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September 11, 2013

Have the India selectors done well in picking Sehwag, Zaheer and Gambhir for the A team?


Quality players like them shouldn't be discarded permanently on the basis of age or form. They deserve the opportunity to force their way back into the senior team.


India's next generation has shown promise in recent times. The selectors should have stayed the course and continued to invest in young talent.


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September 13, 2013, 5:34 GMT


According to me, This is absolutely right decision taken by BCCI. We can not ignore their contribution for India specially Sehwag and Zaheer. They have immense cricket left in them. If any of them gets his form, it will be great for India. Experience will be handy in South Africa. Furthermore we should not forget that Sachin is going to retire very soon then we will come to know the value of these players. Even BCCI must have add one more plyaer, who is Yuvraj Singh. I can surely say that he will come back in India's Squad and shine like a star. My best wishes are with three of them.

September 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT


The form is temporary and Class is permanent. This is applicable for these Quality players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj or Harbhajan Singh. As far as this Selection Committee under Messrs Sandeep Patil, I like their rotation policy and the selection of players and giving chance to one and all into the team. For the past One year they tried the performing cricketers in Domestic Circuit and now they have recalled discarded into India A team. By recalling them West Indies A will have a bad time here. I am sure these players are raring to go and are dedicated to bring their form back. I want all four in the team against away tours in NZ and SA and England. They are role models. Make a team around these players so Indian Cricket will get some wonderful experience and youth combination in the team. Well done selectors for bringing them back into India A team. This is the first step for them to get into Team India.

September 11, 2013, 7:35 GMT


I think Gambhir and Sehwag have ample cricket left in them. This would give them an opportunity to work their way back to the Indian Team. There will be times when the existing 11 will need a break or maybe injured or tough tours where the experience of these two will be invaluable. So the selectors have made the right choice, they have shown faith in youngsters, now they are giving the old guard a chance to regain their confidence and form and also keep the newbies on their toes and know that should they slip up back up is ready. Zaheer is doubtful, he is too injury prone and since the WC 2012 his performances have not matched his status as India's strike bowler. I think the new crop of Fast Bowlers currently playing are doing well enough to take over and Zaheer should gracefully hang his boots.

September 18, 2013, 12:48 GMT


They are legends they deserve to get some chances when not in form.

September 15, 2013, 13:38 GMT


Yes, Shewag is really important for any batting order.. with his high scoring rate ability and big scores in test.. still he have some time left..

September 15, 2013, 9:43 GMT


good decision - Shewag is outstanding player, he may have to improve his technique to become more reliable batsman and financialy very strong to fight against Dhoni.... but Zaheer and Ghambir should be left out.....

September 15, 2013, 3:59 GMT


yes, these players are still gud enough, BCCI is now behaving like pak & WI Team mgmt, where they do not back good players..if veeru, GG, ZK is out of the team balahf of bad form then why Sachin is in ? isnt quite amazing. i think GG veeru are still better than virat 4 tests.

September 14, 2013, 21:10 GMT


Absolutely the Seniors should be given the opportunity to compete for a slot on Team INDIA. If their form, fitness and fielding standards are up to the mark they should be included. I salute the Selection Committee for the way they have given all players - seniors and the young guns ample opportunities to prove themselves.

September 14, 2013, 10:35 GMT


Its a better decision of the Indian cricket selectors. Sehwag and Zaheer are India's best players that they must not be avoided, the young players should not be given chance by avoiding these super stars. I think selectors must go with this and give them more matches in the main team instead of A team.

September 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT



September 13, 2013, 15:45 GMT


they deserve a chance very much cos they were the pillars of indian batting and bowling once.form is temporary..they truly deserve a chance but viru shudnt open cos shikar and vj is gonna be a long term test openers so dont disturb them..play viru in the middlke order..yuvi is truly required in odi..dk doesnt deserve a long play..yuvi must play in his place..team combo will be perfect...viru in middle order in test..zak spearhaeding the bowling helping bhuvi and umesh..yuvi shud play 2015 wc..

September 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT


Quality players if fit age is no factor to perform should be given a chance to comeback

September 13, 2013, 6:24 GMT


The selectors have taken a good decision, form is temporary and class is permanent, the same guys like Yuvraj, Zak,Viru and Gautam have been match winners and they have a wealth of experience. Somebody like Gautam Gambhir is only 31 and has plenty of cricket in him. All the youngsters are promising and have a bright future but the have to prove themselves in overseas conditions especially test matches. At the same time the seniors have to force their way back into the team but selecting them for the A team gives a good chance to see their level of form and fitness. The team should have a good blend of youth and experience

September 13, 2013, 6:08 GMT


Yes, i think it is very good decision to include Zaheer , Gambhir and Sehwag in our A team

September 13, 2013, 4:43 GMT


there is no point anyways in selecting one million juniors, just for the sake of 'blooding youngsters in'. the selectors might as well check out what is the progress level of the senior discards, especially Zaheer Khan who should be in serious contention for the trip to south africa(if and when it happens)

September 13, 2013, 2:07 GMT


Apart from zaheer,at the present consequences i think sehwag,gambhir,yuvraj,doesn't seem to seal there places in the eleven.For the tour of south africa we need a experienced seem attack as well as srearhead of indian bowling attack which will be partially fulfilled by zaheer's presence,his inswingers to left handers,out swingers to right hand batsmen will be necessary to defeat the africans in their courtyard.Obviously new ball will be shared simultaneously by bhuvaneshwar kumar who has shown his credibility and adaptability in the recent past.I think the third seamer should be umesh yadav purely because of his pace(148 kmph) and ishant rarely finds a place.In my opinion amit mishra should lead the spin attack in south africa owing to his best form and the weakness african batsmen posses while playing a wristy leg spinner.My whole idea is about bowling department,afterall picking 20 wickets in a test match paves a way to a thumping win.Our batting order is very much balanced.

September 12, 2013, 23:36 GMT


even though more youngsters need to be there in the team experience is also important . you can not forget what yuvi gauti and sehwag have done in the past. yuvraj did not play well in the ipl so why should he be dropped. ipl should not be considered when picking the team. when the team does not do well evryone blames the ipl then how can they use it as a basis for selection.yuvraj singh after his comeback got starts in both pakistan and englad series he just needs some time in the middle and he will begin to play well. moreover what did suresh raina do in the champions trophy west indies tour and zimbabwe tour.he should be dropped and made to play ranji. playing well for cheenai should not allow him to be aprt of the indian team. yuvraj singh has and zak have improved their fitness and i feel they should be given a chance . youngsters with experience will help india retain the world cup

September 12, 2013, 18:01 GMT


What the board did wrong was to not play Sachin in the A team, but wasting a spot in the national team.

September 12, 2013, 13:17 GMT


Yes, i think it is very good decision to include Zaheer , Gambhir and Sehwag in our A team . They are now the most experienced lot in our team. And having seeing their capabilities , they do deserve another chance in the team. I think quality players like them will bounce back. Age or lack of form should not be the case. Also i think inclusion of Kaif was a good decision ,since he also performs consistently in domestic seasons. We also need Zaheer badly in South Africa , so giving him some match practice won't do much harm . And if they perform , what could be better to have them back in the team . Nothing matches experience and young talent taken together.

September 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT


Good call , boz they are not informed every game of cricket in recent past, at the same time shiker Dawan & preneswaran kumar are performing extremely well in recent games, so not surprising call from BCCI , and no doubt their talent and ability but wait and see the up coming series

September 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT


its a very good move taken by selectors . this shows how selectors feel the value of seniors who are offering their services for team india for a long long time.. ZAHEER was out of the team due to bad fitness not bcoz of performnce.now he is gained it...his performance is always beteer thn others playing in the team. he is STILL the BEST bowler of the world when he bowls with his full fitness and full EXPERIENCE... and off course who can dare to doubt about SEWAG and gambhir's abily.....they are the best opener india hv produced ever they still have their best remaining even they r hving numbers of RECORDS... ....what about shikhar dhawan and rohit sharma...they are like a candle of 5 rupees which will blow very soon...no longer... you will defintly NEED GAMBHIR in the team for next 4 - 5 yrs..and SEHWAG for 2-3 years... they are working hard and hard i m sure U will see this trio soon in the national side... no one should frgt thier EXPERIENCE. my view is frm my bottom of d hearT

September 12, 2013, 4:37 GMT


I think including Viru, Gamhir & Zak is a good idea BUT only for the development of other younger players who will benefit from their presence. As far as India team selection is concerned, selecting Viru and Gamhir would be a step backwards - they have had their day and are on the way down. Perhaps one of the two could be included in the squad for the reason mentioned above. As for Zak, he may still make a compelling case as there is a lack in quality pace bowlers - B Kumar and to a certain extent Yadav, aside, all other Indian 'pace bowlers' suck bigtime. Ishant is far too inconsistent but manages a few flukey wickets to hold onto his place - his test average is a joke!

September 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT


First of all, the reason why Viru and Gauti lost their place in the team was because of their attitude. More than the performance, it was Viru's casual approach and Gauti's self centred style of play which was hurting. So the only reason I would give them a chance would be to keep an eye on the upcoming New Zealand tour and may be upcoming South African tour. One major reason behind this would be Dhawan's inexperience and Vijay's failures on any pitches outside India. But Zaheer Khan's exit from the team was more because of under performance due to fitness reasons. Even on the last tour which Zaheer played, what he only lacked was fitness. There was no downfall in the commitment part. With just 5 wickets to join the 300 Wickets club and for literary being a Sachin Tendulkar of Bowling for India for a long time. Yes, Zaheer deserves a chance. Infact more than a chance.

September 12, 2013, 4:03 GMT


They DID Good JOB.. By Selecting SOME Seniors & Experienced Players Like YUVI,Sehwag,Gauti & Zaheer... By This.. The Young Stars Also LEARn To HANDLE Situations

September 12, 2013, 2:48 GMT


Indian cricket fans are generally obsessed with history and are blindly loyal to their stars, even after their skills have faded and they have become a shell of their former selves. This is international sport, not some street cricket where you include the uncle next door in your team because he was once a fierce batsman and/or paid for all the equipment.

Time to say a adieu to Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj. Felicitate them, honor them, give them an award or two but it's time to move on. The next generation has performed amicably in the past year. Selecting the old timers would be taking a step backward and does not bode well for a World Cup defense.

September 12, 2013, 1:04 GMT


They deserve it. We definitely need the experienced team members when we start touring overseas in tough conditions.

September 11, 2013, 22:39 GMT


@everyone who is against Seniors: I totaly agree with the selection, Seniors can easily take their spots if M. Viajt , Dhawan or Rohit Sharma get injured. Them playing with A team Youngesters and Domestic cercuit will help them not harm...this selection doesnt mean they are in national team. Sachin including these Seniors should carry on till 2015 and youngesters should be blooded in the national team slowly not all at once. Let shewag help dhawan become left hand sehwag. let schin teach pujara and kohil art of building innings at international level...i think Harbhajan should also play with ashwin and help him get better n better...seniors can help while playing not only after retiring..and its not like there are 100 guys knocking on the selection door with amazging performance....atleast we know what sehwag gambhir or scahin can do...youngesters only have potential....indian should have learned from the past that due to lack of grooming they have lost talents like: irfan pathan!

September 11, 2013, 17:01 GMT


Well its right to give old stars chances again, this basically shows the bench strength of Indian Cricket. But, I don`t understand why Cheteswar Pujara is been kept on dragged into all these matches. Well whether the selectors plan him as the future Test Captain for India. He is a sure choice replacement batsman and he should be given time to prepare for the bigger test leagues coming up instead of making him play against all A teams and B teams. If selectors feel that he can be a future captain of the Indian team, well I think they are doing the right thing here. Not sure about Mohammed Kaif, even if he was one of the favorite player at one point of time. Missed out Wasim Jaffer, Sanju Samson, well these players deserved to be in team I believe or one of the higher run scorer Jagadeesh. Amit Mishra should have been selected and tested again for test matches, his name too been ignored.

September 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT


obviously this one is very good decision. you just cant win test series in SA without quality player like sehwag and gambhir. There is no doubt in ability of dhawan. but vijay have to prove many thing. Form is temporary and class, class is permanent.

September 11, 2013, 14:39 GMT


selection commitee... has done a good job by giving seniours a chance...but they should do something extraordinary to get in...specially for sehwag and gambhir . and in that case even for yuvraj as rohit sharma , shikhar dhawan and jadeja have build their own wall... in this case it would be easy for an irfan to get into the squad as the new ball bowler slot is still to accompany ...... bhuvensar kumar

September 11, 2013, 13:55 GMT


I think the selectors have emphasised that the door is never shut on anybody. It will be form and fitness that will get you into the Indian Team.. All of Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir have a great opportunity to show their wits. For Zaheer it is only a matter of proving his fitness for a considerable amount of time... Viru and Gauti will really have to impress.

This selection committee needs to be complimented. They have not put a foot wrong since they took over a year ago.. They have taken bold decisions and have been consistent unlike their predecessors. Kudos to Sandip Patil, Roger Binny, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathour and Rajinder Singh Hans.. Keep up the good work!!!

September 11, 2013, 13:17 GMT


Yes,They have done really well bcoz Form Is Temperory bt class is permanent so we should not forget their contribution n they should be given some more chances

September 11, 2013, 12:49 GMT


i think its always good to have senior players in the team..because their form is a temporary thing but class is always permanent..gambhir is playing county in england that would surely help him to sort out his trouble against the swinging balls..yuvi is a warrior and he has regained his fitness and he has to be there in the squad for the WC 15 so its a good move to include him in the unofficial ODI series squad..both sehwag and zak hav still some cricket left in them..and we must not forget their previous performances for the country....

September 11, 2013, 12:39 GMT


Not choosing a player in the team because he is too old is as heinous a crime as not choosing one when he is too young. Who knows the best of any of these three might still be in store for us? If a Sachin can debut at 17, then maybe a Sehwag can also peak at a 34. We all acknowledge that the Selectors have a tough job in general but when they take decisions like this, they definitely deserve a laudatory pat on their backs. Awesome job, guys.

September 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT


For the respect of serving Indian Cricket for so many years and giving us proud moments to cherish, a chance is definitely calling for but not at the cost of our new young guns. They will have to perform efficiently to regain their position. Make it ot break it time it is for the ones who have got a chance.

September 11, 2013, 12:10 GMT


Yes , just becuse of the tough tours team India has to go in the coming future Seniors can help the young players in many aspects

September 11, 2013, 11:33 GMT


coz sehwag and gambhir's opening pair is a must for india wen they wil go to SA for tests.

September 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT


Cris Rogers is the best example in the recent time

September 11, 2013, 11:07 GMT


Performance paramount... Age is irrelevant. Example: Mike Hussey, Ajmal

September 11, 2013, 10:42 GMT


yes those are a quality player they have a enough experienced .than the junior player like bhuneshwar kumar . pravin kumar ( ZAHEER KHAN),in bowling .in fielding raina rohit sharma( MOHAMMED KAIF AND YURAJ SINGH) batting like virat is rising star in cricket now .little bit he can learn how to bad situation .

September 11, 2013, 10:37 GMT


Yes , just becuse of the tough tours team India has to go in the coming future Seniors can help the young players in many aspects

September 11, 2013, 10:10 GMT


There may be problems that comes with age like viru's eye sight or zak's fitness but that does not means they forget how to play its just a little time off what we call out of form players. They have played for so many years and they know that there was a problem and which i think they definitely have tried to solve for which they should have one last go to show there improvement. Though there replacement are also irreplaceable and experience also not a factor in today's world of cricket as there are so many opportunities to face international players still there class is no near to what viru,zak and gambhir have shown and provided to India and BCCI has also done good thing by adding them in to test squad and not in ODI that clearly show that for ODI they back young players as they have shown performance.And for Tests if they are back then its good for TEAM INDIA we need then there.

September 11, 2013, 10:01 GMT


The Rookie bowlers and batsmen are exciting prospects. But it takes experience a lot of it to win in SA and NZ and Eng. Ideally some experience playing tests in India would be nice but that is not possible, we need the older guys [Sehwag, Gambhir and Zak] provided they are in form to get us through these two tours. Hopefully by the end of the Eng trip the Dhawans, Rohit Sharmas and Yadavs would be a little more experienced of the overseas conditions and be ready. Hopefully these three guys can get back to form and help the Indian team. Good selection by the Patil panel and a luck break for the three. Yuvraj, I would not select for the long format EVER, in my opinion, he is done. But, for the ODIs I will carry him till the end of the WC2015. I am dying to see Sehwag bat at No4.

September 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT


Sehwag,Zaheer and Gambhir are proven match winners. One thing is for sure , class is permanent and form is temporary. Remember during the Australian tour of 2003, Sehwag was included as the 17th player in the squad at the insistence of Anil Kumble the skipper and Sehwag was at his best in the two tests he played at Melbourne and Perth. Sehwag was totally out of form prior to the series. So is the case with Gambhir. He has done well in New Zealand and against quality opposition be it in ODIs or Tests.Zaheer is the master of reverse swing as told by Jimmy Anderson. Even Akram has rated Zaheer very high.So I think these players must be persisted with. Age is not a criteria. Even today Chanderpaul, Misbah, Chris Rogers inspite of being on the wrong side of 30 are match winners. Now Indian team lacks seniors and these are the players who are to guide the likes of virat, cheteswar, rohit ,dhawan for the future.If they want juniors they can even think of rotating the seniors like Aussies do.

September 11, 2013, 9:30 GMT


Yes they done a good job in picking these players . We need gambhir and sehwag in test as a partner for dhawan .

September 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT


Yes, its a good call. We can't rely of consistency on youngsters on Test Matches, if it is ODI, its a different ball game. It is important stage for Indian Test Cricket as few seniors left last year and Sachin is awaiting his retirement too, this is the time selectors need to back seniors like Sehwag, Gambhir & Zaheer. Also BCCI is very clear that they want these seniors only in Test Matches as ODI team is already good enough, so they are expecting Yuvaraj alone to come into the ODI side. In Test Matches, very few replacements are available as players like Raina, Rohit, Dinesh, Rahane are yet to prove their place in Test Matches. In concern to bowling, currently Bhuvi is the only one performing well, Umesh is still in learning stage. Zaheer is a must when travel to outside India. But I would say still BCCI will consider Sehwag & Gambhir as backup if any players fails to cut.

September 11, 2013, 8:48 GMT


yes, they are quality plaers and they should be in the national side.

September 11, 2013, 8:37 GMT


So far as ZAK and Veeru is concerned, they are a must in SA conditions. Batting greats like Murali, Raina and off course Sir Jadeja alongwith the best wicketkeeper batsman, that cricket has ever produced, all will miss triple centuries by a whisker of 270 odd runs.

September 11, 2013, 8:10 GMT


Yes it is the right direction.Especially Sehwag and Zaheer.We need thier experience in test matches coming.Sehwag is good test player at any conditions as he can change the course of the game.He has proved it earler also.Dont forget he has scored centuries in SA,AUS,ENG.He can stil do it.We should mix our team with youngsters in test matches.Or else in test we will end up as the situation AUS is in now.

September 11, 2013, 7:53 GMT


BCCI selectors have done a good job selecting the discarded seniors & giving them a chance to prove their mettle to force their way back into the team. The idea of senting the A team to South Africa was really praise worthy & now they arranged 3 four day games along with the Challenger trophy which is more than ample opportunity to showcase their form. The more the competition, the better it is for the team as no one should take their place for granted. Dhawan has been a good replacement with even Murali & Rohit showing signs of being good against decent attacks...but they have to be kept on their toes & not allowed to slack as playing in foreign conditions is gonna really test their skills & that's where experience counts, so if the seniors are good enough to be in the playing 11 then so be it.

September 11, 2013, 7:42 GMT


Absolutely, its a right step by selectors. M.Vijay Havent done well is so didn't Raina. Fast bowling department looked good but not great, We need experience of Zak in tests for atleast a couple of years. G.Gambhir is special occasion player, don't forget the finals of T20 WC, ODI WC. Here his chance to prove that he has still fire left in him. As for yuvi I am not sure, he gotta prove him again... ODI team settled Test side is completely unsettled we cant use all youngster policy with test team. We definitely need to find a balance.

September 11, 2013, 7:31 GMT


We shouldn't forget their contributions for last couple of years of Indian Cricket/World Cricket. It will be useful for Team India to have experienced hands equipped all time.

September 11, 2013, 7:29 GMT


Yes. If a player is fit and in form, given the talent these guys got, they should be given chances. Fitness and form should be the soul criteria.

September 11, 2013, 7:18 GMT


Yeas fantastic call. No doubt Shikhar Dhavan and Murali have done there bit in indian conditions and even pujara but repeating the task in SA, Eng and NZ is going to be e new test, and thers no point complaining after the series that the team is under transition. so probably at the start of the season perfect opportunity for the experienced bunch to deliver and lead the team a balance in foreign conditions.

September 11, 2013, 7:16 GMT


It is a step in the right direction. We have a long tour ahead with visits to New Zealand and SA and its apt to have experienced players who can be flown as replacements in case of drastic injuries to many players at once. And I think Gautham Gambhir is still the best opener for India currently to partner Dhawan. I am not sure whether Rohith Sharma has done enough to replace GG.

September 15, 2013, 8:21 GMT


they were good and they are and they deserve to be in main team

September 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT


Every player has been given ample chance.In a country like India, we should not hang on to non performing players,especially when the queue of talented young players is long.It is gross injustice to them.Perform in whatever format you get chance to play (be it IPL or Ranji)and then deserve the section.

September 13, 2013, 8:19 GMT


Experienced players should get their chances, but not at the cost of younger players who have been performing well. After the spectacular performance of the India A team against New Zealand and the U-23 team in the Emerging Teams cup, the youngsters deserve to get more chances at the moment. If some of them do get called to the main national team, then maybe the older players ought to get their chances in the A-side.

September 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT


No. These guys (save for Zak), are given a chance on flatter tracks against an inexperienced bowling attack. So, what happens if both of them score big centuries? Will we be saying off to M. Vijay and S. Dhawan? Will they be recalled back to the national team? These guys should be left to work on their game in domestic/county seasons. If these guys do well in these matches and gets recalled to the national team, then we are looking at 0 for 2 in SA. Same goes for Yuvi for ODIs also. Please let them (Viru, Gambhir, Yuvi et al.) go back to domestic games and grind it over there. The real losers with this move are the youngsters like Jiwanjyoth Singh, U.Chand etc.

September 12, 2013, 14:57 GMT


No. On what grounds were they given the opportunity?

Did they show exemplary form and proven fitness either at the county or domestic season?

You need to be clear why someone is dropped. You will need to provide clear instructions on what they need to show in order to get back into the team.

September 12, 2013, 0:17 GMT


NO!! Absolutely the wrong decision to bring the old guys in. There are 3 legs to winning in Cricket - batting, bowling and fielding. Every player must have at least two of these three legs for a team to be successful. These guys, at best, have only one leg. None of them could field to save their lives. They will give away too many runs in the field and if they had any self respect, they would voluntarily retire and fade into the sunset. Shame on the selectors for ignoring and discouraging the young blood and instead bringing on these spent players.

September 11, 2013, 18:40 GMT


By selecting them for India A, selectors have humiliated legends and ignored youngsters. The logical way would have been for Sehwag, Yuvraj etc to have performed well in domestic games and this could have been used to fastrack their return. With the clashing of CL T 20, the selectors could have even opted for an under 22 squad. This would have laid the foundation for future choices.

September 11, 2013, 18:09 GMT


This is a Stop-GAP measure by BCCI not to lose lusture from the Champions Trophy.. The "Seniors" esp. Sehwag and Zaheer (beleive me I am ardent fan of Sehwag and Gambhir) may get chances to Travel to SA and Australia but may not get a lot of chances to Play there, the "youngsters" pool is slowly filling up and the new bunch is not afriad to grind the time out on the feild - a good sign for Tests.... So a Big "No" to the decision, should ahve given to the next in line to show case their talent...

September 11, 2013, 15:36 GMT


Knowing fully well that even the great Sachin R. Tendulkar will be retiring soon, the selectors are missing the chance of having the new-look young players to get more international exposure. The four fellows they have included are well over the hill, and going downhill rapidly. They are very poor fielders. They have inflated egos. They are ruinous in the dressing room with their attitudes. They should be just dropped, taken off the central contracts and given their "bonus" cheques as the golden handshake.

September 11, 2013, 14:10 GMT


The selectors did a good thing in getting a new look and promising team in place. Why waver and go back. True, people like Rohit and Raina are a little doubtful but they will settle down. I do not expect Shewag, Gautam and Zak to do any great miracles.

September 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

Muhammed Umer

I think Zahir is a good choice but gambhir and Sehwag should have not been picked when Youngsters are doing well.

September 11, 2013, 12:55 GMT


@author, i'm pretty disappointed with the selection of featured comment in yes category. From @Sajish, the peoples in the same site very frustrated with these senior player for their attitude and fitness. time will heal everything, that's what happening here. I have seen many articles on sacking these seniors from the national team in cricinfo. What happen now? Did they performed well in any competitive cricket? No..and he says that four players must be included in the test for the tour of eng, sa and nz..if it happens, we have to make the count from 8 to 18...

September 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT


it's really pathetic..really..we lost to australia in aus ,england in england and india, because of this experience and class talks...one must perform in the domestic circuit to earn to play for the national team. After all this is just a India A team, there is no guarantee for anyone to move up to the national team..i hope the selector will stick to the same squad for the test against westindies...people must understand that the senior players mentioned in the article are haven't done anything significantely in recent time...poor attitude will ruin the indian team again...

September 11, 2013, 12:16 GMT


"Form is temporary, class is permanent" means that "classy" players will find form to bounce back anytime ... but in VS and GG's cases, the time gap of failure was very long ... and added to this were fitness and attitude problems ... age may not be a bar for selection but fitness certainly is ... VS clearly masked his lack of fitness on numerous occasions and preferred IPL over national duties ... why should such people be favoured ... let them do all the hard-work by playing domestic circuit for one year and get noticed just as any other player ...

September 11, 2013, 11:51 GMT


Age is irrelavant, class is permanent with this starts i will agree the seniors can play at least for another 2 years. But it would be at the cost of team unity and sacrificing few youngsters careers. Out of the three only Zaheer can play until 2015 world cup Sehwag and especially Gambhir should not be allowed back to indian team due to their attitude thinking that they are suppose to be the captains of the Indian team, Remember what happened in australia Gambhir and Sehwag is criticizing Dhoni in public do any one ever think that if these to comes back to the indian team unity for which dhoni worked so hard after their exclusions. Time to move on and let Dhoni be the senior most of the team if we are to revive our fortunes in test cricket and defend the WC in 2015 successfully

September 11, 2013, 11:45 GMT


No, not a good idea. All 3 are proven poor fielders and will only get slower from now on. Early in their career, Shewag and Zaheer used to supplement their primary skill with useful bowling and lower order batting respectively. In recent times they are no longer contributing beyond their primary role. So, if they fail in that department, they are a total liability to the captain and drag the rest of the team down with them. To add to their woes, they all suffer from attitude issues. India has found successful replacements for all 3 right now, so I don't see any reason why the selectors should go overboard to reinstate them. Of course, no one should be banished from their profession as long as they perform. Let them come back on the weight of good performances.

September 11, 2013, 11:39 GMT


This decision is definitely a step backwards . Gambhir`s selection makes sense to an extent .He is playing county cricket now and god knows how that will benefit him . But , I`m ok with his selection. Indian openers Dhawan and Vijay have been doing well in the tests , atleast in the previous test series against Aus in India . Dhawan and Rohit sharma have had some good times opening in the ODI format. Sehwag is hinted to make it to the middle order in the test eleven . I don`t agree with that. Rohit Sharma still hasn`t played a single test , which is pathetic. He should have debuted in the fourth test against Aus in Aus last year , which didn`t happen. With Dhawan ,Vijay, Rahane, Dinesh Karthik ,Kohli , Rohit Sharma , Pujara, Unmukt Chand , I don`t know where Sehwag would fit in . And Zaheer Khan , phew , he should`ve been named as the bowling coach rather than being named in the A squad . Bhuvaneshwar kumar and Umesh Yadav are ahead of him already and they will only improve from here.

September 11, 2013, 9:55 GMT


Its time to plan ahead and crop the next generation of players. Dhoni has worked hard for Team India Unity and succeeded without the old guard. Sehwag is 35, Gambhir 32 and Zaheer 35 (who keeps breaking down at critical points). Neither were the greatest in the field, hence mostly one dimensional cricketers. If we don't give the younger players a chance then we will turn out like Australia who have nothing in the bank. Zaheer could become priceless as a coach in the India setup like Prasad was in India's hay days. In the same context Sachin needs to ask himself what's best for Indian cricket. Him hanging around for personal achievements or allowing younger talent to come through. He hasn't scored a century since January 2011 and averages 31 since then. What I'd like to say to all these and other wonderful players is thank you for the ever lasting memories you have given us, now please help India by moving aside and letting the next generation build on those memories and add new ones.

September 11, 2013, 8:49 GMT


Team India must 'move on' and I see no room for the 'old guard' as many are calling them in the National Team - whether the Senior or the A team. Let them continue their cricket at domestic levels and nurture and help younger players develop. THAT will be much more valuable service to Indian Cricket that has given them their name, fame and fortune over the years. The 'young brigade' must be all the opportunities and their ranks must continue to swell over the years.

September 11, 2013, 8:30 GMT


Bit Of Pressure On Newer Players Is OK; But Unless These Veterans Perform Exceptionally Well, They Should Not Get Into Intl. Squad. We Have Had A History Of Favoring Such Players; But This Selection Panel Seems Bold Enough To Change It. I Am Happy That Bhajji Is Kept Out. Let's Hope Zak And Yuvi's French Vacation Translates Into On field Performance. Also, How Much Of Cricket Is Still Left In Zaheer? Sehwag Can Still Come Good On Home Pitches; But What About Foreign Tours? So, If We Are 'Giving Chances' To People, Why Not Give To Ones Who 'Have Time On Their Side'?

September 11, 2013, 7:24 GMT


Selectors shouldn't have picked up Sehwag and Gambir because its not about their talent, Its more about their attitude. They will again start grouping in indian dressing room which is bad and shouldn't happen in national cricket team. They were selected in the team because of their batting skills but later on they started showing different skills(politics). Both should be thrown out of the team permanently. It will be a good example for coming players that if you are selected for playing cricket then play only cricket do not play politics. I still can't believe that these useless guys were hoping of team captaincy.