his innings, pls watch only 20/20 you deserve the tamasha.

    Good luck.

  • nair_ottappalam on January 17, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Most astonishing replacement!!!!!!!!!! Parthiv Patel replacing Sachin Tendulkar. Sounds as though a bicycle is replacing a Boeing Jet.

    as pointed out by Basanta Kumar Chaudhuri, Patel will be good enough to replace Dhoni if nrecessary. To replace Sachin there is no one who could fit his shoes. Rahul Dravid is the closest. But the Indian selectors have no faith in his ODI performance

  • cyberflirt on January 17, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @Vinod - Please don't write a comment just for the sake of it..For your info Murali Vijay is the only TN player in the 15 at the moment and Dinesh Kartik has been sidelined for a year now from the 15. Even DK is a good wicket keeper batsman and according to you if Mr. Srikant is partial towards TN players I am sure DK would have been grafted as a replacement and record speaks loud that DK is much better established player than Partiv.. So don't comment on regional basis selection without any concrete evidence to your statement. Request you to refrain from such baseless comment on regional politics.. This selection panel only had given such a formiddable side which is currently dominating the world cricket. ICC ranking speaks for it. For that matter even Mr. Srikant could have grafted Badrinath as a replacement considering his terrific run of form in recent Domestic Ranji trophy. He didn't do that .. that shows Mr. Srikant is not partial..

  • on January 17, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    check out who claim that sachin has been the best batsman for the past 2 years .. he has never won the ICC best batsman of the year award. if only stats makes sense to u then see the icc stats and wisden. And if u have common sense then just see how Sachin slows down when he is closer to a century irrespective of the needs of the team. Wisden has officilly stated that it cannot include any of sachins innings in top 25 since they didnt come at a challenging time .And 2003 WC , everyone knows it was ganguly's leadership and a team effort which got us into the finals. Dont take the credit from others. Let Sachin make useless centuries and earn money. Even mayawati is earning lot of money .. but who cares

  • on January 17, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @ Maulik Shah

    you are too much brother.. Think positively Sachin,gambhir sehvaag all are injured thats y there are out of series. to prove this u need doctors to check all of them in presence of u? shame on you... please do one favour leave watching Cricket..

  • rohanblue on January 17, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    yusuf is a must in sub continental wickets, he is a real power house.............

  • rohanblue on January 17, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    syedahmed91 the "would be' of yours is "should be" fr pakistan in WC..

  • cricinfokiran on January 17, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    GET WELL SOON DEAR.................... LOT TO DO ....

  • on January 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    India Named 15 members squad for the World Cup. Surprise-surprise Rohit Sharma not included. Include 3 spinners P Chawala, R Ashwin & Harbahjan Singh Pace: Munaf Patal, A Nehra, P Kumar & Zaheer Khan Batsmen: Tendulkar, sehwg, gambir, raina, yuvraj, raina, Koli & Yusaf Pathan

  • hungDaddy on January 17, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    wat i truly believe, n wat majority of critics concur with, is the fact that Srisanth shud b brought in to compensate for sachin, dhoni, sehwag n gambhir... not that heez a great bat .. but can compensate with his ferocious bowling.... not many (apart from handful self acclaimed cric connoisseurs) will disagree to the fact that srisanth 2day is the best bowler in the world (or may be best ever been)

  • hacib23 on January 17, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Hi all !!!! I have a question for all of you. Sachin has scored loads of 100s. Can any one dig out how many of his tons were in victories ... ? The stats will answer for his sportsmanship. We all know he is a great batsman.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 17, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni still expecting the form from Vijay? We all know and his runs statistics of strike rate showing he is not the person for short format of cricket. Only those batsmen can qualify to play ODI cricket today who carrries healthy batting average and over 80 strike rate. Looks like Mr. Dhoni and Mr. Srikanth(Chairman of Selection Committee) cannot see the other OPENERS who also carries healthy batting average and a lot better than M. Vijay, and over 80 strike rate in domestic ODIs such as Uthappa, Ajinkye Rhane, Pujara, and Abhinav Mukund. It also looks like Mr. Dhoni and Mr. Srikanth already included M. Vijay in World Cup team, and now they want him to make some runs so no one can raise a finger on them. We already seen M. Vijay playing against New Zealand. He seemed like he was playing test match keeping the strike rate of 50-60 in ODIs against New Zealand, one of the minow team today. What the batsmen like M. Vijay could do in ODI World cup? Only Dhoni and Srikanth & GOD know.

  • 9ST9 on January 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    india were keeping tendulkar in cotton wraps for this to happen?????

  • on January 17, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Well, where is Parthiv Patel? Is he in SA right now? Why can't he replace MS if Dhoni is injured? So there in another wicketkeeper available at hand! A bit confused reading what is said. Let Yusuf be in the squad to add more batting and bowling power.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on January 17, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @swaroopjammula: Mr. Sachin fan, First of all, could u pl. get me hired at your wrok place. If you are working. where do u get this much time to write. Anyways, let me tell u something abt sachin. I don't have any doubt in his capability, skill talent and his contribution to indian cricket. He is great but that is also a fact that he has palyed lot of selfish innings just to make his century. I have noticed that everytime he reached 70-75 runs, he becomes slow and takes at least 40-45 balls to finish his century. At least 20-25 balls more than what should have taken. which around 4-5 overs. Result,in the end, India is short by at lest 35-40 runs short. And everyone knows our bowling has been week for so many years. Finally, Sachin makes century-India lost and nobody can deny this fact. I have also following cricket since Sachin started playing. I have not seen any other batsmen (ponting, lara, saeed anwar, sehwag)being that much selfish (taking this much balls to finish his century)

  • Aussie_Mike on January 17, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    I am Australian, India XI for this WC should be, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Y Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen, Munaf/Leg Spinner.

  • Vinod on January 17, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I think Robin Uthappa deserved a chance given his excellent performance in IPL and domestic series.. It seems like Srikanth has something against Robin Uthappa..

    It is high time Indian selectors pick Robin Uthappa ahead of M Vijay and Parthiv Patel.. Please keep aside politics Mr. Srikanth ( Why you only select Tamil Nadu players) ?

  • on January 17, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Why is everyone obcessed wid Uthappa, 38 odis, only 5 X 50s and a poor average of 27 is not going to get him anywhere!!! 38 games is enough & more for one to prove talent!!!

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on January 17, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Please don't cry about Parthiv patel. the idea is to give him one chance as a opener against dale steyn and prove he is useless. The masterplan is to bring dinesh Karhick for the world cup and then money sharing

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    @ Durga Prasad - Like Rain, Flood, Tsunami, Earthquake........ IT HAPPENS :D

  • wc1992 on January 17, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    he has gone home to play for WC any he doesn't well under pressure if indain manage to get in semi

  • uniqueredefined on January 17, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Sacin's loss is a big blow to india...but u al have a big bench strength al developed 4m the ipl....so i guess they r gud enuf to play the silly protean flame-throwers.....ftral india is the number 1 syd in the world n they have been very unlucky to get thr...lots of conspiracy against thm n still they r no. 1....great fite india....a number-1 team almost on the verge of givin a national holiday for winnin an overseas match.....lol....

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    i be realy upset to see sachin not playing worldcup, whopfully inshallah he will get better and shine in world cup citing his age it could be his last.sachin dont worry about IPL but we denifitley want a memorable semi final or final inning from you.good luck.

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    This whole SA series is so badly timed. With just one month to go it was a huge risk to put your top players against a brutal pace attack. The pitch conditions are no way similiar to subcontinent & thus it is a bad preparation. It could have also potentially destroyed the morale if not for a couple of good innings from Laxman in Durban and sheer luck at Jo'berg. The guy at BCCI who scheduled this tour must be fired if India loses its top players for WC.

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    In what way Vijay is better than Yousuf or even Robin Uthappa?

    may be he is better coz Vijay ia team mate of Dhoni in IPL ?

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Parthiv Patel appears to be a bad choice, unless Dhoni himself wants to rest, following a shin injury. That appears to be the only logical reason, behind this selection..

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    return should be in world cup 2011in his best of best..........thanks........ 10-DuLKAR.....

  • on January 17, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    SRTs departure is a blessing in disguise for the Indians . For the people who pick him as a first choice, Have a look at his record in SA vs SA poor very poor. He has always strugled to score vs good bowling attacks in AUS and SA. out of 46 100s only two have come against SA and AUS in their backyard. 4 50s vs AUS in AUS , one in SA vs SA. Is this enough Tendulkar fans ? Parthiv is a gud choice, atleast the selectors have come out of Dinesh Kartik & Ravinder Jadeja fobia. Also the fact that playing XI will certainly not include him. So a player to travel on BCCI expences , Who better than Parthiv ? He is getting his last chances o let him go for a free tour. I will get a shock of my life if he gets a chance to play. India will be better off playing with an extra bowler or an allrounder in the form of Yusuf Pathan, as spinners are doing well there & also the fact that he can bat. Parthiv is so lucky, but there has always been a free traveller with the team in past also. so no surpriz

  • KannanSR on January 17, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    That's the plus and minus with India.Too many specialist players are either injured or out of form,and too many players are waiting to get into the squad.Because of this reason sometimes it is easy to get selected,like Parthiv gets a call from nowhere.Let us hope Zaheer stays fit for long atleast until the end of WC.Also Yuvraj has strike at the right time and should realise that India needs such knocks frequently.

  • on January 17, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    I wish luck to Sachin for his quick recovery.

  • on January 17, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Robin Uthappa, Pujara and Rahane deserve a chance not vijay and patel...Back to normal days of indian cricket parthiv patel = sunil joshi and vijay = rameez raja, poke at the one outide off and claim to be a technician

  • on January 17, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    I would like to know "WHY DO PLAYERS DON'T GET INJURED DURING IPL SEASON"..??? I find only one answer for this players want only money..they can play continuously for IPL..there fitness levels are awesome , no injuries ,no hamstring problems..they show more aggression after IPL win ..than a match won for country. PLay for the country first..then for IPL ..

  • RajitD on January 17, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Suspect Parthiv would make the 15 as a reserve wk, since Dhoni has too much workload and may want to rest the Ireland and Holland games. For the SA tour, think Virat Kohli and Viay will open, and either Yusuf or Ashwin makes the palying XI.

  • jaygoyal on January 17, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    We need to look for "marquee" players in our WC squad. People who have technique+something special. The 3 players -- Raina, Kohli, Rohit - do NOT pass that test in my view. The following 10 players DO -- Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Yusuf, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen, Munaf. I would add Cheteshwar Pujara to this list as he has the technique and Ricky Ponting-type scoring ability. Pujara's calm mind can provide balance to a team which has big hitters like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Yusuf and Dhoni. On seamers front, I would keep out the mercurial, inconsistent ones like Nehra, Sreesanth, Sharma -- these guys are always hot or cold.

  • swaroopjammula on January 17, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    and also India mainly featured in 2003 wc finals bcoz of this great little man.how many games in that wc we won bcoz of sachin.people still find blame in that wc that sachin did not score in the finals when it is necessary.but they dont understnd the simple fact thet 360 is Indian target and India have to go after the bowling right from the first ball and sachin did just that and found the edge which is tend to happen.if he had played in the normal way he could have scored a century in wc finals with his form at that time. no body blamed the bowlers who gave away 360 runs but sachin this man is criticized for whatever Indians doesn't achieve.

  • on January 17, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Agreed that no one can replace Tendulkar but Parthiv Patel? Perhaps the selectors calculated bouncers to be called no-balls considering Parthiv's stature.

    There are other openers who don't get chance because of sachin-sehwag-gambhir presence, should have been selected.

  • swaroopjammula on January 17, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @wiseshah: i am sick of hearing this.when did Dhoni and laxman entered Indian scenario.from when is sachin saving Indian cricket.if it is not for sachin then Indian cricket would have ended long back.people who followed Indian cricket in 90's know waht i am saying.we Indians have a short term memory.so we easily forget things.dont you guys remember the phrases which were implied to Indian cricket "cycle stand after sachin is out","one man army".Indian cricket depended heavily on sachin.there was a time when if sachin is out that's it.only after 2000 Indian cricket slowly removed the phrases.but sachin is continuing the way he played.do you remember 96wc?if not see highlights of them.in semis while sachin is batting India looked very comfortable but after his dismissal that's it. that is a perfect exmple for Indian cricket in those days .check out the score cards of India in those days yo will see India winning only when scahin scores well.

  • swaroopjammula on January 17, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    @thebrownie:you know one thing sachin tendulkar was injured during the first season of ipl and he did not play the first season.for him values are more important then money.he denied to act in being a brand ambassador to liquor based company even after being offered handsome money. @TheHonestCritic:it was virat's fault when he was run out.vijay did not play well on any occasion.even in India against nz he failed.there was no srt then.then you say no body can play their natural game when srt in opposite side.the how come there be so may 100 partnerships between sachin-ganguly duo nd sachin -sehwag duo nd how come he play for 20 years disturbing others confidence. @arun_cheers: i dont think you follow cricket well.sachin is the most consistent run getter in the time you mentioned. @

  • gerardpereira20 on January 17, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    What thebhell happned Robin Uttappa, Did he rub someone up the wrong way. If you are looking for an opner and a power hitter he is your man.

  • bharath74 on January 17, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    if India were clever they would have not let their WC squad to play these ODIs. Rest is vital before the WC, as we have already witnessed the fate of Eng in soccer WC.

  • on January 16, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    I am not impressed by Ashwin and or Nehra in the last few rounds. Nehra should have produced more than he did considering his experince. I can see Parthiv as an opener in the rest of the series and in the world cup probables. It is sad that the middle order is out of whack. As you might have noticed master was promoted in the last match. So we need strength in the middle order and we also need more of pace bowling attack and some of the current players to FIRE up. We have not done bad without some of the vets. These world cup matches to me are not any different than any other match on a normal day. It is the hype of world cup that makes you feel things are different so it is all unpredicatable and who knows India will win with Tendulkar. Kudos to India team who is on the top of the charts in almost bith arenas.... Keep watching the rest of the series with SA. We have at the least beaten them in test series and now let us see what happens in one day matches, so far so good.

  • diehard_pulkit on January 16, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    again my question is ....

    where the heck is pujara :(

  • Peace_ on January 16, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    So what's next on the record list? Give chance to some young lad and retire...

  • Raj12345 on January 16, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    There is always easy target to new players. Tell me one thing that what Sachin did in last 2 matches. never seen master like this. selectors forced him to play there? what about Rohit, Raina. why we always point out few players. No one played than Virat & Yuvi so far. Raina - just one 50 in last 18 matches in past 2 years. Rohit is lucky fellow in team other than vijay. Rohit is enjoying expense of Rahane & Tiwary.

    this is the last chance for vijay forever, if he fails, then permanently forget from indian squad.or learn some magic from raina to cont in team with failures.

    Dhoni is interested in flat pitches, that is why he is crying World cup World cup. What you guys did in last world cup, we knows. don't manage. Give cap to some young people. Dhoni ensure that there is no threat to his place, so he is playing 3 backup wksw - partiv, saha & kartik. hmm. Uthappa - not even scored single 100 in Ranji/Domestic. Right now there is good opp in opening slot in indian squad.

  • cricket_lover25 on January 16, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Big loss for India in this series as rest of batting looks very weak against this South Africa bowling attack. Also give credit to India for last win but you have to say South Africa gave it away with some poor shots at the end.

  • just_chill_chill on January 16, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @syedahmed91 : Team Pak is going to get knocked out in 1st round, regardless of who you bring in. GUARANTEED.

  • on January 16, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    sachin s very smart cricketer..... as he doesnt wanna play on boucy pitch and wanna save his energy for world cup in sub continent.....so he s injured.... good for indian world cup prospective.... but its really strange tht all 3 openers injured at same time....as they afraid to play in south africa......all wanna play in world cup and wanna b hero ................................strange but fact

  • on January 16, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    I think .. Rohit and Vjay should open and yusuf sould come down de order. Indian still have great players who can win matches ..=)

  • rockdworldxi on January 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    it is likely that parthiv patel might be included as a reserve wicket keeper in the 15 man world cup squad that means india's squad might consist of 7 batsmen including dhoni, 1 reserve wicket keeper, 1 all rounder, 2 spinners and 5 fast bowlers

  • syedahmed91 on January 16, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Would be more fun to see team India get knocked out of the world cupp with Sachin rather without Sachin.

  • Finn92 on January 16, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Selectors should have really called someone when both Sehwag and Gambhir dropped out, can't really complain they've been left with one specialist opener now.

  • on January 16, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    i still beleive indian team needs quality and consolidation which Rahul dravid can provide them. indian team has been overlooking a player who has done a lot for Indian cricket without any selfish intent.... still whenever i look at the batting middle order it looks immature and doesnt look trustworthy to win matches for india....looks more of T20 batting line up.....its too late to introspect

  • Sharkwings on January 16, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Uthappa should have got a chance , considering the talent he has , he has helped india snatch victories on many occasions in past . We can certainly not rely on our fast bowlers especially on indian pitches they have let us down many a times . Zaheer is one man who can win matches , but nehra and company still try to find line & length for the first two to three overs , he is no good when it comes to fielding . I feel it has to be the part timers who will have to play an important role if india wishes to be the world champions this March . Ashwin to me seems to be the man along with harbhajan and yuvraj who can do the damage .

  • win_007 on January 16, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    where no one is in form, what can parthiv do? as far as i know he didn't do well that was noticeable in the past@SalilN. Yusuf would be the best selection in place of sehwag.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 16, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Wo ho. Too much cricket for india is taking a toll out of players. India plays too much cricket and as humans players definately get injured.

    Bad to see tendulkar went home , now india has less chance to win this series without top batsmen in the team.

    Have fun SA.

  • on January 16, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Sachin's injury is a bad news for all cricket lovers who love to see Sachin play not only in this series but also future ODI series coz of course with age his body is not getting better and fitter. This injury will make his selection to play in future one dayers very limited.And his decision to retire from ODI's after the world cup wont come as surprise to many as like other greats ( Dravid , Laxman) he too will focus more on Tests.Wish him a speedy recovery and hope he wins the world cup for India - which he truly deserves.Our prayers and wishes are with Sachin..our little master.We love you Sachin..Keep Playing

  • on January 16, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    yusuf can do the job for india..as a opener..h e can taake the place of sehwag in his absense.. and can fill up his shoes at this point of tym..

  • on January 16, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    robin uthappa is good option during bad tymes of india.....and dont know why selectors are not eyein to him???

  • on January 16, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Rohit and Vijay can open...It's probably the most inexperienced top order india had in the last 20 years.However, India is out of option and has nothing else to do.

  • SalilN on January 16, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Anyways, Sachin wasn't in form so far in the series. Good that he is replaced. Parthiv has been performing really well throughout the series, so I guess it's good that he is coming back to the series. I am sure he will play better than Uthappa.

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    If the players have reached the level to play international cricket so they should have the ability to play on any wicket but our indian players always had a problem playing on bouncing tracks ... !!

  • rony077in on January 16, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    India is yet to find a coach who can teach indian players how to play on bouncing wickets because its not about players its about who can able to handle the short ball on the bouncing tracks !! Ron

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    i hope Sachin fit 4 WC 2011................

  • Herath-UK on January 16, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Though I'm Sri Lankan origin I would like to see a strong India at the world cup. It begs the question ,is it wise to scehdule a series with such intensity close to a world cup.Injuries to key players will haunt India if they don't get this right.In a way this is good for Sachin to get a break Ranil Herath Kent.

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    surely robin uthappa could be the best choice because he can open the innings and hit the ball hard as sehwag ... also he can keep wickets

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    well,well I doubt under the present circumstances and attitude problem India can even beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh.If Sachin can be dropped in the middle of SA o/d series then I think he need to be dropped from World cup too.

    If you don't consider each international match as critical and you don't put up the best team always then you should stop playing such games all togather.

    India played its full strength in last world cup but could not qualify even for the second round.Raina the overrated player led the team to Zimbabway but lost badly not once but twice. No use talking of best team till Srikant is the selector .Though he has selected Saha as the second wkt keeper but he has sent Patel as the replacement for Sachin in SA.I feel criminal case should be initiated against him.

    I can bet Zahir will not be able to participate fully in the world cup as he is never fit. Attitude of Harbhachan is questioable, Ashwin and Chawl;a would be the best bet for India .

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Mind you Robiee can also keep wickets safe :)

  • timus6778 on January 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    parthiv??? again!!!! Indian selectors should have sent Robin Utthappa...you need good pullers and hookers of the cricket ball in SA and not who hides away.Give one chance to irfan Pathan also...how else they are gonna prove that theya re fit for selection unless they get match practice...and the worst part is that Indian Selectors won't give them a chance and kill their chances for playing for india.

  • mighty_cricket_lover on January 16, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Hell of selectors... BCCI first replace Srikkanth, who is very partial to Chennai players. How long will he persist with Vijay. Replace him with Kapil Dev, or Ganguly for d sake of betterment of Indian cricket..

  • thebrownie on January 16, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    All those supporting Utthappa, a few knocks in the IPL doesn't mean he is good. IPL standard are not international standards, just because a few internationals are playing in it.

  • wiseshah on January 16, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    he should retire instead of playing for record. he was never a match winner like dhoni or laxman. he is a selfish player. hope he remains injured till the world cup. india should stop play with top class team for 7 match series, its boring and cause more injury

  • on January 16, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I sometimes wish everyone gets to pick their team that can play in any game they think their team should be playing for. Else it is impossible for selectors to satisfy everyone but selecting only SIXTEEN PLAYERS OF WHICH ONLY ELEVEN can play the game. Understandably some good players will be left out, but ultimately all we need is to win the game rather than a particular player playing the game. Hope everyone complaining about omission/selection of X or Y player understands this point.

  • Vitara on January 16, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Selection blunders and team's woes continue.....Either Laxman or Dravid should have been retained. Without these 2, I don't think India will cross 240 in ODI in SA against SA pace attack. Now Parthiv is named replacement? Where is Dinesh Karthik? I would see clearly board's influence in selections.

  • on January 16, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Hey! Robin Uthappa is better than most of the players present there in our team now! Compare Vijay, Parthiv, Uthappa. Robin is undoubtedly the best. Y are these selectors doing harm to Robin! He is the best ... Hope one day India will understand. @ Robi: Prayers for you!

  • SnowSnake on January 16, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    This will give a good glimpse as to how India will look without Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, and Shewag. This series is for SA to win. A loss would be inexplicable.

  • on January 16, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Really this is big lose for india.without sachin i do no how the opening pair will play.but hopefully the full team wil back in the WC team

  • bluebleeder on January 16, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    in the absence of sehwag, uthappa wud have been the ideal replacement.....n mind u, he is better than sehwag as far as hooking is concerned.......he doesnt need to play a long big matured innings.....he wud have easily done what sehwag does....get india off 2 a flying start.....this initial momentum is what india is missing in this series.......what is vijay doing?? is he getting india off to a flier?? is he playing an anchor's role thru a long patient innings?? he is like a flavourless chewing gum in the indian team..........

  • on January 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Really this is big lose for india.without sachin i do no how the opening pair will play.but hopefully the full team wil back in the WC team

  • Achilles_us on January 16, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Guys Irfan is injured and hasn't recovered yet, now wait until he gains fitness. Tired of hearing that why not irfan...but I agree why parthiv, don't know... there are many other options, may be it could be visa stuff...

  • on January 16, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    india will with go virat and murly vijay to open .y pathan will bat in middle and he should . he is a real match and should be in the squad for every match .

  • thebrownie on January 16, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    I wish Tendulkar gets injured before the IPL! aint gonna happen...

  • Suresh.Balajee on January 16, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Hi all, I think it is a good replacement. It will be a replacement for an opener as well as if Dhoni needs some rest and not to keep wickets behind the stump, it will be a replacement for him as well :)

  • ravithecricbuff on January 16, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Just hope Sachin is well before the world cup!!

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    this might be the best side for the 3rd odi 1.yusuf 2.vijay 3.kohli 4.yuvi 5.rohit 6.dhoni 7.raina 8.harbhajan 9.zaheer 10.munaf 11.sreesanth

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    harbajan singh can also be a good opener..

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    For those who think that Parthiv cannot face fast bowling...did they see him batting in England,Pakistan and Australia as an 18 year old kid?Were they following his progress in the last few years?He is the best technically equipped player in India to face fast bowling, but the timing of his selection is wrong.He should have gone immediately after Gautam Gambhir got injured.

  • CheerforUnderdogs on January 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Why not Manish Pandey?? He has recent exp in CLT20 and deserves a chance to play for India... I think Parthiv's inclusion is inspired by the fact that India do not have backup wicket keeper in the squad in SA. Dhoni looked a little uncomfortable...

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Read the last paragraph of the article to know why Parthiv was selected... but Robin Uthappa or Dinesh Karthik would have been a better choice.

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    is it an indication of what might unfold at the final selection tomorrow? while there is absolutely no doubt regarding parthiv's batting abilities, having a keeper as replacement for a specialist bat defies logic. one wonders if it is really worth the while to fly in a replacement since we have only 3 matches remaining and patel is unlikely to get a game. i feel it has got more to do with the fact that it is almost a given he is going to be the reserve wicket keeper for the world cup, ahead of naman ojha and dinesh karthik. the answer is simple. all the bastmen expected in the WC squad are either playing in SA or are injured (tendulkar, sehwag and gambhir). The only person not present in SA but is expected to be in the WC squad is the reserve keeper.

  • manasvi_lingam on January 16, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    They should get Mukund in and kick Vijay out. Mukund is a better ODI player and also a useful part-time bowler. Another player who deserves the chance is Rahane. But, given the team we have, they should be unorthodox and play the following players: 1) Y. Pathan (take on Sehwag's role) 2) M. Vijay 3) V. Kohli 4) Y. Singh 5) MS Dhoni 6) R. Sharma 7) S. Raina 8) R. Ashwin 9) H. Singh 11) Z. Khan 11) M. Patel Batting until No. 8 (Ashwin) and lots of bowling options with Pathan, Yuvi, Raina and Rohit all capable of bowling.

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    the selection panel has even more tougher selection to be made tmrw.. save your words for tmrws page :D

  • Nikhsvap on January 16, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Very good decision! I would say Double blow. You need 2nd wicket keeper in 15 for WC. This is long tournament. I would say P Patel can open the batting which is bonus. I guess M Vijay is struggling. Giving few more chances will not hurt. He is good batsman.

  • on January 16, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Dravid should be given a chance instead...

  • INIDAN_Nandi on January 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    I think cricinfo must take all the above comments to BCCI directly, it will better for world cup for india's point of view. Tats heartly request to Cricinfo team

  • thebrownie on January 16, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Some one here says an average of 40 in FC is crap. That is not in one day matches anyways. And for those crying for Uthappa, just because he scored a few runs in the IPL doesnt make him a good player. The standards in the IPL are pretty low, incase you are not aware. Someone else said that Sachin has not been good for the last 5-7 years. Score of 200* 175 are not good enough apparently! Do you guys really know what you are talking about ?

    I wish Sachin pulls his hamstring before the IPL. But that is not gonna happen.

  • balakumar333 on January 16, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    @arun_cheers-Are you kidding me!???Or are you new to cricket! FYI: Tendulkar in his last 25 odi's has scored 1207 runs at an avg of 58. He has without a doubt been the best batsmen in the team/world in the last 2 years! Well, i dont need to defend Tendulkar against you. His bat has always done the talking! Robin Uthappa would have been a better replacement and Yousuf should surely play as he is a sure shot in the batting line up.

  • INIDAN_Nandi on January 16, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I don't know what this selection committee is doing?? Do they have any logic in mind?? to select some players?? Vijay needs to be dropped , rohit has got enough chances and even nehra is out of form, Instead of sending parthiv, uthappa could have given chance, he is a opener and wicketkeeper, before only they could have sent additional keeper, its of no use sending now. This committee destroying feature of irfan pathan , uthappa and karthik and even some other palyers.. i think some1 should take over mr.shrikanth ( HE is of no use)

  • Gujaratan on January 16, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    why every one says india can only bully on flat track in india? if india CAN take 20 wickets of Opposition and WIN test WITHOUT having Fast Top class bowlers like Styne or any one like that, so WHY BLAME indian batsman? why VISITING batsman can not bat like Indians?

  • on January 16, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Why not Rahane?? He is a regular opener.

  • on January 16, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    I feel yusuf can a good option to open in the rest of one dayers along with vijay.He can add that little zing at the top while vijay can play a bit less extravagant and pace his innings well.Please somebody tell vijay that he has to take more singles and let others on strike as well.

  • kanuparthi on January 16, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    OMG! Parthiv Patel? Why not Irfan Pathan! This would be my team for the 3rd ODI onwards hoping no one else hops on the injury flight: 1. Parthiv 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Dhoni 6. Raina 7. Yusuf 8. Harbhajan 9. Zaheer 10. Munaf 11. Sreesanth

    We've seen enough of Nehra. Ishant is not fit for the shorter format unless he gets rid of his 'wicket off a no-ball' syndrome

  • soumik on January 16, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Now that the record has been achieved (highest ODI played),he can take rest and prepare for the WC.There further records beckon - most matches,most runs,most hundreds etc etc.Ignore this...People will say lots of things.SRT is the GOD and best cricketer ever...:))

  • Farce-Follower on January 16, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Don't worry...Everyone will be fit by April 2011 - start of IPL season 4. That's what matters to Indians.

  • m.gobikumar on January 16, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    This might be the best side for the 3rd odi 1.Pathan,2.M.Vijay,3.V.kholi,4.Y.Sing,5.M.S.Dhoni,6.S.Raina,7.Aswin,8.Harbajan,9.Zahir,10.Patel,11.Nehra

  • Percy_Fender on January 16, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    this is in response to P Srikanth's observation regarding Patel being named as replacement for Tendulkar. Parthiv Patel is one of the best players of the hook and the pull in Indian domestic cricket in India today. In 2004 he was asked to open the innings against Shoib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed an I think Umar Gul in a Test. And he did quite remarkably. Probably that is the reason, he has been named. But I wish people would verify facts before writing. These comments harm good players.That nothwithstanding and knowing well that Patel cannot make too much of a difference to the current series considering that he can only play in the last game given the visa time and the fatigue of travel, I am surprised that Rahane has still not been named.

  • raamb on January 16, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    why not Robinn Uttappa become side lined ,he is good player of short ball and good keeper too, made srikkant palying role.

  • shash-21 on January 16, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    i do not understand the selection policy...parthiv patel as replacement for sachin..u must be kiddin me...this guy has'nt proved his credintials anywhere..with such a quality attack and the bounce available to the bowlers he will be of no use...saurabh tiwary deserved a chance..he has been hard done by the selectors.

  • on January 16, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    keep it simple ppl/.... keep rohit nehra and vijay for all the matches... so that they can prove their UNworthiness to be in wc squad.... then wc team is finalised... cheers...

  • on January 16, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    This might be the best side for the 3rd odi 1.Pathan,2.M.Vijay,3.V.kholi,4.Y.Sing,5.M.S.Dhoni,6.S.Raina,7.Aswin,8.Harbajan,9.Zahir,10.Patel,11.Nehra

  • on January 16, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Parthiv Patel is a much much better choice than Vijay! Vijay should stick to domestic. Those people byching abt Parthive not being to play short stuff, who is in the Indian side able? Its is a fact known to anyone who has played cricket, u almost always need to be tall one bouncy track to play short stuff. Most of the players who isnt tall..all they can to against short pitche on bouncy track is upper cut (sachin,sehvagh being a good examples)

  • nkoch on January 16, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    I can play short pitch bowling, can reach SA in 1/2 a day and most importantly, have a visa to SA. Can I get into Indian team?... Parthiv's selection is utter nonsense. They should check out how England/Strauss plays short pitch bowling on bouncy tracks. That's real cricket...

  • on January 16, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    why you guys are going against sachin n u r trying make an inexperience team with no sachin.....why dont u think that world cup is going to be in asia. sachin experience and his batting can do what we all want.india is not going to win worldcup without sachin....

  • on January 16, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    More importantly, WILL HE BE OK FOR THE WORLD CUP!!!

  • sreesunil on January 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is an ideal replacement for praveen kumar, why sreekanth and co is against him?????

  • P.Srikanth on January 16, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Bad selection. Bringing Parthiv is not going to help. He absolutely cannot play short balls with his short stature. Moreover, Vijay is definitely not going to find place in WC squad with this kind of form. For this particular series, I would like to go with Virat and Vijay/ Parthiv opening (unfortunately there is no other opener) and add Yusuf Pathan at 7. Unlike subcontinent wickets, we need players who can pace their innings rather than swashbuckling stuff. Hope God that Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir become fit by WC.

  • nithesh_87 on January 16, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    backwardpoint : the answer for ur question is clearly mentioned in the articke."The visa will take three days at least, he will take the next flight, and by the time he comes here we will have just one match left." this means there will be no reserve keeper for next 2 matches, in case dhoni is unfit.

  • on January 16, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    seems like one of the strongest contender for worldcup has turned a minnow....they lack experience in middle order....i may sound exhorbitant but indian team desperately need quality in the middle order which RAHUL DRAVID can provide.....

  • on January 16, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Sachin's return is no doubt a big blow. But hardly surprising. Though he played well in the test series, he did not appear to be 100 per cent fit. His fielding was well below his excellent standards. In the two ODI's his running between the wickets was very poor. Hope that he will be fully fit for the WC.

  • backwardpoint on January 16, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    If Parthiv is named as replacement for Sachin, why ever wouldnt we have a reserve wicket keeper if Dhoni gets injured? Or has Parthiv become an aggressive daring quickie since I last saw his profile?

  • bluebleeder on January 16, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    at least the indians are bullies on flat tracks.........S.A cant b bullies on any track.....they can choke on any track for sure......

  • on January 16, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    whats the matter of saying no more run out for kohli n vijay can play his natural game .did u mean that he was not able to score because of sachin...

  • bluebleeder on January 16, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    the team for 3rd odi shud be 1.V.Kohli 2.r.sharma 3.MS DHONI 4. yuvraj 5.raina 6. s. tiwary 7.y.pathan 8.harbhajan 9. zaheer 10. sreesanth/aswin 11.munaf......tiwary n yousuf can exchange their batting postions depending on the situation.........no vijay n nehra please.....n parthiv patel will b like a mockery among short pitched stuff......

  • arun_cheers on January 16, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Sachin out of series; this should be a blessing in disguise. Too much importance given to this batsman called Sachin. Indian team has done better in various series in the last 5 years without Sachin; the team should stop considering him as a player for the first choice playing eleven as he is no more the effective player that he used to be about 5 or 7 years back.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    How long you ignore Irfan Pathan?

    He is capable in place of praveenkumar and Sachin Tendulkar

  • pr3m on January 16, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I agree with Praveen. What was the reserve keeper bit about, especially when Parthiv is being flown in? Or did you mean for the very next game, where Dhoni said the reserve wouldn't be available?

  • bluebleeder on January 16, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    india cudnt chase 290 from 300 balls, wid 10 wickets in hand, against steyn n morkel.....acceptable....but S.A cudnt chase 3 runs from 45 balls wid 2 wickets remaining.., against munaf n co.....hahaha..wat a joke!!! now widout sachin, sehwag, gambhir n praveen, india isnt even half its strength....so even if they lose the series from here, its not gonna bother the indian fans.....

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Robin Uthappa could have easily been flown it! What a power player and can function as a more than capable keeper if Dhoni is injured!

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    these selectors seem to be bringing chennai based players.Where is uthappa, pujara? they've virtually tried all csk players from gony ashwin badri vijay dinesh karthik tyagi balaji and now this parthiv patel. what policy is this? and vijay has failed miserably not even a fifty in his limited overs career. Useless decision none of these guys are suitable to play on bouncy tracks.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    injured players made their places in world cup 15 squad...... thats y .. they r injured nw ..... murali murali murali..... get rid of it ..... where dinesh karthik.... robin uthappa...saurabh tiwary.... huhhhhh

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    He should play WC2011 and IPL... Then retire!

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Sachin looked out of form, it better go home.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    jus give M.Vijay another chance.hope he proves it this time.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    It's puzzling that they're getting a specialist batsman. It's not like Parthiv will be keeping. We need to replace Vijay and Nehra with more multipurpose players, perhaps Ashwin and Yusuf Pathan respectively. Parthiv will be completely new to the conditions, there will be jet lag, and he will have missed the camaraderie with the team that Ashwin and Yusuf have already had just by virtue of being with them.

    We needn't make such a huge deal of "openers". Fresh out of Ranji, Parthiv is going to be a green twig in front of Steyn and Morkel.

  • Aravindh0005 on January 16, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    oh my god..what selectors r doing der? Why not Uthappa?? Already our team India is struggling without Viru and Gautam. This is ridiculous.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Well I hope he gives yusuf pathan a decent run as he gave jadeja. Yusuf if groomed can be Indias answer to andrew symonds.Hard-hitting match winner on his day with good bowling and fielding skills.Just give him a decent chance dhoni. Promote him up the order there's nothing to lose. You might unleash a gem .

  • Percy_Fender on January 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    It is most surprising that Ajinkya Rahane has still been kept out. He should have been there in the first place but then it is not so. However it will take considerable time for any replacement to reach in time to make a material difference to the series.I think India needs to play with what they have.

  • Percy_Fender on January 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    It is most surprising that Ajinkya Rahane has still been kept out. He should have been there in the first place but then it is not so. However it will take considerable time for any replacement to reach in time to make a material difference to the series.I think India needs to play with what they have.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    This has really Given M VIJAY an another chance to show something out of his form. BUt Sachin's absence will surely eb major blow to this mostly new look batting. But world cup around the corner, not a good sign for Team India, having their 4 1st choice players pulling off due to different kind of injuries. Even Zaheer khan does not look 100% , but he has to play because of injuries to other players. But the confidence , Team India has now in this series must have some effect on rest of the matches and it will surely compensate at some extent the loss of these players. Team Still Looks good with Yusuf Pathan coming in and Rohit likey to open the innings which gives dhoni a bit more options when it comes to off spin bowling specially against South african Left handers.

  • on January 16, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    This give Murali Vijay another chance can he use it? Iam hoping so

  • on January 16, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    parthiv is a good replacement,why not uttappa as compare to parthiv uttappa i think a good. Because we dont have shewag,gambir, and also sachin

  • Haleos on January 16, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    its just a clever ploy to keep vijay in the team.

  • givemefood on January 16, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Parthiv. Really? That's all you could find as a replacement? The guy averages 40 in 170 1st class innings. After trying him repeatedly without success, why would you bring him back? Where is Rahane?

  • on January 16, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    "Dhoni himself seems to be struggling after getting hit in the shin while keeping. If he becomes unavailable during this series, that will be some trouble because India don't even have a reserve wicketkeeper here. "

    Then what is Parthiv Patel??? I thought he was a specialist keeper.

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Mr Dhoni..dont know why ur support M VIJAY ? He is only suit for batsman freindly IPL 20 matches . Net & play matches are very diffarnace.notonly vijay problem. B C CI always preparing iFLAT & SPIN tracks for players...!!

  • on January 16, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    I think Parthiv is a better replacement for Sachin instead of Yusuf... Also I hope Sachin is available for the WC.

  • TheHonestCritic on January 16, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    This can be blessing in disguise for India in this series. Sachin' out , it means pathan in. Additional bowler & powerful hitter in. It means no more run out's for Virat kohli :-) . It means Vijay can play his natural game as an opener.Sachin looked out of sorts.May be it was this injury which he was hiding.

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  • TheHonestCritic on January 16, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    This can be blessing in disguise for India in this series. Sachin' out , it means pathan in. Additional bowler & powerful hitter in. It means no more run out's for Virat kohli :-) . It means Vijay can play his natural game as an opener.Sachin looked out of sorts.May be it was this injury which he was hiding.

  • on January 16, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    I think Parthiv is a better replacement for Sachin instead of Yusuf... Also I hope Sachin is available for the WC.

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Mr Dhoni..dont know why ur support M VIJAY ? He is only suit for batsman freindly IPL 20 matches . Net & play matches are very diffarnace.notonly vijay problem. B C CI always preparing iFLAT & SPIN tracks for players...!!

  • on January 16, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    "Dhoni himself seems to be struggling after getting hit in the shin while keeping. If he becomes unavailable during this series, that will be some trouble because India don't even have a reserve wicketkeeper here. "

    Then what is Parthiv Patel??? I thought he was a specialist keeper.

  • givemefood on January 16, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Parthiv. Really? That's all you could find as a replacement? The guy averages 40 in 170 1st class innings. After trying him repeatedly without success, why would you bring him back? Where is Rahane?

  • Haleos on January 16, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    its just a clever ploy to keep vijay in the team.

  • on January 16, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    parthiv is a good replacement,why not uttappa as compare to parthiv uttappa i think a good. Because we dont have shewag,gambir, and also sachin

  • on January 16, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    This give Murali Vijay another chance can he use it? Iam hoping so

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    This has really Given M VIJAY an another chance to show something out of his form. BUt Sachin's absence will surely eb major blow to this mostly new look batting. But world cup around the corner, not a good sign for Team India, having their 4 1st choice players pulling off due to different kind of injuries. Even Zaheer khan does not look 100% , but he has to play because of injuries to other players. But the confidence , Team India has now in this series must have some effect on rest of the matches and it will surely compensate at some extent the loss of these players. Team Still Looks good with Yusuf Pathan coming in and Rohit likey to open the innings which gives dhoni a bit more options when it comes to off spin bowling specially against South african Left handers.

  • Percy_Fender on January 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    It is most surprising that Ajinkya Rahane has still been kept out. He should have been there in the first place but then it is not so. However it will take considerable time for any replacement to reach in time to make a material difference to the series.I think India needs to play with what they have.