Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Dhoni's dilemma: Rohit or Tiwary?

Manoj Tiwary may just have caught up with Rohit Sharma after staying on his heels for sometime

Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

July 26, 2012

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Manoj Tiwary bats during practice, Bridgetown, June 1, 2012
Manoj Tiwary has only played six ODIs since his debut in early 2008 © WICB

Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary stood at opposite ends in the same net during the practice session. One would bat for three-four deliveries against the fast bowlers, then the two would jog across and the other one would face the next few balls. There was not much to choose between the two. Tiwary walked down the pitch and lofted one over extra cover. Rohit hit the glass panels of the dressing room with a meaty hook. Of course, there was no guessing which of the two looked more elegant. There is also no guessing whom the team management prefers more.

Rohit averages 17.33 in ten ODIs this year. Tiwary hasn't got a game since December 2011 despite being a part of the squad. Will he finally get one soon? MS Dhoni did not reveal much. "That's a difficult choice that as a captain you have to make," Dhoni said after the second ODI. "You always back youngsters but what is important is that in the process you are not coming in the way of somebody else who is sitting on the bench. It is something that we need to decide, make a conscious attempt to [be] honest to yourself and not commit any harm to any other player."

Rohit and Tiwary made their ODI debuts within eight months of each other. Rohit has played 82 games, Tiwary just six. And we still talk about the potential of both men, revealingly in the former's case and correctly in the latter's. No one can deny that Rohit has had several chances to display his potential, and has also shown us some glimpses of what he can do. Tiwary's six games have been spread over five series. No one can deny that Tiwary hasn't had enough opportunities to show us what he can do.

Tiwary made a match-winning hundred in his last ODI, against West Indies in December 2011. He has since travelled to Australia for the CB Series and to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup, and wasn't considered worth a single game for a side that did not make the finals of either tournament.

Rohit, Man of the Series twice against West Indies last year, got an extended run, deservedly, in Australia and Bangladesh. Again, in Sri Lanka, Rohit has been preferred over Tiwary for the first two games. These are his ODI scores so far in 2012 - 21, 10, 33, 15, 0, 4, 68, 5, 0.

In his defence, he has come in very late in some of those games but he has also thrown it away at times. Short and wide deliveries have been cut to point; they have also been slashed to the wicketkeeper. In the first game of the ongoing series in Hambantota, Rohit walked in to bat at 180 for 2 in the 32nd over, lasting eight balls before he was bowled, caught on the crease to one that nipped in. In the second game, there was a bigger opportunity - to rebuild the innings from 33 for 2 - but he chopped one on to his stumps for a duck.

Rohit gives the impression of being at ease and of having time to play his strokes. It is, therefore, annoying he is nowhere near as consistent as the likes of Virat Kohli. The same languid style that is pleasing to the eye appears casual when he gets out. It is understandable why the team management has invested in Rohit, but after a point, even the most talented are to be judged by the scoreboard.

In Australia, Dhoni had indicated giving Rohit as many games as possible, even at the expense of leaving out Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir or Virender Sehwag from the playing eleven. Backing youth comes at a cost, but the price seemed justified in Australia since the three senior top-order batsmen didn't need to play in every game.

But does it seem acceptable now? Is Rohit the young batsman blocking the path of Tiwary the young batsman? That is what the captain and the team management have to decide. Dhoni would only say that he believed in giving players a decent run.

"What I personally believe in is to give a batsman or a bowler a few games before we change him because it gives him an opportunity to prove himself. In the same way, if he is not performing and then the new guy comes in, then you give him a stretch of games so that he is confident that he won't be shuffled in every match. I feel that's a good way to go ahead because it gives you a cushion of the next three or four games [that assures] you are the person who would be playing."

So does that mean Rohit will get another game? Does that mean Tiwary will finally get off the bench? We will have to wait till the third game on Saturday for the answer.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Rohit is a great batsmen with a lot of tallent Gambhir said Rohit was good in the nets against the slower Indian bowlers. He has not played many matches against SL. Tiwary is the same story but he has not played as many matches as Rohit and I think he needs a chance.

Posted by kkone on (July 28, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

As far as the talent & class are concerned...Manoj & Rohit both are up to the mark...if you see the first class and List-A averages of both......the only difference is dat rohit is more experinced at top level in ODIs...but if an experienced player is not in the form and at the same time a talented player is sitting on the bench for so long than he should get a simple as that.....

Posted by Selfishkar on (July 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Rohit be-Sharm-a proves that while class is permanent and form is temporary, he has neither.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

give rohit sharma 200 more matches to prove his caliber.if he cant, give 100 more.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

changes have to be made frequently so that most of the player will get a chance to play. when you choose 15 players i think all 15 players should be treated equally so that all 15 players will get a chance to play in a series. I don't like the idea of resting player for a long time , if a player is not playing well in consecutive 3 matches than we can rest him and give chance to other player, that way all of them will get a chance to play.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

sooo wot about Rahane...?

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

How about Rohit Tiwari? ;)

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 27, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

g.narsimha: I agree, the great Steve Waugh does have nightmares, along with most AUS cricket fans, about that Laxman/Dravid partnership and the subsequent 2-1 loss that eventuated - one of the all-time great Test series - every match was a classic. Unfortunately, you couldn't say there have been any equivalent series in AUS - IND have not won a series in AUS, managed a drawn series - but some of the defeats have been heavy (4-0, 5-0 in early 2000's, etc). However, IND 1-day side DID win their 2nd World Cup, and kudos to them. But, the next World Cup is in AUS/NZ, so you'd best start the preparations now - because if recent pitches are any indication, and I hope they are - we'll see some bowler-friendly ODI's for a change. Kohli can score runs anywhere, you just need the rest of your lads to follow his example. Trust in & develop your bowling stocks.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Ro-hit is No-hit, so please change it with Tiwary and then no worry. Many chances are already lost by young lad,now change is needed for sure. India cant keep on investing on a product which click after a long wait.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (July 27, 2012, 13:29 GMT)


Posted by wolf777 on (July 27, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Drop Rohit Sharma and pick Manoj is that simple.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Dinda, Rahane, and Tiwary instead of Yadav, Rohit, and Ojha - no more discussion on this please!

Posted by Mahen_ggn on (July 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

I feel sorry for Tiwari & Rahane. I don't understand the board's selection policy and the mentality of captain and team management. Look at Dhoni & Gambhi, they r living in hope that one day Rohit will score runs as he is talented and have flamboyance. In this hope, rohit has already been given chances from 2007 (when he made debut) to till date but still hasn't done anything special. On the other hand Gambhi is saying that Tiwari should grab his opportunity whenever he gets. So that means if he gets a game or two he has to grab the opportunity or else he will not get any chance. But for rohit, there are different standards. In cricket u should look at the performance, not the flamboyance or flair. But in India, bcci and captains are suffering from this disease of flamboyance or x-factor. they do not see the performance..

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Indian selection team and management are stupids to have persisted with Rohit for so long. Against better team Nohits average wil be less than 20. case closed bring in Rahane and nurture him the way you did to Nohit Sharma. Rahane will be an asset to the team.

Posted by hulk777 on (July 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

The main purpose of these meaningless ODI series is to try new players/ rotate players so that a good team can be formed for the next world cup or any major tournament. I really dont care who wins the series. JUST ANOTHER SERIES...

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

rohit shud be dropped.even ashwin bats better than him.rahane shud replace rohit in next match.both rohit and manoj are not fit for international games...

Posted by goldenpower on (July 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

why didn't select cheteswar pujara, saurav tiwary. they are young talented middle order batesman?

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.kohli 4. 5. 6.dhoni 7. 8.ashwin 9.i pathan 10. 11. all other places are possible potion may be 4.unmukt chand( as we need technically sound player) 5.need a player who can hit as well as having abilility to stay, raina fullfil only 50% this place 7.jalaz saxena( this place is for good all rounder) 10.awana( consistent and accurate bowler) 11.umesh yadav

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

I think we should consider A T Rayudu for the number 4 position.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

dhoni should go with manoj how many chances we give rohit,

Posted by madras_boy on (July 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Time for Murali Vijay !!!

Posted by SRIKRI on (July 27, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Given 100 chances, there is always a probability that anyone can score big some days. For a national team, every player should be reliable, consistent and deliver when it counts most. Granted there are always bad days now and then, but with Rohit we see to always wait for a good day. That should not be tolerated. As much as I like Dhoni as a captain, there is a side of him that I detest, i.e. favoritism and lack of respect for senior players.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Sharma or Tiwary ?? No contest, man, as far as MSD is concerned. MSD will NEVER play Tiwary, as he has not forgiven/will not forgive him for the 2 boundaries he hit in the IPL 2012 finals last over for KKR to beat CSK. You have on one side a player who made 100+ in his last ODI (Tiwary), and then you have a constant failure Sharma, who has been given innumerable chances. Will someone tell me why Tiwary has not had a game since his 100+ ? There should be a major shake-up in BCCI and the top gun N.Sriniwasan gets booted out, else these things will happen constantly against those players who do not play for CSK.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (July 27, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Rohit = IPL performance. Kohli = National Performance. Tiwary = ? Because Tiwary hasn't been given enough chances to compare his national records against IPL records. He's been a benchwarmer for quite a long time. I also firmly believe that Rahane must be given chances.

Posted by RISHI2016 on (July 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

sometimes its amusing to read the comments posted by us...people become psychiatrists and claim someone like Manoj Tiwari does not have mental come they observe this ? did the commentators followed what a boy from small town has done.. the way he lived in one room set with his parents and came to this level of cricket..must have some talent and the endurance to come up with odds must have some strength of character... if he looks boyish and is calm does not mean he would not have mental strenght... iff this guy had played 50 plus odis and someone would have said it, it wld have ceen different.... besides the ipl team he plays for has enough of stars and whenever he has got oppposrtunity he has played...please dont go for face value as Dravid and Parthiv looked like kids however the way a Parthiv saved a test match in England at the age of 17 showed mental strenght.. please dont post for the sake of psoting

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Its high time to through Rohit out and give Rahane or Manoj. Dhoni please stop playing politics...............

Posted by Jack_Tka on (July 27, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Some people are saying that Indian team cannot play in any pitches. Ironically, the CURRENT WORLD CUP remains with Indian Team. What happened to other teams? Were they daydreaming...

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Rohit is another flat track bully just like any other indian batsman.. in IPL on a flat track against 3 mediocre bowlers per side and with poor fielding standards it is possible, but not against a good opposition like Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

lets try to utilise manoj and lets wait for result....give chance to every 1 yaar

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (July 27, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

I think a lot of the posters here are armchair viewers and have never played cricket or any sport at any serious level. The 2 most important factors in sport at international level are ability mental strength. Rohit's ability is not in question leaving and this leaves mental side of his game. It's Dhoni's responsibility to get the best out all the players and to do this he must understand each and every one of them and treat each of them differently if need be. Only with the right mentoring and a sustained run in the team at a regular spot will we be able to form an opinion on Rohit's potential at this stage of his career. Rohit may well be a late developer. It wasn't until his century in that partnership with VVS at Eden Gardens against the Aussies in 2001 that Rahul Dravid finally stepped out of Tendulkar's shadow and IMO laid the foundations for his remarkable achievements thereafter.

Posted by paps1889 on (July 27, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Though Manoj Tiwary has only 1 century in his LIST A career but he has a higher no of half centuries and a better average than Ajinkya Rahane. Manoj Tiwary should be given a chance.. It was very unfortunate for him after hitting a century not played a single ODI.

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (July 27, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Neither!! Rohit had the best chance of the two to succeed but it is not working out for him. I feel for him, because I don't think he is not trying. Manoj Tiwary may be too inexperienced for #4. I would like to see someone mature, in the #4 slot. We need someone with grit and grind attitude in that spot, one who can rotate strike and not necessarily a big stroke player. Someone with a limited repertoire but solid discipline will also do. Anyone non-flashy ? Rohit has/had the best chance but I can't understand why does he not click when wanted. Reminds me of Kaif.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

rohit has enormous talent and well said by other players aslo sachin ,yuvi,,,bt as i think this series will decide whether he stabilises his position in team or not. Rahane is better talent than tiwari as he shines in overseas condtn in england and tiwari got cenntury in india only .so i think bcci should rethink over rahane and tiwari .

Posted by Suhailmarsh on (July 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Pls give rohit one more chance to prove his ability. He is a talented player. Remember the match winning knock of 23 runs in the last over for dc v/s kkr in 2009. And last over thriller for mi v/s dc in last edition of ipl. He can be a fantastic finisher for India. Neither rahane or tiwari

Posted by paps1889 on (July 27, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Why only manoj tiwary and rohit sharma is discussed.. It is time to rest Zaheer Khan also.. He was not performed well in previous 2 matches.. Dinda should have given a chance.

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

leave Rohit and Tiwary......please accommodate rahane and see what he is capable of

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

STEVEN GRIDLEY- There is a famous saying that those lives in GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES AT OTHERS - yaa our 4-0 thashing in AUS WAS HISTORY NOW but we are afresh on memory of how POMS thrashed u right & left in just concluded odis , more over if we are winning only at home than where did u r team white washed us that too at in u r comfort zone only , i am not sure whether u are fallowing international cricket ,other wise u would not have that arrogant coment stating AUS WILL BEAT US 9 OUT OF 10 TIMES , ask u r great captain STEVE VOUGH which team coused more headaches to u r all conquaring team during u r dominants days aks u r great WARNEE mere sight of a great INDIAN is enough to have nightmares , so my dear our 2 away loses doesnt mean u people say all rubbish on our team , just think of our erlier tours to u r place stats prove that our greats scored heavily in u r place also , before comenting check the stats available on this very sight

Posted by vish57 on (July 27, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Give chance to Rahane and Tiwary; Team can bench Raina and Rohit but won't because we have favoritism every where. While Ifran pathan played both ODI he was not in the original 15, poor Dinda is benched. While Ifran and Ashwin are decent bowler all rounders for DI & T20 but lacks bowling bite, Zaheer looked a pedestrian and Umesh lacked consistency. A bowler's objective should be to take wickets as well to contain flow of runs; Indian bowlers get more wicket on batsmen's error than bowling skills. A bowler should not be credited for a slog shot getting caught in deep field position. Dhoni should realise if he does not change playing XI , he will be changed one day. Four years of Srikanth's term will end now

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

why u all people are asking to include MANOJ TIWARY in place of rohit. In his whole career, Tiwary has scored only 1 list A hundred (from 75 innings). Could any one explain why rahane was dropped from Indian ODI team. Rahane played 11 ODIs so far with 2 half centuries and three 35 plus scores. In INDIA-ENGLAND ODI series played in england, he looked comfortable against those bowlers who troubled indian greats in test matches. In last 5 ODIs rahane played, his average is 35 with one 90 & one 40 plus score

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

rohit sharma is of enormous talent and is class apart from the whole team(only gambhir is at par)(from my observation) but he is not able to convert it on the big occassion. He reminds me of Mark Ramprakash who was superstar at county level but never at international level. Saying this, i feel rohit sharma has had enough of chances and high time we should give players like tiwary a chance too

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 27, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

I had high hopes on Rohit after his IPL century against good bowlers, but of late I think he is too casual. He does not put a price on his wicket. Pujara could do a better job.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

I dont think manoj tiwary has the potential & temperament to replace rohti sharma, rahane could be a better option. Rahane has proved himself by scoring runs in England. In fact he was the only one who looked comfortable against england bowlers (he dominated england bowlers in the T20I). all says that tiwary scored century in the last ODi he played but let me tell al of u tiwary has only one List A hundred under its belt (from 75 innings). he was a big failure in IPL and also in India A tour of west indies. Also, there WILL BE NO PLACE FOR TIWARY, RAHANE and ROHIT once yuvraj comes back to INDIAN TEAM. The only place which is there to be filled is a FAST BOWLING ALL ROUNDER. Considering the next world cup which is to be played in Australia, Irfan (better as compare to yusuf & jadeja against fast bowling) should be a regular in indian ODI. With Irfan u have the liberty to play with 2 specialist spinners. Atleast then you will have 3 bowlers who can complete their quota of 10 overs.

Posted by SurpriseMan on (July 27, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

wel,l what I personally believe in is to give one more chance to rohit to prove himself.he is very good Batsman ans he has showed at many occasions. Let him give a chance.

Posted by abhi_ram1989 on (July 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

India has always had this problem. This country is no way short of talents But we lack in the art of choosing the best one.We have seen many instances tat the true talents are wasted. We cant think out of sachin dravid and ganguly. We are afraid of giving the youngsters the long run. I don really know y a player who has scored a century in his last international match has to wait for 10 months to get a chance. Tat too he is one of the best fielders in the domestic circuit. How long u could persists with Rohit.Hmmm Question to be asked and to be debated.

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 27, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

More than Tiwary, why not Rahane as opener and bring back Gambhir to 3? It would be more settled lineup..

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

it is really sad that ppl are still in dillema.. Rohit might have the talent but he failed miserably...if you remove weak teams like Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh from his record...his average won't even reach 20+. it should not have been a point to discuss. He should be sent home immediately

Posted by hrishi7 on (July 27, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

how do you guys measure talent? everyone is saying Rohit sharma got talent. how did you know that?

Posted by jb633 on (July 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Well done India, time to face the consequence of your beloved IPL. The cupboard is empty and the team is in decline, both batsmen and bowlers. Barring Kholi, all the yougsters coming through look techically flawed. Bowling looks very bare too, don't see Yadav lasting long with his action.

Posted by shrnk on (July 27, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Dhoni's choice would have been automatic had R Jadeja been in the team :-D

Posted by DEV_ME on (July 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

PEOPLE - Before you say that Manoj Tiwary is also No Good - please note that he has more that 4500 runs i 82 innings in First Class Cricket - at an average of 59 ! How can anyone in his right frame of mind say that Manoj is not competent ????

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

Plz its time for Manoj Tiwari to get chance to play.why Rohit sharma getting so much chances and above all he is not performing good as well whereas manoj and other young players should get chance to play,so that the youngster get good experiances playing for their country.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

That number 4 position belongs to yuvaraj and he will come back soon

Posted by K.A.K on (July 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Rohit or Tiwari: How about a coin toss? Both are promising players. India should have a succession plan. they should rest a few players specially looking at the fall busy schedule which now includes playing against Pakistan.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (July 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Please give Rohit some more games so that the opponent wins some more games .. Rohit has been given enough opportunities ... fed up of Rohit Sharma, was only good against the second grade WI/ Zim/NZ teams ... Remove those games and his batting average is just 24 in some 50 innings ... Disaster ..

Posted by anver777 on (July 27, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

A very rare instance that a player who had scored his maiden ODI century in his last match is continuously benched.... we know there's a big competition for a place in the Ind XI but this fellow Manoj certainly deserves a good run in Ind team !!!!!

Posted by baksiayan on (July 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

@ Dravid S u r true bro!!

Posted by cskfangg on (July 27, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Ok enough said, leave rohit and play rahane at # 4. Rahane has the required temperament & technique to play in middle order.India team's top three were good dont change their places , so just replace rohit with rahane. I dont think tiwary can do better than rahane.

Posted by Akeshchamps on (July 27, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

I think h should give Rohit 3rd ODI as last chance, if he fails then Manoj should be given last 2 matches. One thing is annoying for me that ... Don't we really have a single good all rounder in a country where 80% guys play cricket ???

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 27, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Time for Tiwary.. Rohit had enough chances. You do not need 80+ matches to be consistent.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (July 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

In my mind MSD is not the only man to decide among the 3 discussed but the loss demand change if the idea of testing others is true as a policy then M Tiwary should get a chance.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

It just for a while once yuvi comes back he will surely get in before both of these two

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@Ayush. Lol, keep dreaming mate. Australia hammered your ordinary team for 0-4. Your best players not only failed but gave up before the match even started. Australia will beat India 9 out of 10 times any day. lol.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Rohit Sharma will soon enter a bright phase and show what he is capable of. Remember Tendulker did not score a first hundred till he played 79 matches. Rohit Sharma is destined to take over the number 4 slot in Tests from Tendulkar, just wait and watch.

Posted by jimbond on (July 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Not much difference in statistics between the two, First class averages Rohit Slighly more than Manoj. Tiwary is the more uglier of the two and will appear uglier against decent fast international bowlers. My thought is, it is too early to call Rohit Sharma a failure, he has performed well in recent times- esp in WI. If he does fail, it may be better to look at other options such as Rayudu or Rahane, or even Badrinath, all of who are techinally far superior to Tiwary.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (July 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

I have a better option: Play both Tiwary and Sharma.. Dhoni should take rest

Posted by dravid.s on (July 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Boss enoug For ROHIT SHARMA.In world cricket NO.1 lazyset player ROHIT SHARMA.How many chance for him.Give the chance for some other teleted guy's tiwary and rahane.We don't want potensials.The country want who will play for country and who will play consistently for country.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

its time to monoj !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plz select monoj

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

If Dhoni really believes in giving a youngster a fair amont of chances,then why Manoj Tiwary played just 6 games in 2 years,that too one in a series basis.Or he likes to give chances whom he prefers and resting the other even if it doesn't help the team.It's ridiculous the amount of opportunity guys like Rohit,Jadeja is given which they wasted everytime.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

This is a real dilemma,both camps look right.A classical case is Kapugedera for the Lankans.Identified as a future material but 'never' delivered so far.I think should go by Dhoni's gut instinct. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by sumit176 on (July 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@sonya jones...i guess you missed how ur team was whitewashed by england in recent odi series....its high time u should start caring for your fading team instead of venting out your frustration here

Posted by Paritosh712 on (July 27, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

This is not a good deal. Draft Rahane, the consistent performer into the team. Sehwag Rahane can open. Gambhir can come one down.

Posted by DINESHCC on (July 27, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

"These are his ODI scores so far in 2012 - 21, 10, 33, 15, 0, 4, 68, 5, 0". For that 68 he will play another 68 matches.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

There is no dilemma. Manoj Tiwary, no doubt. In any case , giving Tiwary even 50% of the chances, you give to the favorites is long overdue! The same way, giving chances to Dinda is also long overdue. Who, he will replace? Again there is no dilemma. Zac! Am not saying sack the Zac; but "rest", till he makes up his mind and try to become a bowling coach, one who can communicate to all he young pacers coming up. "Communicate", in every sense of the word!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 27, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

I dont understand why manoj tiwary is even in the probables in first place.Not even IPL material. Remember Ganguly's comments about Indias best pacer Ashok dinda prior to Bangladesh match in Asica cup and he was smashed all over the park.He was probably indias best pacer for IPL but not suitable for international matches. Same goes to Manoj Tiwary. I have seen him struggling against quality bowling. Rohit only plays for IPL teams and scores tons now and then against Zim or against SL at home but then fails too often.Some one like rahane/raydu might deserve a call.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Both are not international material as simple as that. Dont know why all fans keep prasing manoj tiwary . Yes he got a century(so did rohit against zim, sl in past) but that was against wayward WI bowling at home. Rohit is good in IPL but tiwary isnt even good for IPL. Please dont bring any regional discussions here. We just need best 11 to win for INDIA.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

SteveGridley : And they still won the world cup, while Eng has lost 5 tests this year on low, slow pitches, the Oz have lost to the English 4-0, SA are consistent chokers, Pakistan are back to their losing ways, and SL only recently won their first test series since Murali's retirement. Soooooo, i reckon you support WI/NZ/Bangladesh? Not BD. They play worse than a local team.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Now we have had enough. Rohit is a class player no doubt. But he has not done justice with it. Dhoni should give him a dead-line that he has say 4 matches (rest of the 3 ODIs + 1 t20), if your perform GOOD. If not then you will be kicked out of team until you perform exceptionally well in domestic Cricket. Rahane and Tiwary are good options to replace him, they both have performed well, they deserve a chance. (Although my heart says Rohit is better than even Kohli - I know many members would bash me for this comment but ... ); don't know why Rohit has stopped scoring runs. :(

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

No Rohihit No Tiwary only Ajinkya Rahanae

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Rohit is the best batsman of Indian squad.However he is unlucky and going through a very bad patch. He should tried as an Opener and like inzamam of Pakistan,he picks the length of the ball early and perhaps have more time to Play his strokes. Nobody can come closer to rohit in terms of elegance and class. As a Sri Lankan fan i admire Rohit and dropping him would be sad.

Posted by joseyesu on (July 27, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Rohit might be talented when compare to Tiwary, and to my opinion it is fair to rotate players rather to demotivate them.

Posted by Tornado1 on (July 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

@steve they can only play on roads build in india:) i guess the worst thing one can imagine is to watch even an ODI in indian pitches, forget about test matches. Two double centuries, and i'm sure every indian player even the likes of substandard rainas will get a double century soon...they are simply pathetic batters, just good backing from media, bcci and icc :)

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

How can u say Rohit is a very talented palyer when he is consistently inconsistent in the indian team.He has got enoug chances ,but he could not proove himself.Please dont judge a player with his batting style.Manoj tiwary is far better than Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 27, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Cant play on low, slow pitches... cant play on green wickets in eng, cant play on bouncy wickets in Oz, where can these guys play?? On pitches like a road?? so it doesn't matter who gets selected.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

rohit seems to only interested in playing ipl....he should learn from kohli....that saud i dont think india should give him another chance....time for tiwari

Posted by Dev9212 on (July 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

People still talking about giving chances to Rohit Sharma how ridiculous.

Posted by kitten on (July 27, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

I think it is about time that Tiwari is given his just due, and given a game. We can't keep giving Rohit game after game, and he is totally out of touch. This is not a charity series. It is frustrating to watch him bat, when you know he is going to get out in the first few minutes, and India will have lost some of their advantage. Tiwari, once selected should also be given an extended run, like Rohit was, and I feel sure he will perform much better than Rohit has. Common guys, give him a break, soon.

Posted by ramesh.theena on (July 27, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Why rehane is not included in 11s. He is best opener and compare with rohit/tiwary, he is a best batsman. If Rehane will add, our team will be more strong in batting lineup.. Rohit is waste fellow... Gamber also playing in good at 3rd...

Posted by sshailesh on (July 27, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I think if Rohit is not performing consistently then we have to give chance to Tiwary for remaining games, we have much better batsman than Rohit and Tiwari for No 4 slot Ambati Raydu have ability to bat on this slot and had good domestic session and IPL, I think selector should think about Raydu in future, anyway YUVI WILL BE BACK SOON SO NO WORRY…!!

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

Give Rohit one more go and if he cant perform then it will be definitely Tiwary or Rahanae ...

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

It is very fair to play Rohit Sharma even if he does not perform. He is very talented player, everyone praises his talent. The problem is with Rohit. He does not think he is good enough for international cricket. He considers himself to be a great IPL Player. That is the reason he plays so good in IPL and never flourished in International Cricket. Take Virat Kohli for Example, he came into International cricket after Rohit and he is now the Vice Captain of Indian Cricket Team. So, the main thing here is Attitude. And Rohit does not has that attitude to play at International Level, Dhoni can give him 1000 chances but he will never get his hand on experience. He will always be a Rookie/a Fresher/Youngster. He definitely is blocking other talented players getting into the team.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

aJINKYA rAHANE!!!!!!!!!!! please select him..

Posted by mrcool on (July 27, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I will Rather prefer Robin uthappa...This guy always performs in challenger trophy and vijay hazare trophy in 50 over format but he has been consistently ignored by srikkanth and company..Uthappa is more suitable as odi player compared to t20.

Posted by neerajprasher on (July 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

MR.DHONI still thinking who is goin to play rohit or tiwary.if u cant decide that u sit for the last 3 games let rohit play tiwary in for u.dont need Rohit please.

Posted by fastrack10 on (July 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

no doubt of the fact is rohit looks fantastic when in flow, but the issue is it has been long n far the end of the day its about scoring meaningfull runs that helps ur team win, no matter how much talent one has or how beautiful he looks at the crese its equals to nothing if one cant show numbers.its time for tiwary,infact he is over due for sometime now.almost for the last year or so he is roaming around with the team doing nothing, not even getting enough net practise, this way he will loose the touch n confidence.eigther play him in the team or send him back so that he can score n maintain his self belif n confidence.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (July 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

enough is enough..Rohit Sharma is highly talented and in the opinion of no less a person than Shane Warne, Rohit is the best among all the young talent available in the country.But there comes a time when one has to have a peek at the scorecard too.Based on recent form, Tiwary should replace Rohit. RS on his part has to go and play for some county(if selected) to fine tune his game as there is no point in playing Indian domestic cricket where he obviously scores heavily.

Posted by USKamti on (July 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Rohit get chance more then his potential. BCCI or Dhoni should give chance to Tiwary & Rahane as early as possibble. Minimum half chance in comparison of Rohit.

Posted by Udendra on (July 27, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

all these players like Rahane, Tiwary, etc are over-hyped and suits only the IPL. they are useless in international matches.

Posted by DEV_ME on (July 27, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

@jezzastyles : Totally agree with you. Rohit has to play out a complete season with his domestic team and for him, the criteria should be CONSISTENT runs, Rohit is in a habit of making one mamoth score 4-5 blips and again a big score. There are many who have claimed that the talented Rohit Sharma is good only for IPL - Is He Really Good in IPL ??? Consider this of the previous seasons Highest Run Scorers: 2012 - Ranked 9th with 6 Indians above him 2011 - Ranked 17th with 10 Indians above him 2010 - Ranked 9th with 5 Indians above him 2009 - Ranked 10th with 2 Indians above him 2008 - Ranked 11th with 5 Indians above him Infact Dravid has bettered Rohits scores in IPL, two times and closely following him two times. So how does that make Rohit good for IPL or Talented? He is consistently mediocre - flattering to deceive. Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Shastri try and impress on all that Rohit is talented; Mind you - Manjrekar, Gavaskar (the technically correct batsman) - never call him that

Posted by ashimseye on (July 27, 2012, 4:37 GMT)


Posted by senthil25 on (July 27, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Hello to Every Body.............Rohit is very talented...but currently he is out of the same time he is in big pressure to prove himself to be in Playing 11. this is the time to think dhoni......give a chance to Tiwary.....and give rest to rohit to regain his confidence......... I wish In future..........Tiwary , Rohit & Rahane should play in Playing 11............All the best for both teams for next Match.........

Posted by sony_sr on (July 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

No doubt that rohit is a talented player. but talent without performance is a waste. 82 games and an avg of 32.22 is below par. Especially in india where avg 40-45 are considered average. Time to move on I think. Time to give more chances to tiwary/rahane.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

My question is why are they not considering Rahane? He is an amazing player and has been seen in top form in the recent past!

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

82 games played Rohit, but stil he isl learning. unacceptable. He looks lazy and inconsistent. Give chances to other yongsters rahena or Tiwary. give them atleast 10 games, we dont ask to give chances for 82 Games.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

My choice is Rahane, he had a better IPL than Tiwary Rohit or Tiwary? = Tiwary Rohit or Rahene? = Rahene Rahene or Tiwary? = Rahene

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

It won't matter because Indian players can only perform on road like pitches at home. That's why, they were beaten comprehensively by Australia in the last tour. lol. Average team with average players.

Posted by mansau124 on (July 27, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

I agree with Mayank125.. Ajinkya, Sehwag, Gautam, Virat, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Yadav / Ashok, Ojha / Rahul.

Posted by timohyj on (July 27, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

i am so tired of Rohit. After every failure people say he is the most talented batsman in India and they even say he is more talented than Kohli. However, Kohli has temperament and Rohit doesn't. Rohit often plays shots early in his innings that he doesn't need to. Kohli on the other hand is careful at the start and just puts the bad balls away. And so many times for india and in the IPL rohit will be playing really well in a chase and it looks like he would lead his team to victory, but he throws his wicket away and cannot stay to finish it. Kohli is very good at batting in a chase and almost always stays until the result is pretty much confirmed. His innings in Hobart against Sri Lanka and against Pakistan in the Asia Cup are maybe two of the best innings ever in a chase

Posted by hrishi7 on (July 27, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Giving Rahane a Chance in the middle order? how many openers do we need in the team? gauti, viru, sachin (will want to play soon in ODI), rahane? it will get all batsmen are opener in the team. i think rahane deserve a chance but in the top 3 positions, not lower than that,as there are no vacancy he has to sit out rohit has make way for manoj, enough is enough, can you imagine a not performing player so much chance in any other top team?if you got talent then prove it. Pujara, Badrinath are not in this squad. But soon they have to fill the gap of Dravid and laxman(very soon). they will get a chance, why raina never face this kind of situation? can he contribute in trouble situations?if he come in the last few overs and clicked we say good batsmen,if failed we say he got out as he has to take risks. why he not performs in the situations when team requires long innings in that indian team,whome can you trust for long innings apart from kohli, gauti and sometimes sehwag and rarely dhoni

Posted by passionatecricbug on (July 27, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Ofcourse Tiwary. Normally, we have 6 Batsmen in our side. If we want to make a 250+ in each match, we need at least 4 batsmen to click in each match (assuming on an average 60 runs from each). This means each batsmen should click 4 out of 6 matches; that means 67%. Rohit Sharma plays a good innings 1 out of 4 matches; that means 25%. Clearly he is not upto the mark and is a liability on the team. Lets try Tiwari and see if he can perform as required. If given 12 matches he too performs below par, we can try someone else (not Rohit Sharma, bcs he is not up to the mark).

Posted by Vnott on (July 27, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

season 2011 6 6 4 257 86* 128.50 300 85.66 season 2011/12 13 12 1 456 95 41.45 539 84.60 season 2012 2 2 0 5 5 2.50 13 38.46

Rohit Sharma had a terrific 2011.... He did not do badly in 2011/12 season either- is scoring rate has been good and an average of 40+ is good in One day. He hit a bad patch in Australia and is just going through a temporary slump. It is wrong to say he has 82 chances - there are many of those 82 where he has done well... he has scored close to 2000 runs in them....Does he have it in him to be a big star in one dayers and 20-20 , there is little doubt. We hv to keep faith...

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

fed up of Rohit Sharma.. He is good only in IPL. Dhoni should make him sit outside for rest of the series.... Should try Tiwary/Rahane today...

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 27, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Sometimes talent only emerges into true quality on the cricket field after the initially wayward player is dropped and has to earn his way back into the team through sheer weight of runs in the domestic scene. Rohit has had 82 games - time to give Tiwary his chance - and give him a fair run, don't drop him if he doesn't deliver instant success. Should be a crackerjack game 3, both sides will want to come out and stamp their authority on the game early - it'll be very very interesting to see who gets the upper hand. May the best team win.

Posted by soorya.dhoni on (July 27, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

I feel Rohit should have another go in the third match.If he fails to impress then Manoj should definitely get a chance for the last two games.He scored a 100 in his last ODI and has been very unfortunate to miss out thereafter. He is a promising young talent and needs to play more as this is the transition phase for Indian cricket. He can play test cricket as well.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (July 27, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

THe point is that most of these young players are flat track champs. Most of us dont want to admit it, but we have a team than wins when only when the conditions are perfect. A bit of seam, bouce, turn and it dosent matter whether u select tiwary sharma or rahane.

Posted by mayank125 on (July 27, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

drop rohit,take rahane as opener,gambhir 1st down

Posted by GeorgeAndrews on (July 27, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Give a chance to Tiwari..

Posted by ProdigyA on (July 27, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

82 games in an era when competition is so high, and still u r considered a fresher/youngster who is still learning. This is totally unacceptable. Decent run is good but this is ridiculous.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

let rohit get a one more chance..1 then we can win that game easily too...I am a sri lankan supporter

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Where is the question? One is a proven failure and the other is a potential and promising lad. Let us be realistic and practical. Failures have minimum place against the potentials. Let us get ahead. Dhoni is poor coming to mentoring and candid assessments. None can be pleasant to all at all times. Position as captain demands actiona t correct times.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 27, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

The best thing is to introduce a rotaion policy like AUS for those who are not permanent in the team. Then Rohith, Tiwary, and Rahane in batting, and Yadev, Dinda, Rahul and Viney in bowling can be rotated. Based on the performance India can make a player permanenet in the team.

Posted by maddymg on (July 27, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

fed up of Rohit Sharma.. He is good only in IPL. Dhoni should make him sit outside for rest of the series.... Should try Tiwary/Rahane today...

Posted by Subbs_97 on (July 27, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

It doesn't matter- jsut choose the best fielder around! We are way too obsessed with the bating, we should pay much more attention to fielding and to the bowling.

Posted by AzyS on (July 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is a talent wasted.. this guy has got 82 odis to prove himself but still keeps failing.. no one can deny that he had all the makings of a legend coz he has a great game but like some people who cannot play well on international level[graeme hick or ajay jadeja and micheal bevan in test matches] rohit too has sadly failed..and now finally its time for manoj tiwary to get his due and get atleast 15-20 matches to cement in place.. and not forgetting ajinkya rahane.. he is young n a sure shot star in the making..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 27, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Rohith in Indian team like Puka in SL team.

Posted by vj3478 on (July 27, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

guess it ll be Yuvi in 2 months from now :)

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

Simple, select Tiwary...

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 27, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

Rohit is no doubt a talented player. But since he is out of form, he must be dropped. Worth trying Tiwary indeed as giving Rohit a break will help him freshen up, who knows. RPS wicket will favor spinners and no wind issues in Colombo. It is boiling hot out here and can see an exciting game indeed.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 27, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

But India's dilemma is it will not make any difference. After losing to Bangladesh in the Asian Championship where tendulkars 100th 100 proved to be final nail in the cofffin the current team strength is no surprise. The first ODI in this series result would have been different had SL taken early chances and hit Umesh a bit more. The second ODI was the business as usual for TEam India.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 27, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

I really think Rahane should be open with Sehwag. Tiwari even with his big muscle lacks strong mind , you can't expect him to do well in pressure situation but good productive player in non pressure matches.

Posted by crick_karthik on (July 26, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Middle order is so weak, we cant rely on these players in future..I would opt for Sachin to open with Shewag and Ghambir @ 4 pos that gives more stability to middle order...And I will feel, Rahane is only good at opening pos and cannot play all kind of shots.. better we should allow Sachin to open bat even at 2015 worldcup..just apprx 2.5 years for 2015 worldcup and we may play some 65 odd ODI games.. if sachin play half of them thn good enough for him to play at 2015 worldcup..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

For those screaming about pujara, he is injured. give rahane a go instead of either of the two.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 26, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Dhoni is too soft to his team mates.Take Rohit; his average is 17.33 in ten ODI's this year. Has Dhoni approached and told him, you have few chances to prove now..don't be complacent. Had he ever said that?? Don't know that any time he keeps deadlines to players. Keeping deadlines is bad i agree, but not always. Rohit already played 82 ODI's and still you don't see the maturity of Ashwin or Kohli in him. He just looks childish; a child with no responsibilities. He goes and throws bat. If his day 50, if not zero. Dhoni do feels insecure when he have low strength team because it may expose less foot work players like Raina and Dhoni too fast if number 4 is weak. But India is loosing too many matches because of Dhoni's thinking. It's time to rotate.If one guy doesn't play get another.5 matches at a trot is enough.We are not a small nation where you will hard to find talent. Enough talent in this country, when some one plays for Indian team, he is not just playing; he should be dedicating.

Posted by Sehwag3rd300 on (July 26, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

leave sharma out he doesnt do anything an average of 32 in 82 games is nothing give rahane a chance he deserves to be in the indian team he should open with sehwag

Posted by AvidCricFan on (July 26, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Rahane played well in chances he got in England when every one else was failing. I would place him ahead of Tiwari on consideration list.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

I think we need to select the worst of the series (Opposite to Player of the Series). He should be given the axe for the next series.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Rahane deserves a chance at 4. As does Pujara. In either case, ahead of Tiwary. Tiwary failed against WI second XI in both ODIs and the 4 day games.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

I know that Rohit Sharma is a very talented player but I think he has been given enough chances to prove himself, at least for now. Manoj or Ajinkya Rahane should be given a chance for the next ODI.

Posted by fr600 on (July 26, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

If this is his dilemma, I wonder how good a captain he is.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (July 26, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

nobody remembers this talented kid called ajinkya rahane warming the bench?

Posted by ZZee1978 on (July 26, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

I think Dhoni can rotate Manoj Tiwary, Rohit & Raina as he did in Australian Tour

Posted by Ramlals_Bong on (July 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

I would play neither of them.!! The last match indicated that our middle order is weak and you cant have an out of form number 4 when you have a player as volatile as Raina at 5, especially since we are opting to play Pathan as an allrounder. I think we should open with Sehwag and Rahane, and push everyone else down one...Gambhir at 3, and Kohli at 4. Personally, I wouldn't even play Ojha, we have so many other spin options. Ideally, if we could swap Ojha for Jadeja my team for the 3rd ODI would be: Sehwag, Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Pathan, Ashwin, Yadav, Zaheer

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

shouldnt this article be about rohit, tiwary or rahane? Rahane in fact scored well in the PIL. Give that lad a chance

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Mr Dhoni, if you have no intention of trying Tiwary out at all, at least relieve him of his duties so that he can play domestic matches. Poor lad hasn't played any cricket besides IPL the entire year. And we are almost into month 8 of 2012.

Posted by Raj2506 on (July 26, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Overhyped because he comes from Mumbai

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Give a chance to Monoj, A player , who is warming in bench for last so many tournamnt, This is the tym to launch him properly. he is a most run taker in domestic cricket. Did a match winning century in his last match, won Ipl as a knight, scored ran as India A team player.

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (July 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

My choice would be Manoj Tiwary..... by keeping Manoj in bench, the captain and the coach is just destroying a youngsters hunger.... now i feel they are taking manoj in the 15 member squard to jst warm the bench nothing else... if you go a little past, in australia series he din't get a single match to play, the same in asia cup, if i am not wrong indian cricket team tried out the rotational policy in CB series where even Gambhir & Sehwag wasn't spared but Rohit played all matches, where his so called talent wasn't work out, here my question is if the rotational policy is follwed thn why Manoj is not getting even a single match ? The guy had scored a century in his last outing and he is the bench warmer. Dhoni and Fletcher wake up now dudes give Manoj a chance or else don't pick him in 15 squad let him play for his state.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 26, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Look at rohit and manoj tiwary's a list averages they are rohit 35 and tiwary 38 and yet pujaras is 50 so i think pujara deserves a chance

Posted by Nampally on (July 26, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

India has in C.Pujara the best #4 batsman either for Test or ODI's.He has the best batting technique & strong concentration. He batted #3 in place of R.Dravid & scored 72 vs. Australia in Bangalore Test Match 2 years ago. He led India A in West Indies recently but was dropped from the ODI squad for SL. Pujara had best batting average in the WI tour- ahead of Rohit, Tiwary & Rahane. MSD & Selectors: Why is the best potential #4 who is right under your noses does not make it into SL squad? Right now the best top 4 Indian batsmen are Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli & Pujara (excl. Sachin). While the other 3 played for ever, Pujara never even gets a sniff!. For ODI #3 vs.SL.Tiwary may be a better choice than Rohit - who lacks match temperment. Alternately, let Rahane & Sehwag open the innings & put Gambhir #4.Just like 4 top batsmen India needs to decide on 4 top bowlers - 2 spinners- Ashwin & Rahul + 2 pacers - say, Dinda & (?). Irfan 3rd seamer.A balanced India side is needed to win matches.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Dhoni knows more about cricket than any of people posting here, including me. So I will go with what ever Dhoni decides and back him.

Posted by xylo on (July 26, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Shouldn't their fielding abilities also be brought into question?

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (July 26, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

NoHit Sharma should be hit out of the squad into the chiller of India's "could have beens". I doubt the India selectors are listening though! They are proud of selecting under-performers for the fourth-grade team of the world.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Tiwary if you have to choses. I do not understand whats the conundrum here, considering that its only a temp fix till Yuvi comes back!

Posted by yescric on (July 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Time to bring in tiwary and give him a fair run... there is no point in defending rohit after all the chances the team gave im.... if he wants to prove himself at the international stage then time for him to go back to domestic/county and force his way in to the team with genuine performances...... same is the case with sehwag his standard of fielding and running between the wickets is pathetic to watch.....

Posted by sumit176 on (July 26, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

@nikhil rock...pujara is not in 15 man squad,,dont post any comment just for the sake of posting

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Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

probably stick with rohit, he had a fantastic yr in 2011 and has come out of a 2 month break and has also not had many deliveries in some of his other knocks. He is a class player and india needs him to come good. Cant afford to waste talent as there is not enough of it in india at present

Posted by howizzat on (July 26, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

ARE 82 NOT ENOUGH? He is another Uthappa in making.

Posted by SanketGandhare on (July 26, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Seriously a great article ..!! Each and every point seemed to be just right ..!! Rohit Sharma has got a lot many chances ..!! Comeon Manoj !!

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (July 26, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Tiwary has been a bench-warmer for way too long. And since Rohit is going through a period of bad form now, it may be a good decision to let Tiwary play for the remaining 3 matches

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

NO Rohit please..He is a waste.....

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 26, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Rohit and Tiwary are equally talented and both are India's future. Rohit has a class and can win match on his own and Tiwary could be Mr. Dependable at#4. I think its time for Tiwary!because this lad might even come close Kohli in next few innings. Rohit is short of confidence and would make wonders to him if he sits this series and analyzes what has gone wrong for him. I would pick Tiwary and give him an extended run and see what he has to offer.

Posted by CbeCricket on (July 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Drop Rohit and does not deserve to have a place in th team. Very inconsistent. I have heard lot of folks talk about his talent, what is the purpose if you cannot come out and score. Tiwary should get a chance.

Posted by rshaad on (July 26, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

With 80 odd ODI caps, when Rohit is still not considered as a regular in the Indian team, then why not bring in Tiwary and give him a handful of games to prove himself. If Tiwary fails, selectors can still get back to the always talented, but on-off performing Rohit

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Please Dhoni.. Enough of Rohit and his lazy attitude.. Give Tiwary his deserving opportunity.. Give him more games as you say for a youngster instead of the worthless Rohit who is just eating up others time and talent.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

we have given ample opportunities to rohit sharma.... Talent without the right attitude is like a goal without direction..... He is an exceptional talent and he has got decent chances to prove himself at the highest level....

Now its time to test the other rising stars as well... Manoj tiwary has been exceptional in the domestic circuit and he deserves if not the same then at least half the opportunitites that rohit has got....

Posted by Venbob on (July 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

I used to have a soft corner for Rohit, not anymore! Replace him!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:09 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Enough chances has been awarded to Rohit and no guessing that he has wasted them all. Talent is as good as showing and he lacks it. It's time to give Manoj a decent run. And not to forget that he has deserved a place for a long time. It's time to move on for sake of something worthwhile.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Rohit is a very good batsman but just isn't in form so the simplest way to go about this is just for a while replace him with someone fresh until Rohit can find his rhythm. India's batting is really isn't the problem, its their bowling which needs to be addressed.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Neither Rohit Sharma nor Manoj Tiwari have come up anywhere near the promise they held out initially. While one feels that a player like Badrinath has been sidelined unfortunately in the recent past we should also not lose in giving opportunities now to a talented youngster like Mandeep Singh.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (July 26, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

come on Mr Purohit, Let that lad play. manoj is just a mediocre player, once rohit finds his foot, he will be a big asset. Rahene should be in the rather than manoj. cheers.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Please give rohit few more chance. and let SL win the series. As a SL we need Rohith. ROHITH ROHITH. Same as Chamara kapugedara and Dilhara fernando in the SL squad. I am so frustrated sum times how many chances these guys get in their lifes. Can you Imagine if you working for a company you are doing a project and failed to perform? I think your Manager will say sorry buddy you are in wrong business and give him her pink slip. and give the bonus to guy who perform their duties well. unless you are the son or daughter of CEO.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

why they cannot think abt ajinkya rahane in that place. Ojha place yuvi and yadav place bhuvaneswar kumar need to come.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Oh! Manoj Tiwary! I got scared thinking it was Saurabh Tiwary!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Come on.. Manoj Tiwary finally deserves a go. Its quite strange that an elegant player like Manoj Tiwary doesn't get a game and is benched for two enormous series' inspite of scoring a ton in his last ODI. Wake Up Team Management!!!!!!!

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