India in West Indies, 2011 May 12, 2011

Selectors meet with many variables

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India's first selection meeting after the World Cup triumph - to pick the side for the West Indies tour - promises to be an open affair, not least because at least three first-choice players are almost certain to miss the limited-overs leg. The new coach, Duncan Fletcher, too, flies down for the selection meeting, adding more interest to the proceedings.

With Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan almost sure to opt out, Virender Sehwag off for his shoulder surgery and Ashish Nehra still recovering from the broken finger that kept him out of the World Cup final, there are quite a few places for the selectors to debate upon. There is also doubt over the extent, if any, of MS Dhoni's participation in the limited-overs leg of the tour.

In any case, indications are that Gautam Gambhir is set to become the full-time vice-captain across formats, taking over from Virender Sehwag, who had previously expressed his reluctance to perform the role. Gambhir captained India to a 5-0 ODI series win over New Zealand last year when Dhoni flew to South Africa to acclimatise for a Test series that began six days after the last New Zealand ODI. If Dhoni shoulders arms this time, Gambhir will be the captain for the limited-overs games. If Gambhir too wants a rest, Harbhajan Singh, who has announced his availability for the whole tour, could make his captaincy debut.

Praveen Kumar is a ready replacement for Zaheer, and Ishant Sharma should take Nehra's place. Sreesanth's inclusion could face some competition from R Vinay Kumar. Piyush Chawla, who was part of the World Cup squad, is unlikely to retain his place. Pragyan Ojha is the logical replacement, but it is understood that Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Sharma are all in contention.

The interesting point here is whether the selectors will factor in IPL performances in the case of, say, Rahul. The legspinner has been a standout performer for Pune Warriors this IPL season, but does not have a strong domestic record to back him. Picking players straight out of the IPL hasn't been a fruitful experience in the past. Manpreet Gony and Ashok Dinda are prime examples.

M Vijay would have been the automatic replacement for Sehwag's opening spot in a Test squad, but things are not so straightforward in ODIs: he has a top score of 33 in 11 innings in the format. Picking Parthiv Patel, who has done enough to overtake Dinesh Karthik as the No.2 wicketkeeper, will provide India with a reserve opener in addition to a wicketkeeper. S Badrinath and Rohit Sharma, the two top run-getters in the Ranji Trophy, are strong contenders for the batting vacancies. The other left-field options are Manoj Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, who can keep wicket as well.

Likely XV: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), M Vijay (openers), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma / S Badrinath (middle order), Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha / Ravindra Jadeja/ Amit Mishra / Rahul Sharma (spinners), Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth/ R Vinay Kumar (pace bowlers)

If Dhoni does go for the whole tour, though, he is not likely to play all five ODIs. One of the spinners or batsman might have to make way for him.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 13, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    For selectors its very difficult to miss out any one these three (RAYUDU,PARTHIB,UTHAPPA) as WK.One of the each pair should be picked as this. BADRI/VIRAT, ROHIT/RAINA, YOUSUF/YUVRAJ, IRFAN/PRAVEEN,ASWINI/HARBHAJAN, MANOJ/SAURAV, PARTHIV/VIJAY, RAYUDU/DHONI

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    My proposed team is as under:

    1. Gautham Gambhir. 2. Robin Utappa 3. Virat Kohli 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Suresh Raina 7. Murali Vijay 8. R. Ashwin 9. RavindraJadeja 10. Amit Mishra 11. Rahul Sharma 12. Ishant Sharma 13. Munaf Patel 14. Irfan Pathan 15. Vinay Kumar 16. Badinath

  • annabond on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    this is my team if dhoni is opted out : GAMBHIR (c) , yuvraj (vc) BATTING ORDER : VIJAY,DINESH KARTHIK,GAMBHIR, KOHLI,YUVRAJ,BADRINATH,,RAINA,HARBHAJAN,ASHWIN,PRAVEEN KUMAR,ISHANT,

    if dhoni is there then : DHONI (c) , GAMBHIR (VC) BATTING ORDER : MURALI VIJAY,GAMBHIR, KOHLI,YUVRAJ,BADRINATH,DHONI,RAINA,HARBHAJAN,ASHWIN,PRAVEEN KUMAR,ISHANT,

    i hope this team can do it.... many people may ask me questions why dinesh karthik and not parthiv patel the main reason is that dinesh karthik has the ability to play at any position and in our team we all ready have 3 openers with vijay,gambhir,kohli and even before raina was also sent 1 down so it would be great if karthik be in the team....and even some people may ask why vijay not parthiv .... the reason is that he has had a great ranji season and he is a prolific run scorers in ipl ... also got a wonderful century against aussie.. also got a century against his name in ipl... badri also a great player never got as many chances as rohit

  • Guru_Bennur on May 13, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Hey pals Here Is My ODI Team: Gambhir Capt, vijay, Badrinath, Rohit sharma, suresh raina, virat kohli, amati raydu, Ravindre jadeja, yusuf pathan, Amit mishra, munaf patel, Ishatnh Shrama, R Vinay kumar, Praveen kumar, Parthiv patel.

  • 1h2ku on May 13, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    where is valthaty ,he must be in playing xi.....

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Time to make way for the juniors..... seniors will have a loads of time to prepare for the English tour. My Probables Gambhir (c), Vijay, Parthiv (wk), Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Yusuf, Rohit, Badri, Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Rahul Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, R Vinay Kumar.

    This could be a good chance for the juniors to chip in.

  • harekrishnaom on May 13, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    WE must realize that though several young cricketers have done well in the IPL, most of them have mega flopped in the international scenario (you can check this yourself). So, the selectors have to be very cautious with people like Rayudu and Rahul Sharma. It is wiser to test these talents in an India A overseas tour against the likes of the England Lions and Australia A before plugging them into international cricket, which as history suggests is miscarriage.

  • Rohit.Kulkarni on May 13, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Why are'nt names of Pandey and Mithun in consideration?A stint with CSK might help

  • harekrishnaom on May 13, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Though M Vijay has been somewhat good this domestic season, I think his TN opening partner Abhinav Mukund deserves a scrutiny. But it is his and maybe the country's misfortune that CSK can't find a place for him in their current line up.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    I think Gauti is the best option for captaincy

    My 15 number squad for west indies without seniors is

    1.Gautam Gambhir (capt) 2.Parthiv Patel (wk) 3.Virat Kohli 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.Yusuf Pathan 6.Suresh Raina 7.S Badrinath 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.R Ashwin 10.Ravindra Jadeja 11.Praveen Kumar 12.Munaf Patel 13.Ishant Sharma 14.S.Sreesanth / Irfan Pathan(b'coz V want an all-rounder for continuing our NO.1 spot) 15.Rohit Sharma/ Ambati Raydu/ Manoj Tiwary.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    For selectors its very difficult to miss out any one these three (RAYUDU,PARTHIB,UTHAPPA) as WK.One of the each pair should be picked as this. BADRI/VIRAT, ROHIT/RAINA, YOUSUF/YUVRAJ, IRFAN/PRAVEEN,ASWINI/HARBHAJAN, MANOJ/SAURAV, PARTHIV/VIJAY, RAYUDU/DHONI

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    My proposed team is as under:

    1. Gautham Gambhir. 2. Robin Utappa 3. Virat Kohli 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Suresh Raina 7. Murali Vijay 8. R. Ashwin 9. RavindraJadeja 10. Amit Mishra 11. Rahul Sharma 12. Ishant Sharma 13. Munaf Patel 14. Irfan Pathan 15. Vinay Kumar 16. Badinath

  • annabond on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    this is my team if dhoni is opted out : GAMBHIR (c) , yuvraj (vc) BATTING ORDER : VIJAY,DINESH KARTHIK,GAMBHIR, KOHLI,YUVRAJ,BADRINATH,,RAINA,HARBHAJAN,ASHWIN,PRAVEEN KUMAR,ISHANT,

    if dhoni is there then : DHONI (c) , GAMBHIR (VC) BATTING ORDER : MURALI VIJAY,GAMBHIR, KOHLI,YUVRAJ,BADRINATH,DHONI,RAINA,HARBHAJAN,ASHWIN,PRAVEEN KUMAR,ISHANT,

    i hope this team can do it.... many people may ask me questions why dinesh karthik and not parthiv patel the main reason is that dinesh karthik has the ability to play at any position and in our team we all ready have 3 openers with vijay,gambhir,kohli and even before raina was also sent 1 down so it would be great if karthik be in the team....and even some people may ask why vijay not parthiv .... the reason is that he has had a great ranji season and he is a prolific run scorers in ipl ... also got a wonderful century against aussie.. also got a century against his name in ipl... badri also a great player never got as many chances as rohit

  • Guru_Bennur on May 13, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Hey pals Here Is My ODI Team: Gambhir Capt, vijay, Badrinath, Rohit sharma, suresh raina, virat kohli, amati raydu, Ravindre jadeja, yusuf pathan, Amit mishra, munaf patel, Ishatnh Shrama, R Vinay kumar, Praveen kumar, Parthiv patel.

  • 1h2ku on May 13, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    where is valthaty ,he must be in playing xi.....

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Time to make way for the juniors..... seniors will have a loads of time to prepare for the English tour. My Probables Gambhir (c), Vijay, Parthiv (wk), Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Yusuf, Rohit, Badri, Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Rahul Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, R Vinay Kumar.

    This could be a good chance for the juniors to chip in.

  • harekrishnaom on May 13, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    WE must realize that though several young cricketers have done well in the IPL, most of them have mega flopped in the international scenario (you can check this yourself). So, the selectors have to be very cautious with people like Rayudu and Rahul Sharma. It is wiser to test these talents in an India A overseas tour against the likes of the England Lions and Australia A before plugging them into international cricket, which as history suggests is miscarriage.

  • Rohit.Kulkarni on May 13, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Why are'nt names of Pandey and Mithun in consideration?A stint with CSK might help

  • harekrishnaom on May 13, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Though M Vijay has been somewhat good this domestic season, I think his TN opening partner Abhinav Mukund deserves a scrutiny. But it is his and maybe the country's misfortune that CSK can't find a place for him in their current line up.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    I think Gauti is the best option for captaincy

    My 15 number squad for west indies without seniors is

    1.Gautam Gambhir (capt) 2.Parthiv Patel (wk) 3.Virat Kohli 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.Yusuf Pathan 6.Suresh Raina 7.S Badrinath 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.R Ashwin 10.Ravindra Jadeja 11.Praveen Kumar 12.Munaf Patel 13.Ishant Sharma 14.S.Sreesanth / Irfan Pathan(b'coz V want an all-rounder for continuing our NO.1 spot) 15.Rohit Sharma/ Ambati Raydu/ Manoj Tiwary.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    i think venugopal rao also deserve a chance this time

  • KARAN_AHIR on May 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF A PLAYER OF AMBATI RAYADU`S CALIBER WON`T BE PICKED IN THE SQUAD......

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    hope to see manish pandey in the team just have a look at his first class average its 51 and he is consistent too.......

  • anikbrad on May 13, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    my team - GAMBHIR, M.TWARY, BADRI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, RAIDU, UTTHAPA, Y.PATHAN, ASWIN, RAHUL SARMA, OJHA, ISHANT, MUNAF, PRAVEEN, V. ARON BUT THE CHANGES- 1. THE PEOPLE LIKE ROHIT SHARMA WILL BE ELECTED BUT ALAS HE IS FROM MUMBAI SO HE WILL BE SELECTED. BUT BADRI, AJINKYA, MUKUND, PUJARA ARE BETTER PLAYERS BUT ALAS THEY ARE NOT FROM MUMBAI, 2. VIJAY SCORES IN TESTS BUT NOT IN ODI BUT HOW AND WHY HE IS SELECTED IS TEND RESTS I AND INDIA DOESNT KNOW. 3. UTTHPA IS NEVER SELECTED BUT HE IS IDEAL NUM 7 AS DECTRUCTIVE AS PATHAN, HIS ODI AVG IS BETTER THAN, PARTHIB, PATHA, JADEJA BUT HE IS NOT FROM MUMBAI OR SELECTORS FAVOURITE. 4. HARBHAJAN IS SELECTED OVER OJHA THOUGH HE HAS PERF BETTER IN ODI. HAR NEVER PICKS UP WKTS. BUT HE IS PERSISTED. PARTHIV POOR WK AND MOD BATSMAN WILL SCORE 20-30 AND WE ARE SO HAPPY. LOOK AT OTHER TEAMS AUS, ENG AND SRI, SA WHRE THEY DROPPED - JONES, JAYVAR'NE, HAD, BOUCHER AS THEY ARE NOT ENOUGH WITH BAT. BUT WE ARE HAPPY.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    just c... this is another selelction but we shud note tht after the WC triumph, this is the 1st major tour. i would like to c new faces getting an oppurtunity to perform overseas & prove our bench strength. if Srikanth calls me up today b4 selection meeting i would recommend him the following team: 1. Raina (c), Kohli (vc), Yuvraj, Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Parthiv (wk), W.Saha(wk), Irfan, Dinda, Munaf, Ishant, Varun Aaron, Rahul Sharma, Ojha.

  • vatsa13 on May 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    if u make harbhajan captain u need to send team of Advocates too... good for Media, Be prepare for the series of controversies...

  • shandosh.. on May 13, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    My Cliche : please Give some rest for seniors .

    My Probables :

    1. M.Vijay 2. Gauthi[capt] 3. Raina 4. Bhadri 5.virat 6. yusuf 7.parthiv 8. ashwin 9. praveen 10. munaf 11. sreesanth 12. ishanth 13. ravindra jadeja 14. abati rayudu 15. rohit

    beware - west indies pitch will suits for seamers.

  • on May 13, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    What about Wasim Jaffer? He's had a great Ranji season, and was only dropped from the test squad because of the advent of gambhir.

  • on May 13, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Badri Badri Badri Badri !!! I dont care about any other selection decision.

  • SamRoy on May 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I think Rohit and Virat need a decent run in tests. Badri and Vijay (both home and away) didn't look all that comfortable against SA facing Steyn and Morkel. Vijay's big problem is his backfoot strokeplay which is almost non existent. Badri though deserves a decent run in ODIs. Ashwin is always better than Harbhajan in ODIs. Rayudu, Uthappa and Iqbal Abdulla can be tried in ODIs. And for Christ's sake when will Dravid retire? Since WC 2007 he has lost it mentally. Except 2009 when we played SL at home and NZ away he never had a good year let alone a great year. And against quality teams (Aus, SA, and sometimes Eng) he has been consistently failing. He should have retired at the end of 2009. Unlike Kumble and Ganguly, some people just don't know when to hang their boots.

  • SachinLara1 on May 13, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @rajan86 :you left viru....remember without him no indian top order cant fire...

  • SAPNET12 on May 13, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    The squad for the WI should be, 1. Gambhir (Cap) 2. Yuvi (Vice- Cap) 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Uthappa (Wk) 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Irfan Pathan 9. Harbhajan singh 10. Ishant / R.P.Singh 11. Munaf Patel 12. Ashwin 13. Ambati Rayudu 14. Rahul Sharma 15. Praveen Kumar

  • on May 13, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Dhoni and Srikanth are the guys who will be calling all the shots. If Anirudha and Jogindar Sharma are preferred over Abhinav Mukund, the same can be expected in ODI selection. Murali Vijay seems to be having problem handling on slow turning wickets and you will expect this in Windies and the spinners will have a big role. Pakistan is throttling them with Illegitimate Doosras. The best three spinners have to go to windies this time.Harbhajan and Ashwin have to be the obvious two.Rahul Sharma will be a gamble. Badrinath should definitely be there for the full tour. The worst part is that we make a huge cry when Malinga or Gayle do not play for their country while we want to rest the top players for West Indies when thy can play in IPL in scorching heat. Blasphemous indeed.

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    oh just another team selection! it's just boring :O...

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I GUESS saurabk tiwary should be picked as i dont think he has got enough oppurtunities this season if he had he would outclass rayyudu, tiwary

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    no matter other in n outs....Badri deserves d chance here, he s got nothing to prove...1000 + runs in Ranji followled by good IPL runs.... BTW, IPL should't b banchmark for selection, I may wrong but its too early for Rahul Sharma n Valthaty....they hv to come in queue....big line up there...

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I fell the sellectors should sellect Robbin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik because they have been consistant in domestic format and IPL.And drop Yusuf Pathan who scored just 76 runs in the world cup.

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    No Sachin..ho hoiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii....Fantastic..Superb..

  • on May 13, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    plz select these- 1.Parthiv Patel (wk) 2.Gautam Gambhir (vc) 3.Rohit Sharma 4.Virat Kohli 5.Robin Uthappa (wk) 6.Yuvraj Singh(c) 7.Yusuf Pathan 8.Suresh Raina 9.Harbhajan Singh 10.Irfan Pathan 11.RP Singh 12.Ishant Sharma 13.Santhakumaran Sreesanth 14.Praveen Kumar 15.Ravichandran Ashwin 16.Amit Mishra

  • on May 13, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Robin uthappa must get a chance this time. because uthappa has bundle of talent without doubt, but he doesn't have maturity. if he gets matured by playing some games for india with some matured player, he is a great future for india. not only that in the absence of sehwag and dhoni uthappa can be a good opener and also a handy player

  • stevejohnson1010 on May 13, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Mr. Monga, it is indeed a very poor article where you missed out on Munaf's name, who is in form of his life, and is second in the list of IPL wicket takers. I don't think Sreesanth would make a cut though. The pace trio would be Nehra, Munaf and Praveen, and if Nehra is not fit, Ishant would come in.

  • ravishankar231 on May 13, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Shame on Sachin and Zaheer if they miss out of the Windies tour. They can play the entire IPL but why cant they play the test matches? I can understand atleast about Zaheer's situation who has to bowl a lot in the test matches so he can opt out but what about Sachin? He already has tons and tons of money but still falling for the lucrative IPL and missing out to play for the country. Dilshan is better than these two. Shame Shame..

  • on May 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    uthappa is better than murali vijay . he should be available for west indies.why amit mishra ,rahul sharma is performing well sorry more than well and rcb pacer aravind should given a chance than sreesanth

  • on May 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Why Ishant? he was out of form in ranji and in IPL also he took wickets only in one game. he flop in another 10 matches still every body wants ishant. same why murali? he is flop in odi, compare to him parthiv did good job in has last odi outing. plus there are other opening options are also there. rohit sharma/robin etc. so pl. don't select murali and ishant.

  • kapilesh23 on May 13, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    We can't tip Virat Kohli for captaincy yet .yes he is a future prospect but tipping him now is ridiculous ..Gambhir is certainly the best captain after dhoni .Sreesanth is our second best fast test bowler after zaheer and ishant is the third .I think Ishant and Sreesanth bith should be selected as they are our future fast bowling pair .

  • on May 13, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    please give rest to senior player and try new player like badrinath,balaji, rahul sharma, aaron ,valthathy,rayadu

  • on May 13, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    I think sree should find his place ahead of ishant "camel/giraffe" sharma. He doesn't have any deliveries in his kitty other than those short and wide ones which asks to be hit!! Jaago selectors, Jaago!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    1. Gautam Gambhir (Captain) (O) 2. Murli Vijay (O) 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. S. Badrinath 6. Suresh Raina 7. Ambati Rayudu (wk) 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Munaf Patel 10. Ishant Sharma 11. R Ashwin 12. Rahul Sharma (Reserve) 13. Rohit Sharma (Reserve) (O) 14. Praveen Kumar (Reserve) 15. Yusuf Pathan (Reserve) 16. R Vinay Kumar (Reserve)

    Vice Captain either Kohli or Raina

  • asterix.gaul on May 13, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Harbhajan as captain? You must be joking. Seniority is not a deciding factor in choosing a captain; the ability to read the game as it ebbs and flows, and respond proactively towards a favourable conclusion are the hallmarks of a good captain. Personally, I think Harbhajan is second only to Afridi in having a brain fade.

  • jammy06 on May 13, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Aaron will be best pair with Zaheer in future.......so this is best time to pick for the Young team.......Selectors please take look of Aaron Performance in Domestic......he will be the big asset to indian cricket.............

  • mrcool on May 13, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    where is name of Robin uthappa...Are they going to select squad based on IPL only...uthappa has been consistent in vijay hazare trophy with 140+strike rate as opener.IN IPL he is not getting proper chance.in last match he was unlucky as he was not out still given out.last year also he missed out due to injury.

  • on May 13, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    sreesanth needs a final chance for one day matrches as his economy is 6.14 in whole ipl4...

  • Owls on May 13, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Badri, Rayudu and Manoj Tiwary should all be part of the team for the limited overs version. Yuvi and / or Raina deserve a rest. Rayudu is a better option than Parthiv.

  • on May 13, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Hi Cricket selectors and Cricket fans of India,

    Great India Won the World Cup 2011 in a Great Manner.... Credit goes to Players like DHONI, Sachin,Gambir, Yuvi.........And also immediately after the World Cup Triumph, the Players are in IPL... So No rest is given to seniors players....Hence, the seniors can be rested and the chances can be given to the new faces in cricket India... So, that they can be proved their talents and we can many as many cricket players for playing international cricket....

    Playing in West Indies is very tough... All the Pitches have bouncy tracks... So, Spinners can can be max. 3 and Pace bowler should be max. 4 in Indian team.

    My selection: Gambir(Captain), Harbijaan Singh(vice-captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohlli, Badrinath, Suesh Raina, Yuviraj Singh, Rayadu, Partiv Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, R.P. Singh/ Aaron.

  • wiseshah on May 13, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    i want agarkar to be captain

  • nlambda on May 13, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Among batsmen, Badri should definitely be picked. And Varun Aaron should also be picked. Not because he is from Jharkhand like me but because it is (very) rare to get an Indian bowling 150+ KMPH and such a guy must be fast tracked to the test team instead of being told to play domestic cricket for 5 years to "gain experience".

  • Vinod on May 13, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    My ODI Squad for the West Indies tour: 1. Gautam Gambhir (C / Opener) 2. Yuvraj Singh (VC) 3. Robin Uthappa (WK / Opener) 4. S Badrinath 5. Virat Kohli 6. Suresh Raina 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Rohit Sharma 9. R Ashwin 10. Iqbal Abdullah 11. Ishant Sharma 12. L Balaji 13. Praveen Kumar 14. Ravindra Jadeja 15. Munaf Patel

    I would rest Harbhajan Singh as if he plays R Ashwin has to sit out. I think we start thinking of the best players and not just potential. Uthappa has kept wickets in the domestic as well as IPL games. So he should be given the chance in West Indies. He would add the fluency and consistency. Rohit Sharma and Badrinath are the top run scorers in the domestic circuit, so both should be included.

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 13, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    No Sehwag, No Tendulkar No Zaheer & maybe no Dhoni , Gayle or Jerome Taylor heck y should i waste my money & go to Sabina Park. I may as well go Devon House & buy a double scoop of ice cream!!

  • Trishcric on May 13, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    @Arjun Strikes: Couldn't agree more with you. Shreeshanth has been an excellent fast bowler for India in test matches. Its not just the recent test series against South Africa... he has performed consistently when it comes to test cricket. He took a 5 wicket haul against Sri Lanka back in 2009 series and played a key role in that test match... and then the 2006 test series in South Africa where he picked a couple of 5 wicket haul. I mean think about it... Its just just about his attitude. Zaheer and Shreeshanth has been making a decent seam pair for India. Both are aggressive. I'd give one more chance to RP Singh, especially in the England tour as he have what it takes to become a good, if not a decent 3rd seamer for England conditions.

  • TRAM on May 12, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    BATSMEN, BEAWARE BEAWARE .... ROHIT SHARMA WILL GET YOU RUN OUT ... BEAWARE BEAWARE .... Dont take word .. check the records.

  • TRAM on May 12, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Sidhdharth, Do you know there is a player by name Abhinav Mukund? Please check his records. Unfortunately people like Badri , Mukund etc are not from Bombay/Delhi. Look at the chances given to Rohit Sharma, Kholi, raina etc when they were at the prime youth. Can any one believe believe Rohit Sharma has been given chances 61 ODIs so far. Yes that is SIXTY ONE ODI he has played. Give that many chances to Mukund or Badri and they would have made 15 centuries each by this time.

  • on May 12, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Bowlers hunt in pairs ...Ishant (in-swing to RHB) & Sreeshant (out-swing to RHB) would make good combination. Another combination could be Praveen Kumar & Vinay Kumar with their gentle medium variations ......For test matches Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron & P Parameswaran could be options. Munaf should be a certainty for ODIs given his recent improvement in fielding ...

  • maninthewoods on May 12, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    C'mon Badri! Badri! Badri! Badri!

  • on May 12, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    WHY IS IN THE WORLD WE CARE FOR NEHRA AND SREESANTH? THEY GOT ENOUGH CHANCES. NEHRA IS THE BIGGEST WASTE.

  • peterss on May 12, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    To all those questioning Vijay's possible inclusion, he is a certainty in the test lineup. He has got pretty good records in the domesctic competition and has a wonderful international record as far as he has played. Such a classy batsman. In ODIs his place can be questioned but certainly not in tests. And please guys, be pragmatic and not absurd. No valthathy and Varun Aaron just on the basis of IPL. Require domestic record.

  • on May 12, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    My 15 - Gautam Gambhir (C), Suresh Raina (VC), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayadu, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Srinath Aravind, Iqbal Abdullah, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha,Manoj Tiwari, S Badrinath

    Bhajji, Yuvraj, Munaf, Khan, Tendulkar, Dhoni should be rested

  • InnocentGuy on May 12, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    It's high time Badri is given a few chances. He top scored this Ranji season by many a mile! He is 30 years old, the poor fella can do with a few opportunities. Rayudu is another player who should get a look in. I can't believe Sreesanth is still left alive. They should have Aaron or Yadav just so if there's a dead rubber game, these guys can have the opportunity to play and gain exposure. Plus the selectors can also have a slightly better idea of how good the bench and reserve strength is. I don't understand how Munaf has become such a good bowler. Ashwin can be a reserve spinner. Mukund, the 21 yr old, champ! He already has 13 100s and 9 50s in domestic. I'd like to see these players get opportunities in test cricket rather than limited overs. My team for a dead rubber would be Parthiv, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Rayudu, Badri, Aaron, Ishant Sharma, Mishra, Ojha

  • maninthewoods on May 12, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Badrinath should undoubtedly be selected for the One Day squad because look at his first class average (62.31). If you want to say that first class average is not important for ODI, then look at his T20 (33.25) or List A average (41.25). If there is a choice between Badrinath, Rayudu (First Class - 42.17, List A - 32.56, T20 - 27.91) , and Rohit Sharma (First Class - 60.87, List A - 32.69, T20 - 34.41), I would, or a wise man would obviously go with Badrinath because Badrinath has scored runs consistently in every single format, unlike Rohit, who has not scored runs when given oppurtunities and is lazy, or Rayudu, who has only scored in IPL.

  • on May 12, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    batsmen : kohli, yuvraj, yusuf pathan, rohit sharma, suresh raina, Rahane, Valthaty medium pace bowlers : parveen kumar, Ishant sharma, R.P.Singh, V.B.Aaron,Bhubneshwar kumar spinners : Ashwin, Rahul Sharma keeper : rayudu, parthiv patel

  • deegowd on May 12, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Where is Robin Uthappa? He can keep wickets as well and has also performed in the domestic circuit. Pujara if fit, should get a chance. And Dinesh is still the best wicket-keeper in the absence of Dhoni, but he might not be preferred this time. Aaron deserves an opportunity and should be chosen instead of the third spinner (we know how fit Munaf and Ishant are).

  • on May 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    parthiv patel did really well against new zealand, he deserves a break, i don't want to look too much into the performances at IPL, rahul sharma has been brilliant, maybe he can get more exposure with the A teams and the challenger trophy. It would be unwise to pick him in the squad just on the basis of his performance in IPL. Badrinath has been a revelation and has been on the fringes of the indian team for quite some time, its time he gets a chance to showcase his talent. Rayudu is one more bloke who has class about him and should be on the squad to tour the islands.

  • rajan86 on May 12, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Squad for T20 WC 2012, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, R Sharma, Y Pathan, H Singh, P Kumar, Munaf, Ishant, + Sreesanth, Ashwin, I Pathan, R Jadeja

  • Bones5198 on May 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Ishant Jaggi: 58.63 Abinav Mukund: 57.40 Chesteshwar Pujara: 53.28 Mithun Manhas: 48.81 Saurabh Tiwary: 46.75 Shikhar Dhawan: 43.82 Badrinath:41.25 Manoj Tiway: 38.47 Robin Uthappa: 33.34 Ambati Rayudu: 32.56 Dinesh Karthik:31.64 Parthiv Patel: 28.63 Paul Valthaty: N/A

    Look at the third set of players. Those are the ones many people want to be selected. Numbers don't tell the whole story but look at the colossal averages of the top three and they have barely been mentioned. How can a player who on the flat pitches of India averages 33 seriously be considered to play abroad representing the country when there are so many better? IPL superstars need to be put in perspective.

  • candyfloss on May 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Ok first of all Ravindra Jadeja should be discarded,Vinay Kumar has not been convincing at all.Rohit Sharma and Badri both should make it to the Squad as Yusuf Pathan is unreliable in the middle order he should be kept at no.7,I also fail to understand why Vijay is considered every time.In the bowling Unit we are missing an ideal oppurtunity to try out Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron its about time we unleashed some pace if your not going to give oppurtunities to new players for the WI tour then when will you ??

  • jammy06 on May 12, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Mr Monga and ever1 here..........Do u Know the new face Varun Aaron? he is good young all rounder.....performed well in Domestic seasons......make him a replacement for all top indian bowlers.......

  • SRAM20 on May 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Debating between Badri and Rohit Sharma is nonsense. Badri should be picked. Same case with Ambati Rayudu who has consistently scored across IPL's. Rayudu can also keep wickets, so thats an additional advantage. Rayudu and Badri in for Sachin and Sehwag. Manoj Tiwary in for Yusuf Pathan. Parthiv Patel in for MS Dhoni (if Dhoni doesnt play the ODI's). Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar in for Zaheer and Sreesanth. Rahul Sharma in for Piyush Chawla. These are the changes to the WC winning squad the selectors should ring in ideally (in the absence of certain players).

  • on May 12, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Rayudu and badri are front runners to break into the squad.

  • skn005 on May 12, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    for ppl who say that valthaty should be in the side... what r his credentials other than 2 decent knocks in ipl... what about other players who have been sloggin in the list A domestic for last few years..... i guess badri, rayudu should be a certainty...atleast badri... he is slowly becoming our version of brad hodge....

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    According to me the XV must be Gambhir, Kohli, H singh, Y. Singh, R. sharma, Raina, P. patel, Sreesanth, Ishant, P. kumar, Ashwin, Rayudu, Y. Pathan, Mishra, Munaf. I feel its time to give a chance to rayudu who performed very well in both the ipl's and had a good ranji tournament.

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Iqbal Abdulla should be the part of playing XI

  • Vinod on May 12, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Very wrong choice of players.. I am disappointed with the choices of Sidharth Monga. Parthiv Patel, M Vijay and Sreesanth doesn't deserve place.... Robin Uthappa has been more consistent. He can open and he kept well in the IPL. So he can be the reserve keeper. It is unfortunate that we don't have good reserve pace bowlers. If Praveen Kumar can be picked after his disappointing performance in the IPL, then why not Irfan Pathan? I would also include L Balaji, who bowled his heart out in the IPL.Ishant Sharma is another example of an improved fast bowler in the IPL. If we need another opening batsman, I think we need to give a chance to either Manish Pandey or Paul Valthaty.

  • AashishK on May 12, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    When Everyone gets a chance for comeback in Indian team , then why not Robin Utthappa , he can keep the Wickets too !!!!!Please Selectors , for Gods sake dont waste the talent in him. He can be Very Dangerous as opener too .

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I think there is a definite bias for players from TN since Kris Srikkanth has become a selector. meritious batsmen like ajinkya rahane ( avg of around 66) etc have got little chances. Shikhar Dhawan? Rest of a lot of qualified openers? Badri deserving not getting chances, in openers there is little choice but i think for tests Aakash chopra can still be a good choice.

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    MANOJ TIWARY consistent player over past few years and in the ipl hE will be a good choice.....

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Iqbal Abdulla is a good choice for spinner. He is doing great in this ipl & also a good fielder too.

  • bewithjobin on May 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    @stephen..Mind ur words bro....Sree n Ishant r d High speed pace bowlers in India now...dont play with dem..i expected Valthati in place of Badrinath

  • nikhildevdesai on May 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Perfect example of Country vs. money, they all could play in IPL and then want time off when playing for country.

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    venu gopal rao and badrinath should be in middle over........naman ojha should be given chance

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    hello selectors wat abt robin uthappa and irfan pathan.....without giving any chances selectors just ignoring them....when asked about it selectors saying they di't played ODI's properly so ly not selecting them...tis is too much...then y they gave lot of chances to flop murali vijay and lazy rohit sharma....tis is not good for our future team......lot of EGO prob betwwen players and selectors......

  • Anuj17 on May 12, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    my 15 members squad will be gambhir p.patel kholi badrinath raina yuvraj y.pathan raydu ashwin R.sharma H.singh P.kumar munaf rpsingh vinay kumar

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    i love all of you have gotten on the i hate sreesanth bandwagon.

    after zaheer khan he is india's best best in the Test format... and seriously test cricket is the only thing that matters.

    when u go to west indies experience matters, you cant really take untried batters/bowlers it could backfire horribly.

    it is best india takes sreesanth .. going with bowlers who dont have any experience is just a bad idea.

  • howizzat on May 12, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    1.Harbhajan should be rested from ODIs. As such he does not deserve a place in ODI. Many a times he becomes a spoil sport, going 50+ in his 10 overs. This will also help in finding new spin talent in Abdullah or Rahul Sharma. 2.Harbhajan as a captain? Are u kidding? India has just risen to the fame. Take some sensible decision. If not Gambhir then Virat Kohli is the ideal choice as captain. 2.Parthiv ahead of Karthik and reason is that the former can open? No sir, Karthik can also open. Parthiv's keeping is pathetic. In fact the cricketic decision is chose Rayudu as batsman cum wk and Karthik as support if Rayudu does not deliver.3.Sreesanth is another bad choice. Either Vinay kumar or Mithun should make the cut. 4.R Jadeja is a very useful fifth bowler having uncanny technique of taking 2+ wickets, not giving away too many runs. If he does well with the bat its icing on the cake. RJ must be chosen ahead of Yusuf who is a flop in ODI. 5.Vijay and Badri dont fit in ODI scheme of things

  • on May 12, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Rahul Sharma was one of the top wicket takers in the Vijay Hazare trophy...ODI Trophy. So he's actually performed there too- really should be picked.

    Selectors will be making a big mistake if they go with Vijay or Rohit Sharma. Both have been big flops overseas.

  • bheekuchatri on May 12, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Bhajji as Captain??? the guy can barely hold himself... then they might as well make Sreesanth as vice-captain...bhajji has not evolved like kumble over the years...

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    WHERE IS AMABATI RAYUDU ,VINAY N ARAVIND!!SRISANTH N ISHANT IN THE XV!!!!NO VIJAY PLS....VALTHATY SUD BE THERE

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    yes , vijay is nt agood choice for odis..he is ok fr test matches..rayadu and rohit should fit in the package. again mishra fr test cricket ..not odis..lets see wht happens tomorrow

  • Kaushal_b on May 12, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    M Vijay didn't come directly from the IPL......he didn't even play the first IPL in 2008, but made his debut in the 4th test of the Aus series that October. He had a pretty good domestic record that got him the India cap.

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I cant understand why ppl like criticising sreesanth like anything.Guys he has been a very good test bowler for us.Some nasty comments in here by few of the ppl show how much cricketing knowledge they have.I mean he was one of the few fast bowlers who had performed brilliantly in the last test series.I aggree that he isnt upto the mark as of yet in ODIs but that doesnt mean he is some waste bowler as some comments indicate.I cant forget the ball with which he got kallis out in durban.He has bowled briliantly in the test series

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Parthiv Patel? Ambati Rayudu Is A Better Choice.

  • Shahnawajhossain on May 12, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    why sreesanth? He does not deserves any discussion.......Munaf, ishant, praveen and Vinay are the best choices.

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Will Dada make a comeback into ODI & T20 teams ? Then he could be captain ...

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    for the odi's against the poor west indies the team should be keeping in mind that seniors are rested - gambhir (c) , uthappa , rohit sharma, ambati rayudu , suresh raina , virat kholi , yusuf pathan , rahul sharma , iqbal abdulla , munaf patel , ishant sharma , praveen kumar , aaron varun . varun is the only guy who have clocked speeds of 150-153 i've seen him bowl a 156 ball why not promote this bowler and make him a sensation .

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    uthappa gambhir/ vijay parthiv

    kohli yuvraj badrinath raina

    yusuf irfan

    harbhajan ashwin

    balaji munaf praveen ishant

  • Bones5198 on May 12, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I don't see why Rayudu is looked upon so highly. He seems to get a lot of attention on the basis of IPL but compare his List A statistics to someone like Abinav Mukund hasn't been prominent in IPL. Mukund has almost double the average and has performed well for India A. Rayudu has just one century to Munkund's 5 in more games, surely perfomances for state and A teams should take preference.

  • on May 12, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    i dont think gambhir should go to this tour as he is also plaiying regularly and needs a rest before the tough tour of england.bhajji should be droped from the odi squad because he hardly has any good performance to back his place in the odi team.its time to let ashwin and ojha to gel up togather as a duo who can serve the team better in odis as both like to go for wickets unlike bhajji who only look to contain the batsman and ultimatly endup with 50/0 or 60/0 or figures like this. vijay and parthiv should be given the job of opening for all the 5 games and let them play their natural game as we have a strong middle order with likes of yuvi(likely the captain of the squad) kohli(vice captain) raina,yusuf,rohit and badri. ishant is not bowling well(exept 1 ipl game) so r vinay kumar and s arving are better to be picked.i still dont know how selectors would pick raiydu,manoj,rahane and manish pande who should be in the team according to their performance.saurav tiwari shouldnt be picked

  • on May 12, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Why does BCCI never present the Captaincy/Vice-Captaincy post to any of the bowlers?? Anil Kumble was an exception,but he was given the post in the twilight of his career...I firmly believe Zaheer Khan should be given a try atleast..

  • on May 12, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Why sreesanth for gods sake... he has got enough chances and is a better bowler in green tracks and not dust bowls of WI. I think Panjak Singh should get a chance. He has done really well and has been conistent in domestic cricket. Chahar is another option but he is too young and new.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on May 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    why sachin is not playing odi for india while he is playing hard t20 for mumbai.before world cup he missed almost 40 oneday international .sachin have to take rest from ipl not for indias cricket.sachin have not scored any centurey on odi in westindise.he missed 2006 serese too.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    love to see ambati rayudu in the squad.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Why in earth is sreesant's name still being thrown around?? i almost boycotted CWC final cuz he was playing!!! huh!

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Parthiv Patel is a questionable choice, one would have to say. I'd still have Dinesh Karthik over him. And how is Ravindra Jadeja still a viable option? I'll also say that the choice of Bhajji as a vice-captain, let alone captain, makes for a very poor choice.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 12, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Openers : Gautam Gambhir , Parthiv Patel (wk) and Manish Pandey [Better choice than flop Murali Vijay]. Middle Order : Virat Kohli (captain) , Suresh Raina , Rohit Sharma , Subramaniam Badrinath ,Yusuf Pathan. Spinners : Rahul Sharma , Harbhajan Singh , Ravichandran Ashwin . Pace Bowlers : Ishant Sharma , Munaf Patel , Praveen Kumar , Abu Nechim (or) Jaidev Unadkat (or) Irfan Pathan [NO SREESANTH].

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I wonder y Iqbal Abdulla is not in contention, since he had a good domestic season and is also performing very well in IPL IV for KKR .....

  • xylo on May 12, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh as captain? The BCCI might as well designate a stump as captain.

  • scatterbrain on May 12, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Vijay also came directly from the ipl . So why not ambati rayudu? He is a fantastic player. Venugopal rao and Badrinath should get a place for the test matches instead of rohit sharma. Their first class scores stand out.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu should be in the Squad. He is doing Wicket Keeping and also can come as opener instead of Parthiv Patel and Murli Vijay. Also he could bet in the middle ordr instead of Subramanya Badrinath.

  • symsun on May 12, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Rohit Sharma had enough chances at the international level... its time for Rayudu to get his chance.. he had proved his worth many times for MI. I pick Badri for tests and Rayudu for ODI.. it does not mean Badri not worth for ODI.

  • vatsa13 on May 12, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Give one chances to Uthappa,Vinay Kumar too, selectors are completely biased against Bangalore Players.

  • peterss on May 12, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Badrinath has to be given a chance and he certainly deserves a chance ahead of Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Tiwary and possibly Raina as well. He is the most consistent batsmen in Ranji trophy for many years now! And please no R.Jadeja again.... Ojha and rahul sharma could be good.

  • symsun on May 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Hey Sidharth... are u from Kerala? this guy Sreesanth does not fit to play even for India A team.. he sits out even for Kochi.. then y r u picking him in the XI.. does it mean we dont have any other young fast bowler in India.. Its time for selector to find new talent than wasting a place with Sreesanth in the squad.. A new comer if not playing atleast could gain some experience.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I dont understand in Likely XV, there is no place for rayudu???

  • T on May 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Where is Ambati Rayudu? My XV should be Gambhir (C),Parthiv (wk), Raina, Vijay, Yuvraj, Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Badrinath, Rayudu,Bhajji, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Ishant, Praveen, Munaf.

  • kranthinvk on May 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    AMbati Rayudu should be given a chance

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    so where is raydu aind tiwar

  • gunnerz on May 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Ridiculous! Sachin, Zaheer, MSD have no problems whatsoever playing in IPL, and as the WI tour comes, they start having niggles and want desperate rest. Do you call this passion to play for India?

  • arvindram on May 12, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Good XV by Sidharth... the main question would be how Gautam will deal with Yuvraj's ego and can he successful in getting the best out of him. Selectors might give Umesh or Jaidev another look in.

  • royalg on May 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    i wud be really shocked if ambati rayudu doesnt make it to the ODI squad, wud also like badri n rahul sharma to play the ODI series, too gud players to sit out

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I think both Rohit Sharma and S Badrinath should without doubt be picked for the West Indies tour. I'm not saying this on the basis of their IPL performances alone because i don't think it's a good way to judge players for international cricket. Their form in the domestic 50-over competitions and first-class cricket should be taken into account because that will tell us about their consistency. Both the players mentioned above have been churning out the runs consistently for their state sides and deserve an opportunity for India.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    What about Ambati Rayudu?

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  • on May 12, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    What about Ambati Rayudu?

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I think both Rohit Sharma and S Badrinath should without doubt be picked for the West Indies tour. I'm not saying this on the basis of their IPL performances alone because i don't think it's a good way to judge players for international cricket. Their form in the domestic 50-over competitions and first-class cricket should be taken into account because that will tell us about their consistency. Both the players mentioned above have been churning out the runs consistently for their state sides and deserve an opportunity for India.

  • royalg on May 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    i wud be really shocked if ambati rayudu doesnt make it to the ODI squad, wud also like badri n rahul sharma to play the ODI series, too gud players to sit out

  • arvindram on May 12, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Good XV by Sidharth... the main question would be how Gautam will deal with Yuvraj's ego and can he successful in getting the best out of him. Selectors might give Umesh or Jaidev another look in.

  • gunnerz on May 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Ridiculous! Sachin, Zaheer, MSD have no problems whatsoever playing in IPL, and as the WI tour comes, they start having niggles and want desperate rest. Do you call this passion to play for India?

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    so where is raydu aind tiwar

  • kranthinvk on May 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    AMbati Rayudu should be given a chance

  • T on May 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Where is Ambati Rayudu? My XV should be Gambhir (C),Parthiv (wk), Raina, Vijay, Yuvraj, Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Badrinath, Rayudu,Bhajji, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Ishant, Praveen, Munaf.

  • on May 12, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I dont understand in Likely XV, there is no place for rayudu???

  • symsun on May 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Hey Sidharth... are u from Kerala? this guy Sreesanth does not fit to play even for India A team.. he sits out even for Kochi.. then y r u picking him in the XI.. does it mean we dont have any other young fast bowler in India.. Its time for selector to find new talent than wasting a place with Sreesanth in the squad.. A new comer if not playing atleast could gain some experience.