India in Sri Lanka 2012

Sehwag and Zaheer return, Tendulkar skips SL tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 4, 2012

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Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan have returned to the Indian team for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka; both were rested for the Asia Cup in March. Sachin Tendulkar, who played in the CB series in 2011-12 and the Asia Cup, will be skipping the tour that includes five ODIs and one T20 game.

"It is a long season ahead and I think we will come back to winning ways. Sachin wants to extend his career," the BCCI's chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth told reporters. "He is spacing it out very well."

India's squad for the tour of Sri Lanka

  • MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virat Kohli (vice-capt), Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, R Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane
  • Out: Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar
  • In: Ajinkya Rahane, Pragyan Ojha, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav

Ravindra Jadeja, the allrounder, has been dropped for the tour after poor returns in the CB series in Australia. He had a mixed IPL, averaging 15.91 with the bat in 19 matches and taking 12 wickets at 22.75. Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner, who wasn't picked for the Asia Cup has made it to the 15-man squad. Ojha picked up nine wickets in nine IPL games, at 24.44. There was no place for seamer Praveen Kumar either; Praveen collected nine wickets in 16 games at 48.22 in the IPL.

Ajinkya Rahane, who last played for India in December 2011, has been named in the squad, following a good IPL in which he finished as the fourth-highest run-getter. He made 560 runs at an average of 40 and also scored a couple of half-centuries in the limited-overs leg of the India A tour of the West Indies last month.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was rested for the Asia Cup, returned to the squad. Batsman Manoj Tiwary and legspinner Rahul Sharma were retained but the Pathan brothers, Yusuf and Irfan, who played the Asia Cup were left out.

Sehwag missed the Asia Cup due to back spasms and Zaheer, following a full tour of Australia, was also advised rest for that tournament in Bangladesh. Virat Kohli will remain vice-captain for the upcoming tour. "The idea is continuity," Srikkanth said. "Virat got brilliant hundreds after becoming vice-captain which shows that he likes responsibility."

Among the seamers, Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar will support Zaheer and they'll be part of a bowling line-up that includes three specialist spinners, Rahul, R Ashwin and Ojha. Harbhajan Singh, who recently signed a deal with Essex for the second half of the county season, was not selected.


Where have all the allrounders gone?

The lack of an allrounder is the major surprise in the 15-man India squad for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka. It has been quite some time since there has been an India squad without at least one of Ravindra Jadeja and the Pathan brothers, all three of whom have been the chief contenders for the allrounder's position at No. 7. Jadeja's debut game in February 2009, against Sri Lanka, had also proved to be Irfan's last for close to three years, before he made a comeback in December 2011 against West Indies. The comeback has lasted eight games spread over three series. A disappointing Jadeja was surprisingly persisted with throughout the CB series in Australia earlier this year, while Irfan was restricted to four games. Jadeja's run has finally come to a halt now, but so has Irfan's. Yusuf's return has lasted all of one Asia Cup game, but his terrible IPL season seems to have gone against him.

No allrounder in the squad means it is increasingly unclear as to whether anyone is ahead in the latest round in the fight for the allrounder's slot. It seems that the fight itself has been called off for the moment, which is startling for a side that has often lacked balance due to the absence of a genuine allrounder. With four specialist fast bowlers picked, it would appear as though there was at least a case for picking Irfan ahead of Vinay Kumar.

The emphasis is on specialists for the series, with three spinners chosen. But that seems a luxury, given Dhoni's usual reliance on his part-time options such as Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. Unless India play five specialist bowlers, something Dhoni is not a fan of, the bowling resources will be under-utilised.

Again, Sachin Tendulkar's pick-and-choose policy does not help the long-term balance of the squad, but when the chairman of selectors says that "Sachin is spacing it out very well", there is not much left to be said.
Abhishek Purohit

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Posted by mrm2011in on (July 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)



Posted by Nampally on (July 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

@Bruisers: Yes India has plenty of openers but they are unreliable & have never scored in international matches. The latest tour of WI by India A had Dhawan, Mukund & Rahane opening in rotation. There was not a single opening stand >20 runs!.Vijay, Uthapa, Karthik, patel have been all tried but failed. Gambhir, Sehwag & Tendulkar in ODI's & Tests have been the best openers. Try them young -. a new wonder may emerge as in WI tour where Gavaskar debuted at 19 with a series total of 774 runs in 4 tests. That is why U.Chand may surprise some. Instead of blaming Sachin, it is best to take advantage of his absence in grooming younger guys. Rohit, Raina, Tiwary & Rehane are so unreliable, It is best to have a rock solid guy like Pujara at #4.He is relaible & has the best technique amongst all modern Indian batsmen. He has waited too long already. ODI is similar to test with slightly faster S/R. India needs a guy like Pujara to bring stability provided by Dravid, Sachin & VVS in the past.

Posted by Vnott on (July 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Little to choose. The team almost picks itself. Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Virat, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Vinay, Zaheer, Umesh Yadav and Dinda will be the 12. Rahul Sharma possibly will not get a game unless someone is injured and if the track is flat or taking more spin, one of the seamers will make way for Ojha. It would be ideal if Zaheer retires from One dayers that will allow Irfan to play as a allrounder - that will give better balance to the side. Vinay Kumar is always likely to be questioned but his stats are fair. Will be good if Shami Ahmed , Bhuvaneshwar Kumar also get a look in. Awana will need to wait. But pacer options have increased which is a good sign.

Posted by Bruisers on (July 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

@Nampally - India has plenty of openers. Apart from the trio, we have Rahane, Dhawan, Vijay, Chand, Uthappa etc for limited overs. We need a few middle-order batsmen. I agree with your point on Unmukt Chand but since the U-19 WC coincides with this series, he wasn't considered for selection. Rahane and Dhawan have been consistently making heaps of runs in domestic cricket and therefore I don't see Chand getting picked ahead of them in the coming months. I think the selectors consider Pujara to be a Test match specialist. Thats why he doesn't get the nod in ODIs.

Posted by Bruisers on (July 7, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

The most certain thing, looking at this squad, is, India will play five bowlers - three seamers and two spinners. The interesting selection would be that of the second spinner. Ojha will make the cut in my opinion. So this would be the likely starting XI- GAMBHIR, SEHWAG, KOHLI, SHARMA, DHONI, RAINA, ASHWIN, ZAHEER, VINAY, OJHA, YADAV. This team seriously lacks batting depth. The top-order is too good though, so the selectors feel confident of doing well without a proper No.7 batsman. They should have picked a wildcard all-rounder like Jalaj Saxena. He is much better than Jadeja who has been given way lot of opportunities.

Posted by Nampally on (July 6, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

There are so many questioning why Tendulkar should have right to choose when he plays. I think Sachin made a wise choice compared to the stupid rotation of 2 out of 3 guys (Sachin, Viru & Gambhir) in Australia. Now there are just 2 left & room to find a replacement for Sachin. The most likely successor to Sachin is C.Pujara. The real question one should be asking is - why was Pujara excluded? The second question is India needs opening batsmen. U.Chand played extremely well in U-19 Asia cup. He should have been in the squad along with V.Zol. Even though they are 19 years, great cricketers like Gavaskar(19), Sachin(16) were groomed young. Now was an excellent chance for the Selectors to be progressive & groom young talent. Pujara definitely should have taken Sachin's spot. Even if Pujara was in the squad he would have been benched by Dhoni as he did many times to Rahane & Tiwary + to Ojha & Rahul. India needs a progressive captain. I think Pujara is the right candidate to groom for it.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

IPL is pointless if you dont use what you find... Whatever happened to Parvinder!?

Posted by rydberg on (July 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

powar could bowl

Posted by rydberg on (July 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

what about praveen,munaf,piyush,nehra harbhajan ahould have been recalled

Posted by Tamimfan on (July 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

@EnglishCricket.... Are you still dreaming or should anyone wake you up?

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Pathan brothers.. both are not in the team its goods for them. bcoz Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is coming soon.. both playing in T20 world cup.. Inshaallah

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

make sure Bcci, sir ravindra jadeja should be selected in any how, the atheletic guy .

Posted by kristee on (July 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

BCCI/ Selectors vis-a-vis Tendulkar= ICC vis-a-vis BCCI As long as this doesn't change- and of course that won't, pending miracles- cricket can't hope to compete with other major sports.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Virat Kohli is named as Vice-Captain.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 6, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark - Thankyou! I had a dream that India after World Cup will lose 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia plus knocked out of both CB Series and Asia Cup and it exactly came true and I believe my next dream Sri Lanka winning this coming series against India :DDDDDDDDD

Posted by muski on (July 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

@soumyas- Since I named Shakib as a wold class allrounder, do I become a Bangladeshi. Certainly not. Iam very much a disgruntled Indian- my friend. You have a point on Watson. However his fitness problems have done him in and his bowling has suffered becoz of that

Posted by androyuvi on (July 6, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

This team is very well composed.. We dont have to worry much about batting except for Rohit Sharma who could be replaced by Monoj Tiwary. And this Bowling Unit is knid of interesting for SriLankan matches. We need to play two spinners mostly in all gthe games. Umesh ,Zak and Ashwin are automatic choices for first three, and Dinda/Vinay and dinda/ojha/rahul could be played. When Ojah is there its tough for Rahul to get a chance.

for those ashwin bashers, Please hear this : ASHWIN IS THE CURRENT HIGHEST RANKED ODI BOWLER OF INDIA AND 5TH AMONG WORLD BOWLERS.. So fans, just stop talking him and move on to others.. And i have an important doubt.. Who is the substitute keeper in the team??

And about all rounders, we dont need one, if we our batting is good, as well as bowling is good.. Raina could bowl a bit, ashwin could bat a bit.. thats enough i would say.

Posted by JacobLillyman on (July 6, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Does anyone know if Varun Aaron is injured. Why isnt he included in the side?

Posted by srinathphysio on (July 6, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

why praveen kumar has not included in the squad. he is the best strike bowler in indian team after ajit agarkar

Posted by P.D.DESAI on (July 6, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Just a temporary problem. It will be gone as soon as Yuvi is fit. By far the best all rounder India has had in recent times.

Posted by cheeseburgers on (July 6, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

good news jadeja is dropped!!!

Posted by cricmastr on (July 6, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

thank god ....for not having jadeja in the team.....he is a waste bowler as well as batsman.....not at all good allrounder......i think irfan would have been a good choice he can hit the ball well with the well as his seam bowling is good.................why they have not given pujara a chance...............

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 6, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

@wolf777....Can you define who is called a club level bowler please before you comment on Vinay and Dinda. As far a Vinay is concerned, he bowls above 140kmph and also has ability to swing ball in both ways. Oh!..i think u feel this is club level. Change your thinking. And about Dinda there is no greater proof than this quoted by Donald ; " Dinda pick of Indian bowlers in IPL - Donald" ( Yes, agreed they have to exhibit at all places in world before they can be called best. It takes some time for them to become good bowlers with talent they possess. Just have to be patient for results to come. Do you expect plant to give fruit as soon as it grows, it takes time; so is this. Making comments is good but comments which are baseless is bad.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

we want sir ,ravindra jadeja to be selected, the class allrounder.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 6, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

@EnglishCricket on (July 05 2012, 17:34 PM GMT)....Wow!! Your dreams are very funny. Go ahead , sleep and dream more. Good night, sweet dreams :D :D :D :D

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 5, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

The selection of team was good except for that there is no genuine all rounder. What ever the reason selectors say but all rounder is a complete package and one or two all rounders should be there for a team. But leaving that apart this team has some good batsman and bowlers. Srilankans will find it tough to play our bowlers.Umesh with speed and accuracy, Rahul a good leg spin bowler, Ojha is eager to give his best, a very good left arm spinner. Vinay who is been constantly bashed here is unfairly targeted with limited knowledge about him. He bowls at 145kmph now, a changed bowler. He was exceptional bowler in Ranji's, second highest wicket taker and for pace and swing. He is best choice over Irfan. Irfan can maximum bowl at 130kmph. And there are two senior bowlers Zaheer and Ashwin in swing and spin bowling respectively.Both have good records. The only weakest link if present in batting is Rohit sharma, the most inconsistent player in this squad. Hope they find a way to keep him out.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

Why Ashok Dinda? What happened to Varun Aaron. Abu Nechim is fast. Awana is probably the best.

Posted by wolf777 on (July 5, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

No allrounder? Is this some sort of joke? Irfan Pathan was dropped after a couple of bad game in Asia Cup; however, Rohit Sharma is in despite horrible performance in West Indies. Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar…what is the difference? Both of them are clubl level midium pacers who are hardley any threat to International Batsmen.

Posted by 5udh33r on (July 5, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Praveen kumar waste of space no need of him, forget about International he is no good for galli cricket.Ravindra Jadeja not in the team suprised me.May be this team is Dhoni's Selection :).

Posted by ROXSPORT on (July 5, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

@desi-blue: Agreed RJ hasn't really put the world on fire but neither have Rohit or Rahul Sharma. Again, I would like RJ to get a decent run at a fixed batting order, No.6, for instance. Coming down the order at No. 8, he has more or less been wasted. And he hasn't helped his cause by being reckless at times. My point really is about guidance. This guy can develop into a utility all-rounder given the proper guidance (remember he is just about 22 yrs or so).

Posted by bdsmaruf on (July 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

doubtlessly poor selection, allrounder is very important role for oneday game , india will lose all the match.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Sri Lanka are strong favourites to win this. I think India should be playing Sri Lanka B team let alone their A team :)

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

By virtue this team is gud in strength but vinay,rahul dinda are capable to break off the strength of indian team

Posted by bvnathan on (July 5, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

OMITTING IRFAN PATHAN IS A BIG MISTAKE and BLUNDER by the India selection committee. Of all the all-rounders seen in action in IPL-2011, Irfan performance was much better and he deserved a place in INDIA team, as a true all-rounder.

Posted by desi-blue on (July 5, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@ROXSPORT:Why do we need Jadeja in the field??We already have R.Ashwin who has the reflexes of a cat...a really old,perhaps blind cat that can only hear out of one a serious note though,whilst i can definitely see your point about R.J in the field,fact is he has been given enough chances and has consistently been turning in mediocre performances at far as batting positions are concerned..he is a PROFESSIONAL cricketer who is PAID HANDSOMELY to be good at what he does regardless of his batting position...even the great Rahul Dravid had to go through the same...

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

irfan is useless cricketer.he has done nothing to get his place,people who r criticizing vinay kumar shud remember the fact that he was the india's highest wicket taker in aus and in ipl......because of irfan india lost match agianst ordinary bd side.l

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Once again Irfan supporters will get angry.....I think the only way for Irfan and Munaf to get back their original rhythm is by playing county cricket for a season or two...I hope someone tells them...

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 5, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

I think they should drop Rahul sharma until he regains form and bring in praveen kumar and irfan pathan and maybe even drop vinay and bring in aron

Posted by CRICKETPOWER001 on (July 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

I didn't know, y selectors taking IPL performance in criteria,"Praveen Kumar" is good wicket taking, swing bowler, because of IPL he is out in ODI squad, Where is "Munaf Patel" he is good one day bowler, he is silent hero in world Cup, in recent IPL , he have taken more than 20 wickets, Y Munaf and experience Praveen Kumar out. Ashok Dinda and Umesh Yadava both r good pace bowler, they do bowl good pace...but there line and length is very bad and their economy is also bad, compare to Munaf and Praveen Kumar, this INDIAN TEAM filled with Batsman and no strike bowler except Ashwin and Zaheer Khan, Selectors pls open ur eyes and do something for bowling department

Posted by Lord__Rabbit on (July 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Poor team selection. Without Tendulkar or Pathans, team India doesn't look very good. I'm sure Sri Lanka will win all the matches. This is going to be another white wash of India. Good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (July 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

I would have liked to see Praveen Kumar in the team, not the least because he is a better bowler than Vinay Kumar, but also because he can swing his bat around a bit. It could also have been the time to give some exposure to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who had a decent tour of the Windies. He could have been included just to travel with the team & get a feel of different conditions & get some interaction with the greats of the game. You learn a lot by observing at close quarters, i.e., if you do want to learn.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (July 5, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Looking at all the comments posted here, I beg to differ, at least on one point. That is Ravindra Jadeja. He should have been persisted with, if only for his brilliant fielding, not to mention his more than utility left arm spin. To be fair to the guy, he has always got a raw deal. Coming in at hopeless junctures & just throwing his bat around (He hasn't helped his cause either by playing recklessly at times, when a few solid not-outs would have boosted his averages) or batting out the overs in the company of tailenders. I am rather disappointed at the inclusion of the two Sharma's -- Rahul & Rohit (more so). Rohit should be discarded once for all & half as many opportunities be given to the guys next in line -- be it Manoj Tiwary or Cheteshwar Pujara or any other, for that matter. Rohit has disappointed time & again, the Windies A-Team tour being the latest one.....

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

I am surprised to find Irfan Pathan missing the bus. I would have surely taken Irfan instead of Vinay Kumar. I also fail to understand what happend to Varun Aaron who was touted to be future of Indian Pace Dept. And why not Praveen Kumar? I thought BCCI said IPL was not a yardstick to see whose performances were good or bad...And why on planet earth Rohit Sharma persisted with.. He has been major flop show. And he can be left alone for IPL & Ranji... I would have taken Irfan/Praveen & Rayadu instead of Vinay/Rohit.. Certain players are meant to perform only at club level and not national level.....

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

All the three headliners (Tendulakr,Sehwag, & Zaheer) to this write-up have to gradually vacate their places in the team, giving way to new blood -- Rahane, Pujara, Awana and many more are waiting for their chances. Bhuvanesh Kumar & Jalaj Saxena should also have been tried out in the Sri Lankan conditions -- especially considering (a) lack of all rounders , and (b) the forthcoming World 20-20. One pacer and a spinner in the chosen 15 could have provided space for B Kumar & J Saxena.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 5, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Irfan Pathan definitely deserves more chances - with all rounders like Maharoof, Matthews, Perrera with some help from Dilshan will form a formidable force in home conditions against a toothless Indian attack (aging/paceless pacers and hyped spinners) - Srikanth has lost it, just waiting for him to retire in a few months

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

I m surprise no Irfan Pathan!!!!1

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

1.sehwag 2.gauti 3.kohili 4.rohit 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.ashwin 8.rahul 9.zaheer 10.vinay 11.umesh This should be for first match and any player like rohit or sewy can be replaced in further games by rahane or manoj.. even a pacer can be replaced by extra spinner ojha...

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Fed up of seeing Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar gimmicks ; drop him. Or i would say throw him out of Indian side.Agreed he is a great cricketer of all time. Agreed he did lot of service for India. But he is equally doing disservice to nation. Why he is not opening mouth to say something on his career, instead playing from back side to prolong his career. What he is up to?? It should be publicized. Is he sick?? Is he not interested??He feels boring?? What is problem. Or he feels this matches insignificant? Whatsoever this is not the way he should behave, all that money he is paid is from public pockets, so you should be answerable to public.If you again come back as opener you should satisfy the fitness and standards the guys now who playing will set in this Srilankan tour. There is no free Visa for you sir into this team. And your stats of Srilankan tour you earlier played will be compared with other player who is in place of you now. If he fares well. You are permanently out.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Expecting to see Rahane bat up the order and score some runs.

Posted by DINESHCC on (July 5, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

All Rounders in India? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? HOW? WHY?

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Why P Awana is not in team???

Playing11 will be in SL tour

1. Viru 2. Gauti 3. Kohli 4. Sharma/Rahane 5. Raina 6. Tiwari 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Khan 10.Yadav 11.Dinda/Ojha

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Irfan's absence comes as a major surprise especially when he performed in the fw opportunities he got in Australia.. Even in the IPL, his bowling shaped up pretty nicely, unlike Vinay Kumar who reguarly got clobbered. Jadeja's out finally (thankfully so) and Yusuf is out due to his own lack of form... Also, Raina's continuous failure to establish himself as a top, dependable performer despite playing 150 odd matches is a matter of concern!!!

Posted by soumyas on (July 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@muski, i know why u bangladeshis dont name shane watson as allrounder because he thrashed ur team blue and red when he made 175 of very less balls, thrashing 15 sixes 15 fours...

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

I still don't understand what Irfan had done? He gave away two 6's against BD and ended a close game in Asia cup.. Vinay is better than Irfan in bowling for sure.. Battingwise, Irfan is good but we need a Irfan who can swing as when he was young.. Why not Irfan try and comeback as his own rather than the team picking him in the way he is now.. I don't see any favoritism or bias in selection.. The best available guys got chance.. As simple as that..

Posted by jay_vkjay on (July 5, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Why no irfan pathan?He is much useful than vinay kumar.Retaining kohli as vice captain is good idea.But without any all rounders,will that make any sense.Why 3 specialist spinners?Dropping Jadeja is expected,coz he is neither a good batsman nor a good bowler.Parwinder Awana should have given a chance as well.Anyway ALL THE BEST to team india......

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

"Sachin is spacing it out very well"'s joke....For what is he spacing out for? 2015 world cup ? doesn't he want to retire now? when we all know India is not a team who can repeat his world cup success consecutively.....and for god's sake give a fair chance to Rahane and Rohit....these guys are getting older now....and there is nothing in near future to play in ODIs just some meaningless bilateral series.....Why o Why he still wants to play? I don't simply understand.....just drop him like Aussies dropped Ricky....just drop him and retirement will follow.....

Posted by on (July 5, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Also whats the big deal with rahul sharma and ashok didnda , i dont think they did anything spectacular recently to merit selection to national team.. and why is so many here so disappointed with dropping pathan brothers ? yusuf in my opinion has always been a overrated cricketer , irfan just dont have the pace and swing that he once had , its good they are dropped

Posted by on (July 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

i guess our 'god of cricket' is back to his usual self now that he got his 100th 100 , if he doesn't have the fitness/motivation/desire to play for India in both formats why don't he just retire from one of them.. he is not helping anyone with this , i have never seen a Ponting or Hussey deciding for themselves when to play for Australia.. playing for India must be a privilege for Sachin , not the other way round.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

OK so according to Dhoni he expects the 5th bowler slot to be filled by rohit, irfan and kholi for the entire series. When will Indians learn to play with a balanced side. they should atleast take a look at Eng, Aus and RSA. Because of the right balance in their squad Eng is at the top currently!

Posted by QingdaoXI on (July 5, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan are the real all-rounder of India. They should play in every One day and T-20 when they are fit.

Posted by muski on (July 5, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Rahul Sharma,Manoj Tiwary, Pragyan Ojha, and Rahane will be passengers on this tour not getting any match. Except for Lord Kallis and Shakib, there is no genuine all rounder in world cricket today. Therefore India need not lose much sleep over this issue. The Pathan brothers and Sir Jadeja have no fire in them left anymore to perform- thanks to the big bucks earned from IPL.

Posted by SatyajitM on (July 5, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

@landl47, Yes your career of being out of any cricket team has truly been extended ;-) Jokes aside, it's partly Sachin's career getting extended (unlike you he has been playing intl cricket for last 23 yrs so an extra break does help) and partly giving chance to another young bloke in this series. I hope (and wish) Yuvi is back to team in another three months time. That will give good balance to the team as he was as good as an all rounder in WC 2011. To be very frank Jadeja and Yusuf are not intl standard palyers in 50 overs format. Irfan is better than these two but still not that good.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

well shocking to see irfan out.. if i can recollect irfan's bowling performances improved in the 2nd half of ipl.. his batting had no issues.. so y is he dropped?? nyc to see d inclusion of ajinkya rahane but will he get a game?? keep 3 spinners when u have a bag of part tym spinners... make sense? when evr u think there will b something new in the selection.. there will be inclusion of injured players.. t20 world cup is coming i think they should have made seperate teams of t20 and 1 day just to check the bench strength..

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Irfab should be there. He is not a very good bowler but as a batsman much better than jadeja, yusuf and manoj tiwary (at number7). He should be handled in a good way like sehwag used him in this IPL. I have never seen Hopes, Kallis, Razaaq, Albie Morkel, Mathews, Thisara Perera, Christian, Bravo, Pollard, Ruseell bowling good in the death overs and power plays. Their captains always used them in between 15-35 overs and sometimes for 2-3 overs in between 10-15 and 40-43. Dhoni used irfan is the power plays and death overs thatsy he didnt perform the way we expected him to. Jadeja has never won a match for India with his batting but Irfan did it lot of times, Infact india lost all the matches in which Jadeja made 30 plus scores. The next world cup is in Australia and Newzealand where you cant ask ur spinners to bowl 20-25 overs in a match. As a bowler, IRFAN is much better than VINAY & PRAVEEN

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Why Pujara is not in the team he played a very good cricket in West Indies tour What about Irfan pathan he also played well with Bat and Ball in almost all games. I think he should deserve a place in Indian team as alrounder

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Even in the indian domestic field ,We can find only one genuine allrounder that is young Baba Aparajith of tamil naadu,he is only 17 not recomending to bring him in the national eleven so early.Pawan Negi is another option so as Jalaj Saxena.HP's Rishi Dhawan is a better option in medium pace allrounder.But i prefer Buvaneswar Kumar he can bat and he can bowl some good reverse swinging overs.I prefer B Kumar should be drafted to the Indian Test team for NZ.Ashok Meeria was a better bowler in his U19 days,but he also not bowling so often.Biplam Samntray is an allrounder i think.But I don't know what type of bowling he does( mf or spin)

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

It seems the selections are clearly prejudiced against Irfan Pathan. Picking Vinay Kumar at the cost of Irfan Pathan is foolish. Irfan is a committed player and a match winner. Even in the chances given to him, he was not utilised properly by Dhoni. Further, Irfan did not disappoint in the limited opportunities given to him. Otherwise, the team selection is OK.

Posted by sachindadadravid on (July 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

I wonder why the selectors are giving chance to vinay kumar. what has he done to the side after so many chances given to him? he has neither pace nor swing. The selectors have this obsession of giving chance to an useless bowler every time. In the past it was ajit agarkar, only after he played 200 odd matches they found he was not worth. atleast agarkar could bowl at a pace of 140+ and he can quickly take the wicket of tail enders. Vinay kumar's average speed is 125kmph and he is not able to swing the ball. And his performance was also not upto the mark in IPL. but he is labelled as a 20-20 specialist. Parwinder awana did a notable performance in IPL 5th edition. He bowls at 140+, swings the ball both way and uses the short ball very well. Vinay kumar's performance in IPL is far below when compared to Parvinder awana. But he is not given a chance. What is wrong with the think tank of the selection team. After Agarkar, Nehra now it is vinay kumar, let us see how long he gets chances

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

This squad is very very strong for a mediocre sri lanka which is getting battered in their own back yard by "un-predictable" pakistanis... Maybe giving chances to rahane n pujara and others like irfan and piyush chwala and mabe some others like uthappa and co would have been much better.. Zak and sehwag should have been rested again.. coz this would mean rahane and manoj tiwary would be left warming the benches and india would unnecessarily waste senior players and leave them with uncalled fatigue.. Also maybe unnecessary selection of rahul sharma as mentioned above may just be a blessing in disguise if given a chance, He may prove to be a trump card for the t20 world cup. Still feel that its a waste of resources and bad rotation of players that has always been the major cause of fatigued indian squad in the second half of the heavy duty indian season...

Posted by Sackz on (July 5, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Why would anyone select Vinay Kumar over Varun Aaron / Parwinder Awana / even Irfan Pathan? Why would Rahul Sharma (disgraced in the name of spinners) be included in 15 man squad? Why is no Pathan in the team? Why Kris is crucifying Indian national cricket to maintain the regional equilibrium? I would have been more impressed if Kris had taken a different view of Sri Lankan tour. Unlikely though. I mean this is the man who lead the team which appointed Duncan Fletcher as Coach of the Indian cricket team. We have learnt never to expect anything particularly wise from you Kris. I mean, we don't need you to select a team like that - any group of average ex-cricketers could have done that. We expected better from you. Much better. <Sigh> Good luck to us nevertheless.

Posted by tosatyen on (July 5, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

I second Fahim... its a good decision.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@landl47: Again it's purely your opinion. This Indian team is still good enough to beat any team on the planet. They only need to get their planning and scheduling proper if they really want to dominate outside India. No team is truly good outside their backyard. England will be beaten in India for sure though a whitewash is unlikely. You see, it's the whitewashing that's most disturbing. But India's future is secure. I say this with utmost conviction and as someone who regularly watches and knows what's happening in India's domestic circles. We have many talented youngsters. Even if Zaheer and Sehwag retire tomorrow, we have the resources to resupply this team. Although I am shocked at Irfan being dropped.

Posted by RRajaD on (July 5, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Come on Yuvi... Without you, indian team s struggling

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 5, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Having bits and piece all rounders will serve no purpose.. England did try with Ealham, Wright, Patel and all others who were not good in one dept particularly but 60% in each and they just gave it up and preferred to Broad, Bresnan and Swann who are good in bowling and no mug in other.. Same with Australia in moving from Harvey, Shane Lee and co.. Let us move on from the Pathan brothers and Jadeja like so called all rounder who are no good in one dept.. Better we can have Raina, Yuvi, Viru, Virat like batsmen who can bowl bits and pieces.. Even Rohit outbowled Rahul in WIA tour.. 4 full bowlers plus the parttimers is enough.. A backup WK is the one missing..

Posted by anver777 on (July 5, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Are Ind all rounders are tired of IPL & taking a break from cricket ??????? wondering why not a single genuine all rounder is not there for SL tour !!!!!!!!!

Posted by landl47 on (July 5, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Sehwag and Zaheer, both 34 in October, are increasingly prone to injuries. Take them out of this India side and it looks pretty ordinary. Gambhir and Dhoni are good players, Kohli is very promising, but after that the cupboard isn't very well stocked. I'm not sure how not playing is extending Sachin's career. I haven't played for 30 years, so I guess my career has been well and truly extended!

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

what about irfan pathan .they must have included in the squad

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (July 5, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Why Rahul Sharma & Vinay Kumar are selected with having similar performance to, in IPLs & last few international ODIs, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar those have been dropped......

Posted by joseyesu on (July 5, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Who are called allrounders? Anyone remembering Jadeja, I.Pathan, Y.Pathan performing for atleast two maches in succession to claim this status. To me I.Pathan once had that ability, but it is in question now. Only SAKIB and KALLIS can claim that status.

Posted by soumyas on (July 5, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

@Gappistan... Sir Jadeja, LOL ....honored by opponent teams for helping them to win?

Posted by hariharan_cricinfo on (July 5, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

In Indian Test Team, No.6 is a problem for last 4-5 years,after Dada's Retirement. But in ODIs, No.7 is a problem for decades. When it is going to solve...??

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

dropping jadeja is a gud decision.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

A major surprise that no all-rounder is there in the India team??? Since when Pathan brothers and Ravindra Jadega became qualified all-rounders? Only Irfan Pathan took few baby steps to become an all-rounder, but he totally lost his bowling. Just becuase they can roll and swing the arms doesn't qualify them as all-rounder.

Posted by srinathphysio on (July 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

who care about all rounders now in indian team. all three irfan, yusuf and jadeja never batted or bowled like a all rounder in any format of game. so no need of all rounder for indian team. yuvraj singh is the best all rounder for indian team. cmon yuvi we are waiting for your comeback

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

What Vinay kumar doing here...nd where is varun aron nd ishant sharma...

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

indian cricket team need not to cherish...the vice-captaincy of virat kohli...he is too poor in handling responsibilities as compared to viru & gauti...keeping the pathan bro' out of the tour is not a good decision of BCCI...they must think again..bcoz it will boost the lack of all-rounders in the team...

Posted by Chetan007 on (July 5, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Why don't the pick Varun Aaron. He needs to get more matches before 2015 WC. We need good fast bowlers and he might be the one. He is very young and needs some experience and played regularly. He can be dangerous with the bowl. We had seen that in Emerging Tournament played in Australia last year. He is more consistent than Umesh Yadav. Please selector give chances to some good bowlers rather than the likes of Vinay Kumar.

Posted by neerajprasher on (July 5, 2012, 3:32 GMT)


Posted by street_smart on (July 5, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Why don't they give a series to Laxmi Ratan Shukla as an all rounder. If he clicks, he can be devastating batsman in his own day. He is also a good medium pace option.

Posted by Meety on (July 5, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Sachin needs to retire permanantly from ODIs. He can wait until the next home series, but after that, he destabilizes the side. He will also ruin his legacy if he is in & out all the time.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

why they always take ravi jadeja out when he play little bad. he always bowled good. he bat bad b/c he bat at no. 7. i hope rahane get to play lot of games, not here and there.

Posted by koksmayu11 on (July 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

@Sanjeev Ganesh Subramanian somebody please teach lesson for real cricket to this sanjeev even kids can say irfan brothers are not in form or should never seen near indian cricket team. and i dont see quality allrounders now these days for india no r.jadeja no yusuf no irfan we need like kallis,watson

Posted by Sano27 on (July 5, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Only surprised with the exclusion of PK.....i dont think the all rounders like Jadeja, Pathan brothers can make any change in the impact of the team.....its better to go a genuine batsman or bowler rather than to pick some one who can bat & ball a bit....the reason is that India lacks a genuine allrounder

Posted by chaitanya1219 on (July 5, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

cheeka watz point in selecting 3 spinners in da squad and no all rounder u must be kidding me wat wrong has irfan done he shud have been retained and where da hell is VARUN AARON but at-least one gud move dropping JADDU apart frm dat selectors made more of blunders

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (July 5, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

I think this 5 ODI series is not very meaningful, a 3 ODI series would have been better. It will good practice for the T20 World Cup though especially for the Indian team. I think the only sticking point is the selection of Vinay Kumar and he hasn't done too poorly to rule him out right away. However, giving a chance to a youngster like Shami Ahmed (with a good all-round performance in the India "A") instead of Vinay Kumar would have been nicer (or Irfan Pathan for that matter). I hope Dhoni handles Dinda, Umesh Yadav and Zaheer well. The first two are fast but could be prone to injuries with a higher workload and the same goes for Zaheer Khan. We have a lot of important series' coming up (T20 World Cup, India v England, India v Australia) in the next 8-9 months and it would be a pity if one of these 3 was injured. I am happy that Sachin opted out. He will be crucial for the test series' against England and Australia.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Who Care About The Indian Team? In Sha ALLAH 5-0 On The Card For Srilanka!! Want To Say One Think That SRT Time Up For You..Please Retire From Intl Cricket!! Young Indians Chances Were Ruined By You.. The Srilankans Ready To Give Another Bad Series For MSD... GO LIONS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 5, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

The team doesn't have any all rounders O_O?? It is Shame that these selectors don't have realized what is importance of all rounder. I suggest them to sit down and watch Kapil Dev's video footage, so they can know how a all rounder can be helpful to a team. These selectors have short term memory like 'Ghajini' i feel. Amarnath sir, Srikanth sir...your 1983 world cup captain was an all rounder. If there would have been no all rounder then it was in wildest dreams that India would have won 1983 world cup. Wake up and change your thinking. Even in 2011 world cup Yuvraj played a role of all rounder. So,'NO all rounders NO 50-50 world cup wins'. Start making players for 2015 world cup...The team for me: Rahane/ Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Manoj, Raina,Dhoni, Ashwin, Rahul, Umesh, Dinda, Vinay/Zaheer, Ojha(12th) Sehwag and Zaheer i kept as optional as these are most unfit players. Let them prove fitness and remove egos and attitude if not it will be shame , and will repeat of England series.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 5, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

@ Nampally....Rightly said, there is no back up for Dhoni for wicket keeping. But i think BCCI had thought of it. If Dhoni gets injured they might send a replacement but for now in this squad there is no another wicket keeper. I was thinking Kohli can do a bit of wicket keeping if needed!?? can he do, i am not sure....i feel i saw him keeping for RCB , but not sure.

Posted by agupta429 on (July 4, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

No pujara?? no Rayudu??? No Tendulkar??.. not interested

Posted by vrn59 on (July 4, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

My IND XI: Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit, Tiwary, Dhoni (c&wk), Raina, Ashwin, Zaheer, Yadav/Vinay/Ojha (2 out of 3). If we win the series, we could rest one of the senior openers and try out Rahane. I wish Aaron was included in the squad; he has great potential. It is not going to be easy without an all-rounder; in times like these, one remembers Yuvraj... I think Rohit can take some bowling responsibility; his bowling was more effective than Rahul Sharma's in the A team tour to WI. Raina is always a decent option, and we've also got Sehwag. I think this could work out well if all four specialist bowlers perform well and bowl their full quota of 10 overs each. This leaves just 10 overs for the part-timers. Otherwise, things could get tough for India. I think we'd be better off chasing in all matches. Our batting looks fantastic though, all the way to No. 8. SL's only advantages are their two all-rounders and Malinga.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

there was afast bowler as varun aaron who showed lots of potentials. suddenly he has disappeared from the cricket areana. however a cricketer may be he should not be allowed to p9ck and choosw as long as he is available to play for the country unless and until hr is unavailable for valid reasons. praveenkumar is a wicket taking bowler under any condition and his droping is a big surprise. an allrounder should be groomed on longtime basis and not in patches. ravinder jadeja should have been selected. no one performed in australia.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

The selectors have gone mad. Why the hell there is no all-rounder & a heck a lot of bowlers. Irfan is the ideal No.7 for India at the moment I guess. All know this well. But I guess since, Dhoni doesn't like Irfan he is dropped.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Blah Blah Non-Sense Utter Non Sense iz Chief Selector gone mad??? Where iz Irfan Pathan he as most impact ful in Down under.......!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Where is Ambati rayudu.(consistent IPL performer)?no all rounder included in the team ???bowling dept looking bit weak.Praveen kumar has had good record on SL.why selectors have excluded him ???

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Where is Ambatti Rayadu? He performed Solidly in the IPL. Why are Andhra Players being mistreated like this? Earlier VVS Laxman's ODI/T20 career was also ruined like this, and now Ambatti Rayadu is sidelined! Anyway, emotions apart, I feel that Ambatti Rayadu is a talented player and must be given a chance to prove himself.

Posted by SachinRao on (July 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

The Good: Out go Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan. Thankfully No R P Singh and no Munaf Patel. Yipeee. The Bad: Aaron,Shami or even Bhuvaneshwar would have been a better bet than Vinay Kumar. I could even digest Irfan. 3 spinners are a waste. The Ugly: Jalaj Saxena should have been the 3rd spinner as he is a all rounder. I think his inclusion would have threatened the inclusion of Ashwin, so he was conveniently not picked. Future: The A team to NZ should feature players like Mandeep, Abu Nechim, Chand (If he is not busy with the under 19 world cup) and those players who missed out like Shami,Jalaj,Ambati and Aaron. I think Ishant might make a return. We need to unearth a big turning spinner somehow. We can try bits and pieces players like Laxmi Ratan or Rajat Bhatia.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

bad selection overall who will bat at no 7.and only three fast bowler no backup doesent make any sense

Posted by AdilKhans on (July 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Good to see Zaheer Khan back in the lineup. I'm suprised by the exclusion of Yusuf Pathan???

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (July 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Where is Ambati Rayudu? He has been a very consistent performer in the IPL for the past 3 seasons. He is much more dangerous batsman than Rohit or Tiwary. I would rather have Rayudu in the World T20 squad than Tiwary any day. Rayudu can anchor the innings at #5, or he can also be used as a floater at #7. Also, why isn't Varun Aaron in the team? He is much better than Vinay. Anyways, my XI with this squad: SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, RAHANE, KOHLI, SHARMA, DHONI (capt&wk), RAINA, ASHWIN, VINAY, ZAHEER, YADAV

Posted by soumyas on (July 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Nice to see Ajinkya Rahane, Pragyan Ojha, and umesh yadav in team. dropping over hyped Jadeja and pathan brothers was the best thing done by Srikanth.

Posted by soumyas on (July 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Nice to see R.jadeja and pathan brothers not included, otherwise it wud have been wasted opportunity for them, they hav got so many chances and failed most of the times, nice to see these fake all rounders are out of team. where as ppl like Vinay kumar are consistantly getting 2-3 wickets in every match. even though vinay is not express bowler he bowls very good line and length and batsmen fall for him by under estimating, ppl who are complaining just look at his recent records, he is a very good team bowler. we need team effort to win the match and vinay fits in team very well.

Posted by Nampally on (July 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Who is the back up Wicket keeper for MS Dhoni? Why wasn't Saha not included? In batting Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Tiwary/Rahane, Dhoni will form the top 7.In bowling India will have to go with 3 Seamers in ZAK, Yadev & Dinda. Either Ojha or Rahul will have to bowl the leg spin.There is a glut of Off spinners in Ashwin, Rohit, Raina & Sehwag . So Dhoni has to decide whether he plays an extra batsman or a spinner. This means Tiwary, Rahane & Raina will have to fight for the #5. Alternately, Ashwin may be dropped to make room for Ojha or Rahul. If India go with 5 specialist batsmen + 5 specialist bowlers, It will have a long tail. In this case all 6 batsmen will have to produce without any excuses!. They cannot play reckless strokes as they did in Australia. Missing all rounders mean that the Selectors did not have faith in the existing all rounders. So part- time bowlers will have to become real bowlers & take wkts. Wil Dhoni go with Dinda or Vinay remains to be seen.

Posted by shameekdas on (July 4, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

its a good thing to give all the youngstars a chance.....but would hav liked to see a irfan pathan in place of vinay kumar and harbhajan in place of rahul sharma/ pragyan ojha....the batting line up looks very formidable though raina's batting form looks a bit of concern.......and as a all- rounder jadeja could hav chipped in but he had plenty of given the form he is in rahane's inclusion makes sense......but with viru, gauti and virat being the sure pick in the top 3....i fear that rahane will only warm the bench unless someone sits out....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Although I am not a supporter of the current selection i think this is the probably the best squad picked because it has vision.All Irfan & Jadeja supporters let us be honest... they are not permanent fixtures when yuvi comes back jadeja will have to make room for him ,he is just a bits and pieces cricketer and can never be a match winner.Irfan with bat can make an impact (not win matches) but with the ball he is impotent .I used to support these 2 players a lot and wanted them in the squad with the thought they will improve one day but that is just our imagination. It is time to invest in players whom we can say will last for a long time.Vinay kumar is the only one who wont make the distance but sadly we have a dearth of seamers and rahul sharma has not even got an opportunity to fail so he cant be dropped

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Why Vinay Kumar again? If they want any kumar in the team let them pick Buvaneswar Kumar he can bat also so insted of PK or VK I prefer BK

Posted by billa_psr on (July 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

No attacking fast bowlers except ZaheerKhan,lack of all rounder.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

pk or irfan should be in squad instead of vinay ..... they more capable than vinay .....

Posted by abhi026 on (July 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

It will be a good idea to have irfan and ashwin at no 7 and 8.That would help india cause of concern about the 5th bowling option.Dhoni himself has admitted the amount of run saved by felding helps batsmen chasing or bowlers defenfending.So why not have a 5 bowlers attack to save run that may leak through part time bowlers.Selectors should have picked Irfan anyway because he is a better bowler than vinay.Again selection of rahul sharma is not understandable.He has not done anything apart from his first few matches.I think the selected team is not selected on the future sceam.It is selected clearly with an eye on the world t20.Overall a good teaa just lacking an allrounder.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Jalaj Saxena was not a bad option He was not bad in the A tour so as B Kumar. Jalaj can replace Rahul sharma who is terribly out of form

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

irfan should b picked for sl can selectors choose a team without any all rounder?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

from the retirement of Legendary kapil india have lag of all of allrounders from the last 10 yrs.why didn't bcci not aware of this..................

Posted by shrastogi on (July 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

This is a good team. But why is Tendulkar being allowed to pick and choose even when he has got his 100s hundred.He is over aged and Indian board not having courage to retire him is not helping the long term balance of the team. How is beating SL in SL is not important enough as playing/beating Aussies in Australia. If you've to be no 1 team you've to beat everyone in their den also. Srikkanth would do well to note that the unfancied Indian ladies have beaten England in couple of one day games in England something their male counterparts couldnt do. So isnt something ladies selectors are doing better? Rahul Sharma is lucky to have got nod despite poor IPL and poor WI tour. Its good that none of so called allrounders have been picked as they had poor IPL. And this old England policy of having bits and pieces players doesnt do any good to the side. The allrounder has to be very good in one department. On slow SL wickets we have plenty of fifth bowling option.

Posted by valayvaidya on (July 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar has given the chance to the young ones. It's really an interesting decision. I adore it. I happy that they have not selected Yusuf. Good Decision again !

Posted by valayvaidya on (July 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

It's a good move. It's good that they are giving the chance to Rahane. Ashok Dinda shouldn't be there. and Irfan had to be there. He could have been taken as an All-Rounder.

Posted by kishdam on (July 4, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

IRFAN SHOULD BE SELECTED IN PLACE OF VINAY..........IRFAN WILL BE MORE USEFUL THAN BINAY.I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY selector are favouring vinay.????????????????????????????????????

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Why there is no Irfan in the squad??? India has a hard hitting pace bowling all rounder and India doesn't care about him, I feel. Team doesn't use him well in batting too. He is a better batsman than even his brother Yusuf. Irfan bats intelligently, not like his brother who likes to hit the ball in air. Irfan played Malinga brilliantly in CB series. Irfan was ordinary, but not bad either. He should have been retained. He is any day better than Jadeja and Yusuf..

Posted by Vilander on (July 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

pls dont bowl Umesh to ground, pretty pretty please. use some other fast bowler like Aaron. Umesh needs to be preserved he is our only test class fast bowler, taking zak as medium pacer.

Posted by Vilander on (July 4, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Good decision except the below.

Irfan in place of Vinay Koomar.

What hapened to Aaron ? still injured ? why not Shami. We need fast bowlers in Aus not pretenders.

Posted by AK_25 on (July 4, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

BTW......Who will win....lets see who get more vote...just for fun...

Posted by anil1956 on (July 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

We had plenty in 1983 like Kapil, Jimmy, Sandeep Patil, Madan Lal, Binny, Shastri, Kirti Azad & Sandhu. They won us World Cup. Now we have 4 over super heroes like Jadeja & Yousuf. Forget about World Cup. Our all rounders of present may win associate world cup. May be they get shocked by Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

seems they tried to choose for IPL not international games :D

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

At present there is no good allrounder in India , So Suresh Raina and R.Aswin are better options as allrounders. They are better than Pathan brothers and R.jadeja.

Posted by howizzat on (July 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

In the subcontinental conditions Jadeja is the best utility bowler.He deserved to be in the team as a spinner alone who can easliy bowl his quota of 10 overs at a decent run rate. His batting should come as bonus.He should have been picked ahead of Rahul Sharma. Irfan too deserved a chance.

Posted by rsurya on (July 4, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Even if Vinay kumar takes 10 wickets in a match, no batsman in the world will fear facing him. He brings confidence for the opponent team. With his action he can't claim him as a specialist bowler. Anyway as like sachin i too skip this series.

Posted by superstar100 on (July 4, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

viru back now we will see some attacking cricket in first 10 overs by indians y vinay is there in that squad

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Aron should had been piked instead of vinay.... and d selection of manoj is very inspiring... hope he gets a chance 2 play dis tym....

Posted by desai88 on (July 4, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Why selector have lot of faith in Vinay kumar...any Schoolteam or even Ranji player can easily play his childish bowling....what about All rounder...!! if Indian team want to win 2015 world cup then they must create & develop All rounder slots and option for further tour ... disappoint with not selecting All rounder like Irfan or even ravindra / Yusuf..rather than selecting "VINAY Kumar" .. ;-(

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

i think shikhar dhawan deserve chance in the squad he played very well in ipl2012 with dc

Posted by vinay21 on (July 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Why they pick Ashok Dinda...?? He ddin't well in West indies tour.That too against 'A' team, he hammered by West indian batsmen.

Posted by m_ilind on (July 4, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Why is Tendulkar not in the team? I mean Arjun Tendulkar, he can replace Irfan, as he is a left hander.

Posted by vinay21 on (July 4, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

I dont know why they are talking so badly about Vinay Kumar.He did well in Aussie's Tour.In fact he is the highest indian wicket taker in IPL Season -2012.Some peoples simply talking bad about him.Before commenting him, check out the records then comment.

Posted by desi-blue on (July 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Great to see Zak back in the side..He is a delight to watch when in full swing..and wait it only gets better...Jadeja is FINALLY dropped..HALLELUJAH!!!

Posted by Min2_cric on (July 4, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

vinay kumar is d worst player in the team...some bad players always keep stucking wid d team..earlier there ws kaif.sreesanth,yusuf p., now vinay..

Posted by rama563 on (July 4, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Good to see three pathan bro's and jadeja are out of the team!!!!! Raina and rohit (sehwag too can bowl) are so far enough to bowl fifth bowler quota!!!! Irfan as third seamer in srilanka is not a good option sooo!!!!! anyway jaddu and big pathan are not as par as rohit in batting point of view!!!!!! so raina n rohit can bowl 5 th bowler quota!!!!!!! Its good to see so called allrounders pathan big and jaddu are out of the team!!!!!!

Posted by Nampally on (July 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

@Abhishek Purohit: I think the Selectors have realised that inclusion of any all rounders means elimination of bowlers. Dhoni will inlude Jadeja at the expense of any specialist spinner or a specialist batsman. So the Selectors played it right. Rohit Sharma & Ashwin will be 2 all rounders. Irfan Pathan is the only capable guy who should have been in at the expense of Vinay kumar. I am surprised at the exclusion of C.Pujara, especially when he led the India A in WI & batted so well- better than Rohit, Tiwary & Rahane - in this squad. Pujara played well in his test debut against Australia. Kohli is not of captaincy calibre - rather uncultured & free with 4 letter words. Hence Pujara would have been optimal vice captain. Kohli is a specialist batsmen & let him focus on his batting. I foresee a bigger problem of the team chemistry based on the evidence of the Australian tour. Hence grooming Pujara for captaincy was a major factor which the Selectors overlooked. Good Luck Indian squad.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (July 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

All those who are backing Irfan, please note that he flopped in the asia cup and was moderate in australia. India lost the matches in asia cup because of irfan and praveen's generous bowling. Enough of Irfan.

Posted by Perera32 on (July 4, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

The Indian Bowling looks absoloutley pathetic, by far the weakest bowling line up in the top 6 ODI teams (Ind,Aus,Eng,Pak,SL,SA). Both Teams have a strong Batting line up, but Sri Lanka have Genuine Allrounders who can win matches by Bowling or batting alone, Mathews, Perera and J Mendis are SL's top allrounders. Im backing Sri lanka in this series and India haven't played much in Hambantota and Pallekele.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

its terrible to see no all-rounder in the side. atleast irfan should have been picked as a bowling allrounder... picking 3 sinners also seems nonsense as india have 2 use raina, rohit and all as parttime sinners... poor selection.. batting seems good but no.7 will make a diffrence... hope batsman score enough 4 the no7(all-rounder)

Posted by FAB_ALI on (July 4, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

no all-rounder, no back-up keeper... and 3 inexperienced fast bowlers.....once again all the pressure is on batsmen......

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

why was yusuf pathan brought in the team in SL in first place? just for one game? it seems he is dropped based on his IPL form. jadeja too is dropped based on his performances in asia cup and australia and IPL. what about irfan? why is he dropped? what plus point vinay kumar has over him? pace, swing, fielding, batting? nothing. it seems the quota system is still prevalent. irfan is the only fast bowling all rounder in the country. he should be treated like an all rounder. not just as a bowler. he did do well in australia with bat and bowl and so did in IPL. removing him on the basis of just one match against bangalesh is not good. give irfan the continuous opportunities which are given to mathews, parera in SL, broad & bresnan in england. remove ashwin. he was a flop in australia and asia cup and IPL too.

Posted by theswami on (July 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

India should go in with a 5-1-5 combination. Openers : Sehwag, Gambhir. Sub: Rahane Middle Order : Kohli, Raina,Sharma. Sub: Tiwary Wk:Dhoni Spinners : Ashwin, Ojha, Sub: Sharma Fast-Bowlers : Khan, Yadav, Dinda Sub: Kumar

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Definately it's nt a ideal selection specially whn sch a long & diff. season s around the corner.Slctrs shud hav gone with Pathan Brthrs as they hav to focus on World T20 which s ahead of this tour,Irfan was necessity fr this team as frm nw onwards team shuld strt preprng fr World-Cup' 2015 wch hav to b playd n OZ & NZ.Taking those conditions in mind Selectors shld try to fnd out bst possible fast bowling resourses with atleast 1 fast bowling allrndr in playing 11 wch INDIA s really stuggling to gt aftr departure of grt Kapil Dev & Manoj Prabhakar,for last decade or so Irfan is only 1 who seems to fill the vacuum.INDIA hav got a lot of spin bowling allrndrs in Yuvraj, Sehwag, Raina, Rohit, Tiwary who seems to b the INDIAN middleorder in lmt. ovr fmt. bt no 1 who cn bowl Pace or Medium Pace with sound batting skills.In current senario evry gud ODI & T20 Side hav Fast bowling allrndrs expt IND.Also 3 Sp. Spniners s cmptly wste f a spot as all can't b utlsd so PATHANS culd hav gt a chace.

Posted by MysticMan on (July 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Perhaps the selectors want to have Ashwin bat at 7 and see if he can stake claim to the all-rounder's spot.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (July 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Cheteshwar Pujara misses out again even though his List A average is over 50.I'd like to see Ajinkya Rahane at 3 instead of opening.Ravindra Jadeja deserves to be dropped,his value is minimal.Manoj Tiwary & Rohit Sharma should be in the middle order with Kohli & Dhoni.Umesh Yadav,Ashok Dinda,Pragyan Ojha & Zaheer Khan are a good attack.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

i think that india need a bowler like Aaron and a allrounder like i pathan or a batsmen like unmukt chand also think india need a good bowler so they can depand on i know they have zahaeer khan and i think that they need a different plan to beat sri lanka and where is munf patel he is a good bowler and this is the team i would choese Shewag Gambhir Rahane Kohli Raina RG Shrama Dhoni Ashwin Zhan Ojha/R Shrama Yadav/Dinda

Posted by kimian on (July 4, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Irfan was given eight games and dropped,but Vinay Kumar plays on and on....Irfan has to be in the team !!!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

If this is the squad of India, then its impossible to win against SL. SL have much more best players then this squad of India. One of the Pathan bros. should have been included in the squad.

Posted by Iyer on (July 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

I don't know y this big hue and cry. We have two allrounders in the team - suresh raina the batting allrounder and ashwin the bowling allrounder.

Posted by harshussey on (July 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

this is the most disgusting team i have ever seen. Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar & Harbhajan Singh definitely deserve a chance. why ojha & vinay kumar its a worst choice. i will be happy if they losse 5-0.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

i dont know why they dropped all rounders. India is the best batting unit in the world. they have players like kohli, raina , sehwag and ghambhir. but all rounders should be the part of team. India must think about that.Now they must skipped their older players from team India. i am Pakistani but very dis appointed after seeing that no all rounder is the part of team. BEST OF LUCK FOR TEAM INDIA

Posted by krishheturi on (July 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

the selectiion committee has believe that raina can fill that place

Posted by tvskishore on (July 4, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

every one just insults ravi jadeja saying that he deserve at the most to be selected in u 13 etc etc but say be rohit sharma from the last 4 years or so has been going on performing poorly but the selectors and even the cricket lovers gone on supporting encouraging him

after given that much chance and that much encouragement he just managed a batting avg of 25 which is such a shame or half of other 7 batsmen in the team. he may have scored few centuries here and there against poor sides like zimbawbwe bangladesh etc but what he did in aus nothing just gone for shopping and etc.

but when the same performance comes from jadeja then the questions will be raised on him and he will knocked out of the indian team but rohit sharma continues to be in the team whether he performs or not and selectors keep on giving reasons that he has done well against avg westindies at home and he is such a talent etc etc

just because jadeja is a low profile player he should be knocked out of team

Posted by spinkingKK on (July 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

In Yousuf Pathan, India has got a BIG hitting batsman. Instead of giving him confidence by not dropping him even if he fails for a few matches, they are just picking and dropping him whenever they pleases. In Irfan, they have a genuine hard hatting medium pacer all-rounder. But, I don't know why he doesn't get enough chances with the bat when he is in the squad(sending him behind Ashwin) and why he gets dropped all the time. Except when Kohli does his magic, I don't think this Indian team can beat SriLanka even with their depleted bowling attack. Indian team will improve when a new selection panel comes into force. I can't just blame Srikanth alone. There are some 4 or 5 guys who are making decisions. Hopefully, Kohli will do his magic consistently and Sehwag might magically rewind his age to two years younger.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Another meaningless ODI series with Lanka...Morever Sachin not playing..Who will watch it?

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

another sequel of ind-sl series....why can't ind play against better opponents like eng,pak,aus....ind thrashed sl in sl many times...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:19 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

We Indians do not know how lucky we are to have Sachin... We are all critiscizing him for no reason. If you want crictiscize anyone critizce the ICC for scheduling a meaning less ODI Series.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

ha...another boring series between India and Sri Lanka didn't these two play already this year in CB Series and Asia Cup? That's Cricket for you :)

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

when we will see rayudu playing for indan team

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 4, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

VINAYKUMAR, RAHULSHARMA, OJHA , all 3 doesnt deserve , they lack class , where is ARON VARUN , in place of the above spinners Vrun COULD HAVE BEEN a better choice i cant under stand why VINAY KUMAR he is not at all an international standard bowler , pathetic in ENG, AUS he should not be playing in final 11 in any of the match if INDIA want to do better in this series, use less bowler .

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Oh wow, another SL series...haven't had a SL-India series since a long long time eh......

Why hasn't Varun Aaron been picked? Good for the IPL but not good for ODI?

Posted by ChouhanG on (July 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

only vinay kumar is the weak part rest of the team looks good but we´ve chance to win this series. best of luck TEAM INDIA.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 4, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

JB633-DREAMING-600-4 but overall & recent stats presents deferent story , right from AUS to DHAAKAA we beat u r team the team whuch coould not defend 300+ in bowlers friedly wicket in AUS , lost in 30 overs should not ta;lk on others bowling , EVEN IN OUR LAST ENCOUNTER IN SL IN 2010 ASIA CUP final we beat u r team so no tall claaims , since u r playing in our home u might have some adventyage lets see .

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Irfan out ! poor move ... wish sachin'd be back soon !!

Posted by veerababa on (July 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Poor on Tendulkar. Wonder when Arjun Tendulkar makes his debut. Sachin is waiting for a new record. Father and Son plays in same match. Worst BCCI

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

I really can't understand why the selectors are so persistent with Vinay Kumar... He is not fit to play international cricket... Irfan pathan is a far better bowler... Although he doesn't have pace, his ability to move the ball both ways, can prove very vital for India... In the IPL, we saw his heroics with the bat as well...Sehwag made full use of Irfan's batting potential by promoting him up the order in the IPL...He can be sent up the order if India needs some quick runs...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

why irfan pathan is dropped ? again vinay kumar has been selected . no wonder he will be thrashed out of the park by sanga , dilshan & chandimal .

Posted by prasad.123456 on (July 4, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

why did not play irfan pathan vinay kumar is waste candidate team india where umesh yadav he is the 100 % beter from the vinay kumar

Posted by suve on (July 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

India's Bowling looks so weak, but the Batting is good. If India win the toss and bat first, this will give Sri Lanka the advantage because it will be easy to chase with india's bowling line up. This is a good chance for Sri lanka to win this series.

Posted by prernap on (July 4, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh definitely deserve a chance. These two can bat well when needed, and Ashwin's performance wasn't exactly exceptional. Good to see Rahane in the squad.. We do not have enough all rounders whereas SL have got Mathews and Perera. Their top order is on fire and bowlers are doing pretty well against Pakistan... I guess we can look forward to an evenly balanced contest here..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Y not UNMUKT CHAND?I want this young gun in INDIA,S team. i think its not too early b coz so many players give chance in 16 17 n 18 years.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Is it not time for Zaheer, to shift his role from a player to a coach? He might make a better bowling coach than some of the foreigners, who had been trying to play that role. At least one thing is certain, he can communicate with our swing bowlers better (example, with Umesh). By the way, spinners never get proper coaching while representing the country. One wayto alleviate the problem, may be to select an ex- national spinner, who have decent coaching skills, as the Manager, who doubles up as the coach for them.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Very happy to see viru back into action.. waiting for one more ODI double..!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

looks like we wil hab to wait 4 sachins 50th 100 a lil longer..but neways a well balanced team..hope we hab a fruitful outcome frm the tour prior to the T20 wrld cup..cheers team in blue!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Why Irfan has been dropped?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

It is essential to have atleast Two bowlers /2 batsmen should be kept in stand-by call.So Irfan,Praveen kumar, Tendulakar,Jadeja were rested is a positive move. Similarly atleast Two more set of players are waiting in the wings.It is essential to groom new set of players slowly and steadily. This is not the best team should be remembered at first and based on this our expectations should be there.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Irfan is 100 million times better than Vinay

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Why Irfan Pathan is not in the squad??? Irfan Pathan deserves the place more than Dinda and Vinay kumar....... Irfan can bat as well as bowl too.. where as dinda and kumar cant... By the way dinda and kumar are not as more good than Irfan have beeen selected.....

Posted by ksgcha on (July 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Moderator...extremely sorry for my previous comments,I published that without noticing the full team...kindly disregard my previous comment and THANKS A LOT TO THE SELECTORS AND CAPTAIN FOR CHOOSING BOTH DINDA AND MANOJ....GREAT WORK

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja left out ... at last some one discovered his real potential. The u-13 team is on the lookout for some to carry their kit bags, may be we can propose this guy there !

Posted by krishheturi on (July 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

where is an allrounder in the squad there is no all rounder if we want a new allrounder then we had bhatia

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

I dont know why praveen kumar was dropped???????

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

where is p kumar? he should be in every team as he can swing the ball around in any condition plus he has been economical in ipl too

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Why Irfan has been dropped?

Posted by ksgcha on (July 4, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

what is the use of selecting Dinda, Manoj (he might be carrying an injury) in the A team and also in the 30 probables of WC (50/20-20) if they do not get a chance to play at the highest level...what more can they do to prove their ability? for the last 2 years these guys have been performing extremely well at domestic level and whenever they have been selected to play for country (though very very few matches of India). may be that they have to leave Bengal to get a chance in the Indian team....very sad...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

This is a killer team. We should have no problem in beating Sri Lanka. But looking at Sri Lanka's recent form vs Pakistan, they aren't going to lose easily. Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela are all in top form. They have excellent all rounders Mathews and Perera. And their bowling is extraordinary; Malinga, Kulasekara and Randiv. India only has Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma as their all rounders. Although India's batting lineup is unbeatable, their bowling needs a bit improvement. This is going to be a great series!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Laxmi Ratan Shukla was the Man of the tournament in India's number one ODI trophy the Vijay Hazare trophy. May I please know why his name was not considered when India is struggling for the allrounder slot?

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Another utterly meaningless ODI series....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

At last, Ravindra Jadeja is dropped.... Phew!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

So, that means we won't have any all rounder this series. Selectors have dropped all the three available all rounder- Yusuf, Irfan and Jadeja. Plus they've dropped a front-line bowler like Praveen Kumar.Amazing work! When will we have the best Indian team playing on the field? Why everytime the best players have to sit out for someone like Dinda or Tiwary who don't even play a couple of matches.What use of them? Just sick of seeing these players sitting in the dressing rooms.

Posted by ssenthil on (July 4, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@Arvin Aghori Sharma . Praveen Kumar was not part of World Cup Winning team, since injury he hasn't bowled well for India in his outings. Form in limited overs cricket has been in decline for PK for the truth

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

could ve been even more better f dinda replaces praveen r varun aaron.....

Posted by Rockin_Sid on (July 4, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Looks like it is the end of the road for one Harbhajan Singh...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Pathan brother axe is no surpirse, but why not Praveen Kumar. He should have been there instead of Vinay Kumar. Maybe he is unfit?

Posted by Rockin_Sid on (July 4, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Sachin is skipping this one so that he can offer his services to the Rajya Sabha, post-IPL...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Good team Select...... Dhoni Rockssss... i will exced for this matches....

Posted by Meety on (July 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

I respect & admire Sachin, but really he has a W/C trophy - he should retire from International 50 & 20 over cricket. There is a good arguement for him to stay on tests & I'd be happy for him to do so. I lost some respect for him when he played out a maiden over to the dangerous Mashraffe in the 35th over the match as he was on the verge of a ton. Retire now matey for m the short forms!

Posted by MURALITHARAN14 on (July 4, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

DADA should be the INDIAN coach.Because INDIA lost against AUSTRALIA and ENGLAND due to poor coaching.BCCI should take some measures to change the coach.If they don't change the coach they will not even win a single trophy and ICC T20 world cup and the future trophies.

Posted by lesley95 on (July 4, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

SRT has once dictated terms to the BCCI and they are using the words "prolonging" and "spacing himself". He should spare us by prolonging our agony

Posted by Haleos on (July 4, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

why can not they look further than Ashwin. He is a good bowler but we need a pool of spinners.

Posted by BCCI007 on (July 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

This SELECTION BASED ON IPL PERFORMANCES might prove a disaster this time also..One question..? Who is the allrounder in the team.. Ashwin...???

:-X :- X

Posted by MURALITHARAN14 on (July 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

DADA should be the INDIAN coach.Because INDIA has already lost against AUSTRALIA and ENGLAND due to poor coaching.BCCI should take some measures to change the coach.If they don't change the coach they will not even win a single trophy and ICC T20 world cup and the future trophies.DADA should be the coach because he is the person who created the sucessful INDIAN team before Dhoni (under his captaincy Dhoni,, Sewag, Zaheer,Harbhajan,Yuvraj, Raina and many other good players where selected by him).He has the leadership qualities.DADA as INDIAN coach + Dhoni's capataincy can regain the the INDIAN team into sucess.INDIA should have a good coach.Why cant it be GANGULY?also INDIA should have a bowling coach.My opinion it may be WAZIM AKRAM, MAGRATH, DONALD or WALSH.For fielding coach they can have RHODES or ROBIN SINGh.INDIAN team should alsolook into their bowling department.The bowlers should be a allrouders like SA.If these things may happen INDIAN team can become powerful than other teams

Posted by NALINWIJ on (July 4, 2012, 12:16 GMT)


Posted by aftabsherwani on (July 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

good & balence team droping both pathan is a grt.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

I hope they play seven batsmen including Rahane ..The fifth bowlers overs wold be divided between Rohit,Raina and Kohli .Only this can this squad make some sense .

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

No Irfan Pathan or Varun Aaron....why did the selectors play Aaron against West Indies and England then ?? Also Irfan Pathan was very good in limited chances he got......Vinay Kumar was hammered in Australia and in IPL...still he is persisted with ..

Posted by dariuscorny on (July 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

why no Varun Aaron?yet another time we see Vinay Kumar.dont know what good he has done to ensure his selection.get rid off him.Varun Aaron is way way superior to Vinay.he will be thrashed.but,its good not to see jadeja in the team.but selection of Vinay kumar in place of Aaron is can you waste a talent like Varun Aaron for V Kumar,just becoz he gave away 62 runs in last ipl match.IPL peformances cannot be taken into account for Team India selection

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Chand, rhe under-19 Indian team captain and talented opening batsman shown great temperament and talent-both with the bat and the ball, as well- should have been considered and encouraged. He almost won the final for India when chasing a huge target against Pakistan u-19 in the recently conclude U-19 tournament. Is it not enough for the selectors to consider him? "catch them young" should be the motto of the selection committee and its present chairman, none other than Mr.Srikkanth.

Posted by Nayan_Bhuyan on (July 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Irfan Pathan was doing well in this year domestic tournament. Also he is the lone fast bowling all-rounder in India. But problem is that the BCCI has not utilise him or his potential well enough & should not give him sufficient chance to deliver like other player.. One don't know why BCCI don't need an allrounder i.e. fast bowling all-rounder.. Because of the negligent like this from the Board, we don't have a proper all-rounder after KAPIL DEV. The Board did not learn from their previous mistakes.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

there is zaheer khan in list

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

PK was definitely out of his magical touch since his comeback and Irafan is not doing anything special to be in the team also, the conditions do not demand one more medium pacer but a spinner. And Vinay is a work horse and he deserves his place at the moment as Aron is injured. ZAK , Umesh, Vinay combination will be good. 3 different variety. And as usual the batting power house is packed even if there is no Sachin or Yuvi.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

i think akshay dareker should have had given a chance........he was in great form in west indies ......he was even better then rahul sharma!

Posted by Prakmca on (July 4, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Finally wise decision by the selection committee to drop Ravindra Jadeja. He don;t deserves place in International team now and in future.

Good Harbajan also not selected.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

i don't understand selectors are ignoring irfan phatan.he is much much better bowler then vinay kumar..n irfan is pretty good batsman ...he can bat down any order...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Suddenly it seems like India lack alrounders...

Posted by jb633 on (July 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Just realised there is no test matches. I think the team that bats second will win the game. To defend a total in sub continent sides need a wicket taking spinner. With both sides packed with batsmen who can play spin in their sleep I see the chasing sides coming out on top. As a one day side I think India are probably better overall, as they have more firepower in their batting line up.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

pathan is a champion, not a fine decision of droping him

Posted by vak1997 on (July 4, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

no all-rounder!! this doesn't make any sense. viru was there to be the vice-capt or gauti for instance. shikar dhawan deserved a chance. he should have been included at the expense of manoj tiwari..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

irfan pathan mastbe need thise time

Posted by jb633 on (July 4, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

How on earth will India ever take wickets. This series will most likely end up a draw. With India's toothless attack the only possible winner of this series will be Sri Lanka. However with the SL attack looking poor also it most likely will be a high scoring draw. Who bets that all the Indian batsmen will be fit and ready for this series. I cannot wait to see India's bowling attack take on Dilshan, Sanga and MJ in their own back yard. I will be backing 600/ 4 type of scores. Come on Lanka

Posted by danishashfaq on (July 4, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

AjitDJ is 10 times better than yohoo :)

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

why Vinay Kumar Again................. someone please tell the selector that he was not great in the IPL as well if you comapre the numbers in IPL for other players. i think Irfan has done a decent job and he shld have been added as a allrounder in the team. instead of that pathetic vinay kumar.

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 4, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Lets be practical.. Sl doesn't need a fast bowling all rounder.. We have Ashwin who is a bowler who can bat, Raina, rohit, Viru the batting all rounders who can always fill in.. Plus, three pacers in Zak, Umesh and Vinay/Dinda.. It is a good team.. Some will surely miss PK or a Irfan.. But a 15 member squad can't carry everyone.. Dinda was the best domestic domestic bowler as well as in the WIA tour.. Vinay is playing ODI regularly and havent done bad to be discarded simply.. Zak and Umesh wont have any reservations.. It is a good squad with no reason to whine..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

If Ravinder Jadeja is dropped for a mixed IPL where he took 12 wickets... How come Ojha makes the squad with 9 wickets as a specialist spinner. Ravinder Jadeja could be the all rounder in the team. Besides he is miles better as fielder.. The indian selectors always get the combination wrong all the time. I hope they use Rahane in all the matches not just a replacement.

Posted by usernames on (July 4, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Pretty good selection overall, although I'd have selected either Shami Ahmed or Varun Aaron in place of Vinay. Vinay has been decent as a containing bowler in ODIs but since the series is anyways meaningless, we should have used it to give someone else a chance (Aaron would have been perfect, specially keeping in mind the T20 world cup to follow where Zaheer, I don't think, would play and Vinay Kumar, et al would be cannon fodder).

I'd love to see Tiwary get a few chances; he's traveled almost half the world with the team now without getting any matches. Ojha is a pretty good selection; he should play ODIs regularly. Pathan also had a case but he wasn't as good with the ball so I think it's fair to let him work on his bowling a tad bit more and then come back.

Overall though, a good team.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

i dont understand why selectors not included irfan,whts wrong with them,irfan has done gud job in CB series in australia and in asia cup he has given runs in the end but picked up wickets and in ipl he scored runs and picked wickets as well,he his good form,he is better bowler than vinay and dinda,these guyz have not utilised their oppurtunties.damn it india will lose these series.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

i m very happy jadeja and harbhajan are not selected but why no irfan pathan he should be there in the team

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

There is no point to drop Irfan Pathan. He was consistent with Bowl n handy with Bat. He is a perfect all rounder for Indian team when you have Zaheer khan n Umesh Yadav as pacers. Seems Indian selectors reserved seats for south indian playeres irrespective of their performance. Why do they carry R Ashvin n Vinay Kumar.

Posted by VJGS on (July 4, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Why do you need an all rounder? Virat Kohli can bowl really well. Don't believe me? Fine then, ask Albie Morkel.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

irfan&praveen are better than dina&vinaykuma............ r

Posted by jmoses on (July 4, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Irfan should have been selected as he's got the swing and variety. Rahul Sharma's selection is surprising, instead they should have gone for Amit Mishra who is a better spinner of the ball and he's got that googly too which is not picked by many batsmen. As always selectors throw some surprises and they can only explain why they selected some players.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 4, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Instead of Rohit Sharma an all rounder would have been a best option; not only here in this tour but also in future prospects thinking in terms of Indian cricket interest. we have enough batters in the team and Rohit sharma doesn't qualify into team just only because he is better hooker than Raina. Rohit is incapable of good fielding, and coming to his batting skills; after giving so many opportunities, he never used them and it was just his attitude has killed his game., and i wonder how Selectors didn't even keep this in Mind. Some funny comments on Jadega here. It was nice to have joking aroung in this comment section but Jadeja is useful; he is number 10 in all rounders in ICC list of all rounders. When selection panel removes all rounders like this than you are not giving confidence for young budding all rounders to get going being all rounder but instead they will go and select batting and bowling. That's a shame.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Praveen Kumar ! Why he is not in this Team ? Everybody knows he is better and experienced bowler than Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar, but if IPL performances are the basic of ODI cricket then its such a lame decision, He deserve a place in this team Undoubtedly. He is kind of bowler who always delivered whenever required and also the Part of WORLD CUP WINNING TEAM. One More thing that IPL performances is not Good criteria for PICKING UP teams for ODI's We have seen various Flop Players who did wonders in IPL but when it comes to Bigger Stage they were all Flop.

Irphan Pathan would have been one another good option as He is an All-rounder. there are other Good Fast bowlers too Varun Aaron, Dhawan Kulkarni, Shami Ahmad, Bhuvnesher Kumar, Kaamran Khan, Pankaj Singh, Suddep Tyagi etc they Must get the Opportunity ! Why Always Vnay Kumar and Dinda, if there is any Rotation Policy then all these guys need a chance to perforn on bigger stage. Good All-rounder is Also missing in this team.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

As usual batting strength is better than the bowling. Would be waiting to see Zaheer and Umesh opening the attack. Jadeja should have been retained for his left arm spin which would be effective in the Srilankan pitches and his batting would be a plus. Would be nice if either Ojha or Rahul could emerge in this tour,get some wickets and pose a threat to the opposition. Would be happy if its Rahul. Legspinners are genuine wicket takers... As of now these two are the weak-link in the bowling department. In batting its an important tour for Rohit and Manoj. Dont think Rahane would be given chances. May be he would get his chance only in difficult pitches... like in England...poor chap...! Again I expect Dhoni's team to dominate the series and they will try to prove themselves as world-champions...!

Posted by gopakumar85 on (July 4, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

well done sachin for not going to sl.its time bcci should nurture some young talent and look for the future sachins. we need more volunteers like this thats why he is the best sports man in the world.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Dropping Irfan Pathan Doesn't make any sense , he is lot better than Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar .He was the Only All Rounder available , his Performance in Australia was ok as compare to Vinay Kumar , Ashok Dinda, I don't know what Quality he has . Waiting for the day when Srikanth will be dropped from BCCI Selection Team

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

I don't rate this 'fast' bowling line up at all. Praveen, with his experience and decent swing should have retained his place. Going with 3 specialist spinners on the other hand seems like a good idea. They are playing to their strengths,which for now at least is in the spin dept. Also, Sachin retire whilst on a high. Don't deteriorate slowly and wait til your're dropped!

Posted by ashutoshs87 on (July 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@Arvin Aghori Sharma: Praveen Kumar never played the World Cup. He was injured. Sreesanth did play. Do you want him in the team by that logic? But, I must agree that IPL is not something which you should use to judge form. Dinda bowled well in India A tour of West Indies and thus deserved a chance. Not sure if it should have been at the expense of Praveen Kumar. He should have replaced Vinay Kumar instead who has been given multiple chances but hasn't been consistent

Posted by bipulkumar on (July 4, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Ravindar Jadeja is good and he should have been there in place of utterly inconsistent Rohit Sharma. Jadeja bats, fields and bowls decently. I have no clue why he receives so much criticism.

Posted by Pinarsh255 on (July 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

none of the bowler is good enough to be a no7 batsman and so most likely india will play 7 batsmen and so the problem of 5th bowler.raina,rohit and viru (not sure) have to bowl 10 overs and if one of the main bowler has an off day then we loose there and there.we cant get way everytime giving 330 and chasing it.this is a unbalanced of the pathan bros should have been at no7

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

They should have picked Ravindra Jadeja instead of ojha!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

In Virender Sewag Out Ravindra Jadeja

Posted by Ntiroshan on (July 4, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

With out Sachin Master Tendulkar there wouldn't see big game against sri lanka He wants to get his 50th odi century and should be give him chance

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

I think this is not match winning team...... becoz no allrounder in team and three spinners included....... selection commitee made one good decision (sachin out)....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Will Rahul Sharma get Chance to pay ................

Posted by cric_fan_sam on (July 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

looks like ashwin might play as an allrounder at #7(they've picked 3 spinners in the squad) unless the team management decides that rohit, raina, virat and viru are good enough bowlers to allow rahane into the XI

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

where's Varun Aaron, team is lacking an allrounder

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Praveen Kumar ! Why he is not in this Team ? Everybody knows he is better and experienced bowler than Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar, but if IPL performances are the basic of ODI cricket then its such a lame decision, He deserve a place in this team Undoubtedly. He is kind of bowler who always delivered whenever required and also the Part of WORLD CUP WINNING TEAM.

One More thing that IPL performances is not Good criteria for PICKING UP teams for ODI's We have seen various Flop Players who did wonders in IPL but when it comes to Bigger Stage they were all Flop.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 4, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Who is going to coach spinners at all for this Indian team. all 3 spinners need effective coaching and there is no more good place than Srilanka where T20 tournament is going to be held in September. Duncan and Dawes can handle batting and speed bowling but i suspect their coaching skills to train Spinners. Any other Indian spinner Bishan singh bedi or Prasanna can train them effectively. BCCI should think on this and this will also India regaining their spin strength.

Posted by Cricket_360 on (July 4, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

So the closest to an All-rounder this team has is Suresh Raina?

Posted by thariquepk on (July 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

dropping irfan doesn't make any sense. He has been a good value addition to the team with his swing bowling and big hitting. Also persisting with Rahul Sharma also not good, since he had a mediocre A Tour where even the part timers out bowled him.

Posted by yoohoo on (July 4, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

@SajidC and @Arnab Banerjee - Selectors thought anybody can bowl nice juicy full tosses at 127kph, they dont need Irfan Pathan to do that! Did you even see the CB series and the Asia Cup? Or have you forgotten all about those series since it has been a few months? Vinay is a million times better bowler than Irfan!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

no all rounder in d squad??? :@

Posted by AjitDJ on (July 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Irfan Pathan is 10 times better than both Dinda and Vinay Kumar.

Posted by joseyesu on (July 4, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Any guesses on sachin's new target on record, it is still puzzling on sachin extending his career. Is he planning for WC15?

Posted by maddinson on (July 4, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Vinay Kumar getting so many opportunities, Don't India have any one better than Sir Vinay?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

iam happy too see Ajinkya Rahane in action

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

sachin need not retire from odis to continue in tests..he is capable of handling both.....he can play odi cricket as long as he wants..but whats the point in playing sl series which will be rediculously boring and un important...he is still capale of contributing in NZ series next year england and aus home series......i dont understand why people go on howl at schins retirement.....its his personal will you all feel when some one force or give a advice to give divorce to ur wife???

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

We want SRT to play both ODI and Test.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 4, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

good team..all the best team India.

Posted by Pa1.1687 on (July 4, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

gud to hear dat sir ravindra jadeja rested....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

They have made a joke of India A bowlers who delivered some brilliant performances. I hope Rahane doesn't disappoint in the sub-continent conditions now!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

instead of ashok dinda praveen kumar or irfan pathan is better for this squad

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

why isnt theree a allrounddddderrrrrr????

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

virat vice catian ha wt's about gowtham

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Why is praveen dropeed? He has been very good and good with new ball! I wouls have been happy if it was praveen instead of vinay!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Why keep persisiting with someone like Vinay kuamr is beyond me? Infact, Irfan Pathan would have been a far more potent option.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

virat kohli as a vice will be nice other than giving thatb to a man ho have no temperment and thank god jadeja is not in team....any how ind-sl tour will be a boring one for sure

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (July 4, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Another boring contest SL v India, which will be followed closely by India V SL. Free centuries for all. People will watch no doubt, what what's at stake?

Posted by Crusader1980 on (July 4, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

What is the point of Sachin continuing in the ODIs...!!! This is ridiculous...up until last year we all supported his decision to keep on playing so that he could have a last crack at the World cup. He achieved the feel of winning the world cup..then why still hanging in the ODIs after that...???? Now he is creating imbalance in the opening slot by his 'pick and choose' attitude to ODIs. Sehwag and Gambhir are our best opening pair but they are not getting a continuous run at the top because Sachin tends to appear every now and then from nowhere...!!! Having him coming in will make Gambhir drop to 3 and our current world class ODI player at 3 Virat Kohli then has to move down to 4...!!! Come on Sachin, we all respect you, worship you for all that you have done for our nation, but please do step aside from ODIs and also in that way you can prolong your test career by an year or so....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

intresting fact is india didnt name an allrounder in the squad... was it a brave decision... Anyway this might be debating point in this series

Posted by SajidC on (July 4, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

What's wrong with I Pathan, he had much better performance in recent matches and team without all rounder...why vinay kumar in team surprise!!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

How come jadeja is dropped , again rohit sharma how many chances

Posted by agam99 on (July 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Jadeja is good riddance but why hell we picked 3 specialist spinners considering the fact we won't play more than 1 spinner in the lineup. Not selecting any specialist all rounder is also baffling. Irfan deserved to be there in that squad

Posted by srikanth457 on (July 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

viru rockss.. virat is the future indian captain... delhi boys rocks

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Virat Kohli will remain vice-captain for the upcoming tour, and the BCCI's chairman of selectors, Kris Srikkanth, said that decision was taken to maintain continuity in leadership. PEOPLE READ THE ARTICLE before commenting ..GOSHHH

Posted by tanzeel.haider on (July 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

missing out the pathan brothers is a mistake.... irfan has proved to be a match winner.... atleast he shud have been selected...

Posted by mugilarasu on (July 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

whats the reasons for dropping all the allrounder at a time? poor selection by srik and co

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Where is Bhajji??? Ashwin didnt do anything exceptional to be retained. Bhajji deserved a chance fr sure!!!

Posted by sunil_sachinsm on (July 4, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

why they select rahul sharma and manoj tiwary,and..both have them had a disatorous ipl???non of them played a single match wining game..instead of them atleast they can select player like irphan and varron atleast their performance is mediocare....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

not playing Irfan pathan is a big mistake by the selectors, the guy was finally getting his confidence and swing back. And from playing 3 all rounders now they want no all rounders. And playing Vinay Kumar as the main strike bowler, only God can save us.

Posted by srikanth457 on (July 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

all the best to the squad...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

There is no allrounder in this squad instead of vinay kumar ifran would have been selected

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@ Babu Naraen Iam the Vice Captain

Posted by Pa1.1687 on (July 4, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

I still can't understand, why selectors r so persistent with vinay kumar?. He hasn't done so well to get such a long run in Indian team, specially when u have options in bowling department. pravin Kumar is far better than him in Sri Lankan condition...Vinay kumar selection is total waste....Irfan pathan had performed better than him in asia cup, in addition he gives better lower order batting option in absence of any genuine all rounder in the team...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

where is irfan pathan. he may not be a excellent player but when utility is considered, irfan adds more value to the team as compare to Vinay Kumar & Manoj Tiwary. In IPL, Irfan as a batsman performed much better than Manoj & in bowling he is as good as vinay. India strength is always its spin bowlers. With irfan pathan, dhoni has the liberty to go with two front line wicket taking spinners in the playing XI. At least in that case dhoni have 3 bowlers who can bowl their full quota of 10 overs without giving so much runs and taking wickets. & ALSO, selectors should have dropped Sehwag who performs once in 10 matches and always get out by playing ridiculous shots. Had sehwag been born in Australia, he would not have played even for Australian domestic teams (due to his irresponsible batting).

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Vice-captain is Virat Kohli. This time, the selectors have not concentrated on an all-rounder, I guess. May be, Rohit Sharma with his good bowling ability showed in the recent tour in WI may be a plus pint.

Posted by Teja_Smart on (July 4, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

One of Irfan and Jadeja must be in team...

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (July 4, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Sachin is still playing ODIs so he can get his 50th ODI ton!! What a selfish player!! He has become bigger than the BCCI!! Other boards selects players, but Sachin selects whether to play or whether not to play himself!! The day he retire will be my best day as an Indian Cricket Fan!! For me it will be bigger than the World Cup win!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Best Indian XI--- 1. Virender Sehwag, 2. Gautam Gambhir, 3. Virat Kohli (vice-capt), 4. Rohit Sharma, 5. Suresh Raina, 6. Ajinkya Rahane, 7. MS Dhoni (capt), 8. R Ashwin, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Zaheer Khan. 11. Rahul Sharma,

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (July 4, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

finally, a decent selection!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

sachin should retire from cricket now....he used 2 be my dream player and idol but not now...after watching him playing in asia cup agnst bangladesh, he seems to me as a school boy reach 100 he risks the whole match...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

I think it's good to see Umesh Yadav in the side along with Ashok Dinda, they have been consistent performers. But I think Praveen Kumar should have been picked over Vinay Kumar. I don't even know what do the selectors like about Vinay to persist with him.

The second problem is Pragyan Ojah. Have you seen him lately? He has put on so much weight and looks so unfit. Why not pick Amit Mishra?

Posted by Pinarsh255 on (July 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

in which terms vinay kumar is better than praveen kumar,pk is the ideal new ball bowler, with 2 new balls he can be a match winner,he is as good as kulasekara

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

is this a place where cant write anything about IPLs?

Posted by mahi77 on (July 4, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Y is kohli still vice captain?Gambhir had an excellent ipl both as player and captain.He should hav been an automatic choice...

Posted by arup_g on (July 4, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Why Sachin doesn't retire from ODI's is beyond me? He has got the 100 hundreds, he has won the World cup, he is the highest run scorer in all time, he is has the highest individual score, so what is he still playing for? Skipping tours makes no sense, and gives a headache to the selection committee when he does return!

My XI for the series would be Sehwag, Rahane Gambhir, Kohli, Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Zaheer, Ashwin, Yadav and Vinay

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Thank God ! SRT is not playing in this tour and few youngsters are getting the chance to play for India.Just for the purpose of commercials SRT wants prolong his career by skipping the tours.Anyway it is good for the youngsters point of view.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

it's ridiculous to compare IPL stats for analysing the national side selection!

Posted by DevilInside on (July 4, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Why is Varun Aaron missing in this list? Is it injury or form? IMO, Varun for ODIs and Umesh fer tests!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Why Varun aaron was not considered?

Posted by Raggie on (July 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Why still Vinay Kumar, atleast Dinda need a fair run in the team, but why Vinay, why not give a go with Shami Ahmed or Awana, coz nowadays IND VS SL bi lateral series are meaning less, ateast give chance to young genuine quick bowlers not some one like Vinay who runs very hard and bowl with the same speed of old Kumble .

Posted by Bruisers on (July 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Pragyan Ojha is an excellent pick. Rahul Sharma's inclusion continues to amaze me. Why not try Bhargav Bhatt or Iqbal Abdulla instead of Rahul? And why was Irfan Pathan dropped?? Who will bat at 7?

Posted by prawn on (July 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Super Flop Series.. Waste of time and energy to watch..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

its nt gud decision to drop irfan???why manoj tiwary finds more chances?

Posted by mahi77 on (July 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Good to see jadeja getting dropped..Where is aaron?y is praveen not selected?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Kohli Vice captain ? Hmm..Seems BCCI has made up its mind that by the time Dhoni retires, Gauti and Viru both will be in their 30s, so its better to nurture Virat under MSD - Captain Cool. I hope Virat learn PATIENCE from Dhoni. Get rid of Vinay Kumar. Praveen Kumar should have been IN. Wonder if he is injured ! Neither Irfan nor Jadeja has been picked, means the same combo of 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers will come into play and that might trouble India again !

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

virat is the vc for this tour

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 4, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Good to see Ravindra Jadeja has been droppedand Pragyan Ojha has been picked up. But it is surprising to Praveen and Irfan both left out.Especially Irfan because there is no all rounder in the team. They could have easily accomadated Irfan at the expense of one batsmen or at the expense of Rahuls Sharma. I do not think Rahul Sharma has done anything special in WI tour of Ind.A team to retain his place in national team.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

why PK is out, still VK is picked.....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

all the best team india!! play like IPL

Posted by azhar89 on (July 4, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Jadeja has been dropped so that means India is going to win this series. Varun Aaron should have made it in place of Vinay Kumar. Also, strange to see Irfan left out.

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 4, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

He is in now :-) Zaheer..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

At last, Ohja comes into the fold and indirectly gives a message to Ashwin has to perform this series to stay in the team. With the good performance of the bat, I was expecting Chateshwar Pujara to be in team at the behest of Rohit Sharma. Pujara had a decent season against W.Indies. Otherwise, the team looks okay to me!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Strange!!!!!Not a single all-rounder in the squad!!!!!!!!!Who is going 2 be the 5th bowler?????

Posted by shahnawazarshad on (July 4, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Rahane shhould be in playing eleven...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Pathan brothers, we will miss both of u.

Posted by avik_straightbat on (July 4, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

It makes no sense ...for sachin to still be eligible for srilanka .....i think he should play a last odi at home...against the the next touring team....and declare his intentions before the match....he has achieved every feat there is in this format ....he should gracefully retire giving chance to a younger talent like manoj tiwari....

On the vice captaincy issue ....virat has potential he shud be nurtured but...gautam deserves to be the vice captain terms of experience ...virat will eventually get his chance ....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

why sachin always skips the tour's. why shouldn't played.wat's the reason. selectors should answer these questions

Posted by Prankyyy on (July 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

And Virat's the vice captain obviously!! He's the future captain of India!

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (July 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

In spite of all my love for Sachin, I'm now fed up of him skipping relatively 'unimportant' tours. I think it's time for BCCI to make a strong statement and not pick him for any of the future ODI tours.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

I am a big fan of Tendulkar ... have always been.... i think we all have grown up watching cricket and for us cricket will never be the same once he retires! But I am really not liking his skipping the non-important tournaments attitude... cos its fine he is old and he gets rest and comes in important tours and scores... but see the flip-side... he is messing with the teams balance, and each and every1's position in the team. cos when he is not there Gambhir gets to open and virat @ 3 and then Yuvi then Sharma... but when he comes in Gambhir has to go down to 3 virat to 4 and every1 has to move... I am sure its not easy on the others to just play accordingly ... he needs to make up his mind ... he has 2-3 years in him... why not play all he can and also help the team??

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@ Babu Naraen : Kohli is the vice captain

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Who ll play no. 7? Guess India will play 5 bowlers with ashwin at 7.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT)


Posted by Teja_Smart on (July 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Irfan must be in team in absence of Ravindra Jadeja. That to he is the best swinger in Sri Lankan pitches...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Ten Sports says it is Gautham and cricinfo says Kohli. Who is the real vice caption for the SL tour.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

whatever the squad, starting XI is same ol' story - Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Tiwari/ Rahane, Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer, Yadav. noticeable omission - no all-rounders! no Jadeja/ Irfan/ Yusuf or even a new guy.

shows lack of talent among domestic ranks. we are invariably being forced to pick-up the squad out of same 15-18 guys over and over again. Instead of picking the aged Zaheer; it was time to pick a new guy.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Virat is the vice captain buddy.....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Why irfan was not picked? India is touring without an all-rounder in the side

Posted by eGVishal on (July 4, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Its strange but I think Varun Aaron should have named along with A. Dinda.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

:( Very sad that bhajji is not present in the touring party and very good that useless fellow R Jadeja is out(kicked out) of the team hopefully for long...:)

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

hahah yeah We are Waiting for you to GIVE a WARM WELCOME!

Posted by icricketing on (July 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

its records time again.......atleast this will keep stats keepers busy

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 4, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Varun Aaron missing in ODI team? I would have preferred him at the expense of one spinner/Vinay.. And, where is Zaheer's name in the squad? As i see now, its not there @ 3.04 PM..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

commom yaar..why vinay...pathan has done better bowling than vinay since the cb series than why take vinay..pathan has done better bow in the ipl as fact vinay was the second or the third worst baller in the can bcci neglct that....such a shame...and then irfan pathan is a kind of batsman who can score 20-30 in any conditions which none of the other ind allrders can do..

Posted by Gappistan on (July 4, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Finally Sir Jadeja is rested

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

dhoni my favourite but why sachin is not included

Posted by raj_ci on (July 4, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

@D. Sharma: If he retires, he wont get ADs and cant be brand Ambassador.. why lose money by declaring retirement !!

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Good that Sachin is rested.. The hunt for next test middle order shouldn't begin in tests.. Let the new guy come and do it in ODI setup and taste the international games.. Let him prove and earn his tes spot.. I would like Sachin to retire from ODI completely and play tests for a couple of years..

Posted by Prankyyy on (July 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Why is BCCI wasting talent of Manoj Tiwari? He had a century in his last match & is busy cooling his heels since that!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Virat is the Vice Captain :)

Posted by SuganthPort on (July 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

We want sachin to play....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

where is an all-rounder? why rahul sharma? rahul sharma is only bowled 4 ovrs in 1st odi & 6 in 2nd odi with INDIA A team and have forgetable ipl, despite ojha & ashwin in the team. Jalaj Saksena is the pick of the westindies tour. He is in tremendous form both bat and ball for INDIA A, MP, Centeral zone, INDIA Blue in last 2 years.

Posted by venki242 on (July 4, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

virat kohli remains vice captain

Posted by DAHSUT on (July 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

why is rahul sharma in the squad instead get a quality leg spinner like amit mishra

Posted by renegademike on (July 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Tendulkr's chasing that 'Golden Duet', i.e 50 centuries in both ODIs n Tests,else he would've retired right after the WC-2011. he's stuck on 49 centuries n needs one more to accomplish the 'Golden duet'. he is playing in the team as a pure batsman, who does not even has any fielding accountability. its true that Indian team will always be a fielder short if n wen he plays.this could have been accomodating had he been scoring in heaps, but even thats not the case. n frankly on form he would struggle to be in the top 6 batsman in the country.but the selectors dont pick him, he selects the tour. Its a shame that some1 has become so much larger then the team,n m afraid even the game(DRS) However i PRESUME that he'll decide to call it off after Eng tour IND this winter,n it'd be fitting that he plays his last game on IND soil, or atleast I'd like to believe so; for watever Tendulkar is a reasonable man n would not want to embarass himself like wat happened with Sanath Jayasuriya

Posted by DilipanMA on (July 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Where is Irfan? What mistake did he do? and what is Vinay Kumar and Tiwary doing in the team?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Why didnt they pick Praveen Kumar?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

I really dont understand this. Why Pathan brothers are being dropped? They are 20-20 specialist and you are going to play T20 world cup next month at the same location. Congrats to Rahene to miking in 15 man squad, He has a bright future ahead.

Posted by gkautish on (July 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

who wii bat @ no.7 tiwary????????he is hopeless couldnt tackle b grade WI attack...should hav picked any o d pathan bro o jaduu

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

No major shocks in terms of selection i believe. MSD's deputy has not been mentioned, what happens if Dhoni is injured and goes out while in the field? Naming deputy should be made mandatory in international cricket!

Posted by Gappistan on (July 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Finally Sir Jadeja is rested

Posted by n_jraman on (July 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

where is irfan pathan in the team............................................................

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Where is Praveen? and why Vinay is still in....?

Posted by sandeepsg2010 on (July 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Sachin has time and energy to play for Mumbai Indians but does not have them when it comes to play for India. Hypocrisy at it's heights !!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

why harbhajan is not selected again??

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

No all rounders in the squad.. Harbhajan should have been picked for Pragyan Ojha..

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

oh my god, Series is going to start in 21 of July, they announced squad on 4 th July...give them some break.....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

SL Cricket Board shall use at least some brains and play at least one ODI in Gall, the main city in South, Noone from population centres Galle, Matara or Ambalangoda will travel to Hambantota for more tthan 150 km to see a oneday match.

Posted by srb_nshu on (July 4, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Good to see Sehwag back in team. Will be good to see him playing after a long duration.

Zaheer also back into the team. The bowling department looks good though.

Posted by joseyesu on (July 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Is this the team 11 Gambir, Sehwag, Rahane, Kohli, R.Sharma,Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Zak, U.Yadav Inda are going for. The rest for sachin was accepted owing to keep him fit till WC, but still after resting for more than 1 month,,,I need to find SACHINS dictionary on what means REST?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

vice captain s VIRAT... they should have taken Shami amhed instead of dinda..... he was in good form in indies .....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Gambhir is the (vc ) of indian team

Posted by veerababa on (July 4, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Mr Sachin has missed the respectful retirement after world cup final. Now he plays the spoil sports. Bad of you

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Why are India going into this tournament without a quality all rounder?? Either Irfan or Jadeja should have been included...

Posted by jpaul211 on (July 4, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Babu Naraen, don't start a fight by asking who is the VC :)

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Why Zaheer is included ? He is already on the other side of his carrer.To prove fitness,he would be playing Ranji trophy matches.Although he is important for upcoming Test series against England,this chance should go to younsters. India will definitely struggle with their 5th bowler option.Without Irafn or Jadeja,it will be interesting to watch how Dhoni use his part timers ?

Posted by Orangeps on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir named vice-captain

Posted by Shrineel on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Where is Varun Aaron? Bring in Varun Aaron instead of Ashok Dinda or Vinay Kumar!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

You have not added zaheer in the squad

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Hi anyone pls stop the tours bet IND and SL. What is this? These 2 teams are playing against each other more than each and every month of a year.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

why dinda included in squad copmare to Irfan patan is good

Posted by ns_krishnan on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Zaheer's name not in the list.

Posted by hunt_ayush on (July 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

where is zaheer khan in the squad...i cant see his name..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Not selected by Board is far different from Skipping......

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

zaheer khan name is missing from the india squad cricinfo..!!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Why the hell is Irfan Pathan left out...??? Wonder what Four Fast bowlers are going to do in Srilanka (spinning conditions), unless one of them can provide extra batting option and also variety in the form of out and right Swing...

Posted by apprakasharun on (July 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Where is Zaheer Khan's name in your list? Zah'error'?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:16 GMT)


Posted by TheCentralGovernment on (July 4, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Rahul Sharma got humiliated in WI A tour. Why is he in the squad ?

Posted by TheReverseDoosra_K on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Finally Jadeja out. I he plays in the T20 WC India has no chance of winning. But if he doesn't India has a good one.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

irfan best allrounder compare to dinda

Posted by india666666 on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

i dont find zaheer here

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

wow wat comedy once again vinay kumar selected....selector plz dont forget..plz select vinay kumar...women cricket, under 19 cricket, under 1 cricket, and blind cricket...he is superb superb choice other player...

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

instead of rahul sharma or pragyan ojha irfan [athan would have been a good choice because there is no variety in pace attack

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Going by the patterns, Sachin will readily skip One day matches played in Asia, but on a tour overseas, he is unwilling to do that. Not sure why he does, but in a way its good. T20 world cup is around the corner and I do not see a point in sending the GOD to SL. Let youngsters get oppurtunity. Since the next 12 months India is not touring abroad, I do not think the master will play ODI's unless he chages his mindset and situation differs.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

how many times are they gonna pick tiwary and not play him on the 11? seriously, rahul sharma and not Irfan/Yusuf?

Posted by Kushalagr007 on (July 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

The headline says Sehwag & Zaheer return but Zaheer's name not featuring in 14 man squad mentioned above, puzzling for me!!!!! Cricinfo what are you doing????

Posted by fan2011 on (July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

they should have put in the under 19 captain.. he was good in the asia cup for 19's. he will be another virat kohli, no point giving rohit sharman so many chances..

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Zaheer included in the team but his name is not listed in India Squad list at the bottom here

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Tendulkar only plays important ODI series's.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Where is Zaheer's name in above mentioned list???

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

hopefully india's younger players like rahane, tiwary, yadav, dinda, and sharma will get more opportunuties to play, especially tiwary and rahane.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

where is ravindra jadeja, irfan pathan.yusuf pathan...absolute shame..these are so far the best all rounders india have and if we are not utilising them then its absolute shame...are these guys ment to play n ipl only....4 fast bowlers in srilanka,,,what the hell...turning tracks and they pick for fast bowlers..irfan and jadeja deserves a place rather in place of a vinay kumar and ojha

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Why no Praveen Kumar for this tour

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

why r they playing rahul sharma n not harbhajan

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

no body is going to watch this series yar sachin is not playing

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

paagal srikanth no yusuf no irfan

Posted by biju666 on (July 4, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Gud Selection BUt Irfan Pathan Should get the nod Ahead of Vinay Kumar means it would be Better Decision...!

Posted by Versatile.Sanjay on (July 4, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Your Heading is "Sehwag and Zaheer return, Tendulkar skips SL tour" but in your given Squad Zaheer name is not mentioned. Is he in In or Out?

Posted by rkraja88 on (July 4, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

I think its better to remove the post of Vice captain in the team which will bridge good relationship in the team....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Where is Zaheer in the list ?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Shocking News: Indian One and only all-rounder Ravinder Jadeja is not pick up for srilanka Tour. This May be a Big loss for MS Dhoni

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar will be skipping the tour.......haha.....he should Skip the ODIs altogether......he just missed his opportunities, he should have retired the next moment we won the world cup. it is just meaningless to retire now, in next year, or in two years times....just meaningless.....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Where is Irfan...... and also Varon Aaraon.......................

Posted by dumBlogic on (July 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

It was an easy guess that SRT would be rested, considering world T20 to follow in a month, in SL.

Posted by boredkumar on (July 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

there is an error its a 15 man squad and you have mentioned Zaheer in the story but not in the squad!!!! zaheer added to the above squad makes it a 15 member squad. Also please confirm if virat kohli has been announced as Vice Captain

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Varun Aaron deserves a place here and even giving Irfan Pathan one more chance is not a bad idea. Ok atleast with this team we must ensure the likes of Rahul Sharma and Ajinke Rahane get a chance.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

happy that virender sehwag is back.ya who is the vice captain

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Expected to see some young guns like Aaron or Ahmed. Disappointed.

Posted by secondopinion on (July 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Rohit Sharma on what basis? And why is one cricketer allowed to decide which tournaments he will play in?

Posted by sachinbkere on (July 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

zak's name is not in the list but the headline says zak returns....wat is true?

Posted by v4vish on (July 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Zaheer has been mentioned in the story but his name is not there in the squad..

Posted by kaushal_raut on (July 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Thank god SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA is not here.

Posted by parth.t on (July 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

where is the all rounder IRFAN PATHAN....???

People say india doesnt produce ALL ROUNDERS...when one of them is trying his best to fill the shoes of an all rounder , BCCI didnt pick him up for the tour...

IRFAN PATHAN was 100 times better than VINAY KUMAR,RAHUL SHARMA,PRAGYAN OJHA in the IPL-2012...

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

When i count players there are already 14 and no Zaheer khan in list of players. Please check and rectify it cricinfo.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

sehwag may be vice captain......

Posted by Kishor_shinde on (July 4, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Where is Zaheer in 14 man squad.......Is it Vinay Kumar or Ojha he replaced.......?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

no yusuf or jadeja....????,y still persist with rahul sarma???? sachin shuld quit if he doesnt intend to play regularly...!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Good that Ravindra Jadeja is not picked. Maybe they should've gone for Irfan as a bowling nall rounder and play 2 spinners in Ashwin and Ojha/Rahul.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Zaheer Khan is in But his name is not mentioned here

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

why is there no Praveen kumar in the squad?? no all-rounder in the squad?

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

wow.... viru back... v ll miss zah which ll be a loss for us for being a side without a experienced bowler... anyhow vinay and umesh may fullfill tat spot.... rohit and tiwary should their chances ..... v ll see the performances soon. guys....

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

So why do the selectors keeps on taking Vinay Kumar ?? Thank god they dropped praveen and irfan who had enough chances .Other wsie its a good selection.

Posted by neerajprasher on (July 4, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Again and Again Rohit Sharma what for.he didnt even do anything on Westindies tour.wake up selectors !!!!

Posted by barjatya on (July 4, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

your headline says zaheer khan has retuned but in the squad there is no mention of zaheer khan

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

whr is zaheer khan.........??

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

why no irfan pathan in the team.......Ridiculous........

Posted by D.Sharma on (July 4, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

Why is Statchin still playing ODIs?! Just retire if you're going to be skipping tours buddy.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

who s vice captain?? virat or gambir or shewag??

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