India in South Africa 2013-14 November 25, 2013

Zaheer returns to India Test squad

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Zaheer Khan has been recalled to the India Test squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa. Zaheer is one of five fast bowlers for the two-Test series, and the only newcomer to the 17-member squad is the batsman Ambati Rayudu. However, there was no place for the opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy days before the selection meeting. It is learnt that the team management indicated to the selectors that they did not want Gambhir in the squad.

Zaheer, who last played for India during the home Tests against England last December, was recently omitted from the list of centrally contracted players for the current season. The injury-prone left-arm seamer made a return to the longer format this season with 13 wickets in three Ranji games for Mumbai, including a five-wicket haul. However, he was not considered for the one-day squad. Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh - two other players who were not handed central contracts - have been left out of both squads.

The Test squad also has Wriddhiman Saha as the backup wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni, the captain. Saha last played for India during the Adelaide Test of 2012. Ravindra Jadeja, the allrounder, returns after sitting out the West Indies Tests to rest his injured shoulder. He is the third spinner in the squad after R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

Rayudu, 28, made his international debut during the one-day tour of Zimbabwe in August, where he scored one fifty. Amit Mishra, the legspinner, remains in the one-day team but was not included for the Tests.

The surprise inclusion in the one-day squad is the fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who was expensive during the seven-match ODI series against Australia recently. Ishant leaked 189 runs in three matches and was dropped after he conceded a whopping 30 runs in one over, which cost India the Mohali ODI. Ishant was part of the Test squad against West Indies but lost his place to the impressive Mohammed Shami, playing his first Test series.

Ishant and fast bowler Umesh Yadav were included in the one-day squad in place of seamers Jaydev Unadkat and Vinay Kumar. Batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been included in both squads.

Yadav said he was pleased with Zaheer's return to the Test squad, as the latter's experience was invaluable to the young pacers in the team.

"Zaheer has had a great influence on youngsters with his ability to guide us through the bump and grind of international cricket," Yadav told PTI. "I have got a lot of valuable tips on fast bowling and there is no better exponent of reverse swing than Zak. He is like a mentor to us and it is an honour to play international cricket alongside him. Zaheer's advice in match situations is invaluable as he is a brilliant reader of opposition batsmen."

The tour gets underway with the first of three ODIs starting December 5, followed by the two Tests.

Test squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha

ODI squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra

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  • Sharath274 on November 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    The selection more or less falls on expected lines, except that of Rayudu over Gambhir. Cud not understand that logic though..Gambhir was needed for the following reasons: i) Definitely his experience in the conditions ii)Being a left hander , wud have added some variety and cud have tried him in middle order considering its a very very inexperienced line-up. iii) With Saha already selected, there is no need for additional w.keeper. Otherwise the team looks very balanced, and is the best possible combination though I wud have also loved to take a seam bowling allrounder.. there are not many to fill that spot, may be Irfan Pathan once he is fit or Rishi dhawan.. Abhishek Nayar fails to inspire much confidence.. Good luck Team India.. its going to be the real test for the youngsters..

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    The real question with the is whether India play an extra bowler or six batsmen. Looking at the reserve batsmen - Rahane, Rayudu, Jadeja - none likely to amount to much in SA, I think the extra quick might be more useful.

    I've always believed Ojha is the better spinner and might do better abroad. But then if India go with 4 quicks and a spinner, they might want to bolster the batting with Ashwin or Jadeja (depending on whether they want a better bowler or a better batsman).

    So, two 11s: 1. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kolhi, Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin/ Jadeja, Kumar, Khan, Yadav, Shami. 2. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kolhi, Sharma, Rahane, Dhoni, Ojha, Khan, Yadav, Shami.

    I prefer the first one a bit more. That gives India four quicks who are all different fom each other. It's more aggressive and it is likely to put more pressure on the SA batting.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I think Rishi Dhawan is better choice than Mohit Sharma..

  • Srini9 on December 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Dhoni captained best of the lot of Indian Greats of generations, he never ignored them. It is little bit hard pick Rayudu over Gambhir. But the good face of Dhoni, he picked a team which possibly expected to win these siries and play next few years. There are six players would definitly play next half a decade, rest of them are movers and shakers...playing in SA against current SA team with of that bowling and batting line up, these Indian youngsters must live up to their dreams.

  • on December 2, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    My ODI XI : 1.Dhawan,2.Rohit,3.Virat,4.Raina,5.Yuvi,6.Dhoni,7.Jaddu,8.Ashwin,9.Bhuvi,10.Shami,11.Umesh

    My Test XI: 1.Dhawan,2.Vijay,3.Pujara,4.Virat,5.Rohit,6.Dhoni,7.Jaddu,8.Ashwin,9.Bhuvi,10.Zaheer,11.Shami

    I bet this will be Dhoni's choice of squad for the 1st ODI & 1st test...!!!

  • Alexk400 on November 30, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    RAYUDU vs Dinesh karthik. DK million times better. Rayudu is stiff. He is weak against real fast bowling. He resort to slogging when pressure applied and gets out most times...some streak inning will be once in a while. He is bad selection for me. This guy who do not that much runs in ranji trophy also. May be andhra quota selection?

  • indianNegro on November 29, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    My Team for first Test

    1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Sharma 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Bhuvneshwar 9.Umesh 10.Zaheer 11.Shami

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I think selectors missed a trick by not including Waseem Jaffer. He is still fit and scoring runs by the bushels in Ranji Trophy. Murli Vijay is a sitting duck against the likes of Steyn and Morkel. Dhawan and Jaffer will make a good opening pair. Sehwag is finished and Gambhir seems to have attitude issues. Rishi Dhawan is another player our selectors should have picked. Outside India we need an all-rounder who can bowl seam, not spin. Jaddu can't play pace bowling. Rishi can bat and also double as fourth seamer.

  • Vins_Cric on November 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    please call Zaheer in ODI's also....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 28, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1. I dis agree with that. Yuvi is one of the players along with MSD who can handle bounce. Check his scores. Only problem is his form. If he is in form, we could see 6 x 6 performance (T20 WC) in SA. Also, Jadeja did well in English conditions. He is a fighter, so he would be handy in ODIs.

  • Sharath274 on November 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    The selection more or less falls on expected lines, except that of Rayudu over Gambhir. Cud not understand that logic though..Gambhir was needed for the following reasons: i) Definitely his experience in the conditions ii)Being a left hander , wud have added some variety and cud have tried him in middle order considering its a very very inexperienced line-up. iii) With Saha already selected, there is no need for additional w.keeper. Otherwise the team looks very balanced, and is the best possible combination though I wud have also loved to take a seam bowling allrounder.. there are not many to fill that spot, may be Irfan Pathan once he is fit or Rishi dhawan.. Abhishek Nayar fails to inspire much confidence.. Good luck Team India.. its going to be the real test for the youngsters..

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    The real question with the is whether India play an extra bowler or six batsmen. Looking at the reserve batsmen - Rahane, Rayudu, Jadeja - none likely to amount to much in SA, I think the extra quick might be more useful.

    I've always believed Ojha is the better spinner and might do better abroad. But then if India go with 4 quicks and a spinner, they might want to bolster the batting with Ashwin or Jadeja (depending on whether they want a better bowler or a better batsman).

    So, two 11s: 1. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kolhi, Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin/ Jadeja, Kumar, Khan, Yadav, Shami. 2. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kolhi, Sharma, Rahane, Dhoni, Ojha, Khan, Yadav, Shami.

    I prefer the first one a bit more. That gives India four quicks who are all different fom each other. It's more aggressive and it is likely to put more pressure on the SA batting.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I think Rishi Dhawan is better choice than Mohit Sharma..

  • Srini9 on December 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Dhoni captained best of the lot of Indian Greats of generations, he never ignored them. It is little bit hard pick Rayudu over Gambhir. But the good face of Dhoni, he picked a team which possibly expected to win these siries and play next few years. There are six players would definitly play next half a decade, rest of them are movers and shakers...playing in SA against current SA team with of that bowling and batting line up, these Indian youngsters must live up to their dreams.

  • on December 2, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    My ODI XI : 1.Dhawan,2.Rohit,3.Virat,4.Raina,5.Yuvi,6.Dhoni,7.Jaddu,8.Ashwin,9.Bhuvi,10.Shami,11.Umesh

    My Test XI: 1.Dhawan,2.Vijay,3.Pujara,4.Virat,5.Rohit,6.Dhoni,7.Jaddu,8.Ashwin,9.Bhuvi,10.Zaheer,11.Shami

    I bet this will be Dhoni's choice of squad for the 1st ODI & 1st test...!!!

  • Alexk400 on November 30, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    RAYUDU vs Dinesh karthik. DK million times better. Rayudu is stiff. He is weak against real fast bowling. He resort to slogging when pressure applied and gets out most times...some streak inning will be once in a while. He is bad selection for me. This guy who do not that much runs in ranji trophy also. May be andhra quota selection?

  • indianNegro on November 29, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    My Team for first Test

    1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Sharma 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Bhuvneshwar 9.Umesh 10.Zaheer 11.Shami

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I think selectors missed a trick by not including Waseem Jaffer. He is still fit and scoring runs by the bushels in Ranji Trophy. Murli Vijay is a sitting duck against the likes of Steyn and Morkel. Dhawan and Jaffer will make a good opening pair. Sehwag is finished and Gambhir seems to have attitude issues. Rishi Dhawan is another player our selectors should have picked. Outside India we need an all-rounder who can bowl seam, not spin. Jaddu can't play pace bowling. Rishi can bat and also double as fourth seamer.

  • Vins_Cric on November 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    please call Zaheer in ODI's also....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 28, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1. I dis agree with that. Yuvi is one of the players along with MSD who can handle bounce. Check his scores. Only problem is his form. If he is in form, we could see 6 x 6 performance (T20 WC) in SA. Also, Jadeja did well in English conditions. He is a fighter, so he would be handy in ODIs.

  • cricket_ahan on November 27, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    @spiritwithin. Totally agree, at the very least Zak provides useful guidance and a good read of the game, which is something our young pace bowlers are lacking. And such guidance is all the more important when today's cricket can be won or lost in a matter of a session or two (case in point Aus vs. Eng in the current Ashes series'). He is also a terrific exponent of the old ball, which will bode well to limit runs and take wickets late in an innnings. Glad he's back, as long as he keeps up his fitness and energy levels.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 27, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Yuvi, Raina, and Jaddu are sitting ducks against quality SA pacers. Instead of one of theses, our Selectors should have picked a fast bowling all-rounder like Rishi Dhawan or Irfan Pathan (if not injured)

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 27, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Yuvi, Raina and Jaddu are sitting ducks when faced with quality pace bowling. There's no need to take all 3 of them to SA. Instead take a fast bowling all-rounder like Rishi Dhawan, or Irfan Pathan (if he has recovered)

  • on November 27, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Why Selectors are giving so much priority to Suresh Raina as he is continuously failing in playing short balls and there is also Rahane and Dinesh Kartik, who can perform at any conditions, whether it is India or outisde the country and also they don't have their any week point. Why Suresh Raina.

  • on November 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    5 fast bawlers 5 batsmen n dhoni my playing 11 wil b rahane dhawan pujara rohit kohli dhoni kumar zahir shami ishant yadav. 1 no. team .

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    dhoni wil choose: vijay, dhawan, pujara, kohli, rohit, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, bhuvi, zahir, shami but suggest rahane at 6 replacing 1 spinner , probably jadu.

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Good that they have given chance to Yuvi and Zaheer. But i think they have done a slight mistake by dropping gambhir...

    Selectors must agree that he is one of the great place because of which we experienced world cup 2011 win.

    Then why these people are neglecting gambhir. This is wrong.

  • on November 27, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    What is intriguing is the preference of Saha over Dinesh Karthik who was the toast of the town till recently. The fact that nobody is even questioning his absence is perhaps the most amazing part. The team seems to be more about the Captains choices from the menu card. If you are not in his good books or seem a threat to his dominance then you have on place in the team. Both Gambhir and Karthik can feel aggrieved that lesser talent have taken their place in the squad.

  • on November 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I m waiting to see Zaheer Khan Playing against South Africa

  • on November 27, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Rayadu in a test series team to South Africa is indeed a joke. Even if he might have had some good performance in first class, he neither has the class or temperament for playing well abroad in testing conditions. Murali Vijay would also be a pretty much a lame duck in SA. The same thing happened with him in 2010 ODI series in SA. When will we remove reservation from Indian Cricket for its own benefit.

  • spiritwithin on November 26, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @ zafar_choudry ...agree with you but we need Zaheer Khan more than ever considering our pathetic bowling attack,Zaheer Khan is still a very good bowler and most importantly he can guide our young & inexperienced bowler,as for batsman we dont need Yuvi as you said..and lastly Ishant's selection is still puzzling

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    @Mamidipudi Swaroop - The 2 choices you gave were very apt. But along the same lines how about a small change. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kolhi, Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin/Jadeja, Ojha, Khan, Yadav, Shami. I frankly believe Ojha would be a better spin option in SA than Ashwin. But that's not to say Ashwin is inept. And the 3 pacers should be enough. That would help India for the pacy conditions, but also having 2 spinners should help us play to our strength( spin). Jadeja/Ashwin , now that choice should be made , as you mentioned considering which department we need to strengthen more. :)

  • vishalch on November 26, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I beleive it's a well thought out decision to include Zak and exclude Gauti going by current form of Shikhar , rohit and our pace attack which can barely keep up with Afridi's 128 kmph leg cutters...:).Zak,Shami and Bhuvi will add good variety to our pace attack but on a lighter note conditions in SA will help Ishanth if he gets a proper hair cut and watch where the ball is pitching. All the best team...

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    The pitches suit fast bowlers . Also indian fast bowlers have been doing poor lately.Hence the decision.

  • BnH1985Fan on November 26, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    SA fans are thankful that Yuvaraj has been retained. Please don't introduce new blood -- after all you see what has happened with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. SA fans would like to see Sehwag and Bhajji back in the squad for a proper drubbing

  • spot_on on November 26, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Everybody forgets that Dhawan is a fella who likes to attack bowlers. Steyn has a reputation of cracking down while being attacked. Philander, yet to face some aggressive batsmen. Well it'll be interesting to see how these bowlers react while being attacked!!! I will not completely write down Dhawan and Vijay!!

  • jokerbala on November 26, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    I have nothing against Vijay but having seen him bat a number if times , I feel he will be a sitting duck against Steyn and co. I would be pleased if I am proved wrong but I strongly feel he is not in the same class as few other batsman.Right now I am confident of only two batsmen Dhawan (if he keeps his hunger intact) and Kohli to make good scores and others I am highly doubtful. Bowling - Shami / Bhuvi and Yadav would be my first choice seamers on bouncy tracks and Yadav replaced by Zaheer in swinging conditions.

  • Crick_Expert on November 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Yuvraj, Zaheer too old now, India should give chance to new talented players; same as like Sami, Kohli, Kumar etc. Pakistan fan.

  • on November 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Good team of youth and experience

  • cricktwins on November 26, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    @DINESHCC dhawan played only 3 innings in tests so its tough to question his performance. .. In odi's dhawan scored over 1000 runs in 22 innings with 4 or 5 centuries..

  • on November 26, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    playing eleven is vijay,dhawan,pujara,rohit,kohli,rahane,dhoni,ashwin,kumar,shami,zaheer

  • ihaq1 on November 26, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    i suppose teh selections of ishant sharma and wriddiman saha are odd...there are three wickekeepers in teh test team despite their being good batsmen...with dhoni not having fitness problems additional wicketkeepers will probably only play side matches...Umesh Yadav should have made teh test squad...the new seamers bhuv and shami could edge out teh seniors with teh spinners taking teh rest of teh spots as teh south africans too have problems playing spin...

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Why gautam gambir is not selected for test and odi

  • DINESHCC on November 26, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    HALEOS AND OTHER VIJAY HATERS: More venoms have been posted against Vijay on his selection ahead of Rahane for the IndvAus series. He proved his selection and he was highest run scorer in the series. Hope in this series also he will prove his mettle. In btw can any one say the last 5 innings score of Shikhar Dhawan?

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Zaheer khan has a very good record against our own graeme smith,his inclusion sparks fear into our top order .

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on November 26, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    This is quite an average selection. First of all, what are 17 players being taken for? There are two tests! Ishants inclusion is the worst possible decision. In south africa, experience is required and the only in form experienced player is gambhir. He is still more reliable than jadeja/rayudu and would make a perfect backup opener. Raina, yuvraj deserve to be dropped. Vijay selection is a big gamble but he deserves it. My playing eleven with this squad would be : Vijay, dhawan, pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,ashwin,zaheer,bhuvaneshwar,shami,umesh ODI squad is perfect minus ishant

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    there was no need for rayudu in test rather should have selected rishi dhawan as he is a more potent player look at his first class record impressive...

  • TSJ07 on November 26, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @Haleos:--I cant agree more with you on Vijay being big flop in SA and wrong selection of Rayadu. Everyone knows Vijay can only play on Indian pitches and his previous overseas tours were disasters.He was a blued eyes boy of Srikanth but I dunno why current panel is selecting him. Rayadu is over 28 now and he has never set anyhting on fire be it IPL,, Domestic matches or few international ODI he was selected for. He scored a quich fire ton against ENG while he was junior and he is still being rewarded for that after 10 years. I just cant believe players like Vijay,Saha,Ishant,Vinay,Jadeja,Dhoni (later two for overseas matches) may end up playing more matches than GG,Yuvi and many other who could not make into Indian team for wrong selection.

  • on November 26, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    What I dont get is why Ishant Sharma is in the squad?! Surely India would want a another batsmen i.e. Karthick or Ghambhir instead of a pacer.

  • on November 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Dhawan will be the highlight of these series

  • GRVJPR on November 26, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @ Mazhar Ali , How on basis of only 1 performance you can say Bhatti is greatest alrounder. He is playing agisnt South AFrica which is not best team in ODI and T20. He has to do well against India to prove he is something. For me he is only one match wonder like many other pakistan cricketer. He doesn't have temperament nor technique to be called as quality player. He is just normal player.

  • Fan1969 on November 26, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I think the selection is perfect.

    They selected Dhawan, Shami, Bhuvi from nowhere and persisted with Rohit, Jadeja far longer than fans imagined. All of them have succeeded. Only MASSIVE problem now is Ishant.

    My only complaint is that in India, when the team does not need extras, then a few players must be allowed to play domestic games. On a tour that is not possible, but Rahane for instance has been on bench for too long. Not good for him.

    Everyone seems anti Saha. He is a better WK than Parthiv, DK. He is a back-up for Dhoni, not for his batting skills.

    I cannot see Bhuvi playing SA tests lest he really manages wickets in ODIs. Zaheer, Shami and Umesh should be the chosen ones. Bhuvi has just 10 wickets in 6 tests in India. Shami has 11 in 2 tests.

    Rayudu, Rahane on bench is better for Dhoni in managing the team than Gambhir as the pressure on Murali, Dhawan will mount. Murali definitely deserves a chance to play overseas after being top scorer against Aus in 2013 tests.

  • Leggie on November 26, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    I'm surprised there are people casting doubts on Umesh & Vijay. Umesh - for those with short memories - bowled extremely well in the Ahmedabad Test that India won vs. England. Since then he has been injured and has not featured in Test matches. Even "in Australia" he looked to be the only quality bowler in the side. His pace and movement were better than Shami. A fully fit Umesh is a must have in the Indian team. With regards to Vijay, people need to remember that he scored two huge "daddy hundreds" as they call it vs. Australia not so long ago. How on earth can he be dropped

  • SamRoy on November 26, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    After 2 days I think it is not so bad that Gambhir isn't selected even though he would have been better in the middle order negating Steyn as Steyn cannot bowl inswing. The only change should have Ishwar Pandey in place of Ishant Sharma and Ojha should have been given a break.

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    feel sad for Dinesh Karthik!!

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I may sound a bit harsh but I'd have definitely preferred Gambhir over M.Vijay. Vijay's technique is found wanting in seaming conditions. I'd have also liked to see V.Aaron, D.Karthik and Rishi Dhawan instead of Umesh, Saha and Rayadu. Rishi could have been the perfect guy to have at #7 in those conditions, especially in test series. Umesh has been out of form for too long now. And Karthik is a way better 'keeper-batsman' then Saha. Saha maybe the better keeper of the two but Karthik is miles ahead of him from the batting perspective.

  • teju4cricinfo on November 26, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Does this really look like a FAREWELL series for Zaheer Khan?? He has been removed from the BCCI contract and given a chance to play against SA. This looks like BCCI want him to retire, isn't it?? Why don't they take DK over Saha as a back up wicket keeper? If they don't want to DK, Rayudu is already there in the team who can stand behind the stumps. What is the logic behind taking Saha in the squad? Is that because they want 5 CSK players in both tests & ODIs?? I'm happy to see Yuvi back at #4 as that is the right position for him to play well in ODIs and Raina is really a required player in ODIs & he fits for only T-20s.

    My 11s should be:

    Tests: 1.Dhawan 2.Rahane/Vijay, 3.Pujara, 4.Kolhi, 5.Sharma, 6.Dhoni, 7.Ashwin/ Jadeja, 8.Ojha, 9.Kumar, 10.Khan, 11.Yadav/Shami.

    ODIs: 1.Dhawan, 2.Rohit, 3.Kohli, 4.Yuvraj, 5.Rayudu/Raina, 6.Dhoni, 7.Jadeja, 8.Ashwin/Mishra, 9.Kumar, 10.Shami, 11.Mohit/Ishant

    Good Luck India!!

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Indian Team is doing at the moment very well but remeber in their own country, their real testing is a head of few days when they face South Africa in South Africa....Beside the performance of Pakistan team, did well, and fought tooth and nail and got two historic wins in T-20 and ODI......Through this toure of S.A, Pakistan got future's greatest all rounders,Bahti anf Ali, what a talent they have got, they explored it against the South African Bowling line up very decisively........

  • sambuddy on November 26, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Guys, First lets appreciate this selection panel headed by Sandip Patil . They have done a commendable job for past few months selecting squads for various tournaments . Dropping certain aging players who were just holding on to their seats just bcos they have been seating on that for quite some time. But at the same time selectors have rewarded those who are ready to put in that extra effort to regain fitness and form playing in domestic competitions. They have given chances to many newcomers to show their ability at the big stage. Overall this selection panel is far better than the previous one headed by Krish3 (srikanth)

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    First ,dhoni should try with rahane & rayudu in odi.so that he can test 2 kids.if both play well then drop vijay added both in test playing team

  • cricket-india on November 26, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    so who will open if Vijay and/or dhawan gets injured? rahane? why no real standby opener selected? where's irfan pathan, is he still injured? what abt Praveen kumar? is umesh yadav really a better choice?

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Dont know why Gambhir was not picked up. He would have been better choice than Murali Vijay. Anyway it will be tough time for team India in South Africa.

  • on November 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    because the wickets in south africa are pacy and bouncy india will put up four pacers and give r ashwin a chance to show his allround skills which means the team according to recent form should be vijay dhawan pujara r sharma kohli dhoni ashwin bkumar m shami zaheer uyadav/isharma 12THman r jadeja injury replacements rahane for openers ambatti rayadu for upper middle order wsaha for dhoni rjadeja for ashwin otherwise this should be the team for both the tests fo ronedayers dhawan r sharma kohli yuvraj raina dhoni jadeja ashwin bkumar sahmed i sharma/u yadav

  • Solid_Snake on November 26, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Bowling attack would rely on Bhuvneshwar.His Swing is a deadly weapon tailor made for such pitches...India would surely miss Sresaanth.He would have been a perfect choice for this tour..

  • Naresh28 on November 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @Hasan Khan - Our Honeymoon started in Champions Trophy in England!!!! We won the trophy what did your team come?

  • jasonpete on November 26, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Posted by taslu613 on (November 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT), Its easy to blame the captain for the non performing openers isn't,it? Sehwag and Gambhir was in Indian team for two long years with little performances and sehwag fitness was terrible .Sehwag is still the same in Ranji trophy.Yuvraj performed well and looked after his fitness and he got back in the Indian team sooner than others.If you believe something ,it doesn't mean that's the fact.Selection of indian team is a combined effort from selectors and captain.Whatever players you mentioned like Ashwin,Jadeja performed extremely well on this year and you can't drop them for no reason,Same goes to vijay who done exceptionally well against Australia in home series and no one knows how is he going to perform in SA but after being a highest run getter in that series ,it's not justified to drop him all of a sudden.Raina is not even in the test team.Gambhir deserved to be as a back up opener but it's not right to keep senior player as backup

  • taslu613 on November 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I really feel for gautam.May be Dhoni opposed the inclusion of gautam.They both had some issues before.I do believe Dhoni considers him as opponent.Many would not agree with my comment, but this is a fact.Considering the recent form of Murli Vijay,he does not deserve the place in the team.He is picked because he belongs to Dhoni brigade which also includes Ashwin,Raina,Jadeja,Ojha.Team is doing well thats why these news are not coming out.Gautam and Shehwag will not be included the team in near future.They only have chance when dhoni step down as captain.That is not going to happen very soon.

  • on November 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Get ready India for clean sweep. Your honeymoon in India is over now.

  • sachinisawesome on November 26, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    @ TsoroM Kohli has batted at no. 6 at an average of 41, He has played 33 innings with 4 100s and 7 50s which is not bad. it is average by his standards but he is a young player and has been in tremendous form. People may have more hopes from pujara but I consider Virat to be our best batsman in any format. VVS is considered a great player and he is but in his 225 innings he only scored 17 100s because he used bat at 6 most of the times and his average is 45 which is again not great but he used to bat low down the order. Now that virat will move to no. 4 we will see him getting more and more hundreds. And virat started his test career when India was having the worst time in Test for last 20 years but still scored a century in AUS.

  • ramli on November 26, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    This new Indian team is not at all about individual brilliance anymore, especially overseas ... it is all about collective work ... two at a time combine to strike a decent partnership ... one of them goes on for a big score ... result is a decent score ... it is about taking 20 wickets that is the worry ... if the spinners lend admirable support to the pace bowlers, India can still draw the test series ... good luck

  • yoohoo on November 26, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Gambhir ran away from County cricket where he was getting ducks, and came to india and hit a century. He would be useless in SA. Rayudu is a good pick. He has repeatedly proven his calibre outside india at the A-level.

  • ramli on November 26, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    GG has to perform consistently in domestic circuit to merit a chance in Test team ... he had earlier been given the longest rope ... the young players cannot perform worse than what the seniors did against Eng and Aus ... let us first give the new bunch enough time to evolve in overseas condition ... no place for sentiments in professional sport

  • Haleos on November 26, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Rayudu in test Squad? Are they kidding us? Parthiv is much better than Saha. Very happy for Zaheer. Genuine wicket take unlike Ishant. Shami would be a hnadful in SA too. Good dquad barring Vijayi, Saha, Rayudu and Ishant.

  • Haleos on November 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Mark my words. M Vijayi is going to be a big flop in SA. He cant even play properly in Domestic cricket nowadays. But as with all the indian selectors before and present. One good innings is enough to give you a spot for ages.

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    If ZAK is in TEST squad shuldnt he be an automatic selection in ODI ? Or do selectors expect him to get an injury in the Tests and thus skip ODIs ?

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Zaheer is good inclusion to the test squad considering his recent domestic performances. The only thing worried me was hapless Ishanth got selected unbelievably in both the squads. I was waiting to see Varun or Ishwar to get in to the team.

  • Fan1969 on November 26, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Many fans seem to be living in the past. Gambhir played well in SA in 2010 but since then has developed a tendency to poke the outgoing ball and gets caught out in slips/WK repeatedly.

    Sehwag has not performed well overseas for 5 years and in India also has an occasional knock.

    Murali Vijay failed in WI in 2011 but was the top scorer in Tests against Aus in 2013. He cannot be dropped fearing he may fail. He has a tendency to do well in big matches and deserves a chance in SA.

    Jadeja has scored triples in domestic cricket and has been a very successful bowler. He deserves a chance to prove TEST batting credentials.

    My only worry is that Rahane, Rayudu are not going to get a game for long and they will also not get domestic opportunities. Hope they do not get dropped w/o a chance.

  • Solid_Snake on November 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    A big mistake..Gambhir should have been in the team..Going to SA & relying on Dhawan..Lets see how he performs

  • TsoroM on November 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Even though I believe India has an incredible lot of talented youngsters, Dhawan, Kohli, Rohit and Pujara. The fact is only Kohli has played test match cricket outside India and his record is not good in tests (yet). They have played ODI cricket abroad and they done very well. But all true cricket fans/lovers know facing Steyn, Philander with a shiny red nut and Morkel bouncing men later in the innings is a different ball game altogether. I would like to see them rise to the challenge. Furthermore, SA's combo of seamers is twice as good as good as any combo of fast men India can put on the park at any time on South African pitches. And this talk of Alviro, Smith, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy and Du Plessis being a ODI combo is absurd. Look at each of these men test stats (especially Smith to De Villiers who have had long careers) for proof.

  • Srivathsan_Sridharan on November 26, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    My starting XI for the 1st test. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, B Kumar, Zaheer, Shami. Zaheer's previous experience in SA will be helpful for the younger fast bowlers. We can change the XI for the next test according to the performance.

  • SajidC on November 26, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Ishant Sharma in both squad....Surprise selection!!!!! give him some rest to wakeup!!!!

  • astopal on November 26, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    M. Vijay will be a total waste of opening slot on tours of SA, Aus and England New Zealand . At other places he can be Virat Kohili of test matches. The legends like Sachin, Dravid , Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble are all gone. Now it will be an eye opener for the young batting line up( That's what Dhoni wanted 3/4 years ago). Keeping out likes of Sehwag and Gambhir will anyways turn out to be disastrous. For all practical purposes Sehwag is the best opener india got (Thank dada for that ) 104 Macthes 8586 runs 23 tons and whopping str rate of 82. Greats like kallis , dravid had str rate of 70's in ODI's. Definitely sehwag is more impactful than Sunil Gavaskar the greatest opener from India. With Dhoni still the captain even after making the team lose 4-0, 4-0 in ENG & AUS. losing 2-1 at home, why is he still test captain. The selection in India is biased , hilarious , short sighted ( I mean jadeja , are you serious, why the f you don't invest in a leg spinner instaed ) Happy losing Teamindia

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    The time has come. A batting line-up that, for the best part of this millennium, had relied on the contributions of four once-in-a-generation players, will now be carried by four promising young men. As replacements go, there is cause for hope. Rohit Sharma combines elegance with steel the same way that VVS Laxman did. Shikhar Dhawan takes the attack to the opposition from the word go, just as much as Virender Sehwag did. Cheteswar Pujara's consistent solidity is already helping us get over the stunning retirement of Rahul Dravid. And, every time Virat Kohli bosses over opposition bowlers on his way to a match-turning contributions, he brings to our mind the genius of Sachin Tendulkar. The tour of South Africa is the stage for this quartet. Grab the baton! It's yours to carry it for the next decade.

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    People need to understand that there is no room for a batsman to step in. Top 6 in TESTS- Murali, Dhawan, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli & Dhoni ; ODI's- Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni. Both Yuvraj and Raina have been off colour, and the S.A series might very well be a litmus test for these guys. Where does Gambhir fit? At 4 or 5 in ODI's? Not sure about that.

    Bowlers going in and out... Just tells you that the bowling attack is not settled. Still, Zaheer boosts the chances of picking up the 20 wickets, needed to win a test match.

    My XI for first test : Murali , Dhawan, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh, Zaheer.

  • KK_Cricket on November 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Really disappointing that a player like Gambhir has been left and Vijay/Dhawan picked ahead of experienced and in form Gambhir. Vijay's selection was ok but why not have a backup opening bat in Gambhir for both ODIs and Tests? And he has always performed in big games and was out of touch for just 1 season. Still remember him scoring consecutive 50s in Tests 3-4 years back and was failing for only 1 season. When Rohit can be given handful of chances for ages now, why can't Gambhir get those? Maybe Captain Cool worried about his own future in Tests..

  • on November 26, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    I think Ishant deserves a chance,,, Umeash, Aaron, has pace but no control on line and length,,, and when you have Zak, Shami, Bhuvi and Ashwin,,, any one expects Ishant to qualify in final 11?? no ways,, he is just a visitor like Ambati, Saha ,, these guys are taken for helping in net practice only,,,,

  • on November 26, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    I am not happy with the selection panel actually they must go for Unadkhat instead of Ishant

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on November 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Why every one comnenting about selection of rayudu.in feature rayudu can play big role in indian middle order like laxman.and he is one of the best test bats man in india.every one talking about young players like aparajit.jhol but each and every one should be know about rayudus performenses when he was young.also he faced better bowling attack like zaheer,agarkar,pathan,nehra,blaji.

  • satezguru on November 26, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    some people says here Ashwin will not suit SA condition. Cool at present he is no.1 allrounder in the world and all want shewag back can you please tel me when did he last hit a 50+ score on intternational match at any format???????? Indian selection was rocking except ishant...

  • on November 26, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    the gud thing about this indian battin line up is once they get tr start dey dont throw it away..they ll get big hundreds unlike other team around d world..vijay dhawan pujara rohit virat ths five people r d key they ar very solid to the eyes and rohit playin n middle order wen d ball s not new even the best bowling n d world will suffer to get his wicket once he starts..am talkin about test matches here..and with the SA batting line up Alviro smith amla kallis ab duminy duplesis..this s more of a ODI team..amla wicket s the only key wicket..and if SA thinks 300 s a par score at runrate of 2 to 3 rpo..they are gonna suffer..this s the best indian team ri8 now and they ll field well and make sa earn tr runs..this s real test for SA..and tr bowling s little over rated for me..except the first 20 overs..and d matches are n new wanderers and kingsmead..did anyone knw the last match india played n both these grounds india won it?? my XI: MV SD CP RS VK MS RJ RA BK ZK Shami..

  • SaifS on November 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    IMO this is an excellent selection, though I'd have loved to see Pujara in the ODI squad too as he's like Hashim Amla and has the ability to make runs without taking too many risks. Not considering Gambhir is an excellent decision because he lacks temperament and his continuous habit of nudging and poking the bat outside off is really a pain on the eyes. He hasn't learned from his mistakes which is the biggest mistake of all.

  • rsurya on November 26, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Ishanth Sharma is the only inspiration for young budding fast bowlers in India. They can motivate themselves by saying "Just run and release the ball and you have a chance to play for India". Ishanth the great.

  • on November 26, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    well personally saying taking zaheer back is good thing fast bowling depart ment is good on batting front not much m Vijay,rahane,rayudu,saha,jadeja I am not expecting runs from these guys . pitches will not suit ojha & Jadeja so they r waste. extra wk should be sanju Samson or Uday Kaul . badrinath, Vijay zol, mandeep singh, jiwanjot singh, v a jagdeesh,baba aprajith, kedar jadhav 3 out of these batsman well as we know g smith is zaheer's bunny same way murli Vijay is steyn's bunny. im looking for big thrashing

  • tristen_kul on November 26, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Gambhir's more than capable for a last chance. I think India need to loosen their arms and give him another chance on the field, watcha say?

  • tristen_kul on November 26, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Excuse me for this, but I don't think Zaheer should play anymore. I admire the fact he's a well talented seamer, but people like Mohammad Shami will be lying in small towns waiting to be given a chance. What if there are players better than Shami, waiting for their chance? India needs to send out some scouts. But for short-term, yeah, I agree with Zaheer, he's better than Ishant.

  • sharma987 on November 26, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    what about rasool...he definitely had a good South africa a tour and fair ranji season till now...why waste time on mishra....think of 2015...........

  • Subu690 on November 26, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Jadeja selection is something that needs to be looked into. He is a horrible pick for tests. The only advantage is his economic bowling and that too in ODIs and T20s. No form whatsoever with the bat though. And if Ishanth can get a reprieve why not gambhir/sehwag ? Other things seems fine. Bhuv and Shami are in prime form and if Zak and umesh can contribute along with the likes of ashwin n ojha, we can trouble the proteas batsmen. As for batting, rayudu is a mystery box. Gotta see how he takes this opportunity. with kohli/pujara/rohit/MSD middle order looks solid. But a good opening platform is needed and vijay needs to put up a good show. Both teams match each other well and we have an interesting clash on the cards.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on November 26, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Bring back zaheer nice.but i am dissapointed selection of jadeja.jadeja only perform india as a bowler, he is not at allrounder,ashwin better than jadeja. Abhishek nayar or rishi dhavan should be selected instad of jadeja.umesh yadav also in poor form i would like to see ishwar pandey in the place of umesh.

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    My Test Team XI is :-

    1.) S. Dhawan 2.) M. Vijay 3.) C. Pujara 4.) R. Sharma 5.) V. Kohli 6.) M.S. Dhoni 7.) R. Ashwin 8.) Z. Khan 9.) M. Shami 10.) U. Yadav 11.) B. Kumar

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Test XI: Vijay dhawan pujara virat rohit dhoni jadeja/rahane/rayudu ashwin bkumar zaheer shami..

    SA test XI:A.petorsen smith amla kallis ab duminy duplesis r.peterson/tahir philander styen morkel

    ODI XI: Rohit dhawan virat yuvraj raina dhoni jadeja ashwin bkumar shami yadav/mohit..

    i dont mind seein jadeja n the test bcoz of his bowlin ability and his feilding..and n foreign conditions his bowlin ll b very helpfull..specially considerin his line he used to bowl to right hander..the ball which skid tru and hit the top of off stump wen d batsmen shoulders arm..how many times we hav seen tat..if india s goin to go with 7+4 den i would like to chose rayudu over rahane n lower ordr.. and in odi's i would give yadav a go as third seemer and n tests we can chose between Bkumar/yadav depend on odi form with zaheer shami..

    just look at this indian line up and SA line up tr s nothin to chose between battin except d experience..TR S NOTHIN TO LOSE FOR INDIA..I guess it s a real test for SA.

  • Arvi02 on November 26, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Horrible selection. My prediction that India will lose by 2-0. Reason- 1. Murali Vijay on Top, Poor form. 2. Jadeja Horrible in Test with bat. 3. Ashwin Will be bad Selection in SA Condition. 4. No sehwag

  • immortalsidu on November 26, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    I remember in the last series the contest between sachin and steyn was mouth watering. Sheer pace against brilliant technique. Sachin displayed an optimal blend of technique and temperament. The likes of Kohli and Sharma lack the temperament. Thats my biggest worry. Apart from Pujara, nobody would be ready to let go 18-20 balls at a trot. This is why I think Gambhir should have been in the team. I presume 1-0 favoring the proteas.

  • Santhosh_Netha_Kairamkonda on November 26, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    After Zak's comeback,performances by Bhuvi n Shami n Umesh as backup...Ahswin n jadeja wud lend the spin services with lower order bat option... Having quality spinner like Ojha as backup .. there is a lil worry about the bowling Only cause of concern is about batting... both the new openers Sikhar n Vijay have to face the music...their technique would be sorely tested... especially Vijays capablity against quality bowling n Sikhar's backfoot play with pujara, kohli n rohit in midddle order n jinks as backup, batting looks settled but the concern is more about the order pujara, rohit n jinks have the temperament for test cricket... Kohli's is lil doubtful,though he is the best in this era of ODIs pujara n rohit should come early in the batting order at the same time we lack a quality batsmen at 6 n variety Trusting Jadeja at 6 wud pay off with dhoni n ashwin 2 follow n bolsters bowling My 11 1.Sikhar 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Rohit 5.Kohli 6.Jadeja 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Zak 11.Sham

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Ghambhir has a problem with his attitude as well which I guess Dhoni isn't too pleased. But I doubt Vijay or Dhawan will do much in SA conditions.. I think only Kohli & Pujara will able to make runs...

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    india have forgetten the days of gambhir, i dont think rayudu is better player then gambhir. it is very bad they should have give him a chance

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Zaheer will return back with injury half the way of tour

  • amygdala on November 26, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I agree with @Shashi Ktkn.... Its time we rallied behind the squad rather than pull them down. They may not be the favourites but they deserve the support. The people who were clamouring for change when India was clobbered in Aus/Eng 0-8 are the same ones putting question mark on new generation. I feel Rayudu, Rahane and Badrinath among the current generation have a lot to offer in the next 2-3 tours to come. They should be in the mix. Gambhir has never been a good player of quality fast bowling. So while his experience keeps him in the ring, he should not leapfrog the others who have at least shown potential for better show against quality pace. Among bowlers, Ishwar Pande, Rishi Dhawan(as All rounder), Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma deserve some exposure in the coming tours. Also Irfan, RP Singh and Praveen Kumar should remain in the mix. They are decent bowlers in helpful conditions. Also, Sandeep Patil is a honest cricketer and person. Deserves some faith and respect.

  • CricLover316 on November 26, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @MANEESHROY0- Dont you know Ishant Sharma's contribution ? He has not performed since his debut(Excpet against Aus 08 and WI 11) and finally after grooming him for 6+ Years,when the entire nation had enough of him and from some help by Faulkner, he was dropped. But hey,then he picks up 9 Wickets in a match against THE MIGHTY HARYANA team. And BAMM !! He's back. Isnt he amazing ? He is the Luckiest Indian Cricketer to ever lace boots. He gets wickets when the batsmen tries to smash him for a boundary/six. Umesh Yadav has pace, if he was groomd like this,we would be a different bowler by now. Look how he destroyed Ozs in Eng in pace friendly conditions. Isharma's inclusion will only bring complacency among others that they can get away after performing THIS bad. Bhuv who made his ODI debut almost a year ago,has had better impact than him(Picks early wickets and Eco of 4.4 in ODIs,how many bowlers in ODIs have that ?)

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Dhoni played a big game in Gambir's exclusion and Saha /Ishant's inclusion.Thank god Raina is not in the test squad...Anyone say what Jadeja is going to do in Tests?

  • shabbir on November 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @Venkata Vara Prasad D KArthik got many chances and failed let us try new guys. @ Siddhant Kharel of all players, Rohit, we cannot trust him, he has been around for long and never lived up to expectations. We hope Shikhar, Virat, pujara, Dhoni come off. Yes why that long haired fellow? most probably for sightseeing.

  • cricktwins on November 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @englishfan U ignored both zaheer and ashwin.. Ashwin can bat and bowl better than jadeja.. Any day ashwin is always preferred over jadeja.. Zaheer is a bit like johnson.. if he is fit and swinging the ball like in the past then SA has a real problem.. if he breaks down then india have no chance.. so zaheer and ashwin add some teeth to the bowling dept..

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Its a good team selection..people saying Sehwag should be back do not watch test cricket closely. You should have known by now that players like him bring in a lot if negative energy in the filed. Also, he has been given n number of chances before.

  • arjuncool on November 26, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I don't understand why gambhir is not in team.. he performed well in domestic.. what i don't understand here is they took 2 players who won't have 1% chance to make it to final team(rayadu,saha) , they should make take gambhir in.. his experience would be help full in SACHIN'S absence....... one thing they did right is taking zaheer back..

  • on November 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Young Sanju V Samson in great form, double hundred and hundred in recent ranji mathes, best choice for extra wicket keeper Batsman!

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on November 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Those who are telling that gambhir shud be back...... Can't u understand tha he never got notable big score against a quality opposition in last couple of years????? Such a weak technique he has....ultimate weakness is poking outside off!!!! he cant even make 10 runs der!!!! lets give vijay his run...if he fails hear then bye to him and see for good openers!!!!

  • on November 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Why again ISHANT SHARMA? He is struggling with his form. He needs some physical & mental rest. It will be worthy to replace a fastbowler like ISHWAR PANDEY/SIDDHARTH KAUL. Why again PARVEZ RASOOL is not given a chance? Really ishant needs some rest. Nice thing to drop VINAY KUMAR. Let ishant may have a year rest & play in ranji & prove his worth & then he can deserve the place in the team. Any wise nice selection i wish all the very best for the indian team.

  • Gurudumu on November 26, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Gambhir was correctly left out. He's shown he has no clue against bowlers going round the wicket - he just hangs his bat out and nicks the ball. As others, I do not agree with Ishant's selection - how/why? Can someone please explain his inclusion? Team India with a younger generation is on the UP and I hope they acquit themselves at the very least.

  • MANEESHROY on November 26, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Indian Cricket Team selection has always been a matter of personal choices. What is selection basis of Wriddhiman Saha and exclusion of Virender Sehwag,Naman Ojha,Sanju Samson. Gautam Gambhir has dubious overseas record and his exclusion was expected. Match Winners like Virender Sehwag who need few international innings to increase confidence are denied chances for no reason. If Ranji Trophy,Dileep Trophy,Irani Trophy,Challenger Trophy records are of any value then majority of Indian Cricket Team players should be grounded. What is the recent record of Murli Vijay,Wridhhiman Saha,Ishant Sharma in all these trophies? Ishant Sharma's single five wicket haul against Haryana cannot be basis of selection in Indian Cricket Team.Ishant Sharma's bowling variations are not enough for international matches.What Indian Cricket Team Coach is doing,only he can answer.

  • on November 26, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    if rohit plays weel india will win , it is important for rohit to bat well becasue when rohit is batting even number 11 batsman can build partnership with him so rohit batting is key for building partnership and making good runs.

  • on November 26, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    whats wrong with D KArthik as a back up keeper, isnt he better than SAHA...

  • Kover_Drive on November 26, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    I had to read the selection card twice after seeing "Ishant Sharma." I hope his hair is long enough to cover his eyes and not read his name on the list, and never show up in the tour.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 26, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Oh, I'm sorry. Umesh is in test squad too. That's good. Now that's a good selection. But why that long haired fellow! Why oh why????!!!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Wow!!!! I missed it. That irritating bowler Ishant Sharma is in both the squads???!!!! What??? How???? Why???? Ridiculous!!!!

  • prakash_mishra on November 26, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    with no Dravid,Laxman and Tendulkar it is going to a real challenge for Indian batsmen to face the quality and hostile seam attack of protean bowlers. Dhawan is courageous but has some fault with his technique as he seems unable to play much on his back-foot. Vijay too doesn't seem to have much assurance against quality pace attack on such pitches.Its going to be real test of Pujara and Rohit Sharma.Virat looks good in limited overs but seems to lack the test match temperament though if he comes good then its going to be a real bonus for team India.Dhoni also doesn't have soundest of technique.I think India should not play Jadeja in tests at number 7.It should be an extra batsman and Rahane seems to be a better choice.Bowling attack should comprise of Ashwin,Zak,Yadav/Shami,Bhuvi.I think Bhuvi will be the most useful of the lot looking at conditions.Ishant is there to carry water and juice to the players in the field..lol.Rayadu can be tried in ODIs before tests.good team overall.

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    I am just happy that Zaheer Khan has returned. We really needed an experience bowler in the squad . No matter how good Shami and B Kumar are bowling now, its always good to have an experience bowler to help out in bad situations. I just hope Zaheer performs good and take wickets. It always feels good when an Indian fast bowler makes stumps go for a walk !

  • hnlns on November 26, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    For all the new faces, batsmen and bowlers alike, it will be quite a learning experience, playing at the bull ring called Wanderers with its trampoline-like bounce and Kingsmead with its pace and tennis ball bounce. If they can come out successfully on this stern test, they can be proud of themselves. Also, they will be a proving a point about their talent and ability by doing well on this tour. The ODI should be a far more evenly contested series. Wishing all the best to Team India.

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    My Playing 11 in Test: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja/Ojha, Zaheer, U.Yadav/I. Sharma, Shami.

    Playing 11 in ODI: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina/Rahane, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, U.Yadav/I. Sharma, Bhuvi, Shami.

    Its the time for them to prove, they are good in foreign conditions as well.

    All the best to team India...

  • InfiniteWhite on November 26, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Looking forward to how Pujara fares. It's heartening to see a very good young no 3 comes out from India when the other nations fail to produce even one half as good. My prediction is B. Kumari and M. Shami will carry the pace attack along with the experienced Zaheer for the first test. I'm not confident that they can take SA's 20 wickets but I'll be more than happy to be proved wrong. Otherwise, bring it on!

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Everyone is keen on that all-rounder/spinner slot... But my point here is that Virat Kohli should bat in the same position where he batted till now i.e. @ no.5 and it should be only Rohit Sharma who should bat at Sachin's position of No.4 for sure. My statement will be made true when the series starts......

  • Gully_11 on November 26, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Why is this gentleman Mr. Jadeja in the squad?? We are going to SA where we need a Batting allrounder(not only on papers)...

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    SA was best place to try out medium pace bowling all rounders.. should have picked either Abhishek nayar or Stuart Binny instead of Rayadu .......Would have helped balance of medium pace attack..

  • ProdigyA on November 26, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Im a fan of GG but i think selectors made the right decision. If im not wrong GG got just one or two good scores in domestics that does not warrant a place in the national team after being given such a long rope. Its wiser to invest in the future.

  • Naveen1107 on November 26, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Also, have an interesting playing XI, keeping in mind the overseas conditions and would give the team a good balance...Murali Vijay - so not many of us are going to really bet on him to succeed in bouncy n swinging pitches.. so I would rather leave him out and put Ashwin there (unless Rahane comes fwd to open in Tests) Playing XI - Shikhar,Ashwin,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Rahane,Dhoni,Jadeja/Ojha,Bhuvi/Umesh,Zak,Shami He could well take the role that Sanjay Bangar served for India - just hang-in there for 30-40 overs..he has a v.good technique to leave balls outside off, which is so crucial in overseas conditions and more likely to succeed than Vijay... This XI will have a batsman at No.6,Dhoni at his usual No.7,Jadeja at No.8 in tests could be handy with bat..6 batsmen (most with their preferred slots) + 1 keeper+ 2 spinners + 3 fast bowlers...

  • JOHNRAJ on November 26, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Why no DK, No reserve opener , Why Rayudu what happen to baba aparajith and So Many young bloods are scoring heavy runs in domestic cricket but they are not getting chance due to age. If selectors think like that means we wont get another sachin, dravid, laxman. If they dint give chance to Rahane again atleast make him to play domestic seasons to maintain is form. Dont judge player with one or two matches, Rohit played more then 100 ODI and now only got runs if rahane got 50% of chances of rohit means he could be a better player than him.

  • SANATP22 on November 26, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Big squad for two test match series and there no sense to select Rayadu in test squad. India need young talent like Baba Aparajit,Sanju Samson,Vijay Zol,Robin Bist or Sheldon Jackson in Batting line up and in Blowing dept need I Pandey,Rishi Dhawan,S Kaul

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Cut Ishant's hair before leaving India. That guy cannot see well with his hair.

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    i would have preferred Gambhir in place of Vijay, who has not done so well in the no of chances given to him..also he did not do well in the domestic outing. wheras gambhir has shown return to form.. One batsman whom i would have like to see in the team is Baba aparajit who has been making runs in tons...would have been a better choice then rayudu.. should have been given a chance when he is in the best of form and he is in the test mould also. also a plus is his bowling and his age..

  • landofcricket on November 26, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    wow now senior for indian test team is zaheer khan(88) & senior for odi is yuvi(290)..huge change within last 2 years

  • Kover_Drive on November 26, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Eying for Rohit's performance since in recent times he has been a better player of short deliveries, better than Virat or Tendulkar. Playing short deliveries is what lot of the greatest batsmen lack. Rohit is NOT YET one of the greatest, but he certainly is capable pulling or striking short deliveries mainly because his footwork much quicker.

    With short deliveries, you are suppose to play with a distance so that you can reach the ball the by LOWER part of your blade. As soon as a batsman realizes it's a short ball, one should quickly position himself to reach the ball by lower the part of the blade. If a batsman cannot hit a short ball by the lower part of the bat then he is not really hitting the ball at all but rather just deflecting it into a poor shot or pop-up, except when defending wisely.

  • Naveen1107 on November 26, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Most of the squad as anticipated, except for Rayudu instead of Gambhir (!!) Gauti's experience would have been vital...anyways its all Dhoni , the master of plays.. :) Zak's back, which is good news though...Would have loved to see Samson getting a nod ahead of Saha,for all the promise he has shown during the IPL..He would not have been in the playing XI for sure, but touring with the team would have been a great learning curve for him..its a good time to start grooming a Wicket Keeper backup for Dhoni, instead of randomly picking one among Dinesh Karthik,Saha...

  • ketaann on November 26, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    gauti, bhajji shoud be picked for both squad n also zaheer. Raydu is not a good choice. It is also interesting how vijay would play he enjoy success on indian pitches. I think he will be next steyn' bunny after hafeez.

  • on November 26, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    I am very surprised at the many predictions on Team India's performance against the Proteas. Pulverized/destroyed/clobbered/beaten/bulldozed/and many others. Fans, have you paid attention to the results of the previous two series. 2007 Team India won the first test and because of Munaf and VRV did not win the remaining tests. Last time India toured SA the first test was a beat down of team India. Second test was a beat down of the Proteas and in the final test the Great Men Kallis and Boucher pulled SA's wool out of the fire in the second innings. So where are these predictions coming from?? This team is full of youth and please remember Youth has no fear. Two test matches and nothing to loose [no reputations to maintain] is a deadly combination. Please get a new crystal ball. Boys and girls stop with the predictions and fasten your seat belts. You are on for a ride.

  • on November 26, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Talking of spinners, I am extremely disappointed with [ANGRY AT] Amit Mishra nd Piyush Chawla. These two guys could have been the weapon that India needs on ANY PITCH. No player is comfortable playing an above average leggie. These two have been bowling for quite a long time with many first class wicket and when it comes to Test matches they are absolute zeros. For heavens sakes Stuart McGill took 200 wickets. What is wrong? A fast bowler is out of the question, but a leg spinner, should have been falling off the tree like a coconut or a banana or a Guava. Instead we have rotten fruit. Drives me real mad.

  • on November 26, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    The only selection I have to question is the second and third spinner. On these SA pitches one spinner is one too many. So what is the point in picking three spinners? I think we lost a good chance to expose a fast bowler to SA conditions. I would have picked only one spinner in Ashwin and picked both Pandey and Unadkat so I can give them a taste of fast pitches. Jadeja is not able to play those so called WI fast bowlers in Indian pitches, so I am not too convinced about his batting abilities. This would give them an idea of what to expect overseas. I am aware they both went to SA with the A team but it is not the same as travelling with the Test team and getting tips from Zak. Please remember the next three trips are to NZ, Eng and Australia where only one spinner will be in use. Other than that all is A Ok.

  • contactmnr on November 26, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    TEST SQUAD - Shikhar Dhawan,M.Vijay,Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Ajinkya Rahane,MSD, R Ashwin,Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shami,Umesh Yadav,Zaheer Khan.

    ODI -Dhawan,R.Sharma,Kohli,Yuvraj,Raina,Jadeja,MSD,Ashwin,Bhuvan/Mohit, U.Yadav,Shami.

    Thank god Gambir and Ishanth wil not be in playing 11.

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    It's a balance team. Good Choice

  • Nandu Tigy on November 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    My Playing 11 For Test is 1.Dhawan,2.Vijay,3.Pujara,4.Kohli,5.Rohit,6.Rahane,7.Dhoni,8,Ashwin OR Ojha ,9.Zaheer,10.Ishant OR Shami,11.Kumar

    Ashwin has All round ability But Ojha Has good records in overseas better than Ashwin

    South Africa Pitch very good for Swing and Pace Bowling so We need Swing bowler like Kumar and Zaheer and also Reverse Swing in Old ball is Better go with Shami

    We Need Six Batsman For Test Game with NO.1 Test team South Africa

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @Ali Murtaza - Apparently you have not followed Champions trophy in England. Dhawan is more equipped technically and I'd expect him to excel in SA. He got better technique than Sehwag and certainly is not a blind slogger like Afridi. I really doubt about Vijay with his technique to handle moving ball. He can surprise us grit and determination. Rohit and Kohli would be the ones to look out for

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    I'd probably go with 6 batsmen (Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara,Rohit and Dhoni) + 5 bowlers - Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami, Zaheer and Umesh. Ashwin has shown that he can hang around with bat and Zaheer is not bad as well.

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Its a tough call to say whether ignoring Gambhir is a good decision or not.On the positive side, it may be a bit tough for Gambhir to be a part of 16, but not in final XI. On the flip side, there is no back up opener in this side, so if Vijay/Dhawan gets injured either Pujara or Rahane should open the innings, which is not ideal. Except this case, the remaining squad looks good and Rayudu finally got the Indian cap which is great.India is missing a good swing bowler like Sreesanth who excelled in his tour to South Africa. Hoping that B Kumar gets early wickets and he will be come lethal if he can add 7-8 Kmph to his speed.

  • indianzen on November 26, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    One of the good selection I would say.. a real test and chance for youngsters. With this team, anything is possible 7-4 or 6-5 or 5-6 combination. Ashwin and Jadeja are slowly budding as all rounders. I am sure that the SA pitches are going to test Virat, Rohit, Shikar and Cheteshwar's talents. Fingers crossed... Its not the same team which lost to England and Australia. My 11 - Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, MS, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Buvi or Umesh or Oja and Zak. I am sure that SA gonna choke to Spin...

  • CherryWood_Champion on November 25, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Great respect for Gauthi & Veeru. Although Gauthi did perform in the recent domestic cricket, I think it is fair to say we look forward given the amount of cricket we have outside of the subcontinent. In tests, I would rather drop Vijay(Whose overseas record is pathetic) and have Rahane open the innings. Similarily I see #6 as an ideal slot for Rayudu to make his debut,provided we play six batsmen.

    1)Shikar 2)Rahane 3)Pujara 4) Kohli 5)Rohit 6)Rayudu 7)Dhoni 8)Jaddu 9)Zaheer 10)Bhuvi/Umesh 11) Shami

    For ODIs our target should be World Cup-2015 which is in Australia. That being said, Sorry friends I do not see a place for either Yuvi or Raina. There record in Australia has never been good. I would like to see how Rayudu/Rahane & Pujara would fair on these types of pitches. For that to happen we will have use the rotational policy and give these guys chances. But with MSD being a strong advocate of Yuvi/Raina .. I doubt if that would ever happen. Anyways good luck team India.

  • CherryWood_Champion on November 25, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Guys, For all those who are surprised with Rayudu's inclusion. Here are some of the facts. Made his debut playing for Hyderabad.(Yes Same city that gave us Jaisimha / Azhar & VVS). Was touted as the next best talent after SRT. Started scoring consistently. They picked him up for Under-19 against England in 2002. Because of politics in the HCA, he moved out and got associated with the unofficial T-20 league in India. On clemency from BCCI he started playing for Baroda. Robin Singh and SRT identified his talents and recommmended him to the Ambani's to bring him into the Mumbai Indian's team. This guy has got amazing talent and has a very tight and compact technique when playing fast bowlers on bouncy tracks. An unbeaten 177 not out for India-A trip on a difficult seaming conditions in England being a classic example. It boads well for Indian Cricket, that such talent is identified and recognized. Hats off to the current Indian selectors for picking him

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 25, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Umesh Yadav in ODIs and not in tests. What's the logic in selecting an expensive bowler for ODIs but not for tests? His pace will be invaluable in tests. Being expensive in tests is not a big deal as opposed to ODIs. So, I can't understand the logic of the selectors.

  • nlambda on November 25, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has such great connections... frustrating as an Indian fan.

  • Speng on November 25, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    India shouldn't have much problems batting, Dhawan, Pujara, Vijay, Kohli, Rohit, and MSD should be enough batting for any team. Sorry for Rahane. The question is how many bowlers do they chose. You'd think that Shami's performance against the WI (and reverse swing skills) and Yadav's pace should give them places but do they take a 3rd seamer (Zaheer or Kumar) and then do they take 2 spinners? I think Ashwin has been batting well enough to be selected as an allrounder and Ohja gives them a good option moving the ball the other way. I like Bhuv but he is so much of a new ball bowler that he is pretty ineffective after the shine's off the ball so maybe if Zaheer is fit that he will offer more variety especially as a left hander. Of course since Ishant is in the squad then he'll probably play because for whatever reason the selectors think he's good.

  • on November 25, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    India needs to give fringe players like Rayudu some games. I don't see the point of selecting young players and never giving them chances in the playing 11. Rayudu has a lot of potential, and India really need to get him a few games.

  • HonestyMatters on November 25, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    On another note, the return of Zaheer Khan could well be an orchestrated event, which is likely to culminate with his retirement. While Zaheer fully deserves a dignified exit, the Indian board will not be stopping short in showing its generous ways of bidding bye to individuals who have served the country well in its short glorified past. This unexpectedly squeezed series could well be the last time we'll see this smooth-actioned left-handed talent. Thus foldiing-up the Ganguly-Dravid-Laxman-Tendulkar-Zaheer era for good, with only Sehwag still waiting in the ranks to be honoured. Expect a surprise press-conference around the Christmas time!

  • AjaySridharan on November 25, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    How I would have liked for this to be Sachin's swan song...and more importantly, for a 4 test series instead of shortchanging the fans of quality cricket.

  • AjaySridharan on November 25, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Real test for the young Indian batsmen, some with bloated egos based on performances in India. Great opportunity for Shami to prove he can make the cut at this level, and for Zaheer to show how genuine and serious he has been with his fitness regimen and display his hunger to perform at the top level again.

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    I've saved off some paid vacation... for an India trip in Dec, but looks like it may not happen.....

    Hopefully work would allow me to use some of those, for the upcoming IND-SA tests....

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    @Dhanno

    Totally agree with you on playing Ashwin + Jadeja together... worked ok on IND tracks, but wont work on away tours.

    We need specialist spinners. Had dhoni showed some confidence in Ojha, I would have picked him as the lone spinner (or Mishra, if at all he developed some control by now).

    In tests, you cannot afford to have more than one allrounder.

    For now Ashwin will work as a spinning allrounder, as we might need his batting abilities in SA conditions..... feels soo defensive... but our batsmen are not that experienced, too many playing in such conditions for the first time..

    I do not see a way that Jadeja can play... I have never seen him bat with any level of confidence.. I must have missed some of his superb knocks.. otherwise I cannot explain his OK average in ODIs.

    But I think we will get some idea on how we fare in the ODIs

  • VVSR92 on November 25, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Recalling zaheer is a good decision and he automatically picks himself into the 11. However reclaiing ishanth for odis is a bad decision. he needs to reinvent himself to survive in odi cricket. His death bowling is a waekness and i do not see him getting much success on batting tracks. Vinay was a better option. Coming to batting gautham should have only be in the squad if he was featuring in the 11, thus his omission is justified as the new pair is performing well and can be relied upon for a 2 test seris. This seris is important for players like rahane,rohit and faster bowlers to establish themselves into the longer format team.

  • CodandChips on November 25, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I would pick the following for tests: 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay (has good temperament which will be required vs this RSA attack 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Sharma (2 test hundreds already and plays the short ball well) 6.Rahane (vs South Africa in South Africa needs 6 specialist batsmen. Rahane's experience as an opener in IPL should help him play the seamers and he showed good temperament) 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja (doesn't require much turn but still an excellent bowler) 9. Kumar (good accuracy, swings the ball- reliable bowler who provdies control) 10.Yadav (has proper pace and decent control) 11. Shami (not as much pace as Yadav but still has some and has more control than Yadav)

    ODIs: 1.Dhawan 2.Sharma 3.Rahane 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6. A finisher other than Yuvraj or Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Kumar 10.Yadav 11.Shami -In OSuth Africa you need people confident against pace to ba through so why Rahane above Kohli. Would prefer Pujara- he should be in the squad. Raina is woeful vs he short ball. Yuvraj is past it.

  • on November 25, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    why not included gautam this is totally unfair

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    @ Dhanno Totally agree with you.... I watched Ashes test a bit, but for the IND ODI, even when I woke up automatically (internal alarm for IND cricket) at 3 PM, I went back to sleep.....

    ODIs in India, I am done watching them... ODIs on sporting wickets, If they still make them elsewhere... I will watch them....

    But test cricket is I really care about now...

    They should do away with Bi-lateral ODIs and T-20s, instead they can have a T-20 world cup every year and another occasional T-20 tournament with 6+ teams, may be a ODI world cup every 2 years, and couple of smaller ODIs championships with 4+ teams a year....knockouts, or leagues

    ODIs can get back to their glory days, but they should stop tempering with the rules and get sporting wickets.... and by sporting I do not mean just fast and bouncy.. you can even have spinning wickets.. but there should

    Only test cricket should be played as a bi-lateral series, with a World cup between the 1st and 2nd teams at the top of the table..

  • on November 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Team look very well balanced, just one thought I got was we needed Gambhir instead of Vijay, I dont believe Vijay has got the metal in front of people like Steyn n Morkel. Not to forget the experience he brings on the table and his form in the last Ranji match.

  • on November 25, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    well i still feel that instead of wriddhiman saha they could have picked up Dinesh Karthik and very dissapointed to see Ishant Sharma back in the odi squad.

  • MiddleStump on November 25, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Once again a team has been selected with little imagination and without an eye on the future. Zaheer Khan now at 125K and Bhuvaneswar Kumar at 120K will be the slowest opening pair of bowlers in a very long time. The alternative is to have Ishant and Umesh bowl at 140K and spray it all around giving Dhoni a lot of sideways exercise. I am afraid the fast bowling is really weak. It is doubtful that Rayudu can succeed in tests but let us hope for the best. The worst part of the selection is the complete absence of young blood in a team of 17 players. Apparently the selectors have not heard of names like Baba Aparajith, Sanju Samson or Varun Aaron. Thankfully the selectors have not forgotten Gambhir's nightmares against the slanting delivery which was on regular display during the last tour of Australia. It is also clear the Sehwag and Harbhajan can join the golf circuit now that the selectors have bid them good bye. It would be a miracle if India manages to draw the test series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    I Think Shaiker Dhawan would struggle in Southafrica in Helpful condition because of his faulty technique, and Dhoni is another player that is going to struggle there

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Hope they retain most of the recent winning test team, with Rahane slated for Sachin's place and Zaheer coming in for Ojha (sorry ojha).

    Dhoni may be tempted to get Jadeja in, but I do not think Jadeja can add anything with bat in SA conditions....

    With 6 batsmen + Dhoni + 4 bowlers.. at least we can hope that we can bat out.. if needed..

    So my final X1 would be

    Dhawan Vijay Pujara Rahane Kohli Rohit Dhoni Ashwin Bhuvi Zaheer Shami

    Kohli can bowl a bit and Rohit should show his spin bowling skills (after all that is why he was picked ahead of Rahane in the WI tests).

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    My playing 11 for Tests

    1 M Vijay 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Cheteshwar Pujara 4 Virat Kohli 5 Rohit Sharma 6 Ravindra Jadeja 7 MS Dhoni 8 R Ashwin 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Zaheer Khan 11 Umesh Yadav

  • CodandChips on November 25, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    As a neutral I am really looking forward to this series. Please show it on UK sky TV! India in my opinion are the best team if you aggregate all formats but are inexperienced, especially abroad. South Africa are deserved no1 tests and have a fantastic seam bowling attack. India arguably are the country in world cricket with the most potential.

    I think the test series will be the most intriguing, because India's inexperienced but supremely talented batsmen will have to play against Steyn, Philander and Morkel in seam bowling conditions. I'm sure it will be an excellent contest. I'd pick Rahane.

    The ODIs should also be less but still a good contest as South Africa have underperformed in them this year and India have yet to play in completely alien conditions like these since their incredible transition. I think India should give Pujara a go in the ODIs because playing away to South Africa will require sensible test-match batting from the top order. I'd much rather him than Raina.

  • fab4_india on November 25, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Nice thing for India...for the first time in many years, there will be a competition for place between fast bowlers...Return of Zak assures his place in the team. that means the remaining 2 spots for fast bowlers will be decided between Bhuvi, Umesh and Shami as there is no possibility to drop Ashwin and play 4 seamers or playing 2 spinners on a track that will assist seam and fast bowling..with Jaddu sure to play

    My playing 11 :- Shikhar, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, MSD, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Zak, Shami/Umesh.

    No Vijay, as Rahane got much better technique and temperament then him..and he has proven this over and over again in domestic matches...so it time for him to be tested..

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Regardless of which Indian players are selected they will be hammered. I predict another overseas whitewash. Indian pace attack is and has always been dead with the exception of Zaheer. Their strength is in their spin bowlers which SA have shown weakness against, in the recent matches vs Pakistan. CASE 1: Poor pace attack + poor batsmen in foreign conditions = humiliating defeat for India. CASE 2: Good spin attack + poor batsmen in foreign conditions = better chances of a win.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    where is zol, aparajith and samson? atleast one of them should have given chance.they are the future of indian cricket

  • SanjivAwesome on November 25, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Good call on Gambhir. Ishant on the other hand is needed for his dangerous... hair.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    All these players have done very well on home grounds. How they cope with English, Aus and SA pitches will be a real test of their skills. For Sa I will always go in with total 3 fulltime/part time spinners and 3 fast bowlers.

  • Cricketlov. on November 25, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Hello, no one taking about experience.........This South Africa bowling line up is world best and they are in their home soil..........So, India should have select Gambhir ahead of Rayudu..............Now India Need Inform experience Batsman not Inform Inexperience Batsman......................

  • humi_cric on November 25, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Welcome back Zaheer Khan, smart work by Indian Selectors as it is evident in recent series against us (Pakistan) that Hashim Amla having some difficulty facing Irfan and Junaid (left arm fast), Amla is extremely dangerous player (as we all already know) so love to see how Hashim Amla handle him. Good luck to both teams.

  • cricktwins on November 25, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @619decepticon Perfectly said!! I completely agree with you.. Yuvraj deserves more chances, yes he failed in last series but this is the time u back your match winner.. Everyone goes thru rough period, even sachin, kohli, dhoni(in wc 2011,except final), rohit all had lean patch in the past..

    Bowl short balls to raina is a world known fact.. He is sort of a package player, can hit, increase run rate while batting, superb fielder, offspin, finisher.. But what he has done to improve his technique?? still gets out to short balls and quality spin..He has got lot of chances, even dhoni promoted him to no 4, 5 instead of 6 and still he fails to grab the chances..

    Yuvraj singh deserves more chances than raina and if anyone should be dropped then it is raina and not yuvraj..

  • Siddhesh31 on November 25, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @M. Swaroop Yu really think Rahane is not likely to amount much in SA??.. Jadeja i can understand ..But Rahane is technically better than a lot other current players. Ex. Raina .. & people with sound technique are bound to succeed .. My 11 would be - Vijay,Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Zaheer,Kumar,Shami.. No Umesh Yadav but it all depends on the 2 practice matches ..Whueva bowls/better will b selected ..Batting order is stable with only 1 no. 6 slot available.. But there are 1-2 bowling slots ..So perform & get selected ..

  • LAKINGSFAN on November 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    /* Should have picked Wasim Jaffer instead of Vijay. */ I still remember the way Wasim Jaffer danced the way against Aussie pacers in 2007-2008. I would have still preferred Debhasis Gandhi instead of Wasim Jaffer.

  • LAKINGSFAN on November 25, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Neither Saha nor Rayudu is gonna play any matches. So we're good there. Zak and Jadeja are expected to be in the squad. It's unbelievable to see Ishant Sharma's name again in ODI team. After "that" ball he bowled to Ponting in 2008, he yet reproduce a delivery that's half good as that but he's still in the team.

  • A__J on November 25, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Why is everyone Ishant- bashing? No doubt he leaked a LOT of runs against australia, but those conditions and the ones in SA will be a lot different. His inclusion now is probably not justified, but that doesn't mean we need to break him down further. He has been picked, now he needs to perform. In my opinion a fast allroudner like dhawan or irfan would be better. Thank goodness we have Zaheer back, he is the true spearhead

  • cricktwins on November 25, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    No gambhir for odi's as shikhar and rohit are doing fantastic job.. only raina and yuvi has to perform in middle order... I dont know why people ask about gambhir in odi.. his fielding is not good, doesnt bowl part time spin like raina or yuvi..

    In test gambhir has to fit only as opener because 3. pujara 4.kohli 5. sharma 6.dhoni.. Gambhir has serious technical problem against fast bowling, he s unsure where is off stump is and short balls.. And one century in the ranji match, that too against weak haryana doesnt deserve a selection.. He has to score lot of runs in the form of centuries..

  • on November 25, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    how can you leave out Virender Sehwag, the crowd pulling, by far the most exciting batsman to play for India, ever??

  • 619decepticon on November 25, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Of the two most talked about players in the current playing 11, yuvi n raina, the former deserved the chances that he has got till now inspite of bad form n still deserves a few more series, keeping in mind the number of matches he has won for india single handedly, including the 2007 T20 and 2011 WC..Bt raina is not a technically correct batsman and hence is by default succeptible to quality bowling..The indian wickets were helping him til now..but his current form, or rather lack of it, even in indian conditions is all more worrying..the team has given him enough chances inspite of him not performing for a long period...can anybody remember, when was the last time raina played a matchwinning innings especialy on foreign soil? Hardly any in the last 2years...Yuvraj Atleast has always shown that he can play fast bowlers well(his current form might make u think otherwise, but in the past he has), his pulls on those short deliveries have carved a special place in many hearts..remember how well he had played in that period from 2007-2011, not only in India bt also abroad...n therefore there is atleast one thing for sure that if yuvi gets back into form, he wil play very well against all types of bowlers and on fast wickets like those of Austrailia, which wud b a nice thing as far as 2015 wc is concerned..But Mr. Suresh Raina! He has hardly played any significant innings against fast bowlers on fast wickets, plus his current form shows he is struggling even on indian pitches, then what is the point in investing so much in him? Instead, a techincaly correct batsman like rahane or pujara can be brought in..Dhoni should keep in mind how much loss he is causing to the team in pursuit of profit by backing an out of form player..

  • sharma987 on November 25, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    What about Pervez Rasool...Didint got single game in zimbabawe and got dumped...His Ranji season is going fairly good..Could be a good allrounder..Better than Mishra.Ishant..??whats up in selectors mind..Should try youngsters for 2015..

  • Dhanno on November 25, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @Bhushan. I was only referring to Tests, I mean ODIs, that is a dead format as far I am concerned. Unless Saffers make sporting wickets, there is no point watching the lopsided games. More and more ODIs are being played on flatter wickets all over the world (advent of T20 has made it even more necessary to have a batting pitch on every single major ground in world).

    So yes, my selection was for test matches. Overseas conditions, playing Jadeja (bits and pieces player) + Ashwin (limited quality spinner) in tests will be traumatizing for fans! Bear in mind, I do know their exploits in home conditions on favorable pitches, that should not make them automatic selection in tests in overseas conditions. In ODIS Dhoni can put entire CSK XI and I wouldn't care a jot.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Contrary to what people think I think Vijay and Ishant will end up doing quite well despite their poor old record. Graeme smith will score less runs than Vijay in this series. He will be a sitting duck against Zaheer Khan.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    I think selectors need to get 10 on 10 here. We are going to play number 1 test team in the world. Selectors have chosen the best available talent here. That's all one can do. Now hope for best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    can any one explain the inclusion of Ishant Sharma in d one squad?? hw many chances do they want 2 give him and continuosly loose matches?

  • on November 25, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Ishant Sharma - What this guy have to do to get dropped?

  • Mr.Q1 on November 25, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    For what wonderful performance in recent times is Ishant part of this tour? Is the battering in India not enough? Should he go and entertain South African batsmen in their home turf?

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    hard to believe Ishant's selection in the odi squad, after leaking so much runs in the recent series against Australia

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    The test squad is almost perfect except rayudu and saha. both r failing in ranjhi domestic matches, then what will they do in the SA conditions where they have flat and bouncy tracks. ? i think dhawan will rise with batting and zaheer khan will be the bowling king! virat and rohit will be handy as well. my squad for test: Vijay , Dhawan , Pujara , Kohli , Sharma , Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Zaheer Ojha\Shami

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I didnt wondered rayudu getting place in Both squads as he is a much talented player compared to any other player looking for opprtunity in squad . i remember raina ,karthik and lot of players who choosen for indian team played under his captaincy.....Yuvraj and Raina and jadeja{Short ball failures} form is questionable.....i wanna see how dhoni wants to use speed-gun umesh in much deserving conditions.....he is d one player i am xpecting some wicketsr at those conditions....Gambhir failed in showing his form in ranji...he needs to play more cricket...i think he needs concentrate more on his batting rather than captaincy....All the best Team India......:)Keep Winning:)

  • BigINDFan on November 25, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    The selection is the best the selectors can do given the talent there exists. SA is the top ranked in Tests but they can be defeated in their own backyard if Shami, Bhuvi and Yadav focus on line and length. Zak is a surprise inclusion but this may be his last chance at making an impact in Tests. At least he will get G.Smith in 4 innings :-)

    Honestly the ODI selection can be better but Yuvi needs to go. He can play T20s thats about it. Raina needs a longer run in ODI and T20s but not in Tests. Ishant can play in Tests but not in ODIs. His place should go to Mohit Sharma and other youngsters. He gets selected for his height and so called bounce. Honestly Ashwin gets more bounce consistently that Ishant. Plus SA is good at playing bounce it is spin they struggle against - so Ojha should play in Tests not Jadeja. Jadeja is fine for ODIs.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    I think gambhir should have been picked as for experience n as an extra opener as well.Thinking of the conditions in sa we need more experience as vijay and shikhar both are inexperienced and also not played much in those conditions.Including zaheer also will give experience n boost the bowling line up of india.my 15 would be :dhoni,vijay,shikhar,pujara,kohli,r.sharma,gambhir,zaheer,b.kumar,yadav,ashwin,jadeja,ojha,shami,saha.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    This is a very good selection. In Test Matches I would like to see Zaheer, Umesh Yadav, Shami, and one among bhuvi/Ishant depending on their form in ODI's. I mean if Bhuvi or Ishant can find few bunnies, like Zzak has Smith, India can do better than few people think. I also think that younger lot is very motivated bunch of guys and given what happened when seniors were still playing (but in their last stages) these youngsters would like to bring back the glory to India and respect. I wish them all the best, and play hard and honest cricket. Results will take care of themselves.

  • ravimahna on November 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    i have been thinking about number four for india in coming up test & many quarrels between many different guys & only name that was is Rohit Sharma at number four & gambhir backing up at his place. one reason for gambhir at 6 is he is a left hander and would have been likely useful to make think the opposition bowlers & vary their length (right arm left arm bating combination) with experience bating down under & also someone like dhoni to follow & with batsman of gambhir calibre at number six can make any opposition to come up with plan B , C , D , E and on thinking against india bating line up.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Wit this squad India easily will loose 2-0 in tests and 3-0 or 2-1 on ODIs. Pujara should have been included in ODIs to get some stability to middle order..Ishanth will try to beak Stuart broads record of 6*6 in an over..

  • CodandChips on November 25, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Hope Zaheer doesn't play instead of Bhuvi, Shami or Yadav

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    maximum players from CSK..... jadeja for odi is ok but for test gambhir is better than him..... actually selectors also from CSK.... better to send CSK team for any international match.....

  • virkime on November 25, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Why Ishant. He needs to go back take time off, build mental strength, get his fundamentals corrected, prove himself in domestic cricket and then compete for the spot for the International squad. This is setting up an example of players being in the squad based on their past glories. He should not have been picked but should be given all the necessary support structure to improve himself and come back to the squad.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    That's some good news for Zak... India could do a lot better with an experienced seamer in the pack while playing in seam-suitable conditions. My XI for the tests should be -

    1. Murali Vijay - If he can apply himself properly he can be a handy opener. 2. Shikhar Dhawan - Manages the bouncing balls quite well. 3. Chetashwar Pujara - Will be a real test for this no. 3. 4. Virat Kohli - He will have ample opportunity to fill the shoes. And I believe he will do well. 5. Rohit Sharma - Plays the hook and pull well. 6. MSD 7. Sir Jadeja - he can rocket in some fast ones to claim a few lbw. 8. Ashwin - not only can he be the spin option, but a good tailend batting option 9. Zaheer - a left arm seamer will be an asset. 10. Bhuvaneshwar 11. Shami

    Match on South Africa...

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    I wonder why the selectors persist with Ishant who used oblige any batsman every time he bowled. Further poor Raina and Yuvaraj could not face the rising balls particularly in Indian conditions and how they are going to face SA bowlers ion fast and bouncy tracks is very big question.

  • Triple_A on November 25, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    contd...

    3. We all know Dhoni likes to keep the same team, irrespective of the initial results. I am pretty sure Ojha, Rayudu, Ishant, Mishra and most probably Saha and Yadav are going as tourists. Unless someone falls gravely ill or gets injured, the team composition is not going to be changed. The most that we can expect is Jadeja being replaced by Rahane for the second test.

    4. Selecting Mohit ahead of Unatkad and Vinay is a very position move. That guy has some serious heart and could prove more useful than the one-dimensional Unatkad, Vinay or even a Dinda.

    5. Dhoni has got to try out Rayudu before its too late. Every country has an effective rotation policy except for India, where players are given chances on potential more than form. Rayudu seemed a little lost against Zim (check his strike rate). I hope he proves me wrong - he was the hottest talent in India a few years ago, but please play him soon so that he gets match practice in case Yuvraj/Raina dont cut it for WC2015.

  • ankurc_27 on November 25, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    What i would like to ask every expert on this wonderful discussion panel is why are we always critical of the selection decisions... The current batch of selectors are one of the most experienced lot... They might not have played too much of international cricket but they do have lots of FC.... Lets not forget that Sandip Patil is one man who does not hide what he feels... He is as fearless as his batting..... So i again request my fellow members on this discussion to praise the selction and not critisize it. As far as the playing XI is concerned... I would prefer both Jadu and Ashwin in the team along with Zak Umesh and Shami... I know its harsh on Bhuvi but then again both Zak and Bhuvi are swing bowlers..... different angles though but still swing... Rahane could be the back up opener we reqd...

  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on November 25, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Overall, the selection is all right. I just have two suggestions to make - (1) I don't understand the logic of including Wriddhiman Saha in Test squad, as Ambati Rayudu is already there as a back-up wicket keeper. I would definitely have preferred Gautam Gambhir in place of Wriddhiman Saha, as Gambhir's experience in South Africa would have been useful for us. (2) I would have preferred Pujara in ODI, in place of either Yuvraj or Raina, as these two players may be successful in Indian conditions but on pacy & bouncy pitches of SA, they are vulnerable.

  • Triple_A on November 25, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    1. Most of the names pick themselves - I wouldn't have gone with so many reserves though, especially since there is a full-blown domestic season going on at home presently. Everyone knows the ten that pick themselves in tests; I would have added Gambhir(opener), Rahane and Jadeja (middle order), Saha(wk) and Yadav(pacer). A perfect 15 member squad with reserves in each useful category.

    2. Saha should be integrated in the test team ASAP. I wish we find a potential test captain very soon, because Dhoni is an not overseas wk/batsman. Saha was way more solid in the sole match that he played in Australia - Dhoni admitted that he himself would always be a walking wicket overseas. That's why I was really hoping for Gambhir to shine and force himself back. He is a good captain and has the experience to lead from the front until Kohli/Sharma take over. This is harsh, but IMO Dhoni should concentrate on ODI and T20 solely for the benefit of the team

    ...contd

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Do you really need to select 17 players for a 2 test series?When will the BCCI stop providing free paid holidays to the players?I dont see any role for Ishant Sharma, Ambatti Rayudu, Wridhhiam Saha, Ravindra Jadeja in the Test Series except for warming the benches. They would have done a big boost to their confidence by playing Ranji matches instead of being on a paid holiday.

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    test squad is good except foe the selection of ishant and rayudu... I can't see any performance behind them to back up their places. ... let's hope ishant doesn't play..... I am eagerly waiting to see our opening batsmen performance.... this series will tell whether we have a good openers or not... and bowling unit should have bhuvi, zak, shami and ashwin.... I have strong feeling that this department will find more success than their opposition.... please play rahane instead of jaddu, he has been too long waiting in bench.. and kohli should be at 4 followed by Rohit, rahane dhoni...

    odi... expecting a failure for raina, yuvraj...not that I hate them or such, but I want to see rahane at 4...that will be a big helo for WC15 which is in AUS.... bowling unit for ODI, bhuvi, umesh yadhav, shami, ashwin, jadeja

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    i think they[selectors] know know what they are doing ghambir need some more time in ranjis . but surprisingly I have never seen 326 comments on any article seems indian team selection is interesting and amusing one

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    i think they[selectors] know know what they are doing ghambir need some more time in ranjis . but surprisingly I have never seen 326 comments on any article seems indian team selection is interesting and amusing one

  • vivekjagan on November 25, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    i hope the selectors want gambhir to play more ranji games.and he ll be selected fr nz tour and england.

  • cricket-is-passion on November 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Here my pic: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Sami, Umesh/Kumar. Recently even spinners taking good number of wickets in SA if we look at recent past serices of India A or Pak. So this adds 3 pacers adn two spinners as Ashwin and Jadeja and Jadeja dn Ashwin being 7 and 8th to fill in as batsman. Good luck Team India. Hope Khan adds more value to the selection as he is always a superior bowler in terms of his exp and mentor to jr. bowlers but weak fielder.

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    with dhoni, I would not want to predict 11, but Gambhir should have been in the team for such an important tour, experience is definitely lacking in batting with all big 3 gone. I understand problem on selectors end though, Gambhir being SENIOR, it would have been hard to a)sit him out and b) to play him down the order. He could have been a good back up opener as I doubt Vijay to succeed in SA, but then, theres only 2 test and Dhoni surely wouldnt be changing opening combo of Vijay and Dhawan for first match, and even if Vijay fails in 1st match, the usua lines will come, you cant judge a player by one match. Alas, I would love to be wronged by Vijay, but lets see. Dhawan being new comer also is likely to fail, but he has done enough to earn some failures, Vijay hasn't earned as much compared to Dhawan though.

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Dhanno

    Ashwin + Jadeja playing in a ODI together... sounds strange to you.. even on away conditions...

    They may even play the TEST together... now how strange would that be....

    For me if they do not play together.. courtesy the POWER that be... it will be very strange for me....

    I have not seen the last ODI...even though it fell on the weekend......How did Jadeja bat...looking at the scroreline... it did not look pretty...

    Ashwin looks a far better bat than Jadeja.. but that could be just me...

  • PPD123 on November 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    The non selection of Gambhir is surprising but understandable. They was to give M Vijay a decent run. Gambhir will be back, I have no doubts about it. Playing him in the middle order is not advisable just to fit him as he has always been an opener or no.3. Also it will be detrimental to his confidence and show lack of respect if he is picked in the squad and not played in the XI. With regards to the playing XI - Knowing Dhoni he will want to go with 5 bowlers - thats what Jadeja provides him (3 Fast medium and 2 spinners). He will never play 4 fast bowlers. The only place I remember Ind playing 4 med fast bowlers was in Perth and Ind lost both matches in a canter. For me the final XI for the test would be - Vijay, Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit, Dhoni,Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer,Bhuvneshwar, Umesh/Shami.

    Ishant should have been given more time to work at a 1st class level. Throwing him into the ODI couldren in SA will not do any good to his confidence. Hope he comes out unscathed Goodluck India

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Good job by selectors...

    Ojha, chances are very slim... but he did nothing wrong in the chances he got.. did great in the ENG series... then in and out of the team.. had a 10 wicket haul in the last test.... so even though he may not get a chance in the final X1, at least he was given the confidence that he is still one of their best spinners...

    Ishanth... I guess one final chance on pitches that SHOULD help his way of bowling... If he not fails.. it should be BYE BYE for a long time....

    I would have liked Pujara in ODIs.. but lets see how the current crop deals the away conditions.. If they are not up to the mark and if Pujara proves a point or two in the TESTS, he will get his chances....in ODIs too... . Guys remember Drvaid being called back into ODIs after being omitted for a good no. of years...

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Selectors definitely making some good choices.....

    Senior batsman/bowler, they are only including them, If their chances of playing in the final X1 for 99%... It will be disrespect for Gauti or Shewag to be selected here and carry drinks when Dhawan & Vijay with < 10 tests each bat in the middle.

    Vijay can't be dropped yet, as he did not do much wrong.. but if he does awful or exposes his technique... then gauti will have a better chance in the next away series...

    They cannot drop Rahane.. not yet.. as he is not given any chances... has been waiting for that No.4 slot for sachin to retire.. will be interesting to see if he finally gets a log run in the middle

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    my 11 for the test : vijay dhawan pujara kohli rohit dhoni jadeja ashwin zak shami umesh

  • 619decepticon on November 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    One thing is for sure, Dhoni has unshakble belief in Ishant Sharma..Why n how? No one knows..Without his recomendation the selectors wont dare continue picking him up..And so is the case with Murli Vijay n suresh raina..He wishes to do 'Rohit Sharma' with them. Keep trusting them until they start firing..but in this process, the team suffers so much..He should take teams welfare more seriously..

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Strange to see Rayudu in the XI , i guess we should have gone for Gambhir or for that matter Raina , so lil strange that Rayudu has leap forged over Gambhir/Raina/Yuvraj/Sehwag.

  • sharma987 on November 25, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    What about Pervez Rasool,He has had a fair enough Ranji till now..He is a good all rounder..having scored 50 & 90's this season and taken wickets too.Alot better investment than the oldie Amit Mishra...what mind Selectors have dont understand...Rayudu?Ishant??...

  • Vishal63 on November 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Playing XI for India in Tests (a): 1. Murali Vijay, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli, 5. Rohit Sharma, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Mohammed Shami

    Playing XI for India in Tests (b): 1. Murali Vijay, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli, 5. Rohit Sharma, 6. Ajinkya Rahane, 7. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Mohammed Shami

    Playing XI for India in Tests (c): 1. Murali Vijay, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli, 5. Rohit Sharma, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Ishant Sharma, 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Mohammed Shami

    Playing XI for India in Tests (d): 1. Murali Vijay, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli, 5. Rohit Sharma, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. U Yadav 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. M Shami

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Ishwar Pande in place of Ishwant Sharma and Gambhir in place of Rayaadu is my choice .

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Its better and makes sensible to have Zak back in the Test Squad. He should have ideally been in the ODI Squad too, His experience would definitely help other bowlers. My TEST lineup is as follows S Dhawan, M Vijay, C Pujara, V Kohli, R Sharma, MS Dhoni, ***, R Aswin, Z Khan, M Shami, B Kumar. Already we've 6 Genuine batsmen, 1 spinner-batsmen(Aswin), 1 fast bowler(Shami), two swing bowlers (Zak n Bhuvi) and hence *** - is tricky, do you want a specialist batsman(Rahane or Rayudu) or an allrounder(read Jadeja) to share the bowling burden or a fast bowler like Umesh.

  • ladycricfan on November 25, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Selectors have done their job. It is for Dhoni to select the final XI. Dhoni doesn't like changing the winning team. Same XI who are currently playing the ODIs will continue in SA. For the test team Jadeja will come back at 7 and Zaheer will replace ojha.

  • InsideHedge on November 25, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Almost a perfect selection barring the inclusion of Ishant. Now, he's selected I'll give him my support but I pray that if he fails yet again, the selectors stand up to the obvious politics that enables his shocking inclusion despite evidence to the contrary. A relief to see the back of Vinay Kumar, I hope never to see him in India colours again.

    The quicker Umesh Yadav returns to the Test team, the better India's chances. His performance in the Ahmedabad Test of 2012 is one of the genuine fast bowling performances by an Indian in recent years.

    No issues in Gambhir missing out, not convinced about Zak a man who on all his previous tours to SA has shown up INJURED. Please be FIT.

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think Ishant Sharma has been as the "demonstrator of how not to bowl in SA". Zaheer will demonstrate of how to bowl in SA to the young pacers and Ishant will demonstrate how not to bowl in SA. Other than that I don't see any reason for picking a bowler who averages 48 in the most helpful pitches for fast bowling anywhere on earth (SA). Also averages 60+ in England and 70+ in Australia. A genuinely dreadful fast bowler.

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Now i dont understande the logic of not keeping zaheer in the odi format and also harbhajan singh who by the way has taken 18 wickets in 3 matches in ranji and has been in better form than Ashwin and Gambhir has been working really hard on his game and is right now a better batsman than Vijay.

  • virkime on November 25, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    My 11 for Test. Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Sami, Ojha. Jadeja works as a second spinner. SA pitches are not one sided as pace only. It is the Indian Batting Attack who needs to adjust to their bowlers rather then the pitch. It is the mental aspect of the batsmen. Bowling wise we should play to our strength that is 2 quality spinners as spin is SA weakeness.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on November 25, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Thank you selectors for doing such a good job, not withstanding your obsession with that spare head. Good riddance to Vinay Kumar. Gambhir, expected and well deserved. Good luck Rayudu. Time to give few more chances to Rahane. Let him swim or sink. Nice to see good pace attack with Zak, Shami and Yadav. It will be difficult to pick just three seamers from this pack. Interesting to see if India goes with 7+4 or 6+5 combo. Time for Jadeja to come good with bat too.

  • Dhanno on November 25, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Both the games will be played on fast bowler paradise. India given its propensity for safety approach will go with 7 batsmen (if we do it at home, I will be surprised if its not practiced in SA). So Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni make it for sure. So Does Zak, Shami, Kumar. I dont think they will go with Umesh Yadav + Shami both so one of them makes to the team and for now it is Shami. Last two spots can go to Ashwin (only spinner in side + bit of a bat) + Rahane/Rayadu. Or Jadeja (bit of a bat and bowl) + Rahane/Rayadu. I will be surprised to see both Ashwin+Jadeja making it to the eleven, but stranger things have happened.

    Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Rahane/Rayadu, Ashwin/ Jadeja, Zak, Kumar, Shami.

  • xylo on November 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Good to see the selection committee go by logic and omit Gambhir/Sehwag and finally Sachin! Zaheer was a no-brainer. Badrinath might have been a great choice, but given his age, I believe they decided to look ahead. I don't see Jadeja playing a role in SA though.

  • mk49_van on November 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    The real tragedy is that India is going to face Steyn, Morkel et al - with two rookie openers, of whom one of them (Vijay) has close to a zero chance of success. Not sure how including a middle order bat solves the opener dilemma. Perhaps we should resign ourselves to losing at least one early wicket.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    My 11: Fast and Bouncy pitch: Dhawan, Rayudu, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvneswar, Shami, Zaheer, Umesh

    Fast pitch: Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvneswar, Shami, Zaheer, Umesh

    Fast and Spin pitch: Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Zaheer, Umesh

    Bating pitch: Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneswar, Shami, Zaheer

    ODI:

    Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneswar, Shami, Umesh

  • India2014 on November 25, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Good decision to bring back Zaheer khan. Gambhir is bad fielder and he takes lot of ball to score a fifty. Good choice not picking him too. He drops vital catches.

  • rsidhu262a1 on November 25, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    An all-rounder is missed in the squad, have a look on last performances

    Last 4 test matches Runs Scored 270 at the Avg of 54 and Picked 9 wickets Last 5 ODI's Runs Scored 76 at avg of 76 Strike Rate 95 plus and picked 8 wickets Played only 8 tests after famous hat trick in Pakistan and took 19 wickets and scored 410 runs in these matches Picked 5 wickets and declared Man of match in last ODI Vs Sri Lanka What is the criteria of selection Rohit Sharma scored 0,0,4,4,4 in that series, was given chances repeatedly, but he was not He is Irfan Pathan

    Once Yusuf rightly said he is out of team because of some reasons other than cricket

    Not a big fan of Irfan but I can't understand the method of selection

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    So are we saying Suresh Raina will face Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel on South African wickets. Come on BCCI. That should be in the dreams and not in reality. And wow, Ishant Sharma has been included again. This time its going to be 10-0-120-0. Wridhiman Saha is much inferior to DK both in terms of batting and keeping. Shocking inclusion.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Murali Vijay is very bad choice, I think Dhiraj Yadav or Gambhir should get a chance.. B.Aparajith, H.Khadiwal or Kedar Yadav should get a chance in place of Rayudu, Rahane.. Sanju Samson should be in the ODI squad.. Rest fine.. Zak is back..

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    What has Rahane & Rayadu done to find a place in both versions. Why not Kartik in place of Saha. Kartik can open if Vijay fails to deliver, bat in the middle order & can keep wickets if Dhoni is injured. Only 3 players from South Ashwin (no one to replace him); Ohja & Vijay. Vijay is sure to fail in fast bouncy South African Pitches.Why not Binny for one dayers in place of Rahane. Oh he is from South. This could be Yuvraj's last tour.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    but why ishant for odi this is international cricket u cant loose game by one player and do unfair with others 10 hard work ishant yet have 5 wicket haul and 100 in six years wicket but jadeja and ashwin had selector not giving chance to gambhir who playing ranji since last year and gives chance to match looser ishant after one performence not fair with gambhir but happy for ZAk he back

  • lokesh0210 on November 25, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft : Yes I remember Sreesanth bowled faster n better than him, and in the WC'11 final match - he gave away 46 runs in last 3 overs, he tried his best to give away the trophy like WC'03 in just a matter of few overs but Sankat Mochan "Dhoni" saved us. We gotta have fast bowlers like really fast against who batsmen fear just like 80s WI attack, 90s Pak attack & last decade's Aus attack. Our Indian bowlers have never won us the match(es) except spinners on Indian pitches that too in Tests only, not ODIs whereas pacers like Ambrose, Akram, McGrath have always been killer & trustworthy on all the pitches n in all the conditions. I can bet our bowlers will hardly make any impact.

  • Raj12345 on November 25, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Good team except Yuvi and Raina. What is special in Yuvi after failing 7 ODIs.

    Why no one can touch Raina in Indian Team. What he brings to team as a batsman.

    Why DK is given rough treatment. He faield just in 4 ODId and won the match for India in his last game. Guys be realistic, Saha is too much than DK. Definitely someone don't like DK in team.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Really great to see Zaheer Khan back in the squad.Expect Dhoni to have a serious headache having to pick only 3 pacers out of Bhuvi,Shami,Zaheer and Yadav.Shami and Zaheer should walk in by virtue of their respective forms and ofcourse experience too in Zaheer's case.Probably,Dhoni might prefer having Yadav in the playing eleven because of the sheer pace that he brings to the table.Should be an absolutely mouthwatering contest if Rohit Sharma,Cheteshwar Pujara,Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan can step up with the bat and Ashwin hopefully contributes a fair bit with bat in hand and takes 10-odd wickets with the ball.I would definitely have Ashwin in my side not just because of his bowling capabilities but his batting talent as well.Looks a really strong side,this,that is for sure.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    very disappointing not to see gautam gambhir in the squad.he deserves it after getting a couple of hundreds in the ranji's this season and he brings in a lot of experience to the side.As rayudu is selected, if he still sits on the bench and is not given a chance it would make no sense and would remain as a blunder made by the selectors.Murali vijay and raina need to prove themselves that they can play on bouncy tracks.and a good move made by the selectors getting zak into the side..his exp would help the young bowlers.

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    but why ishant for odi this is international cricket u cant loose game by one player and do unfair with others 10 hard work ishant yet have 5 wicket haul and 100 in six years wicket but jadeja and ashwin had selector not giving chance to gambhir who playing ranji since last year and gives chance to match looser ishant after one performence not fair with gambhir but happy for ZAk he back

  • binu.emiliya on November 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Why too much hatred towards Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina? Murali Vijay was the star peformer for CSK in SA in the CLT20 first edition.How many matches india won because of Suresh Raina including the all important WC semi against PAK. Why people asking for Varun Aron and Manoj Tiwary in the squad? You people are not following the current Ranji matches? Varun Aron is back after a long injury layoff and not done any thing exceptional, Manoj Tiwary is injured not even included in the Bengal Ranji team , Some people even asking Aparajith and Sanju Samson after one Ranji season

  • DarshanK15 on November 25, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Zaheer's selection was expected, as his experience will definitely help youngsters. I also think that Zaheer should be included only in test XI, so that he won't break down again by playing in all 3 ODIs, considering his long history of injuries. I also wonder about Ishant sharma's selection on the basis of 9 wicket haul in Ranji match. Is 1 performance enough to call him back ?

  • shukurbasha on November 25, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Good to see Zak back in squad, All the best Zaheer Khan, hope you bounce back well....

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @cricketlover_crazy I totally agree with you.... Ojha's chances are very slim...unless Jadeja' shoulder has other ideas....

    Even jadeja's chances are slim, as they will want to bolster the batting with Rahane and Rohit both playing... as our batting is very in-experienced.

    Four quicks will backfire....as if they take on the lone spinner... there is no where to hide.....

    A very nice riddle.... hope Dhoni puts the best interests of the team first.. that his buddies....

  • RaviNarla on November 25, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Indian Selection is always hard to fathom. Mishra was not at all given any chance to prove his worth whereas Ishant failed repeatedly and gets retained. When a bowler can't swing a new ball he is no good to be in the team. You have Shami, Bhuvaneshwar kumar and Umesh in the Squad. Ishant playing is highly unlikely. That could have been used for an extra batsman or a tall leg spinner.

  • vsroc on November 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 25,2013) The cricket selection committee has done a commendable job in the selection of balanced squad for the ODIs and two tests to be played in South Africa.It is good to see Zaheer Khan's return to the test squad and his valuable presence will boost the morale of the young pace bowlers.Inclusion of Ishant Sharma in the ODI team surprises all the cricket lovers.Let us all hope that the young and experienced selected players will prove their worth in coming out with flying colours.

  • StatisticsRocks on November 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Why? and also why include Ishant in ODI squad.

  • kahvas on November 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    No Gambhir is very big mistake. Plus why is Ishant Sharma still playing cricket. He was useless in India and England.

  • Cruzan on November 25, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The old workhorse Zaheer will help India. Gambhir is over the hill, only few good knocks and more failures. Rahane is good. I think the best possible selction over all.though we all have our favourites, we can only have 11 players.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Going back to Zaheer Khan is an unwise decision. South Africa will offer friendly conditions to fast bowlers and going back to an almost retired Zaheer is like telling the younger bowlers that no one has enough confidence in them. Its good that the selectors have not gone back to Gambhir, but if India can lose this series it will be due to batting as the bowling cannot get stronger than what is on offer. So the gamble of omitting Gambhir could go either ways.

  • Naresh28 on November 25, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Most players pick themselves for the various formats. Rayudu was a surprise, however dont see him making the playing 11. He did show glimpes of being a great gutsy player - but failed to make a case on the A-tour.

  • bijuphilip on November 25, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Raydu over gambir is not a bad choice,Rayidu is technically better or equal to gambir, 2.Pujara should be the number 4 batsman for ODI insted of raina or yuvaraj. 3.Abishk nair should have involved in the ODI(insted of amit miztra) even test squad(saha) 4.I don't know the logic of Saha. If they need a wicket keeper,rayidu is there. Dinesh karthik is a prooven wicket keeper cum test batsman. at this point I would prefer sanjuv samson over dinesh karthik in order to groom him for future test player. Otherwise suad is okay. Gambir needs to wait little more ,until vijay or dawan couldn't perform in test series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Selection of Ambati Rayudu is surprising but good one. I would have included Abhishek Nayar as a 4th Seamer and as an all rounder. He has been performing really well with bat and ball and would have been handy in South African conditions. Let's give credit to our selectors as well. They have taken lot of good and brave decisions in the recent past. Let's hope that our batsmen put up a good show and our fast bowlers take the advantage of bowling friendly wickets as spinners may not be effective. It's going to be the toughest overseas tour for our bowlers and batsmen to face likes of Smith, Amla, Kallis, A. B. and Steyn, Morkel and Philander. Their new wicket keeper looks a very promising talent. Watch out Q de Kock.

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Good selection... Now it is all in Dhoni's hands..

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    An experienced bowler, if performs well he will create a great chance for India to win series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Where is Sachin Tendulkar? I couldnt see his name?? He should be after Cheteshwar Pujara...!! OMG!

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Sachin isn't there.... Thats the difference I can see now... :'(

  • CricketMaan on November 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Me guessing Zak, Umesh take in ODI squad to get settled with the conditions locally? In some sense it is okay compared to bowling on docile indian pitches as preparation, but it is also very hard to keep bowlign in the nets for 2-3 weeks before the 1st test. My XI - MV, SD, CP, VK, RS, ARahane,MSD, RA, VK, MS/IS, ZK. I pretty sure RJ will play ahead of Rahane, but its the batting where we will be tested most, so having a batsman at No.6 would be useful.

  • dr.ramavat on November 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Yuvraj sing is have slow reflexes than young players, but having huge experience. He should be included in the test side of India, rather than in onedayers / 20-20.

    He should allow to build confidence in free format like test match cricket, that will built his career long.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    I am sure Zaheer Khan was included with Graeme Smith in mind. Smith is Zaheer's bunny and recalling him makes sense.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Mostly on expected lines. Some blunders which can cost India dear - Vijay preferred over Gambhir?! Gambhir is a far better player than Vijay especially overseas - Vijay will not get even one fifty, for sure. Pujara should have been picked for ODIs - he can provide the stability at the top, far better batsmen than Yuvaraj and Raina, don't know why he is continuously being ignored. On what basis is Ishanth being selected, after all the hammering he got in recent times. Anyway, all the best guys. Hope you keep the country's flag flying high.

  • dvs105 on November 25, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    The thinking here would have probably been to avoid the team management the dilemma of benching Gambhir and playing Rahane in South Africa. In fact an earlier piece on cricinfo suggested the same thing about Zaheer.

  • keyancools on November 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Very safe bet by Indian selectors...but the real challenge is upto Fletcher and Dhoni...the playing eleven has to be chosen carefully considering all factors like pitch,condition,variety..etc.anyway all the best India.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Well, this is probably India's best possible squad and it will be very interesting to see how they do in South Africa. Most of the batsmen are quite new to Test Cricket and it would be a real challenge to face the best team in the world in very unfamiliar conditions. I think Gambhir should have been picked instead of, say, Vijay or Rayudu since he did very well in the 2010/11 series and as the side is relatively inexperienced. Zaheer's comeback is also good, I believe, because he did well in the last tour and his experience can be very valuable for young bowlers like Kumar, Shami and Yadav.

  • Nampally on November 25, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    The team selection is conservative & there are only a couple of surprises. The #4 spot in batting for ODI was up for grabs with both Raina & Yuvraj not producing. It will be gracious & right thing to do by including Pujara for that spot rather than futile experimentation. He is a World class batsmen being wasted by exclusion. Secondly Ishant Sharam is another wasted spot. Bring in A.Nayar as a fast bowling all rounder. On SA wickets, he is an alternate to Jadeja for #7 spot. Lastly there is no second WK in the ODI side, unless Rayudu is a converted one! Samson would have been a bold forward planning choice. From the rest, all batsmen are expected choices. The Selection of ZAK is the best move considering that he will also be a coach & Mentor, add to his own skills/experience. Bhuvi & Shami will benefit from his presence. Yadev has pace but lacks in length & direction like Ishant. It may be the last chance for both. It may also be the last chance for Yuvraj. Good Luck, Team India!

  • CricLover316 on November 25, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Excited for Zak's inclusion in the Team.He's the REAL Spearhead of the Indian Team. If he can maintain his fitness(and has shown good sign so far),he'll be difficult to deal with.He has dismissed Smith on so many occasions.

    On playing 11 in the Test Team,Jadeja HAS to play in the Team imo. Here's the thing with Jadeja, on spin friendly Conditions, he'll surely get some turn and the odd one nipping into the batsmen,but he can also be Lethal on the pitches that dont support much spin. With his Natural Variations off the pitch,he can really get many LBW dismissals(and he has in the Past) because he always bowls stump to stump.

    The team structure must be- 5 Batsmen,Dhoni,Jaddu,Ashwin and 3 Pacers(Shami,Zak and Bhuv/Yadav)

  • Albertduke on November 25, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Rayudu over Gambhir!!!!!!!!!!!..It is bit unfair..Rayudu is a walking wicket against one of the best fast bowling attack....It is one of bad selection i hve seen...

  • chapathishot on November 25, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    It is a master stroke from Dhoni not to select Ghambir,his time will only come if Vijay fails in SA.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    my test XI :1. Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Kohi 5.Rohit 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Zahir

    ODI XI : 1. Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Kohi 4.Yuvi 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Irfan 9.Bhuvi 10.Ojha 11.shami but this time SA will take the series

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The thing about this Indian Squad selected is... No matter who they choose, they are going to be hammered 2 - 0 in the tests. One of the defeats being by an innings. Time for India's bowling attack to be demolished as any second string attack deserves to be.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I think the selection was on expected line except for inclusion of rayudu in test squad. I think it will b a good confidence booster for rayudu after the ICL fiasco. As for gambhir nothing foul should be read into. I think given the short tour & Vijay, dhawan being the first choice openers it would b silly to take gambhir & not play him. And I think both Vijay & dhwan do need a decent run bfore passing judgement on them as it is their first overseas tour. I think ppl like gambhir & sehwag should keep performing & realistically look at English tour to get into the test squad. as for ODI I think its pretty much over for them.

  • amygdala on November 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Generally on expected lines, but really a missed bus. At least 2 spots should have been given to the people who did well on last A team tour to RSA otherwise it doesnt make sense to send a A team to such loactions. Ishwar Pandey should consider himself very unlucky. Though I must say Rayudu in squad is a very welcome step. He deserved it. One more thing for the skeptics.. Please stop praying for Rohit to fail. His technique and talent have never been in question even in his leanest phase, only thing was temperament which has been sorted out on current evidence. The guy is definitely more talented than Virat in my opinion and will certainly fare better than any of the current young lot barring arguably Pujara. He is a special talent. Savour him...

  • sapnil2000 on November 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    another indian series? give us a break. no more interested to see india playing over n over again

  • HonestyMatters on November 25, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I acknowledge the pragmatic selection by the board. Perhaps, the best balanced Indian team in modern times. Experience, Strength-and-ability-to-take-20-wickets, Reverse-swing-expertise, Left-hand-right-hand combination in both bowling and batting, Good reserve-backup for injuries and All-Top-performers at some stage.

    Having said that, Wanderers is a classic seaming pitch - tending to assist seamers in the second innings more than the first. This is where India needs to capitalize and use 3 seam (Zak, Shami, Bhuvi) + 1 specialist spin (Ashwin) + 1 combo-specialist spinner (Jadeja). Kingsmead is a true pitch, assisting both seam and agile-spin (as opposed to orthodox-spin), this is where India needs to chose: 2 work-horse seamers (Shami/Bhuvi, Zak) + 2 specialist spin (Ashwin & Ojha) + 1 combo-specialist spinner (Rohit). I am assuming the 6 specialist batting slots chose themselves for both grounds.

  • CricLover316 on November 25, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    First of,Pujara "should have been" playing the ODI Series against WI.Just to be more clear about his form in ODI.I would pick him anyday over Yuv,really struggling against WI bowlers & has no cue against Ozs. Gambhir with his Experience on bouncy pitches and his current form,would score more than Vijay(who doesnt really show any patience in Tests and hits one stroke too many early on) Gambhir is just unlucky here and has to scratch and claw his way back into the team,but denied.

    On the other end,I sharma eases his way back into ODI and Test Team. Isnt he so damn lucky? He has the worst average in Test History for a bowler of his experience,has cost us big time and hasnt learned squat in 7 Years(Pitches the same back of a length every time and never on to the stumps-3LBW dismissals in ODI career) He takes 9 wickets against a weak lineup and BANG! He's Back! "FacePalm" His return will make other bowlers complacent & they"ll start thinking that they can get into team,just like that!

  • vsroc on November 25, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 25,2013) The team selected by the selection committee is a balanced one for the ODIs and two tests to South Africa except for the surprise inclusion of Ishant Sharma in ODI. The players selected will prove their worth in coming out with flying colours.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Gambhir unfortunate Youvaraj & Raina most luckiest persons without performing last so many games they secured their place in one day squad

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    give rahane a chnace on oneday series

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Seeing the current indian squad going to face the Speedy South african attack, i dont think they are going to make even 300 once and india is going to lose 2-0 for sure....Atleast gambhir should have been included in Test squad.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Looking at the history of Zak's injuries, I think India may play with 4 seamers when Zak is in playing 11. Dhoni may look towards BK and Ashwin for support with their batting in the lower order. If so then Shami, Zak, Yadav, Dhoni and 5 regular batsmen (Vijay, Dhavan, Pujara, VK and RS) will make it in the final list.

  • IndTheBest on November 25, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    BCCI should get a provision to select 2-3 young player (apart from 16 in the team) to be just part of the tour and learn from seniors. They will help others on net and learn on how to adjust on the upcoming tours/series if selected.

  • IndTheBest on November 25, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Overall a very good selection. Zaheer's inclusion is welcome to the fan and to the Indian cricket team. Yes, there are debate on Rayudu's selection over Gambhir but I think that's a better choice at the time. It's for sure that neither Gambhir nor Rayudu going to feature in playing eleven so it's always better to go with the youngsterwho'd be happy and learn something being on the tour. My only double or preference was to Include Rishi Dhawan in ODI (not test) instead of Ishant Sharma!! If Gambhir continues his form then he will get selected in next series. Remember Gambhir/Sehwag/Zaheer/Harbhajan gets selected to be in playing eleven not to be in team of 16. So they need to be good enough to walk-in 11 not just in 16. This might answer to some of the people why Rayudu selected over Gambhir!!

  • vrkp on November 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Ishant must be the most luckiest cricketer in India after Rohit. May be Dhoni thinks just like Rohit, Ishant will also perform better after giving 100s of chances. I'm ok with Raina and Yuvraj in the ODI squad. If Ishant can be included in both squads, why not Yuvi and Raina who at least put in 100% effort.

    I think we should go with 4 pacers and 1 spinner instead of 2 spinners and 3 pacers for two reasons: 1. Zak is prone to injuries and Bhuvi is good for the first 10 overs only. So, if neither or both of them performs poorly, it will be better to have two more pacers instead of only one more pacer. 2. SA knows that our weekness is Pace and bounce and therefore will not provide any spinning tracks.

    My test XI: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav, Zak.

    Jadeja is a walking wicket against Steyn and co.

    Rahane is a over rated batsman. Apart from couple of 40s and 50s two years back, he never created a great impression with his battin

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @JustAnObservation on (November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT):

    Just an observation. BCCI & the Selection Committee are two SEPARATE & INDEPENDENT units; though the latter is appointed by the former.

    I am so glad that BCCI hasn't started bulldozing their way through the selection committee.

    The so-called discrepancies you see are also proof that Sandip Patil also do not bully the rest of the selection committee. (The selection Committee Chairman is usually a member of the contract Committee; but still went by the consensus among all the selectors.)

    I am saying this, without any prejudice to any specific player's omission or selection. Good show, by Sandip Patil.

  • cricfanraj on November 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Not selecting Gambhir is totally justify as current form he may not be the better bet to play swinging ball. Even Vijay and Dhawan might fail but current form we take that. About Rayudu selection not sure he will get a chance but I think this is good selection. He is one more confident player against pace bowling. India must go with 6 batsmen+ Dhoni and 4 bowlers. We cannot go with 5 batsmen or expect test to complete in 3 days. Prob line up - Vijay,Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Shami,Zaheer and BKumar. Tempted to select Umesh but Current form Shami looks terrific. Decent line up on paper . Against Styn & Co.. Well.........

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    If they made quick pitches like we saw in ashes(johnson and company) in test than styene and company is more quick so no chance for india 2-0 defiantly.How they play chin music? the big question will vijay,saha,shikhar and rohit survive against 150 kmph pace.The answer is simple no,nah,nah!

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    1. Why don't they select Cheteshwar Pujara in ODIs instead of Ambati Rayudu ?

    2. Is it necessary to include Ishant Sharma in ODIs ? Or Is Dhoni & selectors want to make him complete 100wickets in ODIs whether we lose the match because of him ?

    3. Why don't Dhoni include Rahane instead of Yuvraj in playing 11 in ODIs ?

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    why zak is not in odi and again ishant got chance oh to bad............

  • strokemaker11 on November 25, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Getting back Zak is good selection. I wish he would ahve been included in the ODI squad as well as the current youngsters aren't promising. Zak would have provided that confidence to Dhoni to bowl in Power plays and death overs. Missing Sreesanth for SA.

  • joseyesu on November 25, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I would prefer Gambir to Vijay and also Opt either Jadeja or Ashwin in 11. Any way my team would be Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, R Sharma, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Aswhin/Jadeja, Bhuwaneshwar K, Yadav/Shami, Zak

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Give rahane a chance in odi & test ahead of yuvraj & jadeja.His technique is more better than anyone else and best for foreign tours.

  • rajuramki on November 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Indian batsmen will have to avoid playing the pull and hook shots in the early part of their innings . Further , the slash over point is better avoided against the pace of Steyn and Morkel . Generally , the run rate on SA pitches is invariably less than 3 per over and no one knows this better than SA players . The bowlers should pitch the ball up , when the cherry is new , so that they can get some swing .Spinners can , at best , provide support to the pacers and cannot expect to reap rice dividents .

  • ReverseSweepIndia on November 25, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I think, Zak, Shami, Umesh & Ashwin should be our attack. We can not have Jadeja. He has not done much with the bat and going with 5 batsmen with Dhoni will not be safe choice considering Dhoni's overseas record in longer version is not good. 6 batsmen, Dhoni and 4 mentioned bowlers. Zak need to come in place of Bhuvi, who I think will be bit unfair to be dropped, but if Zak is fit and in form (he looks like getting wickets in Ranji), I will pick him over Bhuvi any given day. We will get wickets, but can we score runs? SA is strong, and they are playing home. Exciting times ahead..

  • ramli on November 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    two-tests only ... so no need for a reserve opener ... whatever the failures, Vijay will get at least 2 games ... so no Gambhir ... Rayudu selection only conveys that he is in the scheme of things but only when opportunity beckons in the form of injury or failure to fellow players ... if only Dinesh kartik had shown some form in Ranji games ... he loses his place to a better wicket keeper, who is needed for sure if MSD gets up on the first morning of the test with a stiff-back ... Zaheer's inclusion means he will figure in the playing XI ... well ... selectors have done their job ... it is up to the players now ... good luck to India

  • madurai-625001 on November 25, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    overall a good selection.. Batting - If vijay fails in the first test Rahane/Rohit can be tried in that slot.. Gambhir's exclusion is fair since the swinging ball will pose him problems for sure.. Rayudu's inclusion is still a mystery.. Bowling - ojha should be tried in overseas conditions or else his selection makes no sense..mr. ISHANT deserves no place his 5 wkt haul in ranji is against a haryana ..and now we are about face the no.1 ranked test team..zak is back , happy for him..seam bowling looks good despite ISHANT's selection.. my 11: vijay/rahane, dhawan, pujara, kohli, rohit, msd, ashwin/jadeja, bhuvi, zak, umesh, shami

  • vvbr on November 25, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @Srivathsan_Sridharan Regarding vijay, it is not a mathematical argument of relative averages. You can't just quantify a quality of a player by his runs. We should also see his body language on the field. I think his body language is not upto the mark. He shows over confidence and at times no confidence after dropping catches and getting out. Gambhir was dropped for inconsistency but not for his attitude. I think Gambhir anytime scores more over Vijay as a team member. But, Vijay as a selection lacks reasoning.

  • CricketChat on November 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Doubt if Rayudu would get a game unless someone is injured or inconsequential games when the series is already decided. No point in carrying him for drinks, that role should be given to a 18/19 old youngster so he can get a feel for top level cricket. This will be the last chance for Zaheer to revive his career. He can say goodbye to cricket if he either breaks down or doesn't provide early breakthroughs that were the hallmark of his bowling in the past.

  • emshaikh on November 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Why Ishant again? Please some one tell selectors ....do not select Ishant...although he is part of squad...but do not select him for any of the match....we have some other and better bowlers also in lineup.

  • dganger on November 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    where is Varun Aaron???? One of the most promising fast bowler and a rare ability for a Indian bowler to bowl at a pace 145 + consistently. He just vanished from scene, what a waste

  • sampu_sheikh on November 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    My XI for Test: 1. Dhawan 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Rohit 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. Bhuvneshwar 9. Zaheer 10. Shami 11. Umesh Yadav

    This batting seems a little thin but we have to give Dhoni many pace options, it would also decrease load on our bowlers. Second spinner not needed so Jadeja is out. Our top 6 have been in good form lately and will hope to replicate it in SA. For me Dhawan and Shami will be X-factors of series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:49 GMT

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  • on November 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Many are talking about 'speed' with which a pacer bowls. Skill (and thinking through as to how to get a batsman out) are more important than speed. That is where Zak scores high among all the pacemen currently playing in and/or for India. That is where guys like Yadav & Ishant often fails -- they just don't apply their brains -- that's the way it looks.

    I sincerely hope Zak's fitness holds up throughout the 10 days of Test. Even after the Tests, I hope, BCCI can keep him along with the one day squad as a mentor/ guide for the ODI pacers .(They have the money, no? ) All young Indian bowlers will benefit from him. They respect him. And Zak himself seems to enjoy guiding them. Even when Zak is in the XI and not doing well, we all have seen how keenly the other pacers in the XI listens to him, at the start of the runup.

    Overall, a good selection.

  • Cricket_is_my_dream on November 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    @Deven Sharma, Are you really watching cricket now or you just forgot to watch cricket after the 2 back to back centuries of vijay? What is he doing in the team. I would call this as a rubbish selection. Should have selected anyone in place of vijay, I am okay with gambhir also considering his experience. Vijay has not done anything after his 2 centuries and again they are considering the past. If past has to be considered, they why not viru? And dont see dreams of Rahane playing in middle order? Dhoni will be using jadeja in that spot, another so called ALLROUNDER who dont know to hold the bat..

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    My Playing Eleven will be like this

    Test squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan,

    ODI squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja..

  • vxttemp on November 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I hope Zaheer will be match fit and will complete the series unlike his ealier tours abroad. Not questioning his capabilities more of his fitness is a big question mark.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Good Selection, Zaheer with his overseas experience deserved his place in the team. India first time going with 2 fast bowlers( Shami & Yadav); 1 budding swing bowler (BK); 1 a very experienced fast bowler ( Zak) but inclusion of Ishant is debatable. May be he runs very fast in getting drinks and towels during breaks but on cricket field he is a total waste. Good selection in spin department as well as in batting. Overall good selection in both Tests and ODIs, Rayadu & Rahane will warm the benches since Indian batting is settled in ODIs, But SRT's place will be vacant if SRJ ( Ravindra Jadeja) combination works well. Tests; Dhavan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja/ Rayadu, BK, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami, Yadav. ODIs: Dhavan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, BK, Shami, Yadav/ Mohit.

  • Rohit... on November 25, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    What is the need to drop Amit Mishra?

  • venkatesh018 on November 25, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    With regards to the Test squad most of it selects itself. Wriddhiman Saha as second keeper is an outstanding selection. He is far and away the best Keeper batsman in India after Dhoni. My only changes would have been Gambhir(as third opener) in place of Rayudu. And Mohit Sharma in place of Ishant(Though Ishant is in the squad as the fifth pacer and virtually has no chance of getting in the Test XI). My XI for the first Test will be: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvanesh, Zaheer and Shami. India must play 2 spinners and 3 pacemen. Hence, Jadeja in place of Rahane. It is time for MSD, Jadeja and Ashwin to step up and bat well to compensate for the lack of the sixth specialist batsman.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    should have included rishi dawan in place of ishan sharma for odi and test and murli vijay by better opener like shewag or gatum gambhir

  • Sachin_veer on November 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    My Eleven : Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jaddu, Shami ,Bhuvanesh, Zac

    They will definitely challenge World NO:1 !!!

  • JustAnObservation on November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Eccentric ways of BCCI & the Selectors. Gambhir was considered to be one of the best (among top 15 cricketers) last week and was handed a Grade B contract. And within a week he is not good enough for selection. Zaheer was not considered to be deserving enough even for a Grade C contract last week and this week he is selected. And a person who keeps on failing continuously for two years (except for a rare average performance), is automatically selected for both the versions, Mr. Ishant Sharma. His record is never checked by Selectors. The readers can check it on this website.

  • sheenu on November 25, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Watch out, Graeme Smith!!, your tormentor is back in the squad!! Welcome back, Zak!!

  • xpressmusic26 on November 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Raydu??? I would hav picked gauti

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Overall Looks OK, except I would have selected Gauti. Isn't it a bit add that Ambati and Ajinkya make the grade for both formats without getting a look in , however Pujara only gets in the Test team. I think Pujara has the technique and strokes to succeed in both formats, like Rahul.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Selection committee would have tried Baba Abarajith as a middle order batsman having excellent potential in the place of SRT vacancy.

  • fulk on November 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Murli Vijay - after back to back test centuries against australia, failed to score runs in ipl and champions trophy warm up games , dissapointed in clt-20 and India A tours , had a decent score of 26 and 42 against West Indies and a poor Ranji trophy campaign so far. On the other hand look at Gautam Gambhir - has played 11 first class matches this year , got 4 hundreds in them with an average of 57. He might not be as young as Murli Vijay but he is also not that old to be dropped for slow reflexes and has a lot of cricket left in him.

  • latecut_04 on November 25, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Dont know which is worse--team selection or the schedule..Just read that first test starts on 5thDec.That means time for Indian team to land in SA,get rid of jet lag,get accustomed to conditions is the same as the gap between 1st and 2nd test matches in Ashes!!!!Absolutely next to nothing chance of making India's away record 0-10.BUT wait ..does any one in India care?i am sure we will have media crowing about 'after retirement Sachin' doing this and that.May be he will fly to SA as well as a supporter!Pathetic state of affairs.Meanwhile why the heck is Karthik not in the squad.Hep lpayed so well in CT and in SA back in 2007.(first time we won.)Personally i dont disagree with Rayudu's selection but his chances of getting a game is NIL.(already middle order slots are taken.replacements also automatic ie the ones who will feature in the eleven-not good ones).What should Rahane do to get test call up.He is amon g the best technically equipped batsmen in the country.

  • Iceman29 on November 25, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    What is the logic behind Ishant Sharma Selection????he is not half the bowler he used to be...Y cant the selectors look beyond Ishant Sharma...There are loads of talent in our country?? And y yuvraj and Raina in the team and that too in SA tour..ridiculous..both cant play neither bounce nor spin...totally rubbish..the only positive is Zak...

  • nibird007 on November 25, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Gud team selection...but still surprised to see ishant sharma in odi.... i think if fit,irfan would hv been a better option... as he can bat too.. especially in odi.... against a gud bowling like SAf in those condition, i think irfan would hv been a gud bet.....anyway,hope for the best...... indian team looks strong... lets see who makes it to no.6 slot in test..... with sachin gone,kohli will take no.4... rohit at 5. and no.6, will go with dhoni..7th rayudu

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Thank god they didn't select Gambhir...Opening pair are doing fine and we need solid middle order batsman and it will be Rahane. Overall a good team and i hope they'll fight it out this time. All the best boys.

  • parshura on November 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Good squad. We have seen tremendous performance from Rishi dhawan fast bowling all rounder and Jalaj saxena, Varun Aaron, Sanju samson, Vijay Zol, Kl Rahul, Kunal kapooor, S Nadeem, Many others. Many opportunity given to ishant sharma but he has missed it same with Mr vijay. Good luck to india

  • bleedblue22 on November 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Good Selection!!!! 1) Gambhir needs a big domestic seson to make a comeback...no point in taking a senior player as a reserve/back-up....it will be better for gambhir to have more domestic matches under his belt. 2) Rahane needs to bat at six as MSD is not the same batsman in tests as he is in the odis...often in overseas tour there is a chance the team is 2 or 3 down for nothing...so we need a specialist batsman at 6. 3) The bowl is not going to spin much in rsa, so jadeja shud b at 8...because he bowls a tight line, brings lbw into play and is quicker through the air than ashwin...ashwin on unresponsive pitches will be ineffective. 4) Bhuvi and Shami pick themselves...better to go with sheer pace of umesh rather than zaheer...tough to leave out a champion like zak bt pace of umesh would be lethal on fast pitches.

  • rajappa71 on November 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    zaheer sleection is good. The team needs him badly. I surprise to see why Rahane is in the team. He has not played any match winning innings so far. He is a overrated payer. He has not scored runs against England and Pakkisthan. Manoj tiwary should be included in place of rahane. Ishant is also not doing well. dinda should replace ishant.

  • heathrf1974 on November 25, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Good move by India, they need an experienced quick to assist the younger bowlers. Smart move and overdue.

  • Waves239 on November 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    This is pretty good selection based on recent performances. Inclusion of Zaheer Khan is almost apparent as there is no settled pace bowler in the squad yet. Considering India plays 13 overseas tests in next year, Zaheer's presence may benefit the young bowling department and personally I feel he can contribute at least about this overseas season. Coming to the batting, it's exciting to see everyone is hungry to score big and time will tell who grab the most. There is no point in playing with five bowlers as one will be under bowled and exposes the lower order fragility. Number 6 spot will merely depend up on the dryness of the pitch and Zaheer may edge Umesh on the note of experience.

    My XI: Murali, Shikar, Cheteshwar, Virat, Rohit, Ravindra/Ajinkya, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Zaheer/ Umesh

    Looking forward to the challenging and exciting series!

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Very much expected team has been selected. India still lacks a fast bowling all rounder but what can selectors do when we have none. To leave gambhir behind for rayudu is bit hillarious rather than suspicious as rayudu is not an opener, so if murali or dhawan gets injured, rohit is the only option as opener which will definitely expose the already inexperienced middle order.

    Fast bowling is looking okay with best possible combination, i guess. Yeah , Zaheer's fitness will remains a big issue but hope he will not be out after just first spell like he did on England tour.

    Otherwise no problem in the test squad.

    In ODI squad, position of yuvraj singh is questionable because of his recent form , dinesh karthik deserve his place on basis of his ability to build up innings on one end.

    Selectors continued to amuse me with their bad decisions , but i must say the numbers are decreasing series by series....

  • zaandaruwala on November 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Why take Saha???Rayudu can be the backup keeper. Some other batsman/bowler should have been given the chance

  • venky_cricky on November 25, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Why DK is missing? Umesh -Poor Selection .He could not remove the Karnataka tailenders yesterday beoing the strke bowler.Could have gone for new face.

  • Srivathsan_Sridharan on November 25, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    As an Indian fan, i feel this is the best squad available may be with one or two reservations about Rayudu and Ishant. But still it is one of the best squad available as of now with nobody in domestic circuit make a strong claim for a spot. But how far it will be effective in SA is still a question mark. There is no one at the top or middle order have experience in pace and bouncy conditions. The only batsman who had played decent Test cricket in SA is MS Dhoni. He too suseptible to pace and swing which leaves our batting in the hands of young Virat, Rohit, Pujara and Dhawan. As far as bowling, Zaheer's experience will be very handy in those conditions. But still all our bowlers are new to SA conditions. So on the whole, i won't be surprised if India was handed out a 2-0 drubbing. I will be very happy if we even manage to draw atleast one Test. Hope this tour will be a learning experience for our youngsters and will enhance their skills.

  • vaidy on November 25, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Feels absolutely weird! For the first time in 24 years (except for the suspension and matches not played due to injuries), here is an Indian test card with out SRT's name. Father time is the greatest leveller, eh?!

  • Tijara on November 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    English team could not cope with M Johnson and English team is used to bouncy wickets. So do not expect the Indian team to fare well in SA. Yes, but best of luck to them!

  • drpramit on November 25, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    This will be a test for our inexperienced team. Lets have a look at the average of our great batting line in South Africa- Tendulkar 46.44 (15 test), Dravid 29.71 (11 test), Laxman 40.42 (10 test),ganguly 36.14 (8 test), sehwag 25.46 (8 test), dhoni 31.44 (5 test), gambhir 60.5 (2 test), pujara 10.33 (2 test), vijay 14 (1 test). kohli, rohit & dhawan, rahane & raydu have not played in SA. We need to be realistic, every batsman will struggle there. Selectors have done right by not selecting Sehwag & Gambhir as this is just a 2 test series. gambhir can be included against New Zeland as an opener or a middle order batsman depending upon performance of our batting line in SA.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    finally some sense has prevailed... welcome zaheer ! the test team needs you.... well I have no issues with ishant warning the benches but don't get him inside the XI... dhawan vijay/rahane pujara kohli rohit jadeja dhoni ashwin bhuvi zaheer and shami is a XI which I think is in great form and will give SA a good run for its money !

  • ZCFOutkast on November 25, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    One of Dhoni&Kohli probably doesn't like Gambhir. He would've really strengthened that top order. India will be up against it, but I think the Proteas are second favourites for this one. Some of these Indian boys got good experience here with their A side. Kohli, Pujara, Rohit&Dhoni will excel, and Dhawan will enjoy facing Steyn&Morkel upfront. I'm pretty sure Centurion&the Wanderers will be to their liking since they like the ball coming onto them more than their retired seniors. If Jadeja as an allrounder at 6, alongside Ashwin&Ohja are selected as the spin trio, throw in Bhuvi&Zak, then I'm putting my money on India for Durban. Sidelining Cape Town isn't looking like such a good decision to me right now. 2-0 or 2-1 to India!

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    .Zak is Wicket taking Bowler he should also be included in ODI team. On What basis Ishant Got selected i Really Surprise by his Selection. The Selection Committee should include RP Singh And Munaf Patel

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    where is Dinesh Kartik? what wrong did he do?

  • JustAnObservation on November 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Is it not funny. The guy who was the unceremoniously dropped for leaking runs and a dismal performance returns to the same ODI squad within just a few weeks! And the same man who is probably having a world record for the highest average (runs conceded) per wicket after playing 50 Tests, gets selected for the Test squad too. Forbes should name Ishant Sharma as the one of the most powerful people. He can get himself selected in every form of the game for every tour and every series irrespective of performance.

  • SridharKalyan on November 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Sandeep Patil and his team of selectors are succumbing to the same pressures that they had so well fought off till very recently!!! Why else will they keep looking at Zaheer, Yuvraj, Ishant and Amit Mishra - when these blokes are just not willing to rise up to the challenge or is not favoured by the captain anymore? Why cant we blood other performers - like Rishi Dhawan, etc who have an excellent temperament to match their skills? This is a let down, Sandeep.....much more was expected off you and your guys.

  • Ramanathan-sriram on November 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Smith,Amla,ABD == pujara,virat,Rohit????????????? Steyn,Morkel,Philander == Zak, shami,yadav ???????????

    Very difficult to say

  • Salmanchecking on November 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    well done.. good team.. way to go.. selection commitee and dhoni knows better.. all the best boys... do well.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @lokesh02100, Have you got recordings of WC11? Run them and see. The player of the tournament should have been Zaheer. Every time a appeared to run away with a big score or pushing easily towards the target it was Zaheer who put the breaks on. Then in the last SA tour do you know how India bowled in the first test? Like a bunch of club cricketers. Zaheer returned in the second test to take opening wickets and suddenly Sreeshanth and Harbajan started bowling well and India won the test.

  • rmaganti on November 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    It is good to see Zaheer back in the side. They need an experienced bowler to guide Bhuvi and Shami in foreign conditions. The Test team I think Dhoni would go with would be - Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Zaheer and Shami. If Dhoni thinks the track wouldn't aid spinners at all, then he might be tempted to swap, Jadeja with Rahane. It is a choice between one extra batsman against one extra bowler, especially with Zaheer being injury proned.

  • 504429641 on November 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    I don't know why people are talking about 5 man bowling attack with 4 pacers. I agree with playing 5 bowlers with Ashwin or Jadeja @7 but 4 pacers? Ashwin is better than Ojha overall but if only criteria is bowling then Ojha is better than Ashwin. Play Ashwin and Ojha both with 3 pace bowlers. Agreed the pitch favours pace bowling but good spin bowlers like Ojha can bowl reasonably well in bouncy conditions also. Sticking to our strengths is better is what i feel.

  • Shoby Rocks on November 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Yes Yes Yes,,, Khan is back...

  • raghav_sachinfan on November 25, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    india hv a habit of hiding behind zaheer when they hv to pick a quality fast bowler...and this is continuing

  • rish1994 on November 25, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    i have no clue why Gautam Gambhir is not included in the squad. Why have selectors shown faith on M Vijay and A Raydu leaving Gautam's performance in South Africa and on big occassions. World Cup Final World Cup T20 in south africa and many more he is a match winner and a solid player should be backed up by the selectors.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    I can't understand the wisdom of people who question M. Vijay's selection. He is our best bet overseas and all the qualities of an opening Batsman under trying conditions

  • MetalKat on November 25, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    I wanted to see Umesh Yadav back in the test squad very badly... He is one bowler who puts in a lot of effort.. Its very rare to see an Indian fast bowler to dive and stop the ball.. I wish if Varun Aaron were around.. Would have been very interesting if we could have had Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Md Shami in the playing 11.. Speed wise, that would be the best bowling combination that India has ever produced. Also, I wish Rohit Sharma does well in SA.. Love watching him bat.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    gud to see zaheer's name in the squad...he is still India's best bowler

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Selectors should not be think about raina & yuvraj again n again ...its time to recall gambhir back in place of raina & pujara in one day squad and team sud be like..dhawan,gambhir,pujara,virat,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zahir,ishant,umesh(in tests) Dhawan,rohit,virat,gambhir,pujara,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zahir,bhuvi,shami (one day)

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    The best thing now that the squad is selected is to stop moaning (which I had been doing) and think with the given squad how can you win test matches. I think given a dodgy Zaheer fitness we should play a 5 man bowling attack with Ashwin + 4 seamers. It gives that extra security. Plus it is the aggressive approach. Also gives batsman more responsibility. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, MSD, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Zak, Umesh, Shami. Problem with this is tail is too long and we have 3 genuine number 11s. But what if either or both Rahane and Rayudu fail at 6? Or play 3 man pace attack and leave out Zak and play Rahane. But it is the defensive approach. In this approach with 4 bowlers even we can play Jadeja and leave out Ashwin but that won't be an intelligent decision. If Jadeja gets some turn with Kookaburra in the ODIs that decision can be made but then you are losing an extra batsman in Ashwin. Jadeja won't bother the scorers too much with his batting facing Steyn,Philander and Morkel.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Are we grooming Ishant Sharma to be future captain of India :P . Why again making the same blunder of picking him .

  • mohanjeeves on November 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Why have the selectors overlooked the consistent performances of Ishwar Pandey and Rishi Dhawan. Pandey was by far the best of the fast bowling lot during the recent India A tour to SA.

  • shreyRajesh on November 25, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Commendable Choices: 1. Zaheer- b'coz the experience of this fit-again pace-spearhead would be priceless & he deserves a last chance to prove he has top-flight cricket still left in him 2. Ishant Sharma- b'coz the temptation & the pressure to drop him would have been huge, given his recent dismal record; but then that was ODIs and those were flat Indian pitches. I always believe Ishant is a 'Test match only' kind of a bowler & needs to be carefully handled.. he can becom gr8

    Dubious Choices: 1. Saha & 2. Rayudu..in my view Dinesh kartik would hv been a better two-in-one option...he is a gutsy fighter and proven tough nut on seam friendly pitches.He's a better keeper than Saha,better middle order batsman than Rayudu and wud hv served as the 3rd/reserve opener as well!!! 3. Ojha...I dont see India playing 2 spinners in S. Af & Ashwin's recent batting exploits add to his attractiveness as an all-round spinner in non-helpful pitches & dont forget Sir jadeja... so, wher's the place for Oja

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on November 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Vinay i droped from ODI side is Ok. But Ishanth's election is wrong selection. Ishwar Pandey, Pankaj Singh even Mohit Sharma is better than Ishanth in Test. In Oneday Rishi Dhawan, Stuart Binny is good than Ishanth. Ishant niether has Pace nor swing. Only height is major criteria for his selection. Selector and Dhoni will know after SA series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Why Ishant Sharma and Saha no reasons seems to be right ..... Another point which is knocking me is that India good form reason is top 3 batsman and Dhoni in middle order, why Jadeja is been treated as an all rounder it has been very rare instances that he has come up with bat similarly Raina is also not coming up with bat. If our top 3 get out cheaply then complete dependency comes on Dhoni no other has been seen to take the responsibility ...... many questions why it is been happening ....

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    ideal squad for India: ODI: Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, B. Kumar, Mohit, Shami. Bench: Rayudu, Karthik, Yuvraj, Yadav, Mishra, Rahane

    Test: Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Sharma, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, B. Kumar, Z. Khan, Shami. Bench: Vijay, Mohit, Karthik, Ojha, Yadav, Badri

    Gambhir must be given more time to prove himself in the Domestic level and gain confidence which he lacking right now

    Sehwag: For long time now, he has taken his place for granted in both National and domestic team. Must respect the opposition, is very undisciplined now a days must be dropped until he proves himself.

    RP Singh: Can be ideal replacement for any pacer until he is in form, must look to regain his place with his usual Banana swing which he lost for past sometime.

    Rishi Dhawan, Saha, Samson, Baba Ap: Must spend some more time in domestic leagues.

    Injured play that can replace above players: Tiwary, Irfan

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I'm not sure why are the Senior Player like Gautam Gambhir much much better Opener than Vijay is ignored even though he is having a Decent and appreciable form in the Ranji Tournament. We saw Rohit Sharma's Talent Ooze out after 100 ODI's are we going to give Vijay 100 More Test Matches before he shoes consistency??

    Understand Dhoni wants to give chance to the Youngsters then why Anjinkya never makes into Playing 11 for more than just a Match o two and Sanju Samson??? He has exceptional Talent and he is showing it in this Ranji 2013 too. We require to know that we are the Best Cricketing Nation Right now and we require players who are Best at what they do in Squad at the moment and we can always say we are resting those not performing. We have great Bench Strength in the World currently. Unless not exposed continuously it'll not turnout to be the Best Bench Strength.

    Ganguly's Team had this in them. They pushed everyone to perform their best and Gave bench Good Enough Chances too.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Being a two test series it is possible that selectors did not see Gautam getting a chance, I mean Vijay/Dhawan have earned the chance to fail two tests abroad atleast. Instead Gautam gets a chance to play on in the domestic circuit and pile runs to put pressure on the opening combination to consistently deliver. Gambhir has already ruled out coming down so no point debating Rayudu/Rahane's selection over him. The newcomers will have a good experience of touring with the Test Squad. Zaheer on the other holds a very good chance to be in the playing XI and hence is in the squad. I hope the above is the logic applied by the selectors and hope someone is talking to Gautam about this from the selectors. I'm afraid we have seen the last of Virender Sehwag in international cricket and nothing about his recent performances suggest that we would yet be surprised. On the playing XI- Vijay, Shikhar, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Yadav, Shami and Bhuvaneshwar - Ashwin the allrounder

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Zak is back that's good! But not the best team...

    My test team would be like this:

    1.Dhawan 2.Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.R.Sharma 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.U Yadav 10.Shami 11.Zak

    Subz: 12.Rishi Dhawan 13.A.Rahane 14.B Kumar 15.I sharma

    Res: 16.Sanju Samson 17.P.Ohja

    ODI's I am least bothered ...

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Good team selection! However, Raina & Yuvi both should consider themselves lucky to retain their places specially when there are many young batsman performing much better on the domestic level.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Test Playing 11 should be : Dhawan,Rahane,Pujara,Rohit,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Zaheer,Bhuvanedhwar and Shami

    Odi 11: Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Rahane,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvneshwar,Shami,Umesh Yadav

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    ishant sharma why ???? Irfan Pathan is more and more batter then Ishant !!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    ODI Selections - R Sharma, S Dhawan & V Kohli are safe, secure & stable at the top. Though same cannot be said about Y Singh & S Raina. MS Dhoni is still the man. It seems India will start with both R Jadeja & R Ashwin. There isn't much to choose between B Kumar, M Shami, I Sharma, U Yadav & M Sharma. Though B Kumar & M Shami look like the front runners. Since India may find itself in situations where more than 20 overs of spin will seem like over kill. The likes of Raina/Yuvraj - R Jadeja & R Ashwin are nowhere near S Ajmal, S Afridi & M Hafeez. The incapability of 3 seams to bowl their quota of 30 overs maximum also seems problematic. Expecting a few overs of seam up deliveries from V Kohli is criminal actually. Hence I would have liked R Dhawan in the squad and maybe in the playing XI as 4th seamer in place of Ashwin or Jadeja when the conditions demand.Since it is a 16 member squad D Karthik as the reserve wicketkeeper makes more sense than A Rayudu. No place for Mishra & Rahane

  • maheshkumar.de on November 25, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    While I would've liked Gmabhir, DK and Mishra in the Team in place of Rayudu, Saha and Ojha, this team looks still ok. Gambhir with his expeience in SA and being good at playing new and spinners equally would have been good. But I think, they brought Rayudu to use him as a 12th man who as a substitute would contribute with his fielding. Rayudu won't play in the eleven. Rahane comes before him if anybody gets injured. DK would have been a good option because he could play as a opener/middle order/wicketkeeper. Plus had he played in the 11, dhoni would have bowled his seam ups if we play with 3 quicks and a spinner. Mishra above ojha because ojha will not play in the eleven anyway because of jadeja (left arm spin) and because SA has a legspinner and India should have sombody in the nets to bowl legspin to prepare them for Tahir. I think, they selected Ishant to bowl in nets prepare them for Morkel's awkward bounce.

  • Ramanathan-sriram on November 25, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Instead of left arm bowler leg spinner must be handy in SA conditions. Bcoz Imran Tahir and Afridi are looking good and taking wickets

  • mayank125 on November 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    yuvraj should not be selected.sehwag would not be ignored. sehwag is better batsman than dhawan and vijay.rayudu does not deserve a place.

  • Sachinist-Kabeer on November 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Ok wt the selection of pacers.. hope ishy n umesh along wit zak n shami wud trouble SA batsmen.. But y Vijay in this team.. I hope gambhir b given a chance at the top..

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Its a good move by the selectors, and i m also accepting same.. Zaheer is the man who can break the backbone of the SA....

  • lokesh0210 on November 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I don't know why ppl favor Zak so much, he's experienced but can't remember a test or ODI we won bcos of him, though can remember many tests & ODIs we lost bcos of his ineffective bowling - Aus tour, Eng tour to Ind, WC'03 final vs Aus, WC'07 do-or-die match vs SL, WC'11 final's last spell. We were losing pathetically with oldies like Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji & Zak, but new young brigade proved it's all about how you perform today rather than past. Irfan Pathan would've been a better choice, he bats better than Sir Jadeja & in SA certainly be more effective. Again no expectations from bowlers except Bhuvi and alot of expectations from Dhawan, Virat, Rohit & Pujara - this SA tour will prove their ability & skills to play on fast pitches.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    What is raina/yuvraj's performance? what did dinesh karthik did wrong to get out of one day team? Dhoni dont likes him and likes raina

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    This is a perfect squad.naturally from everyone's different perspective different changes can be made here and there but overall it contains everything a good squad should have. Batting is inexperienced yes but talented and in form(Kohli,pujara,rohit,dhwan) and thats what matters as if only experience mattered we wouldnt have lost last overseas tests 8-0. In bowling Zak's experience and umesh's pace is a welcome inclusion with already talented Shami.Spin department isn't a problem for india to start with(ashwin,ojha and jadeja). For fielding some work needs to be done in slip department rest is good. So all the best to team india and also to South africa.Hoping for competitive and exciting tour.Can't wait

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    badrinath should have found a place..he's been neglected by selectors like anything..he's far better then ajinkya rahane,ambati rayadu...

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    it makes no sense to take vijay to SA who does well only on indian pitches...instead the rock solid quality n experience of SA conditions of gautam gambhir was required.i wont b surprised to see india goin down 0-2.but i'l b really happy to see the selectors come under fire.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Another one of the squad picked completely by Dhoni, he does not seems to have faith in the Ranji system it seems. Just rotating the same set of players everytime. The best example is of Ishant Sharma who gets picked after just playing one good match in a seam friendly track against lowly opponents and Zaheer Khan, who we dont know if he could complete 15 overs in a day. although is a must in SA as our lineup is inexperienced. Karthik has been dropped after 1 average and 1 good series, as he is not liked by Dhoni, so is the case of Gambhir. Vijay cannot be dropped either after his great test scores in past 4 matchs averaging more than 50. So most of the selection if perfect only replacements must be Mohit Sharma in place on Ishant in both squads and DK in place of Saha in Tests. While youngsters like Samson and Aparijith must be given chances to play in India rather than throwing them to the likes of Styen and Morkel in seaming conditions to end their careers.

  • HarshaIn on November 25, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Gambhir is adamant to bat as an opener which obviously is in the place of Vijay which I guess is not gonna happen as long as Dhoni is there. From this Team, it looks like the end of Gauti's international career. Pujara can easily makeup for the loss of Gauti's omission even if Vijay has a decent not a great run. And Samson would have been a much better option than Saha. Anyhow, this Team looks like it can give the SA a run for their money. Looking forward to menacing bowling vs gorgeous cuts/pulls/drives.

  • Srivathsan_Sridharan on November 25, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Everybody will have their own reservations about the squad saying why this player? why not that player? I think the selectors had done commendable job. This is the best possible squad we can have at the current situation. Will try to answer some of the questionable selections. 1. Vijay- He has done well in the Aus series. Not so bad in the previous Wi series. So he has been given oppurtunity to prove. 2. Re non-selection of Gambhir - he just hit only one century in Ranji that too a scratchy one. Suddenly people saying he should be in. Let him score more runs and contend for the place in the team. As of now, no place. 3. Questionable selections regarding Rayudu & Ishant - Yes there may be some doubts but nobody has really performed to make a claim.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Huge mistake. Test squad has only Shikar as left hand bat. Without Sachin, Dravid, VVS, and Ganguly, batting lacks experience. Shewag was the reason India did well overseas in tests. Gambhir was fine too in his last SA tour. Dinesh Karthik too should have been in there.

    Zaheer and Ishant are needed while Ojha - is not especially with Jadeja in the squad. On the bowling front, nothing else seems to be available.

    For the ODIs, Yousuf Pathan did who dod very well in the last SA tour could have been considered. As also Irfan. Harbajan has done well too. Could have been picked for tests.

    Overall test bowling seems ok and has variety. But batting is similar. Shewags agressive style and fast scoring would have helped. Gambhir could have been there as an opening and left handed option as Shikar is utested on such pitches.

    Dhoni wants a young team all groomed by him. But the seniors have just gone...so he could have had Yousuf, irfan, shewag, dinesh, gambir, zaheer for at least this tour.

  • blthndr on November 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Overall good selection....and a exiting jouney ahead with lot of overseas match to be played so in future gambhir still has his chance n he needs to show his worth in coming ranji matches n should rectify his minor technical glitch(poking outside off stump)....this is new overhauled test team with MS as captain i think everyone will hav fair chances....india will face top 3 test teams at their home...so need to give some time to settle this team irrespective of results...

  • pavan_v on November 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Rayudu's inclusion makes sense. He should replace Yuvraj for the ODI's. I wonder why Vijay and ishant were selected!!!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    India should give chances to young blood ...

  • RoyRulez on November 25, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Who on earth selects 17 players for a 2-test series??? Looks like Indian team doesn't have a clue about whom to pick in the XI!!!

  • Playfair on November 25, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    One has to feel sorry for Dinesh Karthik ... the lad has been messed about far too much. Just recently when Dhoni was having a 'rest', DK performed pretty well both with bat and gloves ..

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Good luck Zaheer! I wish you to play 100 Tests.

  • himanshu.team on November 25, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I am satisfied with this selection. Umaesh Yadav and Ishant have not been good recently but are still better than Unadkat and Vinay Kumar. Zaheer is required given the inexperience of other pacers. I am only surprised to see Raydu in there. I believe Gambhir would have been a better choice. But Gambhir can do with few more high scoring domestic matches and gain valuable confidence ahead of return to international cricket. Also it is good to see that they have realized that Raina and Yuvi should not be a part of the test team.

  • ShahidMalayil on November 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Sanju Samson should be in place of Saha. He recent three ranji matches scores are 211, 115, 51*, 42, 1*. Being young is not his mistake, talented players should be given chances in order to motivate others to perform better.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    A batting average of 45 in indian first class cricket is not enough for test selection in my opinion and therefore rayudu is a bad selection gambhir would've h been a better bet considering his last tour of south africa where he score two 90+ and a 80 in 4 inniings in the two test matches he played in

  • RajeshNaik on November 25, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Good team selection. Selectors have done the best they can. Vinay deserved the axe. Ishant needs to be persisted with. He is a better bowler than Bhuvaneshwar and Umesh are. But I thought that Unadkat did nothing wrong to be dropped. Umesh is really not a useful ODI bowler. But since the SA pitches may offer pace and bounce, Umesh might have got the nod.

  • vvbr on November 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I honestly wonder why Murali Vijay!? He lacks test attitude. Gambhir any day is better than Vijay. Why Ishanth Sharma? Why Saha? Why Rahane? OK.. can understand Rayudu? If any of these new comers didn't even feature in the domestic season, how will you know how they will fare in South African heat? If India wins it's only because of the following reasons 1) Philander, Morkel, steyn, devilliers, kallis, amla, smith is dropped and they are playing with their A or B teams 2) They have left cracks in the wickets so that Dhoni can open the bowling with spinners 3) Sharma, Kohli scoring 100s and Pujara supporting them.. If 1 and 2 and 3 are met India will beat SA in SA!

  • Thamizhoviyan on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Ideal XI: M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    The ODI squad is perfectly alright. Yuvi, Raina & Jadeja are automatic choices for limited over match. In test squad, why raidu is included when there r already 7 batsmen excluding msd in the squad? whether Jahir can bowl throughout the day? Will his body permit?

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    If Yuvraj is not deserve firstly raina should be dropped first. YUVRAJ at last series won a gsme of his n own.raina complete failure. .he deserves to be dropped before Yuvraj if it comes down to it.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    A wise move to pick Zaheer considering none of the newbies have been on overseas assignments before. Ishant, despite his experience, is inexperienced. A bit of guidance from the wily left arm speedster will be much needed. This could be the passing of the baton as far as pace bowling goes.

    It'd be wise to play five bowlers as an additional batsman is unlikely to contribute far more than the top five. India's best chance lies in restricting the Proteas to manageable totals. There's no point in 200 playing 450.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    why dinesh karthik is not playing in odi squad??? what wrong has he done?? I mean after hitting two centuries in england, he is consistently out of the team... only for yuvraj singh?? and he is also having a gud record in south africa....both in odi's and test.... When these selectors will understand....its a matter of prformance...not of the popularity...just rubbish selection...

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Give chance to Gambir, sehwag, instead of M Vijay. Very very worst player.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    on what basis is ishant sharma in test squad.

  • azhar44 on November 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Ishant sharma again.he has worst average who have played 50 tests how many chances do he get

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    good that the selectors went with saha he has played only 1 test thus far, which he did in adelaide and was involved in a century partnership with kohli!!!!since then he's never been played, but i think he's finally getting his due!!!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Gambir, shikhar, pujara, kohli, sharma, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, zak, shami and yadav its set and balanced test team.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    test: dhawan vijay pujara kohli rohit dhoni jadeja ashwin kumar shami khan

  • hotcric01 on November 25, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Batting is ordinary.Can Raina and yuvi last against a high quality pace attack in testing conditions?So it will be very difficult to win.In tests, most experienced batsman in the squad M.S Dhoni is also not a real test quality player.Zaheer inclusion is good.Ishant's last chance to impress in conditions which assists seam movement and bounce.Selectors may still want him at 2015 world cup which is played in similar conditions.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    I am really glad that they did not pick Baba Aparajith for the overseas tour. I prefer Aparajith to get a chance in India instead of South Africa so that he could play his natural game and cement his place. I am surprised to see Rayudu in the Test Team. Good to see that the Management still have faith on Ishanth and I hope he will prove it this time. Zaheer is a good selection for Tests. My only thinking is that if he is fit enough to play five day tests, why not in one day team? May be, the team management is happy with Bhuveneshwar kumar and Shami in the one day team. Overall not much comment on the team. Dinesh Karthik could have been considered for the test team since he could fill both reserve opener as well as reserve keeper's role.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Murali Vijay is a total misfit in this squad. Gambir would have been given one more chance .

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Instead of Raydu, Baba Aprajith and instead of Ishant any one of the youngesters like Mohit,Dhawal,Basant Mohanty or Ishwar pandey should have been chosen.

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on November 25, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Good selection but it could be best if selectors select in Teast matches Virendra Sehwag/Gautam Gambhir in place of Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh karthik is a better option then Wriddhiman Saha for reserve WK & Irfan pathan could be in place of Ishant Sharma and in one day Cheteshwar Pujara should be in the team in place of Suresh Raina, Virendra Sehwag or gautam gambhir in place of Ambati Rayudu,Zaheer khan in place of ishant Sharma & irfan Pathan in place of Mohit Sharma, so the best team according to me - (Test) MS Dhoni, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Virendra sehwag, Dinesh Karthik & Irfan Pathan, For ODI- MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara,Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Virendra Sehwag ,Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav & Irfan Pathan

  • Ramanathan-sriram on November 25, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Zak definitely will be in playing 11 but i don't know instead of which bowler. Zak is good replacement for bhuvi bcoz he can do what bhuvi is doing with the new ball and he will reverse swing with the old ball too. Shami and Umesh's pace can be good in SA conditions. It is very good by selecting 140kph bowlers instead of 130 around

  • Jube on November 25, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    How does Saha score over Gambhir???... except for the fact that he is from CSK and Dhoni apparently dislikes Gambhir..... There is just one side match and both Rayudu and Rahane keep... Besides Gambhir has both experience in the conditions and form I ..... Aside from this decent team I think - am sticking my neck out to say Ishant Sharma will come back as one of the successes of the tour. And while we'd probably lose the test badly, we will do better in the limited over formats......

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 25, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @Vivfan. Yeah. Just boring like last tour, isn't it?

  • tuffersmagic on November 25, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    indian seam attack looks as strong as i can remember. should be a good series this one

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Zack is back!!! nice to see ... But Sanju Samson is batter choice in place of Saha.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 25, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    why not Madan Lal and Shivlal Yadav ? they deserve a chance. And Tendulkar should retire now, he doesnt deserve a place. And Maninder singh should be the captain of the team

  • rajachandra on November 25, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Why saha ? Why cannot they groom some youngster like Sanju samson ? Even otherwise Dinesh Karthik is any day better than Saha !

    Where and when did Ishant , Umesh Yadav and Zaheer perform to get a recall ? Just one Ranji performance is any yardstick then Gautham gambhir also should have made it.

    It is because most players select them selves and the team is performing these incongruities of the selectors gets whitewashed.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Looks Balanced. I would say --Better to inspire our youngsters to play hard and learn against quality SA attack than go back to the oldies who failed India in the last 1 year. Worst case, it would end up as a good learning experience for the lads.

    My ODI Squad - Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh

    My Test Squad - Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, MSD, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami, Umesh (Reason leaving out Bhuvi is he is kinda ineffective after the first spell/first few overs and Rahane for batting strength given wickets wont assist Jadeja much )

    All the best Team India! Do well :)

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Gambhir is way better than Vijay!!!

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Second Keeper should have been either CA Goutham or Uday Kaul. Saha's batting is so weak that he can't bat any where above 8. He is the neatest keeper in the country though after that Rajasthan Royals keeper, I forgot his name, what was it? Not Samson (he needs one more year in domestic cricket) the other one..

  • dirtydozen on November 25, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    should have selected sanju samson/uday kaul in place of saha. Could gain an early experience and is also in good form. suppose dhoni gets injured?suspended they could have used samson Harbhajan would have been better in place of ojha because in previous tour to SA in one test match he took 7 wickets in an innings And siddarth kaul, awanna, pandey should have been given a try as well.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    If Ishanth can make it to the team after a disastrous performance in the recent series why can't Gambhir who is performing well at the domestic level? He should have been selected as a back up/main opener (since you can not trust Murali Vijay overseas). Why other players like Baba Aparajith, Robin Utthappa, Mandeep Singh, Jalaj Saxena, etc are ignored everytime?

  • krish79 on November 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Zaheer is back is good news .India will need his exp in SA. But bad luck for Gambhir.I think he should be in the side to somewhat make up for lack exp playing in SA Conditions .Maybe he can even bat in the middle order which order wise has onely righthanded batsmans.

    Cant understand on what basis ishant is back in the ODI squad and not playing in the current ODI series.

  • bunsenburner on November 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    India's seam bowling stocks must be desperately poor at the moment if they have recalled Zaheer... I fear the series could be very one sided in SA. Will be interesting to see how India go without Sachin. On paper they should actually be stronger with him out of the team but it will depend on how the rest of the team react to him not being around anymore.

  • Cricketlover54 on November 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    India has proven in last match against WI A team, that they are aliens in pitches that have even slightest advantage to Bowlers. I look forward to this series because 1) Good competition between bat/Ball, 2) Steyn & co. running through Indian batsman. 3) India bundling out for less than 50

  • Sunman81 on November 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Selecting 17 member squad for a 2 match test series is really bizarre...otherwise it's a Good team except for few surprises... Zak recall is widely expected considering his reputation and experience at test level. With Zak, Bhuvi and Shami India's bowling lineup is fairly settled. Ishant selection hardly matters since his unlikely to get a game...he seems to have been picked more of a cover for the injury prone Zak. Yuvi should also consider himself lucky after his performance in the recent ODIs against Australia and West Indies...One would hope that Yuvi will justify his selection in the matches to come. Also this tour is slightly different in the sense, India plays the ODI series before test match...This will surely improve their performance in the test series...

    Good Luck to India and hope we have an evenly contested series....

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Vijay, shikhar, pujara, kohli, sharma, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, zak, shami and yadav its set and balanced test team best India can team up at the moment..

  • Saaggi on November 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan is the best choice for the south Africa tour. He is fast bowling allrounder why selectors are not looking his performance.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    The last thing i don't want to see is Zaheer breaking down with Hamstring in the very first session of the test match. We need fit pace bowlers young or old.

    Also whats this obsession with Wriddhiman Saha? Cehteswar Pujara should also be there in ODIs. He can be next Dravid in ODIs

  • Bonehead_maz on November 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    As an Aussie, I think this is a very good (test - don't care about ODI) squad. I think it was wise to include Ishant and think it's good to see Umesh Yadav back - he's quick ( or was last time I saw). Also believe Z Khan is important.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Where is Rishi Dhawan?? The leading wicket taker in current Ranji Trophy and also He can Bat. He was leading wicket taker in last season of Ranji Tropy also. He is the most promising alrounder in current time for India in Test. India too get chance to play with 5 blowers. Anyway My Test XI: 1. Dhawan 2. Vijaya 3. Pujara 4.Rohit 5. Kholi 6.Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10. B Kumar/YAdav 11. Shami

    ODI: 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Kholi 4. Yuvi 5.Raina 6. Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Aswin 9.Buvi 10. sami 11. Ishant/Mohit

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I think Gauti and Viru Paaji deserved a place in Test squad as they have abundant experience playing there. Ishant should be effective on bouncy pitches there unlike the flat Indian pitches. What would be interesting to see is the technique of Indian batters on a green surface against the best bowling attack in the world.

  • Venkiwaran on November 25, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is perhaps one of the few who has the technique to play in SA. Sad that he has yet again been left out. Saha and Raina? Ridiculous, to say the least! Looks like no one can keep Raina and Jadeja out of Indian sides! Glad that Zaheer is back and hope his fitness holds.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Really the selection looks little bad !!! Gambhir left out and Dinesh Karthick is the one who performed more than Saha !! and most importantly fast bowlers performace is a little concern and why Zaheer not picked up for 50 over match. I dont know whats selectors thinks when they where in Selectioon meeting.

  • Kulaputra on November 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Raina - really ?? Is the cupboard that bare? He will not last more than two overs per innings in SA.

    DK instead of Saha was expected. Unless someone wants to make this Chennai super kings squad.

  • cricaddict9118 on November 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Dinesh kartik would seriously feel left out. He can perform a multi-role - Wicket Keeper, middle order bat, opener.. He has done all of it in past and with his current form he would only do better..

    Anyways my playing XI barring fitness issues would be following - 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Rohit 5. Kohli 6. Rahane 7 . MSD 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Zak 11. Umesh

  • rohan024 on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Murali Vijay is a total misfit in this squad. I would take even a bowler over Murali Vijay for SA tests, as the bowler would atleast take wickets.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    yessss. time for Zak-attack.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Saha is the best WK India currently has. that is why he is in the team. DK and MSD are undoubtedly better batsmen. But in SA u need a Real WK.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @samroy: I do agree wid u dat ishwar pandey should b included as hez in gud form n his height would b an advantage(hopefully he could use his head as when to pitch up n wen to bowl short unlike dat 30 runs an over guy). as far as gambhir is concerned, I think he failed miserably in UK n aus in previous tours, so v have to c how this opening pair perform(although vijay chances r not lurking bright at all).

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Y raina after so many failures. Y badrinath is not getting chance. Pujara shd be in both squad s

  • Vivfan on November 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Will be another boring one sided Test, India are lucky to get away with only 2 Tests, 3 Odis.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Cant see Ishant sharma in Indian jersey anymore. Happy to see Zak makes it. India will worth it in SA conditions. Dont worry SA, ishant sharma is all there for you.

  • JOHNRAJ on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Why no DK, No reserve opener , Why Rayudu what happen to baba aparajith and So Many young bloods are scoring heavy runs in domestic cricket but they are not getting change due to age. If selectors think like that means we wont get another sachin, dravid, laxman. If they dint give chance to Rahane again atleast make him to play domestic reasons to maintain in form. Dont judge player with one or two matches, Rohit played more then 100 ODI and now only got runs if rahane got 50% of changes of rohit means he could be a better player than him.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @cricketlover_crazy - You are expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too? Looks like you are not aware that the lat time India went to SA, it was a 1-1 draw. India totally dominated the series after losing the first match.

    India won the 2nd match comprehensively and almost won the 3rd match and the series but for some tailenders saving the day for the South Africans.

    Check the previous results before adding words like 'too'.

  • Sachit1979 on November 25, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Return of Zaheer is the only welcome move otherwise inclusion of Rayudu, Saha and Jadeja is only going to fill those positions in count of 16. They don't really seem to offer options in South African conditions. But it does not make much of difference also. Indian batting line up is pretty much settled with Rahane walking into Sachin's shoes. In bowling department, instead of Ojha, Zaheer would do the duties. Others are there to just carry drinks and do substitute fielding for their buddies in playing eleven.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    wridhimann saha really!!!!!!!!!!! you should be kidding me

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Why is Zaks name showing up in both the squads but in the article it says only Tests

  • Night.angel on November 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    C Gautam is a better wicket-keeper and player than Saha, D.karthik, parthiv. Look at his sheer average.

    But I would go for Samson as this guy got more temperament than any wicket-keepers in India.

    But Im really sad that promising players like Pankaj Singh and Rishi Dhawan didn't get any chance ahead of 'brainless' Ishant Sharma. But im really happy unadkat, vinay are not featuring in any format. Enough of this trundlers.

    Still my gut feeling is that selectors are playing MUSICAL CHAIR with vinay, Isharma, unadkat, dinda. Try someone new for god's sake like pakistan does.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Considering the bounce and swinging conditions in SA, Pujara fits better than Ajinkya Rahane.

    How can selectors leave these loopholes?

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on November 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Ohh yeah! Zaheer is back!! Remember hw he made Smith jump around on d last tour?

  • Srini_Indian on November 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Nice overall balanced selection. We can always say why X? Why not Y? But I feel the selectors have picked the best possible team available. Hope they do well. All the best to India!

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Gud selection.. zaheer, bhuvneshwar nd shami should constitude the pace attack.. zaheer brings atleast some experince nd maturity to the pace attack

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    In order to be aggressive we had to think out of the box. The right guys need mentoring. The only players who had played for India are picked. That is a very conservative squad. Where is the surprise element? In a two test series a surprise element always helps. Remember a relative unknown Sreesanth did to SA in 2006 at Wanderers and what Pat Cummins did to SA in 2011?

  • TATTUs on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Saha is back yet again. Yes I understand that. Any other wicket keeper and Dhonis place would be questioned. Sanju Samson has been hitting tons in the Ranji trophy. CA Goutham is one with decent technique. But no they always get Saha. Why? Because they know he wont perform to question Dhonis place in tests. Dhoni is the best finisher these days but he is appalling in tests.

  • wanatawu on November 25, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    And Graeme Smith's tormentor returns. Welcome back Zak.

  • rammstein on November 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Good move to bring Zaheer back, along with some crappy selections like murli vijay, ishant sharma and Saha.Gambhir and dinesh kartik would have been a better choice.I still remember gambhir playing with a broken hand and defying african pacers in last series there. My Team:- Murli vijay(unfortunately), Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami, Bk or Umesh Yadav. Will prefer Yadav over Bk as african pitches are not known for their swing, only pace n bounce.

  • pady11 on November 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Hush.... Atleast they selected Ajinkya .. God of sake please give him chance in playing 11...

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Why saha is in, i haven't heard a big performance from him in this season, why not DK. Why the hell gambhir is left out and rayudu is in, i guess the selectotrs forgot that they are playing SA in SA. Poor selectors. Gambhir desreves a place

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Including two spinners is very wrong decision because that is not the turning track.U maximum need one spinner or even not one also.In case of extra spinner fast bowler can be added in the squad.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Great to see Ambati Rayudu... I hope we see him playing rather than carrying drinks... Also Pujara's non-selection in ODI's is baffling... Ishant terrible selection... overall happy, and it's good they have gone backwards by recalling some non performing stalwarts

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    it is good team ,hopeful win the series against sa..

  • Raju_Iyer on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Once again, an excellent job done by this selection committee; good blend of youth and experience, very sensible "horses for courses" approach. To those asking about Saha, he did decently in the very limited chances he got (just 2 tests); Zaheer may be a liability as a fielder but we need his experience to guide the rest; no point in taking Gambhir along when he is unlikely to play; in the end you can't please everyone, best wishes to this team, go India, go!

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    strange to see Saha in the squad. Inspite of very good performances in recent international matches, wicket keeper batsmen Dinesh Kartik is not included for South Africa tour. Good to hear Zaheer Khan back in the side. This will definitely boost the moral of rest of the bowlers and the Team. Good choice of bringing in Zaheer, but sad not to see a talented Dinesh Kartik in the side even after giving back to back performamces.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Why Raina in the ODI Squad ?? He is failing on every chance given Why then?

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    On what basis is SURESH RAINA selected in the ODI squad over and over again? He plays with total irresponsibility and doesn't value his wicket. Raina seems to always be out of form for TEAM INDIA but when's he's playing for Chennai Super Kings he's in the peak of his form!! Amusing to say the least!!

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Amit Mishra should have been in Test squad, rather than ODI.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    where is Dinesh Kartik? what wrong did he do?

  • theprince24 on November 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    ZAK!!!!! Grt move by Selectors!! The only xperienced test bowler!!! His xperience wil b useful not oly for the team but also for the youngsters!!! DK shud hav given a chance instead of SAHA!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    can't believe Gambhir is not there but non ( never) - performing Vijay is !

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    M Vijay and I Sharma?? beond any logic...

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Why Ishant again :(. he should not be in the playing XI pls.

  • Night.angel on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Can't believe Rayudu and Ishant Sharma in test team. Rayudu's avg is 45+ in dosmestic circuit, which truly portrays his ability. To confirm this, compare the avg of laxman, ganguly, dravid's Domestic and international to find out to analyse a player's average.

    Badrinath a guy with 60+ avg should have been selected instead. Or Gambhjr, a whole better player than Vijay.

    Rishi Dhawan's India's only bright prospect as an all rounder should have get a nod ahead of Ishant. Ishant test bowling avg is 37, even in domestic it is 31+. He is the most fortunate bowler. Even Srilankan's will omit him.

    Pankaj singh got height and he is not a military medium pacer. He can hit above 135+ consistently and is proven player in DC. An exact replacement for Ishant. But FAR BETTER.

    Thumbs down for Ambati Rayudu and Ishant Sharma(how come he is in ODI's? OMG)

    BETTER PLAYERS: Gautam Gambhir/ Aparjith/ badrinath

    AMONG BOWLERS : Rishi Dhawan or Pankaj Singh

  • aneesst on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Rayudu selected over gambir even though gambir is better............. bcoz once gambir is selected in the team it will be difficult to avoid him in playing XI, but for rayudu they can use him as a standby batsman if necessary this option is not there with gambir

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Gauti should have been given a chance instead of Ambati Rayudu. In South Africa India will need experience and to me it'd have been a better choice if selection committee would have opted Gauti.

  • Proudindianyouth on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    As GANGULY said once that there will be a lot of SPACE open after an away series!!! So there is chances for SEHWAG & GHAMBIR in the coming years

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    By sending 17 member squad we are sending a strong message to SA. We are unsure whom to play and we don't know our best XI. We don't have confidence in our own batsman. We should have send only a 15 member squad to SA. With one extra batsman, one extra spinner, one extra wicket keeper and one extra seamer. We should play to win and only then we can win (or may be draw); trying to draw means we are going to get a couple of hammerings. This South African Team is even better than the one India faced last time (2010-11). Last time SA had Tsotsobe as their third seamer this time there is Vernon Philander who in South African conditions is as good as Steyn.

  • Gomzii on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Zaheer will be one of the Key bowler on African tour. @Zaheer best of luck.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Good selection. Selectors believed in young talent than old statistics.... Its high time Rayudu get more chances in ODIs and tests. Hope India do well in SA....

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Unfortunate for Gautam ,Think that his era is over now . He can only make a comeback if Rohit or Dhawan's are out of form . Nice to see Zaheer Back.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Good news Zak and umesh back, still india missing an genuine all rounder in squad

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    my team: vijay,dhawan,pujara, kohli,rohit,raha ne,dhoni,ashwin,bhuvi/yadav,zaheer,shami

  • SunnyKing1008 on November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Ishant in ODI squad? big applaud to selectors, btw, why Vinay is not in ODI squad?

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    why ishant is a big question mark

  • saqib710 on November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    horrible raina 4 one day in sa ??????? ishant again? no rishi dhawan:????? :(

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    still no Gambhir wat else he need to do get his place in the squad. Yuvraj. and Raina wat for ...they were helpless against Mitchell Johnson in India itself I dont think they vl b of any help BCCI include Pujara in ODI plz...

  • ullasjp on November 25, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Good move from selectors to bring zak back i think his experience will help young bowlers like kumar shami. While coming to gambir, see 2 centuries doesn't bring you into the time likewise 2 flops doesn't take you out of the team lets give some more time for vijay remember he performed well in aus test series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Why 6 pacers required in one day squad. I think 5 is more than enough instead of one pacer they would have selected yuvaraj.Otherwise they would have selected any all rounder.

  • subnys on November 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I think Karthik is better than Saha.. Also a single 5 for makes Zaheer a favorable candidate is a surprise for me. Rest all is OK.

    Happy that Raina and Yuvraj are off the block in Tests.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    The selectors must have felt that since Vijay and Dhawan deserve to be first choice openers in the Tests, it was unfair on such a senior player as Gambhir to be picked as reserve player. Moreover Gambhir could play more domestic games and also depending on the performance of Vijay and Dhawan in SA, stake a claim for the tour of New Zealand. The interesting thing is that except Pujara and Ojha all the main players in the Test Team are also selected in the ODI team thus justifying the squad size of 17.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Good selection.All the best Team India

  • jaashky on November 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Excellent decision to include Zaheer in the squad. He should be in the playing eleven to strengthen the bowling attack. The ideal team will be: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Sharma, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Bhuvenashwar and Shami.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    common Ishant in again .. and undkat drooped .. that kid deserves more chances ...

  • VenuNallamothu on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Zak is back. That is a good news. India need an experienced bowling department head to guide the youngsters.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    its good decsion but should give chance to umesh yadav in playing 11 as he has pace n character

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Its an okay selection but I really thought that may b selectors could have gone for sum young fast bowlers especially ishwar panday or pankaj singh or even varun Aaron. but really glad at least vinay Kumar is finally out now(phewww). N as far as batting is concerned its the right way to go, v need to c for at least 4-5 tests to make a decision if v want changes in batting order.

  • SamRoy on November 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Sending a 17 member squad for two test matches is as meaningless as it can get. And why is Ishwar Pandey (who did so brilliantly in the 'A' Team Tests) not picked and what is Ishant Sharma who was the main reason for us not winning last time in SA. Ishant never learns, so can't we bench him for two years so that he corrects his technical issues? It is bad for the team and bad for Ishant. Don't expect Dhoni to average even 25 since we are playing in Wanderers (second fastest pitch in the world after Perth) and Durban (the bounciest pitch in south africa though not so fast). I am a Rayudu fan but he did fail against SA 'A'. Why not have Gambhir in middle order? We need experience and a left hander with decent technique to counter Steyn in middle order. The Kookaburra does most of its damage in first 25-30 overs and then it goes soft and becomes ineffective. We saw that in Pak vs SA series in SA last year as well. Conservative thinking is destroying Indian Cricket chances...(contd..)

  • VAQUAS on November 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Good news for zaheer bad news for ghambir.... And bad decision from selector by choosing ishant sharma... Totally waste... A experience of 6 year but he cant bowl yorkers

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    This is great . it was on the cards . Very happy for the best Indian fast bowler ever !

  • Thamizhoviyan on November 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Strongly believe that Rishi Dhawan should have been there as atleast the 18th member

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I really do not understand why selectors are choosing Ishant Sharma, We have many other talented guns. This is the right time to test the new young talent on foreign pitches.

    Pity on selection committee..

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Good call.. Yesterday match effect it seems ;) .... zaheer's death bowling skills in ODI's (comparing to this young group especially) and ofcourse he is very much handy in overseas tests..

  • Jinarajan on November 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Why Ishant Sharma in this sqad???

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Important thing about this team that not much change in ODI and Test Team, Most of the players are part of both team. I believe instead of Wriddhiman Saha Sanju Samsan should be given a chance. But overall not a bad team. One more thing is a opener in Test team in case Vijay didnt perform well than need an extra opener.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Nice selection. He can guide the new comers there. Hoping to level the test series as the last time and winning the ODI series. Zak, Umesh, Ishant,BK + Aswin will be good combination.Kohli, Pujara at the top will give India a good total. Expecting average performances from Dhavan and Rohit but expecting a flop show from M.Vijay.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Ishant In ODI and Rayudu in Tests ?? Raising the question , Would have been better to include Gambhir/Badri or Abhishek Nayar in place of Rayudu in Tests and Unadkat/Ishwar or a new face in place of Ishant..Rest r fine.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Seeing Ishant Sharma's recent form in Int'l cricket, I am honestly surprised to see him in the squad. I feel he should have been dropped and put back into the system to work his way back up again rather than wasting his time and talent on the bench (where he will most likely be unless one or two of the other fast men are injured) This is poor management from the BCCI. Talented as he is, his bowling is not going to improve much if he stays the water boy. Instead let him take a refresher course at the MRF Pace academy or play a dozen domestic games and bring his confidence back up. A good showing in 1 Ranji game does not mean he is ready for South Africa.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Zak - Shami - Kumar will be a good bowling attack. Sadly Gauti misses out but then why to have a backup opener for a two test series.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    The selector should have included Ghambir in the line-up specially for Test, you just cannot go with two specialist openers in SA; Specially with M Vijay being a suspect against the moving ball outside off.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    India should rotate between Rahane, Vijay and Dhawan for the openers. Rahane looks like a good bed for opener he should given decent run to prove himself. Good to see Zaheer back, bowling sometime looked like missing a leader. Zak will be a good mentor with the experience.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Saha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raghvender on November 25, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Good selection of zaheer in test side, hope our players do well.

  • DattatreyaHeroor on November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    M Vijay and Saha? Bad selection. Gambhir deserved the chance in SA. Dhoni can not withstand Gambhir in the team for the obvious reasons he do not want any competitors. DK would have been a better choice than Saha. Rest looks fine. Hope they play Zaheer in the playing eleven. Retaining Ohja is also good choice, however, if he is not included in the playing eleven its waste to select him. Hope Rahane gets to play all the matches (Test) in this series....

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I don't see a reason why Wriddhiman Saha (wk) got chance in test team. he never looked confident in the matches he played earlier.

  • Srivathsan_Sridharan on November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Decent job by the selectors. Zaheer's experience will be handy in SA conditions. Hope Ishant won't feature in the playing XI. Otherwise a the optimum squad with the available resources.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Y is Ghambir left out..??? y vijay and Ishanth This selectors are crazy...

  • Thamizhoviyan on November 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    y no DK? y again ws? and IS?

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    no pujara in odi ... that is the only big blunder

  • Raggie on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Why Ishant ?????? now the first test fastmen are Shami,Zaheer, Ishant(unfortunately) knowing Dhoni.

  • hunain94 on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    good to see zaheer back in team.........but we all know that proteas will dominate them in test series

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    i can put gautam gambhir over ravinder jadeja anyday

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Nice to see Zak back in the squad but 3 spinners i feel are bit too many on SA pitches which wont assist spinners much.. Good team selection overall

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    if ishant has found a place then vinay kumar also deserves he had just one bad series and ishant has not been performing for too long

  • 30-30-150 on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Should have picked Wasim Jaffer instead of Vijay.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Good selection. Except for Rayudu I am impressed with all the names. Ishant could have been dropped for someone like a Rishi Dhawan/S.Kaul. May helpful conditions help him come back to form. Good team, lets hope we execute things on the field too

  • Ramanathan-sriram on November 25, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I think Gambhir has no chance bcoz at present the openers are doing well and we can use Rahane also as a reserver opener. But there is no reward for him after consistent performances in Ranji

  • crick_sucks on November 25, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    sehwag, gambhir n harbhajan are spent force. No point in investing on them any further. Just look at fresh talent and give them opportunities, some will click. Hope to see rahane in the XI. Wonder when raina in ODIs and Vijay in Tests will get the boot. They have been under performing for a while now.

  • Ggupta11 on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Great work to include Zaheer !!!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Zaheer khan's inclusion in the squad is superb decision to make...

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I dont know, what is happening in BCCI, why no place for Gambhir, Is't indian team selection or CSK team selection... the dark time of indian cricket

  • nibir83 on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Good to see Zak again.. And did I see Ishant Sharma? Really????

  • FRpunk on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Yes Yes Yes . Zaheer is Back . but now comes the big headache ( good one to have though ) . will it be yadav or Zaheer for the third pacers role .

  • Abhishek.Sonia on November 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Gambhi is again ignored! This again remind that this is a BCCI/ Dhoni team and not an INDIAN team... abhishek jain

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    again Ishant Shrarma and Mohit Sharma!! UFFF selectors will never improve.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Good Selection, though we are lacking a fast bowling all rounder. I feel the playing XI would be Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashvin, Zaheer, Umesh, Shami to start with and then hope that the three pacers deliver.

  • Praveeneds on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Good decision to bring back Zaheer..... but why is Saha in the list???? Instead DK or Samson could have given a chance....

  • SachinVaratendulkar on November 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir are sehwag one of them should have been selected bcz our present batting is lacking in experience so any of them should have been selected

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Good to see that they have covered all the spots! Even a backup wicketkeeper. It would be interesting to see who gets into the team in place of sachin..The bowling and batting combinations will need to changed so the field is open for most of the players in the fold. Probably Ojha might not get a look into the side this series

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I think, the selectors have overlooked Badrinath despite of his good form, he's a better choice than Ravindra jadeja as two spinners will be of no use on SA tracks. How many more chances Ishant will get? He should utilize this opportunity

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)

  • Anil_Koshy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Gambhir should have given another chance, his experience would have definitely helped. Murali has done done well in India, but his technique against a pace attack which is one of the best in the world is surely going to be a concerned. Zaheer deserves a better send off, his inclusion is a good thing.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Brilliant decision to get back Zak his Ranji stint was good.. Congrats to Rahane for gaining the selectors confidence he is bloke who can do well in SA.

    All the best to Team India!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Suresh Raina played very well List A games in south Africa before two months so they can tried to give a chance in TEST also..

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Both teams are good.they are going to rock on the foreign soil...bingo

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Gd luck Zak = 100 Tests - 400 wickets on the cards.. Dont mess it up with fitness issues

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    what about gambhir ??? he deserves a place ahead of vijay

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    why ishant again? and why not gambhir for rayadu????????

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    why ishant again? and why not gambhir for rayadu????????

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    what about gambhir ??? he deserves a place ahead of vijay

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Gd luck Zak = 100 Tests - 400 wickets on the cards.. Dont mess it up with fitness issues

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Both teams are good.they are going to rock on the foreign soil...bingo

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Suresh Raina played very well List A games in south Africa before two months so they can tried to give a chance in TEST also..

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Brilliant decision to get back Zak his Ranji stint was good.. Congrats to Rahane for gaining the selectors confidence he is bloke who can do well in SA.

    All the best to Team India!!

  • Anil_Koshy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Gambhir should have given another chance, his experience would have definitely helped. Murali has done done well in India, but his technique against a pace attack which is one of the best in the world is surely going to be a concerned. Zaheer deserves a better send off, his inclusion is a good thing.

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I think, the selectors have overlooked Badrinath despite of his good form, he's a better choice than Ravindra jadeja as two spinners will be of no use on SA tracks. How many more chances Ishant will get? He should utilize this opportunity

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind selecting 3 spinners in the squad for SA. Ohja will never get a chance to play in the 11, as sir Jadeja will be available as a all-rounder, even though it's hard to accept that Jadeja is a all-rounder. The definite playing 11 would be Dhawan,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,zaheer,bkumar,yadav/shammi. i am expecting a 2-0 drubbing this time too:)