India in Sri Lanka 2010 June 26, 2010

Yuvraj recalled for Sri Lanka Tests

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Yuvraj Singh, who was dropped for the recently concluded Asia Cup, has been recalled to India's squad for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka starting July 18. Suresh Raina, who has been part of Test squads before as injury cover, made it as a first-choice player for the first time. As expected, the selectors went back to Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth to partner Zaheer Khan in the pace department, and three spinners were selected, which meant both Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha were in. A 16-man member squad was chosen to include a reserve wicketkeeper, Wriddhiman Saha.

Earlier this month, Yuvraj was dropped from the limited-overs side for the first time since he cemented his place in the early 2000s. Fitness, more than form, was seen as the reason behind the move: he hadn't been in droppable form in international cricket. The drop was seen as a necessary wake-up call for him. Captain MS Dhoni, however, is a big fan of Yuvraj's talent, and could have insisted that he be recalled. The selectors perhaps thought that the necessary message had been delivered.

The other middle-order selection was due. Raina was part of the squad for India's last Test, against South Africa in February, but only because of a spate of injuries. Since then he has shown he can survive in international cricket despite an obvious weakness against the short ball. It cannot be denied that he has been scoring consistently despite that awkwardness.

A week after he played a winning hand against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, ticking the box of performing in pressure situations, Raina is confident, willing and fit. It is perhaps the best time to put him through the big test, to find out if he can emulate the likes of Steve Waugh and Sourav Ganguly, who were successful in Tests even though Waugh eliminated the hook shot and Ganguly always had to work hard to fight his weakness against the short ball. To think of Waugh and Ganguly is a step too far, but Raina deserved a chance to fail, and he has earned it.

Ishant and Sreesanth, part of India's last Test squad, have gone through pretty ordinary times in limited-overs cricket since then, both in the IPL and while playing for India. They were duly dropped, but are still the best bets for the Test side. More so because none of the alternatives tried in their absence have impressed enough. And Ashish Nehra is not willing to play Tests, while Praveen Kumar is strictly a limited-overs bowler.

More importantly, this selection could point to a practical outlook from the selectors, that of having identified Ishant and Sreesanth as Test specialists, and having realised the need to protect them from the excessive one-day cricket, which could have played a part in their downfall.

Lack of alternatives could have prompted India to go for three spinners, giving Ojha another chance in a Test squad. India, however, are likely to play two seamers and two spinners barring extraordinary circumstances, and the three-day game at Nondescripts Cricket Club should provide a good competition between Ishant and Sreesanth, and Mishra and Ojha.

Squad: MS Dhoni (wk & capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt.), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, M Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • mahi-fan on July 3, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    I think selectors are not doing justice to Rohit Sharma, he has proven his work time and again, Selectors do not play with talents, they are hard to find.

  • Sachin_Mishra on July 2, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Hello Mr. Srikant,

    You were my batting hero since my childhood, but now the decisions you are taking is just showing your lake of cricketing knowladge. Even a layman can give better team as you are selecting. Please try to select boys those who are performing in domestics circuit on regular basis. Pujara and Rahane are much more deserving candidates as compare to Yuvraj who is not in form. Irafan is the best allrounder available for selection atleast before world cup you can do experiment. Please don't try to do the experiments in world cup as your predesesors did.

  • mahi678 on July 2, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I dont know why people give important to amit mishra over pragnan ohja. ohja is more younger and done well in international cricket. his records are better than amit and even bhajji!!

  • on July 2, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I dnt know why people want to include R Jadeja.. he is simply worst and not fit in front of better teams. He needs to be matured. Team selection is pretty good. D.Kartik would have been selected inplace of W.Shaha...

    rest every thing is perfect.

  • peterss on July 1, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    This team selection isnt that great! where is Badri and why not D Karthik? This isnt smart and badri doesnt seem to get his chance at all. He utilised whatever he got to perfection. Growing old and when is he gonna get his chance?! Someone needs to replace the fab four.....

  • Ramesh.D on July 1, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Where is Virat Kohli??? Some one has to replace dravid and lakshman and even Master batsman Sachin(due to his fitness, maybe) in near future. I would have been happy if Kohli is included in the team. Just to get a test match experience, he is placing his innings very well in both shorter format of the games. Why can't we try him longer format??? Hope srikanth will consider this in next series, since he can select only 15 for the side and only 11 can play on the field. :) :)

  • touchmate_2006 on July 1, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    best 11- MS Dhoni(wk&capt),V Sehwag(vc),G Gambhir,R Dravid,S Tendulkar,Y Singh,H Singh,Z Khan,A Mishra,I Sharma,Sreesanth

  • cricbee on July 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    @Anurag patil,

    you should learn about line, length, variation, bowling avg etc...before questioning the inclusion of R Jadeja in international team. Or better only watch IPL

  • sudarsn on June 30, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Mr srikanth and co shud have taken into consideration the on going india A side in england, there was no need to rush yuvaraj for test,he shud understand his value of player in the side, he shud learn from rahul,vvs,sachin as to how modest they r in their life style and still pressure is on them,why shud a vvs or rahul give away there places when they r still performing ,the selectors instead shud have given a chance to pujara,unadhkad the young lefty seamer,kartik (wk and opener),rohit sharma instead of saha,vijay,yuvi,sreeshanth..my team is, msd,ghambir shewag dravid,sachin vvs pujara,rohitsharma,sureshraina,kartik,zkhan,ishanthsharma,unadhghat,harbajan,chawla,abdulla(leftarm spinner), by this mix there will be encouragement for the india s boys they will also learn from seniors and slowly the transition begins.

  • NIS59104 on June 30, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH SRIKANTH,OR HE IS JUST PLAYING POLITICS OF SELECTION, WHY COME SAHA, M.VIJAY ARE SELECTED. IF NEEDED SECOND KEEPER WHAT WRONG WITH KARTIK OR PARTHIV WHO HAVE SCORED SO MANY RUNS IN RANJI,AND WHY NOT ROHIT SHARMA OR UTTHAPPA ARE GIVEN CHANCES,WE HAVE SEEN M.VIJAY BATTING IN ZIMBABWE, HE IS NOT DESERVING,WHY NOT IRFAN PATHAN GIVEN CHANCES...

  • mahi-fan on July 3, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    I think selectors are not doing justice to Rohit Sharma, he has proven his work time and again, Selectors do not play with talents, they are hard to find.

  • Sachin_Mishra on July 2, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Hello Mr. Srikant,

    You were my batting hero since my childhood, but now the decisions you are taking is just showing your lake of cricketing knowladge. Even a layman can give better team as you are selecting. Please try to select boys those who are performing in domestics circuit on regular basis. Pujara and Rahane are much more deserving candidates as compare to Yuvraj who is not in form. Irafan is the best allrounder available for selection atleast before world cup you can do experiment. Please don't try to do the experiments in world cup as your predesesors did.

  • mahi678 on July 2, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I dont know why people give important to amit mishra over pragnan ohja. ohja is more younger and done well in international cricket. his records are better than amit and even bhajji!!

  • on July 2, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I dnt know why people want to include R Jadeja.. he is simply worst and not fit in front of better teams. He needs to be matured. Team selection is pretty good. D.Kartik would have been selected inplace of W.Shaha...

    rest every thing is perfect.

  • peterss on July 1, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    This team selection isnt that great! where is Badri and why not D Karthik? This isnt smart and badri doesnt seem to get his chance at all. He utilised whatever he got to perfection. Growing old and when is he gonna get his chance?! Someone needs to replace the fab four.....

  • Ramesh.D on July 1, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Where is Virat Kohli??? Some one has to replace dravid and lakshman and even Master batsman Sachin(due to his fitness, maybe) in near future. I would have been happy if Kohli is included in the team. Just to get a test match experience, he is placing his innings very well in both shorter format of the games. Why can't we try him longer format??? Hope srikanth will consider this in next series, since he can select only 15 for the side and only 11 can play on the field. :) :)

  • touchmate_2006 on July 1, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    best 11- MS Dhoni(wk&capt),V Sehwag(vc),G Gambhir,R Dravid,S Tendulkar,Y Singh,H Singh,Z Khan,A Mishra,I Sharma,Sreesanth

  • cricbee on July 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    @Anurag patil,

    you should learn about line, length, variation, bowling avg etc...before questioning the inclusion of R Jadeja in international team. Or better only watch IPL

  • sudarsn on June 30, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Mr srikanth and co shud have taken into consideration the on going india A side in england, there was no need to rush yuvaraj for test,he shud understand his value of player in the side, he shud learn from rahul,vvs,sachin as to how modest they r in their life style and still pressure is on them,why shud a vvs or rahul give away there places when they r still performing ,the selectors instead shud have given a chance to pujara,unadhkad the young lefty seamer,kartik (wk and opener),rohit sharma instead of saha,vijay,yuvi,sreeshanth..my team is, msd,ghambir shewag dravid,sachin vvs pujara,rohitsharma,sureshraina,kartik,zkhan,ishanthsharma,unadhghat,harbajan,chawla,abdulla(leftarm spinner), by this mix there will be encouragement for the india s boys they will also learn from seniors and slowly the transition begins.

  • NIS59104 on June 30, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH SRIKANTH,OR HE IS JUST PLAYING POLITICS OF SELECTION, WHY COME SAHA, M.VIJAY ARE SELECTED. IF NEEDED SECOND KEEPER WHAT WRONG WITH KARTIK OR PARTHIV WHO HAVE SCORED SO MANY RUNS IN RANJI,AND WHY NOT ROHIT SHARMA OR UTTHAPPA ARE GIVEN CHANCES,WE HAVE SEEN M.VIJAY BATTING IN ZIMBABWE, HE IS NOT DESERVING,WHY NOT IRFAN PATHAN GIVEN CHANCES...

  • kamlesh1982 on June 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    According to me.. IRFAN lost his bowling and batting skills...so he need to practice more.. if he want a come back...

  • RG88 on June 30, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Please some defend Mr. Srikant. Say this is best team.

  • cricsamrat on June 30, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Best 11 for me - Bobby(Cpt), Vijay, Krishnan, Mani(Wk), Manoj, Nirdesh, Ajay, Chotu, Raju, Adesh, Sunil.. Srikant need to be FIRED...where is Robin Uttapa, Rohit etc...

  • Rara_Avis on June 29, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Once Sachin retired from Cricket (in all forms) [not so easy]; but it will happen.. may be in 2040*..conditions apply..Due to ill age..or all records broken..People surely going away from the mirage created by low thinking men about Tendulkar..And then at that time they will think about the unnecessary fan oriented approaches to a player.. That will be the beginning of a fresh new era..And no boundary between countries; no problems of become fans relations etc..will move up the game to a new peak level..

  • SA_ANSARI on June 29, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Dear Cricket lover

    plz. by cat for SRIKANT.

  • shayad on June 29, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Best 11-Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (capt.), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman,Suresh Raina,Wriddhiman Saha (wk),Harbhajan Singh,Amit Mishra,Zaheer Khan,Ishant Sharma.

  • SA_ANSARI on June 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    It is not right selection. Srikant whats are you doing? you are very bad man in INDIA or WORLD. why not select IRFAN PATHAN. any why select MURLI VIJAY / ISHANT / SREESANT. select . ROHIT SHARMA / IRFAN PATHAN / MUNAF PATEL. my world cup team is Gautam Gambhir, V. Sehwag (VC), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Sing, Rohit Sharma, MS. DHONI (Wk.&C), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Sing, Parveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan.

    this is right team in the world.

    why. why. why.

    select in next series. OK

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    SEHWAG GAMBHIR DRAVID SACHIN RAINA DHONI HARBAJAN MISHRA ZAHEER SREESHANTH ISHANTH BECAUSE OUR TEAM IS WORRYING IN BOWLING SITUATION SO TO RETAIN FORM THIS SQUAD IS CORRECT.,...........I THING SO

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    It's good to see Saha is getting chance, but he may not getting chance to play, Indian selectors bringing new good players in the team but they are not getting chance, like last Asian cup with great Tiwary I was really feel bad why they didn't give a chance for that before Final match which is useless

  • pritpalpabla on June 28, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Good to see Yuvi back in squad... Happy with the selection... that's the best possible squad we can get right now... It's gonna be interesting to watch whether India will go with 7 batsman-4 bowler OR 6 batsman- 5 bowler..

    My pick would be: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt.), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (wk & capt.), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth Amit Mishra

  • Irfandbest on June 28, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I can see that everyone here have their own views about the team selection. The basic issue that we have always had is a need for an all-rounder & 1 genuine seam bowler. The first choice that comes to my mind is a gentleman by the name IRFAN PATHAN!! He is still delivering his best in domestic cricket, Can anyone in the selection board give logical reasons why he is not included in the team anymore? Yuvraj is a good player & having an explosive south-paw in the team is always good but he has to get his fitness & form in track. So in the mean while trying out a youngster like DK or MV does make sense. THE PROBLEM IS "SENSE" IS A WORD THAT OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE DOES NOT KNOW!!!!! or IS THIS TEAM FIXING????

  • RKishan on June 28, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Why Saha , M Vijay and Yuvi? Yuvi has never been a TEST player. Bowlers are fine. In fact Irfan could be a choice as an alrounde. WhereARE Dinesh Kartik and Rohit? Overall its hard to satisfy everyone but team could be better.

  • on June 28, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    good to Saha is the side.... But not sure y Ishanth Sharma has some in place of Ashok Dinda !!!!!!!!

    Ishant has off late become a master of giving off 9-10 runs per over he bowls without taking any wicket missing lolly pop catches !!!.....

  • vigi101929 on June 28, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    @ nrravid ....just in the last asia cup final he was the MOM.!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • SambarIdli on June 28, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Why no Dinesh Karthik?

    Has Srikkanth given in to the pressure of being accused of taking lots of players from Tamil Nadu?

    Its funny to see people complaining why DK is selected in the team and now people complaining why he is not selected.

    I dont think it is possible for any selector to select a team where all the people agrees to the selection. There are 1 billion Indians with 1 billion different views and its pretty hard to satisfy all of them.

  • nrravid on June 28, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    For those who are commenting on Karthik's omission please see his performance since the last SL test tour under Kumble. His WK was ok till that time (in fact at one point of time his keeping was better than Dhoni's. To warrant a place purely as batsman in tests he needs to do much more. He has talent no doubt. Can you tell me atleast one telling performance where he has turned the match single handedly. In recent times Raina and Kohli (even Rohit Sharma) have produced couple of match winning performances in ODIs. I hope Karthik takes this in righ spirit and work on his game further. He should still try to improve his keeping and should not give it up unless selectors has made it clear to him that they will no longer consider his WK skills at test level. As far as Saha's selection is concerned, I don't think he is long term prospect. Could have tried Partiv or Naman Ojha.

  • kapilesh23 on June 28, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    to understand indian selectors is like understanding the mystery of universe .agreed some players have that special talent to perform on the international stage but yuvraj singh does not have that special talent to perform in international test cricket .his record in test cricket is dismal .just because he is playing international cricket for so long does not mean that he has got the tamperament to perform in test .new youngsters who are scoring heavily in test firstclass test cricket must have been given a chance .

  • gopi.sachein on June 28, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Happy 2 see Yuvi again... All the best Yuvi

  • twelfthmaan on June 28, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    One way to understand India's selection is to think of five harried men in a room bartering with each other and getting phone calls from their bosses. While merit may enter into the equation now and then, it is mostly trading favors for the spots that are not untouchable. For example, Saha's inclusion may be a way to placate East Zone's feeling that they are owed something. And South Zone's hands may be tied thanks to past favors that Badrinath cant find a spot. Who knows. As long as despots rule cricket in that part of the world, it will be like this.

  • raj_che on June 28, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Cant see any point in selecting Yuvraj for tests, he was dropped from the ODI team owing to fitnes or form, i dont know how in a span of 10 days could he prove his fitness/form to the selectors to select him in the squad, that too for tests !!!, where he has not done anything worthwhile to have a look in. They shuould have definitely gone for Badrinath or even Pujara instead of him. Badri played well for his debut against SA in somwhat tough conditions. Pujara has been playing consistently for some time now. Poor guy but atleast he has age to his favour, but badri is nearing 30 and is really sad to see him ignored. Coming to WK selection, again the selectors policy baffles me !, howcome Saha instead of Dinesh, you consider him as an apt replacement for sehwag in ODi but not as good as Saha in Tests?. You replaced saha with Karthik for the last SA test and now again replace Karthik with Saha. Surely this should do something to the quota policy or the selectors should have gone nuts

  • IMsourav on June 28, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    thats good idea of BCCI.all the best my india team kinng of asia

  • on June 28, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Dear Cricket Lovers,

    Plz can anyone tell why the BCCI selectors still keen on taking M.Vijay? BCCI Guys need to be open minded & strict decision makers, while sending the perfect team for perfect series. all you cricket lovers know who M.Vijay played & failed to perform in the team. I am happy that shrishanth & ishant is back in team.

    Instead of M.Vejay, why dont they give chance to Robin Uttappa / Badrinath/ Karthik as permanent ODI members for a while & test the performance of these 3's instead of M.Vijay.

    Anyways Now the Test team Looks really perfect except M.Vejay. All biggies are back including, Master, The Great Wall,Lucky Laxman, Cool Captain & Decent Batsmens (Gambir & Raina).

    Wish for a Series Win & Decent Test Match..

  • mastercraft on June 28, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Not agaaaaain... whats wrong with these countries.. all they like to do is play eachother... its like gali cricketers playing in the evening.. its always the same teams playing.. its always the same players.. neither has a strong bowling line up, and the batsmen keep piling up records.. this is pathetic at best.. what a pity that india and srilanka has no other team tp play with... remember the world cup is not going to be only against the same team.. and this is no real way of staying on test no 1 ranking. this series, booooooooring.. i might watch golf instead of these guys playing eachother .. agggaiiinnnn.

  • Chatla on June 28, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Worst Selection!! What Yuvraj has done to come back to Int. cricket?? Y once again Saha?? Where is Badrinath?? Pity guy...

  • on June 27, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Why is Saha carried on as an extra baggage again and again. It is quite well known that he does not have a permanent position in any form of cricket. It is ridiculous that the selectors have continued with him in all the recent series. Why do we need a backup wicketkeeper anyways especially for tests. Dhoni is fit and if God forbids anything happens to him then we have Dravid who can also handle the wicket-keeping gloves. In ODI it might still make sense but in tests we anyways have Dravid in case there is any emergency. I would have rather opted for Karthik instead of Saha if I wanted to include a wicketkeeper batsman. Karthik is a lot better batsman than Saha and it is quite well known fact.

  • on June 27, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    please stop the non stop cricket with Sri Lanka....Some how we are playing a series with them every other month....

  • Sidhu1919 on June 27, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Karthik should ve bn selected ahead of Saha after the Asia Cup final per4mance.I ve no idea nw,whether,Yuvi was rested or dropped frm Asia Cup.4 an immensely large country with a billion cricket fanatics and players,v seemingly cant fast bowlers who r not scared of test.Nehra and PK suffer frm a new disease called TESTOPHOBIA.Which leaves us with Sree,whose mouth needs 2 be taped and Ishant,who badly needs a haircut so tht he can see where he is bowling.If we win this series,it would be because of the 8 players who are a sure and automatic entry in the playing 11:Gauti,Viru,Rahul,Sachin,VVS,MS,Zak and Bhajji.Wish,Badri and Pujara were selected along with Dinesh Karthik.I am not sure if Irfan is alive now.They only seem 2 remember his bro who can play only for RR.Rohit and Virat also deserve call ups into the est side,as they are the future.Jadeja too could be useful.He cant hit the ball out of the inner circle in an ODI or T20.But in testts he could get a slotas a spinning allrounder.

  • on June 27, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Good that, at last, Suresh Raina has got a chance. In fact, he was also selected for the Indian team against South Africa, but didnt play in either of the two tests. Hope that he plays this time. He has been a consistent performer for India of late.

  • Titan123 on June 27, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    All the support for Dinesh Karthik in this forum doesn't make sense. People have forgotten that while he is a decent bat he is a horrendous wicket keeper - almost as bad as, if not worse than, Parthiv Patel! And this is a squad for Test matches here, where a single mistake can cost India the series! On another note, feel bad for Badrinath since he has done little wrong to be dropped immediately after debut! Would have picked Badri over M Vijay / Suresh Raina if only to give him more time to settle down at this level.

  • gyrase on June 27, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    What a joke this BCCI and its selectors. BCCI for scheduling all these non sense series one after the other with the same team @ different venues and selectors for having no vision.I think people should ignore cricket now.This is not worth watching and following anymore.

  • pravinh on June 27, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Can ne1 tell me y hasnt Rohit sharma not been included in the squad..He has made a triple century in this yrs dom season....the selectors have wasted 1 position in the squad by choosing yuvraj ...wats r these selectors upto..

  • manasvi_lingam on June 27, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Irfan should have been included as an all-rounder. He did very well against Sri Lanka in the few matches he played, especially as a batsman. Any where are Pujara and Rahane? They average more than any other batsman in the world in First class cricket and yet Yuvi and Raina and Vijay have been selected ahead of them. Poor selection.

  • on June 27, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    though yuvraj is not in best of his form its certainly the best option to keep him in the side because he is experienced and can handle pressure, picking him up for test is also the fine period for him to regain his form because there is no actual pressure for him to score and can play his natural game. this test can be a actual trial for selection committee to decide him on his world cup squad... hope he does well and strenghen our team.

  • tendev on June 27, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    It is a total surpirise that i can't find dinesh karthik in the 16 men squad. He is the best reserve for dhoni as of now.He is quite handy with the bat as well. I see no point in wriddhiman saha's inclusion. Yuvraj's inclusion ws also not called for. He is the worst player of spin i hav seen. He has to face the likes of bamboozling murali in SL in spinning conditions.

  • MadCricter on June 27, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Doesn't make sense to recall Yuvraj to Test series, if he was dropped for fitness in the One-days... He has technical issues as well as concentration needed to stick to the wicket in tests, which Yuvraj's Test records clearly shows he is not Test material. Having said that, I would drop Rahul Dravid & Laxman in a heart beat, and pick Murali Vijay & give young bloods Pujara & Rohit Sharma a go, who have time & time again proven the class needed to be in Tests. Same thing with Suresh Raina... don't think he is Test material... doesn't have the patience or the class to play a long Test innings, but perfect for shorter versions of the game. Saha's inclusion totally baseless... would defintely persisted with Karthik, both as a backup keeper as well as handy as an opener. Sreesanth has mental problems on & off field, and is a distraction to the team composition... so yes, Irfan would have been a better choice.

  • on June 27, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    can someone tell me what yuvraj has done since he was dropped for poor form (and poor attitude, in my view) to warrant a call back?? there are so many Test specialist in the domestic game who could have been given a chance. the only reason i can think why Saha was selected is because the esteemed selectors consider him to be a better keeper then Karthik

  • Achillesofthisera on June 27, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Selection is pretty good but as usual the BCCI selectors always leaves the fans and the players something to ponder about for no reason. I strongly agree with rest that by having not included Dinesh Karthik it's a big dissapointment. Even though I am happy with the return of Yuvraj, Ishant and Sreesanth I express my dissatisfaction for not including an inform Karthik. What else on earth can he do to include himself? I don't see any valid reason for including WP Saha. This is frustrating for both the fans and the players concerned. Will there ever be a time when the selectors choose players based solely on their forms and merits rather than any other irrational factors that we are not aware of?

  • svinodmenon on June 27, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    For god sake please do not include Irfan pathan on behalf of Jadeja. Also W. Saha is a good choice ahead of D. Karthik. What I. Jadeja is becoming the best spinner in the current indian team. I would prefer him in test matches for the future, i am pretty sure he will make it.

  • on June 27, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    This squad will definitely perform as we have Dravid and Sachin...Of course Dhoni will stretch himself in crisis...Viru and Gauti will form the formidable opening pair with Vijay as cover. Crafty Laxman is there to cement the middle order...But the worry and query is that...is there any grooming process going on...When Sachin, Dravid, Laxmax and Viru opt out...Next 4 who?...In Justice to Dinesh Karthik...Where gone Murali Karthik... Weak link of the chain may be Yuvi...Ishanth...Sreeshanth...Amit Mishra...Why Saha...only the selectors know. Pujara...Uthappa...Sourab Tiwary...Naman Ojha...BADRI...Abinav Mukund...Unsung heros are waiting...Wake Up Sirs....

  • cricinme on June 27, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Yuvraj is selected to catch boobs in srilanka. He has forgotten to play cricket.

  • pandu_cricket on June 27, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Once Yuvraj was asked by a reporter what profession would he have taken-up had he not been a cricketer. Yuvraj replies ....something like..."ji...mein to film staar hota"

    The guy has talent...just that off late blood has not been flowing to his head. I wish him luck.

    CricketFresh.in

  • on June 27, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Selection is gud this time but DK nonselection shows how bad our indian selection is as always....:)

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on June 27, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    well if i was dinesh karthik i would have gone mad..come on wat has he done wrong in 2007 when india toured england he was successful in the top order he scored crucial 60-70 runs he performed well against the WI in the odi series last year in Wi and now he performed well in the Asia cup he was awarded man of the match, he also performed better in 2007 t20 wc which we won..he should have been there in place of SAHA!! and also give a chance of uthappa in odis at least and also groom pujara..irfan pathan is much better than the joker ravinder jadeja who cant bowl bat and drop lots of catches...wake up our indian selectors!!!!

  • rahulppppp on June 27, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    it is better to give chance to irfan in matches aginst australia newziland and south africa .it will be more confidence than in sreelanka.writhiman saha is a waist it is wrong desition but no problem he will not get chance to ply unles dhoni is injuared.selectors is 100% sure that dhoni will not be injured other wice they select dinesh karthik because he is a thamil player. why murali vijay is given loat of chance he is failed loat of times. akash chopra and ajnka rahana pujara manish panday and jafer akash chopra dhavan all are waiting dont select only tamil nadyu plyers. dinda is avg plyer he have given loat of chance. sreesanth 100% waist in the team he has given another chance all are selecting only because of reginal based selection policey . it is better to make selection commitee by forigeners. sreekanth is absoluteleywaist as a selecter .privious selecters kiran more and vengdasarkar done loat of good work than sreekanth it is better even to make ravishastri as a selecter.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on June 27, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    youvaraj has to concentrate more on test and oneday cricket. and give break ti t20 cricket .we only want is 40+ avg youvaraj in test cricket like what the ganguley is did. his bawling is also help full.his fielding is droped in in last 4 years .he have to concentrate more own batting to compensate the fielding lackness .mean while he is not a bad fielder even though we are saying his fielding standared comes down. his selection is completeley good if he is fit. fit means not as fit as he was at 21 but to play matches like sachin tendulker is doing. he can be selected with out looking the present foam because he is in international arena for last 10 years .only plyes 20 or // test matches .if any other team other than india he definiteley played more than 50 test matches.he is tipical left handed player he have weekness to play offside shot he is more of a legsidish player and hared hitter and he have good swing of a bat he have good shots in fine leg square leg mid wicket.

  • on June 27, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    quite a good team...but still would have liked to see likes of Pujara, Irfan and Dinesh Karthik..... these guys have been around for quite sometime and need to be checked out before the team selection for the World Cup starts looming...!

  • rajagopaalan on June 27, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    posted by rajkumar

    worst selection :yuvraj,saha,

  • rajagopaalan on June 27, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    yuvraj singh is not at all fit to play test matches.he is oly able to play the ordinary bowling.he was dropped even from the squad while he was playing county cricket.he was not even able to face the local england players.in 2008 when india toured to australia he jus scored 20 runs in 3 tests.he is not a great cricketer as people are thinking.also there is no need to include robin uttappa in test squad as he is having poor first class domestic record.i hin pujara is better choice to replace yuvraj.

  • on June 27, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Is it mandatory that somebody from Bengal should be in the team. We had Dinda for the oneday squad and did reasonably well and now we have Saha for the Test team. Regional bias should go and deserving players should be given a chance. Rahane in place of Raina and Karthick in place of Saha would have been fine

  • on June 27, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    why are the selectors so biased towards players like Badrinath,Irfan Pathan,Dinesh Karthck,Robin Uthappa etc....i think selectors are pushing indian cricket to probable the worst phase by bringing in ppl like 10dulkar.....when the whole world is trying to improve the team be bringing in new blood into the team,,,india will be the onlt team to select repeatedly the ols ppl and give unwanted and cheap publicity

  • 11Noobs on June 27, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    @VivaVizag: Yuvraj, Dravid and Laxman got injured when they toured Bangadesh. Dravid and Yuvraj missed the whle series against South Africa at home. Laxman came back for the second test.

  • on June 27, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Irfan relly should get a look in now..!!!! He's been ignored now for a long time and pnty of chances have been given to Ishnt n Sree..!!! really irfan deserve a chance now..!!!

  • petrodeo on June 27, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    The selectors are bunch of jokers...they will never learn...look at football..if you are not in form or have attitude..you are dropped..at the big level even if you are superstar..here with so much talent...you still select the same 11...losers..money,greed are the reasons.

    Form and attitude should be first priority than individual..in indian cricket team too many individuals come above a team...one day some other sport will be number 1 than cricket..selectors will have no choice..

  • on June 27, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    selection of yuvraj is wrong is wrong selectors should have given chance to pijara , manish pandey as see there meetle

  • aditya104 on June 27, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @pavan India are capable of going to the WC without Yuvraj. Period. Dinesh Karthik should have been there instead of Saha

  • nataraajds on June 27, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    can't understand why saha selected when D.Karthik is doing so well. again Quota issue? rubbish.. saha is young & needs to get more experience before selected for senior team. also vinikumar should have been in place of sreesanth. there is nothing wrong to choose praveen kumar into test because he is doing well with the ball.

  • on June 27, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    People really don't understand that in a 16-men squad only 16 can be slected..! People seem to want to give a chance to al those who come to their mind. The selectors have selected a reasonably good team except for the selection saha over dinesh karthick. But we haven't seen saha keep in tests. Lets see if he gets a chance.

  • drake1234 on June 27, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    again srilanka damn it .........fed up of these encounters...... nothing fresh after IPL.....no challenge's happy to win blind race.. and when it matters perfect chokers..srilanka too played a big part in india getting to number 1 BCCI has really freaked out, same fixtures agn and agn .....wat are they up to.....what the hell need of a triangular in srilanka after ASIA CUP...what the hell they think of indian public ....... can easily made bunny of them...and toput cherry on cake, there are not good contest either ...had to wait till next year to see india in proteas land ... then only no 1 status wl b put to test ..

  • Cafire on June 27, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Sorry a little mistake in my last message.... Rohit in place of Yuvi... Wrongly i gave to Dhoni....

  • on June 27, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Mr. Pavan Yarlagadda, completely agreed with you. But whats WC2010? Are you speaking of FIFA? or the past 20-20 World cup.

    Wake up sir, ODI world cup is 2011. ;) :)

  • on June 27, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    no comments on the pace bowling department , it doesn't really matter nowadays for india as long as khan is there . The rest are jus to fill the numbers. So dun bother abt why sreesanth is selected or sharma is selected , would like to see ojha in the 11 . and after all its a test against srilanka .... am bored.

  • on June 27, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    From the 16 squad above, first 8 are no doubt the BEST options. Murali vijay, good test player ok. Selecting Raina and Yuvraj, I see this as a very gud move, keeping in mind the upcoming world cup. We need both of them, to win the biggest series. I agree nothing changes Yuvraj's condition in a fortnight. But dont consider his drop out for Asia cup. It is a warning drop out, "Dude, we can play without you, so better you work hard." And it does impact the player. 4 people speaking of Badrinath, he might be good option to win this test series, but not world cup. (If he was given enough chances earlier, he would have become very good player, that's a different point though.) Ishanth, Sreesanth - best selection. Cant go to world cup with new bowlers and we need these two back to form. (I dream Ishanth turns out to be a Wasim Akram - McGrath like bowler :) Ishanth, Praveen, Zaheer Indian worldcup attack ). I cannot comment Saha seletion over Dinesh Karthik. Excepting that best selection.

  • on June 27, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    why irfan pathan is not selected, i am from tamil nadu,but first should not give permission for srikkanth to not live inour country

  • on June 27, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    i am really looking forward for sree's perfomance....i think he will be a difference maker in this series....gud luck buddy...

  • on June 27, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Guys... it is surprising to see that selectors want yuvraj to be a part of test team rather than in ODI XI. But coming to the guys who think that selectors should not give any chance to Yuvi, here is the OPEN QUESTION.

    CAN INDIA WIN WC2010 without a batsmen of YUVRAJ CALIBER? who cares how the other series results go.. Our main aim should be WC2010 for now. Lets bring back the Match Winner back to form by giving more oppurtunities....

    Can any bet on who can be a match with Yuvi as match winner? DUDES... YUVI IS A PROVEN MATCH WINNER.... It is just a matter of time and he definitely deserves that from selectors...

    Dude... see the past decade top 10 run getters overall... you will find yuvi 10th...

  • VivaVizag on June 27, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @Aravind Velamur Srinivasan: May be you need some brains to be here!

    I know Dravid was injured playing a dead rubber against the minnows B'desh. I believe so did Lax. SRT is too good to play dead rubbers against minnow teams.

    The poor team selection for dead rubber against Bdesh resulted no in a tailender at the top (M Vijay) for Nagpur test.

    The chief selector Srikanth apologized for poor team selection after the Nagpur Test debacle.

    Anyways your uncle cheeka was never known to have anything like gray mater in his cranial cavity- just some hollow space as you do. ;-)

  • on June 27, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    india need a steady pace attack we need some reserve bowlers to back up our bowling and batting power, so selectors should give a chance to RP singh, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, They are already proved themselves and at the same earlierly they are struggling little bit on their performance but now everything is working fine for them. so they need a right time to show their promising performance for indian cricket team i hope these guys will include in the ODI Squad in Srilanka, we will again win one more ODI series in Srilanka. and we should find a great combination for the world cup

  • TATTUs on June 27, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    This is stupid! I don't know how Yuvraj Singh made it. Has he improved his fitness overnight? He didn't have any matches to show for it even. If this was to be done, there was no use of dropping him in the first place. Yuvraj vowed to earn his place back. He has no right now to say that he has earned his place back. Persisting Sreesanth just on the back of that 5for against SL in India is dangerous. That guy is a psycho and has no head as it is filled with ego and pompous attitude.Stupid to select him again! This a default selection. For tests matches there is one, for onedayers there is another and T20s another. No brain involved! No specific target involved!

  • drivecricket on June 27, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Please get IRFAN back in the team..!!!!

  • on June 27, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    C'mmon Guys Gimme a Break , First of All... Another Gods Sake Test with SRI LANKA???? Why can't we have a Series with say England or maybe Afgan or even Bermuda or Ireland or any other Team in the World. Second, What did D.K do wrong to be eliminated as the Reserve Keeper. Shewag is having an Injury so a Backup Opener in D.K would mean Viajy out of the Squad and D.K could be a Backup Opener as well as a Backup Keeper, which leaves one more slot open in the 15 and we could also eliminate Yuvraj, because I do not think he has done anything in a Fortnight to deserve a Comeback. We could have Badri or Rohit for the Middle order instead of yuvi and W.Saha. To sum up everything THE SELECTION IS PATHETIC...

  • Cafire on June 27, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Well. I cant read the selectors mind... Dinda is exceptionally going well Then why he didnt get chance in both india A's tour this sl test series? Do they think irfan is not capable of playing a test series? What Raina and Yuvi r going to do in test matches? If Yuvi prove himself that wil be better for his test career. Anyway he is in the playing 11 of 2011 WC team... My options are Dinda in place of ishant... Rohit in place of Dhoni... D Karthi for saha...

  • on June 27, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Suresh Raina should be given a chance ahead of Yuvraj, so that he can learn how to avoid or play short balls. Yuvraj should learn that there are few guys waiting for his fall.

  • theswami on June 27, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    What was / is Badri's fault ? What is W.Saha's superlative talent/skill/performance that he is selected ahead of K.D.Karthik ?

  • on June 27, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Where is Mr Badrinath? If they think that Sree and Ishant are test specialists, then the why the same treatment has not been given to Badri. Remember Badri has been technically sound test player and he has proved his worth in Nagpur against red hot proteas when most of them failed to score. That shows his attitude. There is nothing wrong in selecting raina, as the selectors are looking the future Indian test team. But i am really upset of ignoring Badri once again at the expense of a player who is still weak in playing short pitched ones.

  • spinkingKK on June 27, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    The selection, overall is good. With all the senior batsmen available for the tour, it was a perfect opportunity for Rohit Sharma to be inducted in. I think they missed a point there. Yuvraj hasn't done anything different to warrant a selection. Saha's selection also questionable. KKD.Karthik should have been the second chaice Wk. Maybe the selector's state of origin has went agaist Karthik's selection. People will say Srikanth is favoring his state. Badrinath's non-selection could also be because of the same reason. However, I welcome the selection of Raina. I beleive he has got immense potential in Test and ODI cricket, provided Test cricket itself finds a way to survive. I feel very sorry when the writer hints about the IPL as a criterea in selecting the Test and ODI squad. IPL is a hit and miss game. Please don't treat it as cricket, let alone using that as a selection meter. I am looking forwad to looking at the wicket columns of Ishant and Sreesanth. Please come back, guys!!

  • Avicenna on June 27, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    And why not IRFAN …??? Are Indian selectors overlooking the guy purposely …!!! Do they have a certain grudge against him …!!! Are they sure to terminate his career prematurely …???

  • Nervewrecker on June 27, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Can we have a tour of Uganda please! Or Bermuda or Papua New Guinea! Infact, we won't even mind watching India's tour of Afghanistan, but for HEAVEN'S SAKE ... NOT SRI LANKA AGAIN !

  • gchiru on June 27, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    The selection is not good, neither consistent. What poor badrinath did wrong. He picked for 2 tests after waiting for more than 3 years, and he did the job fair enough facing the likes of Steyn and Morkel. And after 2 tests he is out of the team. Why they are giving so many chances to Yuvi though he is not a test material, and why they remove the people like badri after one chance. Even in the one days, badri won the match for India facing Murali, Ajantha Mendis in his prime where everyone else struggled to score, and he left out after that series and never come back to the team, i expect the same in tests with him. Selectors giving too many chances to ppl like Rohit, Raina, Yuvi , virat and jadeja but like badri only one chance and then out.... Indian selectors do not have any future plans. They just select whatever comes to their mind.And dhoni likes the hitters not the batsmen like badri or dravid kind of mode.

  • SubbuHk63 on June 27, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Cant understand why Dinesh Kartik has been overlooked after just having performed well in Srilanka. W Saha has not yet proved himself. If they wanted to try him out they should have done so against Zimbabwe

  • gchiru on June 26, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    The selection is not good, neither consistent. What poor badrinath did wrong. He picked for 2 tests after waiting for more than 3 years, and he did the job fair enough facing the likes of Steyn and Morkel. And after 2 tests he is out of the team. Why they are giving so many chances to Yuvi though he is not a test material, and why they remove the people like badri after one chance. Even in the one days, badri won the match for India facing Murali, Ajantha Mendis in his prime where everyone else struggled to score, and he left out after that series and never come back to the team, i expect the same in tests with him. Selectors giving too many chances to ppl like Rohit, Raina, Yuvi , virat and jadeja but like badri only one chance and then out.... Indian selectors do not have any future plans. They just select whatever comes to their mind.And dhoni likes the hitters not the batsmen like badri or dravid kind of mode.

  • anandby on June 26, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Time and again Indian selectors have proved and trying hard to maintain the status of bunch of jokers as rightly called by Mohinder Amarnath. What has Yuvraj done after been dropped for a recall other than being favorite with the captain. It will send a message to young and aspiring cricketers that after getting into the team you need to inspire the captain even if you lose your form or fitness to be selected. When Dravid, Lakshman and Tendulkar are around it will be worth to try youngster with them than just selecting out of form and unfit players just because he is captains favorite. Already Dhoni has made it clear that he will keep his favorite players whether they are good or bad so when Dravid and Tendulkar retires it will be Dhonis team instead of Indian team. Selectors should come out of Bunch of Jokers status.

  • mail2bbc on June 26, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Hi guys, I can't justify the selection made especially Raina and Yuvi in tests, but Saha yes I can. We need to look for an alternate for Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik especially in test because in case Karthik is injured we don't have a reserve keeper who is experienced. Playing a new player at tests gives the captain very less option, so playing saha will be good against team like SL where conditions are almost same as in India, we can't try him with any other team excluding Bangladesh...Ishant and Sreesanth definitely will do better. Think of Sehwag and Yuvi dropped in ODI after their blistering performance at the beginning and getting out cheaply, after their return they did very well. So both Sree and Ishant will be fresh and have a go at the SL. Overall, selection of team is 75 to 80%, still should find young talent for the middle order and especially in bowling department we should see for some good talent.

  • bharathere on June 26, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    How did Yuvraj justify his selection after not being selected for the Asia Cup a fortnight ago. What suddenly happened? Did Yuvraj improve his fitness and attitude dramatically. Just to sum up this selection mess in one word, "Pathetic". Even Saha might've been surprised with this selection :-)

  • on June 26, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @vivavizaq... for the Nagpur test against SA both Lax and Dravid were injured and SRT indeed played the Nagpur test.. I will say it again laxman and dravid were INJURED.. And Dravid didn't play even in the next Kolkata test because of injury.. Stop blaming the selectors for everything... Get a life!!

  • vikicork on June 26, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Ohmg i just realised that Srikkanth and his fellow jokers er selectors are going to be around for another 2 years thats terrible ,maybe just maybe they follow same 2 year policy Vengsarkar who was an excellent chief selector got only 2 years

    I feel that Irfan Pathans only hope of getting in ODI side would be either to play for CSK ,change name to something Tamilian or have a new chief selector

    I have no problem with this test side selection though , i do think that they should reserve Ishant and Sreesanth ONLY for tests

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    India's future batting stars will be: Cheteswar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey. They can replace giants like Dravid, Sachin, and Laxman. Raina is selectors favourite, who has never delivered in any crucial game against quality bowling. Saha is a selector trade off from one zone for allowing Srikanth to selct players liek Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik. The total lack of VISION of India's selectors is pathetic. Similarly anyone should know that Abhimanyu Mithun is a real talent. But Srikanth keeps pushing some trivial Players. Watch out for India A team bowler Unadkat. Vision is in picking players like Pujara, Rohit, Manish, Mithun, Unadkat (in place of Raina, Vijay, Laxman, Ojaha, Saha). Similarly, if India is to have a chance in world cup 2011, bring back Dravid. If you have people like Raina, I can already bet we will loose world cup..........it is always about VISION and integrity.....selectors have none of this. Sounds like Srkanth's batting- thoughtless hit and miss!!.

  • VivaVizag on June 26, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    OK someone help me decipher this selection puzzle here: You field your world-class batsmen (Dravid, Lax, SRT) against Bangladesh in a dead rubber and then put your rookies (M Vijay & Badri) against world-class bowlers like Steyn & Morkel in an opening test of a marquee series (Nagpur test?) only to incur an innings loss.

    Is it only me who has trouble understanding the irony of Team India selection?

  • ghazanfar23 on June 26, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    lol @ nrandikaayya 's comments...

    its a shame really....but i guess Indians insist on playing test cricket against SL every year so that their players can improve their averages and records....dont forget the little master would like to score another million runs before he retires...

  • sriniaiyer on June 26, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    It is just the right time to groom the next set of fast bowlers because zaheer wont be around for too long.munaf is always overlooked,irfan is never a bowler for the selectors and Pankaj Singh,ashok dinda,abhimanyu mithun have been tried out just for the heck of it in a game of musical chairs.are srikkanth and co listening?do we have any strategy in place?the batting looks much better with youngsters like raina,rohit and virat being groomed.

  • upsrockstar on June 26, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Hey Yuvraj don't forget to take ur fav the delicious burgers & pizzas along with u as it will add greatly to ur figure,ur tummy is worth watching(are pregnant woman listening).Still this guy is being selected,shame on those stupid bunch of JOKERS(now they've proved) headed by an idiot named Srikanth.Mr Srikanth i dont think u read newspapers or even have a TV in ur house(please buy one) because recently Dinesh Kathik made 39 & 66 in Sri Lanka & also won the man of the match award in the final & still u select a toddler named Saha(again shame on you).And now Mr Srikanth tell me how much money u received from Murali Vijay so that he gets selected,whats the logic behind selecting a player who can't score runs even against the minnows Zimbabwe ..........oh god i forgot his 127 in the IPL............ ....LOL.Now again shame on u Mr Chennaikanth

  • on June 26, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    selection of saha above karthik is absurd...karthik far better dan saha...welcome bck yuvi...guess dhoni n d team india dressing room missed u a lot..!!!

  • sachin9132 on June 26, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    on what basis saha has been selected....spare a thought for dk...here is a guy who does evrything wen asked n req...difficult pitch ohh send karthik 2 open...rem in sa n eng...

  • Raviss on June 26, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Some really contentious selections! though am frm Pakistan, but regularly follow India's domestic cricket.wonder what poor Badrinath has to do more to be in the team.What wrong did he do against SA? he was one of the few batsmen who stood against the pace of Steyn in the 1st test. I thought he was left out of A tour coz he will be selected for SL Tests!! Yuvi is a fantastic ODI player, but he has used up all his numerous chances in tests. Its just a case of Dhoni's favouritism. I am a big fan of Dhoni, but some of his tactics n selections r a bit difficult to comprehend. Remember Jadeja being selected again n again in WT20! Vijay is overrated as well..Saha is a gud keeper, but definitely Kartik shud hav been in the team, more so afta his MOM performance in recently concluded Asia Cup final, he wud hav been used to the conditions.and Finally RAINA!! Gimme a break! not test material at all! especially given his stubborness to wrk out his weakness against the bouncer!!

  • Keralite10 on June 26, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    @ RARA_AVIS,

    I might condradict wth your view........because the only person who plays for the team is Sachin........I don't care about yuvi............Sachin's commitment and patriotism is not questionable...............if he rests himself for any series or tournaments then that is because he has a better foresight and he is preparing himself for the big tournaments.........to win matches for india............................try and remember his single handed heroics that has won laurels for India........He can't play all matches India play....he is no more young.......... SACHIN = Determination + Commitment + Hard Work........... I wish the so called young guns of India read my comment...........

  • on June 26, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Yet Another India-Sri Lanka Series.

    All this for Nimbus Sports.

  • Girishiyer on June 26, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    In India you can expect anything. the board goes to the same players again. after being dropped ishant and shreesant have not proved if they could do well. poor badrinath misses the bus again and raina's luck seems to be shining on him.Oh the new acronym BSSI- BOARD FOR SELECTION OF STUPIDS IN INDIA.

  • vaks on June 26, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I think it's a good selection....except in the case of saha...i think dinesh karthik should have been included...i think yuvi is a very talented player...so he should b given a chance....murali vijat has a lot of stuff...raina is a fighter like greame smith or like ganguly...he has a very good + attitude...despite his inability against short bowling..so i think he can do well.....by the time v must also given chances to players like rahane, pujare, kohli,rohith sharma,ambati raidu should b given chances..there should b a rotation policy...above mentioned all players should play with our great, experienced guys...so that u can choose the best players frm this after sachin,dravid,laxman retires.....

  • umm09 on June 26, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Once again a bad selection from Mr. Srikant and his team. I think Suresh Raina is not a test player instead of him selectors should have picked Badrinath or Rohit Sharma and also they should have picked Dinesh Kartik, at present in India Kartik is the best wicketkeeper batsman after Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I feel very sorry for the fast bowlers, in recent years they selected all most all fast bowlers in India but they have not given enough chance to cement their place in the side. For this series they should have picked either Vinaykumar or Ashok Dinda.

  • lakx on June 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    @adiweb86 - Half knowledge is dangerous. Karthik has opened the innings only in 2007, that too in just 8 matches, the rest 15 matches he has played as a tail-ender at position 7 or 8. Do not know the reason for him not selected and being dropped after every match he has scored well in, he scored 90+ in a test and was dropped the next match, he scored highest in a 20/20 world cup match and was dropped next match etc. Maybe because his role is similar to Dhoni's and his average at position 1 is 47.57 better than Dhoni's overall avg of 42.59 and Dhoni's avg was less than 30 in 2007 when Karthik played at position 1. Dhoni may not want to have someone in the team who can replace him. You can see that Karthik is only included in playing 11 when the pitch is difficult to play and at position7/8 and then he is dropped. Very sad when others cannot play bounce and/or swing. Why not groom his as a pure batsmen who has better skills then others considered. Well then, Dhoni may not like it.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on June 26, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    wanderer1;;and well india did beat west indies in west indies so do read the news which i doubt

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on June 26, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    @wanderer1.. you are suffering from short term memory loss, india beat england and nz in their own backyard in the last 3 years also india fought bravely against aus in aus they lost 2-1 but sydney test was an aberration on the part of umpires and yes india won the odi triangular beating aus so yes india has won outside the subcontinent so my question is do u follow cricket or not

  • pacyCricket on June 26, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    One more seam bowler should have been picked - we all know raina isn't going to play and he is also getting th much needed practice for WC through lot of ODIs and t20's. giving chance to one of our backup seamers would have been the right choice. The hardest part to digest is the selectors decisions lacking the sight of even a cricket follower. With WC around the selectors poor vision is on sight. it looks thay are done with their WC XI now barring injuries. THe selectors poor vision will be definetely in show if we have a few injuries to the starting XI

  • on June 26, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    @rava_avis. that's really lame point sir. doesn't even make any sense. india also won when sehwag was not playing, also when gambhir was not playing, also when dhoni was out and sehwag captaining, also when dravid was out, so what you trying to say??

  • vigi101929 on June 26, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @ slakkoju ........he will continue till 2012 oct .......!!!!!!!! http://www.cricinfo.com/india/content/story/371405.html

  • randikaayya on June 26, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Indians coming over again?? AGAIN???? Oh man gimme a break? What on earth for? For donkeys years now we've been only playing India as far as I could remember. I bet Sanga and Mahela secretly play backyard cricket with the Indians too. BORING!

  • on June 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    another india sri lanka series....do other teams exist?

  • skyreshbolgolam on June 26, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Overall, it's a pretty standard Indian test side. There are a couple of unfortunate selections though. The first is the inclusion of Yuvraj Singh. Like many others, I believe the BCCI has made a poor choice here for the following two reasons. First, I don't think dropping Yuvraj for one series is enough. Obviously Yuvrja has started to think he is bigger than the game, in which case, he should have been dropped for a longer period of time to get the message across. Secondly, Yuvraj has also shown time and again that he is not test match material. I feel someone like Cheteshwar Pujara should have been given a chance. The second baffling selection is that of Wriddhiman Saha. I feel it is high time the BCCI stopped playing musical chairs with the reserve wicket keeper and stuck with one person. Given that Saha's keeping credentials are relatively unknown, based on batting alone, I feel Karthik would have been a better choice at this point.

  • on June 26, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @Rara_Avis That was actually a pretty dumb comment. Sachin Tendulkar never played for himself. He is a man with a great caliber. If he was playing for himself, he would've rather not played that 175 knock against Australia in that 350 run chase. I mean, come on, he was the only one to do something. I would agree if you say that Dhoni is playing for himself because he is more concerned about his average, not about his performance. That guy used to be a hard hitter. Now he is nothing but a momentum killer. Sachin has always persisted to come back to his form and he will play for his untill he thinks it's time for him to retire. Come on man, he played for the country for 20 years and is this how you appreciate him. He never killed momentum before. If he has, it would be probably b/c India was losing wickets in quick successions He is a legend who cannot be replaced by any other. And, as far as Yuvaraj is concerned, that guy saved a lot of matches for us and should heal himself

  • masteraneesh on June 26, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    @ Rara_Avis What on earth are you talking about? Sachin, Yuvi are vital. Maybe Sri Lankans are posting because they don't want Yuvi to beat them. Pujara is playing the A tour and is doing well.This does NOT mean he gets a India place. For God's sake, he wasn't even a batting hopeful.

  • chief_selector on June 26, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I am not interested in test match. So, I will not jump in debat. Waiting for Saurbh Tiwari's winning knock!

  • najid on June 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    i think the selection is pretty good but small changes should have been made like in place of saha D.karthik should be there and badrinath should have been retained in the side b'coz he is the player made for test cricket , i know raina is a good player but he could be carried on with limited overs cricket only right now. C.Pujara i think have proved enough and now he should be played regularly in the test squad.I think the selectors are waiting for the reteriment of dravid or laxman then only they will play pujara (players like rahane , pujara, badrinath, karthik, R.sharma, in a year or 2 year's they should be in the team)

  • on June 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    First of all very good selection by Srikanth for a long time.It was good to see yuvi,ishant,sree has been selected.It was very good to leave Dinesh kartik because of his poor wicket keeping by dropping crucial catches of Mahela and batting we had lost that test series.Anyways by selecting Saha or Kartik they will not have been selected in playing XI.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    cme on yuvi...................................

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Well for me this is a good selection..only two changes are needed..Why dinesh karthik is overlooked...he performed really good in Srilanka during asia cup.. and instead of ishant sharma chance would have been going to any other new pace bowler.As far as yuvraj singh is concern he is a match winner and deserve to be in the team..Pujara and Co will only get chance when Rahul, Sachin and Laxman retire from cricket till that they have to win...old players have class and they are match winner....

  • Rara_Avis on June 26, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Sachin and Yuvraj,, my words...they simply playing for themselves; no matter how bad the game situation maybe..Big Eg: T20 World Cup2008 win without Sachin.. and Asia Cup win2010 without Yuvraj..

  • getgopi on June 26, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Yuvi's clean hitting and Raina's ability to score quickly coming in at No. 6 plus both their big hitting and electric fielding will be needed in the WC. Psychologically and tactically, these guys are considered big wickets by any opposition. So the upcoming Tests are a great way for Yuvi to work his way back into the national side. If it were not for the WC, I would not have been happy with his selection for Tests. Its about time Raina started on Tests anyway as he now gets a very good opportunity to resolve his differences with the short ball. Badri can always play Tests after the WC. Hopefully Ishant can make his way back through Tests as his ability to bounce the ball can disturb batsmen (remember that over against Amla?) in most surfaces. I am not sure about either Saha (over DK) or Sreesanth. Pujara, Pandey et all have no international experience and, at this point, it will be better to provide Test match experience to the current ODI campaigners in preparation for the WC.

  • howizzat on June 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    A room for one more seam bowler could have been made by chosing Karthik in place of Vijay and Saha. Karthik can double up as wicket keeper and opener. His utility is more in Tests rather than in ODI. Either Munaf or RP Siingh could have been the additional bowler. But the gravest mistake is ignoring credentials of Cheteshwar Pujara. He has the right temparament and technique to play Tests. Raina could have been rested considering hectic schedule ahead. Yuvaraj is given one more chance in tests, but to cement his place he will have to storm the arena, hitting consecutive back to back centuries. Otherwise too its a good choice as he will get some match practice ahead of WORLD CUP 2011. Being a test squad experience is rightly given priority. Otherwise too,decision on playing XI is a foregone conclusion.

  • Atlantan on June 26, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Looks like SridharKalyan is confuesd. We are talking of Team India touring SL and not Team Tamilnadu. Hard luck to Badri, but he is not going to find a place in the team in this lifetime There are tons of spinners better aand proven than Ashwin Anyways, with Srikkanth at helm, anything is possible

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    just like the same old selection committees this one is also a bunch of clowns headed by a joker. Why in the world the select yuvi ahead of young talents like pujara and co. Still over ruling Irfan, Well India could not shine until cricket is made as a profession and cleared from politics.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @prats_p Wriddiman Saha is a better keeper than Dhoni, and hence the call, no need to be disgusted, and the much famed Indian batting line-up shouldn't let the keeper much to contend with in benign conditions at Lanka, hence batting prowess of the keeper has less weightage while selecting a team for the tests.

  • deepakjm on June 26, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Selection of Wriddhimaan Saha and Yuvraj Singh shows the standard and mentality of Indian Selectors. They are disgusting and completely out of their minds. Kris srikanth needs to go back and anchor some tv shows instead of making mess of Indian cricket. We should be thankful to our captain and some of the cricketers who make us proud.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on June 26, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    for all those opposing Saha, remember that Karthick's 'keeping has gone from bad to worse. We don't want a Kamran Akmalesque 'keeper who may give you a well played 40-50, but drops catches rather alarmingly. Imagine dropping J'dene on 0 and he goes on to score a 300. Then even making a 100 won't wash away DK's sins!!it's a good move to groom Saha. Both patel n karthick had their chances when Dhoni wasn't around.....they didnt take those chances. well, tough luck and move on. lets not let DK's batting overshadow the fact that his keeping is not upto the test level.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    i disagree wid u shridhar kalyan u cannot puut rahul dravis and vvs laxman out replace them wid raina and pujara in ur squad and ur squad is perfect........ur bowler selection love abhlish i cant make a comment on him because i dont know how he plays.. but sreeshant ojha and mishra have always performed not sree that much but still

  • godfather090187 on June 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    wat abt Ajinkya Rahane??? He has been in terrific touch! C. Punjara and Rahane should have been given a chance!

  • Keralite10 on June 26, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    RIDICULOUS and UTTER NON SENSE................ These are the best words to describe the bunch of fools called Selection committee. What was the whole point of dropping Yuvi? It was so that he could play domestic cricket and regain his form and to set an example so that nobody takes their position in the team for granted. Instead now, before Yuvi has proved much in the domestic cricket (he scored may be a century in domestic cricket recently) he is back in the team and in future if he is dropped he will know in the back of his mind that he will be back soon.

    And he is in the test team which will put more pressure on him to perform. You cant expect much from these jokers anyway........btw I am an Indian fan fed up of seeing this nonsense selection process............

  • on June 26, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    nice and well balanced squad............india will win as the legend of SRT & the WALL ARE back

  • on June 26, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Saha and Yuvi and Raina's selection puts big question mark on selectors....they dont deserve to get place in test side..better to give chance to rahane ,pujara and badrinath...

  • slakkoju on June 26, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    When Srikkanth became the chief selector, I thought he is going to be one of the best selector, as he was an aggressive batsman in his era. He proved it wrong and now I realize he is a stupid, one who never learned from his mistakes. Again selecting Saha as the reserve WK, what happened when he got selected last time ahead of Karthik. (dear Kris, it is easy to accept your mistake after your selected team fails, don't forget you are playing with our emotions). Thank god these bunch of jokers' tenure is finishing well before WC.

  • on June 26, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Indian selectors never fail to disappoint! Selection of Wriddhiman Saha is baffling. They included Ravinder Jadeja for ODIs earlier. I wonder how can anybody select Ravinder Jadeja in an international cricket team.

    Inclusion of of Yuvraj Singh & Suresh Raina is welcome.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Overall a good team considering the pool of players we have however Selectors should unearth a genuine allrounder for Test cricket and may be sometimes later he can be brought into Test side.People say that there are no allrounders,but how often you see a slot for allrounder in the playing 11.Look at aussis Watson was not a prolific allrounder in the early part of his career but selectors groomed him and persisted with him,neither was Flintoff in English side.Both were late bloomers when it comes to test cricket.India should have one slot for allrounder. About batting line up sachin,rahul,laxman are automatic selections,despite their age not being in their side the fact of the matter is there are modern legends and neither raina,kohli or Rohit are gifted enough to replace these guys.Yuvraj has an edge due to his experience and consistency in ODIs in last decade,so he is the ideal replacement of ganguly. Wridhiman Saha's inclusion is a mystery.No better options in bowling.

  • SathyaPeraboina on June 26, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Notable and Glaring miss from this list 'Badrinath'. Though he didn't do any justice to his 'potential', but he should have been persisted with for some more time, you cant pick and drop guys like Badri. Persistence will give good results. He's definitely a better test batsman than 'Yuvraj'.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Would like to see the class of Yuvi against my own sri Lanka.he is the best free flowing batsman I have seen from India after Srikanth & Wensaker . We are waiting for him to return back.!

  • cricnanda on June 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Can anyone comprehend this? Two days ago, Dinesh Karthick was awarded the MoM in the FINALS. Today, he is dropped!! The bureaucracy in selection is so visible. Moreover, potentially good players like Pujara, Rohit, Karthick are being treated the same way as Badrinath was. Its high time that the BCCI hold the selection panel accountable for all their actions. I feel even Saha will be shocked seeing his name in the team. By the way, there is human being from Kolkata. This answers why Saha is included. Absolute mayehm!!

  • Born_Smart on June 26, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    What? I never understood Srikkanth when he used to commentate and left me confused. And now his selection is doing the job. What happened to Badrinath who played in India's last test? He is not even in India A team. Sooner the selectors realize that Yuvraj isn't the test material the better. What about Pujara? VInay Kumar & Mithun are the top wicket takers in longer format of Domestic cricket (Ranji) and they aren't in the test team. I don't expect out-of-form Ishant & Sreeshant to turn into match winners overnight. If they were planning to bring them, they should've sent them on India A tour first.

  • satyasainvs on June 26, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    How long Indian selection committee select without using brain. I don't think they have a future plans ahead. In a few months time ODI world cup inplace. Test series is one the best platform to improve performance and test their form. So selection committee should have selected those players who are going to be their in ODI world cup team. This is the right place to test Irfan, Ishant, Uthappa, yuvraj some other youngsters. Dravid, Laxman, Saha, mishra picking will not be good choice. If you see we can expect what is the team going to be. There is no necessity of seelction committee. There will be only one or two surprises. I think they forget to zoom IRFAN in their pipe line for world cup team.

  • Jagan72 on June 26, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I completely agree with prats_p. How can shah be picked ahead of dinesh Karthik. Karthik is very much consistent in all the matches he was picked for. Also I am not really convinced about Raina being picked for test matches. His technique is not suited for test cricket. Agree that he is a very talented cricketer but I will put pujara ahead. And Why sreeshant again? Why not Nehra, Praveen who are performing consistently well, where as Sreeshant no where in the scene. Sreeshant does everything on the field except bowling.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    I think Saha has been selected considering THE ZONAL INTERESTS of selection committee.Else DK or Parthiv would have been the obvious selection.

    Piyush Chawla is much more matured bowler now who has played well in domestic season too.He should have been picked ahead of Mishra.Ashvin is an exceptional bowler but considering the balance of the side he will have to wait for his turn.

    Badrinath has done ok in SA series but he failed to stamp his impression which would cement his place in the team.M vijay too had an ordinary SA series but when it comes down to Mvjiay Vs Badri Vijay is the obvious choice for me as he is more dynamic & impact player thn Badri. For Yuvraj this will be make or break series i think. Guys like Rohit, Pndey, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane will have to wait. It is allways better not to be picked rather thn getting picked for one series & dropped for next one WITHOUT GETTING CHANCES.

    Sreesanths selection surprises me.Lack of options has made his day.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    I am not sure why Badrinath is not getting selected. He is the only genuine test quality backup option available. I guess he must change name to Badrinath Jadeja or Badrinath Modi to change his luck

  • srikanth509 on June 26, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I think D.Karthik and praveen kumar is much better choice than W.Saha and Sreesanth..

  • DareDevilFighter on June 26, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    @ SridharKalyan

    10. Abhinav Mithun 11. Love Ablish// 12. Murali Vijay 13 Badrinath 15. Dhawal Kulkarni 16. R Ashwin

    i feel like laughing yaar.....

    I think u r frm SOUTH coz ur team is 60% from south india and u r a strong supporter of KRIS SRIKANTH temme 1 thing the players who hv no int'l experience shud b straightly drafted in int'l test squad that to against a strong side like SL...

    ur team has no RAHUL DRAVID--> BACKBONE N WALL OF INDIA so i guess u shud hv been selected in his place.....

    NEWAYS..........

    Dinesh Karthik deserved a place in the squad ahead of SAHA n VIJAY who got chances didnt prove himself so as Badrinath...in place of VIJAY....ROHIT/PUJARA or even KOHLI wud hv been a better choice & regarding the bowling it seems a formidable bowling attack......YUVI well if u r given a chance u shudn't loose it ALL THE BEST....

  • fifth-umpire on June 26, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    I think the selection for the team is pot on except for Saha and Yuvraj. Read more about my thoughts on http://fifth-umpire.blogspot.com/2010/06/indian-team-selection.html

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    the squad is declared now we cant do anything,but i think pujara nust have been there rather than yuvraj,he sholu have given more time to ain fitness and mental strength, testing of saha as young blood is also good karthik had got more cahnces than anyone hence saha should be tested, rainas selection is justifeid,he has done well in past for india in limited overs matches,i think rahane should also be given chance and testifed in next series to come.

  • sriniaiyer on June 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    why is yuvraj being considered when he is the size of shammi kapoor? i agree he is talented but needs to work on fitness.why is munaf not being considered despite ishant and sreesanth being continuos failures?Raina deserves the call though.Also Karthik should have come in place of Saha.

  • Kumar_cricket on June 26, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    not bad team but why saha instead of karthick . I will pray to rain god for rain in all the matches

  • ysak on June 26, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Still no irfan... 4 wat is saha????

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    ohh no.......!! y do selectors persist with players who are not in good nick.....vijay n saha are such a burden to the team.......saha in particular is not the correct choice.......karthick/patel would have been a better choice......n y didn't rohit sharma get a call........he is so close to vvs in his elegance........rohit should have been given the chance ahead of vijay..........

  • Nampally on June 26, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    The team looks OK except Irfan Pathan now seems a forgotten man. He was once touted as the successor for Kapil Dev now finds it hard to make it to even 15. Rohit Sharma & Kohli are still the future of the Indian batting along with Raina.These 3 are brilliant fielders too. The Selectors must keep this in their view. Does Yuvraj deserve a chance ahead of Kohli & Sharma? I still feel that the big three should be dropped to big 2 and include Rohit & Kohli in the mix. Ishant & Sreesanth still remain a mystery. They had many chances but failed. ZAK is aging & getting past it. Are there no other bowlers who can be developed? Bowling is India's greatest weakness and must be addressed with top priority. Six fast bowlers must be put in a training camp and trained to bowl consistently at right locations. Amongst spinners Ashwin deserves a place. India still has not found a replacement for Kumble.So India's bowling needs overhaul. The batting will win for India as long as the big 3 perform.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @SridharKalyan, if u wer the selector of the indian cricket team, they wud become a team like zimbabwe, wat kind of line up is that?????? indian team has become #1 in tests because to our senior players and u excluded laxman and dravid in freaking squad, you shud just stop watching cricket.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Once again......... Where is IRFAN PATAHAN???

  • KDCKT on June 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I appreciate the fact that P Ohja has got a chance to prove, but why is R Ashwin not selected ahead of Mishra? And y Saha? In due respect to the selectors what is your logic behind keeping Laxman, Dravid and Sehwag for the tests? Are you goin to play with Laxman, Dravid, sehwag & Sachin for the rest of their life? Yeah, for a team Sachin a subconscious strength and he is performing to his max but why Dravid and Lax when you have got a pool of national players waiting to perform?Whats wrong with R Jadeja, C Pujara, S Tiwary, Mithun, KD Karthik, Rayudu, R Jadeja????? I dont think Yuvi is gonna show a sustained difference in his poor form in just a month of break and been left out of the Asia cup squad. The only people I am happy for is Nehra & Raina. Otherwise, like Kirsten mentioned the attitude and fitness is still a qstn mark.

  • starsagitarian on June 26, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    lets face it... due to the abundant talent pool in the country... the only people currently assured of places in the test squad would be as follows... 1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Laxman 6. Dhoni 7. Zak and 8. Harbhajan... !! so the only remaining places are A. the number 6 batting slot (Yuvraj/raina/rohit sharma) B. the second seamer (Ishant/sreesanth/RP) and C. the second spinner (Mishra/Ojha)... !! so if u are looking for an extra wicketkeeper, one should be going in with Dinesh karthik & not with some Wriddhiman saha who is still to make his mark domestically... !! also there is one S. Badrinath who is crying to be selected for the past one decade... and the ideal replacement for dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara is not even in the selectors radar... ! now readers please tell me where does M Vijay fit in all this ?? if ur sayin he is the backup opener... then is Raina the only backup for the middle order... ? krish do u remember nagpur 2010 or should murli & co remind u ?

  • cricketblood on June 26, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Where is BADRI??????????????This is totally demoralling for him..............Doesn't he deserve a chance here??????????Even after what he did against SL in his ODI debut and what he did against SA in his test debut??????????This selection committee totally sucks...............Saha and Vijay ahead of BADRI???????????????????

  • manasvi_lingam on June 26, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Bad selection. Enough chances have been given to Vijay who has done poorly (33 in Tests and 17 in ODIs) in the chances that he has been given recently. Badrinath is the better batsman as compared to Vijay, but he is nearly 30. However, selecting Saha ahead of Karthik is questionable. Karthik is definitely the better bat, though Saha is probably a better keeper. Perhaps Saha's decent performance in the FC games on the India A tour convinced the selectors. Still, a bad decision in selecting Vijay and Saha. Another mistake has been in selecting ODI stars for Tests and hoping they work. That strategy never works as people like Bevan, Nick Knight and Yuvraj have shown. What they should have done is select Karthik for Saha, Kohli for Vijay and instead of Raina and Yuvraj they should have selected the two run machines: Rahane and Pujara. Rahane is undoubtedly the most consistent performer in domestic cricket today (a FC average of around 64.5!) followed by Pujara.

  • wanderer1 on June 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    SSOUTH AFRICA ARE THE TRUE NUMBER 1 TEST TEAM. They're a genuine travelling team who don't just win at home whilst pretending the rest of the world doesn't exist. They've won AWAY against Australia, England, WI, and drawn against India over the past 2 years. There's no artificial pumping of their rankings. Once the India team has to tour away to these nations watch as their rankings plummet. They'll be lucky to stay THIRD.

  • wanderer1 on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    @Indians: Only reason why India is still number 1 in Test Rankings is because of the financial power of the BCCI to arrange matches at home on flat pitches. Remember the 90's when nobody wanted to tour India, only thing's that changed is the money involved. How many Test series has India won outside of the sub-continent over the past 2-3 years??? Exactly. It's also the dominant reason why so many Sri Lanka matches are being arranged. They know the Sri Lankans can be played against to boost rankings whilst staying in the sub-continent on flat pitches.

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    its good to see raina in the test team but I think that yuvraj should not be included. His form is not good in the last few months and test cricket is more tougher than limited overs so yuvraj is not going to perform in tests. that is for sure.

  • sonjjay on June 26, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well Mr Sirdarkalyan there can be no indian test team without Rahul Dravid... quite a few surveys have infact said that Dravid is even more valuable than Sachin in test matches. Suresh Raina is an excellent player of spin

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 26, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I guess Yuvraj has been on one of those "crash diets", because there's no way he's made himself fit in the space of a month.

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    The sooner we do away with Zonal Selectors, the better. Without naming individual players, it is clear that the "quota" system is affecting selection to the national team. Further, my numerous friends from other countries are unable to believe that such a large country with millions of passionate cricketers and fans is not able to produce one good test standard "fast bowling all-rounder"to come at No. 6 or 7 ( to bat after Dhoni) for so many years now. Are we also doing an over-kill with Twenty20, at the cost of other formats? The big successes of the IPL become flop shows on bouncier pitches and get caught out on the larger grounds abroad? Do we blame the dead pitches, small grounds or "after hours" parties? Are we thinking ahead - of life in Tests after Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Lakshman and Zaheer? Can they go on fore-ever? Does BCCI have any long term plans - any talent scouts or spl. programs for youngsters?

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    I just do not know why the selectors omitted Subramaniam Badrinath. He should have been persisted with. With A huge amount of domestic experience at his back and some one with excellent temprament for test level shouldhave been persisted with.And also with DK performing well in asia cup finals u guys give chance to a Saha.

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    where is Irfab Pathan ? Why is he not selected.

  • ABTheSeclector on June 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    We need to look at the future, groom youngsters but also consider the existing guys and maximize their use. I would use the expreienced guys for 1-2 tests, replace them with youngsters in between with horses for courses policy. Also we need to play 5 bowlers to win a test match not 6-7 batsmen!

    My Team for 5Days (assuming a seaming/fast track anywhere in the world) - 1. Virender Sahwag (VC) 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. S Badrinath 6. M S Dhoni (C and WK) 7. Harbhajan Singh 8. Zaheer Khan 9. Amit Mishra 10. S Shreesanth 11. Ishant Sharma

    For the 2nd test (assuming its a spinning track) - 1. Virender Sahwag (VC) 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. V V S Laxman 6. M S Dhoni (C and WK) 7. Harbhajan Singh 8. Pragyan Ojha 9. Amit Mishra 10. S Shreesanth 11. Ishant Sharma

    Standbys for 5days: Virat Kohli, Murli Karthik

    Raina, Yuvraj, both Pathans, Jadeja, Nehra, P Kumar, Munaf for 1day or the T20a

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    This is a good team selection by kris srikkanth ..... Srilankan conditions and pitches wil surely favour spin bowlers , thats why three spinners have been selected... and by the way even though pujara , dinesh ,badrinath etc are in good form they all are timing players and can face pace bowling easily but not against spin bowling .... hence players like yuvraj , raina and saha r better options for spin pitches.... ofcourse vijay is there to fill the numbers and he can do well as substitute fielder in replacement for sachin in times .... in terms of pace bowlers there is no other option other than sreesanth and ishant as the other lack in experience which is very much needed for test matches.... so its always a good team and nice to hear that all the senior players are completely fit....

  • vikicork on June 26, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    I for a change like the team I dont see how they could have picked it differently except perhaps consider Karthik/Pujara instead of Saha

    Hopefully they pick their ODI squad with the same sense they pick their test squads !! which somehow they never do

  • on June 26, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    i think batting line up is good but why is saha in the squad why not dinesh he can make more runs he did it in england tour in 2007 i think india will miss nehra and rp singh because ishant need to focus on his bowling and his length

  • rayos on June 26, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Mr. SridharKalyan .. your list is good..all are very well performers but its India Vs Srilanka not Tamilnadu Vs Srilanka... How can you imagine a test team without Dravid and Laxman?

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    how can yuvi and saha make to a test scuad its relly not good cris plays politics

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Very happy 2 see UV back, Uv is true match winner

  • CaptainTariq on June 26, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    A much much better selection than previous tournaments. Though not yet perfect. I feel there's lack of experience in the pace bowling department. But anyways its a team good enough to show that India is truly No 1.

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    @nomanullah If selectors select like Pakistan then India will start having 10 match 20 match losing streaks. The selectors have done good job by selecting youngsters and seniors. U just cant compare this strong experienced Indian team with a spineless and 7th ranked Pak team.

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik could have beeen given a place in d team based on his ASIA cup performance.Any day Dinesh Karthik is better than Saha.And karthik coud also have opened the innings as he has already established his credentials as an opener by scoring a century.His performance against SL given an opportunity had been good.He is a much better fielder than Saha.Taking all the above poins into consideration Saha doesnt fit into d team setup.The selection of Saha is absurd.

  • loung_singh on June 26, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    i dnt knw why evry1 is against yuvraj.he shud b there in test team bcoz he has earned his spot on basis of his odi record..wht has murali vijay done n why he s back? if r jadeja can be a regular member of team evn after not playing in ipl n so disgusting performances why a player of yuvi s class cant be in team . yuvi still has more class than rohit, raina nd pujara .....

  • CricEshwar on June 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    As we all know Sachin is playin test cricket just to keep Ponting off his tail and I love that coz it is some kind of motivation for the master. But Laxman, not sure what he is chasing now? I appreciate the fact he does his very best every time, but Laxman is one area where I will reserve a place for R.Sharma at least in these times as he is the one who is to take over the master's place in the future.

  • Percy_Fender on June 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I get the impression that Srikanth and his selectors, have wanted to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly, to show that they believe in continuity and secondly, would rather wait with the big names like Pujara and Rahane for a home baptism, possibly agains Australia.This apart, it is highly unlikely that Raina and Saha will get to play in the Tests. One cannot help feeling sorry for Dinesh Kathik though. Even if he is not a very good wicket-keeper, he is a courageous and enterprising batsman as we saw in South Africa some years ago and against Pakistan in Calcutta in 2005. He can be relied upon as an opener in tough circumstances. I do feel he should have been taken. But then I feel reassured that it is only across the Palk Straits that we are going. The others will get their chances mostly against Australia I think.

  • adiweb86 on June 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Thank god Dinesh Karthik has been dropped finally.......probably the most overrated cricketer in the whole of cricket and he keeps getting chance after chance because the chairman of selectors is from the same region. Otherwise how do you explain this: tests 23 centuries 1 (that too against bangladesh) average 27 and thats not all in ODI's 47 matches 5 fifties average 30. Batting at the top of the order, such figures are criminal. And he has probably dropped more catches than he has scored runs....Good riddance!!!

  • joseyesu on June 26, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    anyway it is going to be Gam,seh\vija,dra,ten,lax,yuv,dho,har,amit/ojha,zak,sree\ishan

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    This Time My Fav Mr.Cricket Of India Will Rock.......Cheers and ALL THE BEST Great Wall.....

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    How can u guys Indian mates who are commenting here can ignore RAHUL DRAVID , i think he is rightly in the Team , i am from Pakistan , but i admire ur Tendulkar,Dhoni,and Dravid ! Draivd is mentally such a strong Player u knw ! i see the glimpse of MISBAH UL HAQ in him , he is ryt dere with the class of Bevan , hussey , Misbah, RAHUL DRAVID deserve 2 be in ur ODI nd Test team !

  • KTKAndy on June 26, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Very goog selection at the end. Can't be better overall. Few things, Dinesh Karthik should have been in for Saha and Badrinath should have been in for Yuvraj Singh.Murali Karthik should have been for Ojha, (Murali Karthik can bat for long time). Besdies that everything is good and this is the ideal test team. God Luck India to win 3-0. Andy, Turks & Caicos Islands.

  • SSharmaAndIndia on June 26, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Overall the selection is good, I don't mind Raina being a part of the squad because to be fair he has done well consistently in the limited over side despite his average performances in first-class cricket! He can't pass if he hasn't been tested. But why has Badrinath been dropped? The lad is a true test player, proved himself domestically and didn't even play badly against South Africa. I do feel for Rohit Sharma and Pujara though, but they are bound to get an oppurtunity soon.

  • vaks on June 26, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    @SridharKalyan ,hahaahah........funny....lol...who's dis love ablish?u cannot give some common sense....lol....otherwise i would have given him d same stuff.....don't fool urself like this....lol.....

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I have failed to understand the selectors.Pujara should have been picked.Nice to see Raina in the test side.

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    karthik deserves a place ahead of saha

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Its time to thing abt future so it is necessary to drop vvs laxman so that new face get proper chance to play and prove themself. why yuvraj and raina, Rohit sharma and pujara is most consistent batsmen so selector must be think abt them.

  • Prats6 on June 26, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    How can Saha make to a test team ahead of Kartik , when only MSD is the man ahead of him as a wicketkeeper/batsman ? Just disgusting .. And why no place for Pujara ? What else does he need to do to get in the side ? Score a fast 30 or 40 like Kohli and Co. do in below average IPL ???

  • SridharKalyan on June 26, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Instead of just criticising the Srikkant Committee, lets do our own seletion and see how many of us really want new blood in the Squad of 16. Here is mine (the first eleven is the playing one and the rest are the back-ups): 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Tendulkar 5.Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Murali Karthik 8. Harbhajan 9. Zak 10. Abhinav Mithun 11. Love Ablish// 12. Murali Vijay 13 Badrinath 14. Dinesh Karthik 15. Dhawal Kulkarni 16. R Ashwin

    To me, this not only brings in youngsters who have bent their backs in the local tournaments, especially in the longer version of the game, but will also provide them an opportunity to perform at almost-home conditions in Sri Lanka.

    Please come out with your own lists.

  • saifuddeen55555 on June 26, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Every body know that D Karthik is better than Saha.

    He is good experienced and in good form than Saha. Karthik's batting helped to make India a good score in Asia cup final. Selectors can consider NV Ohja also.

    Chetheshwar Pujara is the another ignored candidate.

    Any way we should find a good fast bowlers before world cup.

    Come on Indiaaaaaaaaaaa

    Regards,

    Saifu vettathoor

  • karthik666 on June 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    as always ppl r ready just to criticize than appreciate .. wat ever be the team selected all ll say it is the wrong team .. how is it possible for a panel of 5 selectors to satisfy the entire nation . ?? if they drop yuvi ul say wat he s the main player in middle order we shd groom him .. if we get youngsters ul say test cricket is not place to experiment .. plz accept the team selected .. and some ppl saying srikknath is biased to CSK - reply to them is just lol .. just cos raina is in he s biased .. funny .. its the right and plz think and comment

  • Gupta.Ankur on June 26, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    I think its a fine team.....................but i really don't know whether YUvi was dropped or rested? If he was indeed dropped,then what has he done to earn a recall?

    And what about Saha,Raina? Raina has never been consistent in ODI's.........how will he do well in tests?

    It baffles me why Pujara is not getting a chance even after doing so well in domestic circuit....

  • msnsrinivas on June 26, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Mr. Noman Ullah, this is the squad for test matches.

  • pravieen on June 26, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I suggest a name change for Mr. Subramanium Badrinath, a virender or a gautam badrinath or even badrinath singh can bring him some luck.... :(

  • A.Ak on June 26, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Why Yuvraj, Raina and Saha?. Why not Badrinath or DKarthick or Rahane or Pujara ? these people had great record, and deserve a chance in this level. It will be a huge spin contest in SL pitches. Yuvi is very very bad against spinners in test matches, he need little more time off to deserve a place and to get the confidence back.Once again India will be rely only on Dravid, Sachin and VVS.

  • Vnott on June 26, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    The top 8 select themselves anyways. Sehwag, Gambhir, VVS, Dravid, Sachin, Dhoni, Zaheer and Bhajji. In the bottom 8, we need 2 seamers which had to be Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth given that Sreesanth is still the best wicket taking option and Ishant hopefully will find his way back. Cant see Nehra or Praveen or RP Singh coming in. Maybe Munaf but he is hardly seen around. Raina and Yuvraj are both dead ducks for tests and Vijay is just there to fill the numbers. I would have gone with Rohit, Badri and Virat . Why is Badri left out- Because he hit a courageous fifty on debut when the Indian top order failed. What more does he need to do. Additional spinners little to choose - though i wud hv preferred Chawla to Mishra. Similarly i guess they are giving a chance to Saha to get some experience. Else Karthik could be an option even just for batting. Rayudu would have been a more inspired selection but well...

  • kabir.mohammed on June 26, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    When r we going to get Fast Bowlers who can bowl 140 to 150,See teams like Aus & Pak,they have bowlers who can bowl really fast,i think only then we can win Matches with our bowling,ortherwise it will always depend on our Batting,Hope Selectors will solve this problem as soon as possible.were s Irfan.i think he is the only Indian player who has taken a Hattrik in First over in a Test,So he deserves a place in the side Defenetly.

  • Tridev979 on June 26, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Whoz this this bloody Wriddhiman Saha dear selectors??? Is he a reserve wicketrkeeper/batsman better than Dinesh Karthick? I dunno if he even bats! God these selectors continue to spring surprises...........

  • hunnysharma on June 26, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Dada rates Pujara very high....also the amount of runs he has scored in domestic season n now in India A tour except a 0 .......y the hell is he not given a chance....he looks like a good test player....enjoyed some of his drives in IPL........he is the batsman to look forward to

  • Nitold123 on June 26, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    For all those who say Saha is in bad form,he scored 50 & 62 in the only two FC innings in England versus WI A. He did not do well in the two List A Games against Scotland coming in the slog overs.I agree that Dinesh Karthik is better pedigree as a batsman but then, do a statsguru batting career summary on DK & you will see that as a keeper batsman, he averages 21 in 16 tests (including the recent one against Bangladesh).As a pure batsman, he averages 39 but then, can he be in the side as a pure batsman? Pandey has failed as a batsman in England, Uthappa did well only in the last IPL and both of them need to prove themselves more.Pujara is surely gonna come in soon; remember how Dravid had to wait quite a bit after he was primed for an India cap early.As regards bowlers, we are short of serious talent.Irfan, Sreesanth, Munaf, RP, Ishant, Umesh etc - all seemed to fizzle out too soon. The hopefuls(Ishant, Mithun, Unadkat etc) need to go through strength training and manage work load.

  • Sidhu1919 on June 26, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    The day,Sreesanth bowls,he is an awesome bowler.But the day he talks,he can't bowl.The day,Yuvi bats and fields,he is awesome.But the day he eats,he cant even jump.Nehra&PK have testphobia and fitnessphobia,it seems.The selectors seem 2 remmber only 1 waste of a Pathan.Uthappa is injured.But y have Raina and Saha instead of Karthik,Pujara,Pandey,Kohli,Badrinath and Rohit who r all in gr8 form,can field well and can bat long.Ishant has nothin more than hair and height.He is another waste.Sreesanth should be selected only after his mouth has been taped and Yuvi should be selected only if he is fasting.Hope the trio of Sachin,Rahul&Laxman stay 4 long.Especially Sachin.They r the backbone of the team and along with Gauti,Viru and MS,they r the only reason y v r #1 in Tests as of now.

  • sreedevi_12343 on June 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    good selection. should selected DK and Rohit.

  • on June 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    THANKFULLY THEY HAVE LEFT OUT BADRI AND KARTHIK,,,,BECAUSE THEY R CHAMPIONS ONLY IN DOMESTIC CRICKET,,,,ALSO SOMEBODY MENTIONED ABOUT JAFFER,,,IF HE IS SCORING TONS OF RUNS IN DOMESTIC CRICKET IT DOESNT MEAN HE SHOULD BE IN,,,,HE GOT HIS CHANCES,BUT HE DINT USE IT PROPERLY,,,,HIS FIELDING AND ATTITUDE ISA HORRIBLE,,,TEST CRICKET IS REAL CRICKET,SO NO EXPERIMENTS HERE,,,,

  • takala on June 26, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Saha ahead of Karthick!!!! He might as well not score any runs which he doing in the ODIs at the moment. Pujara should have got a nod ahead of Raina. Rest of the squad is OK

  • bharathonnegowda on June 26, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    why do you people complain so much . India is NUMBER ONE in Test Cricket. just stick with the same team for some time, with one or two new additions. i'm sure the selectors couldn't have selected a better team than this. Dinesh karthick has been given chance to perform at the test level umpteen number of times. he is so unsure about his keeping and not upto the mark with his batting. hence trying out SAHA is not a bad option as he showed against the south africans that he has the determination to work hard when given a chance.

  • anmttl on June 26, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    i think selectors didn't think about future, i think kartik is better choice then saha and ashwin also deserve place instead of amit mishra. its jst look like same mentality of selectors as we seen before. i hope this time yuvraj shows some form and need sehwag to fire.

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    mr noman,,,,,rahul and lakshman are best test players,,,,,so they r selected,,,,dont compare to pakistan team which is very unprofessional and have discipline issues,,,,y u relate test to wc 11,,,,this is good team they have selected which has some sense,,,,there should be no experimentation in tests unlike odi's and t20's,,,,hats of srikanth after a long time

  • bharathonnegowda on June 26, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    @Mr. noman ulllah: thats why pakistan is a middle table team and india is the number 1 test team. i feel the likes of dravid,laxman and sachin will be slowly phased out and youngsters will be given a chance one at a time rather then playing 3 youngsters in the middle order right from now. so please have patience. good move to select sreesanth and ishant.

  • goldenpower on June 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    selectors why don't pick up praveen Kumar and piyush chawla. The two guys performed So Well in test matches compare to that ODI and T20. They are showing good allrounding perfomance in test cricket.

  • AmitRathi100985 on June 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Is ths d end of World for Irfan Pathan ?? As far as i think, he is Fit n Perfect Enough to Play All 3 Formats of the Game. But Currently Talking about just Tests, He is Best Suited to be their to fill a place of an Genuine All Rounder, whether u say Batting All Rounder or Bowling........

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Still trying to get the logic behind picking this team, where is Rohit Sharma, Nehra. And why no new player has been given a chance. This team is to play against a full strength Srilanka and that to in Sri Lanka. Beats me.

  • aravabalaji on June 26, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Thanks to @Balaji Krish for echoing my feelings. Really feel sorry for the acrimonious treatment meted out to Badri. He should rightfully fill the place left by Sourav, which is now allowed to be taken by Yuvraj for granted. People are getting carried away by ODI & T20 performances whereas Test Cricket is altogether a different dimension which calls for persevering temperament and that's where Dravid & Lakshman stand tall amongst the rest. Badri is also in the same mould and he should be given his due. Raina is no doubt a good talent but more suitable for ODIs/T20 version. Saha instead of Kartik is only out of regional compulsion otherwise Dinda will be there at the expense of another pacer.

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    First of all ,its too boring as a spectator to see india and srilanka playing together too much of cricket in recent past.secondly indian team selection is not great.they should have opted for dinesh karthik instead of saha who can even play as an opener.then rohit sharma who is an exeptional talent should have been chosen a head of murali vijay.IRFAN... SORRY YAR.. call mr. chennaikanth... ask him watz wrong in you.

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    friends...after seeing some comments, India is no-1 test team now mainly because of our batsmans sehwag, Gambir, dravid sachin laxman ganguly n dhoni...we definately need experiance in team it is not just giving chance to youngstars n throwing out senoirs from the team It is not just showing sympathy towards youngstars..the objective behind selection should be providing best team so we definately need these seniors in the team to sustain the no-1 spot...I think it is a good selection..but I am expecting piyush chawla in place of amit misra n Praveen kumar in place of ishant sharma.......

  • BeeArr on June 26, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    The only sensible comment was by Balaji Krish. Cricinfo writes a lot about how test players should be nurtured. Given a decent run and so on. What on earth makes the writers and journalists to think a Raina or Yuvraj as test batsmen. And forget the heavy run scorers of domestic cricket. Badrinath, Pujara, Rahane and co. Test cricket in dead in India. The signs of life are fakely given by the last three test class players in India. Sachin, Dravid and VVS. Once they go, I reckon, our team would have players to last for 5 days. And it all owes to the hit and giggle cricket appreciated by fans and hugely fed by journalists. We are losing the real game.

  • Retour on June 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Overall a good squad .... Probably Karthik would have been a better choice than Saha. He not only serves as back up keeper but can bat anywhere in the line up .... And it is good to see Ishant and Sree being bench-marked mainly for test. Sree has the ability to bowl at good pace, along with moving the ball both ways and getting the reverse. And he bowls test line and lengths anyways .... Hopefully, we will be able to pull off a test win in SL .... Good luck to the #1 test ranked team!

  • 1948 on June 26, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Yuvraj given another chance to prove his ability in getting fast runs and also he bowls well too ,instead of Sahu, dinesh karthik is better in keeping and batting

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Yuck...Badri should have picked ahead of Yuvraj....Badri wasnt given enough opportunities....Anyway any reserve WK will sit in bench for the entire series.. Appreciate Raina's selection...He has not been tested in tests....

  • harisrinivas23 on June 26, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pls..BCCI stop arranging matches with Srilanka..hv been fedup of seeing both these counties play together lot of times..y don't u arrange frequent matches n england, australia or other countries where indian players skills wud testing to fast bowling..this s eally awful. there s not value n selecting saha..what d hell he did..he s not useful with bat..DK s d best option for wicket keeping...irfan pathan s genuine all rounder better than ishant sharma....pls give chance to youngsters rather than old legs of dravid, laxman...they hv made us proud but its time fr them 2 quit to make way for youngsters...

  • drdeepakpatel on June 26, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    This is the best squad chosen from all best available players, why you people just complaining everytime, tell me one single player who didnot deserve a place in this team.

  • Ennigmaa on June 26, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Where is Ganguly and Kumble? This is just insane...my badness. Why is Akash Chopra dropped? Its a joke Yusuf Pathan doesnt find place in squad and Dravid does. Zaheer Khan in 16 but no Manpreet Gony? This is the worst squad selection in 4 years 3 months and 6 days! The success rate of India not following on is 32.09873% according to Stats guru.

    Please make Sreesanth captain and Prasad back as fielding coach.

    Thank you for reading. Kinda wht I went thro reading a few comments. Please disable comments option and ban me too!

  • royalg on June 26, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    there r much better spinners in india ahead of OJHA and MISHRA, espically MISHRA such a dissapointing legspinner, he defo doesnt deserve a place in the test team, i saw wat he did last time against sri lanka, DILSHAN smashed him all around the park, R.ASHWIN has more talent and quality than him, he's turns the ball both ways and can bat for sure, and am more of a fan of R.JADEJA in test cause his batting style is made for tat and cud solve ur problems down the order, these 2 r spinners who can bat aswell, nt like mishra and ojha,and its a joke tat players like AMBATI RAYUDU has still nt been mentioned in ODI or TEST cricket defo better than laxman.

  • nagendra.siddoutam on June 26, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli would have been better choice than Raina in test matches as they have sound technique

  • SAIROSHAN on June 26, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt.), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh,MS Dhoni (wk & capt.), Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra,Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, ....my starting 11......

  • on June 26, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    good selction however DK should be used as India's first reserve keeper intead of WS. Also Irfan should have been picked as an all rounder.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    The selectors have come up with a reasonably balanced side. Raina might eventually find himself in the playing XI at the expense of Yuvraj Singh, who appears to have put on a lot of weight and appears ungainly. The selectors could have actually left him out, and brought in Rohit Sharma who is currently in brilliant form. The pacemen and the spinners are men who have been tried and tested. Sreesanth and Sharma return to the fold, after a long break from Internation Cricket, and expect them to be sharper and focussed. Karthik appears to have been given a raw deal, and would have been a worthy reserve stumper. Muralii Vijay was out of sorts in the T20s and the ODIs and hope he will do better, if he gets a chance to play. I wonder why such a hue and cry is being made for the inclusiion of Irfan Pathan. He has been side-tracked simply because he is not the bowler he used to be. He has lost yards in pace, and he is unable to swing the ball prodigiously, as he used to. He is best forgotten.

  • royalg on June 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER NOT SELECTINH PUJARA, OMMMGGGGG HE IS A RUN SCORING MACHINE IN TEST MATCHES, watched him play in england against west indies A and he scored a double hundred, was scoring runs for fun, reminded me of dravid and kallis. he probably has the best ranji trophy record in india, he averages well more than 50+. anyother country wud hav given that youngster a chance, a team like sri lanka is were u wud try out players like pujara, rohit sharma, kholi, rahane and pandey. wats the point taking VIJAY sooooooo many better players than him even karthik is better than him. dhawal kulkarni shud hav had a call up, probably the best YOUNG bowler in india, been taking loads of wickets in the INDIA A tour and for mumbai in ranji trophy, i seriously dont understand the point of ranji trophy if u dont select players on performances, cause pujara must hav been scoring every season more than 700 plus runs and still no call up. spinners r a joke OJHA and MISHRA THEY R NOT TEST BOWLERS.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    @ Rara_Avis : wat is wrong with you. Yuvraj has sngle handidly won numerous games for India. And he was not even in bad form in one day internationals. i don't care about IPL. And sachin is the greatest and the most humble cricketer of all time. either you don't understand cricket or you have got used to IPL where most of the average batsman play against atleast three average bowlers every game and play big shots, we have seen how these guys lost against zimbabwe in recent series. wake up dude. sachin and yuvi are enormously talented cricketers and i will watch them because of quality of cricket they play. no matter if india looses. and ur right history is going to repeat bcz of these guys. India is number one in tests and it will remain for a long long time.

  • cricbee on June 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    how come Saha get place ahead of DK? Is it because Dhoni afraid of karthik replacing him in case he lost captaincy? is it Dhoni's foresight to side karthik as he know the latter is a better wicket keeper? :)

    I couldnt understand how Raina got selected over Pujara, Rohit or Pandey who is scoring tons of Runs at domestic level. RS could be a btr choice as he generally have the nature of stand and deliver unlike Raina who is in a hurry from 1st ball. Also playing with Sachin, VVS and Dravid may change his attitude too.

    Ishant sharma who dont know anything otherthan hitting the deck hard and hard appears like he got frustrated with the pitch and so punching it.

    Our Pace attack doesnt have the extra edge and none of them looks dangerous on a normal pitch. and we have to live with them.. :(

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @nomanullah If selectors select like Pakistan then India will start having 10 match 20 match losing streaks. The selectors have done good job by selecting youngsters and seniors. U just cant compare this strong experienced Indian team with a spineless and 7th ranked Pak team.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    If Saha was picked from the A team, then why wasn't Abhinav Mukund, or Sheteshwar Pujara ignored. In England they have made a good progress and given a run to be considered for selection in the main team. Why don't BCCI understand that there is no all rounder in Indian domestic circuit as well except Irfan Pathan, and what has he done bad. He can be used as the 5th bowler and good low order batsman at No. 7 . Instead of grooming him and giving him chance they are ignoring him. With WC round the corner we need his services. For Yuvi he is vulnerable against spin and playing against Mendis, Murali, and Heerath will be a tough task.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    what is the Logic to select Wridhiman Saha , what is the criteria selecting Ishant Sharma and Sheesant and not Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel

  • rko_rules on June 26, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Can anyone pl tell me, when is the tenure of this selection panel going 2 end. Man, Srikkanth's team always seems to do some blunders in their selection since they took on. I remember, the ridiculous selection they made in 2009 and 2010 World T20 and their funda is actually, while doing selection their whole mindset is on rectifying the mistakes they made last time nd was criticized in media and in that process, they comes up with another blunder. I know they cant please everyone, but even a stupid person wont drop Dinesh Kartik, after the form that he showed and is Saha actually ready 4 international cricket. Indian selectors can really learn something from Australian selectors who just picked Shaun tait who had already announced his retirement, replaces Nathan hauritz who's a spinner. Or take the case of Mitchell Johnson who was retained even after his bad form in Ashes, coz they really want 2 nurture him. Indians heve not developed a single genuine fast bowler after Ishant, shame..

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    gud selection of Raina he deserves it he is a gud cricketer he didn't get chance in ODI to play a long innings still he have avg og 38 but poor in case for DK becoz he deserves more than saha i dont know why they are not selecting Irfan he have a gud test records.

  • edu178 on June 26, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    I agree with the views expressed by aravabalaji. The selection of some players lacks common sense.How can you justify the selection of Saha and Yuvraj and the omission of Badrinath. Chatestwar Pujara definitely needs to be tried. Ishanth Sharma has not merited a place either.With all due respect to Raina he is definitely not a test material.K Srikanth should be sacked immediately.I liked watching him bat. But the cant be said reagaiding selection skills.He was hopeless as acommmentator as well.

  • Kewal999 on June 26, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    What more does Cheteshwar Pujara need to do to get a look in? He averages 60 in First Class compared to 44 of Raina, 43 of Yuvraj, 55 of Rohit Sharma and 52 of Murli Vijay. Pujara has scored 14 hundereds in 49 matches compared to Yuvi's 16 from 89, Raina's 6 from 51, Murli Vijay's 7 from 36, Rohit's 8 from 36. Pujara also scored a double-century on the recent India A tour of England and followed it up with another ton against Scotland a day before the selection.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    yup agree with AshishHande . Poor selection, Dinesh karthik is much much better option than saha.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    yup agree with AshishHande . Poor selection, Dinesh karthik is much much better option than saha.

  • Monil10cric on June 26, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Rara_Avis:i guess...u should stop watching cricket.... how can u question sachin's selection...he s the god of cricket...many pepole watch matches because of him onle includin me...u might be a ponting fan thats y u cursing sachin because ponting is only palyer who is close to sachin..

  • MDMURSHID on June 26, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Very poor selection.Dinesh Kartik must be in in stead of W.Saha. What is thought of the selector about Irfan Pathan? Is it not politics? He must be in. What kind of player he is according to Indian selector. He is a good all rounder now, if not best in the world.The selector is selecting some players on their background/history although their form and fitness is not good. Then why no Irfan. His record is also good.Selector must keep in mind that 2011 cup is a head.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik should have been in instead of Saha as more international experience would be there and he is also in good form. Raina should be given a chance at No.6 slot.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    All good, except for Rahane/Badri and Pujara in place of Raina. And Karthik should have been retained after his good outing in Asia Cup finals Personally Saha haven't done anything to deserve his place. Even Parthiv Patel (yeh, that baby faced goal keeper) had a better fiellding and batting record in last Ranji Season.) I think India also needed another seamer probably Undkat to give him a feel of International Dressing room.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    totally agree with sameer422 !!!!!!!!!!!!!absolutely wid ya mate

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    D Karthik should be replaced with Saha. Rohit Sharma should have been replaced with M Vijay. Because we don't need of an alternate opener (considering the fitness of Viru) if we select Karthik who can be an alternate keeper too (instead of Saha). Rohit will be suitable for No. 5 or 6 spot. M. Vijay is basically an opener, I don't know where there are going to fit him. Rest of the Team members are Orthodox Selections. Can't we get a good replacement for P.Ojha? My heart is not taking him as a perfect spinner.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    I think its better to drop saha, yuvraj and include karthik and pujara. no comments about tendulkar.

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    WHAT !!!!!!WHAT!!!!!!!!!!WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! SRISANTH back again.... o my god.....can somebody very near to selectors find out the reason YYYYYYYYY.......when india went to ZIM...he said on teams poor performance...that when are u gonna try youngsters....if not now...what in test matches...keep carrying The so called luggage SRISANTH with you ..how can a player like sreesanth hv a place in NO.1 test squad.....UNBELIEVABLE....gv some newcomer a chance man...cmmon....SRIKHANTS @@@@'s

  • sachin9132 on June 26, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    the selection of wriddhiman saha is absolute nonsence...poor karthik is always being made scapegoat...y d hell select saha above karthik....cant get through this....blunder....

  • rishiabhitri on June 26, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Hats off to the people who think Suresh Raina does not deserve a look in into the test team. :D For a guy, who's rocked the international stage and also the ipl for the last 2-3 years consistently, i think he's the player least spoken of, the recent Indo-Pak encounter being a prime example. There are a hell lot of people who just love the off-late bloomers,the Rohits and the Virats, because they find them more pleasing to the eye. I dont think so Raina has any less talent or class. I think he's got much more of it. And apart from that gentlemen, nowadays,"even" the super pleasing Mohammad Ashraful doesnt get a look in in "even" the Bangladesh team. Performances speak and the fresh air of confidence this guy brings into the team is great. Plus i have memories of a few special innings from this guy, that certainly make him an entity to reckon with and the man for the future.

  • Kewal999 on June 26, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Mr. Noman, India is the no. 1 Test team, Pak is not. So Pak should look at what India is doing right rather than the other way round. Also a Test series is not the time to prepare for the world cup. There are quite a few ODI tournaments before the Cup to prepare. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman can be better described as class players rather than old players. India is still to recover from Ganguly's departure especially after Yuvi's inconsistency. So lets first concentrate on finding a proper replacement for Saurav rather than being in a hurry to discard the other three class acts from the test side

  • s_h_a_z_y on June 26, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    where is kaif why he is being constantly sidelined atleast he can be a better middle order but i suppose they have completely ignored him. he should have been a part of this team you don't need to inject young blood in test u need experience in test cricket and not young blood please selectors grow up

  • on June 26, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    @thenkabil: You should not compare rohit,pandey or pujara with m.vijay( the classical stylish batsman) . did u forget the 127 in ipl and his debut test against aussies......

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Not a good selection of the team.Fail to understand what Murali Vijay doing in the team where as Rohit Sharma should have been included.Yuvraj ??????

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Selectors always select old players like Dravid, VVs Laxman. Why they not give chance to youngsters . Look at Pakistani team they all have young players for test ODI and t20. India should prepare young players for WC 2011.

  • obaidshariq on June 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    India vs Srilanka, AGAIN! Please guys give us a break, why can't they play other teams???

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Selectors always select old players like Dravid, VVs Laxman. Why they not give chance to youngsters . Look at Pakistani team they all have young players for test ODI and t20. India should prepare young players for WC 2011.

  • Sanyaal on June 26, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    What more to do for IRFAN PATHAN and DINESH KARTHIK? Karthik is much better player and keeper that Saha and has more international experience. Why no IRFAN PATHAN? Is he not a test player? In recent times he has been not considered for ODI's, TESTS or T20's, am not a big of the latter though. India has played SL more than any team in recent years. Generally the interest lacks because these two teams have played too much cricket recently, in that context why not try young and new fast bowlers. Ideal candidate can make to 2011 WC. Enough of giving players a wake up message, some one give the BCCI and Selectors a wake-up message....

  • raveeems on June 26, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    there is no big surprise in the selection of seniors in the team. the major concerns in the selection are 1. raina- he cant play a long innings even in the limited overs criceket may be he is not given ne chance to even play those. 2. Saha- when did he come into the scheme of things when DK is in prime form. 3. Sreesanth- i dont think he deserves any place with the current form, as nehera or even praveen kunmar doing well in ODI cricekt. 4. Yuvraj sigh- Did he by ne way do justice to come back.Here the question arises wthr he is dropped or rested from the squad. What should rohit sharma, DK, virat kholi, nehera, pravee kumar and manish pande got to do to come into the scheme of things

  • Kewal999 on June 26, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    A reasonable job by the selectors (rather unusually in recent times) apart from a couple of things that they could've done differently. Like having a young fast bowler (may be Dinda or even someone else who can bowl at 140 or above) not just as a back up to the recently inconsistent Sreesant and Ishant, but also for the sake of experience of bowling to greats like Sachin & Dravid in the nets in place of the spare wk Saha. Dravid can keep in an emergency situation and SL not being far away a replacement can always be flown in immediately. Also may be Pujara or Kohli might be better suited to Test Cricket than Raina (who inspite of having performed well in ODIs needs to play long innings in Ranji/Duleep and also polish short pitch problems) Thank God the Chennai lobby has restrained itself in picking Dinesh Karthik as a Specialist batsman. There are many more talented batters in the country (Pujara, Pandey, Rohit, Kohli etc) who deserve an opportunity more than this 25 to 30 avereager.

  • AshishHande on June 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    i dont know what shankar shailesh sees good in this team, ask him about saha.

  • Rara_Avis on June 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Sachin and Yuvraj,, my goodness..Just as expected ,, money matters,, they both had good money and power.. so its expected,,BCCI selling the products very well and those two are making good profit out of it.. Pathetic thinking people watching the game and spending time, money, ability. etc...for the 2 and loosing all..Still it continues,, Its time for a change,, Go and avoid those two; as they are responsible for the current situation as without them team moving in the right direction,, With the joining of the TWO,,the history going to be repeat,,becoz..they simply playing for themselves; no matter how bad the game situation maybe..

  • anjee on June 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Srikkanth is prooving again & again that he is biased{CSK} and brainless...why he selects Dinesh karthik for ODIs and leaves him for test matches...GOK....!!if u mount pujaras runs one by one ,,it will easily touch the moon,,,and yet he is left out...!!raina doesnt have an impressive record in domestic test matches...and he is selected ahead of pujara,rohit,manish,..who has scored heavily in ranji and duleep trophies.! wasim jaffer is scoring in tons for years and M.vijay is selected in place of him...i am wondering whats the point in Ranji,duleep trophy matches,,if the selectors themselves dont respect it....the message given here is if u wanna get selected to INDIAN team[including test team]..U have to be playing for CSK.....though i am a chennaite i hate this horrible sense of regional bias,,from srikkanth...GOD save Indian Team....!!!

  • aravabalaji on June 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    What did Badrinath do to deserve such a treatment? He did creditably well to carve out a half century in his debut outing against arguably the best pace attack which was wrecking in the Indian batting line-up. Prior to that, he was always knocking at the doors of selectors with his consistent domestic performance over the years but he could not get through only because there was no place in the middle order which was fortified by the famous four. It was told that he was too young to be blooded in when India toured South Africa in early 2000. Now the selectors may say that they are looking for youngsters. The other guy Pujara who is scoring double/triple centuries is another Badri in the making. Its sheer injustice that players like Badri & Pujara's calibre are being wasted and ignored. And what did Yuvi do to get a recall in the mean time? Only selectors can explain. Dropping Dinesh Kartik just after his man-of the final performance and preferring Saha over him is another joke.

  • sparth on June 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    @thenkabil: You must be mad to even think that Laxman should retire after this series. He provides an invaluable stability in the middle order, there is no one else in the team who can replace him.

    All in all, i think this is a good selection, hopefully sachin and dravid can score centuries, and dravid is recalled back to the ODI team.

  • AshishHande on June 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Poor selection, Dinesh karthik is much better option than saha, I dont know why he is missing place in this squad. Irfan is much better choice than sreesanth. Raina has a good chance to prove himself, he has a lot of talent, he must be given at least one chance in final 11.

  • Karthi_nk on June 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    KRIS SRIKANTH & other Selectors completely lack vision!Why not Rohit Sharma??He has done enough to secure a place in the test team for a place in playing eleven...If Dravid,Laxman gets injured or in some time if they retire,wat else we do??do we hav enough replacements???R.Sharma is best suited for tat NO.6 spot...Its unfair to give Yuvraj a chance IN TESTS,when he is OUT OF FORM & ALSO HE HAS SOME FITNESS ISSUES..R.SHARMA IS CURRENTLY THE BEST MAN FOR THAT NO.6 SPOT...

  • Rajit on June 26, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Perhaps Ravindra Jadeja should hve been tried ahead of Pragyan Ojha...at No.7 he gives a batting option so that India can play 5 bowlers in a Test.Moreover Jadeja's batting is more suited to the longer version (in the shorter version poor guy can't clear the inner circle)...Also don't we have another opener in stead of M Vijay?..

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    I Dont know why uthappa is being denied a place in indian team!!!!....saha has not been impressive in domestic tooo.....pujara or manish pandey should also be given a chance.............

  • cricketmaniagola on June 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Srikant, an ordinary bat at International level leads a bunch of jokers with no sense at all. India should learn from Australia and select best team performers irrespective of talent and quota. Everybody knows Yuvi`s talentd but his average does not justify it n when in last test series u mase Badri, an excellent performer, a debut, his place at 6 must have bben secure. Vijay has been disaapointing so far, reserve opener must have been Wasim Jaffer, he had scored more runs than anybody else in last two domestic competetions irrespective of his age, he got test experiece with two duoble tons and a century against the likes of Dale steyn, ntini while openingng for india in tests in SA, he failed in two matches in Australia and thereafter dropped. Raina selection is a joke alongwith Yuvi, they may get 50s n 60s but u need long innings player who can convert 50 to 100 to 200 like C. Pujara, A. rahane, W. Jaffer, S. Badrinath.....like Hayden, Hussey.. late bloomers but conqeurers

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    idhu romba nalla team selection good ok but last eleven players selection is very crucial. all the best INDIAN TEAM.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Good Selection except Dinesh Karthik for Saha as DK is in gud form now.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I'm surprised that Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma are out of the squad ahead of W Saha and Youraj Singh/Suresh Raina, and absence of Ashish Nehra is also quite strange.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    great to see yuvi back in team............but why did they pick saha instead of karthick who played xclentley

  • sona123 on June 26, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    YUVRAJ DESERVE HIS COME BACK , BUT WHY SAHA BIG FAILURE COME ON PLACE OF KARTIK. I THINK SAHA & MULTI VIJAY PAY GOOD MONEY TO SELECTOR FOR SELECTION.PUJARA & ROHIT ALSO WELL DESERVING

  • hunnysharma on June 26, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    its strange that selectors have not been able to find replacement for Sourav....they were hell bound to make him retire....what will happen when Sachin n Dravid...God help team India......

  • Zaeb on June 26, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    poor selection by selectors.. why saha for karthik?? what more karthik needs to do??

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    why has dinesh karthik not been giveb=n a chance despite performing pretty well... rather they've given wriddhaman saha a spot in the squad who doesnt even top the average charts for east zone 'keepers(orissa's haladhar das has done way better than him this season), even uday kaul of punjab seems a better prospect. and i think we all know why murali vijay is there...

  • raghu86 on June 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    As for other choices, its good they have selected vijay, who shouldn't be dumped for one poor series. He has done well before, and has as good first-class record as pujara or rahane. Saha surely is a suprise pick, and kartik would have been better choice with his confidence high after runs in final. But it doesn't matter because neither would have played anyway. For yuvraj, this surely is an important series particularly for his test career. I don't think his one-day place would have been gone for too long. With his hundred against steyn and co., raina showed he can bat against the best, so he is a good pick too. Kohli, sharma, rahane, pujara, pandey and tiwary can wait until big three retire. So india has good batsmen coming up. Good spinners too. I mean ojha and mishra can walk into aus or s.africa team today. Its the fast bowling thats our weak link. Unadkat brings some hope though.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    What wrong has Mr Subramaniam Badrinath done to find himself out of the test squad? Moreover,if he wasn't in the reckoning for the squad,He could have been asked to tour England with the A team...As for the backup wicket keeper,on form and experience,Dinesh karthik should have been the natural choice...His exclusion is just as inexplicable..None of us will doubt Yuvraj's abilities,but i feel he needs more time out of the team to know the value of the spot he seems to be taking for granted. I agree with Gautam...Far too many games against each other!

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    What wrong has Mr Subramaniam Badrinath done to find himself out of the test squad? Moreover,if he wasn't in the reckoning for the squad,He could have been asked to tour England with the A team...As for the backup wicket keeper,on form and experience,Dinesh karthik should have been the natural choice...His exclusion is just as inexplicable..None of us will doubt Yuvraj's abilities,but i feel he needs more time out of the team to know the value of the spot he seems to be taking for granted. I agree with Gautam...Far too many games against each other!

  • Rajesh. on June 26, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Where is Subramaiam Badrinath ? The guy deserves it ahead of Raina & Yuvraj. Just a cople of Test chances isn't enough to pass judgement. And tough it's true that Dinesh Karthik hasn't really lived up to it when he has got the chances but he should have been there ahead of Saha....

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    best of luck india......

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    The team selected is gud.... but i wont be surprised if team India gets drubbed 3-0 by the lankans

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    REGULARLY PLAYING WITH SRI LANKA IN TURN AFFECTS INDIA'S CHANCES IN THE COMING WORLD CUP. SRI LANKAN TEAM AS FOR NOW IS BEST PLACED TO WIN THE WORLD CUP. INDIA IS THE ONLY TEAM THAT IN SUB CONTINENT CONDITION CAN GIVE THEM A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. CONTINUOUSLY PLAYING WITH THEM WILL NOT HELP IN THIS CAUSE. ABOUT SELECTION , I CAN ONLY HOPE FOR INDIA TO CHECK OUT AN ALL ROUNDER AND GIVE HIM SOME CHANCE TO PROGRESS AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, OTHER WISE AT LEAST FOR THE WORLD CUP PERSPECTIVE WE CAN ONLY CHANGE FACES , IT WILL NOT AFFECT THE OVER ALL PERFORMANCES. INDIA CAN ONLY WIN THIS WORLD CUP IF THE SIX SURVIVORS FROM THE PREVIOUS WORLD CUP ROCzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    its gud 2 see yuvi and sreesanth back in the team.and india will d series easily....

  • nauroze123456 on June 26, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Yuvraj !! AGAIN !! what has he done to have his place retained. Has he lost weight ? or do the selectors think that test match does not require fitness !! At any given point of time Yuvraj should not have a place in the test team. I hope Gary has a say and Raina gets his much deserved debut !!

  • mohannarava on June 26, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    why Murali Vijay again?????? what about Dinesh Karthik? what should he do to come into the team

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    It is very easy to say " Selection is wrong" but surely this is best combination for test matches. Just you can say sorry for Pujara. I think he should prove more to catch the eyes of selector. Suresh Raina is good than rohit and he is future of indian cricket. :)

  • kiron0407 on June 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    The selectors failed again and this time much more miserably.Dinesh Karthik should be the first choice replacement for dhoni in any format of the game considering his temperament and his current form. I still can't figure out the reason behind the selection of Wriddhiman Saha. Rohit sharma should have got a call after his performance in Zimbabwe and Asia cup. The average age of our middle order is 37 and it is high time the selectors start combing for new talent. Ishant and sreeshant were not even considered for India A team and suddenly they are in the test team without any match practice. Overall the selectors are not consistent and I am baffled where they are heading to.

  • mdhyderali on June 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    The starting XI is fixed anyway. There will be fight for place b/w ojha,mishra and Sree,ishanth. 13 man squad is enuf. for next test series we will c other names replacing remaining 3 who wont get any chance here. Donno wat selectors r upto, giving chance to see other countries??

  • here2rock on June 26, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Tired of watching India-Sri Lanka matches. It is turning fans away from cricket, no wonder India struggles overseas.

    I can not remeber India's last test series against a quality opponent.

    India is protecting their number 1 position, do they really believe in it? I don't!

    On matter of selection, India need to employ professional selectors. On what basis Yuvjaj has come back into the side? Has he imporved his fitness in the last two weeks, has he set the world on fire with his batting?

    Sack the selectors first if India is to move forward, same old group of cricketers who have failed time and time again are given more chances. Has India run out of talented crickets? Shame on selectors!

  • bestfit on June 26, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I am disappointed with selection. They must use the upcoming 11 test matches as a platform for wc 2011 selection.They should have tested Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar who are more of allrounders. Why do you need 7 batsmen, 7 th spot can be filled by Irfan Pathan rather than by Yuvi. Yuvi is good player but you need give sometime so as he will comeback fit. I agree with Ishant sharma selection but why are raina or sreesanth in? India is in need of strike bowler and Ajit Agarkar can do exactly that. Irfan pathan can be used as 5th bowler allrounder instead of Jadeja in ODIs and Jadeja's spot can filled by far better spinner Ojha in ODIs. All in all, Selectors have spoiled a chance to test proven cricketers and I see players who play for either tamilnadu/CSK given more chances which will not do any good to Indian cricket.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @ thenkabail: Utthappa is injured. And whats wrong with Laxman??.He is still one of the best test batsman around and there not many touch artists like him , lets enjoy his batting as long as we can.

    Btw does anyone know what happened to Md.Kaif and if there are any other teams in intl cricket apart from India and SL??

  • kldr on June 26, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    y is yuvaraj picked in the team. he s totally out of form,i feel he shud b allowed to play few domestic matches nd regain confidence and form nd then play for india. and sreeshanth is in the squad, definetely he has no place in the team, i dunno why selectors chose him, praveen kumar shud ve been given a chance. murali vijay-a player who fumbles when he plays for india is in. i feel dinesh karthik shud ve been given a chance(a reserved wicket keeper too),karthik is a player who s in great niche against the lankans,he s left. also rohit sharma shud ve been in instead of raina. one consolation is tat selectors didnt pick up ravindra jadeja,thank god he s left out of the squad

  • raghu86 on June 26, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    The worrying thing for india is its fast bowling bench strength. Sreesanth and ishant are just crap bowlers, bust unfortunately still the best after zaheer. I wonder why has india produced so few good seamers, while our neighbour pakistan continue to have great talents coming through. I think irfan and nehra had the potential to be really good, but they squandered it due to poor fitness levels. Other than seamers, the indian side picks itself. Still i think it is strong enough for sl. As for sl, i hope they retain tharanga and malinga for tests, and bring back dilhara too.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Picking wriddiman saha for test series is not upto the level. may be we can pick any other wicket keeper batsman for back up to Dhoni.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    WHY IS SREESANTH RETAINED IN TEST SQUAD . L BALAJI CAN BE GIVEN A CHANCE . HE IS PERFORMING WELL IN RANJI. D KARTHIK IS PERFORMING WELL IN THE ODI'S. ALSO HE HAS PERFORMED WELL IN TESTS BEFORE . HE CAN BE SELECTED INSTEAD OF WRIDIMAN SAHA.KARTHIK CAN KEEP AS WELL . A BETTER SPINNER CAN BE CHOSEN INSTEAD OF MISHRA .

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Yuvraj to show his worth in Test Cricket. He may posses huge amount of talent for ODIs, he has serious limitations when it comes to test cricket. He has problems whenever cricket ball swings or spins. He can play on belters, which are generally available in ODIs. Rohit is the most sound batmen at present and should be given preference over others. Yuvraj doesn't have talent for test cricket. I am a huge fan of Laxman however, it is difficult to stay in form with so little cricket. In recent past, he may have scored some fifties, he hasn't seriously produced any innings of substance. Until n unless there is a way to check is recent form and match practice, he should not be picked.

  • on June 26, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Downright ridiculous exclusion of Badri and Cricinfo makes no mention of it. I am extrememly disappointed that you guys tipped Raina, Rohit too before the selection. Please don't ever write another article advocating consistency in selection or giving someone a longer run! The guy has played two tests and in his first scored a gutsy 50 against the best bowler in the world (not to mention the heaps of runs he has scored domestic, India A etc). Any mention that he is being dropped and anyone questioning that?

    For all you guys talk about Test cricket being the flagship form of cricket, you guys (and the selectors) get easily swayed by T20 and ODI, why else would you think Raina or Yuvraj are primed for a Test team !!!

  • PHOENIX2025 on June 26, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    WOW! Wriddhiman Saha ahead of D.K. Great going....

  • krishnaamicro on June 26, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    its a very bad selection... y badri s not included in the team... he done a fair job aganist souyh africa... and he scored ltons of runs in a domestic....yuvaraj is a good batsman .. raina also but they performed well in odis not in test... in domestic also they didnt do well... really its hurting... i dont know in what basis badri s not included in the squad... recent five years he s very consistent in domestic.. no other mioddle order batsman as consistent as badri in ranji trophy... look the stat....6500 runs in 85 matchs .. wat he should do more... but he played ly 2 tests... this is very bad stargiey

  • omboys on June 26, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    It's really pathetic watching Srilankan faces all the time.........!!!

  • BNirmalKumar on June 26, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Please Replace These Person... Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan, M Vijay, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk) Beacue of Poor Performance...

    The Best Winning Good Performance Player Squad as follows;

    Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk & capt.), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan, R P Singh, Munay Vijay, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Yousuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik.

    Please Recommend this squad to Dhoni and Sreeganth... Beacuse... All these players are very good and technical batting and bowlling performance... Please Select this Plyers to Test Squad... Am Indian Cricket Team Fan And Indian Victory Its must for our country... We are No.1 in World... Please test worst players to team like Ravindra jadajah...

  • Vallam on June 26, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Is there anyway, the Indian team slectors- can be chosen by people of India like we select MLAS & MPs- so that we can get ride of these so called selctors who are nothing but jockers who sit in the selction panel make everyone of us to fel sad .Atleast we can feel responsible for our team's performance- like the way we sad for our selection of MPSs & MLAs

    Cricketers who were found unfirt & no good two weeks ago have sudddenly in favor -what we call this - nothing but jokes.

    The paying public should boucot these matches to teach a lesson to these jokers.

  • shashi3494 on June 26, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    The team selection is pretty good. I think Dinesh Karthik should have been there instead of Wriddiman Saha. Saha Isnt performing even with India A team. Dinesh karthik could be played as a specilist opener also in which case they could have dropped Murali Vijay and taken a Specialist bowler. Overall good work done by the selectors. And no one can Replace Sachin,Dravid and Laxman. They are the back bone of Indian Cricket.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    i dont know why sreesanth and Ishant had been picked when Nehra and praveen kumar did well in asia cup......nywyz best of luck

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Also, all this greed of T20 money making has made India focus on T20 and ODIs. Other countries like England, Australia, South Africa, and West Indies have good mix. We also seem to be playing Sri Lanka and Bangladesh becasue BCCI (and IPL) people are focussed on GREED. Every year India MUST play 12-15 tests and atleast involving 4 teams (2 home and 2 away series), 25 ODIs, and 25 T20s. This will be 125 working days. Then 60 days reserve for IPL. Total 185 days plus another 75 days travel etc. Total 265 days. Then 100 days rest. Play against teams like Australia, England, pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealnad. Not just Sri Lanka.

    BCCI including Sarad Pawar should be removed and real cricket lovers made to rule.

    See my other comment on headless selection. Rohit Sharma, Chetewsar Pujara, and Manish Pandey are a must (in place of Raina, Murali Vijay, and Laxman).

    Saha's selection is shameful. So is Murali Vijay's.

  • ajaydesai on June 26, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Pujara or Irfan will not find in place until Dhoni and Shrikanth are part of selection committee

  • indianbull86 on June 26, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    @ thenkabail : bro, i welcome ur comment about having vision, but i guess u don't have enough points to back ur comments. Ganguly was a ODI player in his intial stages, didn't he shine in tests. I bet the selection of Raina is a good thing. He is becoming more and more matured. Ohja is also a good performer, he not only contains the runs and puts pressure but also a wicket taking bowler. Pujara, Rohit and Rahane are the future prospects when the trio sachin, dravid n laxman retire. Who is kulkarni ? does he deserve a spot ahead of ohja, i don't think so. Only change tat wud hv been best is a pace bowler in place of vijay and dinesh karthik in place of saha, since dinesh can open the batting. He is performing consistently in the past year. He got couple of fifties against south africa, then nw against SL.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Srilanka beats india all the time!

  • Suresh_Joseph on June 26, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Where do we start? Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma are not even playing for their neighbourhood teams currently. Yuvraj has done nothing in the last fortnight to merit his comeback. Sehwag is injured and possibly recovering (though there is a back-up for him). Saha had a nervous series against SA - the matter ends there. That only leaves 11 men standing, with one pace bowler (zaheer) and three spinners. But the sad truth is that zaheer is the only medium-pacer that we have who is worthy of test cricket. As always , let's hope that the batsmen score enough to for us to play for a win/draw.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha, what the hell !! It is stupid to consider him over Dinesh Karthik.....

  • ragu49 on June 26, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    happy to see yuvi back in the side. the only player who is capable of turning the match around in the current side( except sachin n sehwag) and already done that a number of times in the past. i don't think the reason y dinesh karthick place is not fixed yet.. what additional things he has to do other than batting, fielding and keeping.. does he need to know how to bowl or otherwise he need to get some long hair or what.. selectors please bring confidence in players to believe in them. who would have thought gambhir would become such an asset to indian team right now. so please give players some additional chances..thanx for not selecting ravindra jadeja who on his day can single handedly win matches to opposition..

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Why Wriddiman Saha? What has he proved? You have a good wicketkeeper batsman in Dinesh Karthik, so why would you change that?

  • Rara_Avis on June 26, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Sachin and Yuvraj,, my goodness..Just as expected ,, money matters,, they both had good money and power.. so its expected,,BCCI selling the products very well and those two are making good profit out of it.. Pathetic thinking people watching the game and spending time, money, ability. etc...for the 2 and loosing all..Still it continues,, Its time for a change,, Go and avoid those two; as they are responsible for the current situation as without them team moving in the right direction,, With the joining of the TWO,,the history going to be repeat,,becoz..they simply playing for themselves; no matter how bad the game situation maybe..So..for the betterment do it in much more universal truth favour..

  • sameer422 on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    is this selection is worth full? Mr.sreekanth why Muri vijay,ishant,sreesanth,saha. you dont have any other players, sreekanth is baking murli vijay same as dhoni backs ravendra jadeda in ODIs.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    why chetheshwar pujara not in test team? everyone know he is the best batsman in longer version of game except kris srikant. why raina in test team when everyone know he is not good against shortpich deliveris even in 20/20?

  • sheenu on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I think Dinesh Karthik should have been included instead of Saha. Karthik is a good all-round player, and deserved to be given a chance considering what he did in Sri Lanka in Asia Cup. Let us not forget he was the man of the Match in the Asia Cup final!! Dinesh Karthik should consider himself very unlucky and Saha should consider himself very lucky!!

  • g.s.k on June 26, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I don't understand how DK is not in the squad. Must be very frustrating for him, considering he is in good form.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Good job once again, selectors!..A pretty good team and I hope the players play to their potentials.

  • ashish_soni on June 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    So Finally Yuvraj is back, well I am happy with this team and this team can beat sl at their home and I am sure yuvraj will get his form back in the first test with century if he has been picked and than he will be back for odis

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Selection lacks Vision; This selection reflects Srikanth's batting- ordinary and hit and miss. It is India's shame to have such selectors who have no vision. Currently, 3 best young Indian batsmen are: Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and Manish Pandey. They must have been in. Murali Vijay, Raina should definitely been dropped for Pujara and Rohit. Yuvraj has loads of talent, but he has to perform in tests consistently and Laxman should retire after this trip. This should pave the way for Manish Pandey. Wridham Saha is such a failure in India A and he gets rewarded!!. In his place Uttappa (who can also keep) should have been selected. In bowling Unadkat or Kulkarni should have been given a break in place of Ojha or Mishra. Mumbai's harmeet singh should have been the new spinner given a break in place of Mishra or Ojha. Overall, the whole selection lacks vision. It is like Srikanth's batthing- does not have class or thought. Just the same old stuff.

    India should also get Dravid back into ODI's.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    What does Dinesh Karthik need to do to retain his place - I think someone high up in the BCCI food chain hates him for some reason. Also why not retain Rohit Sharma?- he's had a good run recently and we desperately need to blood some new talent. We should also line up a replacement seamer as I'm sure Sreesanth will slap someone or get slapped in the first game and be sent back home..:)

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Selection lacks Vision; This selection reflects Srikanth's batting- ordinary and hit and miss. It is India's shame to have such selectors who have no vision. Currently, 3 best young Indian batsmen are: Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and Manish Pandey. They must have been in. Murali Vijay, Raina should definitely been dropped for Pujara and Rohit. Yuvraj has loads of talent, but he has to perform in tests consistently and Laxman should retire after this trip. This should pave the way for Manish Pandey. Wridham Saha is such a failure in India A and he gets rewarded!!. In his place Uttappa (who can also keep) should have been selected. In bowling Unadkat or Kulkarni should have been given a break in place of Ojha or Mishra. Mumbai's harmeet singh should have been the new spinner given a break in place of Mishra or Ojha. Overall, the whole selection lacks vision. It is like Srikanth's batthing- does not have class or thought. Just the same old stuff.

    Overall, very dissapointing and thoughtless.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Is it possible for us to play ANY OTHER TEAM OTHER THAN SRI LANKA FOR GOD'S SAKE???????

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  • on June 26, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Is it possible for us to play ANY OTHER TEAM OTHER THAN SRI LANKA FOR GOD'S SAKE???????

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Selection lacks Vision; This selection reflects Srikanth's batting- ordinary and hit and miss. It is India's shame to have such selectors who have no vision. Currently, 3 best young Indian batsmen are: Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and Manish Pandey. They must have been in. Murali Vijay, Raina should definitely been dropped for Pujara and Rohit. Yuvraj has loads of talent, but he has to perform in tests consistently and Laxman should retire after this trip. This should pave the way for Manish Pandey. Wridham Saha is such a failure in India A and he gets rewarded!!. In his place Uttappa (who can also keep) should have been selected. In bowling Unadkat or Kulkarni should have been given a break in place of Ojha or Mishra. Mumbai's harmeet singh should have been the new spinner given a break in place of Mishra or Ojha. Overall, the whole selection lacks vision. It is like Srikanth's batthing- does not have class or thought. Just the same old stuff.

    Overall, very dissapointing and thoughtless.

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    What does Dinesh Karthik need to do to retain his place - I think someone high up in the BCCI food chain hates him for some reason. Also why not retain Rohit Sharma?- he's had a good run recently and we desperately need to blood some new talent. We should also line up a replacement seamer as I'm sure Sreesanth will slap someone or get slapped in the first game and be sent back home..:)

  • thenkabail on June 26, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Selection lacks Vision; This selection reflects Srikanth's batting- ordinary and hit and miss. It is India's shame to have such selectors who have no vision. Currently, 3 best young Indian batsmen are: Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and Manish Pandey. They must have been in. Murali Vijay, Raina should definitely been dropped for Pujara and Rohit. Yuvraj has loads of talent, but he has to perform in tests consistently and Laxman should retire after this trip. This should pave the way for Manish Pandey. Wridham Saha is such a failure in India A and he gets rewarded!!. In his place Uttappa (who can also keep) should have been selected. In bowling Unadkat or Kulkarni should have been given a break in place of Ojha or Mishra. Mumbai's harmeet singh should have been the new spinner given a break in place of Mishra or Ojha. Overall, the whole selection lacks vision. It is like Srikanth's batthing- does not have class or thought. Just the same old stuff.

    India should also get Dravid back into ODI's.

  • ashish_soni on June 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    So Finally Yuvraj is back, well I am happy with this team and this team can beat sl at their home and I am sure yuvraj will get his form back in the first test with century if he has been picked and than he will be back for odis

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Good job once again, selectors!..A pretty good team and I hope the players play to their potentials.

  • g.s.k on June 26, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I don't understand how DK is not in the squad. Must be very frustrating for him, considering he is in good form.

  • sheenu on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I think Dinesh Karthik should have been included instead of Saha. Karthik is a good all-round player, and deserved to be given a chance considering what he did in Sri Lanka in Asia Cup. Let us not forget he was the man of the Match in the Asia Cup final!! Dinesh Karthik should consider himself very unlucky and Saha should consider himself very lucky!!

  • on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    why chetheshwar pujara not in test team? everyone know he is the best batsman in longer version of game except kris srikant. why raina in test team when everyone know he is not good against shortpich deliveris even in 20/20?

  • sameer422 on June 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    is this selection is worth full? Mr.sreekanth why Muri vijay,ishant,sreesanth,saha. you dont have any other players, sreekanth is baking murli vijay same as dhoni backs ravendra jadeda in ODIs.