India in Sri Lanka 2010 July 14, 2010

Yuvraj selection ahead of Pujara baffling - Whatmore

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Dav Whatmore, the Kolkata Knight Riders coach and the former director of coaching at India's National Cricket Academy, has questioned the selection of Yuvraj Singh in the Test squad against Sri Lanka ahead of batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who had a prolific run during the recently concluded A tour to England.

"The team surely has some finest Test match players. But, where is Cheteshwar Pujara? I personally think he is a must in the team, especially considering his form. Yuvraj Singh ahead of Pujara is completely baffling. This is just the right time to bring him in," Whatmore told PTI.

Pujara, who represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, was also part of the Kolkata squad in the IPL supervised by Whatmore. He cracked an unbeaten 208 against West Indies A on the tour of England, and scored 332 runs in five limited-overs games as captain, averaging 83. In first-class cricket, Pujara, 22, averages 60.38 and has a triple-century to his name. He has been named Parthiv Patel's deputy for the upcoming Emerging Players' Tournament in Brisbane in August.

Yuvraj, however, has virtually cemented his position in the middle order for the first Test that begins on July 18, scoring a fluent century against Sri Lanka's Board President's XI in the tour game.

India are without Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth on the Sri Lankan tour - both are injured - and Whatmore expected a difficult time for the visitors in the three-match Test series. "Good players are always missed in the team. The key is how ready the playing XI is. Sri Lanka is a very formidable unit and it would be a tough contest for Dhoni and company."

Jaidev Unadkat, a left-arm seamer who Whatmore coached in the last IPL, is part of the Indian outfit in Sri Lanka as a net bowler. Whatmore said he needed more exposure in first-class cricket. "These are early days for him. But there is no doubt that he is a promising talent. Unadkat needs to play and concentrate in first-class matches. He holds a bright future."

The first Test will be Muttiah Muralitharan's last, and Whatmore, while acknowledging his absence would affect Sri Lanka, said they have some impressive reserves in the spin department. "Muralitharan is arguably the greatest spin bowler of the modern era. He was one man, who created a fear psychosis. For the first time ever, batsmen started fearing offspin bowling. Teams always had a specific plan against Murali. His retirement will create a huge hole.

"But Sri Lanka have the young talent. Suraj Randiv is a great offie and a future star. Ajantha Mendis has also troubled many teams and is definitely in Sri Lanka's scheme of things."

India, Whatmore said, are among the front-runners heading into the 2011 World Cup but urged the media to not put pressure on captain MS Dhoni. "Of course India can win the World Cup. But for that to happen, everything should fall in place. But the media have the habit of exaggerating things till it is too close for comfort. No one has the Midas touch. It is just that Dhoni is a wise captain and has a thinking head on his shoulders.

"But the media have added unnecessary pressure on him by branding him 'Captain Cool' and what not. After all, he is a human being. Gary [Kirsten] is a good coach and India has relatively performed well under his guidance."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Anant.Sonthalia on July 19, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I think that playing Yuvraj is the right move because he is a huge talent and needs time to get some form before the World Cup in which Yuvi will need be one of the leading performers for team India. But i think whatmore has got it spot on about the media as they put a massive amount of pressure on the player who is concerned.

  • on July 18, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I personally liked the viewpoint from dave whatmore whatever he has said is 100% true regarding indian media, they are only pressure pointers for the indian cricket whenever there is a big event like world cup happens they unnecessarily start praising cricket as a godly figures & put peoples expectation in a skyward & there the fear cycos & pressure comes on the team of losing expectation, this happens unnecessarily from media & from fanatic fans. And when there is not much pressure team performs very well within themselves, for the team to need to win they need to enjoy there games within themselves without any fear loosing or win, its a basic human physcology, I hope in the coming WC people & media behaves sensible instead of making crap songs & making team to play under pressure.

  • amanroy on July 18, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    @ usman_nile1994...I like your team selection. Long live India-Pak. :)

  • Bowler45 on July 17, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Cont.... The thing that most ppl on here don't seem to realize is that the R. Jadeja selection has a lot to do wit Pujara's misfortunes. I think BCCI will only pick frm small teams like Saurashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand etc.. like ones in every blue moon. I don't know what it is, the quota system or whatever the nonsense. I think since they selected Jadeja already frm. that team, Pujara is gonna have to wait a long time now, I hope my predictions are wrong though. Also, another theory could be that the way Jadeja has played they might be affraid to pick another player out of the same team. Either way Jadeja has done em in pretty good. Now BCCI will think twice before picking anyone frm the non-name teams like Saur. Thanks a lot Jadeja, for another screw up in the list of all others. Jadeja 100 Team India 0.

  • Bowler45 on July 17, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I don't know what more this guy has to do, maybe score a double century in the so called world-class competition called IPL or score another dozen more triple centuries in the first-class matches. And even after all this he might be selected in the 15 men squad to just be the towel boy. This is Indian cricket, and it's pathetic. In NZ, AUS, or even PAK this guy would've made his debut at the age of 17 prob. Point in case, Umar Ak, they let this guy debut at a young age and it's given him a heap of confidence to play in any condition against any bowlers in the world. The most important thing is the exposure, these young talents need to face the likes of the great Brett Lee, Tait, Steyns and many more. Until they don't get picked for the national team this can't happen and they are reduced to face the likes of RPs, Dindas and P.Kumars on the lifeless indian pitches. Umar only got his recon. after he played AUS in couple of tests, but after those he became fluent against any of the bowler

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Laxman is the most underrated indian player. Everytime he goes to bat he score atleast 50-60 runs.and when rare failure comes everybody start talking about replacement for laxman. Laxman is even younger than dravid, sachin.India needs laxman to play test for atleast another 2 years

  • rsurya on July 17, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Cricinfo, being a reputed cricket site you can make a seperate segment for the public to vote for their players who deserve a place in the squad instead of commenting. the total squad for any tournament can be selected by registered users and the players hit count should be listed. this can be presented in the home page itself. Let the selector hav a consideration to this even after some decades. the reason for every player shall be posted as comment. And it would be nice if any cricket professional gives his view on the poll periodically. This is my suggestion for my favorite cricinfo.

  • Srujan_Kumar on July 16, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Pujara, you will get call up next series against Australia!!!!!

  • absk on July 16, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Playing Yuvraj in this test makes every sense. He is very crucial to India's fortunes in this World Cup and it is necessary to give him a little time to regain his form. 20-20 cricket doesn't really give you time for that. An enormous talent that Yuvraj is, its a nice initiative to give his a well deserved chance. And looks like he is determined to play his part in this series as well.

    We are building a team for World Cup, Pujara can wait till then.

  • rsurya on July 16, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Any team can win any team in the world but the team which has players selected for the only reason of selectors intuition can never make a cricket fan feel that his country has won it. Indian cricket is losing the hope of real fans everytime. Iam watching cricket only for sachin and will watch until he is playing, afterthat ill stop watching and there are crores of people like me in india.

  • Anant.Sonthalia on July 19, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I think that playing Yuvraj is the right move because he is a huge talent and needs time to get some form before the World Cup in which Yuvi will need be one of the leading performers for team India. But i think whatmore has got it spot on about the media as they put a massive amount of pressure on the player who is concerned.

  • on July 18, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I personally liked the viewpoint from dave whatmore whatever he has said is 100% true regarding indian media, they are only pressure pointers for the indian cricket whenever there is a big event like world cup happens they unnecessarily start praising cricket as a godly figures & put peoples expectation in a skyward & there the fear cycos & pressure comes on the team of losing expectation, this happens unnecessarily from media & from fanatic fans. And when there is not much pressure team performs very well within themselves, for the team to need to win they need to enjoy there games within themselves without any fear loosing or win, its a basic human physcology, I hope in the coming WC people & media behaves sensible instead of making crap songs & making team to play under pressure.

  • amanroy on July 18, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    @ usman_nile1994...I like your team selection. Long live India-Pak. :)

  • Bowler45 on July 17, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Cont.... The thing that most ppl on here don't seem to realize is that the R. Jadeja selection has a lot to do wit Pujara's misfortunes. I think BCCI will only pick frm small teams like Saurashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand etc.. like ones in every blue moon. I don't know what it is, the quota system or whatever the nonsense. I think since they selected Jadeja already frm. that team, Pujara is gonna have to wait a long time now, I hope my predictions are wrong though. Also, another theory could be that the way Jadeja has played they might be affraid to pick another player out of the same team. Either way Jadeja has done em in pretty good. Now BCCI will think twice before picking anyone frm the non-name teams like Saur. Thanks a lot Jadeja, for another screw up in the list of all others. Jadeja 100 Team India 0.

  • Bowler45 on July 17, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I don't know what more this guy has to do, maybe score a double century in the so called world-class competition called IPL or score another dozen more triple centuries in the first-class matches. And even after all this he might be selected in the 15 men squad to just be the towel boy. This is Indian cricket, and it's pathetic. In NZ, AUS, or even PAK this guy would've made his debut at the age of 17 prob. Point in case, Umar Ak, they let this guy debut at a young age and it's given him a heap of confidence to play in any condition against any bowlers in the world. The most important thing is the exposure, these young talents need to face the likes of the great Brett Lee, Tait, Steyns and many more. Until they don't get picked for the national team this can't happen and they are reduced to face the likes of RPs, Dindas and P.Kumars on the lifeless indian pitches. Umar only got his recon. after he played AUS in couple of tests, but after those he became fluent against any of the bowler

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Laxman is the most underrated indian player. Everytime he goes to bat he score atleast 50-60 runs.and when rare failure comes everybody start talking about replacement for laxman. Laxman is even younger than dravid, sachin.India needs laxman to play test for atleast another 2 years

  • rsurya on July 17, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Cricinfo, being a reputed cricket site you can make a seperate segment for the public to vote for their players who deserve a place in the squad instead of commenting. the total squad for any tournament can be selected by registered users and the players hit count should be listed. this can be presented in the home page itself. Let the selector hav a consideration to this even after some decades. the reason for every player shall be posted as comment. And it would be nice if any cricket professional gives his view on the poll periodically. This is my suggestion for my favorite cricinfo.

  • Srujan_Kumar on July 16, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Pujara, you will get call up next series against Australia!!!!!

  • absk on July 16, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Playing Yuvraj in this test makes every sense. He is very crucial to India's fortunes in this World Cup and it is necessary to give him a little time to regain his form. 20-20 cricket doesn't really give you time for that. An enormous talent that Yuvraj is, its a nice initiative to give his a well deserved chance. And looks like he is determined to play his part in this series as well.

    We are building a team for World Cup, Pujara can wait till then.

  • rsurya on July 16, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Any team can win any team in the world but the team which has players selected for the only reason of selectors intuition can never make a cricket fan feel that his country has won it. Indian cricket is losing the hope of real fans everytime. Iam watching cricket only for sachin and will watch until he is playing, afterthat ill stop watching and there are crores of people like me in india.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 16, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I don't think the next indian batsmen are nurtured properly. Raina R Sharma R Jadeja all these are very talented but they need proper guidance. Personally i think IPL has more disadvangtages than benefits. Why not the players are not chosen for first-class performances. IPL should really be scrapped. It injures the players. And i think IPL is the reason for not selecting Pujara. Bcoz he has not performed like Raina Jadeja and Sharma in IPL. And last thing Laxman should be dropped. He is a good batsman but young indian batsmen are more talented than him. only 14 centures in so many matches. Dravid and Tendulkar should play.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 16, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    What if Pak and India would have one test team now. 1 Sehwag 2 Sachin 3 Younis 4 Yousuf 5 Dravid 6 Laxman/U.Akmal 7 Dhoni 8 M Asif 9 Aamer 10 Harbhajan 11 Umar Gul

    this team would win every series :d

  • usman_nile1994 on July 16, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Has BCCI any personal problems with C Pujara? Or players are now only selected on the basis of IPL instead of domestic and list a performances. India would have get a great batsman if they would have tried Pujara in place of R Sharma. Sharma is not proving himself. Pujara will crack a truckload of runs in both tests and odi (not sure about t20). Why did BCCI don't use him in place of Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja in the tri-series against zim and sri lanka. My octopus has already chewed Pujara photo leaving Yuvraj.

  • Farce-Follower on July 16, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Pujara and Badri are the biggest tragedy stories of Indian cricket. They have been treated with total insensitivity. Pujara is the next Dravid and Badri should be groomed to replace SRT/VVS. Terrible long term planning by Srikkanth & Co. I agree with many who say that Dinesh Karthick is being groomed. But for what?

  • on July 15, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    All cricketers who are playing IPL is unfit to represent Team India. But 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.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    @royalg FYI laxman is younger than srt, dravid, ganguly. and not scoring much runs? remember the last test? (who saved our #1 ranking in tests against SA?) @vikramreddytric WOW laxman's era is gone? We have AUS series coming. lets c if the selectors can afford to drop laxman I know we live in T20 era but dont write him off.

  • Cricket_Crazzy on July 15, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Cricinfo, can you please not give importance to comments about an individual selection from someone who is totally unconnected to the Indian cricket team!!

    What it does is it plants a seed in the selector's minds who are already fickle and baffling!! If I were a selector and if I were to sit down to pick a Test team, first thing I would do is look at the team from the last Test we played and make changes accordingly. Going by that, what have Badrinath and Rohit Sharma (Badri scored a 50 on his debut and Rohit was a substitute) done or not done to be replaced with a say, Raina?? And what has Raina done in the longer format since the last Test? And all of a sudden now Pujara is in the discussion!!! Agreed these are bright prospects but lets not get ahead of ourselves, Badri merits a place in the team the same way other players in the current team do, based on recent performance and Badri scored a 50 on debut against the bets bowler in the world when the team was in trouble, period..

  • manasvi_lingam on July 15, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    People who consider Yuvraj, Rohit or Raina to be Test batsmen really need to step back and take another look. All of them have either mental weaknesses or technical problems. Pujara also has a few flaws, but if he was given as much exposure as these guys (50-100 ODIs) he would be a better batsmen. And more importantly, he has the mental make-up to play a long innings and the desire to score big. And considering any of the above 3 batsmen as India's finest to emerge since Sehwag and Gambhir should remember the talent waiting: Mukund, Rahane and Pujara to name a few.

  • on July 15, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I half agree with Sheikh Ahad Ahmad that Pakistan should probably trade us some bowlers as India never produced half a decent bowler other than Kapil and Kumble, while Pakistan seems to have plenty of reserves, be it fast bowling or spin. But why do you want our jokers as batsman Ahmad, apart from Sachin/Rahul/VVS/Ganguly India doesn't have any quality in batting and all those three are either already retired or at the end of their careers. Remain players in Indian team are just bunch of showmen, useless jokers.

  • on July 15, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Hey! why dont india lend pakistan some batsmen and pakistan lend india some bowlers! fair trade if u ask me! :D:D

  • nataraajds on July 15, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    as long as our most senior players like Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman are in team for atleast next 2-3 years - there will be only one place No.6 spot open & the immediate option will be (in order of preferance) -Yuvara, Raina,Badrinath,Pujara,Rohit etc.. but we must think of after retirement of Dravid,Sachin and Laxman and plan for give more & more possible experience to these talented boys both in ODI and India A team before taking charge. it is also important for Raina & Yuvaraj who are already in senior team for some time should seal their place by performance,, yuvaraj is good but not consistant eough in test level. staying at wicket is more important than aggression. one bad shot will prove costly in this level. this he must learn qucily to stay long.. let's see how he plays in this series.

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on July 15, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    don't fight betwwen Pujara and Yuvraj. Srikanth is inventing ways to put Dinesh Karthick as special batsman

  • royalg on July 15, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    MR. Whatmore u shud be india's coach then atleast india wud find sum gud talents and hav a chance to win world cup, dnt think india will win world cup with gary kirstein, the team luks good but not with the coach. PUJARA is a talisment in a test team, he is a genuine run getter i mean he scored runs for fun in the A tour to england, i watched all his innings and he luked a man in very gud form, LAXMAN shud never be in the test team he is waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy tooo old and not scoring much runs at all, soooooo many players who cud replace him. i hope in the cuming series the selectors luks for batsman who hav form and runs under there belt rather than BIG NAMES. wat a horrible selection is MUNAF PATEL out of ALLLL THE BOWLERS IN INDIA MUNAF HAS TO BE SELCTED, why not VINAY KUMAR he has taken plenty of wickets in ranji this yr or KULKARNI been the best yound indian bowler upto now.

  • REXYCP123 on July 15, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    CHATESWAR PUJARA IS AN GREAT TALENT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TEAM BUT NOT IN PLACE OF YUVI IN PLACE OF VIJAY THIS GUY HASNT DONE ANYTHING GUYS AND I AM FROM CHENNAI

  • SUNDOS on July 15, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    I think the selectors should listen to Whatmore,he is the man who instilled the Lankan team with a self belief.As the ex director of the national Academy,he has had the chance to see Indias emerging talents.He is shrewd judge iof talent and his endorsement of Pujara and Unadkat should hold them both good.I only hope Pujara and Unadkats talents aren urtured properly.This is a tough tour both for the Indian testteam aas well as the emerging players.Austra,lia as a country has always separated the men from the boys.

  • trent777 on July 15, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Hang on, I read Whatmore's interview on espnstar.com, which was an exclusive to that website. Cricinfo has quoted PTI, Dude, are you sure you got your facts right?

  • Bharat1981 on July 15, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Mr. Whatmore, we are grateful to you for bringing the attention of the selectors to this fact. You are very right. First thing, Pujara (as also Badrinath) very much deserves to be in the test team and Yuvraj is a total misfit in test match cricket. He is okay for T20 and odi . There are many other deserving players who are still waiting whereas Yuvraj is playing in the test team as batsman. It is of course baffling.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on July 15, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    This Team definitely has spots open. But not right now. When SRT retires on his own or RD or laxman r forced to retire.Pujara ofcourse yes right now . But mostly he will also become one more Badhri i mean getting selected after u r form and peak is gone. Young players like pujara should be sent with squad atleast in dressing room like vijay/dinesh. Making them more aggressive in internationals. I luv Test Team india. ODI is different ball game but Test Team india is Best in batting avg in fielding and below avg in bowling. but still there lies the beauty of our gr8 batsmens esp with all of them (Excluding DADA) present its a treat. Do encourage youngsters but don't cut short these gr8 cricketers carriers as it was done for DADA. I hope Laxman and RD would be given a fair run. SRT ofcourse would be given more then fair run like Kapils case (no expiry date) just to break some more records i am not talking about present though current SRT has some more miles in left in Him . GL India!!!

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Pujara is just 22,he has many years of international cricket ahead of him, once the BIG-3 retire simultaneously shortly.He's is the guy who is going to fill their shoes.So he must perform and use the matches ahead of it to become more mentally stronger and experienced.Even MIKE HUSSEY , the aussie legend made his test debut only @ 30 years.Pujara is lucky that he no need to wait that much longer.Instead of regretting he must do what 'MIKE HUSSEY' did , perform perform perform and make use of the given opportnity correctly.We saw wat he is upto in IPL 2010,just scoring in a few matches.So he should not be drafted into the squad in a hurry and waste his talent , see the case of PARTHIV PATEL , he played test cricket without playing 1st class @ 17 , now he's no where in the picture.That should not happen again.Even RAINA,ROHIT are in the bench for a while and they r going 2 fil d vacancy caused by BIG3's retirement . M.VIJAY should be replaced by C.PUJARA as vijay is in a horrible form

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Picking yuvraj ahead of pujara is well thought by the selectors because if u take our top six - veeru ,gauti,dravid,sachin,lax,yuvi,doni , there is only one left hander apart from yuvi , so this becomes more predictable for the opponents .Whereas if there are two ,there is always a chance to dismantle the opponents gameplan and lending more variety.Also the reason is , he is a proven all rounder and can chip in with his leftarmers like he did against pakistan in 2008 along with anil kumble.If india picks mishra,then he'll put his foot forward and bowl some decent left arm spin,another thing is Yuvi himself hit centuries in his local matches (since there is no 1st class matches this season like ranji,duleep,etc),to prove his form also the fitness.Yuvi has been in the sidelines for a longtime until ganguly called it a day,so he must get his due.For a player with 250 odi's experience,he's just played 33 tests ,which in no way is comparable.Every player has his ups and downs,he's just 28 .

  • the_blue_android on July 15, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Well - He is not good looking and saleable like other cricketers and he will never get a chance. Look at Badrinath. Mera Bharat Mahan!

  • Sehwagology on July 15, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    I disagree with Whatmore about Pujara but completely agree with him about Yuvraj and India's grim prospects in Sri Lanka. I have seen Pujara bat several times in first class matches and although prolific he lacks both the technique and the repertoire of strokes required to be successful in international cricket. It would be a surprise if he made a successful transition from Indian First Class cricket to Test cricket. As for Yuvraj there seem to be an endless supply of drinks at the last chance saloon. Yuvraj is poor against extreme pace, the swinging ball, the spinning ball and lacks the temperament and patience to construct long innings. Yet somehow people are surprised when he fails! I had high hopes of Rohit Sharma who has the technique, talent and class to succeed at the highest level. However he seems to be using Yuvraj as a role model for attitude, fitness and work ethic. Shame as he is the most talented batsman India has produced since Virender Sehwag.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 15, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    It doesn't matter, whether we like it or not. But in two years, Indian team will be Dhoni,Pujara, Rohit, Raina, Yuvi, Viru and Gauti...in batting. Besides Bhajji in bowling, I can't think of one name that will be there in the next two years. So, I think selectors are doing the right thing by including Yuvi in tests now, sending pujara to Aus (for future) and getting in Mishra/and you-name-da-bowler to get the test match experience. Come on people. Give them some credit. They sent two or three bowlers as only "net" bowlers. They did not expect/dreamed that these "kids" will become the featured bowling attack for India, due to unknown issues with the main bowlers' health.

    Jeez!!! There is no winning with these darned Indian fans.

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Dont worry Mr.Whatmore. It looks like Yuvi has learned his lesson and he will soon show you why!

  • howizzat on July 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Thank gOD, we dont have Whatmore as coach!!

  • vikramreddytric on July 15, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    What more is absolutely right.. Why is Pujara not getting selected even after he has been consistently performing for last so many years.. When a person like Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma is getting selected(Who are unfit to play Intl Cricket & who has absolutely no talent), whats the problem in selecting Pujara.. I am talking whole as a Indian Team.. Why cant they kick Laxman out of the taam and make Pujara play in that position.. Laxman's Era is gone now.. I dont see why they have selected Murali Vijay even after he failed badly in the last couple of series(World T20 & Zimbabwe Series).. And Bangladesh has better Bowling line up then Indian Team.. How can we expect us to Win the Series with a Bowling line up like Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel). And our selectors always say that we are not responsible for the losing Matches/Series. Its really shame on them.

  • on July 15, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Yuvraj's selection isn't baffling to me...Its probably more on the expected lines since the selectors want him to spend time in the middle to get back his form and fitness well before the WC 2011. He is definitely in the scheme of things for the WC 2011 and the test team middle order. They(selectors) will probably give him a run of 12-15 test matches till may be 2011 end and then take a call if he doesn't perform. Frankly speaking, Rohit, Raina, Virat, Vijay, Pujara have done too little to fill in the shoes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman as yet. They need to still keep on performing consistently in ODIs and mostly away ODIs. We just saw the after effects of pushing Vijay on basis of his IPL T20 exploits. Lets try out one player at a time, let it be Yuvraj for now and moreover injuries to seniors will give chance to these youngsters from time to time. Let Yuvraj Singh be persisted with till some more time since he is immensely talented. Lets hope for the best for INDIAN Cricket !

  • forzaps on July 15, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    I am a huge Yuvraj fan but I have to agree with Whatmore here. When will Pujara not just be blooded, but get a long run in the test team? I have lost all hope in Rohit Sharma stabilizing the middle order, he is a no Tendulkar, he is no Laxman even, he is a cheap imitation of VVS as far as tests are concerned. We really need to build a solid long term middle order, and soon

  • on July 15, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    A Team without good and talented fast bowler are never retain their NO1 position in test. India should produce good fast bowlers. Bowlers are always fit for IPL, but for test match, they are unfit coz they ll bowl for 30-40 overs and real talent will come into picture. Give new talent a chance in Test match to come good for worldcup 2011. How long only unfit zahir, Nehra, PKumar, Munaf ll Go?Where is Irfan..why are you killing him from cricket?india now not need batsman..we know how these kinds of player perform when they play for india...Bowlers needed....else india ll be like bangladesh soon

  • KP_84 on July 14, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    How does branding Dhoni "Captain Cool" add pressure? It is so unreasonable for the media to idolise star players? That happens in every country and in every sport. On the other hand, unneccessarily harsh criticism after losing a game or failing to win a touranment is certainly not acceptable. This is really only experienced by Indian and Pakistani cricketers (and, I suppose, English footballers - but cetainly not to to he same extent, I would say). The media should never vent their frustration and disappointment on the players.

  • _IndianCricketFan on July 14, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    I agree with Whatmore! Pujara should be given a chance. He's super consistent at the domestic level and deserves a chance in tests regardless of whether Yuvraj is dropped or not.

  • on July 14, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Yea Pujara should have definitely been in this test squad and same as Irfan Pathan... but these selectors are just stupid...

  • knowledge_eater on July 14, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    I almost forgot to read all the way to last paragraph, what Mr. Whatmore also implied. What have you done Mr. Whatmore, now you will be super star of Media, and as I type this you are the next media's scapegoat. Good luck.Btw. Where is RP Singh !! I am sure Media must have ate him. Poor fellow.

  • Bang_La on July 14, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Yuvi slapped on Whatmore's face and rightly.

  • Kushi_bharadwaj on July 14, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    There is no point in selecting Pujara to play in Sub continent. We all know that how good a player he is in subcontinent. Let him instead tour places like Australia and South Africa. That way he will be experienced with the kind of pitches that he is going to face when he later tours with the senior side. It is almost certain that Pujara, Rohit Sharma are certain to take places of Dravid, Tendulkar in the senior team when the time arrives. so instead of wasting our time on missed oppurtunity of pujara, encourage him to do well more so on challenging conditions. That way even he will not feel dejected.

  • Wahlberg on July 14, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Hey take out that RAINA put PUJARA a straight choice ...PUJARA is a natural test cricketer but RAINA is never a cricketer nor a player of talent in cricket and MUKUND has played some wonderful innings in recent games but MURALI VJAY has been in a WOOONDERFULLLL form and MUKUND should be there ...

  • CricBay on July 14, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Hopefully Yuvis inning of 118 against Presidents XI has answered "why Yuvi".

  • on July 14, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I wish there should have been 50 to 60 countries playing professional cricket just like football. then the selectors would have run helter skelter and played no nonsense to pick the best guys like cheteshwar pujara instead of yuvraj. come on BCCI and national selectors you are very lucky that there are no more than 6 to 7 countries playing cricket, otherwise we would have known where we would stand with these players who can't run 10 meters to stop a ball, (132 ranked in football out of 202, way below tiny and poor countries like haiti, vietnam, sudan etc.) come on selectors right time to throw out shrikanth a good for nothing selector.

  • badnoc on July 14, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Perhaps Whatmore didn't see or hear Yuvraj's century against Sri Lanka's recent match, where everyone except Gambhir failed and UV played his natural game and scored a century hitting six sixes, WHATMORE does he want? Pujara may be good but, he is not as experienced as Yuvraj is, in fact he will be a debutante if he plays. Secondly, its a matter of class vs. form. Yuvraj was not in form, this century will do a lot of good for him to play against the likes of Mendis and Murali and he is a class batsman, when he is on song Murali can play his tunes or Mendis may amend his line and length but, they cannot stop Yuvraj.

  • vinaykmr on July 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    pujara has got admiration even from foreign coaches. but ind selectors doing nothing to gv justice to the pujara's talent. pujara is way ahead of other youngsters like raina, rohit, vijay, kohli but they all hv got chances ahead of pujara. isnt it amazing? pujara is the one player who looks sure to make his place in the test eleven even ahead of inconsistent yuv.

  • NewYorkCricket on July 14, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    I think he is ripe now. Previously he had scored runs against weaker opposition in the plate ranji league. Yuvraj should used like a game changer, like Adam Gilchrist. Pujara is not in that league, he is more like Dravid. In the future Pujara should definitely take the place of Suresh Raina, if he is not on a A tour.

  • Nampally on July 14, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Dav: India's problems are not in the batting but in bowling. India's first 6 batsmen - Sehwag, Ganbhir,Dravid,Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni, are easily the best top 6 in the world. If only India had 3 pace bowlers and 2 great spinners, they can run thru' any team in the world. Hence the selection of Yuvraj over Pujara is a moot point.They are both good with Yuvraj already having proved himself and makes his place as an all rounder. If Yuvraj can control his attitude and temper it with a bit of humility + keep fit, he will be one of the best all rounders in the world.On the other hand Pujara deserves his raw talent be put to test along with dozen other batsmen. India should recall Kumble and with a fit f Harbhajan, should form a good spin duo. However the pace bowlers slots are up for grab - Potential candidates are: Ishant, Nehra, Zaheer, Unadkat, Jadev, J.Singh + RP, Munaf, Sreesanth, Kumar, ++. Can India develop 3 of these for the world cup in 2011 remains to be seen.

  • gyrase on July 14, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    He is dead right. It is perfect example of how to kill a genuine talent. When they will give him chance he may be over the hill.He should have been a perfect replacement for Dravid and Laxman when they choose to retire and should have been their understudy but hats off to this selectors and their vision. He is one talent from last 5 years continuously scoring where ever he is given chance but never given a chance at the test level. Rayudu was another player genuinely talented and will never get a chance .GOOD job BCCI and its selectors

  • manasvi_lingam on July 14, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Some good points by Whatmore especially regarding Pujara. Pujara has not been given the opportunities he deserved. But, there is no need to worry about him becoming another Badrinath. Badri played in the era of the Big 4 and thus there were no places in the middle order. Pujara will be 24 in 2 more years and all of the Big 4 will be gone by then and he can cement a place. I think the exposure in Australia (hard pitches) and England (seaming pitches) will do him much good. These India A tours should be organized so that at least 2-3 away tours and 2-3 home series can be played every year.

  • knowledge_eater on July 14, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    I think selection wasn't Yuvi over Pujara, it was left handed batsman over right handed batsman. Nevertheless Pujara will replace some of individuals after their retirement that is confirmed. Ghambhir and Yuvi excelling in practice match and right handers failing is no fluke. I thought Pujara should have been picked over Raina, but now seeing right handers failing I think we might just need Raina !!! To early to predict, we will wait and see what Yuvi has to offer.

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  • knowledge_eater on July 14, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    I think selection wasn't Yuvi over Pujara, it was left handed batsman over right handed batsman. Nevertheless Pujara will replace some of individuals after their retirement that is confirmed. Ghambhir and Yuvi excelling in practice match and right handers failing is no fluke. I thought Pujara should have been picked over Raina, but now seeing right handers failing I think we might just need Raina !!! To early to predict, we will wait and see what Yuvi has to offer.

  • manasvi_lingam on July 14, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Some good points by Whatmore especially regarding Pujara. Pujara has not been given the opportunities he deserved. But, there is no need to worry about him becoming another Badrinath. Badri played in the era of the Big 4 and thus there were no places in the middle order. Pujara will be 24 in 2 more years and all of the Big 4 will be gone by then and he can cement a place. I think the exposure in Australia (hard pitches) and England (seaming pitches) will do him much good. These India A tours should be organized so that at least 2-3 away tours and 2-3 home series can be played every year.

  • gyrase on July 14, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    He is dead right. It is perfect example of how to kill a genuine talent. When they will give him chance he may be over the hill.He should have been a perfect replacement for Dravid and Laxman when they choose to retire and should have been their understudy but hats off to this selectors and their vision. He is one talent from last 5 years continuously scoring where ever he is given chance but never given a chance at the test level. Rayudu was another player genuinely talented and will never get a chance .GOOD job BCCI and its selectors

  • Nampally on July 14, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Dav: India's problems are not in the batting but in bowling. India's first 6 batsmen - Sehwag, Ganbhir,Dravid,Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni, are easily the best top 6 in the world. If only India had 3 pace bowlers and 2 great spinners, they can run thru' any team in the world. Hence the selection of Yuvraj over Pujara is a moot point.They are both good with Yuvraj already having proved himself and makes his place as an all rounder. If Yuvraj can control his attitude and temper it with a bit of humility + keep fit, he will be one of the best all rounders in the world.On the other hand Pujara deserves his raw talent be put to test along with dozen other batsmen. India should recall Kumble and with a fit f Harbhajan, should form a good spin duo. However the pace bowlers slots are up for grab - Potential candidates are: Ishant, Nehra, Zaheer, Unadkat, Jadev, J.Singh + RP, Munaf, Sreesanth, Kumar, ++. Can India develop 3 of these for the world cup in 2011 remains to be seen.

  • NewYorkCricket on July 14, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    I think he is ripe now. Previously he had scored runs against weaker opposition in the plate ranji league. Yuvraj should used like a game changer, like Adam Gilchrist. Pujara is not in that league, he is more like Dravid. In the future Pujara should definitely take the place of Suresh Raina, if he is not on a A tour.

  • vinaykmr on July 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    pujara has got admiration even from foreign coaches. but ind selectors doing nothing to gv justice to the pujara's talent. pujara is way ahead of other youngsters like raina, rohit, vijay, kohli but they all hv got chances ahead of pujara. isnt it amazing? pujara is the one player who looks sure to make his place in the test eleven even ahead of inconsistent yuv.

  • badnoc on July 14, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Perhaps Whatmore didn't see or hear Yuvraj's century against Sri Lanka's recent match, where everyone except Gambhir failed and UV played his natural game and scored a century hitting six sixes, WHATMORE does he want? Pujara may be good but, he is not as experienced as Yuvraj is, in fact he will be a debutante if he plays. Secondly, its a matter of class vs. form. Yuvraj was not in form, this century will do a lot of good for him to play against the likes of Mendis and Murali and he is a class batsman, when he is on song Murali can play his tunes or Mendis may amend his line and length but, they cannot stop Yuvraj.

  • on July 14, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I wish there should have been 50 to 60 countries playing professional cricket just like football. then the selectors would have run helter skelter and played no nonsense to pick the best guys like cheteshwar pujara instead of yuvraj. come on BCCI and national selectors you are very lucky that there are no more than 6 to 7 countries playing cricket, otherwise we would have known where we would stand with these players who can't run 10 meters to stop a ball, (132 ranked in football out of 202, way below tiny and poor countries like haiti, vietnam, sudan etc.) come on selectors right time to throw out shrikanth a good for nothing selector.

  • CricBay on July 14, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Hopefully Yuvis inning of 118 against Presidents XI has answered "why Yuvi".

  • Wahlberg on July 14, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Hey take out that RAINA put PUJARA a straight choice ...PUJARA is a natural test cricketer but RAINA is never a cricketer nor a player of talent in cricket and MUKUND has played some wonderful innings in recent games but MURALI VJAY has been in a WOOONDERFULLLL form and MUKUND should be there ...