West Indies tri-series 2013 July 1, 2013

Injured Dhoni ruled out of tri-series

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MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the West Indies tri-series after he injured his right hamstring during India's one-wicket loss against West Indies on Sunday. Dhoni received treatment on the field during his innings of 27 and did not take the field in the second innings. He may also be unavailable for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which begins on July 24 in Harare.

Ambati Rayudu, the Baroda batsman, has been named Dhoni's replacement. Rayudu, who is yet to debut for India in international cricket, has scored 1824 runs, including one century and 14 fifties, in List-A cricket at an average of 35.07. He had a prolific domestic season this year; He scored 666 runs in the Ranji Trophy at 60.54, with a hundred and seven fifties. He represented Rest of India in the the Irani Cup this year against Mumbai and scored 51 and 156 not out. In the Deodhar Trophy final, he was the top-scorer with an unbeaten 78 that helped West Zone chase 290 against North Zone.

Virat Kohli, who captained India in Dhoni's absence in the second innings at Sabina Park on Sunday, will lead the team in the remaining matches while Dinesh Karthik will continue to keep wickets.

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  • Capricorn60 on July 1, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Maybe this is the best thing to happen to our 'Captain Cool' as he is not a machine & deserves periods of rest. Maybe BCCI need to wrap precious players like Dhoni & maybe our fast bowlers too like Yadav in cotton wool - resting them from some meaningless series like this current one! With all the responsibilities he has in leading India & keeping wicket in all formats of the game, this has to be done if we wish Dhoni to still be leading India to success at the WC 2015 & beyond!

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari is seriously over rated. Except his lucky 100 last time he has done nothing of sort to warrant selection in the team. Plus his fitness is always suspect. He will break down in the middle of the match or series. In his short career he has spent more time on injured's list than in the team. He is a perfect example of "made from candy" list of the players. We need players who are made of steel like jadeja, kohli and raina in the team.

  • mobime on July 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Tell you the truth, I did not really think much of Dohni being injured but boy did this cause India big time. Kohl is a great player dont get me wrong, however, he has a long way to go.

  • Ranta on July 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I am looking forward to Rayudu making his debut. If we go by how team operates, I bet Rayudu will play. And have this peculiar feeling that he might go on to have good career with team, As this is 2nd time he is in team as an injury replacement, Looks like now his destiny & luck are supporting him.

    I am really looking forward to seeing him play at least in next two. He deserves a chance now. Haven't hear anything about his reaching there, Can cricinfo give us some team news about current happenings & some practice pics.

    I am predicting good future for Rayudu with team India.

    Talking about Puajara & Rahane, Pujara has knee issues & I guess team wants him to save himself for tests, Rahane is a top order batsman & just little unlucky that current think tank thinks he can't play short ball that effectively. Plus his test debut just came at wrong time. He surely will be in team sooner or later. his time will come.

    But now I hope Rayudu makes use of his time.

  • SurenShan on July 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The top two teams of the series is almost finalized. I would say India would be happy to post two wins and finish with the third spot. Prhaps, some dramatic boost is required for India to post next two wins. They should realize that Dhoni is away and come out of that Missy mindset. Kholi doesnt follows Dhoni's strategy but he definately deserves captioning team with some aggresive decision. Firstly, the team should belive that he is capable and they are capable even without Dhoni. Infact Dhoni expects that. After all, Indian Cricket shouldnt falls again into One Man Show.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Regarding Rahane not very sure where he will fit in the ODi's in the scheme of things.But I have got a feeling he will be in the Test 11 once Sachin retires at 4.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Guys regarding Pujara case , its very simialr to the curious case of VVS.Based on the info I got from someone in the cricket circle, seems like management are not happy with Pujara as he seems to be only keen in batting for hours and not bother about his fitness or fielding.Since he cannot run fast he might be a burden for the team even though he is supremely talented.I think Pujara must first start to work on improving his fitness to have any chance of playing in the ODI's.In Tests he is our next Dravid.

  • Naresh28 on July 4, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @nampally - agree with your thoughts on Pujara as a future captain. The guy has done well in tests and Indian selectors may be spoiling his bloom as a cricketer by keeping out of other formats. Definitely worth a try. My thoughts are that after the TC they could have sent a different set of players to freshen the team. This was an ideal opportunity - I hope they do this with the Zim series. Having said that I am happy Rayudu will get a chance and I hope he plays a game as well.

  • josphe on July 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    watching pujara's list A record one would have to wonder how on earth hasn't he made his ODI debut yet and after how well he has done so far in Test cricket we kno he has the temperament. This would have been the perfect opportunity to give him a go..I hope he is selected for the zimbabwe series.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Rahane is a good player. What he needs is to increase power in his shots by doing gym workout. Dravid recognizes his talent when played the IPL. I see him as a India future player. Whatever happened to Chand (since the WC he has gone quite) Sanju Sampson is another. These three guys should be picked for Zim tour.

  • Capricorn60 on July 1, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Maybe this is the best thing to happen to our 'Captain Cool' as he is not a machine & deserves periods of rest. Maybe BCCI need to wrap precious players like Dhoni & maybe our fast bowlers too like Yadav in cotton wool - resting them from some meaningless series like this current one! With all the responsibilities he has in leading India & keeping wicket in all formats of the game, this has to be done if we wish Dhoni to still be leading India to success at the WC 2015 & beyond!

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari is seriously over rated. Except his lucky 100 last time he has done nothing of sort to warrant selection in the team. Plus his fitness is always suspect. He will break down in the middle of the match or series. In his short career he has spent more time on injured's list than in the team. He is a perfect example of "made from candy" list of the players. We need players who are made of steel like jadeja, kohli and raina in the team.

  • mobime on July 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Tell you the truth, I did not really think much of Dohni being injured but boy did this cause India big time. Kohl is a great player dont get me wrong, however, he has a long way to go.

  • Ranta on July 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I am looking forward to Rayudu making his debut. If we go by how team operates, I bet Rayudu will play. And have this peculiar feeling that he might go on to have good career with team, As this is 2nd time he is in team as an injury replacement, Looks like now his destiny & luck are supporting him.

    I am really looking forward to seeing him play at least in next two. He deserves a chance now. Haven't hear anything about his reaching there, Can cricinfo give us some team news about current happenings & some practice pics.

    I am predicting good future for Rayudu with team India.

    Talking about Puajara & Rahane, Pujara has knee issues & I guess team wants him to save himself for tests, Rahane is a top order batsman & just little unlucky that current think tank thinks he can't play short ball that effectively. Plus his test debut just came at wrong time. He surely will be in team sooner or later. his time will come.

    But now I hope Rayudu makes use of his time.

  • SurenShan on July 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The top two teams of the series is almost finalized. I would say India would be happy to post two wins and finish with the third spot. Prhaps, some dramatic boost is required for India to post next two wins. They should realize that Dhoni is away and come out of that Missy mindset. Kholi doesnt follows Dhoni's strategy but he definately deserves captioning team with some aggresive decision. Firstly, the team should belive that he is capable and they are capable even without Dhoni. Infact Dhoni expects that. After all, Indian Cricket shouldnt falls again into One Man Show.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Regarding Rahane not very sure where he will fit in the ODi's in the scheme of things.But I have got a feeling he will be in the Test 11 once Sachin retires at 4.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Guys regarding Pujara case , its very simialr to the curious case of VVS.Based on the info I got from someone in the cricket circle, seems like management are not happy with Pujara as he seems to be only keen in batting for hours and not bother about his fitness or fielding.Since he cannot run fast he might be a burden for the team even though he is supremely talented.I think Pujara must first start to work on improving his fitness to have any chance of playing in the ODI's.In Tests he is our next Dravid.

  • Naresh28 on July 4, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @nampally - agree with your thoughts on Pujara as a future captain. The guy has done well in tests and Indian selectors may be spoiling his bloom as a cricketer by keeping out of other formats. Definitely worth a try. My thoughts are that after the TC they could have sent a different set of players to freshen the team. This was an ideal opportunity - I hope they do this with the Zim series. Having said that I am happy Rayudu will get a chance and I hope he plays a game as well.

  • josphe on July 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    watching pujara's list A record one would have to wonder how on earth hasn't he made his ODI debut yet and after how well he has done so far in Test cricket we kno he has the temperament. This would have been the perfect opportunity to give him a go..I hope he is selected for the zimbabwe series.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Rahane is a good player. What he needs is to increase power in his shots by doing gym workout. Dravid recognizes his talent when played the IPL. I see him as a India future player. Whatever happened to Chand (since the WC he has gone quite) Sanju Sampson is another. These three guys should be picked for Zim tour.

  • Nampally on July 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    India really needed a calm & reliable batsmen in the middle order to replace Dhoni's talent- the best finisher in the ODI's. In addition they also needed a calm & cool Captain to replace Dhoni. Pujara was being groomed for this role by the Indian Selectors for the past 2 years. He led Team India A, several times & did it creditably both at home & abroad. Why is he not brought in to replace Dhoni instead of Rayudu? This half hearted experiments by the Indian Selectors must be pushed to fruition in real situations. Pujara is still the best choice to replace Dhoni as a captain. He is the best & most reliable Indian batsman at #3 in Tests or ODI's & has the captaincy experience to lead India.

  • coldcoffee123 on July 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    This tri series is a joke, at least for India. First, energy sapping IPL played in 45 degree C, then CT in freezing UK. If that wasn't enough cricket, BCCI agrees to send the team half way around earth to play more matches with guess who, our neighbors Sri Lanka. I am not surprised Dhoni getting injured, India losing to 8th-ranked WI, and Sri Lanka scoring 200+ for no loss. Imagine remaining awake for 72 hours straight, and then being told that you will have to remain awake for more time. What will that do? It will make you sick. Indian players are being over worked by BCCI as if they are slaves. I pity them. I would be puking on the field if I were to play so much cricket.

  • on July 2, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Dhoni has been out of the team after ages....

  • on July 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    i really don't like people posting negative or demotivating comments.. Everything happens for a good reason. It's the time for Virat to show himself in back 2 back two series., as BCCI consider him as a future captain of Indian team. Shami ahmed got a chance in today ODI to perform, he may be the new talented bowler like Bhuvneshwar or Umesh yadav. Dhoni seriously need some rest man !! He was playing continuously, rigorously from past years.

  • on July 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Muralidharen Gautam should be in high domestic scorer and regular keeper..........

  • on July 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    wherw is manoj tiwary , pujara rahane and Muralidharen Gautam as he is wickt keeper also...

  • Twinkie on July 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    I don't agree that the series is meaningless but I do think that players are put under a lot of stress with the tight schedules. That, however, is how they get their big pay days. I do agree that you should have had a few days to celebrate your success together. Your board does have a bit of clout these days unlike the WICB. Don't they get any say in scheduling?

  • on July 2, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Right time for young blood came in to existence for the captaincy.. Because we should not depend on Dhoni for WC 2015. Alternate must be there. Because who knows what will be the future. If team succeeded in this series, it would remind everyone that Dhoni's absence is not a problem for Team INDIA and if Kohli changes his attitude little bit then he will be the successful captain for Team INDIA and will built a good team in his captaincy for WC 2015... That becomes a good sign to team... Changes are necessary.......

  • on July 2, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    dis is very sad movement that indian captain and wicketkeeper MSD was injured really sad mmmmmm

  • rajesh_singhSTM on July 2, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Good Dhoni needed that break and it is blessing in disguise indeed

  • Charu1983 on July 2, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Who is Vice Captain for India now?

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @swarzi - Agree with you. Nicely put. Scheduling of late has turned Dhoni into a robot.Indian cricket has enough players to put up two full teams - BCCI should do this.

  • swarzi on July 2, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    You see the exact point that I am trying to make? The best cricket captain in the world took his team to battle against the rest of the world, and did not only WiN EVERY BATTLE he fought, but WON THE WAR also. Then before he is allowed to lead his army home to celebrate their victory WITH THE WHOLE NATION, he and his men are sent off to fight a less important war, and now, the real deal is that he is INJURED in the first battle of that less important war and has to return home, without his victorious troops that won the ALL IMPORTANT WAR! How unfair! I think it's time for the international cricket administrators to show some human concern for our cricketers and cricket! On the point of Dhoni's replacement, I think it should have been Sanju Samson, the 18 year old superstar, who is both a batsman of immense class and a wicketkeeper.

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Kohli has captained India U19 before and for me this is a natural progression. He does get a flustered in a crisis situation but I am sure he will learn - lets give him time. It's time us fans get used to not seeing Dhoni in one or the other format. I can see that the test format is taking a lot out of him. Dhoni to me prefers the shorter format games.He definitely will lead India at next ODI wc.The comments show how valuable Dhoni is to India.

  • on July 2, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Prefer to put in m.vijay into the team over here.. The earlier tour of wi saw him and mukund open the batting.. Though both of them failed miserably in the series, vijay would know to handle the conditions better.

  • on July 2, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    not good sign for indian cricket team

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I dont undersand ,why people are saying Raina should be made captain . When Raina took over captaincy for Zimbabwe tri series ,India couldn't even beat Zimbabwe and won that series vs WI but struggled to do so .Rana isnt captaincy material . It had to be between Rohit and Virat ,and as Rohit is just settling into this team ,and Virat is a settled member ,It had to be him . It may be a blessing in disguise,as MSD is playing a lot and is not given adequate rest , if he gets rest that too for a very short series .Now with this series and Zimbabwe series ,where i think he will be rested as a young team should be sent ,will give him adequate time to rest ,relax and recover .

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It was there to see. Kohli captained RCB in the IPL and most of the crunch matches went to the last over/last ball finishes/bowl out kind of situations. The same were the scenes when India lost to the WI a couple of days back. Last wicket scenario. Wonder if this boy is taking the Dhoni Style "of playing the waiting game initially and taking off in the last few overs" to a new level by taking the matches to the last over/last wicket kinda finishes :) im surprised people failed to notice this!!!!!!

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I really Wonder why the selectors go for a new lad (A. Rayidu) especially in caribbean Pitches, since it will be a added Pressure for any new comer in such horrible Bowling tracks. If i were in the selection committee, I would give the 1st ODI opportunity in the Indian Pitch, as he is almost used in T20 Matches then steadily progress his chances to overseas. Honestly, i would opt for M Vijay in this case (since he is part of the Original squad), as he show mature cricket in the recent times & can able to with stand the bowling attack. Anyways lets wish A.Rayidu all the every best to utilize the opportunity. On the captaincy:yes no body can deny that Raina is to the extent cool headed like Dhoni, But "Dhoni is Unreplacable" - a real assert to Ind.Kohli is bit tensed during hard times but a superb spirited cricketer. Well whoever gets into the shoes of the captain have to strive hard towards the goal & they are well aware that "Winning is Everything". Wishes to Kohli. God Bless Ind!

  • hellraizer33 on July 2, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @y4yoga : I must say, you have a funny name with funny sense of humour. Dont you know if a captain is not there then the responsibility comes to Vice captain and does not go to any third person as such so how can you even argue of Raina being given the responsibility when VK is vice captain for quite some time now. You should have protested an year ago when VK was made vice captain, its too late to raise a protest. Moreover, Raina did a pathetic job when he was given responsibility and India could not even get into the Final of a traingular tournament where Zimbabwe was also one of the three team. I think that was the most devastating performance by Indian team in a decade. For your information Kohli has captained India under 19 team to a world cup victory and he is seen as a future captain to India after MSD. Raina is undoubtedly one of the greatest finisher subcontinent pitches has ever seen but in no sense he is a captain material. You are funny dude :)

  • on July 2, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    again young guns in team india will be tested.dhonis absence will provide opportunity to kohali to show his prpwess as captain.ofcourse he has showed that in the world cup under 19,when he brought that coveted cup to india.all the best to kohali and his team for this tri series.

  • manishwa on July 2, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    I really would have loved it if the selectors had given Sanju Samson a go. Yeah, he's young - but years older than Parthiv Patel when he made his debut. Again, I wouldn't have minded if Parthiv had been picked ahead of Rayudu. All I am looking for is a gamble by selectors - Sanju Samson would be the one - if he had clicked, Dhoni could have the chance to quit ODIs and concentrate on test matches.

  • ramli on July 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Good luck Ambati Rayudu ... make your mark and this is the time ... there will not be many openings ... DK missed it once when MSD was away resting against SL ...

  • y4yoga on July 2, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    oh No!. Where did Kholi come . Where is raina?.If a player captains an IPL team, can he be the captain of the national team? That too having the dangerous world class players in his IPL team and not even able to make it to play offs... so sad. Raina is the next to Lead after MSD. he has the vast amount of experience after MSD and has groomed under MSD. I'm sorry but After MSD is out of the series I want India to loose baldy the series as people should know that VK is only a batsmen( though they may make it to final as srilankans will not be able to)

  • PeterJerome on July 2, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Well it was a job well done by Kohli in the last match. He ran the windies close with nothing much really to defend. Cheers to the windies last wicket for keeping their head. I dont think MSD would have done any different. Hope to see a different Kohli after this series. Perhaps a more matured and cool-headed. lets not compare him with Dhoni as we are normally used to. Would like to see Kohli giving a shot at the test captaincy, as that is the one area he can compete with Dhoni. Its a healthy competition, may the best man win. Good Luck VK.

  • on July 2, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    No no no no no noooooooo, This can't be happening.............

  • on July 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Agreed with SANDIIP PATIL ... It should be testing time for Kohli because everybody could see the pressure on his face against WI ...

    Despite that ROHIT SHARMA is the coolest like MS Dhoni and he has a temperament better than Kohli to make fight in Pressure Situations ...

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Indian cricket never learns about giving a break to some of the players. Selectors do not realize the amount of work Dhoni puts in as wicketkeeper. He then has to come forward bat and run those singles, hit those sixes. Its strenuous work for him. Squatting all day in test matches. Its no wonder he prefers the shorter games. At the end of the day he enjoys doing all this to show the world how fit he is and gives 100 % effort.

  • Immortal_Indians on July 2, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Stop it guys last time when India toured WI Raina was leading the team and he was successful too so why to look somewhere else....

    Problem with others Kohli- Temperament Ashwin - Let him lead his Ranji team first Rohit Sharma - Let him settle down in the team 1st

  • VVSR92 on July 2, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    good thing for msd 2 get valuable rest & time off the game b4 tests vs sa & a great chance for rayudu to prove himself in international arena in upcoming 8-9odis vs sl,wi,zim in the abscense of other contendors like pujara , m.tiwary .

  • Galactus. on July 2, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I think its time that IPL is considered a part of the domestic season.... Ambati Rayudu's prolific domestic season in this report includes Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup and the Deodhar Trophy. Dhoni's replacement should have been an experienced player as he could have helped groom Virat with his experience.... Just remembered a comment on cricinfo during the last match... Virat, DK and Raina look like class monitors without a class teacher... :)

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Do you the think the outcome of the last match woud have been different had Dhoni been the captain ? I think we would have won it for sure . . . .

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    I dont thing so that kohli could be right option rather raina may do, kohli is naturally aggressive it may not help under pressure situation, anyway our legend mahi got rest we are hoping so u will grt well soon to make ur winning record counts. what about irfan pathan didn't got opportunity to play in champion trophy and this wi tri serious yet .

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Very sad tht Pujara dint get the call ahead of Rayudu. Dnt understand Indian selectors.

  • manohard on July 2, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    I prefer Rayudu in place of Vijay. Rayudu showed he's capable of holding nerve and could replace MSD in the last 10 overs and he's capable of clearing the ropes.

  • on July 2, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Agree with Capricorn60. Good to see dhoni getting some rest. I think after his promotion to captain this is the first time he is not in team. And now is the testing time for kohli. If he wins this without dhoni...he is set for becoming legend. but if he fails, Rohit sharma will take up the empty shoes and man he leads from front. As an opener and captain, he will be great asset to team. But that is way too far. Right now...3 months rest for Dhoni. Cheers Mahi

  • on July 2, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    guys give kohli some break and stop comparing him with dhoni..... both are two different characters.... remember kohli had the brains to control all under19 players who were not matured enough at their age..... his attitude is tad different from dhoni, but i am sure he speaks well , he said " under pressure situation we missed him( DHONI ), he maintains his cool under this situation " so kohli is ready to agree his mistakes and ready to take suggestions...... that a good quality.....i am not a die hard fan of kohli's , rather i am a fan of dhoni..... but we need to look beyond dhoni...we cant have dhoni leading forever..... i predict sometime after WC2015 kohli will lead india in all formats or may be except in tests........

    and i also have another option , ASHWIN ..what say guys......

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    In todays match I think virat And DK is going to feel the heat.......................

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    this can be the window for vijay to enter in to the playing 11 again..?

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Just the differance of one man makes the same team look so mediocre, but Mahi take full rest, we need you in SA, enjoy the time in the Carribean Islands, thats a great place to tour. Dinesh Karthik needs to think that he is the wicketkeeper not the Captain, hence should concentrate on the keeping, he lost a sitter stumping chance of Johnson Charles the other night, which would have won the match for us, he was trying more to advise Kohli than concentrate on his keeping. Its not easy to fill in Mahi's shoes, but still if all the players do their job and perform their roles correctly, it makes the job of Captain much easier

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I agree with Avi56, Yuvraj would be the best part of team India. New headed captain Virat will definitely suffer for his superior actions on the field. If he lead the team India cool as Mahi means ... he can get good result ..!

  • US_Indian on July 2, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    whats wrong why cant they go for rotation policy. By doing this they would be doing all a big favor, the players, the public and the game . This will give some rest to crucial players and at the same time give opportunity to deserving guys who keep on knocking at the doors, who know someone like Pujara, Kohli or Dhawan might appear and it is a good way to keep and test the bench strength as well so that at any given moment they can pull in or out any player as a replacement and that will serve as an incentive for the bench warmers to perform and become a permanent fixture in the team, specially they should do with fast bowlers too as such they are very brittle and prone to injuries who should be tagged as "Fragile handle with care".

  • kdevil3 on July 2, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    this is the best to happen to india and more imporantly to Dhoni himself...let him rest.we dont dhoni aganist zim west & sri...Kholi let him step up

  • shrastogi on July 2, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    India would miss Dhoni as captain and finisher. I hope more responsibilty brings out best in Kohli. It doesnt make too much sense to send full strength team to Zimbabwe though this team is very young so Dhoni should get a longer rest. When proven performers in domestic (list A) and international cricket (test) like Pujara are ignored it makes one wonder if merit is the criterion for selection. Nothing against Rayudu though. He would get his chance only if Vijay disappoints. Suddenly Dhoni's injury means that the team doesnt look balanced.

  • Narbavi on July 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @nyc_missile: you seriously need to know a few stuff before commenting, you want Dhoni to retire from tests? he is the only indian keeper who has managed to average above 30 in our entire test history, just because of his odi exploits you expect more from him, another point was regarding Tiwary, he is injured and is out for 4 months, the whole nation knows this, not sure how come you missed it!!

  • Avi56 on July 2, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Dhoni out and they replace him with Raydu....what is wrong with the BCCI...Rayudu might have played good t20 in Ipl but this is the West Indies pitches...and not the flat pitches of india..Secondly, why do we need another wicketkeeper when u hav Dinesh Karthick in the Team...Dhoni is a great wicketkeeper but Dinesh Karthick is probably the Best in India when coming to jump around places more athletci and Rayudu is far inferior as a wicket keeper... I mean what is wrong in Getting Yuvraj Singh Back in the Team...Have any of us seen what form he is in?? He dint play well in IPL so what is IPL a new parameter for Selection.. Dhoni is a Great Finisher of the Game but Before Dhoni Came it was Yuvraj who did it.. Yuvraj is a Big Bonus in the Team considering he will be the most experienced player in the Batting Line Up...Plus he is a way better part time bowler than Raina or Kohli.. As for Kohli just wish him luck and let team india win under him too.And stop comparing him with Dhoni..

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Not sure if Raydu will reach on time for this game. It will be interesting to find out where Vijay would bat in this game!!

  • ro.GUE.hit on July 2, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Since MS Dhoni is out of the tri-series with a hamstring. India have lost a safe keeper, a finisher down the order, a trusted middle order batsman, a part time seamer and most importantly, a cool headed captain for crunch situations.

    That's some gap to be filled by someone!

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    without dhoni team is not so good

  • on July 2, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Abitha and Ramz, think about it. It looks unfair on part of ICC not to allow runners but the premise of keeping fit and play ready 365 days a year for what, 10 years+ of a cricketer's life span, is almost inhuman expectation. What I mean to say is, let other kids who are hungry get some opportunity. Sure, Dhoni is Captain Cool and almost irreplaceable but then one never knows, until the replacement makes it big (or not!)

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on July 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    It is good idea to stay away from playing 11,Dhoni perhaps thinking that Indian cricket can play well without him too for time being..,thus team INDIA will be as balanced as it is......INJURED or NOT

  • Edassery on July 2, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Play more IPL so that subsequent series representing the country can be skipped. Invariably, Dhoni, Gambhir and Sehwag has skipped at least one series either before or after IPL for the last three years. This is usually in the pretext of injuries but if it happens before IPL, suddenly they are fit during IPL and again unfit after. This time, he didn't skip Champions trophy so Tri-series should have been avoided from the beginning.

  • santosh.singh on July 2, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    we will miss u mahi ..get well soon ...its a low profile series and nxt with zim ..but on field we will miss u alot.

  • on July 2, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    kohli replacing dhoni is a difficult task..even during the west-indies match kohli looked clue-less about the bowling changes..he would give the ball to jadeja and then tell ishant to bowl...but anyways he is new at the international level....i would be happy to see him coming out with flying colours..

  • Prema1948 on July 2, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    skills similar to Ten'kar ,because once as a 16 year old he single handedly won a match for the Indian U19 aganst the England U 19, scoring a unbeaten 150 , in England in Aug 2002.(Stats courtesy Cricinfo & Cricketarchive)

  • Prema1948 on July 2, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    If India is having the kind of J&Ps in SL, there is a possibility of Dhoni (if he's willing) playing in remaining matches, since SLan seniors never allow their youngsters to grab their places in the Team; therefore they are always prepared to play with very severe injuries. I'd like to give you 2 occasions such things happened in recent times (once) in England. June 2011 in the 2nd Test, the skipper got his finger fractured while batting on the 1st innings, didn't take any further part in the Match or in the 3rd Test. However he batted in all 5 ODIs and with following performance; Inns played 5, Run Aggregate 13, Ave 3.40. The 2nd incident happened in SA, in the Country's last tour to SA (Dec 2011) one of the seniors got his webbing in a hand split, while fielding (9thDec2011), wanted to bat in the 1st Test starting on 15 Dec and he could last only 3 balls in the 1st Inns and 8 balls in the 2nd and the match was lost by innings. As for Raidu, I thought he always had brilliant(2bCNTD)

  • on July 2, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    felling sorry for Dhoni haters.......they can now only criticize him once the series is completed.

  • imalkait on July 2, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    As a Sri lankan my one & only favorite Player.. Dhoni..the most respectable cricketer...wish him quick recovery...

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    one of the rarest moments in cricket , where msd is dropped due to injury..... he needs rest and he deserved it now... same goes for kohli, raina, ashwin.... but anyway good to see the new captain...... i hope he does well and i hope dhoni wont be recovering till some major series , till then we can see how virat performs as a captain.... i hope he comes good... or else i would like to see ashwin as captain...al the best for india...and i hope raydu gets a go here.....

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Hope the injury is not too bad. Dhoni deserves this break. I am not too convinced about Kohli's captaincy. Too hot headed and needs time to settle down as a captain. But there are no options. I think India should think of promoting Ashwin as he is pretty intelligent and quite calm and has played a lot under Dhoni

  • class9ryan on July 2, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Indian batting still has enough fire-power to excel this series. The problem lies the captaincy. Virat is a very young captain and officially will captain in his first match for India tomorrow. Good challenge for him to lead the no.1 ranked tam in the world.

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 2, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Actually this is a good news for India. Dhoni can take some rest, he needs. Also, Kohli can get some experience in these inconsequential games. We will also see how the team sans Dhoni shapes up. Would have liked to see Rahane instead of Rayudu though. Does this mean Yuvraj is gone for good? Yuvraj should be part of the grand plan for the next World Cup. I still feel he can fit in and belongs to this group.

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Its time for Rayudu to prove his point, just like Dinesh Karthik did in CT2013 warm ups. Good luck boys.

  • timeh on July 2, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Team India one step closer to realising their dream of becoming the Mumbai Super Kings.

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Why Cheteshwar A. Pujara is being neglected by our selection committee in spite of having a wonderful record! He averages 65.55 in tests (4 hundreds, 3 fiftees), Averages 60.18 in first class cricket (20 hundreds, 24 fiftees) and averages 56.97 in List-A matches (8 hundreds & 17 fiftees). It is very surprising that none of commentators like Sanjay Manjrekar, Ravi Shastri or even Sunil Gavaskar has ever talked about why Cheteshwar Pujara is not selected for our Test and ODI teams! Can anyone explain??????

  • rockstarev on July 2, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    @Abitha : Injuries are unavoidable . But you should also notice the difference between players. I am not sure whether this is the first time MS Dhoni missing a series due to injury. He is remarkably fit. But that's not the case with Dilshan. He often picks injuries while batting. More than that , allowing a bye runner will lead a team to choose half fit players(who can bat but not field) . This is unfair.

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I lost interest to watch up coming matches after captaincy change

  • on July 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I think they shd have Yuvi, the reason is Experience, spin bowling in slow tracks like WI n Zimb, its batting..... opppss its YUVI

  • on July 2, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Kohli will have to show more maturity. At times, he becomes impulsive and tense. He should learn that Win and Loss are two sides of a coin and accept it.

  • on July 2, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    rayudu is from andhra pradesh and not baroda, correction needed in this article!! ofcourse is indian, happy for him to get a break finally!!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    you had IPL, then the icc champions trophy and now west Indies odi series.. not surprised dhoni is injured, but the make way for another hopefull to prove his worth, ambati raydu, its a good replacement..

  • on July 1, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    He shouldnt have been going in the first place! No need for us to be sending our full strength side to mickey mouse tournaments. Could have easily given guys like Rahane and Shami Ahmed a chance

  • asiacricket1234 on July 1, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Wow.... This is a massive change to adjust with for the Indian players because they were playing under Mr. Cool now they've to play under Mr. Hot lol

  • on July 1, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Tiwary is injured. Rayudu has been in the line for long, and since Dhoni is a wicketkeeper and Rayudu has handled gloves decently for Mumbai before, they have gone for a "like for like" replacement thereby allowing Rayudu to keep if something happens to Dinesh Karthik.

    What this does is, this extends Karthik's run with the team which is good for him. Hope he keeps performing and keeps the likes of Saha and Patel out forever!

  • deepshah4321 on July 1, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    All you Dhoni haters, the capability of Dhoni is not hidden. The man rescues our team at the most important times. In the last match, he got injured because the ball hit him on his knee and that is why he got out. The man had the guts to stay out there and rescue the team in the most crucial phase and was about to start hitting boundries just after he got that injury. He is a great player and has been proving himself again and again. Just because you guys don't have the dedication or luck towards your goal, don't hate on him. He's a great player and has come a long way from a ticket collector to Indian captain.

  • on July 1, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    This is an extremely well orchestrated ruse to give MSD a good long rest. Watch out for his guest appearances all over the media shortly.

  • sns55 on July 1, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Good for Dhoni. He should be preserved for more important series in future and not wasted on these meaningless tri-nation tourney or the Zimbabwe games.

  • ramz30380 on July 1, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good replacement.... hard hitting wicket keeper batsman for hard hitting wicket keeper batsman. But will Kohli replace Dhoni?! Big question! We will have to wait till the completion of this series to find out.....

    @ Abitha - can't agree more to your comment. ICC need to re-consider their decision on a bye-runner for batsmen.

  • kc69 on July 1, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Well Rayudu is still not in. I remember him being in the 15 member squad and not even playing a single game. The real opportunity for Rayudu is when he is included in the playing eleven. I hope he grabs this chance as DK did in champions trophy. However I would have been happy to see someone like Yuvraj in the lineup replacing Dhoni, given his experience and handy left arm spin. Nonetheless done is done, All the best to team India.

  • on July 1, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    When kartik can keep wicket why bother with rayadu? should have gone with pujara or rahane.

  • on July 1, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Get well soon, i love your coolness on the field. Also there is similarity in your nick name and my brand. God bless you as you are real ambassador of your country and real sportsman who leads from front. I like your style to handle your critics. Keep it up and good luck.

  • JustAnotherCricketFan on July 1, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    INjured or not, I think this is DHoni's way of phasing himself out of the team, remember he said something about 2013 and gettign the team ready for 2015 world cup. I think, he might disappear more and more from the playing X1. I hope not though!

  • on July 1, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Now Dhoni haters will learn what happens when a player like Dhoni is out of the team. P.S that I was a Dhoni hater few months back but I have to admit, I was wrong. Dhoni has impressed me since then and his absence would be big loss for the Indian team.

  • Abitha on July 1, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    I fervently hope that the Law preventing a Batsman to have a bye-runner should be given a thought for repeal. So many Cricketers gets injured while playing (take the case of Dilshan) still no runner is allowed, thus they aggrevate the injury playing for the cause of the TEAM, Will ICC go for a rethinking in the BEST INTEREST of these Cricketers. Hope they will

  • mar2000 on July 1, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Dhoni the man of steel . sad to see him go down because he bring life to the Cricket field .We all wish him a speedy recovery .

  • Top-Spinner on July 1, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    All those who are salivating about Tiway should keep in mind that Rayudu has better average and better technique than him. Moreover, Tiwari bhai is injury prone and is out for few months playing football.

  • Harmony111 on July 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise actually. India are playing a somewhat low-purpose series and now we have one slot to try out new talent. I would love to see Rayudu do well in Intl Cricket & in ODIs. He is someone who seems a misfit in the T20 format even though he has done reasonably well in the IPL. He is a calm composed batsman, a bit like MSD and the selectors might have gone for like for like. Yuvi & GG are proven performers so makes no sense to have them here but I am a bit perplexed at why Manoj Tiwari or Rahane or Pujara were not called up. Even Yusuf Pathan deserved a second chance this time. Rayudu's call is a bit surprising given that there were a few before him in the list but I'd be very happy if he does well in this series.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    In normal circumstances, Pujara or Rahane would have made more sense as the reserve batsmen in the side. But considering it is MS who is missing, I think the selectors did the right thing by going in for someone who can play the finisher's role better. Not suggesting anyone can step in easily for Dhoni, as his position among ODI batsmen is in the list of best ever in the world. But Rayudu seems to have an adaptable game and he can play according to different situations. Besides, if needed, he can keep wickets as well, although in this scenario this factor is less important, as Dinesh Karthik is already in the side.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Virat kolhi would be dancing n will be over the moon .Getting to lead such a talented pack of players at this young age is just like a dream for him .Iam excited to see the delhi dasher put on the mantel of a captain because of two reasons,first is that we will get to see vk as a captain in these four to ten games thereby we will have a automatic replacemrent for msd .These are happy times for team india ,players are young so that wont be attracted to the captaincy status that much.Leading india is never a easy job but the time and the players that virat kolhi has at his disposal is giving me confidence that virat koihi ten match temporary phase as a captain will go on smoothly without any major difficulty. troubles are always there in a distinguished job n this a prestigious job of great value and significance.I am always in favour of making young captains.24 age is a right age for anybody to lead a national side.As a captain he should display examplary patience with his players.

  • nyc_missile on July 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Dump that fumbling Karthick & bring in Tiwary coz he's no good as a keeper.Rayudu can keep for 50 overs..This would be the perfect squad going forward :

    Rohit| Dhawan | Kohli | Tiwary| Rayudu| Rahane | Raina| Jadeja| Ashwin| Bhuvi| Ishant| Umesh|

    Except Ashwin and Ishant,almost all are terrific fielders and catchers which will be important in Oz for 2015 WC with bigger grounds.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I agree. yuvraj should have replaced dhoni. just 3 or 4 matches left. No need for a guy who can keep. Could have gone for big hitting yuvi. anyways ambati deserves a break too. he did well for Mumbai Indians. so did dwayne smith. but he does not find a place in wi side. they could have benefited from his big hitting

  • king78787 on July 1, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    It finally gives dhoni an excuse for a rest though. He is the most overworked cricketer in the modern game. Captain, Keeper, no6 (or higher) in all formats and has not had a rest since the 2011 world cup (probably longer). Shows how unfit aussies quicks are. Anderson is another example, he NEVER misses a game through injury. Dhoni, Anderson, Sammy, Steyn these are the types of cricketer that is fit and surprisingly are ALL (except Sammy) at the top of their game.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Rayudu!! U must be kidding.....Whats wrong with this guys...Yuvraj should have played instead..this one was a no brainer....anyways, if not yuvi they could have gone for Rahane or Pujara

  • suj2811 on July 1, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Rarest of the rarest scenarios where Dhoni is being ruled out coz of an injury...A well deserved break for him...Hope he gets well soon...Time for Raydu to prove himself at the international stage...All the best to Virat in leading the team.

  • jay_vkjay on July 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Dhoni should have been rested for this series. But very good time to get injured. This tri-series not so important.With Zimbabwe series to follow, Dhoni got ample time to recover well. Great opportunity to test Virat's captaincy. So its a blessing in disguise for India.

  • Sohom_kolkata on July 1, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    it's a huge blow for team india as they not only lost a great finisher but also a cunning captain....still looking forward to enjoy leadership qualities of VK, it'll be a litmus for team india to perform witout msd. being a hardcore ganguly fan can't refrain from admitting that msd has proved himself equally good and even better in some aspect.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    I am SOOOO happy for Rayudu. Now, I really hope he gets a place in the playing XI. Rayudu has far better technique than Rahane or Vijay. Rahane might have shown better scores and temperament in the domestic level but has also shown vulnerability to hostile bowling. He does not bring solidity like Dravid did. Pujara gives you that but he is a second choice player for ODIs. He has struggled with demanding scoring rates. M Vijay is also just getting started with tests and at the moment is doing well.. I think he gets confused with his role and his game itself quite a bit.. so its better for him and India if he sticks to tests until he settles down at this level. Rayudu is not really the best T20 player but his game is tailor made for ODIs.. give him one series and am sure as hell he will come out good. BTW, DK needs to realize he does something significant in the games that count.. he seems to be taking too much time to settle down.. he needs match winning scores to save his place..

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    MSD should take some rest even if without injury. DK is a good keeper and he dropped cataches during the match against the WI, due to lack of enough matches behind the stumps. Gautam Gambhir is not a choice as well as Yuvaraj. Both of them concentrate on domestic versions.Shikhar Dawan - Rohit Sharmba combination is enough for India for long time.

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Finally Rayudu got chance to play for India. Now Jadeja has to play Dhoni's role because Rayudu is more of middle order batsman and needs time to settle in unlike Dhoni who can hit the ball out of the park at his will. Yes! It's a pressure situation for Kohli but it's a pressure situation for other players too . 1)Rohit getting the starts but not converting them to big ones. 2)Ishant sharma and Umesh Yadav inconsistency. 3)Karthik not able to perform after those two centuries in warm up games of CT So it's time for all these players to step up their game.

  • GRVJPR on July 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @ cricket-is-best What Vijay has done wrong. His last 2 international innings are centuries. I don't know what people are trying to suggest and by what logic?

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Can't believe Rayudu got chosen over Rahane, Pujara, Saha and Patel

  • GRVJPR on July 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    This is arguably the youngest and most inexperienced team now.

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Well! Dhoni deserve it. Need a break. Rayudu and Dhawan both got late calls. But for sure they are going to prove it. They have been doing well for few years. Including IPL. After VVS Luxman only Rayudu (All format player) was expected for National call from Hyderabad. Dream come true for this Hyderabadi. If selectors have World Cup in their mind, then these youngsters are the best players in INDIA as of now. Good luck India for rest of the series.

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Dhonis..oye oyeee shouts behind the wickets when Jadeja and Ashwin bowl is going to me missed too ! remember dhoni put that pressure from behind the stumps and DK is bit of a quiet gentleman behind the stumps..he needs to start encouraging the bowlers of the likes of jadeja and ashwin from behind the stumps.

  • satishsasikumar on July 1, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    It is a well deserved break for MS Dhoni. He has been playing non-stop since a long time. I have only one worry. Usually hamstring injuries take a long time to heal and moreover there is very high chance that you could pull this muscle again and again later if you keep stressing. Once again looking forward to South Africa series and also for the other upcoming important series it is very essential that he keeps himself fit as he is a very good leader and a valuable asset to the Indian cricket team. Hope he recovers soon. A good opportunity to test a younger person for captaincy skills

  • cricket-is-best on July 1, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    sincerely hope rayudu gets the chance! we have seen enough of vijay! for a limited overs match, rayudu is far better.he should play even if he fails one or two games!

  • Ranji067 on July 1, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to watch how Indians are going to perform in the absence of MSD!! Also an opportunity to prove young players& Captain VK... Lets wait and see who will reserve their place in Indian team....

  • Lightsaber on July 1, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    gautam gambhir is a must recall keeping with view the tour of SA.He is technically tighter than most other batsmen,play spins brilliantly,good against pace.He was not completely out of form when dropped.He has excellent record against Sl,and will be a key player vs narine.After he was dropped he scored a fine 112 against aus in warm up match.Definitely he deserves a recall,even if in middle order.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    That means India will have Rohit and Vijay in the team... Thats interesting... n Shikar Dhawan has to deal with it... feels sorry for him... Well its time for Virat to prove his ability both as Batsman n as a Captain...

  • vr.mandalapu on July 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    What a pleasant news! Ambati Rayudu at last got his place overdue.Certainly a rebirth of sorts. I hope he will make a mark in the game.

  • nyc_missile on July 1, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Good thing to have happened..coz MSD didn't look like giving any new guy a chance to lead! Only way for a new captain to take charge! Also MSD needs rest ..a permanent one from tests i.e. We need him back for ODIs though! Atleast we'll get to see what Kohli is made of! Go on son ,prove that you're a worthy successor!

  • AuntyChrist on July 1, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    West Indies have tried to unsettle Kohli in the CT. It wouldn't be a bad ploy right now. Kohli's character will be tested by Pollard, Gayle and the rest

  • Unmesh_cric on July 1, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    This is a good opportunity for Rayudu. I hope he gets a chance. Dinesh Karthik can keep wickets and Rayudu can bat at No. 6 in place of Dhoni. Poor Manoj Tiwari..here, a slot opens up, but he himself is injured right now. Before the start of this series, I had a feeling that Dhoni should have been rested. He is playing non-stop cricket in all 3 formats for a while now. This is particularly difficult for a keeper. Although Dhoni is a tough cricketer, everybody is made up of flesh and bones. I hope he recovers soon. With Dhoni out due to injury, everybody in this team is below 30 now. It would be interesting to see how this young Indian team handles itself without Dhoni.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan can be a better selection than Raydu

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    It's a blessing in disguise. Dhoni should have never boarded the plane to WI as well Zim series. These are the series to test out some players as well as captain and keep yourself ready for any kind of situation that may arise before the 2015 WC. What will happen if Dhoni gets injured before the tournament!! It's an ideal opportunity for Virat to sharpen his captaincy skills. The primary attribute of a captain has to be that he should be a proven and consistent performer as a player. Rohit has not done that yet. Raina does not have much experience. Virat may be aggressive, but with experience, i am sure he'll be able to channelize his aggression in the right direction. HE looks to be a natural leader. India's objective should be to win these tournaments as well ensure the fringe players get some opportunities to display their skills.

  • Abitha on July 1, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Take care MSD Your recovery is most important forIndia and YOU in particular. I join millions of people all over the world and Pray for your early recovery. Good Luck Virat .Though the shoe is big to step into we hope you will do well. Kashinath

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    So Indian Team Missing the Captain Dhoni more than the Batting

    I say after watching Yesterdays match the School Teacher is missing and the kids start to behave childish and see the other side of Team India now why India misses Dhoni the Skipper

    Anyways Good time for Dhoni to get the Break in not so Important Tri Series Before Saffers Tour

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This is a sign for BCCI, you have to be proactive and manage Dhoni's workload. You cannot make him rest in the IPL, he should be given rest for the Zimbabwe series, and brought back for South Africa. To be honest, he could have been rested for this series as well. Dhoni's workload needs to be managed, he is not getting any younger, and he keeps in all three formats of the game. Perhaps with the inclusion of Karthik in the side for shorter format, he can be relieved of the wicket keeping duties. Manage Dhoni wisely, don't wait for him to ask for a break, the selectors should be proactive and rest him accordingly.

  • rdr_1019 on July 1, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Blessing in Disguise! Dhoni needed a much awaited break and although it is sad that it came as a form of injury but all in all he needs to rest and return 100% fit and refreshed. His replacement, Ambati Rayadu is a good choice keeping in mind that India is building a team towards 2015 WC but however, I think selectors should have opted for an experienced middle order batsman to replace an experienced player (Dhoni). I would have looked for Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Parthiv Patel or even Cheteshwar Pujara. If India wanted a WK-Batsman replacement, Parthiv would have been ideal since he has represented India before and is a much better wicket-keeper than Rayadu. My feeling is that Ambati won't even get a game with Vijay in the squad. India would paly Rohit Sharma at 5 or 6 and let Vijay open along with Dhawan. All the best to Team India in the absence of MSD.

  • Playfair on July 1, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I would like to see Rayudu get an opportunity, he's done pretty well in the recent past

  • andrew27994 on July 1, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    At least Dhoni will get a well deserved break. I was surprised to see him included in the squad for this series. If there's any man who deserved a break, it's him. This will be a great opportunity for his successors to perform at the international circuit.

  • Jadejafan on July 1, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    This is what happens when these hard-working cricketers are not given rest. India will be touring Zimbabwe next and I hope fresh newcomers are given a chance and make way for some of our other Indian players who have been playing non-stop.

  • andrew27994 on July 1, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Without a doubt, India is going to miss MS Dhoni, the man who has always ensured that the team secure a decent total/ chase a target comfortably. However, its good to see that they have replaced him with another wicket-keeper. I expect Karthik to get the gloves. There's going to be extra pressure on Kohli to lead this very young side as there's no one with reasonable amount of experience except Raina. However, it's a great opportunity for all the youngsters to put up their hands for the remaining matches. Hopefully this will bring out the best of Rohit Sharma. He always performs well whenever MSD is not in the team.

  • APSK on July 1, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    So here comes third captain with 183 (highest odi score). Lets how much success he will be able to acheive...!!!!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    M Vijay will not be playing as he is on vacation trip to England and Westindies with Dhoni and team India as usual. He might play one match and will be selected for next couple of series as well if Dhoni remains as Captain.

  • Batmanindallas on July 1, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    I think it is a good think....he should take a break...Rayadu will not get to play but the recognition is good

  • ladycricfan on July 1, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    They are playing tri-series too soon after CT. Dhoni, take a rest and be ready for SA tour.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    He needs some big rest. As there are more huge series coming in future. The replacement is just for name sake. Now Rayudu will be new player who has to take care of chairs and players. As Rahane and Manoj Tiwari did earlier.

  • BinduKumar on July 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    why not Uttappa? He is the highest run scored in last year's domestic limited overs competition..

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    now no interest to watch the entire series without dhoni

  • FAB_ALI on July 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Good challenge for the youngsters.....how they can win without Dhoni-the batsman and most important..without Dhoni-the Captain. Lets See........

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    miss u msd ................

  • Harizs on July 1, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    robin uthappa shd have been selected for him...he can keep wickets too n also way much better batsmen than raydu

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    We are going to see totally a different captain who (Virat) is not cool,how he he is going to get what India want!

  • jimbond on July 1, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Advantages of having a WK as batting replacement. But DK will feel the pressure now on both batting and WK. And Kohli will feel the pressure of captaincy. Given IPL form I would have thought of Sharma as the better captain. Anyway, I hope they have the sense to play Rayudu in Dhoni's place rather than Vijay.This series is now pretty interesting. Lets hope Dhoni recovers by the next series.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Doubtful about Virats capability as Leader. We saw him how he was impatient notedly leading RCB in IPL. Against MI he was simply baseless over. As a batsman I salute him. But surely having doubt about his leadership qualities. I think Raina or even Rohit may be better replacement for Dhoni. Raina was capatain in last WI tour which India won 3/2. In last IPL everbody appriciated Rohits capataincy also. In final it was mejorly Rohits leadership helps MI to get there first IPL title. After whole tournament he first time brought Maling as a opening bowler and Malinga gets both Hussy and Raina. From ther CSK never came out. Remember also when Raina came to bat he set trap for Raina at short squreleg and on very first ball Raina falls. These are the capatains wickets. Just opposite Virat showed so much frustation on field and many times resulted into some damage for its own team. With Gayle, AB, himself, Dilshan they should have made playoffs. But Virat just failed to do so.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Dhoni said I am the senior in the team in presentation time of final. so every senior is going out one by one out of the team... but we have to see who will come back senior along with Dhoni or who is the next senior to go...

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    sad news, now Indian cricket team realize the value of dhoni and his caption ship

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    but when will join wid the indian team

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    definitely rayudu deserves the place in the team and he is been working really hard for place in indian team cheers rayudu !!

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    finally some rest for msd...................

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    This would be the real test of the current crop of youngsters on how they perform without their leader. As the no.1 side, they have a lot of responsibility on their fresh shoulders. Kohli has got a very good opportunity and this would be beneficial for India too as we would get to see Kohli's temperament while leading the side. Rayudu has earned this placed and he would surely make it count. I don't see Vijay making it to the playing XI unless Rayudu fails to reach there on time for the SL ODI. Rayudu should come in at No. 5. Simple.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Oh no! Kohli? Tough for India now! :/

  • Narbavi on July 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Huge blow but also a much needed break for MSD, lets see how this young team copes up with this, it also means that vijay will open tomorrow with rohit going back to no.4, i don't see rayudu arriving on time and playing straightaway!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu Finally manage to get in indians colours and good n young guys n youngs legs and finally msd need some rest of the series.

  • shewal on July 1, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Best chance for Rayadu.. If he can get even a single game on tour; atleast he will wore India Color... which would enable him to be ON for IPL Auctions next year & not on base price for a domestic player!!!

  • Insanejuxtapose on July 1, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Hopefully Dhoni gets the rest he deserves, hardly missed a game due to injury all his life..But the young lads will need to step it up - and show that they can indeed perform without Captain cool as well.. Next match- Murali Vijay to play? dont think he can handle Sabina park pitch too well.. :)

  • Sir_Ivor on July 1, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    This is probably just as well. He could now have a well deserved break. Virat Kohli could get baptised by fire in the land of Best and Roach. I wish Kohli the very best of luck. I also wish Dinesh Karthik does well as the wicket keeper as well. Rayadu also keeps. So they have a reserve keeper as well. I hpe Rayadu does as well as we have expected him to for a long while now.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    take rest Dhoni.. You deserve it..

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Dhoni, we will miss you, but get well for the future.

  • rockstarev on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    When was the last time MSDhoni missed a series due to an injury or is this the first time ? Undoubtedly the best Indian Cricketer in terms of fitness.

  • Kiru27 on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    OMG..Not going to watch this series anymore...

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    good replacement

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    good replacement

  • Kiru27 on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    OMG..Not going to watch this series anymore...

  • rockstarev on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    When was the last time MSDhoni missed a series due to an injury or is this the first time ? Undoubtedly the best Indian Cricketer in terms of fitness.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Dhoni, we will miss you, but get well for the future.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    take rest Dhoni.. You deserve it..

  • Sir_Ivor on July 1, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    This is probably just as well. He could now have a well deserved break. Virat Kohli could get baptised by fire in the land of Best and Roach. I wish Kohli the very best of luck. I also wish Dinesh Karthik does well as the wicket keeper as well. Rayadu also keeps. So they have a reserve keeper as well. I hpe Rayadu does as well as we have expected him to for a long while now.

  • Insanejuxtapose on July 1, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Hopefully Dhoni gets the rest he deserves, hardly missed a game due to injury all his life..But the young lads will need to step it up - and show that they can indeed perform without Captain cool as well.. Next match- Murali Vijay to play? dont think he can handle Sabina park pitch too well.. :)

  • shewal on July 1, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Best chance for Rayadu.. If he can get even a single game on tour; atleast he will wore India Color... which would enable him to be ON for IPL Auctions next year & not on base price for a domestic player!!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu Finally manage to get in indians colours and good n young guys n youngs legs and finally msd need some rest of the series.

  • Narbavi on July 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Huge blow but also a much needed break for MSD, lets see how this young team copes up with this, it also means that vijay will open tomorrow with rohit going back to no.4, i don't see rayudu arriving on time and playing straightaway!!