India in Sri Lanka 2012

Irfan replaces injured Vinay Kumar

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July 13, 2012

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Irfan Pathan, the India allrounder, will join the squad for the Sri Lanka tour after fast bowler Vinay Kumar was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Vinay will be sidelined for three weeks, and will miss the short limited-overs series that starts on July 21.

"Obviously, when I was overlooked initially, I was thinking about what are the areas I needed to work upon and was focussing on my training at the National Cricket Academy," Irfan told PTI.

"I am pretty satisfied with the hours that I have put in at the nets and in the indoor sessions there. After this call-up, the focus will shift to the Lankan series."

Irfan made a comeback to the national squad after almost three years when he was included during West Indies' tour of India in December 2011. Since then, he has played in India's last two ODI series - the Asia Cup in March, where he was preferred over Ravindra Jadeja and the CB series in Australia. He took five wickets, including a four-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, in the three matches during the Asia Cup at an average of 32 and got six wickets in the four he played in Australia. However, neither Irfan nor Jadeja were included in the original squad for the Sri Lanka series, with the emphasis of selections being on specialists rather than allrounders.

"I played 8 ODIs after my comeback and have got 13 wickets. I have scored around 100 runs in the five innings that I have batted. For someone like me, the more I play international matches, the better I will get," he said.

India will play five ODIs and one Twenty20 during the tour which starts with an ODI in Hambantota.

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Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

@ Ramesh Dharshana Perera, I think you are still not recovered from WC final. We Indians understand it and respect your emotion.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

irfan desrves a permanent spot in d team... he is a class player n l defintly reach his potential d mor he plays!! n he much bttr dan jadeja(good fr nthn)... wonder why jadeja is olways preferrd ahead of him

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@akbarbirbal007 U want to make SL players also FLAT PITCH KINGS. No way. It is better to play in SL High School matches rather than RANJI Trophy.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

@Posted by on (July 15 2012, 18:16 PM GMT), Yes I agree with u. It is boring. It is better to watch SL plays NIRIMBA.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 16, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

SL will have an advantage in this FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY series.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 16, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

@Nampally Do not worry. A lot of TOP rank teams (They thing think they r TOP) are getting Whitewashed these days.

Posted by VIJAYBALAN on (July 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

I dont know why your people still behind on uthappa. Murali vijay is much better than uthappa

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (July 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

@ Srilankan fans - Indians maybe flat pitch kings.... but we are always on the srilanka.... even in australia srilanka lost to india .... in bangladesh you guys lost too ... pathetic... i expect india would win this series 3-2 or 4-1 ... srilanka has good chances to win this series if it rains .. .D/L rule .. cunning tricks .. luck... Moreover this series will be boring for indian fans... So many matches played between india and srilanka ... and we are really bored of beating srilanka... The tournament would be India vs Pakistan ... eagerly waiting for that epic war... where real lions and tigers clash unlike toothless srilankan lions..

Posted by Nampally on (July 16, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

Indian Selectors & BCCI explained India's batting failure was responsible for their Whitewash in Australia both in ODI's + in the Test series. If that is the case, what batting changes have been made in the squad selected for the SL Tour? I see apart from Tendulkar opting out, NONE. Gambhir & Sehwag are still the openers. Kohli, Raina, Rohit Sharma the middle order followed by Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin + 3 other bowlers. Tiwary & Rehane have been in the squad for at least 3 squads now, mostly warming the bench along with Rahul Sharma. These 3 may still be doing the same job. There is absolutely no change in the batting selected despite the Selectors explaining the Aussie defeats was due to poor batting. I find this very disturbing. If the batsmen fail replace them with new guys. Otherwise we will have a repeat of reckless batting seen in Australia. At the moment the Weak Indian bowling looks stronger than its batting with ZAK, Yadev, Irfan(?), Ashwin & Ojha(?).Result: Anybody's guess!.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Indians are the flat pitch kings,..Sri Lanka plays well in every conditions these days and we proved it in Australia , Eng and SA...Also SL pitches arent flat and NO team has chased 250 + score in Sri Lanka vs Sri Lanka...But SL playing India is boring..I preffer watching SL vs Nambia rather than them playing boring Indian FLAT pitch kings !

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 15, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

@ G Srikanth Reddy - Funny it was the same sort of predictions many Indian fans made in their tour to England last year but it was totally wrong :)

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@EnglishCricket see your team before pointing for this t20 will know who plays better,......

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

There are only 3 players who can play the role of an allrounder, Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and Iran Pathan. At number 7, you need a batsman who can hit fast bowlers. Jadeja and Yusuf have always struggled against fast bowlers but Irfan can play fast bowlers better than these two. Also next world cup is in Australia where it will b better to have Fast bowling allrounder rather than slow bowling allrounders.

Posted by akbarbirbal007 on (July 15, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Even better they(selectors) should invite SL to play in the ranji and other domestic league matches which they will happily agree. Why have a series in the first place.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Well said

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

After great Kapil Dev,I see Irfan Pathan is best all-rounder but unfortunately,selectors always ignored him.Finally,he got his right.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Well, to be honest Irfan is the currently the most valuable allrounder India has right now. He is excellent with both bat and ball if given opportunity at the initial stages. I mean both with the new ball and the power plays when India batting.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 14, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

hahaha......What is that India's best all-rounder or something?

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Why I think Gambir should replace Dhoni as a captain!

Posted by CaptainKool on (July 14, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Pathan is way better than Vinay any day.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

See , God is with Irfan so Good selection by almighty! Justice prevails!

Posted by Sautrik on (July 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

honestly, dont wanna be mean, but thank god vinay kumar got injured and pathan came back in...a much better choice for the team at this moment

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 14, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

SL Vs IND play every 6 months. CAn we make a name for this series or playing for a trophy something like "FLAT PITCH KING TOPHY"

Posted by VinodGupte on (July 14, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

bishen singh bedi would have been a better choice even at this age. he could have bowled twice as fast.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

@maddy20 have to agree with that comment you made... Pathan better pick anyday and most importantly a genuine all rounder in the indian squad finally!!!

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Irfan is a good bowler of swing, he have to build his speed more.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (July 14, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

That should make Mr.Abhishek Purohit, the quick comment man glad and happy!

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Where is Varron Areon? What happened to Ishant Sharma? How is Praveen Kumar? Great that Umesh Yadav is in the team. They remind me of Roberts, Holding, Garner & Marshall of WI. Areon, Ishant, Umesh can bowl at 140Km/hr. Ifran & Praveen bowls @ 120 to135Km/hr. GREAT Irfan is back which is his last chance for a comeback. I am sure that he will prove both good with both & ball. Yes Vinay Kumar is too a GREAT bowler his pace is like Madan Lal but sad that he(Vinay) is injured. Even though he gives more runs he must complete his 10 Overs at a stretch do not give him the death overs he will definitely flaw. Players get injured due to the shorter version of the game. They must choose the format in they want to play. Aus use to play Bevan for ODIS & Langer for tests.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

@Paras Rishi This time you will not feel tired.. Lankans gonna beat India this time..

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (July 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Our selectors keep going back to past failures in the desparate hope of winning today. Vinay was their first mediocre choice - please, can we stop calling him a "fast bowler", CricInfo?! Now Pathan. SL are a very good team. I don't feel our selectors have got the right team to face up to them.

Posted by proudcricketfan on (July 14, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

good news...pathan is a better option to have in the side than vinay,mainly for his allrounder the moment,he is the best option available,certainly better than jadeja and his own brother,who is ridiculously inconsistent...though i am not a big pathan fan,he is currenly the best of the so called 'allrounders' we have,and it's a big chance for him to prove himself.all the best :)

Posted by sanmaha on (July 14, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

unless irfan increase speed and movement his place in Indian team is uncertain he needs to concerte on his bowling not his batting

Posted by PrasadDeoorkar06 on (July 14, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

I guess this is last chance for Irfan to prove..

Posted by veerakannadiga on (July 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

@abhiyog.ha ha ha ha you guy.very realistic comments. exactly my thoughts.

Posted by kshitijheroes on (July 14, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

@Vilander Have you seen any match in which Umesh yadav has bowled!!! He hardly bowls under 140kmph and has bowled upto 155kmph in australia. And talking of Nuwan kulasekara he hardly goes beyond 135kmph but maintains good line and length with his inswingers and rare out going ones!! Just the problem of maintaining good corridor for indian quickies consistently and they will shatter Srilankan batting order. About Irfan I consider him one of the best allrounders today in cricketing world and he deserves a chance instead of mediocre Vinay kumar.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (July 14, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

OMG!!!!! Not Again...Pathan.Why oh why? Is our stock bare??Could well have selected Siddarth Trivedi or Abhimanyu Mithun.Irfan Pathan has time and again proved he is useless.This is a huge step backward in Indian cricket.

Posted by Biren4u on (July 14, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

..u have any idea tht so many matches between ind n sl have been playing for last 4 years.. cricket is being made more boring...have u ever watched WI-PAK-NZ triangular series? Or IND-RSA-ENG triagular series? Or even BAN-NZ-IRE triangular series?.. Pls cricket is our religion so v want to see gud matches...

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

india will be beaten by the lankans in this tour.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

well this is the right time for irfan to show what he is, he is a fast bowler and can bat at numb seven who has test 100 and 83 in limited overs and he has a capability to swing the ball. and don't forget that he have taken a hat-trick vs pak in 2006.. even if he fails in bowling sehwag , raina ,and rohit can finish his 10 overs quota ,while coming to the batting, he have won a match against sl along with his brother ....... finally all the best irfan......

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Irfan Pathan can't compare with sri lankan allrounders..bcoz sri lnkans has best allrounders in the world now..

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

I am tired of watching Sri Lanka getting beaten by India in the sub-continent every year.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Vinay Kumar would not make it to the C-team of any other country. Picking him at the expense of the likes of Shammi Ahmed, Ashok Dinda or Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who hit 140 K consistently and bowl a tight line is a cruel joke. Why they like this guy more than the aforementioned more capable bowlers is beyond me!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Lol poor Irfan...he got this chance but what's the use? Those pitches in SL are flat, and he will go for plenty of runs, and sit out again for next 4 years.

Posted by Vilander on (July 13, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

I think SL will dominate this series, 5-0 on cards. Indian medium pacers liike umesh yadav ishant bowl 120ks sl kula bowls 140 k swinging yorkers.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 13, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

I am more scared of Pathan's batting than his bowling. I feel that Sri Lanka will smash these Indian bowlers for many runs, but the main problem is containing India's formidable batting lineup

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

irfan is taken as an all rounder. i agree that he can not find a place in the team as a pure bowler. but he is a very good no. 7 batsman and fielder. he has a test hundred and 83 in one day. he has to be considered as the 5th bowler in the team. in the first 4, we can have 2 spinners and 2 fast bowlers. 5th bowler would be irfan. this gives the team ideal balance of 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners. if irfan does not complete his quota of 10 overs, it is fine. we have sehwag, rohit and raina as well. their batting average is in 30s which even irfan has. our 5th bowler has to be: irfan + raina + rohit + sehwag.

Posted by Nayan_Bhuyan on (July 13, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Its a right move from the BCCI.. Irfan deserve a place specially in the limited over version.. He is a great talent but BCCI does not use his talent much.. He should have given enough opportunities like any other player.. He is the lone fast bowling all-rounder in the country right now.. Best of Luck to him..

Posted by MOHDsarfaraz on (July 13, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

now he get the chance what he realy deserve,its by chance but now he'll show us the swings.he is in form in both bating and bowling,plz select him in playing 11 and see magic what he can actually do,after this series inshah Allah he will be in the team for T20 world cup.vinay kumar is good cricketer but irfan is better then him,, jai hind

Posted by Yoker111 on (July 13, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Irfan pathan vs Thisara Perera and Angelo Matthews...Are u serious BCCI.. look for a better allrounder, then compete... PLEASE...

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 13, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

India always beat SL nothing new same will be repeated again

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

I'm not happy to replacing irfan pathan... there are a lot seemers and i ask bcci members that why don't select such a bowler like laxmipathi balaji he is a good seemer and good form.. in last moths pathan didn't form and also done very badly in ipl so i don't understand why they select irfan pathan he didn't diserve it...

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (July 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

This is a good turn of events for India .. India needs an all rounder in the squad and right now Irfan Pathan is the best candidate for it. It would be ideal if he picks up a bit of pace.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

irfan deserve the place in india team..he iz nt a replacement for poor vinay kumar...even vinoy could nt replace irfan phatan...there is no comparison between the two.

Posted by SagirParkar on (July 13, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@monisammy >> i completely agree with you on that point man... i seriously cannot even think/imagine how the BCCI consider Vinay Kumar to be a 'specialist'.. unless his area of specialism was being useless.. that guy does not have the skill or the temperament to be an international bowler.. even his performances in this years IPL were very ordinary and he gave away heaps of runs in critical situations.. the BCCI should really start looking beyond Vinay Kumar as the third seamer in the team.. his batting and fielding are nothing to boast about either.. by comparison, Irfan's performances have been slightly better than Vinay.. and by merit he would have to be considered ahead of Vinay.. the future for Indian bowling does not look good if VK is the selectors' choice..

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

An easy series for Sri Lanka.India don't have bowlers like Ajmal,Gul Afridi and Hafeez.India has a poor attack.Stronger SL batting will blast India for sure though Indian batting is better than Pak.SL likely to win4-1.If not 3-2.

Posted by The_Aeroboy on (July 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

india lacks quality pacers.. both irfan & vinay are too slow to call pacer. they should be called quick spinners as they move the ball with very low speed :P

Posted by fatherofcricket on (July 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

india will win this series 3-2 its sure.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

best of luck irfan.good news 4 irfan

Posted by superstar100 on (July 13, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Indians beat sri lanka in cb series on fast tracks and chase 300+ within 35 overs still you think sri lanka win on flat pitches agn INDIA i think you must check last 10 matches between these two teams SRI LANKA lost in asia cup , world cup and you still think INDIA will loose ....Let's see !!!!

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

If Irfan Pathan is an allrounder then Dareen Sammy is the God of aLLrounders.

Posted by svel on (July 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

oh nooooooo!! even ravi bopara bowls well than irfan pathan... remember asia cup few months back.. irfan bowled all juicy full tosses at the death... dhoni better ignore him from the playing 11...

Posted by monisammy on (July 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT)


Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

@Delom12 R U Day dreaming ? Sl not have a good spin attack after Murali

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Why is it again SL VS IND? SL should have spreaded matches around SL if they need to promote the game. SL T20 competition is played only in 2 grounds but representing 7 provinces. What a Joke?

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

balaji had a good season with ball in ipl and he has swinging the ball far good than others why he is not picken

Posted by Delom12 on (July 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

No matter who comes SriLanka is gonna win the micromax cup 2012

Posted by zuber21886 on (July 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

@Adit Kothari, totally agree you

Posted by cimrsimg on (July 13, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

All the best Irfan. Heaven has blessed you with this chance, make most out of it.

Posted by Rathan-S on (July 13, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

@ abhiyog: LOL. Let's see what happens. Both teams have played enough cricket for the last 5 years between them. still they plan these tournaments. only reason, india's preparation for t20 wc.

Posted by ali_78694 on (July 13, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

I wonder why he was not the first choice in the 15 men squad? Going by his stats ever since his comeback he should have been in the team w/o any second thoughts. Anyway Better Late than Never. Good Luck to Irfan and Team India..!!

Posted by bMike on (July 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

No matter who plays or who gets injured. End result of the ODI series will be 4-1 in favor of SL

Posted by FairPlayZ on (July 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Good move by the selectors. Unfortunately Dhoni will make sure this is his last tour with Indian team. If you want evidence please read the article by Sidhart Monga.

Experts from Article:"That statement needs to be seen in the light that Ravindra Jadeja, the preferred allrounder, struggled to bowl well on seamer-friendly pitches and was clearly out of his depth as a batsman at No. 7. So stubborn was Dhoni with this idea that even when Irfan was eventually picked thanks to injuries to others, he was sent in at No. 9, behind R Ashwin. Sure enough, at No. 9, Irfan hit a six crucial to India coming out with a tie."

When Dhoni sat out a game because of an over-rate ban, stand-in captain Virender Sehwag promoted Irfan to No. 7 where he scored an attractive 47 off 34, only for Dhoni to return and demote him to No. 9 again. It was clear that despite the conditions being in Irfan's favour, India were not going.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

irfan rocksssssssssssssssss

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

@abhi. Haha, who could have guessed it! Vinay Kumar has a fan out there after all. Lol. Time will tell whether Irfan performs or not but Pathan has something Vinay will have; talent and numerous match winning performances under his belt; especially at the T20 2008 World Cup Final. Later.

Posted by vinuuu on (July 13, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@abhiyog. @thebrownie. What are u talking about .. have u ever remembered the pakistan tour who took a hat-trick. Due to injuries and inconsistency he was away from Indian team but he will come back strong and he played a major role in IPlL and last few international matches. Hopefully he will be more permanent from here on in Indian team. He is much far better than Vinay as Irfan can bat and bowl.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Replacement is at least an year younger! Would like to see more players in the early twenties being tried out and groomed for the impending retirement of so many veterans ( hopefully)

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

i am beginning to think these fast bowlers are deliberately getting injured just to get me angry.

Posted by theswami on (July 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Why has L.Balaji been ignored ... because he played too well .... West Zone players get undue advantage ........

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Irfan or No Irfan ! Doesn't matter. To thrash Lanka all we Need is Kohli :), & Malinga at bowler's end :P

Posted by sameer111111 on (July 13, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Replaced a 115km bowler with a 110 one. At least he can bat.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

What concerns me is how even after his decent performances or atleast better ones than the ones in the current squad, he has never been encouraged by given a long spot in the team. He is the best bowling all rounder that the country has and we should exploit his capabilities in the fullest capacity that we can ...but our South Indian board of cricket is more concerned with filling the squad with their respective IPL & Southern teams.....might as well call the team South India What even shocks me is why our media/press never raise these questions to the selecting authority? What are the credentials of Vinay Kumar getting a spot in the squad over Aaron. I am truly unhappy with our selection committee and its time to change them

Posted by rairatank on (July 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

God rectified selector's mistake.

Posted by avisam22 on (July 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

ind shd play 6 batsmen and 5 bwlrs including sehag,gambhir,kohli,dhoni,rohit,raina phatan,ashin,oja,Zahir,umesh/dinda......................

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for team India and for Irfan Pathan. He deserves a longer run, only hope of all rounder in our team. We have to invest time in him. He and Ashwin can fill up the all rounder tag and make our team strong.

Posted by abhiyog on (July 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

India's darren sammy is back, can bat a bit and bowl a bit. Sanga,mahela,dilshan and co will blast irfan out of park like anything,hopefully irfan's carrer will end after this tour and vinay will be back strongly.............

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 13, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Blessing in disguise, now INDIA can go with 5 bowlers as IRFAAN IS A CLASS ALLROUNDER .good sign for INDIA , the blunder by selectors is retified .Vinay kumar is not a international standard bowler , NEHRA , R P are far better OPTIONS than V K .

Posted by Avas_D_Dev on (July 13, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

When selectors earlier opted for choosing only the specialists, then they should have stick to their decision and pick a new fast bowler like rookie Sami Ahmed who had a good tour of West Indies being a part of India A this summer...It's very hard for Pathan to succeed in dry subcontinental pitches in Sri Lanka, as mainly he is a swing bowler...

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Guys, Untill unless we have Dhoni as caption, Vinay kumar and ashwin will not go out from Indian team, even lot of bad perfomance from Vinay, team management is picking him and players like Pathan, Rayudu, Bhaji as sitting in home waiting for the chance which never comes.... Gook luck Irfan....

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Very good decision. I'm very happy :-) Irfan is an all rounder and he has shown time and again that what he can do with the bat. Sehwag had shown trust in his batting in this years IPL. We don't expect all rounders to bowl in death overs, right? Then, why U give ball to Irfan for death overs? I don't see Matthews, Oram, Pollard etc. bowling in death. He is a good batsman too. In this year's CB series, Irfan played Malinga really well. Irfan's only bad luck is Dhoni doesn't want him in the side... Anyways, good luck to Irfan. We'll always support U :-)

Posted by gunnerr4life on (July 13, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

i don't understand why was vinay selected in first place ... I know India doesn't have many good fast bowlers but they can atleast do better than that ... bowlers like , praveen , vinay are not even fast bowlers for me . you should atleast bowl over 85mph to be called a geniune fast bowler ...

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

I think people seem to like Irfan so much is because, he still has a down to earth personality and he plays the game with a lot of passion; which is enjoyable to watch. I hope, he gets selected and performs well. Go India.

Posted by thebrownie on (July 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

One useless bowler, replaced by another one!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan !!!!!!!!!!!!! YaY !!!!!!!

Posted by Hanuman1206 on (July 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Thats good choice however Dinda could have even better selection.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

good news ... hope irfan pathan makes team india proud

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

wow...really great news irfan selected in india team....and really great news and happy news vinaykumar ruled out from india india team is really good.... thank god...

Posted by S.N.Singh on (July 13, 2012, 14:06 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Thank God, Vinay Kumar got injured. Else, Inform dilshan and sangakara will terrorize Him

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Sometimes, team India's selection does not make much sense because it lacks vision for the future. Players who should not be representing team India gets selected on a consistent basis; Jadeja and Vinay. I wonder, who has the final say in regards to team selection; the selectors, board members or the captain! Furthermore, India should be thinking about building a team for the upcoming world cup and also for the test format. They need to select the correct players and build a team with the best available resources. Anyway, it's great to see Irfan back in the fold. Good luck to India and of course Irfan.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Irfan Pathan should be a first choice player.

Posted by Min2_cric on (July 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

thank god vinay is out...if he would hav been d last player available fr my squad, i would prefer nt takin him n playin wid a 10 men team..

Posted by abhi026 on (July 13, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Really a good move but Irfan should have been earlier as first choice over Vinay.I think it's a very good chance for Irfan to show his value.I feel he needs to be given more chances to get the confidence back.He should look to bowl quicker also at around 135 kmph atleast, otherwise there would be no difference between him and vinay.Good luck Irfan!.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

good selection.................irfan boy..........

Posted by Vu1ture on (July 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Vinay is effective in Asian conditions but I would prefer Irfan any day!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Irfan is a good player but can be terrible when under pressure.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

thank goodness vinay is injured indian selectors were about to make a huge mistake not including irfan in the squad

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

that is good news for me because irfan and yousaf pathan my fiveret playres

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

I always enjoyed watching Pathan bowl n bat. He plays the game with a lot of passion, like Freddie. Keep at it mate.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

GOOD NEWS.. thanks for vinay kumar for injuring himself

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

finely he made it, he should have there in team in first place.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

nice choice

Posted by me.nuralam on (July 13, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Good to see irfan pathan in the team. Hoping that, irfan pathan will be always in the team not as a replacement.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

this is some good news to indian cricket odi team,pathan was needlessly dropped fro side.....

Posted by vineesh244 on (July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

glad to see irfan back. we have develop irfan as a good all-rounder and must be given good chances to prove himself.....

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

great news for he can balance his side very well.irfan is the best choise for fas bowling allrounder.dhoni never like to play with 6-5 team.but this will make differnt......

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

way to go..indeed a very good decision,dnt knw why they always hope around vinay kumar,who according to me do not meet international skills(x factor) required by any player to to something extraordinary

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (July 13, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

well feel bad for vinay but from team point of view its very good. irfan should have been picked instead of vinay anyway. he really desreved it and will provide very good balance to the team. there was no any allrounder in the team. one question? IS THAT VINAY REALLY INJURED OR ITS PEOPLE'S REACTION WORKING.....

Posted by Percy_Fender on (July 13, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

This could well be the chance that could change Irfan's life as a cricketer. I have always been an admirer of Pathan even in his U 19 days. He made his debut quite impressively but things went wrong somehow.He lost pace quite dramatically and also his swing which had once made him s big success. He seems to have regained his swing to some extent and also a bit of his pace as well. I feel that as he gets older he should bowl round the wicket and swing the ball both ways pitching off stump. If he builds his accuracy he could be the all rounder we have been waiting for. He is a good batsman and fielder and has the right temperament. He needs to also evolve in cutting the ball.If Philander,Kulasekhara,Pereira,Junaid and Mathews can succeed at a pace of around 130 kph, I see no reason why Irfan cannot do likewise. He has everything a medium pace all rounder needs in terms of cricketing skills.Zaheer should help hi with a bowling strategy that could make Irfan the match winner he is

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

It's difficult to understand, how does a player like Vinay Kumar get selected for team India!! His bowling ability is ordinary and he hasn't displayed anything significant to warrant a consistent place in the Indian side. There should be more deserving players out there, unless team India is short on medium pacers! Good luck on India and also Irfan.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 13, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Nice opportunity for Irfan to cement his place. I hope he will be given fair chance to show his all round capabilities.

Posted by ashutoshsc on (July 13, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

what a great news for indian fans!!!!!!!!!! irfan, certainly deserved a chance.. it was unfair to drop him.. and an injury to vinay kumar made the job easy for the selectors..

Posted by PadamHCL on (July 13, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Great decision, totally surprised whe he got dropped for the Srilanka tour. There was no pure allrounder available earlier in the team, now our team will look more stable and more dynamic. All the best Irfan, we are expecting lot from you, keep perform well and cement your place in Indain team.

Posted by huzrocks on (July 13, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

yipppe!!!!! what a relief....atlast an allrounder in the team...hope he plays all the matches..nd shines

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Excellent news. I hope you take wickets in bunches and also hit some sixes out of the park. All the best.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

This should've been done before. we shd give more chance to irfan as an allrounder. look at westindies,they r giving their allroundes ample opportunity and even promoting them as a captain. yeah i'm talking about the average sammy only.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Good news....pathan is back.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Wow...... India will definitely win the series now...not because Irfan joined the team.its because Vinay is not in the Squad.... anyways Irfans is always better than Vinay Kumar tough

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Oh yes!!!! finally the thunder bolt striker Vinay Kumar is out of the Indian Team so selectors will have to work with only the ultra slow Yadav!!!! Although I feel sorry for his injury and wish him a speedy recovery but still I believe there are others who deserve to be ahead of him while picking up the squad

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

So, fan's wish granted.. Irfan need to be back as a Old Irfan we know.. Wickets with new ball and yorkers at end.. I am not a fan of the current slow ball Irfan.. On current form in terms of bowling, Vinay is better than Irfan.. Batting is Irfan's added advantage.. Anyways, good luck Irfan to cement your place in the team..

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

great!!!!!!!!!!! actually he deserves it after his performance in cb series & ipl

Posted by TheSachinGod on (July 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

All the best Irfan Pathan. You don't get too many opportunities, especially when you're in Team India so please take advantage of this opportunity. You can be one of the greatest fast bowler, if you give your 100 percent.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

What concerns me is how after his decent performances or atleast better ones than the ones in the squad, he has never been encouraged by a spot in the team. He is the best bowling all rounder that the country has and we should exploit his capabilities in the fullest capacity that we can ...but our South Indian board of cricket is more concerned with filling the squad with their respective IPL & Southern teams.....might as well call the team South India

Posted by apurvgupta1 on (July 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Great news! Thank you god!

Posted by Raki99 on (July 13, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

That Made my friday. Irfan Pathan Is far more better bowler and batsman then Vinay Kumar. I Have no idea on what basis vinay kumar gets picked in the team. May be anil Kubble jack.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Brilliant!!! The best new so far

Posted by hayer on (July 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Good move... Don't know what Vinay have done so far apart from Ranji records. Atleast Pathan is a proved cricketer both with bat an ball. Will be very handy for India at no. 7. Good Luck Pathan

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

We keep on picking useless players without any reason.

Posted by agam99 on (July 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Good...sanity prevails at last.

Posted by Robtyson on (July 13, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

I don't think it's a good selection. I think Irfan's career is over. Lets see how he uses this opportunity.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

a big opportunity for the pacer... who is eyeing a possible come back into the Indian team... but he needs to grab the opportunity..needs to focus on his prime role which is bowling.. good luck Irfan...

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Awesome news.. finally Irfan joins the team.. wish you all the very best Irfan.. expecting ur heroics similar to ur earlier days..:)

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

very productive injury for Indian Team

Posted by zapeta on (July 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

God, how many days will BCCI revolve around these so called fast bowlers.. get some quicks from rural areas... there are lot of malinga's in our million villages

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

God is great !! He deserved it .. Selectors denied ... But destiny holds him ...:)

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

There's lots Irfan fans out there. This is an opportunity for him to grab the chance with both hands. He is a good fielder and a decent batsman. His bowling seems good initially and then fades. I hope he finds that good curler/banana he used to bowl in the old days.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Irfan Pathan all the best. You should prove yourself now. All rounder in need for India now so the best chance for you now. Chip in with 2 -3 wickets and 30 odd runs can do you great favor for cementing your place. You should be more of a bowling all rounder. Batting with so much depth, it may not reach till you. God bless you with some fortune and expecting a same Irfan with good fitness.

Posted by Hussain59133 on (July 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

i am so glad to know that vinay kumar is sidelined from sri lanka tour because irfan is 1000 times better than vinay he can perform in all aspects of game (batting, bowling & fielding) & i hope that irfan will continue to play for T20 world cup which is going to be start in september

Posted by Narbavi on (July 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

What?? I thought atleast now Praveen kumar will come in, fine anyways, hope the lankans are thrashed again by us!!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

cool i like irfan more than vinay thanks god..vinay kumar is of no use

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

OMG ! This is like Dream Coming True for me; It's NOT that I'm Irfan's biggest fan but I'm happy that Vinay Kumar is OUT. Good luck Irfu.

Posted by Animesh_Chauhan on (July 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

That's the news i want to listen. I think irfan deserves a place in playing eleven because he can add more value to the team through his batting and perfect for no. 7. he can bat up the order and also bowls his full quota of 10. HE IS RIGHT CHOICE FOR ODIS AND T20S. AS WE NEED A ALLROUNDER IN TEAM INDIA FOR THE UPCOMING WORLD T20, SO HE IS GOOD PROSPECT FOR THAT !

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (July 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

it s good move made by the BCCI .

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

god blees u irfan u r my favorite

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Gr8 chance for Irfan to impress selectors and make his place for World T20 XI.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Selection of Irfan is okay but considering the schedule why Praveen Kumar is not chosen.

Posted by AjitDJ on (July 13, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Wow, this is great news. If he was fit, the very ordinary, military-medium pace Vinay kumar would have been a regular in ALL of the matches for reasons only known to Dhoni.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (July 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Who needs Brett Lee when the world has Irfan Pathan? Only allrounder in Indias squad but Dhoni still won't play him.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Huge Blow to SL And relief for India and indian fans :D

Posted by P.D.DESAI on (July 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Blessing in disguise. Irfan deserves given a longer run. He hasn't got that chance after his comeback. India desperately needs a pace all rounder. He must make it to the playing XI. GOOD LUCK IRFAN. Hope you don't disappoint this time.

Posted by boredkumar on (July 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

will MSD have enough faith to use him as no 7 and forego selecting ajinkya/tiwari only then his inclusion would make sense. He would never be justified as the 2nd seamers.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

its all mockery going around in India team !!!

Posted by caughtatcover on (July 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

He should have been there at first place ahead of Vinay.

Posted by xylo on (July 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Could we please stop calling him an 'allrounder'? An allrounder is someone who is good at bowling and batting, not someone who is bad at bowling and batting.

Posted by Rohan_K on (July 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Atlast one South India quota player is out!!! Hopefully he is not fit of the Test match season too! Certainly not a Test class bowler. Irfan all the best!!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

wow...really great news irfan selected in india team....and really great and happy news vinaykumar ruled in india india team is really good.... thank god

Posted by biju666 on (July 13, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Really a Great News For Indian Team... He(Irfan) Really Deserve a Place In Our Team..

Posted by Kapil_Choudhary on (July 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

While its absolutely awesome that Vinay Kumar is out of the squad (please recover soon Vinay but please stick to Ranji and IPL - international cricket is too high class for you), its ridiculous why Irfan has been picked instead of Praveen Kumar......???

Posted by FrankMeister on (July 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

YES!! HAHA Blessing in disguise!

Posted by karthik666 on (July 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Blessing in disguise though i would have preferred a fast bowler to replace him

Posted by 777aditya on (July 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

hurrah!!!!!!! jumme par acchi khabar sunayi miyan, dil garden garden ho gaya!!!!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Nice decision. Irfan is a better bowler anyday than Vinay and can also bat. His selection will help in filling the spot of an all rounder.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Great replacement ! I hope pathan does good and prove his caliber.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Good Decision :) :).. It had to be taken well ahead..

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