India in Sri Lanka 2010 July 6, 2010

Injured Zaheer out of Sri Lanka tour

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Zaheer Khan, India's strike fast bowler, has been ruled out of the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka due to a shoulder injury. The tour includes three Tests, followed by a tri-series in Dambulla, also involving New Zealand. The BCCI, in a statement, has announced that the Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun will replace him.

Zaheer was rested for the recent tour of Zimbabwe in order to preserve himself for the busy season ahead. He participated in the Asia Cup in Dambulla and played in all four of India's games. The BCCI did not reveal the cause of the injury or for how long he has been adviced to rest. The indication is that he will miss the Test leg of the tour, at least, as the squad for the ODI tri-series will be announced later.

Zaheer however didn't reveal much in his Twitter feed: "Shoulder is troubling me a little need to sort it out ...hope to be back soon ... Important season ahead ..."

Zaheer's absence will come as a big blow to India, whose fast bowlers haven't been up to the mark of late, due to injuries and loss of form. That leaves a lot of responsibility on the likes of Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth to carry the attack in Sri Lanka.

Mithun has been on the fringes for the last few months after performing impressively for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, where he was the tournament's highest wicket-taker. He was rewarded with a call-up to the national squad for the Tests against South Africa earlier this year and an international debut in the ODIs that followed. He was withdrawn from the India A squad in England to replace the injured seamer Vinay Kumar in Zimbabwe, but didn't get a game. He rejoined his team-mates in England for the one-dayers and in his most recent outing on Friday, taking 3 for 49 against West Indies A.

The tour begins on July 18 with the first Test in Galle.

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  • ArnavSingh on July 11, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    In my view, i don't think its completely the fault of our cricketers. It actually is an unscheduled tour to SRILANKA , a team against which we have been playing, and playing and playing endlessly. Its the fault of our administrators, who for the sake of earning extra bucks schedule such unnecessary tours. India will be playing 11 tests in the next 6 months out of which 5 had no mentioning in the FTP. There is always a high probability for players body to break down, if he's asked to play 5 extra test matches or 11 extra ODI's .

  • SLJohn on July 10, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    it's good to hear that zeher ( poision ) has out from the squid , ha hak he is all most a zeher ( poison )

    harbajan is a temper guy he dont know how to control his estasy when he take a wicket,

    referice should take action against him, and his attiute

  • on July 9, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    I think our fast bowlers except Zaheer, Nehra etc are more or less inexperienced and have performed a mix of good and bad. I agree with one of the comment that "it's a gamble choosing anyone". We really don't know who will shine. Also, it was a fact that Venkatesh prasad had low pace, characterstic of Indian bowlers (i remember him taking 5 wicket hausl both in India and abroad against good teams) but he was given many chances in ODI for years only then he was drafted in into test cricket. I think we should take some clue from that and we must give exposure to our bowlers in shorter formats first. I am not happy in the way that Mithun , our prospect has not been given enough chances in ODIs and T20s as he has played just one ODI. Point is that none of our newest breed of fast bowlers like mithun, vinay, dinda, umesh have been given enough chances and all these 4 are low in confidence because of that and we end up tossing for a spot rather than picking the best one.

  • ABTheSeclector on July 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    With Zaheer injured, my team to beat Sri Lanka for the test matches would have been- 1. V Sehwag, 2. G Gambhir, 3. R Dravid, 4. S Tendulkar, 5. VVS Laxman, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Irfan Pathan, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Amit Mishra, 10. S Shreesanth, 11. Ishant Sharma.

    Keep standbys as - 1. Dinesh Karthik for wicketkeeper/opener, 2.S Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh for middle order batsmen, 3. Pragyn Ojha for spinner, 4. Munaf Patel, Asish Nehra for fast bowlers. Play only two out of Dravid, Sachin & VVS Laxman at a time.

  • jmoses on July 9, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @ Fan Cric

    I agree with you. Cricketers are more inclined to play in IPL matches than to represent their country at international level because of one reason, Money. Cricket in India is only going to be improved when we care less about this IPL and BCCI should concentrate on improving first class cricket like Ranji trophy etc. otherwise in the future we may not get to see India playing Australia but only Deccan Chargers vs Daredevils.

  • on July 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Phew! Not again! All IPL Businessmen should be ruled out of National Team. We need a Team India which is free from IPL burn out, focused on Cricket at International Level. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • ABTheSeclector on July 8, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Since Zaheer is out, I would have gone with Shreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbajan Singh and Amit Mishra/Pragyan Ojha as the five bowlers for a 5day test match. In case the pitch is fast/green/swings, I would replace a spinner with Ashish Nehra in the team.

  • SrinivasBharath on July 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Most of the people criticising our medium pacers have both short memory as well as less or no knowledge of domestic cricket. Abhimanyu mithun was amongst the top wicket taker in the longer version of the domestic format, Sreesanth took five wickets in the last series he has played, Iishant sharma has done well in the test matches eventhough his one day performance has left a lot to be desired. Also the criticism about Srikkanth selecting south indian players is not fair. Example: Wriddhiman Saha has been preferred over the inform and experienced Dinesh Karthik. Infact if you see our one day team you hardly get to see south indians. So let us not talk of bias here.

  • Farce-Follower on July 8, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Some Indians will never learn. Mithun gets selected for all the right reasons : Season's hghest wicket taker, and what do people tell? He was selected bcos he is from the South. This is not only unfair to Mithun, but also shows how bigoted many are. Sad.

  • Bharat_123 on July 8, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I think this is the end for India in the 3 test matches they are going to play in the up-coming month. Without zaheer i think India do not have the kind of bowlers that has the skill which zaheer possess. Zaheer can out fox a batsman in test cricket bowl 4 out swingers and then bang 1 that nips in theres the wicket. Zaheer has no pace but has the brain. I ofter regard him as another Chaminda Vaas probably not as good yet. The other bowler ie. Ishant, Sreesanth lol they are no way as good as Zaheer. The reason why India are no.1 is because recently last 2 years they have been able to take 20 wickets reguraly. Harbhjan and Zaheer gets the bunk of those wickets. Now Zaheer is gone im struggling to find anyone else that can fill the boots of Zaheer. I have no doubt that bhaji will take wickets just a factor of who will from the other end. I know most people will agree with me write your view on my lol essay if u like........................lol

  • ArnavSingh on July 11, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    In my view, i don't think its completely the fault of our cricketers. It actually is an unscheduled tour to SRILANKA , a team against which we have been playing, and playing and playing endlessly. Its the fault of our administrators, who for the sake of earning extra bucks schedule such unnecessary tours. India will be playing 11 tests in the next 6 months out of which 5 had no mentioning in the FTP. There is always a high probability for players body to break down, if he's asked to play 5 extra test matches or 11 extra ODI's .

  • SLJohn on July 10, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    it's good to hear that zeher ( poision ) has out from the squid , ha hak he is all most a zeher ( poison )

    harbajan is a temper guy he dont know how to control his estasy when he take a wicket,

    referice should take action against him, and his attiute

  • on July 9, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    I think our fast bowlers except Zaheer, Nehra etc are more or less inexperienced and have performed a mix of good and bad. I agree with one of the comment that "it's a gamble choosing anyone". We really don't know who will shine. Also, it was a fact that Venkatesh prasad had low pace, characterstic of Indian bowlers (i remember him taking 5 wicket hausl both in India and abroad against good teams) but he was given many chances in ODI for years only then he was drafted in into test cricket. I think we should take some clue from that and we must give exposure to our bowlers in shorter formats first. I am not happy in the way that Mithun , our prospect has not been given enough chances in ODIs and T20s as he has played just one ODI. Point is that none of our newest breed of fast bowlers like mithun, vinay, dinda, umesh have been given enough chances and all these 4 are low in confidence because of that and we end up tossing for a spot rather than picking the best one.

  • ABTheSeclector on July 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    With Zaheer injured, my team to beat Sri Lanka for the test matches would have been- 1. V Sehwag, 2. G Gambhir, 3. R Dravid, 4. S Tendulkar, 5. VVS Laxman, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Irfan Pathan, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Amit Mishra, 10. S Shreesanth, 11. Ishant Sharma.

    Keep standbys as - 1. Dinesh Karthik for wicketkeeper/opener, 2.S Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh for middle order batsmen, 3. Pragyn Ojha for spinner, 4. Munaf Patel, Asish Nehra for fast bowlers. Play only two out of Dravid, Sachin & VVS Laxman at a time.

  • jmoses on July 9, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @ Fan Cric

    I agree with you. Cricketers are more inclined to play in IPL matches than to represent their country at international level because of one reason, Money. Cricket in India is only going to be improved when we care less about this IPL and BCCI should concentrate on improving first class cricket like Ranji trophy etc. otherwise in the future we may not get to see India playing Australia but only Deccan Chargers vs Daredevils.

  • on July 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Phew! Not again! All IPL Businessmen should be ruled out of National Team. We need a Team India which is free from IPL burn out, focused on Cricket at International Level. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • ABTheSeclector on July 8, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Since Zaheer is out, I would have gone with Shreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbajan Singh and Amit Mishra/Pragyan Ojha as the five bowlers for a 5day test match. In case the pitch is fast/green/swings, I would replace a spinner with Ashish Nehra in the team.

  • SrinivasBharath on July 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Most of the people criticising our medium pacers have both short memory as well as less or no knowledge of domestic cricket. Abhimanyu mithun was amongst the top wicket taker in the longer version of the domestic format, Sreesanth took five wickets in the last series he has played, Iishant sharma has done well in the test matches eventhough his one day performance has left a lot to be desired. Also the criticism about Srikkanth selecting south indian players is not fair. Example: Wriddhiman Saha has been preferred over the inform and experienced Dinesh Karthik. Infact if you see our one day team you hardly get to see south indians. So let us not talk of bias here.

  • Farce-Follower on July 8, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Some Indians will never learn. Mithun gets selected for all the right reasons : Season's hghest wicket taker, and what do people tell? He was selected bcos he is from the South. This is not only unfair to Mithun, but also shows how bigoted many are. Sad.

  • Bharat_123 on July 8, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I think this is the end for India in the 3 test matches they are going to play in the up-coming month. Without zaheer i think India do not have the kind of bowlers that has the skill which zaheer possess. Zaheer can out fox a batsman in test cricket bowl 4 out swingers and then bang 1 that nips in theres the wicket. Zaheer has no pace but has the brain. I ofter regard him as another Chaminda Vaas probably not as good yet. The other bowler ie. Ishant, Sreesanth lol they are no way as good as Zaheer. The reason why India are no.1 is because recently last 2 years they have been able to take 20 wickets reguraly. Harbhjan and Zaheer gets the bunk of those wickets. Now Zaheer is gone im struggling to find anyone else that can fill the boots of Zaheer. I have no doubt that bhaji will take wickets just a factor of who will from the other end. I know most people will agree with me write your view on my lol essay if u like........................lol

  • on July 8, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Dont knw Y many of the fans are getting hyper,Sreesanth and Ishant hav d quality to do well,Sreesanth has d ability to do reverse swing,which is vital in sub-continent.He plays wid passion,and will prove himself again,and Ishant too has d qulaity and the hunger as he was dropped for sum tym.If this two bowlers along wid Bhajji bowl well,India will do well.Mithun will not get to play the first match unless dere is any last min injury,so the argument of why he was picked up is silly.And We shuld give chance to new talent,who has done well in domestic level.wat else is d criteria?Young players get the chance to play whn the exp players get injured or dropped.Irfan himself will agree that he is nt upto the test match level.Nehra is never fit engh to last a test.World cup is still has sum to go,for dat u will hav Zaheer,Nehra,Bhajji,Praveen Kumar,Dinda and IShant if he is doin well.This line up is enough to win us the wrld cup,if they play to their potential and the batting does well.so chi

  • on July 8, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    i think this time india team is better

  • on July 8, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    In response to Mr hotu Chainani...Abhimanu is not a trundler, but a fast bowler who reaches 140 K's regularly...Umesh Yadav on the contrary may be a faster bowler, but look at the comparison in terms of wickets taken on the Indian Dustbowls.. i believe that this counts for something and Abhimanyu should be given an opportunity. He comes from a state which has produced some good fast bowlers and i am sure that he will want to contribute. How well he does is to be seen. i for one am hoping that we have unearthed another Javagal Srinath..

  • sriniaiyer on July 8, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    what are the selectors doing with the likes of munaf patel,rp singh,vrv singh,pankaj singh? ishant and sreesanth dont deserve their places in the team.mithun should be first tried in one dayers for atleast 6 months before he becomes test worthy. heavy politics at play in selection.

  • sreeg on July 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Seriously the way, our fast bowlers besides Zaheer have performed, it's a gamble choosing anyone. There's no criteria that's justified to choosing one over the other. We just have to hope Mithun performs well. Wonder why we can't produce quality bowlers like pakistan.

  • rick333 on July 7, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Some of the Guyz here have a good sense of humor, i am not sure i can say the same thing about their cricket insight too.. Ajit Agarkar?!?!?!? He is retired from International cricket ppl...

  • sachinmagod on July 7, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Guys you must understand the importance of an all rounder to any cricket team. We should work on the likes of Irfan Pathan. This may sound so old but let's face it. He has taken an Hat Trick in Test cricket and was very productive in his heydays. To add value, he is a very good batsman. He can open an innings. He can come one down and bat in any position from 1 to 11. He is also experienced for international cricket. The reason India doesnt have an all rounder is they don't get the needed chance to shine or come back. We dont need a spinner-allrounders. We need a medium pacer who is a decent bat too.

    World Cup XI: Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Rohit, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Irfan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Nehra/Mishra/ Praveen Kumar.

  • BeeArr on July 7, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    And in one dayers, pathan's bowling will surely go for more than that poor jadeja. pathan's batting may get quick runs. But Pathan is not international class. He was once a good bowler, but lost his swing. And never worked with his action. He , with his domestic performances, is surely not making the selectors think. Case closed. So if any two of Umesh Yadav, Mithun, Sree, Ishant, Dinda, Vinay get their act right, you have two bowlers who are good and not known much to other teams. That's right. We need 2 good seamers and Zak and Nehra are there and only one more good seamer is good enough. Bhajji and Ashwin/Jadeja and part timers will manage the other 20 overs. Our batting with Sehwag, Gam, Dhoni, Raina, Yuvi, Rohit, Kohli is good on sub continent conditions. Two wicket keeping reserves are also having intl experience. Saha and Karthik. So the plan is right. Selectors are thinking of 25-30 players. We will win the world cup. Time for a seamer or two to stand up...

  • BeeArr on July 7, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    sanzo... Kris Srikkanth was the one who made Agarkar what he was. KS recommended Agarkar when KS was the India A coach and Ajit was a young and budding fast bowler. Agarkar messed up with his talent, a nice outswinger and beautiful rhythmic action. And look at the selection, the selectors are looking forward. Getting Ishant, Sree to get some form in their preferred format , tests. And giving guys like Dinda, Mithun some look at cricket at the top level. And Dinda is not a test class seamer and his height is not suitable to extract bounce. Pace is mediocre. So he is not test class. Sure he has good yorkers, can be a good limited overs bowler. And Irfan is not good even in ranji. Can enter the team not as a bowler, but as a batsmen and indian batting is strong and no need to accommodate one Mr.Irfan Pathan. He lost his swing. He lost his pace. He never extracted bounce. So why everyone is rooting for Pathan. And our team composition in tests dont require an allrounder.

  • CricEshwar on July 7, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Go Mithun, make us forget Zak.

  • on July 7, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    There is minimal doubt in any of our minds that this is a huge blow for team India...Lets all hope that Mithun,arguably our best young speedster grabs this opportunity with both hands and justify the selector's faith in him.we ought to pity the selectors...irrespective of who is going to be picked they are going to be critisized.

  • mtejasm89 on July 7, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    First of al its very big blow for india by losing zaheer .........guys com on ...... mithun is a gud bowler he was the highest wicket taker in this ranaji season..... we had option of replacing zaheer with pathan, munaf , rp ....... pathan ? i guess he would hav suffered all the way through the series..... at his speed without swing ...... cant even imagine...... munaf even though he s a talented bowler, he s not athletic at al .... n even he s wondering for wickets..... rp is having the worst form of his life....... the selectors hav done gud by opting for young guns....... i think selectors are choosing young blowers depending upon the formats..... dinda for ODI n T20 .... he has done well ...... i think mithun has better talent in the longer format...... n he has gained his place himself........ GOOD JOB SELECTORS :D

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Our fast bowlers keep getting injured, almost regularly. The are off for a while, and almost never bowl with the same consistency and pace again, with exceptions. All the front line bowlers have gone through this, notably - Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Irfan Khan, VRV Singh, RP Singh, Sreesanth et al. Umesh Yadav is probably the fastest bowler in India today, chalking up speeds in excess of 145 kph. Mithun and Vinay Kumar are just trundlers who have met success at the domestic level. The cache is small, and the BCCI needs to handle their pacemen with care, and bring in a rotation policy to divide the workload on all the speedsters.

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I don't know why selectors have not turned to Irfan in any of the formats. Though I feel that Dinda is very good with yorkers and considering world cup, he could be very imp. for India's prospect.Also for me Sreesanth is very good test bowler due to his outswing (remeber Gavaskar saying that batsmen fear of balls leaving them than coming in) so India should also pic bowlers depending on formats.

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    really bad news for india:O we have wait and see how sreesanth and ishanth will make their comeback

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    If zaheer khan is not in side then who is going to bowl???this mithun???our selectors needs the psycytrits!!there is IRFAN,RP,MUNAF,AGARKAR many players who have more experiance then mithun!!!!I think INDIA will not be on no.1 post as long as other country stays!!! :(

  • Ajayvs on July 7, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Most of the people shooting their mouth here ,iam sure never follow Ranji cricket or India A cricket.Iam huge Fan of Irfan Phatan but Phatan in test matches gime a break. As far as R.P singh and Munaf Patel their previous Ranji Seasons and IPL performances speaks volumes.Ajit Agarkar hmm... why not Sanjay Bangar he will do some batting also :-). Common Guys give the young guy some encouragement,he was the best bowling performer in Ranji Cricket last season..

  • karthikk-h on July 7, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Ya Ishant and Munaf were bowling at 140kph in the beginning.But like any other Indian seamer it got dropped.Zaheer is currently best fast bowler in india. Hope he gets fit early as he's our main weapon for the world cup

  • SUNDOS on July 7, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Murali retiring,now Zaheer Khan pulls out injured.Alreadythe tour is making news for all the wrong reaons,.Indias reign as the no1 test playing team is in danger.The pace attack looks inexperienced,but maybe Ishant and Sreesanth are being used as test bowlers only.If they fail.we all can ponly hope for the return of the previous crop of RP Singh,Munaf Patel etc,.,.

  • Gurujeeee on July 7, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Guys..grow up..Sad that Zaheer is out but is fact of life. Someone's loss is someone' gain. Have some respect towards Ranji's performance. This guy, Mithun is the leading wkt taker in his first season, along with Vinaykumar. The gap between them and the third highest wkt taker is over 10 wickets!! Don't forget Zaheer was also inexperienced when he started his career. Those who are screaming for Agarkar must be out of their minds, 19 wickets in 9 matches!! The only other bowler who deserved a call was Vinaykumar. Dinda doesn't even appear in the list of wkt takers.

  • on July 7, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    this is complete senseless.. trying out a brand new bowler inplace of Zak, the selectors should have sent one of the other three experienced ones RP, Munaf or Irfan... how do they expect a brand new lad to perform directly at test level. Agreed that he must have had a good season, but playing good domestic cricket for one season is nothing as compared to test level.. this selection completely boggles the mind

  • on July 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    wer is pathan chindi selectors pathan is an allrounder n was a best replacement for zaheer

  • shailzworld on July 7, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I think the time has come to say good bye to Zaheer Khan from Int. Cricket. He has helped india to loose many important games.

  • goldenpower on July 7, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    zahir bowling may be affect frequently against Sri Lanka. Mithun selection is a small hesitation in this situation.But Mithun who becomes a very good bowler in future. In that time Dhaval kulkarni best alternater for Zahir, he acts wicket taking bowler and taking some need ful runs.

  • Dravid_Fan on July 7, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I.Pathan, Agarkar, Munaf you must be kidding...Havent seen much of Dinda test match bowling, but whatever I have seen he looks to be of the restricting type rather than the wicket taking type. So between Mithun & RP, I think mithun is slightly ahead based on his recent ranji performance....

  • rakshit_dosti on July 7, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    What's wrong with Irfan Pathan ?

  • jmoses on July 7, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Absence of Zaheer is a big loss for Indian team in the upcoming series against Srilanka. When we look at the current Indian bowling attack there's no one who can rattle the opposition, (Bhajji is more of a batsman than a bowler these days) and Srilanka can fancy their chances to win this series. Indian selectors have once again showed their lack of prudence and have come up with a poor replacement (Mithun is a good talent no doubt but asking to spear head the attack in his first match is too much). Someone like Nehra could have been a good back up in this case. Its pity that there is a serious dearth of good fast bowlers in this country having more than a billion people, and I don't understand what is BCCI is doing towards finding a solution to this problem. After all they are trying to save their faces from IPL saga

  • nataraajds on July 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    we don't have backup bowler for Zaheer khan. Mithun is inexperienced. if he does't perform , he will warmup bench. now it's up Sreeshanth, Ishanth and Nehra to takeup the burden , but except Nehra (Injury candidate). other two did not play intl. criicket for some time. our selectors should have sent Sreeshanth,RP singh, Ishanth for India A tour so that they would have got some opportunities to be in contension for national duty. sorry selectors it's too late.

  • Rogg1 on July 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    All those complaining about selection politics should compare this seasons Mithun's stats with Dinda, Irfan, Munaf, RP Singh etc

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Dear All I think that Ashok Dinda's pace is more than that of abhimanyu mithun,so he should have been given a chance,,its sad to see R.P. Singh , Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel bowled above 140kmph in their prime,but in our country fast bowlers tend to sacrifice pace for line and length....remember venkatesh prasad?his speed and Our legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble's speed was almost same...Hope all the 3-R.P Singh,Irfan Pathan,Munaf Patel comeback strongly...Dinda should have been given the chance ahead of mithun....

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    So our fast bowling doomed.All rests now on spinners:-)

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Very poor decision again. I hope ZAK gets replaced by agarkar,rp singh or even irfan pathan. Very hopeless decision!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    very poor decision shud hav given irfan pathan and sanzo5 i agree with u tht even ajit agarkar could hav been the right decision. Selectors have proven completely wrong.

  • MBSIVA on July 7, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    The SL pitches are a dead batting pitches. Whether you are a pacer or spinner, they offer no assistance. We have great batters in Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni and Laxman, so there is littled need to worry

    In my view, there will be atleast 2 draws and the only ground where I expect result is at Galle, which is a spinners paradise. Therefore Zaheer's absence will not be felt much

  • uglyhunK on July 7, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    @Sano5, you read my mind. Ajit is the only bowler I can recollect who did not loose pace even after playing many seasons. In fact, he is the fastest of all the bowlers we got in the Indian cricket. Yes, people question him for leakin runs but you can't deny his wicket takin ability.

  • maverick_ind on July 7, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    big blow for india... zak is da man. we will miss him

  • on July 7, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Dinda is not in cos this is not 20-20 cricket that they are going to play in Lanka. before just look at that guys performance.

  • srprev on July 7, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    all you guys talk as if.. srikanth is the only person who sits in the meeting and selects the team(members from all zone are there in the selection panel).. the selection committee has other persons too.. he is just the chairman of the committee... when ever a selection is made then srikanth becomes the scape goat. Now India won the Asia Cup..no one was there to praise him ....Just becoz he is the chairman...what ever team is selected it has become default to blast him left right and center...

  • medhonifan on July 7, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    why can't we have irfan or ashish.Already there are two right arm seamers then what is the need of third right armer

  • SuryaKiran on July 7, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Is it a coincidence, that Zaheer injures himself again in an international tournament and gets fit by next IPL/Champions league ?

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    kris shrikant is not eligible for that post....he should resign....all he can see is his south zone players...vijay, badri, mithun, vinay kumar, etc..wat bout kulkarni, pathan, RP, munaf?? irfan,RP should get 1 chance ahead of mithun...only experience can replace experience..

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    wat bout dhaval kulkarni, vinay kumar?? y wer dey nt considered ahead of mithun??

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    So that means, Zaheer's next tournament will be the Champions League for Mumbai Indians where again any of the numerous injuries he has had till now may recur.. Then he will miss next couple of tournaments and the World Cup or may play the World Cup half fit and then may fully recover to play IPL 4.. We will know BCCI and Zaheer have our country India as their priority if he sits out the Champions League.. India play Aus then NZ then SA and then the World Cup, in quick continuation after the Champions League..

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Why not Dinda?Oho he is from bengal?Politics continuing!!!!!

  • chennaisubbu on July 7, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    It's really puzzling that in both fast bowling and spin departments , we are direly in need of specialists to perform across diff. formats of the game.

    Inspite of having the famed MRF pace academy & NCA we are still struggling to produce genuine fastbowlers. We are still looking at old warhorses in Test matches and they are all prone to injury . Whenever someone new comes up we are over exploiting them, leading them back to wilderness for years to come.

    Fitness is of prime concern and there is a clear difference between International and National standards. The young fastbowlers need to put under International training and fitness regimen once they are identified as potential Greenhorns. BCCI with millions in its pocket should focus on Cricketing agenda rather than political and individual whims and fancies

  • DareDevilFighter on July 7, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Also Abimanyu mithun is a right arm medium bowler whereas ZAK is left arm fast medium......so i don understand the logic behind Mithuns selection......

  • DareDevilFighter on July 7, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    what a replacement for ZAK a person who has loads of experience is replaced by a person who has ZERO experience of test cricket Y not call back say RP SINGH or IRFAN or even MUNAF coz they hv experience and i guess a left handed bowler shud replace a left handed only but...... AS USUAL BIASED MR SRIKANTH WILL ONLY SELECT SOUTH PLAYERS....

  • alokviswa on July 7, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    no worry, sreesanth is here. remember, what happened in India- srilanka test seris last year. He is the right man.

    alokviswa

  • Dilseben on July 7, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Well with Zaheer not there...the batsman will have to come up with superlative performances to salvage atleast draws...traditionally SL wickets favour the spinners but if fast bowlers are willing to bend their backs they are duly rewarded...anywaz Mithun has got his due for a brilliant performance in Ranji & now its upto him to show to the world that he isnt just a fluke..hopefully Sreesanth will be sensible & dont try stupid antics!!!

  • Schuldiner on July 7, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    How pathetic is our bowling depth that without Zaheer it seems like a lost cause unless the batsman plunder runs..What the hell is with the MRF Pace Academy??seems it only gets results for international players who come to hone their skills under Lillee.. Even Srilanka have goodish seamers now but we keep on clinging on to the same bunch of fools, about time to throw Mr. Sreesanth out and maybe it ought to be like the India of the 90's with one seamer, Dada( insert your own weak *ss slow medium bowler) and a bunch of spinners...

  • sanzo5 on July 7, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    I would love to see ajit agarkar bACK IN THE ACTION... HE HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO REPLACE ZAHEER KHAN... HE HAS BEEN IN GOOD FORM IJ THE RANJI TORNAMENTS AND EVEN PICKED A 5 FOR IN THE FINAL AND ALSO AVERAGED 40 ODD RUNS WITH THE BAT.. ITS A SHAME THAT A MAN WHO HAS MORE THAN 300 INTERNATIONAL WICKETS HAS NOT PLAYED IN THE TEAM FOR QUIET SOME TIME JUST BECOZ MR. KIS SRIKANTH DOESN'T LIKE HIM

  • AshishHande on July 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    where is IRFAN PATHAN, why they arent sending him

  • on July 7, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    a huge setback for India. although the Lankan pitches do not offer so much off the track, thre could be swing, and the ball can reverse as well. Zaheer was the best bet for such conditions, and the obvious fact that he's the leader of th struggling pace unit, and other 2 Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth are not in the best of form would make MS Dhoni's job very dificult indeed. Ishant and Sreesanth will be starting the series, and only if they perform poorly can Mithun expect to get a gaim, as India is sure to go with 2 spinners, Harbhajan and Mishra should be the best bet.

  • Gilliana on July 7, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    One Test in and another out - it's high time that Zaheer hangs up his boots or the selectors look for an alternative.

  • Rajit on July 7, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Can't selectors find any other pace bowler as replacement? With all due respect to Mithun ,I feel it should have been either RP Singh or Munaf Patel who should have made the cut especially when India is touring with only 3 pacers... its once again prefernce to players from South which is showing in the selection of Srikanth.

  • SrinivasBharath on July 7, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Mithun has got his due but without zaheer the indian pace attack will suffer because of lack of experience. Hope the three available and selected come to the party and grab their chances.

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Great!..that means we can expect wickets only from one spinner (other than harbhajan), who gets picked..batsmen need to score heavily to at least draw all the matches

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  • on July 7, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Great!..that means we can expect wickets only from one spinner (other than harbhajan), who gets picked..batsmen need to score heavily to at least draw all the matches

  • SrinivasBharath on July 7, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Mithun has got his due but without zaheer the indian pace attack will suffer because of lack of experience. Hope the three available and selected come to the party and grab their chances.

  • Rajit on July 7, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Can't selectors find any other pace bowler as replacement? With all due respect to Mithun ,I feel it should have been either RP Singh or Munaf Patel who should have made the cut especially when India is touring with only 3 pacers... its once again prefernce to players from South which is showing in the selection of Srikanth.

  • Gilliana on July 7, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    One Test in and another out - it's high time that Zaheer hangs up his boots or the selectors look for an alternative.

  • on July 7, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    a huge setback for India. although the Lankan pitches do not offer so much off the track, thre could be swing, and the ball can reverse as well. Zaheer was the best bet for such conditions, and the obvious fact that he's the leader of th struggling pace unit, and other 2 Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth are not in the best of form would make MS Dhoni's job very dificult indeed. Ishant and Sreesanth will be starting the series, and only if they perform poorly can Mithun expect to get a gaim, as India is sure to go with 2 spinners, Harbhajan and Mishra should be the best bet.

  • AshishHande on July 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    where is IRFAN PATHAN, why they arent sending him

  • sanzo5 on July 7, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    I would love to see ajit agarkar bACK IN THE ACTION... HE HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO REPLACE ZAHEER KHAN... HE HAS BEEN IN GOOD FORM IJ THE RANJI TORNAMENTS AND EVEN PICKED A 5 FOR IN THE FINAL AND ALSO AVERAGED 40 ODD RUNS WITH THE BAT.. ITS A SHAME THAT A MAN WHO HAS MORE THAN 300 INTERNATIONAL WICKETS HAS NOT PLAYED IN THE TEAM FOR QUIET SOME TIME JUST BECOZ MR. KIS SRIKANTH DOESN'T LIKE HIM

  • Schuldiner on July 7, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    How pathetic is our bowling depth that without Zaheer it seems like a lost cause unless the batsman plunder runs..What the hell is with the MRF Pace Academy??seems it only gets results for international players who come to hone their skills under Lillee.. Even Srilanka have goodish seamers now but we keep on clinging on to the same bunch of fools, about time to throw Mr. Sreesanth out and maybe it ought to be like the India of the 90's with one seamer, Dada( insert your own weak *ss slow medium bowler) and a bunch of spinners...

  • Dilseben on July 7, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Well with Zaheer not there...the batsman will have to come up with superlative performances to salvage atleast draws...traditionally SL wickets favour the spinners but if fast bowlers are willing to bend their backs they are duly rewarded...anywaz Mithun has got his due for a brilliant performance in Ranji & now its upto him to show to the world that he isnt just a fluke..hopefully Sreesanth will be sensible & dont try stupid antics!!!

  • alokviswa on July 7, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    no worry, sreesanth is here. remember, what happened in India- srilanka test seris last year. He is the right man.

    alokviswa