India in West Indies, 2011 May 13, 2011

Gambhir to lead, Badrinath in for WI limited-overs leg

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Gautam Gambhir will lead a depleted Indian side to the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour, with five first-choice players including Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni either rested or injured. As expected, the national selectors haven't given much weightage to performances in the IPL, instead rewarding results in the more traditional domestic competitions. S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel muscled their way in helped by the weight of runs in both formats of the Ranji Trophy.

R Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra made their way back, replacing Ashish Nehra (injured), Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla (both dropped). Praveen Kumar duly took his place back, having recovered from the elbow injury that had kept him out of the World Cup. He replaces Zaheer Khan, who has been rested.

With five vacancies created - Virender Sehwag being the other - there had been some hype created around the IPL performers in the week leading to the selection meeting. The selectors seem to have learned from the debuts handed to Manpreet Gony and Ashok Dinda based on the first IPL, and also from RP Singh's comeback based on the second IPL. As it turned out, the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Rahul Sharma missed out this time. Badrinath and Rohit were the two top run-getters in the Ranji Trophy first-class competition while Parthiv was the second-highest in the Ranji one-dayers. The exclusion of M Vijay - who has a highest of 33 in 11 ODI innings - makes Parthiv the likeliest candidate to open the innings with the captain, Gambhir.

"I am confident that we will do well and win the series in the West Indies. The team is well balanced," said Kris Srikkanth, India's chairman of selectors. "Everything is on merit. It's a great opportunity for a lot of players.

"On tours, we always take two wicketkeepers. It's a 16-member team and in case of a wicketkeeper getting injured, you have to understand the logistics [of getting a replacement to] in the West Indies [are complicated]."

This is not Gambhir's first shot at leading India - he was the captain when India beat New Zealand 5-0 in ODIs last year. The selectors are believed to be impressed with his leadership skills, and are likely to make him full-time vice-captain ahead of the slightly reluctant Sehwag, although they haven't yet made any formal announcement to that effect.

There was a minor surprise thrown up in the bowling department with Mishra getting in ahead of Pragyan Ojha as the third spinner. In his 16 ODIs - all but three of them against Sri Lanka, who are good players of spin - Ojha has given away runs at only 4.31 an over. However, he was injured before the World Cup and missed the first-class season as well. In the domestic one-dayers, Mishra, with 18 wickets from six games, outperformed Ojha, who managed five in five.

Vinay and Ishant, who have been there or thereabouts, are the only ones to have benefited from good showings in the IPL. It can be argued, though, that they are not unknown commodities and their performances in the IPL have been more of reassurance than first notice. India also picked wicketkeeping cover for Parthiv, making Wriddhiman Saha the 16th member of the squad.

India play one Twenty20 and five ODIs against the hosts beginning with the Twenty20 game on June 4.

Squad: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).

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  • SRT_GENIUS on May 16, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    There is a little bit of regional quotas in the play, if you look at who went out and who came in their place. As long as final 11 are left to the captain, I guess having a pseudo regional quota helps in negating the selector's biases. Irfan will get his chance after he is back in shape and bowling at original speed/swing.

  • Bones5198 on May 16, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    To those saying Saha has had a chance are far too harsh. He has had 1 ODI inning and 2 Test innings. If everyone who didn't perform in the who had similiar figures to him at this stage then India would have thousands upon thousands of capped players. Contrast to Irfan Pathan and Rohit Sharma would had many more chances whilst failing. Sharma is a batsman of class so deserves another chance but Irfan rightly no longer on the selector's radar. Look here to see why:;template=results;type=bowling

  • on May 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    India have miss irfan pathan, dinesh kartick.........dinesh kartik is far better then partiv patel in any class... india will pay of and absent of irfan pathan and dinesh kartick .

  • on May 16, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Wat about jedaja and Rayudhu ? wiruthiman saha already miss his chance... Then why selectors again call him back? lot of politics....!!!

  • peterss on May 16, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Guys, please stop crying for Rayudu, Rahul Sharma and Aaron. Especially Rayudu's exclusion is perfectly justified given the fact that the selectors are giving importance to Ranji performances. Rahul Sharma and Aaron shouldnt even be talked about. Its just IPL people!!!! Need good solid domestic performances.

  • on May 16, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    As someone put it rightly, why have paid selectors when there are millions of voluntary ones, who offer such wonderful selection advice? Seriously speaking though, given the circumstances of players being rested and injured, the team selected is the best out there. It'll be interesting to see how the team fares; I can't wait to see Team India back on the road after an IPL that lacked in quality that previous seasons might have had.

  • on May 15, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    The best team would have been Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Raina, Rayudu, Rohit, Virat, Badrinath Bowlers : Munaf , Praveen , Ishant, Bhajji, Abdulla , Rahul Sharma All Rounders: Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh (vc), Irfan Pathan Wicket Keeper: Robin Uthappa Starting XI:1.Gambhir 2.Uthappa 3.Kohli 4.Badrinath/Rayudu 5.Yusuf 6.Yuvraj 7.Raina 8.Irfan 9.Bhajji 10.Praveen 11.Munaf The core of the team ie players playing all 5 matches: Gambhir , Kohli , Yuvraj , Yusuf , Munaf Rest of the players can be rotated It would have been the best team possible the only team better than it would have been a full strength team India

  • xenon555 on May 15, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    1) Gambhir 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Kohli 4) Raina 5) Yuvraj Singh 6) Badrinath 7) Y Pathan/Rohit Shama 8) Harbhajan 9) Ashwin/Mishra/Ishant (depending on track) 10) Praveen Kumar 11) Munaf Patel

  • Vikaspat on May 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    So vinay kumar isn't even selected by his own team kochi tuskers ,he has an economy rtae of over nine.meanwhile R.P.Singh is the main strike bowler has an economy rate of below six and three times as many wickets. We dont even take one left arm seamer like Singh or Pathan .why vinay was taken is beyond me. UthAppa or rayadu instead of Saha would have been ideal too.

  • on May 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Well its good team selection... only one mistake by the selection committee . why they are so Clement for Wriddhiman Saha. He is good for nothing.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 16, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    There is a little bit of regional quotas in the play, if you look at who went out and who came in their place. As long as final 11 are left to the captain, I guess having a pseudo regional quota helps in negating the selector's biases. Irfan will get his chance after he is back in shape and bowling at original speed/swing.

  • Bones5198 on May 16, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    To those saying Saha has had a chance are far too harsh. He has had 1 ODI inning and 2 Test innings. If everyone who didn't perform in the who had similiar figures to him at this stage then India would have thousands upon thousands of capped players. Contrast to Irfan Pathan and Rohit Sharma would had many more chances whilst failing. Sharma is a batsman of class so deserves another chance but Irfan rightly no longer on the selector's radar. Look here to see why:;template=results;type=bowling

  • on May 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    India have miss irfan pathan, dinesh kartick.........dinesh kartik is far better then partiv patel in any class... india will pay of and absent of irfan pathan and dinesh kartick .

  • on May 16, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Wat about jedaja and Rayudhu ? wiruthiman saha already miss his chance... Then why selectors again call him back? lot of politics....!!!

  • peterss on May 16, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Guys, please stop crying for Rayudu, Rahul Sharma and Aaron. Especially Rayudu's exclusion is perfectly justified given the fact that the selectors are giving importance to Ranji performances. Rahul Sharma and Aaron shouldnt even be talked about. Its just IPL people!!!! Need good solid domestic performances.

  • on May 16, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    As someone put it rightly, why have paid selectors when there are millions of voluntary ones, who offer such wonderful selection advice? Seriously speaking though, given the circumstances of players being rested and injured, the team selected is the best out there. It'll be interesting to see how the team fares; I can't wait to see Team India back on the road after an IPL that lacked in quality that previous seasons might have had.

  • on May 15, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    The best team would have been Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Raina, Rayudu, Rohit, Virat, Badrinath Bowlers : Munaf , Praveen , Ishant, Bhajji, Abdulla , Rahul Sharma All Rounders: Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh (vc), Irfan Pathan Wicket Keeper: Robin Uthappa Starting XI:1.Gambhir 2.Uthappa 3.Kohli 4.Badrinath/Rayudu 5.Yusuf 6.Yuvraj 7.Raina 8.Irfan 9.Bhajji 10.Praveen 11.Munaf The core of the team ie players playing all 5 matches: Gambhir , Kohli , Yuvraj , Yusuf , Munaf Rest of the players can be rotated It would have been the best team possible the only team better than it would have been a full strength team India

  • xenon555 on May 15, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    1) Gambhir 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Kohli 4) Raina 5) Yuvraj Singh 6) Badrinath 7) Y Pathan/Rohit Shama 8) Harbhajan 9) Ashwin/Mishra/Ishant (depending on track) 10) Praveen Kumar 11) Munaf Patel

  • Vikaspat on May 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    So vinay kumar isn't even selected by his own team kochi tuskers ,he has an economy rtae of over nine.meanwhile R.P.Singh is the main strike bowler has an economy rate of below six and three times as many wickets. We dont even take one left arm seamer like Singh or Pathan .why vinay was taken is beyond me. UthAppa or rayadu instead of Saha would have been ideal too.

  • on May 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Well its good team selection... only one mistake by the selection committee . why they are so Clement for Wriddhiman Saha. He is good for nothing.

  • Jama on May 15, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    My Team would have been

    Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina,Paul Valthaty, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Jakati, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Denesh Karthik (wk), Rayudu

  • Bones5198 on May 15, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @Saad Parekh thank you for being logical rather than the majority calling for people they like rather than who would actually represent the country the best. For those who are championing Rayudu, just look at one basic stat. His list A average is just 33, which has been scored on batsmen friendly pitches across India. Saha's is 40 so calling Rayudu a better batsman based on IPL is absurd. The team has been selected on merit but there are some even better.

  • on May 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    out of 16player selected there r 4 players from chennai super kings...this shows how the team selection is...!!...i dont know why vinay kumar and saha selected...i not even saw the face of saha nd his game...parthiv patel is worst selection...dinesh kathik is far far better than him..pathiv patel cant play short ver very very sad about rayudu... my team : gambhir, raina, kohli, badrinath, dinesh karthik, rayudu, yuvvi, rohit sharma, yusf pathan, irfan pathan, ojha, praveen kumar, ishanth, munaf, ahwin

  • kav555 on May 15, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Raina as a captain is a poor choice. He is a wonderful, gifted player, of course, but is he a captaincy material? Selectors here have gone for the usual rather than rational.

  • on May 15, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    no left arm bowler in the squad.. not even a left arm spinner.. RP singh instead of Vinay kumar would hav been better... and Ojha for Mishra.. Batting is fine, needed rest for the top Guns... Hope Gayle doesn't get selected for d tournament..!! haha...

  • Saad_Parekh on May 15, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Even though i would love to see Raydu in national colours, his non-selection is perfectly justified. All the people ranting about his consistency must check his domestic cricket record for once. Likes of Parthiv and Saha have scored runs more consistently. IPL is not enough to book a birth for national team. And before you say that about Rohit Sharma must check his record as well. He has been most consistent run getter in domestic cricket along side Rahane, Pujara and Badrinath. This is the reason why i would have preferred Rahane and Pujara instead of Sharma and Saha ( Do we need another wicket keeper). Given that all i believe that Raydu has potential to India's next Laxman. But he must perform consistently in less glamorous domestic cricket as well.

  • Raj12345 on May 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    People should stop crying for Uthappa, ICL return rayudu etc. Here is maths. 5 zones in india. 3 people from each zone, 15 +1. done. So no place for Karthik or Uthappa or sree or any one from south zone as of now. Also, moreover other zonal giving talented players and not selected, don't focus on only just your state players. open your eyes and see outside. Moreover India can't be represented by only south zone players. Let us think in next tour. Thanks a lot. No M Vijay this time. this guy should play only T20.

  • rsurya on May 15, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    I am Happy to see Indian team without Dhoni........ Yeeeeeeeeeeee Saurab tiwary is selected for national team once and benched... he lost his form... Its Badrinath now for the next round.... Uthappa for saha would be nice... OHHH if we say anything, theyll say "We won the worldcup yaar... u please shutup, we now everything....."

  • paras_2717 on May 15, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    CHENNAI team has been preferred by Srikant....for sure... Raydu had everything wat saha has....he is a keeper. Has played for many years in the middle order. Can build the innings. Is technical sound. But what raydu has and saha doesnt is raydu is in a good form. can bat up the order as well and is very successful. and has consistently perfomed. Is raydu not bieng from chennai the reason for his avoidence????

  • prasadg79 on May 15, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @Thilak Rajah .. Let me not guess ... You are from TN!! Do you follow Ranji Cricket!!!! I doubt ... If at all you watch, you wouldn't have commented abt Rayudu's credentials. It also shows that you are a big Cheeka's supporter, even if he is openly doing tamasha about selecting the best talent in the country. I dont flaunt my cricket knowledge and if you want to have a in-depth discussion on cricket ... I am game for it!! But there is a serious doubt, that you can match up to me .....

  • indianzen on May 15, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    why r people scolding shrikanth for it, he just heads selection panel, we have a lot many selectors... when a south indians badri, vinay get a call up, its always a bad selction aint it ?

  • PremT_S on May 15, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Would backup the comments for wicket keeping options of Robin Uthappa and Ambati Raydu. Parthiv has been given far more chances than anyone but hasn't even bagged a century under his belt. Dinesh Karthik was a better performer than Parthiv. Saha will just remain a trial for now. Guess would have been gone for Uthappa/Rayudu where a keeper-opener chance is there. It is also time to groom keepers like SP Goswami!

  • NareshKumar15 on May 15, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    All the best Badr do well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  • namus18 on May 15, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I dont understand not selecting RAYUDU, he plays & performs better & more consistently than Rohit sharma..

  • on May 15, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Horrible selection....Saha and Parthiv do not deserve. It is an backword move. Should include Ryadu or Karthik. Looks like selectors want to pick player from every region rather than talent......

  • Sid108 on May 15, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    I am so sick of comments from people who don't understand cricket. Test players should be chosen from the best Ranji and Duleep Trophy players. One-day players should be selected from the best-performers in the domestic one-day competitions. T20 international cricketers should be chosen from the high-achievers in the IPL. Each format is different and (mostly) requires a different set of skills. Only those who have proven themselves in that format should be selected to play for India in the international version of that format. To select Test and one-day international players based mostly on their IPL form defies logic and is bound to fail far more times than it succeeds.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 15, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Based on all the feedback from expert fans all over, the selectors have decided to scrap the previously announced team. The new team is - Saurav Ganguly (Capt), Ambati Rayudu, Paul Valthatty, Robin Uthappa, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan (all-rounder), Sreesanth, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Mithun, Iqbal Abdulla, Rahul Sharma. Selector Kris Srikkanth was careful to leave out Dinesh Karthik for fear of being accused of picking any TN player! Coach: Jimmy Amarnath

  • sps_bunny on May 15, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    the team is good..... but the team is selected after the ipl performance which ain't good enough. we should be lookn for a most experienced side...... who can bowl well on the carribean tracks.....

  • Jim1207 on May 15, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Rayudu has scored just at an average of 42 in Ranji games. I do not understand why people want him. Because of IPL? People wanted him to select him for India when he went to ICL too? He wanted to play T20 forsaking ranji matches and even now he has to perform consistently. People who blame Srikanth as helping his state has forgotten so soon that it was his selection policy which also helped India getting the world cup. These people do not deserve a world cup, they just deserve to work in tabloids which start rumors and infighting.

  • kukatpallian on May 15, 2011, 1:52 GMT


    waiting for this name in ODI Squad since many years...

    yet again Srikanth gave preference to Chennai Team.

  • on May 15, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    could have selected Balaji :(

  • kukatpallian on May 14, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    Yet Again Selectors did unjustice to Rayudu. His Domestic performance is also good. Shivlal Yadav crushed Rayudu's career @ Rayudu's age of 19 by supporting his relative. Now despite of great performance in IPL and domestic, he didn't a call even when 6 seniors are taking rest, so for Rayudu to make it to national squad will remain as Dream.

    Srikanth please dont re-do what Shivlal Yadav did to Rayudu, please consider him.

    He is a better Wicket Keeper batsman than Parthiv Patel and Saha.

  • on May 14, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    We should groom young fast bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Abhimanyu Mithun, or even Varun Aaron.

  • on May 14, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    look what we have here!!! 20 million more voluntary selectors. Srikkanth should now be fired now that there are selectors doing their job for free!!!

  • on May 14, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Why have Ambatti Rayadu, Manoj Tiwari & Paul Valthaty been ignored despite their solid performance in IPL? And Murali Vijay should have been picked ATLEAST FOR THE T20 MATCH (If not for ODIs and Tests)!! And what about Rahul Sharma with the ball. On the other hand, picking Wriddhiman Saha is a waste (I think).

    Ya, the only sensible decision that they took is including Badrinath and Vinay Kumar (Note that Vinay Kumar can also be handy with the bat).

  • sanjusujju on May 14, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    what about dinesh karthik; why is he being ignored?

  • ABTheSeclector on May 14, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Cautious approach by the selectors makes no sense as India could have experimented a bit against W Indies (not most feared or powerful among the top teams anymore) with the talent around I would have taken - 1. Gautam Gambhir (C) 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvraj Singh (VC) 5. S Badrinath 6. Ambati Rayudu (WK) 7. Harbhajan Singh 8. Rahul Sharma 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Munaf Patel 12. Amit Mishra 13. Robin Utthappa (as second WK) 14. R Ashwin 15. S Shreesanth 16. Manoj Tiwari

  • prasadg79 on May 14, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    @Rajeev27 I definitely read your comments and no one is commenting blindly out here. For your kind information, i am a proud Bangalorean and the reanaissance, i was talking about was SELECTION BASED ON PRESENT FORM AND TALENT. Ambati Rayudu was touted as the next big thing in Indian Cricket and the poor guy is performing extraordinarily well. By using latin words, it does not mean that you neither have great cricket knowledge nor a great follower of cricket. Any sensible and honest cricket follower would feel sorry at the exclusion of talented players like Rayudu and i was just expressing my feelings towards that. I am not the one, who is looking for 16 players being picked from neither my state team nor IPL team.

  • nlambda on May 14, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    No Saurav Ganguly? Once again Dada has been kept out by vested interests...when will this end?

  • Vinod on May 14, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    I never expected this kind of bias from Kris Srikanth. It is beyond my thinking, why Robin Uthappa is being ignored, wile every Tom, Dick and Harry gets another chance to prove. Are we all waiting for Robin Uthappa's form to drop? Vinay Kumar has no control on his bowling line and length. He will be thrashed in West Indies. And why Wriddhiman Saha ? Robin and Ambati Rayudu should have been included in the team. Amit Mishra also doesn't deserve a place in the team.

  • on May 14, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    could have taken rayudu instead of saha,ojha instead of amit mishra...could have included dravid bcoz there is need of experienced players in the side, this is a side where everyone are prone to loose wickets quickly if dravid is included it could have been better choice.

  • on May 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Frankly I think Ishant and Sreesanth should be groomed for Tests...They are awful in ODIs....Umesh Yadav could be groomed for ODIs ...The water boy for this series.

  • on May 14, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Sachin would have helped Rayudu...

  • on May 14, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    @ramesh kilaru ur right...............wat the hell where is rayudu.............sad selectors taking all the players fom chenai super kings...............tgis is called partiality show by krish the selector.......there should be a new selector now waste selector we got now

  • on May 14, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Hurrah!!!! Finally badri makes it to the indian squad, the current set of players are creating some confusion in the selectors mind and this indeed seems to be promising,whomever gets to play or not the game would be well worth watching. The next rung of players seem to have come up...

  • gdalvi on May 14, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I can't believe why so many ppl are blaming Indian cricketers for playing IPL instead of playing Intl and comparing them with Eng and Aus players. IPL is meant for consumption of Indian public and is paid for by Indian public who come to see their stars, heros and 'sons of soil' - tendulkar, sehwag, gambhir, dhone etc.. On other hand, while Eng and Aus players may have somes fans in India, they don't have the following or have roots here - so it is very easy decision to miss IPL. I am sure Indian players would have no hesitation is missing Big Bash or SL-PL to play for country. Lets see how many SL players NOT play SL-PL or Aus player not play Big Bash because they want to rest for Intl tour. Why WI tour was scheduled so close to WC and 2011 is beyond me. What % of population is really interested in this tour? Resting top players for tougher English and Aus tour is right thing to do.

  • on May 14, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    What's all the fuss about the players who are resting? It's god sent and certainly welcome because we can see what the players in the sidelines do. The IPL over country argument? Again, that's welcome. The national side needn't be the private property of a few players. Too bad Tiwari wasn't picked enough by Dhoni when he was selected. Whose fault? Badri - He's the closest thing to Dravid we got. Valthaty, Aaron, Sharma will eventually make it if they persevere and Saha might never get a game against windies. Not everyone can lead a side because it requires skill. I would have preferred Kohli for VC though. Go Rayudu!

  • on May 14, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    wat the hell? still uthappa didn't get picked for wicket keeper position

  • KingsWorld11 on May 14, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    it is a nice team...but one or two selections could have been better like...IRFAN PATHAN in place of VINAY KUMAR and ROBIN UTHAPPA in place of SAHA....

  • arvindhsuperking on May 14, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @Ramesh Kilaru...krish is not biased with badrinath...badri is older than raydu and he is performing excellently...he has been a great match winner for csk in ipl...he can play better than raydu in pressure situations as he is more experienced and apart from everything he is very talented

  • Chetan007 on May 14, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    I don't understand why Sourav Tiwary is not in the squad, if this is not the team selected on the basis of only IPL performances. He has not got the enough chance to show off his performance in the ipl this season. He is coming very down in the order. He should play up in the RCB as Mumbai Indian have done this last season. Mumbai had given the opportunity to the youngsters. Instead of playing De Villers at no.4. They should play Tiwary as de Villers is a good hitter of the ball and need less time to settle down. While tiwary needs a few delivery before open the face of his bat. Similarly, Pujara is a good player and must be tested above the order. Now as dilshan is not their the should open the innings with Gayle if fit.

  • on May 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    its greatest blunder by not selecting Rayudu.kris is biased with badari nath.

  • on May 14, 2011, 12:47 GMT


  • BullPUP on May 14, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Most of them vouching for rahul sharma, abdullah, rayadu, etc are viewing IPL performance alone. I believe the team selectors have done a really good job weighing domestic competitions more than the gaudy 20-20 competition. Because you can never pick cricketers who are performing well in IPL for a test match. That would be utterly hilarious.

  • on May 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    where is Varun Aaron ???? Are we wating to drop his pace in 120s...?

  • nauroze123456 on May 14, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    what rubbish!! the selectors are giving places on merit. The case of saurabh tiwary goes against that idea. when badrinath was scoring runs in the domestic league, tiwary was serving drinks to the playing 11. he didnt get a chance to perform in the domestic season and also in the team. And now the selectors want us to believe that this selection is on merit ? Really ?

  • on May 14, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    The selectors are playing politics with the genuine,hardworking,consistency players.why they did not select Rayudu,Rahul Sharma,RP singh they have to answer to each & Every Cricket fan

  • jayapras on May 14, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Its an unfortunate sign of the times. The Dhonis, Tendulkars, Zaheer Khans etc continue to play the gruelling 6 week IPL money making tamasha during the hot Indian summer but choose to cry off from playing for their country. And a number of Australian and English cricketers have opted to miss IPL as they are fresh and eager for playing for their respective countries.

  • ravi_hari on May 14, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    I think the selectors like Manjrekar said have not been bold enough. They should have experimented a little bit more. Players like Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, RP Singh, should have been given a look in. The openeing slot looks a bit weak. Will Parthiv open with Gambhir or Kohli? Will Raina come No.3 or Yuvraj. Secondly, taking Saha as back-up keeper means you are not confident on Parthiv. Why not Dinesh Karthik who is in fine touch for Punjab and done well in domestic circuit. I think if Bhajji has been included he should have been made the vice captain. Though Windies are in bad shape, it will not be easy for India especially if they decide to bring back Gayle! Har Ravi

  • inban on May 14, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    this is a quite nice team but.....instead of vinay kumar there shoud be rp.singh or irfan pathan,instead of amitmishra there should be rahul sharma or iqbal abdullah, instead of saha there should be rayudu ...........

  • on May 14, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Why Saha ??? Then for what the Ipl is for ?

  • Vernacular_Press on May 14, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    To all tamils , srikanth selection pathi comment panravanga ellorum ipl mattum pakuravangala thaan irupanga.They dont follow domestic cricket.Vinay kumar atleast tries hard.See the wicket of gayle against kochi.Pathan never does that.Parthiv patel neither win games on his own nor trusted in crunch situations.I doubt whether badri can win games on his own but he can certainly be a man for crisis.Tamils will never be biased when it comes to national interest(except politicians who have same rule globally).

  • harshacc on May 14, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Oh God I have not had such a good laugh in quite some time.Ppl accusing Srikkanth of TN bias do realise that two contenders from TN who were Murali Vijay(regular opener) was not chosen while a part time opener full time keeper, Parthiv Patel was chosen.And also you do realize if Dinesh Karthik was chosen the TN bias card would have been waived.And Badri is the top most scorer in the Ranji and Rohit is the second highest scorer.Rayudu,Ravinder Jadeja,Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappaa have not done as well as these two in the domestic league.If you think Valthaty,Rahul Sharma,Unadkat,Aaaron,U Yadav should have been selected I present the example of MS Gony , Dinda , Ansodkar who had been chosen on basis of IPL performances before and have been found wanting at the National level.Saha was the only surprise but it understandable as Saha has also opened in the past

  • busbybabe on May 14, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Think Rayudu for Saha wud hv been good as he would also provide wk cover. I also think that they should have experimented more, should have rested Bhajji too, he's been playing a lot and so too Raina. Maybe give a chance to Venu and maybe Tiwary.

  • BIBBA_1972 on May 14, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    why Ambati Rayadu had been neglected God knows , he is a good bat and he can keep too , Saha without any substance was included ... this is Inida

  • stephenzac on May 14, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    My Team Would have been: 1.Robin Uttappa 2.Gautam Gambhir(Captain) 3.Virat Kohli(vc) 4.Suresh Raina 5.Yuvraj Singh 6.S Badrinath 7.Ambati Raydu 8.Rohit Sharma 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Irfan Pathan 11.RP Singh 12.Ishant Sharma 13.Munaf Patel 14.Harbhajan Singh 15.R Ashwin 16.Varun Aaron / Jaidev Unadkat

    Sad with the Selection of W.Saha,Amit Mishra,R vinay kumar,yusuf pathan & PP

  • on May 14, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    it is foolish to make gambhir as captain, why not harbhajan and yuvraj Harbhajan is the most consistant in recent past as a player, why indian Spinners Match Winners (Kumble & Harbhajan) are not given de respect

  • AbhiAb on May 14, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    With no offence to the Great Batsman Gautam Gambhir who is of the same age of the Mahi, does not sound good to be the ideal choice. First of all this would have been the perfect opportunity to groom the new captain, and I really don't feel that this is the time when we are in need of finding the captain of Mahi's age in the same group..As selectors tried to groom Suresh as captain (Though failed in Zaimbabwe in Tri series v SL & ZIM), the wise choice should have been Virat as the young chap seems to have all the good to take the torch from Mahi after few years. I am not in real favour of Gauti as he is a bit too short tempered as we can see him for KKR... Similarly Yuvi loses it all when the counterattack comes... It will be a real test for Mr. Duncan to prove his credentials... Though the tour seems a relatively easy tour but the seam battery seems to be a bit dull...Finally felt really sad for Jadeja, Rayudu & Venu... Better luck next time homes.... Let's enjoy Caribbean Calypso...

  • spinkingKK on May 14, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    I don't know why they keeps picking the people like Vinay Kumar. If they had one more spot, that would have gone to Unadkat. Playing in the world cup in a spinner friendly pitches is never easy for a fast bowler, especially if he relies on the pace and movements. I hope Srikanth doesn't drop Sreesanth in the tests, based upon his limited failed statistics in the worldcup. By the way, for those of who makes comments that Srikanth is biased, please think properly. Beacuse, if he was biased, why does he wants to pickup a past-matchthrower in place of KKD Karthik? If all the 11 players had to come from Tamil Nadu, so be it. We need the committed, skillful players.

  • on May 14, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    It is true that there are some really good batsmen like Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane who should have given a chance. But if we look in India we have so many good batsmen...certainly more than required in the national side... so the point is not that who had to be included but who had to be left out to include that player...but yes there are few controversial Amit Mishra instead of Rahul Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha instead of Uthappa, Karthik or even Naman Ojha...for these two places selectors could have done much better job.... and those people who are accusing selectors for regionalism look biased themselves... this team of selectors has done a really good job till now and we can have some faith in them..

  • akhilvaryani on May 14, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Rayudu would have been a much better choice than Saha because Rayudu has been performing exceedingly well in both the domestic circuit and the IPL this season. Saha is more suitable for Test Matches than the shorter versions. Rayudu is in sublime form thsi IPL season and is an attacking batsman, who can replace Sehwag in the tour of West Indies.

  • on May 14, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    i agree wid shahid abbas.. karthik shud had been included in place of saha...

  • on May 14, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    They missed Rayudu in this selection....

  • on May 14, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @prasadg79: Let me guess, you are from AP. Rayudu is not there yet, needs to perform at Ranji level before he can be considered.

    "Someone pls tell me ... when would Mr.Cheeka's tenure as the national selector would end as that would be a renaissance day for Indian cricket."

    Wow!!! Baffled people make comments like these when India is Test No 1 team and ODI team with a World Cup title to our credit. Shows your poor knowledge of cricket.

  • Rajeev27 on May 14, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    People here are talking about favoritism in selecting CSK Players. I hope prasadg79 reads this comment. You are speaking of favoritism because Ashwin and Badri getting selected. Haven't you got eyes to see their domestic performances? You close your eyes and comment on favoritism when any player from Tamil Nadu gets selected to Indian Team. What kind of a renaissance do you need in Indian cricket? Sinking to 10th place in both ODI and Test Rankings? Before commenting blindly you should remember that India is now world champion in ODIs and No 1 in Test rankings and Kris Srikanth is the chairman of selectors. The renaissance you want is the entire 16 member squad should be selected from your state team. And to sensible cricket follower you don't have the locus standi to say it. And to romanc - Valthaty and Abdulla should be in the team and selection of Badri is POLITICS. Apart from IPL can you please show me the performance of these two guys in any domestic competition?

  • on May 14, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Saha in, Whats wrong, you guys think he is better than Rayadu... Its all about regional politics, "Mere state se koi hona chahiye"

  • on May 14, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    i think karthik is better saha and parthvi patal

  • nishu64 on May 14, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    wrong team selection no need to select saha and ishant sharma isntead of them irfan pathan and karthik or uttapa would b good instead of vinay kumar RP singh would b better option Selectors select proper team.....plsssss dont spoil the pride n ranking of ur team....... :( :(

  • romanc on May 14, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Where from they got Wridhiman Saha and Amrith Mishra ? Badari Nath is there because of Kris Srikanth. Walthaty and Abulla should have been in the team.Big politics...

  • anuajm on May 14, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @gdalvi: Very lame comment. Chawla was in becoz Dhoni wanted hom to add variety. Sreesanth was in becoz PK got injured. Yusuf didn't do well in WC doesn't mean he was "out of box" selection. Remember his 2 centuries before the WC?? TN bias?? Give a better player than Ashwin, Badri?? Also, so you mean to say Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Badri, Rohit Sharma are better cricketers beacuse of IPL? Go check there record you wouldbe surprised.

    I am sure the following players will get their chances soon enough - Mukund, Manoj & Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Pujara, Rahane, Rayudu and the likes!! Piece!!

  • Srini_Indian on May 14, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Excellent team, but i liked 2 modifications to this team.1) Instead of Vinay kumar, would have preferred a left arm seamer. He is a good swinger of the ball, should be in England tour, so it would be nice to have that international experience back against a weak WI side. 2) Instead of Saha, would have preferred Uthappa or karthik only for the hard hitting by the former and solidity by the latter. I think this should be the last chance to Rohit, he played 70 odd ODIs and his average is under 28. I know if he is not from Mumbai, he wouldn't have got this many chances. Rayudus, Rahul Sharmas, Valthatys all should prove in domestic formats not only in IPL.

  • prasadg79 on May 14, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    I read a lot of comments saying that IPL is not a substantial platform to showcase the talent .... No wonder ...players like Ryan Harris, Shaun Marsh, Ryan Mclaren have become valuable players for their respective countries. It is baffling and astonishing to see players from CSK being selected for national side and getting a partial treatment from Mr.Cheeka .... I hope he reads this comment. Ambati Rayudu not getting selected for the national team is a joke...Any sensible cricket follower would agree with that and it is a huge disappointment that the politics as well as favoritism is creeping in sports as well. Indian cricket needs a wise and national selector and not a state selector!!!! Someone pls tell me ... when would Mr.Cheeka's tenure as the national selector would end as that would be a renaissance day for Indian cricket.

  • flyingmachinee on May 14, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great selection...........badrinath deserves a place in the indian team.....gud job by the selectors.....

  • deepakah77 on May 14, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    dear selector why not kartik and why saha ? there is big row for selection if u r looking for wickets keeper 1. Dinesh Kartik 2. Parthiv Patel 3. T Sumant so may i know what was the parameters of selection or ratings systems or what performance makes his call amd in others Mr Saurab Tiwari (have to get him chance to proove) only use as traveller Mr Vaalthaty (give him chance) Mr Robin Uttapa (every time selector ignored him)

  • on May 14, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha,Vinay Kumar are dubious selections. I wonder why Saha is even picked. Or is it a region quota playing here?

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 14, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Surprising that Raina is vice-captain and not Yuvraj. I'm hoping Kemar, Fidel and Jerome will test this team enough with pace and bounce. We'll know how Pathan, Rohit, Raina, Kohli handle them. Badri has got his rightful place on the team. I hope Gambhir gives him a chance to play.

  • on May 14, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    r u tellin me irfan pathan's international career is over? he had a bad phase..agreed..but damnit every1 goes thru a rough patch..yeah like srikanth was India's bradman.. wtf is saha doin in the team? get back irfan...i think he is doin a decent job in the ipl...some of his opening spells have been great..the ball which got the master clean bowled was phenomenal....besides he is also an average batsman...he has a better technique than his brother..yusuf is raw power..not that i want yusuf out..i want saha out.... sad sad sad... as some1 else pointed out..if u had to pick an extra keeper then y nt uthappa or karthik? y saha? selectors have gone bonkers!!

  • guyfrmktm on May 14, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me what some of the senior playets are 'resting' from? Don't they ever neev rest when it comes to IPL?

  • on May 14, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Where is Rahul Sharma, Ambatti Rayudu, Iqbal Abdullah & Dinesh Karthik. Who is this Wriddiman Saha.

  • on May 14, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    i completely agree with harshacc but then if they were looking for specialist keeper.. why Saha? and why not karthik? Atleast he is much better batsman than saha.. anyways.. lets hope he scores and proves us wrong

  • Vinod on May 14, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Very sad that Uthappa has not been selected...

  • gdalvi on May 14, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Hilarious - ppl here really think India won world cup because of selectors. 80% of team is already fixed - so selectors work was only to chose 20%. And all their 'out-of-box' choices - Chawla, Sreesanth, Yusuf - failed. India won WC INSPITE of the selectors - not the other way around. I cannot help but feel the regional bias in selection for CSK and Tamil - thanks to Srikkanth, who was a lower end mediocre opener (test avg < 30!!!) and is now proving to be mediocre selector. Also I am amused ppl here think domestic cricket must be given significantly more important than IPL. Really? We had domestic cricket for last 80+ years, and only now we had started to win outside India on consistent basis. If domestic cricket was always so good - why was India not a top seeded many time before? Why suddenly importance on domestic criceket when IPL is also serving as forum for talent to emerge. If anything IPL due to presence of TOP foreign palyers is more competitive than domestic

  • on May 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    A well-balanced team and selections rightly based on domestic performance. Gautam Gambhir has proved his leadership qualities in New Zealand and now in the ongoing IPL. Glad to see S. Badrinath making his way once again into the ODI team - he has done well in both the domestic circuit as also in IPL. This team would not be missing the seniors and should not have any problems against the West Indies, which does not seem to have players of caliber at the international level.

  • Futurrackz on May 14, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Horrible team, as usual.. this time we won't be lucky to win.. srikanth sucks....................... no need for yusuf, saha, patel in the team, I don't see them doing well under pressure.

    selections looking for .. ---------------------------------- pragyan ojha, irfan pathan, Robbie utthappa,

    just one thing nice is that vijay is out.

  • Aabid.Rizvi on May 14, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    @ramgoat, yusuf pathan is far ahead of vijay.Murli is not able to play a single shot on off side.he will alwaz remain wid csk.

  • on May 14, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    gud selection, but also xpected paul varthaty to b pickd in da squad 2

  • AbAdvani on May 14, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    What is vinay kumar doing in this team ? He already had his chances and didn't do all that well -it would have been better to select Bhuvanesh Kumar or Irfan Pathan -they are both handy with the bat also. I am happy that selectors have not gone just by IPL and have taken performance in domestic season also into account -Good luck to Badri.

  • on May 14, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Where is Saurabh Tiwary. He was selected for two different series before the world cup and barely got a chance to play and now when could have got a chance to show his abilities, he's not selected!! Very poor decision to select saha and leave out Tiwary.

  • kingcobra85 on May 14, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    there are more indian team players in CSK rather than CSK players in Indian team.... that is the reason they are the most consistent team over the years in IPL... Even if its a unfair selection you cant do a anything about it so move on and enjoy cricket...God i dont is India even a single country!

  • DMKumar on May 14, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Vinay Kumar has got a very good variation in bowling which is most important in any format of the game ,he is a better batsman in lower order , he should get more opertunities only thinging is he has no godfathers in selectors like Murali who's performence lacks, had given more opertunities to Murali.

  • Chennaisuperkiing on May 14, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    What is the logic behind key players skiping national duty to play the IPL ? If they wanted the rest why did they not opt for the rest during the grueling IPL tour ? Don't get me wrong the resting of the seniors has given a few youngsters a chance to play for the contry. The question needs to be asked if the seniors play for money or national pride ?

  • on May 14, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    That's great ....Badrinath & Saha also included,didn't we miss Rayudu & Rahul Sharma, they are proven candidates...anyway good selection except Rohit sharma's inclusion, who has given numerous opportunities and never cashed in...No need of outcry for Karthik & Uthappa, pure waste, got number of opportunities and see-saw performance always...great decision not to consider them....

  • AvidCricFan on May 14, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Parthiv is any day better than D. Karthik. R. Uthapa is a make shift WK, not a regular one.

  • ramgoat on May 14, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Where is Murli Vijay? atleast he should be in the team instead of Yusuf Pathan.

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 14, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    As i predicted in the ODI series there will be no Sehwag, Tendulkar Dhoni Zaheer or Sreesanth. This is the best opportunity we will have in a long while to beat India as they will get better with time.both the players & WICB needs to swallow their pride. with Gayle, Simmons & Bharat as openers, Samuels, Sarwan, the Bravos, Nash , in the middle, Sammy & Russell Fidel, Roach, Taylor Bishoo Rampaul & Benn in the bowling we stand a fair chance if is even @ Sabina park we would give them a run for their money. if we can get some good pace & bounce @ queens park oval it will be even better.

  • guyfrmktm on May 14, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    @amit.80, I was laughing my head off to read that D Karthik 'can open the batting'. I think it should read more like 'he has opened batting" (and proven that he simply can't).

  • on May 14, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Where is D Karthik and R.Uthapa......As we are Without V. Sehwag and Dhoni...The first choice should have been these two.....

  • on May 14, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    What is VINAY KUMAR doing in the team .... why not IRFAN PATHAN OR RP SINGH.. Its hard to believe how a player can be judged from a t 20 tournament...

  • on May 14, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    They should have selected varun aeron , really impressed with his pace and accuracy

  • on May 14, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Still uthappa and abdulla ignored ....

  • BhanuShankar on May 14, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I like the team. Good selection. Although I would have seen Sachin completing his 100 century's at least at the Caribbeans

  • Vnott on May 14, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Cant question too much. Hope Gambhir plays Badri in all the games and gives him a good run. Wud hv been better to see Rayadu/ Dinesh Karthik for Saha. Ishant and Vinay are both marginal selections i guess. RP Singh and Irfan Pathan may have been marginally better though we should wait for a few more months for Irfan to get his full confidence back before selection. Balaji was an option as well given the terrific form in the IPL. One kid who needs attention is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He is quite capable of turning into the all rounder India has been looking for. Good Seam bowler and a very useful batsman. Similarly Abhimanyu Mithun was possibly a better choice than both Ishant and Vinay Kumar but all of these are still marginal. Sree will be back for tests. But dont take the Windies lightly. Who knows Gayle may be there when we reach there....Ask RCB, how much can one man make a difference....

  • on May 14, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @parth naik... what the hell are you trying to say!!! im just glad badri is back in the team after a 3 year hiatus. I think this is a decent team, the selectors are trying their best and succeeding at that.

  • on May 13, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    I would have liked to see Rahul Sharma/ Rayudu and Kohli as VC. But I can live with this selection. For once leave the regional hatred and start thinking positively why the selection is done. Ranji performances should be given preferneces over IPL. Parthiv did good in Ranjis. He will also open in tests. So they gave a chance to him ODI's as well. Saha wont get a chance to play anyways. Also he is a good keeper. So he might have got selected as test reserve keeper ahead of rayudu/karthik. We have Ashwin/Mishra. So Rahul sharma wont get much chances anyways. They said only Ishant and Vinay are selectes mainly based on this years ipl performances as they as known players. Badri and Rohit did well in Ranjis. We dont have place for them with Sachin,Ghambir and Kohli in the team to play as anchors. But they have future prospects as test middle order batsman. So not a bad idea to give them chances in ODI's . Good to see sreesanth/vijay/piyush dropped. You can crib/cry or just enjoy the sport

  • gravapine on May 13, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Poor Pragyan again misses out... Amit misra does well in Tests not in Limited overs cricket.

  • on May 13, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Cricinfo, is this a record for the most number of comments for an article? I'd like to add that the selections are pretty strong and aren't swayed by the IPL. A lot of people here are upset about Rayudu's non-inclusion here. Yes, he deserved a place, but not over Badri, who really deserved a shot, or Rohit Sharma. Some may argue that the latter has tried and failed, but this guy is really talented. It's always a tough call with the bowlers, but Vinay Kumar has put in performances in the Ranji Season. Also, let's all just take a breather for a second. This team should do well against what is a fairly inept West Indies team.

  • sekhar.kunapareddy on May 13, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Its true that whole INDIA wanted to see Rayudu playing for country!!!! he won many fans including SACHIN all over INDIA, I think it just matter of time for him to come in to team.

  • on May 13, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    No left arm pacer in the team - really strange - Would have had RP Singh in the team for sure instead of Vinay Kumar just for variation- Would not have been a bad idea to have Irfan Pathan either...I think the selectors missed a trick here! And to have Saha in place of Rayudu - not a wise decision...

  • on May 13, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    for all irfan fan.....hv u seen his last 2 balls vs ms dhoni . both went for six... does irfan deserve chance in indian team ???????????? lol

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  • on May 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    guess Manoj Tiwari should have been given a chance in place of Ishanth Sharma......

  • amit.80s on May 13, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    D. Karthik and R. Uthapa would have been a better choice then P. Patel and W. Saha they are better batsmen and they can both open the batting and very handy keepers. Good to see Badri back but with Raina, Yuvi, Rohit and Yusuf already the first choice coz of their alround capabilities hard to see him getting a chance in playing XI.

  • deegowd on May 13, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Interesting. No mention of who the vice-captain is.

  • on May 13, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Wow, never saw any cricinfo article attracting so much attention. I totally support the selection irrespective of their choices. For one, they selected a team which won us WORLD CUP after almost nearly 3 decades. Good luck to the young Men in Blue. Go make us proud. No matter what I will be one among many of your ardent supporters. And BTW, please make most of the opportunity the selectors provided to you.

  • on May 13, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    arey yaar kohli should have been kept as vice....

  • rko_rules on May 13, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    wants to tear my hairs apart on seeing Vinay Kumar again in this team. Do this world champion team needs to have bowlers like him who are 5'7 and bowls at 125 regular pace? They should have kept Pankaj Singh or Umesh Yadav

  • on May 13, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    so Finally badri gets an entire ODI series to showcase his talent at the international level... All the best to him..

  • on May 13, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    saha for ravindra jadeja ravindra jadeja for badrinath vinay kumar for sreesanth r ashwin for pragyan ojha affcourse uthappa

    these all players have been game winner for their own team but this the 2nd time chenni quota first timee they win the world cup with selecting chawla and ashwin for rohit sharma and ojha and nor 2nd time chennai quote

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on May 13, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    uthappa & Irfan Pathan should be in da team... Pathan bowl well in last 4-5 matches in IPL.. and shown some ability with Bat....

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  • VjRajCric on May 13, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Its ok if senior players are rested due to excessive cricket, but its sad to see players playing a hectic tournament like IPL and missing on the International tours. That clearly shows the priority of our cricketers.

  • on May 13, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Finally Badrinath gets the cut....for the kind of talent he is, he would have been an other god of cricket.....but atill its not too well Badri....!!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Mishra and Saha were selected on quota basis

  • Smartriyas on May 13, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    vinay and saha msut have replaces with good perfomer

  • on May 13, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    how come saha got in to the sqad where he has not proved him self. I think very rude on some players who has gr8 talent like's of ambati,karthick,uthappa

  • on May 13, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    They need to give chance to see him a very Confidence Player.

  • candyfloss on May 13, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Contrary to what most people say Parthiv patel looks a good option to me,he played a few odi's in SA and his shots were clean and crisp,he has significantly improved his technique.Thank God Murali Vijay wasnt picked (not coz he is from chennai) but there are many other deserving players and happy to see Badri in the team,hope he makes an impact.Lastly I feel we missed out on trying out some one like Umesh yadav and Varun Aaron.Anyway Goodluck India.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 13, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I think the best team was selected given the circumstances. Personally, I would have liked to seea Rayudu in place of Saha but we do need a second keeper and if Rayudu's keeping is not adequate (and he cannot do a good job of being a reserve keeper like Dravid did through the 2003 WC) then it was probably fair to not select him (knocking hard on the door though). Mishra versus Ojha is a very tough call. Again Ojha loses out (like he did to Chawla in the WC selection). He must feel a bit disappointed. The spinner reserves are getting better (especially with Rahul Sharma also in the mix).

    A couple of other mentions: RP Singh: Seems to be back in rhythm during IPL4 but perhaps some more confirmation of his fitness would be nice. Could be a very good prospect for the England tour. Dinesh Karthik: He needs to prove definitively that he is either the 2nd or 3rd best keeper in the country (right now it seems like he is neither).

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    i dont understand ppl why ppl are blaming csk for selecting saha??? wat does it have to do with them!!! he barely gets a match in csk!!! and pls dont write any player off!!! and for those rooting for valthaty,rahul sharma and varun aaron...pls follow ranji!!! valtathy is not even in the mumbai ranji team,rahul sharma barely has played 7 9 matches in 4 yrs for his club! and varun aaron??? hes just debuting in ranji!! just because u have pace it doesnt mean anything!! rayudu not getting selected is unlucky for him!!! but he has to wait!! doesnt he?? badri has waited for more than 6 yrs he has to wait and at the same time back his reputation with some strong performance in ranji not just the ipl :)

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    @mrcool.... I like uthappa too, but please dont say he is in the league of Sehwag... Sehwag is in the league of his own!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Uthappa can keep and bat 100 times better than Saha...Pune franchise realized this fact and buyed Uthappa for 8 crores,but Indian selectors haven't yet!!!!and Saha is yet to be seen in IPl.!!!........think.........i think selectors singing Dhoni add.."Be full dellogical and bhand"...

  • MohamedRaffie on May 13, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    We have too many part time bowlers in our Team. Kohli, RG Sharma, Raina, Yusuf & off-couse Yuvi. Instead of Amit Hishra, we could have played I Pathan, Uthappa or Pujara. They should have got a chance.

  • amitava0112 on May 13, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    God job overall by the selectors...but I would have preferred RP Singh instead of Vinay Kumar as RP is a left armer(Zaheer is not there) which gives variety,he has more international experience & seems to be in good nick in the current IPL & of course he is a better bowler than Vinay Kr. Also Robin Utthapa should have been in instead of W Saha who's a good wktkpr but not a batsman who can turn around a game. Utthapa can keep wkts & is a match winning btsman who can either open or bat at middle order & has got some more international experience compared to Saha...if not Utthapa even Rayadu could have been thought about...Very happy to see Ishant Sharma back as also Amit Mishra , Badrinath & Rohit Sharma. For Rohit its another lifeline for a talented batsman like him & he must make it count now before its too late...he's the most talented of next generation of Indian Batsman & it will be a shame if he is unsuccessful again like he was in South Africa..hope he's a success this time

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @ technically crazy don b crazy n big tym :P irfan pathan s an informal 12th man 4 d opposition.He's a gift 4 d batsmen wen he's bwling nd he's d bunny 4 all bowlers.He's a curse 2 any team.I pity delhi 4 buyin him 4 heavy amount.Squad selection s gr8 asusual 4m chika btw!!

  • Vernacular_Press on May 13, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Irfan pathan is not a hard worker .He survived only bcoz hes got talent.Only talent will never help.He can bowl faster if he tries hard(strong enough,no major injuries). Those who wants inclusion of Rayudu its bcoz he plays for mumbai indians.No one would ve cared had he played for some other team and even scored a few more runs.

  • nvperumal on May 13, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Why Dinesh Karthick is rated below Patel and Saga?He is not in the team when Dhoni plays.His 69 of 33 balls today shows he is far superior to Patel.Saha is not at all a player in international class.Selecters have done a blunder

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @ Sagar Rao Veerla on (May 13 2011, 10:37 AM GMT) "Disgusting...even after such performances in Domestic Circuit and IPL, Rayudu is not given a chance...what he shud do get selected ..."

    has to wait!!! this was how badri was treated for 6 years and am happy that he finnaly gets his chance:)

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Oh common could have easily taken "VIjay",and "Chawla"..your favourite pocket filling players!!..

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    It would have been great if D. Karthik in place of patel or saha

  • sraj99 on May 13, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    All 7 main bowlers right arm bowlers. of the part-time bowlers in yuv is left arm

  • agam99 on May 13, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Never seen so many comments on any news at cricinfo till now

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    what about Valthaty he also performing well in the IPL hmm

  • Thiyanan on May 13, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Y SME PPL R SHOUTING AGAINST BADRI...OPEN UR EYES AND C DA STATISTICS....HE SIMPLY WALKS INTO ANY NATIONAL SIDE..WAT SHULD THIS GUY DO MORE..I READ SMEONE SAYING BARDI DOESNT DESERVE...I GOT A DOUBT..AM I LOOKING AT ANY FOOTBALL and raina and ashwin r world cup winners...wat is da fuss abt them being in da squad...i dont c any CSK favorism..SAHA is not a regular CSK evn..he is da 16th member of the squad for westindies..he is dere to cover da wicket fuss at all..

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    I cant understand why people are rooting for rahul sharma..clearly he needs a few more good performances,having said that he is the one to watch out for in dmestic cricket now

  • rajeshmadurai on May 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    to all my brothers.. why you are splitting the indian team by states.. evrybody is telling only tamilnadu players are given u alal mean tamilnadu is a seperate country.. can anybody tell me one reason for badri should not be selected other than his age.. ok let me come to ur way dnt u all remember over more than a decade indian cricket was full of cricketers from mumbai and karnataka.. we only considered them us our brothers and we are all indians..but now u r fighting for raidus,jadejas.. why didnt you raised this kinda things on badri 5 years b4..

  • vikicork on May 13, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Whyi is Vinay Kumar there ,even in his own IPL team of Kochi Tuskers ,R.P. S ingh with an economy rate of 6 and more wickets! would be better than Vinay Kumar with an economy rate of 9! .Irfan will continue to be ignored with this current selection committee no matter how well he performs ,he must have really ticked off someone real bad. I would have been happy with either Rayadu or Uthappa instead of Saha .I have watched them play and they seem tro be pretty good wks .we dont need a specialist second wicketkeeper for ODIS .I mean Dravid used to keep wickets in ODIS in World Cup no less. again its the same old quota system ,they have to take at least one player from East zone in abscence of Dhoni but even then they could have selected Manoj Tiwari or even Dinda .why Saha was selected is completely baffling .

  • I_know_everything on May 13, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    My reason for taking D karthik over saha is now clear from the innings he played tonight for kings 11. He can also open the inning and the squad needs an opener and there fore no rayudu but parthi in for replacement. Uthappa never liked to keep and wanted to concentrate on batting as he says many a times and neither rayudu , uthappa or parthiv are as good a wicketkeeper as D Karthik. Hence dinesh karthik without a doubt. U KNOW PEOPLE i really believe that karthik would be given the nod as would one amendment in the coming future. Just a gut feel. :)

  • madhubadal on May 13, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    This is really a sloppy selection. Rrahul Sharma along with RP Singh should have been given a chance. And yes Karthik is a far better option than Saha. And one more thing how many times that lanky fellow, good for nothing, Ishant Sharma should be given a chance. I don't know what is the criteria for getting selected. Disgusting

  • satya12inidan on May 13, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Why srikanth so much partiality towards his native persons and not picking Rayudu who is doing a wonderful job in IPL. This is happening always pooor Rayudu no proper support for him.

  • on May 13, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    i think india is the only team who donot have a fast bowling all rounder in team is selectors play a bad role???????????

  • baali1983 on May 13, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    thank god murali vijay and dinesh kartik is not in the team but i still dont understand why rohit sharma, ishant sharma, saha, amit mishra , and parthiv patel is in the team . because rohit and ishant already got to many chance. there is no need for third spiner amit mishra because the tournament its in west indies not in asia. and i dont think parthiv patel and saha is good for opening with gambir. its not a good replacement for sachin or sehwag . it will build the pressure on gambir and the middle order. i think they should pick robin uthapa or ambati raydu as a wicket keeper because they can play big hits hits in power play . and insted of ishant they should pick irfan pathan who can bat also .they should replace manoj tiwari, sourav tiwari , abhinav mukand, pujara , rahane either two for rohit sharma and amit mishra .i m happy for badri and vinay .

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    i dnt knw y mishra,saha,badrinath are in the team...irfan pathan proved wat is he now..he shined wid the bart too......its baffing...rayudu he is superb y did they left out..i dnt knw whether these comments are read by srikanth or not!!! please srikanth support cricket instead politics........irfan ,manoj tiwary,rayudu,RAHUL SHARMA.....are better players than vinay,amit mishra,saha,parthiv...................

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    it's very socking 4 the young indian guys ,who are dreamed to play 4 the nation....Totally politics in selecting the team...,,coz players like AMBATI RAIDU,RAHUL SHRAMA,RABINDRA JADEJA,ROBIN UTHAPA....all r very good players....and far better then the others..Sourav tiwari can also be a good selection.

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    @praveenjntu04 very logical as if when mumbai guys were chaired only mumbai players were in guys hold on badri deserves his spot instead of rohit people say he has raw talent but i gueaa were is that talent if its for t20 alone its better they wont pick him. Guys who are talkin abt Irfan pls tell wat he has done for team India to be picked on inngs or a bowling performance pls............

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    at the end J Amarnath said was correct.. indian selectors are jokers..:)

    why two wicket keepers for one dayers...ambathi Rayadu could have been given an opportunity as he can keep as well..

    dont know how much he has scored this year in Ranji cricket...

    This is nothing but only partiality zonal wise....

    Selectors are jokers: Yes when they selected Piyush Chawla as leg spinner in WC suad.

    Pragyan ojha should have been given a chance in WC he is good learner and bowled well for test matches and in IPl last year .


  • vayalapalli on May 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    i think rayudu nd rahul sharma are deserved for the team

  • technicallycrazy on May 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    its frustrating to see irfan out from this squad as this is second string squad and here irfan deserve a chance as he is improving day by day in ipl and showing glimpses of his old form. It seems from selector's and captain's behavior that he is not in there mind. It was well known that kris sreekant never liked pathan much (based on his comments) but still shocked that the best available all-rounder is not being given a chance to show his form.

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    For all those complaining about Srikanth favouring CSK players: Raina is always a regular and Ashwin hasnt failed in the limited opportunities he got. And to people who feel that badrinath's selection is wrong and he got selected coz of politics, I really dont even want to try explaining anything to you. Saha selected for being in CSK?when he hasnt faced a ball for CSK or neither was the keeper in either match? Well people. there is a lot more domestic cricket apart from IPL

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    rahul sharma who was a gr8 performer in ipl shld have been given a chance.....

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Understandably, it is disappointing not to see the likes of Sachin, Dhoni, Sehwag, and Zak in this series; however, India still have a pretty decent team. According to me, the starting XI for the ODI series maybe..

    Gambhir, Parthiv, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit, Yusuf, Harbhajan, Praveen, Ishant, and Munaf.

    Which leaves Badrinath, Saha, Ashwin, Mishra, and Vinay as back up!

    Later in the series i'd like to see Ashwin getting a couple games instead of Harbhajan. I'd also like to see Vinay Kumar get a chance, and he would replace the least performing seamer. Badrinath may come in for either Rohit or Yusuf. Mishra may get a game if India go in with 2 spinners, but i hope they stick to 3 seamers in the Windies! And Saha most likely will not get a game. (I've always been a fan of Dinesh Karthik because of his ability and talent; he should have been the 2nd choice keeper).

    And those asking for Rayudu, it will not happen because his keeping skills are below par, and we have enough batsmen.

  • veera87 on May 13, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    very bad we need amit mishra and saha?? they could have been rest for gambhir and bhajji also... they may give chance those players in this list rayudu,valthaty, manoj tiwary irfan.....

  • switchgrind68 on May 13, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    how is vinay kumar picked, is he better cricketer than irfan pathan, its so baffling, im sure there are much better bowlers than in india vinay kumar.

  • mrcool on May 13, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    some people saying uthappa's performance is not good in domestic..check on cricinfo itself..he performed good in duleep trophy with 3 half centuires in 4 innings with 128+strike rate and in vijay hazare trophy he made 1 century and 3 half century with 148+strike rate..this is enough for odi selection as this is team for odi not can they ignore player of sehwag's calibre each time

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    very disipointed to see india's playing 11. but I guess big players are busy making $. if they needed rest, it should have been taken during IPL.not during national series.

  • on May 13, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    see good to see selecters reward ranji over IPL but badri is too late he is almost 31 i would like to see young players in squad being intoduced now who can least play 2 -3 wcs more like pujara ,rahane with the likes of kholi and raina already settle and rohit sharma needs to be made into a good international cricket and he can be a great and a great choice with gauti as captain and he should be made v.c when team plays at full strenght replacing viru and he will be even better a player but raina shouldnt have been v.c for wi tour it should have been yuvi or if looking into future after dhoni and gauti it should be kholi

  • shreemanta on May 13, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    This team looks a balance team on paper. I 100% agree that IPL should not be the yardstick to select Indian Team because bowling 4 overs & batting 4 overs dosen't qualify to get u a India cap in any format.It's good that few seniors have been rested as they were playing like a machines for quite some time and required a break from it.It would be very intresting to see the selection of the Test Team as this format is the real cricket and for the big boys.For Test I think Virat & Rohit Sharma should get a chance. Rohit was unlucky last time and Saha made his debut against Australia.....

  • nilayb on May 13, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Good team! I just felt that the selectors could have given one more chance to RP Singh and Dinesh Karthik in place of Vinay Kumar and W. Saha. Logic: RP: In a mix of right arm seamers, RP could have been a good alternative. Plus he is a wicket taking bowler. Vinay Kumar is more of container..RP is more skillful and he also has experience as well. Karthik: He has been made the scapegoat by the selectors. You made him open in tests and ODI, then come down and bat at 6/7..he did all that. Then Dhoni didn't need a second keeper in the side and you got him out of the team. That is not fair. I believe, Karthik is still the No 2/3 keeper in India - definitely better than Saha as far as batting is concerned.

  • AsrarQazi on May 13, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    I guess until Chikka is in the selection committee Irfan Pathan will not get a nod.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    it was terrible decision to not select da guys lik ambati rayudu.....................he should b given chances instead of wridhiman saha

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Why the hell on earth 2 wicket keeper for 5 one days..

    There are many more players who can bat well above in playing order as well keep wickets.. only god knows....

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    THIS IS STUPIDITY AT HIGHEST LEVEL. I cant understand how Parthiv Patel, S Badrinath, Wriddhiman Saha, Amit Mishra are better players. People will lose interest in the cricket for sure because of POLITICS.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Its a fair selection!! Cud c lot of ppl comparing this wit CSK..Unfortunately its sad that such ppl have amateurish cricket knowledge...Players from CSK: Raina, Ashwin , Badri & Saha..Raina and Ashwin, irrespective of CSK they wud ve been picked..Badri: Pls he deserves an opportunity..He has played only 3 ODI's for India...So its too premature to say he has faltered at the Big league..Saha has been selected as an additional player..Its only a 15 member team, however Saha has been selected only as a back up..Pls count him out..He's just there in case of injury to Parthiv..DK has been given adequate opportunity, time for him to concentrate on domestic..Hence Saha being the next in line..Makes in..Its a fair team..Rahul Sharma, Rayudu, Valthaty they are all IPL wonders..Rayudu needs to prove domestically..His last 50 overs match was in 2010...IPL is just a trailer..the main picture is domestic..However good the trailer is, its the movie tat wil determine the BO success

  • vind_2801 on May 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    @karthik varma Srikant is continuing as a selector because he used his brain and gave a team which won a world cup for india ....what to do no other selector is as brainy as srikant .....only tn can produce such brilliant player and selector

  • praveenjntu04 on May 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    If Shrikanth is there in selectors committee... He always go for Chennai people. This are the true politics in Indian selectors.... This is too bad in India... If it happens like this.. Talented players never get the chance to prove them in India team.....

  • espncric123 on May 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Rohit Sharma,Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh,Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk),Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin/Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    hi bad selection very bad very bad

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    People who think Badri is purely in to the side because of Srikanth, please see his performance in domestic circuit... I would rate badri as a backup for Dravid in test matches...,

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    It is not clear how in almost every tournament Rohit Sharma and W.Saha get chances ! Ryadu played so well of late and he's keeping really well ( keeping Malinga and Harbhajan is no easy task !) . And still Saha gets the preference. Manoj Tiwary is playing so well. Why can't we give him a single chance ? So many chances were given to this Sharma and's really frustrating. I think there's some personal bias in it.

  • sujaycandoit on May 13, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    i dont know why have they selected saha....having the likes of rayadu and karthik.who have performed much better than politics...srikanth is only selecting csk players...politics

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    This is the worst possible team that could be selected this was a great opportunity to select some untested youngsters the new selections apart from badrinath baffle me why is there no Iqbql Abdulla and where is Rahul Sharma and Ambati Rrayudu and what wrong has Irfan Pathan done to be absent from the team and what has praveen kumar done in the recent past to even be in contention for selection his performance in IPL has been mediocre and he has been out of intl cricket for almost 5 months he is not Zaheer Khan he does not deserve to be in the team

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    why Paul Valthaty not picked in the squad? He is a promising youngster and a good all-rounder.

  • espncric123 on May 13, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, R Ashwin,Wriddhiman Saha (wk). - Thank god they did not select Vijay, A Morkel and M Hussey

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    No I dont see why people bring in State when the player is selected.. This has been a problem for a while. I see Ashwin much better than Baji and also better than Ojha. See his performance for the last year. His average and Wickets are the best in T20 and ODI. and About Badri, he is 30 now.. He has atleast 5 years left if he performances. Planning for a world cup 2015 now is madness.. 5 fifties in 12 matches and did not play 4 match in it and also in domestic cricket he performed well. His problem was he was born @ wrong time when dravid,ganguly,sachin was there in Indian team no spot for him. What a performer.. He desired the place in ODI and Test.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    @ Nayan Gade: Badhri has scored plenty of runs ranji-trophy, Ashwin has proved himself in international circuit also. don't make these type of comments

  • Raj12345 on May 13, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    people should stop talking about Rayudu. Even in all IPL or any T20 match played by CSK, Badri was team winner in many occasions. rayudu just raising after coming from ICL. Let him play more matches. There are N number players in south ahead of rayudu and not selected. This is because unwritten rule in selection that each zone given weightage. That is the reason more south players not in team even though they perform ahead of others.

    But no one in indian history has luck like Rohit sharma. This guy really has poor attitude and looks like uncle on ground at younger age. Truth is no one guided him initially, otherwise he should have been main guy in team ahead of Kohli and Raina. It is too late for him.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    hmmm, well i would say a decent selection, Rayudu wud b better pick i think. But still team looks good :)

  • Arav on May 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    To all those who say the selectors are biased towards csk.. thr are only 4 csk players thr.. Raina is a regular in the indian side now and ashwin is more or less is the squad in recent months. The only "new" csk players are badri and saha.. Badri has been rewarded for consistent batting in the ranji trophy and list A performances.. it is time he got a chance.. for those who think rayudu should figure into the side i just want to remind them he is just an occasional keeper..and players should not be selected just based on their ipl performances alone. saha has been performing consistently in the domestic season

  • mithunsaha on May 13, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think it is good to give a chance of young players.

  • nlambda on May 13, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    @Kartik Varma: Dude take your parochial rant somewhere else. Badri absolutely deserves a spot based on his sterling performances. And I am from North India so can say this without any possible favoritism. Just look at Badri's performances - feel free to dig in detail and you will see what an excellent player he is.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    great selection...probably they should atleast thought about raydu ?? happy for badri atlast he is in the team!!!

  • krish_nara on May 13, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    there are two kinds of people here worried that their favourites were not picked. Why 30+ badri got selected why not rayadu. Why ashwin why not ojha.

    To be fair there are lots of other talented people than the maximum allowed for the tour of WI. Everybody gets their turn and have to have a reason to overlook the real talent some time.

    Do you think kris will be in the selection panel if he selects Rayadu who was a real star in both domestic and IPL but has the hatred from famous names like shivlal yadav(famous i mean in playing politics in indian cricket). Eerybody knows that rayudu would be bringing the best value as a batsman/ backup player. His fame didnot came overnight, he was success in both domestic and IPL. Thanks to shivlal yadav who made rayudu to leave hyd, andhra and go to baroda to play cricket for living. Well i will be the guy supporting rayudu when he was given chance atleast when he is 30+ topping the run charts. So whynot badri 30+.

  • cabinet96 on May 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Why is Dhoni missing India games while playing IPL. He is the captain for goodness sake.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    @ Tarak Ram: Sorry Mr Selector, apologize on behalf of Srikkanth and team for making India win the World Cup and also capturing the Test No 1 Spot because of their poor selection tactics. They probably have no idea on what they are doing..............

  • Nallaballi on May 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Srikanth is proving at his best now a days (at his politics)

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    You do the Maths. IPL is not a criteria for selection it will never be. For folks think Rayudu can keep probably have no idea on what Wicket Keeping at International Level means.

    Rayudu Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 First-class 63 101 3754 210 42.17 9 19 List A 45 42 1335 117 32.56 1 11 Twenty20 39 39 1005 75* 27.91 0 8

    Badri Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 First-class 97 138 7478 250 62.31 27 32 List A 104 96 3342 134 41.25 5 24 Twenty20 78 63 1435 71* 33.37 0 12

    Uthappa Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 First-class 71 120 4693 162 40.45 11 27 List A 108 103 3168 160 33.34 5 22 Twenty20 90 85 1800 68* 25.35 0 7

  • ThinkCric on May 13, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Good balanced team again backed by domestic performances.. those who complain the selection are biased and need to see the numbers behind the individuals selected in domestic seasons.

  • Nallaballi on May 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Hmm Rayudu born in a wrong state. He proved more than the others in the team. No point in considering Yousf at his current form.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Where is Saurabh Tiwary in the list ?? He could have been given some opportunities... :(

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    only 2 CSK players in d squad... baseless allegations...

  • veeracho on May 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Rayudu for Saha... and the team is complete... Rayudu shud have been picked as 1st choice wkt keeper, with Parthiv or DineshKarthik as his cover... Good luck to the World Champions!

  • HellCatstar on May 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    even wen some players are not performing dey are getting chance. rahul sharma is definitely a better choice dan amit mishra. wriddhiman saha is another blunder. players are getting chances cos of contacts. indian cap is all abt money. saurabh tiwary got indian cap and now his ipl fees is $1.6m but the 1st indian player to score century in ipl and the highest run getter in ranji trophy 2009-10 manish pandey ipl fees is 20 lakhs cos he didn't got the ipl cap.

  • Afridipak on May 13, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Where is irfan pathan he's a very good all rounder

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Why Rayudu not got chance because of his ICL tag and Rohit Sharma is a culprit again selected. Rohit Sharma does not have sense to perform in international matches. It is pretty sad abt selectors that they want to stay away ICL players and only trying to give excuses about that all players selected on the basis of Ranji. What a rubbish thing they are doing. Rayudy is a very good player compare to Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma got a lot of chances. Now they need to try Ambati Rayudu. He is really a class player who has made wonderful runs for Mumbai Indians.

  • on May 13, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Could find any reason why saha ,Amit ,Zak and Bhajji in team....Zak and Bhajji should be rested , about Saha and Amit ..i think rahul or raydu or jadeja or manoj or Anjinka Rahne are much better option.A bad team selection by Shrikant.

  • sukuviju on May 13, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    I can't understand why so many of my countrymen think so poorly of IPL. IPL to India is like the Football Premier League to England. I would prefer IPL any day to a series against West Indies, Newzealand, Bangladesh or Zimbwave. I am happy the seniors are rested and I believe the team selected is very good. I hope Rohit Sharma cements his place in the team, he is a class player, has lost lots of flab, looks fitter.

  • NidheyaSuresh on May 13, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli should have been the vice captain!

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @Kartik Varma: Grow up dude. Both deserve their slots and regional bias has nothing to do with it. If that was the case, Vijay, Karthik, Aniruddha, Balaji would have been in the squad.

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    why is there no robin uthappa in the squad and what on earth is wrong with rahul sharma??

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Oh my god.We have our loyal Uthappa fans fighting for him, while, he has probably given up himself, which is quite evident from his performance this IPL,which is his only saving grace. Ranji performance (as boring as it may be) has to be the place to perform and impress to take a shot at the national team. In all fairness, I guess that justifies the selection.If Yuvraj can perform in the domestic circuit to make a comeback and become the man of the series, then Robin and Irfan can as well.I am surprised that Irfan's fans did'nt stand up this time like they always do after a squad is announced.This aint preity zinta stuff.Playing for India is the real thing.So forget the past and please support the players who fought their way back than criticize them as they are the ones who stand a chance to step in when the big boys retire,unless you prefer to consider Balagi,Agarkar,Kaif and Powar.So,Irfan,Robin,Pandey & Tiwari.forget the money & zinta and look at Ranji if you want the Blue Jersey.

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    no sense in picking Saha and missing Rayudu!!!!!!!!! he has been keeping wickets for MI and I don't know if this is okay but may be ojha or rahul sharma should have been picked instead of Amit Mshra!!!!!!!!!!!! horrible selection of third spinner .............

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    why irfan is not in............he is a gr8 all rounder fr india...........we must include karthik in fr saha ..........n include kamran khan a good younster............

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    der are only CSK, palyers and selector both...bad selection!!!

  • PradeepR on May 13, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Vijay and Rayudu should've been selected. They can't ignore these players, Rayudu especially. Is Parthiv Patel a better batsman than Rayudu? I don't think so. I think this is cricket politics at its best.

  • nataraajds on May 13, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Saha is a waste candidate, i think there must be a lot of pressure from Bengal for a place. otherwise team selection is good with lot of young talent.

  • Nitish87 on May 13, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    badri has been terrific during domestic season nd also in da ipl....but it's da caliber he has wich fetched him da oppurtunity nd not ipl....lets hope he gets a chance to prove his worth...

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Kris Srikanth of Tamil Nadu has picked Badrinath and Aswin(both from Tamil nadu) Instead of Rayudu and Pragnan Ojha from Andhra Pradesh.BADRI IS ALREADY 30+ and even if he he will be 35 by world cup 2015.I have 1 doubt.why srikanth's team are continuing as selectors since 2008 as 2 yrs is the maximum period for selectors tenure.Ishant and rohit dont deserve a place,

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    You've got to feel for Dinesh Karthik. He molded himself in umpteen roles the team demanded. But success of Dhoni as captain ensured that he'll never play for India again.

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Why there is no Rayudu in team India ! he's the best player !

  • Nitish87 on May 13, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    It's a good selection but i didn't understand y saha has been selected......but the important thing is will india play new players or wil dey go wid players who played world badri get a chance to prove his's sure dat praveen nd ishant wil be playing...but in batting rohith nd badri hav 2 prove der during practise sessions...dis tournament wil test yusuf pathan bcos it's been time since he has performed to his potential in international wud be a miracle if saha gets a chance....nd vinay can get a chance if any one of other 3 pacers r injured r lost der form....if india wins series early den badri,rohith nd vinay would get chance

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Good to see Selectors are giving more importance to mestic performances than IPL . Rayadu,Valthatty have to prove themself in Ranji before getting selected, same holds good for Rahul Sharma too. Expecting the likes of Rahane, Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary will also gets their chances. Good to see Dinesh karthik & Vijay not present in the squad,t hey were given ample opportunity but they failed to prove themselves. Best of luck for Badrinath, he is tirelessly scoring runs for years but not getting enough opportunities, he deserves this. Saha is a very goodwicket keeper, might not be that good infront of the wickets, but cetainly classical type of keeper and very safe behind the stumps, good opportunity for him too.

  • Finn92 on May 13, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Can't believe that some people were actually thinking that Valthaty would get picked, he had a good couple of games but since then what has he done. It makes more sense to reward good domestic performances over the IPL otherwise you'll end up with fringe players possibly skipping Ranji Trophy etc and just concentrating on IPL which would destroy the domestic set-up. Still, I'm surprised to see Sharma get yet another chance, he's got talent but I don't think he has the stomach for internationals, hope he proves me wrong though

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Why Irfan is missing.. again Srikanth give chance to his state player,,,

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Rayudu as the back-up keeper would have made so much more sense. The only reason Saha is in the team is because of region based quotas.

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    ambati rayudu consistently performing in IPL from last 3yrs and also he has done extremely well in this year's ranji trophy and made baroda to reach final..he has not been picked for even challenger series last year i.e india a,b, c teams and surprisingly this WI tour team is fact that the present selection commitee is giving lot of chances to young stars but why not atleast one chance to rayudu, who is very much eligible to play for our team

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Srikanth Is a Waste Fellow...I didn't Understand.??? Why AMBATI RAYUDU is not selected..

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    OMG...where is raydu man in form for MI biased selection again...clearly

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    why the selectors are not taking right person to replace sehwag we had some aggressive hitters in this ipl like paul valthaty why these persons are not getting chances

  • BrianCharlesVivek on May 13, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Now again Badri will warm the benches. He is the one who can just bat. The team would be like this Gambhir, Paarthiv,Kohli, Yuvraj,Raina, Sharma,Pathan, Harb, Ashwin,Kumar, Munaf.

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    selection makes sense if domestic performance is the only criteria used. From that perspective, Irfan, Rayudu were not included while Rohit and Saha were. However, theres also a need to balance by looking at the promise a player offers,. Rohit clearly thrives only in domestic conditions with mediocre bowling and is a proven failure atm.

    In the least using a simple system to select players is problematic for this reason because players who are utterly useless can sneak through. what needs to be in place is a more multi-layer system so poor players dont seep through the loopholes.

  • goldenpower on May 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    why didn't give chance to rayudu, he performed well in ODIs compared to saha.And he is also wicketkeeper.iqbal abdulla good choice for young spinner all rounder?

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Why raidu missed the team.......Why the selectors are not interested in Irfan Pathan

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    i think ambati rayudu should have been given a chance after performing consistently in the ipl for Ml......i dont understand why saha is selected what has he done to make his place in the national team...if u are talking abt two keepers thn rayudu can also keep wicket and he is quite good at it...i think most of thm will agree with me

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Batting is o.k!! but why saha as a reserve keeper? What has he done in recent past?? And Secondly, no variation in bowling as such, they should have picked left arm pacer RP singh in place of Vinay kumar because all four in the team Munaf, Praveen,Ishant and Vinay kumar are right arm pacers,Even in spin department they should have rested Harbhajan singh and bought Rahul sharma in...

  • Pavan_2020 on May 13, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    This must be a joke - Saha over Rayudu, Mishra over Ojha...ridiculous.

  • RGee on May 13, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    i would have taken jadeja in place of yusuf pathan, rpsingh in place of vinay kumar and dinesh karthik in place of saha..............RGee

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Mr. Roger C, u wud ve been happy if no players ve been selected no........I think it must be an Indian team n not a north Indian team.........

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    for all those who are questioning Vinay kumar's inclusion, he is one bowler who is consistently performing well in Ranaji Trophy - just like Badri with the bat - but for some strange reason continued to b ignored by national selectors...I feel at last justice has been done to the talent, patience and perseverance of both Vinay and Badri...all d best team India...

  • on May 13, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    manoj tiwary is not there!

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    wow team looks very poor on paper with all big names missing, imagine what it will be like when the big guns retire in the next 2 years??!!? should have picked rayadu and jaddu,who are solid players with hunger to do well, unlike parthiv patel who had his chance in 2002!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    old wine in a new bottle ...... vinay kumar,, why,,,,, why not varun aaron... umesh yadav,, abhimanyu mithun... dhawal kuklkarni,, why harbhajan singh... why... should have given a break.... selectors are afraid of pacers,,, oh come on,, this is not great.. ambati rayudu,, manoj tiwari ignored,,, even venugopal rao ,,such a classy ignored,,... thank God no ravindra jadeja,,,.. any way we want them to win games for INDIA,,,Selectors should have added some quicks,, praveens th munafs and th vinays are all but medium pacers,,, Varun aaron u will be missed..

  • nkadit on May 13, 2011, 14:57 GMT


  • indianzen on May 13, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Selectors have done a very good job... merit performance and skill... bajji and munaf could have been replaced by rahul sharma and varun aaron... just a chance to see the junior skill..

  • rcjunk123 on May 13, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I'm sure there is always someone missing. Utthappa, Rayudu, Venugopal... the list goes on. With 1B population, it's tough competition.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Thank god... Jadeja is not picked...

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @ Rahul keshwani: Its not that you are the only one who is happy about jadeja. Most of them would have known that he will not be selected. It was quite obvious. Maybe saha's selection is surprising but i dont know why people are suggesting Rahul sharma and valthaty as alternates. Come on people. Valthaty cant be selected on the basis of his two performances in IPL. If Mishra isnt a good selection, then ojha can be an alternative

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I dont know on which basis mr srikanth and co selected Team whether depending on form or some thing else. I think they dont like consistency. what is the problem with ambati rayudu who played much better than saurav tiwary in previous ipl but tiwari got chance?

    wriddiman saha and mr.partiv patel got plenty chances but not proved ofcourse they can not? No body can stop Ambati rayudu because he believes his talent and I want to say one thing when i was in intermediate i was seeing in news papers that rayudu the future indian batting star ?

    Dear all selectors please change you strategies and give chances who ever will play good cricket ...........................................

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    It is impossible to make indian fans happy......selectors have done a very reasonable job here .... good to see amit mishra in the squad who is a very attacking bowler....badri and rohit have been duly rewarded for their runs in ranji....Ishant is the only one whose inclusion borders upon T20 performance...but he was always the next best thing in India he deserved a chance....great job Srikant.u guys won us the worldcup......and for once .plz indian fans stop this complaining nature of yours...this was the best possible team in India

  • indianzen on May 13, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Based on Merit... its really good words to hear from selection panel. It really avoids the partiality shown towards south indians... I am a northy by the way...

  • Mit7799 on May 13, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Shame!!! I don't think Indian team is good enough when Gayle, Pollard and Taylor get back into the WI attack.

    Understood that Sehwag is going through the surgery but why Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zak are not in for national duty. When this Indian team will lose to WI, its not gonna be India A team lost, but THE WORLD CHAMPION'S LOST.

    I don't get it, why they (cricketers) need rest from PLAYING!!!! For crying out loud... You are playing.. playing... PLAYING... why you need rest???

    If you must get rest... rest during IPL (which is not even a real cricket - lets face it). Its good for entertainment - and $ making season for cricketers... and nothing more than that.

    I love Australians loyalty. Wish we Indians (especially indian cricket players) had even 50% of the loyalty as OZs have.

    Not happy with the team but no choice since great players want to REST.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    where is rayudu why stupid sahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa who dont even play in ipl

  • BULTY on May 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    The team is more or less okay. One or two players could have been selected instead of the few who have been selected. I would have preferred Irfan Pathan both for his medium pacers and also as a stand batsman to do even opening in case required. Second, I don't know why Robin Uttappa is not getting his chance, when especially he has done well in the domestic circuit and also in the IPL4. I would have gone for him instead of Wridhiman Saha, who is no international material at all.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Good to see - Our domestic heroes will have opportunity to perform internationally,

    But My Very Strong Suggestion on Selection of Team

    Instead of SAHA Should have Robin Uthappa OR Abati Rayadu (Both can Keep)

    and Instead of Amit Mishra Should have Rahul Sharma who is most economic bowler of IPL it means most difficult bowler to make runs as well as he is 3rd highest wicket taker in IPL.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Rp singh better than vinay kumar any day, zaheer and nehra are missing but fair enough younger bowlers deserve a chance. Badri is old now time for valthaty raydu and manerias

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @MANU1000 and others opposing Saha's inclusion, Saha is the best keeper India have after MS. Parthiv scores on his better batting ability and Karthick is no where near Saha or Parthiv as far as wicketkeeping goes. We are talking about wicketkeeper (and batting capability is a plus) not batsman wicketkeeper! Seriously we don't want Parthiv to be injured anywayi. His batting is extremely pleasing if not classic, Saha is dogged in his batting but not upto Parthiv. Only if Parthiv performs miserably(which he shouldn't) then the better keeper W Saha should be given chance. No question of Robin or Karthcik as WK in an international series as Wicketkeeper and we have enough good batsmen scoring over Robin and Karthick as batsmen.

  • Bhupal_Pandey on May 13, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Why can't Indian selectors think from a long term perspective - 2015 WC. Yuvraj and Raina have played their part, and should be left for IPL from now on. On bouncy Australian tracks, I hardly see them crossing double digits. Raina was ill at ease against Aaron yesterday on a dead Chennai pitch. What hopes can you harbor of him smashing Roach, Amir, Tredvelt at Perth? Rahul Sharma presents a better case for selection in limited overs, over Amit Mishra, though I would prefer Mishra for tests. With his height and bounce Rahul can be handy in Australia. Aaron should have been a definite selection considering India's woes in death overs in WC. India's premier pace bowler, Munaf, was hit for 6's at will by opposition tail-enders, Aaron can be really effective at death with his incisive short stuff. My choice for the team is: Gambhir (c), Parthiv (wk), Kohli (vc), Badrinath, M.Tiwary, Rahane, Rayudu, Harbhajan, Rahul Sharma, PKumar, Munaf, Aaron, Ishant, Ashwin, Yusuf

  • rmkstate on May 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    I would have selected Robin Uttapha over this IPL he has shown to be a decent wicket keeper...but keeping for 50 overs is a different ball game..but would have been worth the risk....also feel sorry for Ambati Rayudu...he has matured a lot as cricket over years....he surely deserves a place in Indian team...I never understand the funda of selecting second spinner in this Indian team...its like a lottery and they keep rotating the three spinner we have

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Saha - is totally unknown name and few ppl remember how poorly he batted when he was on national duty last time. Uthappa shud hav been selected, he would have added batting strength to middle order. Yusuf is a waste - Rahul Sharma or Ojha would have been better.

  • CktZMyLyf on May 13, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    From where did "Saha" came in ahead of "Rayudu"????......No IPL performance, No Ranji performance......??? ...bad luck Rayudu.... hope to see you soon in the National Team........

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    how can parthiv patel get nod ahead of Dinesh Karthik?

  • manibiswas on May 13, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari should have been included.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    wats wrong with Rayudu or Venu??? why this ppl always ignore their talent.

  • bittu9595 on May 13, 2011, 14:22 GMT


  • on May 13, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Posted by RogerC on (May 13 2011, 13:28 PM GMT) Venugopal Rao should have been the captain and T. Suman should have been the vice captain. Selectors are very biased.

    Are you serious????? o.O Hahahahahahaha

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    insstead of wriddhiman saha they could have picked robin utthapa as a keeper batsman

  • arvsingh on May 13, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Don't get the selection of Vinay Kumar and R Ashvin. Were these included under pressure from Southern lobby? Badrinath deserves a place on the team but he has had chances before but falters at the big league.

  • cimrsimg on May 13, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @irfans1 - I think we must start looking ahead. Ofcourse India is taking West Indies seriously, but not considering them as very strong team in current scenario. And using this opportunity to test bench, which is very good.

    I am relieved not to see Jadeja back. Rayudu's omission is bit sad. But he couldn't perform well during Ranjis, and that could go against him. Let's hope Gauti get's another clean sweep.

  • Valavan on May 13, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    With gayle and taylor back in WI in june, india will loose 4 - 1 in WI, just they give too much hype with IPL that may well prove downfall of India.

  • bigdhonifan on May 13, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Why Saha??? Why not Rayudu????

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

    Mr. Srikanth, What else could Ambati Rayudu do to impress you haa?

  • ChinnaDJ on May 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Certainly Saha is surprising everyone. He is playing in CSK as a specialist batsman ahead of Anirudha and Mukund and now he has been picked for T20 and ODI series.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Rayadu wud b a better option den parthiv in T20 as the former is quite an agressive player than later....!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    i dont know why uthappa has not given a single chance

  • NairUSA on May 13, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    There are too many 'game changers' missing from the Indian team and slightly reminds me of the India A trip to Zimbabwe. Hope the team holds well and able to keep their winning ways. It is also possible that new 'super stars' might emerge out of this trip. On the IPL factor - some domestic players did fare well consistently while playing against international players, especially fast bowlers. It might have been a good idea to select 1 or 2 new players based on the above criteria.

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 13, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Part III: So, let them have a trial by fire. And, for good measure, let us also bring back stalwarts like Rudra Pratap Singh (Perth test hero), and S. Sreesanth (remember T20 WC 2K7 ?), to rekindle the winning feeling again in Fifty50 Cricket. Who knows, the new players may be more than just flashes in the pan.

  • Raapchik on May 13, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Looking at the team composition, the opening slot with Gambhir looks to be bad slot ? Who do the selectors think will open with Gambhir ? Saha ? Parthiv ? Badri

  • CbeCricket on May 13, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Get Harbhajan rested with Ojha in the squad. Rayadu in place of Saha, Sachin has great confidence on his potential. Why Rohit, he rides on luck and never performed on a big stage when needed. Finally Badri gets a chance and he will capatalize on the selection.

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 13, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Part II: And, with all due respect, it is not that the current Indian pace quartet (Ishant, Vinay, Praveen, and Munaf) are not good enough. They are good for endurance Test Cricket and so let us save them for that, so that they can save their best for lasting periods (which calls for stamina, and temperament) Right now, for this ODI series, we need some agility, and instinctive, fast reflexes, (not that I am calling the above-mentioned four-some - fossil fuels - or any less fearsome than any other contemporary or carbon-dated fast bowling blasts from the past). Let us select the latest and freshest pace bowling sensations who are sure to be more dynamic in the field. (I am not asking them to thrill us with their sheer, and well-directed raw speed, but it would be a optional "nice to have" feature.) In this last year alone, we have; namely, Deepak Chahar, Sudeep Tyagi, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Mithun, and Jaidev Unadkat. Let us put them directly put into the cauldron of int'l Cricket.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Guys everyone is wondering why Saha is selected instead of others its not the decision of the selector saha has been recommended by Captain Dhoni to be in the team since he is out rested he wants parthiv and saha to take his place.

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    then what happen to valthaty

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 13, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Part I: Even though no ODIs are being scheduled for the fast and bouncy tracks of Sabina Park or Kensington Oval, we cannot go into a match in the Caribbean with a pair of "fast spinners" backing up our main "spearheads." If this is a tour to discover and nurture talent for defending the WC Championship title in 2015, then we have to resist our risk averseness and courageously try new players who can keep the pressure on the opposition for sustained periods, and create chances. Who knows, fortune may even favour brave selectors (if they get out of their conventional thinking comfort zone and try something out-of-the-box), and if they chose fast bowling options who can hunt in pairs and bowl in tandem and who can emulate the famous pace batteries of the West Indies in their heyday, (1975-95). We are not fixing something that is not broken here; "A" team members (second string) are being selected because some of the playing XI opted out. (Please read below, the second part of my comment)

  • on May 13, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Why Saha? already have Wk parthiv patel so why need other expert Wk. should try Rayadu.

  • tapas2011 on May 13, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Where is Sorabh Tiwari. He proves himself in his debut match. Still why don't he selected? He is better for one day format!!!!

  • Arun_Driger on May 13, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Thank God Murali Vijay is not thr!!!!!!!!!!!! , why rohit, parthiv and saha , why not manish,robin and rahane, these guys are performing in ranji from last 2-3 years no lime light on these poor guys. IPL is not a platform to select ODI representatives.

  • scorpion1411king on May 13, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Will anybody tell me why wriddhiman saha has been picked up???Why not Ambati Rayudu or Dinesh Karthik given a chance.

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    y not dravid shuld hv selected him after his 66

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Selection is good ,but i wondered why Rayudu is missing????

  • Arun_Driger on May 13, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Where is Manish ? , and why Rohith? , selecting team based on IPL Sucks.

  • JT_Assassins on May 13, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha .... are you serious ??? Ambati Rayudu should have definitely been picked ahead of P. Patel and Saha.

  • Raki99 on May 13, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Thank god M vijay is axed from the one day side,(make him a good test batsman) Also there was no need for two wicketkeppers, they should have selected either Rayadu or robin in place of saha. Vinay kumar selection can also be debated.

  • reghuh on May 13, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    The following players should have been given chance 1) Ravindra Jadeja 2) Naman Ojha 3) Saurabh Tiwari 4) Dinesh karthik/Ambati Rayudu 5) Rahul Sharma/Venugopala Rao 6) Irfan Pathan I dont know what is the logic of giving more chances to Rohith other player has got so many chances.Who is wridhiman saha? why ishant is given chances yet again?he defenitely does have no direction sense..doesnt know whats a yorker

  • arnavmalhotra on May 13, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Where is Rayudu ? He should enter the Indian team. A highly talented and technical right hander. Happy For Rohit though . :)

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Well, no Rayudu, there was a little doubt in my mind that he wont be picked and it is proved, it is not ICl but shivlal yadav who is still hunting raydu, Rayudu is far better player and he really played better than any other batsman when india A toured westIndies in 2003 when he was just 17 years, Selecters got influenced by the stupid, idiot shivlal yadav of Hyderabad cricket association....Don't disappoiont Rayudu, keep doing what you are best at and leave things to the GOD, eventhough he is a talented but rightnow he needs a GODFATHER who can help him like most of the players who got picked for WI tour.

  • selvam14 on May 13, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    saha not bated in a single IPL match in chennai.............but how he was selected......but rayudu plays a vital role in MUMBAI indians........... y did rthe selectors let him ......... i cant tolerate this................

  • Owls on May 13, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Would have loved to see Manoj Tiwari and Rayudu in place of Rohit Sharma and Saha. No disrespect to any one but these two could add more firepower to the team. Rayudu could have opened as well. But at the end of the day only 11 play so I dont think it would matter much if they were selected or not.

  • karthik666 on May 13, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    super comedy by rogerC .. venu as captain.. lol he is not even captain of an ipl or ranji team and he must be indian team captain ?? wriddiman saha s a bengal keeper who has played exceedingly well for them and deserves the chances most certainly

  • MeowCat on May 13, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Vijay was terrible in ODIs,against NZ his career best was 30 out . Thats how bad he is.PPatel got 2 fifities,very good player. Venugopal Rao is BETTER than saha,and what about Rahul Sharma and Varun arun? both are good youngsters

  • CricSuperfan on May 13, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    The Most probable Playing Eleven Gambhir Patel P (WK) Raina Kohli Yuvraj Badri / Rohit (Really a toss-up - Gambhir's choice) Pathan YK Harbhajan I Sharma Pravin Kumar Munaf / Ashwin (Depending on 3rd seamer or 2nd spinner)

    Barring any injury or an unassailable series lead, its very difficult for Vinay Kumar, Saha or Mishra to get a look in. Same is the case for Rohit / Badri if one gets a look-in and performs, the other may not get a chance.

    Looks like a very balanced playing elven. Even if they took Rayudu or Uthappa, they would be replacing Saha on the bench.

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    oh man!what is diz openers ..dr shuld b uttapa and rayudu included in team..!y rohit sharma alredy d middle order is strng enugh vth virat+yuvi+raina+badrinath and a hitter yusuf..dr shuld b another hitter like rayudu or uttapa shuld b included in d team...!!worst selctn by srikanth!

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    yy shaa wen u olready have parthiv ?? yy nottt uthaapaa ?? goood plzzz givee sme brains 2 dis selectors

  • Angad11 on May 13, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Bash Bash Bash the selectors againnnn... It was same bashing that the poor selectors received when they selected the world cup squad and everyone knows what an excellent job they did. So i would say leave their job to them. Stop cursing them and start supporting them Oh, and of course my 2 cent worth, I think Rohit Sharma has been given just too many chances at the highest level, he performs heavily in domestic and flops again n again in the international level. Time to move on with this guy.

  • Cricketfan333 on May 13, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Why is Saha still selected?Parthiv is the best backup keeper.Instead of Saha selectors should have picked Dinesh Karthick or any specialist batsman.

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    man... am i the only one who is glad that jadeja is not in!?.... :-)

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    when was the last time India sent in an "India A" side to the West Indies?... :P. but a great opportunity for the bench strength to show their mettle. certainly saha is a surprise. should have gone with rayudu or valthaty if they really wanted a '16th' person in a squad.

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    @Jack.J - well said. The funny thing is they ahve selected players based on their ranji performance for ODI n T20. Why not consider players who r good in limited overs.

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    dis tym selectors gt dere head rght by nt picking up d players based on d IPL prfrmnce........hopefully,,gauti ll lead d indian team 2 anthr odi series clean sweep....

  • VPRAO on May 13, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    CHIKKA is obviously a good selector!, but robin uthappa and rahul sharma should hav been included instead of saha and amit mishra..

  • humbaikar on May 13, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Except Vinay Kumar I think the selections make a lot of sense. But for the love of god I do not understand what is so special about Vinay Kumar. He is neither fast nor accurate and he has never given exceptional performance. Ambati Rayudu not included is bad luck, but he has to keep believing in himself and performing at domestic.

  • MoCrik on May 13, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Common why Rayudu missing. Hope he will get chance soon. Rohit selection, its hard to believe, he is still getting chances, I should have chosen my profession as cricket instead of IT, then I could also been lucky like Rohit.

  • RogerC on May 13, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Venugopal Rao should have been the captain and T. Suman should have been the vice captain. Selectors are very biased.

  • irfans1 on May 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    too much IPL is getting on the players now.. especially Dhoni, Zaheer, Sachin, Sehwag n co.. not good to see these gr8 players missing internaional games.. one way was to rest them for few matches during IPL and then they could be fresh n fit for their national duties(which should be their first priority)... or may be India is not taking West Indies seriously for these ODI series.

  • SachinLara1 on May 13, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Robin for saha and rayudu 4 rohit would hav pleased me..

  • Triple_A on May 13, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    I think the selectors missed a trick by adding Saha..We dont need 2 "proper" keepers in the squad. If they wanted to add a 16th member who could keep as well, they should have given a shot to Rayudu. And this talk about Rahul Sharma is not going anywhere..players should not be selected into the national side by performing well in the IPL. Consistent performances in the domestical league is the way to go.

  • bobt on May 13, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    rayudu deserves better .it's unfair.deeply disappointed

  • venky91 on May 13, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Instead of selecting two wicket-keepers,why can't they select a specialist opener like M.Vijay instead of Parthiv.Even in the IPL he was not in full form.

  • ManzurManutd on May 13, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Parthiv Patel can't be the first choice while MS is not in the scene.Compared to Patel,Saha is more adept with the gloves.Patel may have an edge in batting,but if you miss those sitters or even the run out chances from the throws,teams sometimes pay dearly for those mistakes.

    May be something to do with Patel's family pedigree or Saha's equally impoverish past compels selectors choosing the former as the second best.

    Even in current IPL Patel's butterfinger continues.


  • on May 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    where is rayudu, manoj tiwari, varun aaron ?????

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    In this modern age of cricket.wicket keepers should have multiple skills such as both batting & keeping.Gilly changed the old format of keeping only mode.So,I am amazed that SAHA is still getting selection instead of an unlucky RAYUDU..I think the selectors are thinking old..Also, if this trend is going,Rayudu wont get a place because BCCI wiil think about the ICL episode & will take revenge on Rayudu for playing there..Also Indian cricket should move on..Remove oldies like Mishra & put Rahul Sharma... So, think correctly,BCCI

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    why is Yuvraj not made the captain? they should have made him vice captain atleast. the selectors are being totally unfair to Yuvi.

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    why do some of u say, RAINA is a bad choice for a vice captain.. i think he totally deserves it.. he encourages everyone, he's always there to celebrate the fall of a wicket.... he energizes the field with his electric fielding... what more do u need from a vice captain??? and please don't tell me Kohli is better than RAINA in these aspects... he's the future of indian cricket.. if only he's given more chances to bowl.. he'll become the best ALLROUNDER indian cricket has ever seen...

  • wasimbinrazzak on May 13, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    these selectors don't know how to choose the right guys, they should have given chance to robin utthapa, rayudu, rahul sharma and irfan pathan instead of saha, amit mishra, ishant sharma and vinay kumar.

  • mkreddyyyy on May 13, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    where is Rayudu?????????????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Wriddiman Saha.....???? Who is he ....???? how he got chance ....???

  • mkreddyyyy on May 13, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    It is sad that Rayudu was not selected for Indian team.He can be selected as specialist batsman instead of wk batsman.

  • Arii25 on May 13, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    I agree that Rayudu is an exciting prospect but still some more time should be given to him to show his mettle as this is the only tour where the seniors are taking a break and they will comeback in the next tournament so he should be prepared for the time when he will get a genuine chance.

  • Nampally on May 13, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Three promising batsmen with good records - Tiwary, Rehane & Pujara do not seem to be under consideration.Inclusion of Vinay Kumar is surprising. The exclusion of P. Ojha is surprising. The final XI is likely tol be: Gambhir, P. Patel, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj.R.Sharma, Pathan, Harbhajan, P.Kumar, M.Patel, Ashwin/Sharma. The batting seems to be good on paper but the reliability is bit unknown. Rayudu should have been tried as opener since Sehwag is uncertain for England. It is good that Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zaheer are all rested.In England, India need good seamers. It appears India will go with Kumar, Zaheer, Ishant and Munaf.Ashwin, Harbhajan & Mishra will be the spinners leaving batting in the hands of Sachin, Gambhir, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Kohli, Yusuf and Sehwag (if fit) or another opener - TBD. This is why Pandey, Rehane or Rayudu should have been in the WI squad.

  • kav555 on May 13, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Raina is not a captaincy material. Poor selectorial judgement. It seems the selectors are going by reputation of the player rather than judging captaincy mettle.

  • wolf777 on May 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? Why is this guy getting so many chances? He was dropped last time because he could not play pace and bounce is South Africa. What makes the selectors think that it would be any different in the West Indies? Ambati Rayudu would have been a better choice.

  • anuajm on May 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Lets stop criticizing the selectors!! I think this is a really good team they have selected!! What have Irfan, Uthappa done to warrant a seletion? Saha has been selected due to his wicketkeeping capabilities!! Parthiv put up a strong show in SA and is therefore in the mix!! Mishra has done in the domestic one dayers!! Rayudu will get his chance, let him be more consistent in domestic cricket!! Ditto for Rahul Sharma!! Hope Badrinath gets a long run in the team to prove himself!! He is a potential great and good enough for all formats!! Rohit Sharma is the only selection which I don't like!! Though he has performed in domestic cricket, but should be asked to grind himself more so that he can value the this chance more, he has got so many chances and has failed again and again!! Guess what Badri could have done with so many chances!! Peace!!

  • cetrocks on May 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Good Selection ...taking badrinath in ...And Who is ambati rayudu ...

  • shahnoor3898 on May 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Give new players a chance.............iqbal abdullah was a better option than harbhajan We need a left arm spinner.Rohit Sharma is a good selection he shld make the most of this opportunity

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    @Green_Devils: your analysis well and true but Rayudu should be picked as WK, he should be picked as specialist batsman.....he deserves more than Rohit Sharma as he is given lot of chance...

  • on May 13, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    RAYUDU you first join in chennai super kings then you are automatically selected in indian quad like BADRI and SAHA

  • pankajt17 on May 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Its a very good team selection. This team will come up 5-0 in one day series and win the only T20I.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Its a Fair call guys.......if selection has to be made out of IPL...then why play ranji and other domestic doubt Rayadu is a good T20 player but he hasnt prooved himself in the domestic level........

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    The first keeper choice is anyways Parthiv Patel. So if they wanted a spare keeper why not go in for Rayudu who can keep as well as bat?? Baffling how Saha got in. And Rohit Sharma?? how many more chances does he need? every year this is the trend. He performs well in IPL. Come to the national circuit and he crumbles. So if this selection is based on IPL performance then why not Rahul Sharma. And excellent bowler with real good variations. Superb economy rate. If they keep giving chances to ppl who have failed to utilize it, then when are the deserving youngsters going to get a chance??

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    A very good selection by srikkanth and co.. good to see badrinath in action..i hope he plays ahead of rohit or yusuf in playing xi.............

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    rahul sharma is missing, hope bettr luck fr hi nxt tym

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    It is better the selector left Dinesh Karthick otherwise he will be sitting in the benches for nothing. It is better he plays some domestics matches for the next season and come back to the Indian team

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Better Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Venugopal Rao, Manoj Tiwary, Valthaty would have selected meanwhile giving rest to Yuvraj, Gambhir, Kohli, Harbajan.....

  • junaid11007177 on May 13, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    surprising !!!!!!!!!!!!!dam selection there should have been Ambati Radyu and uthappa instead of w.saha................

  • TywinLannister on May 13, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    why A - why not B.. there's only so many that can be picked.. take it easy! At least it isn't as bad as the old days I don't think.. what was it like 6 players from Karnataka at one point? with Sunil Joshi being a choice spinner - beats me!

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    its tooo much of not including Uthappa when rahul sharma is included. he also agreed to drop the cheque of IPL if the selectors wanted him... one should not play games.......better give a chance to Ojha by dropping Harbajan

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    What has saha or amit mishra done to justify their selection, why not rayudu and rahul sharma. very disappointed with the selection. atleast in realtime matches give badri nath a slot of no3 or 4 and not send him when the overs are finished.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I feel rahul sharma and rayudu should replace amit and saha respectively.I dont know understand how else they should perform to be selected.

    Selectors please wake up!

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Why would this team be referred to as a 'depleted' side? Why not call it 'new look'? It is the way to go in terms of selection. Allow a variety of players to prove their mettle in the international arena, strengthen the pool. After all, with the sheer volume of cricket being played nowadays, bench strength is absolutely essential.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on May 13, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Neither of Rayadu and Uthappa is a specialist keeper, but then you don't need one for ODIs i guess. I think Saha has been sent because the selectors see him as the backup keeper for the test matches. So the earlier they send him the better. BTW, Saha is not that bad a batsman. Talking about 'keepers, enough chances have been given to Karthik and Patel in test matches, they havent been able to grasp their chances. Karthik especially was poor in the test matches in SL in 2008. Saha already has made his test debut. It's good that selectors continue to show faith in him.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    wahere is rohit sharma ...such a class act described by shane warne .... deserved a \chance

  • vikicork on May 13, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I am not happy with some selections.I think rayadu and uthappa should have been there instead of Saha and Patel.anyone who has seen ipl matches can see they are very capable keepers.srikkanth should realize that south zone consists of more than just Tamil nadu.glad though that badrinath has gotten a chance.he deserved it.rahul sharma should have been there instead of Amit sharma he and Malinga have been the best bowlers of ipl .also vijay kumar is really overrated and irfan should have been given chance especially in Odis .

  • soolakaruppan on May 13, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Absolute Comedy of Errors...they say the team has been picked considering the ranji trophy exploits...r they saying Rayudu did not score runs there...he was the most consistent players for Baroda and scored 566 runs,amongst the top 10 run getters and i feel the selectors should have given a chance to Naman Ojha instead of saha or parthiv..Bowling front looks ok...again the selectors logic was questionable...we did not look into IPL, but Ishant and Vinay r in cuz of that.....End of the day we all hope Team India wins...only that matters...

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    i hv not seen saha batting dat well as comparable to rayudu......rayudu deserve to be in this squad...poor selection..i think dhoni might hv recommended saha as he is now a current member in superkings squad.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    ITS NOT A FARE SELECTION, Why the hell Vinay kumar and Saha again. They were very ordinary in their previous tour.Ambati raydu, Manoj tiwary, and Rahul sharma would have been a better choice.

    BCCI TEAM FOR WEST INDIS: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).

    MY TEAM FOR WEST INDIES:Gautam Gambhir (captain),Yuvraj Singh(VICE CATION), Parthiv Patel (wk), Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli,Harbhajan Singh, A.Rayudu, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan,Rahul sharma,Manoj tiwary,IRFAN PATHAn

    WE NEED TO GIVE CHANCE TO RAYADU ,Rahul sharma for international matches

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    It seems that all the Indian public ever do is complain when a team is selected. Regardless of Rayudu's selection or non-selection, there would have been complaints. The team looks fairly competent and it isn't bias that hasn't got Rayudu in the team; he might have performed well in the domestic Ranji ODI's, but perhaps he wasn't an outstanding performer like Badri or Rohit Sharma. IPL is a minor consideration when it comes to overseas ODI's. Saha is a regular keeper and one feels that people have become over-fascinated with a keeper-batsman; while it's hugely useful, i'd rather have someone really safe behind the stump, who can bat. Many here clearly don't understand that a keeper is a specialist position, not a bits and pieces one. I'd say, if anything, we look slightly weak in the pace bowling department on paper, but the team should do fine. Let's back Team India!

  • Raj_pandian on May 13, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @Harshil Pandya u r right man.. who is Rahul sharma???? u guys expecting someone to be selected in the team after playing some 10 t-20 matches?? u guys must be joking....wonder to see u guys expect to pick players like aaroon, valthathy????? we already done couple of mistakes by selecting players like Umesh yadhav, gony, etc etc after seeing them playing couple of IPL matches...... Rahul, aaroon are too young let them play couple more years and if they play well they surely deserve a place.. There were few times when the total indian team consists fully of Mumbai and karnataka players. hope u guys remember those... Guys the team which was selected by out Selectors have won the world cup for us....So stop blaiming or complaining the selectors.... I want india to win that's it.. Stop fighting among u people..... all the best India...

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    I am tired of seeing Rohit Sharma throwing away his chance at national level. I don't understand why the selectors favors him so much, while other talents are knocking at the door!

  • cricomaniac1 on May 13, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Why Parthiv Patel not Robin Uttapa, why Vinay Kumar not Irfan Pathan who can swing the ball with wind breezing around in west indies which also gives an option of left arm swing bowler and as far as Rahul Sharma is considered this was the right time to give him a chance instead of Amit Mishra and he really deserve to be given a chance.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Badri filled the void in the middle order in absence of Dhoni. This will be his career turning selection like M Hussey did in the age of 30. And also he has excellent technique and lot of experince behind him. Come on Badri........

  • addiemanav on May 13, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    rayudu is unfortunately paying the price for being a part of icl!!i am not sure if he will ever be given a decent chance!!i think gambhir and bhajji shud also hav been rested coz they will be required for tests!!but it still is a good selection for the odi series!!

  • 2011Wc on May 13, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    This s very great selection[keeping raina as VC]. only drawback is leaving out young talented Saurabh Tiwary. and wat bajji and munaf doing there? can give chance to rahul and Aaron.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:28 GMT


  • ahmedsidd on May 13, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    chennai dommination!!why saha?why not raydu??

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    rayudu for saha...... dinesh karthik for parthiv patel.....

  • venkatesh.raghunathan on May 13, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    The Squad looks good barring the selection of Saha , Cant see what the selectors saw the whole nation couldn't. A back up in Uthappa or Rayadu may have made some logical sense. And Parthiv isnt going to play a long innings at the top of the order, he is bound to play a good looking 30 or 40 at max, would make better sense to open with Rohit , as I dont see a slot for him anywhere else in the order. But Parthiv isnt a great hitter at slog overs too, so cant see where he can bat.Coming to Bowling, Praveen and Munaf seem automatic picks but we would definitely lack the firepower. And going in with the third in Ishanth woudlnt provide room for Ashwin who is a at this point the Guy in form. So though the overall team looks good, selecting the 11 is going to be an issue. The hole that Dhoni left in captaincy and balance of the team may be felt, cause WI can be dangerous on their day and we are now World Champions, Cant afford to lose!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Dont understand why people are still talking about Uthappa and Irfan Pathan. Please move on, neither deserve a slot.

  • lazytrini on May 13, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Love it! Shows how the West Indies are careening toward irrelevance. Eventually all the history will count for nothing and the individual islands will play as Associates. Why delay the inevitable?

  • Yuvi11 on May 13, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    People pushing the selection of Rahul Sharma, Aaron and other IPL wonders, let them play enough first class cricket and prove their worth. Playing for India should not come just coz of an IPL performance. That is where Badri deserved a chance. Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary would definitely get their chances after performing well for 2 or 3 seasons.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Playing xi i guess would be like dis: Gautii, Parthiv, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Rohit, Yusuf, Bhajji, Ashwin, Praveen, Munaf..

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    I think Amati should pick ahead of badri. so that we will get second wicket keeper after Parthiv and so that can include an additional specialist player like vijay or rahane...

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Why no Murali vijay he should be given some opportunities !

  • Indian_Rules on May 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Time and again, Murali Vijay, Badrinath, Ashwin, Raina, Parthiv Patel ( ex - csk), Goni, Karthik ( TN player) are selected ahead of some worthy players... Although im not from Karnataka, but its very clear that players from kar are being ignored.. Its simple politics which is going on where Shrikanth ( brand ambassador of CSK ) Srinivas ( Board member of bcci and owner of csk ) and dhoni ( captain of csk ) are armtwisting and making sure only TN players or players from CSK get selected into the team

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    For your kind information, Saha is the best wicketkeeper of india, ahead of MS.....

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Totally agreed with the Sonam..... Should be Rahul and Uthappa. As they are impressive in IPL. Also Uthappa is very good keeper batsman.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    If IPL performance is not taken into account then the only wasted slot is Wriddhiman. Otherwise I would include, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma and Rayudu and exclude Rohit, Mishra and Wriddhiman.

  • neverwrong on May 13, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    I think the selectors should have give Rahul Sharma a chance. He impressed me the most.

  • Indian_Rules on May 13, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    No Irfan Pathan... No Rayudu... No Manoj Tiwari..... Yes Badrinath... Why??? Because badrinath plays for Chennai Super Kings, whos owner is one of the board members of BCCI and whos brand ambassadoor is Mr Shrikanth.... So ladies and gentlemen, if you want to play for team india or want your kids to do so, make sure they join the CSK squad.. Thats the easiest way to get selected into the India team.. Thanks to Dhoni, Mr Tamil Nadu ( shrikanth) and Cement Guy ( Srinivas)

  • cricfanraj on May 13, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Decent selection. And I'm happy still selectors giving preferences to Domestic over IPL. To make it more robust domestic pictches and other standards should be increased. Bit disappointed that Rayudu is not selected but having said that the last thing I want to see him is as a keeper. Saha is definitely better option. Fans are in general so inclined to batting that they and batsmen who can keep and batmen who can bowl. But we need a specialist and Saha fits into that job. Batting should be additional qualification.Rayudu is much more talented batsmen than few in team. His turn will come and I wish him all the best.

  • on May 13, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    the only change i expected was Rayudu in the place of Saha... but overall a good team... i'm particularly very happy to see Badri back in the scheme of things...

  • Secunderabadi on May 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Every region has to be represented. So Saha is in and Rayudu will never make the cut. How can the selectors forget his ICL stint (he was forced to go to ICL because of Shivlal Yadav politics in Hyderabad).Anyways nobody can be satisfied as we have numerous good cricketers good enough to form 3 teams. All the best to the team.

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Where the hell are Rahul Sharma and Rayudu?

  • kimian on May 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Rayudu cant be compared with Badrinath,he has been performing in all formats,while Rayudu can be noticed only during the IPL.Making Suresh Raina the VC is a good decision,Yuvi cant be made VC under Gambhir's Captaincy becuse Yuvi has more experience than Gambhir and he can only be a captain !!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    This is the problem.. Every one wants to be a selector in India, but none has a better understanding of Cricket. Will you leave the job to Men that matter, please ?

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    where is the left arm fast option? rudra pratap singh ............

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Why the hell Mishra and Saha in the team, they should have taken Rahul Sharma and Rayudu instead.. some poor selection as usual.. good thing is Chawla is out..:)

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    pointless to have listless saha. utthappa would hv been a futuristic choice. bhajji should hv been rested.

  • srujan811 on May 13, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Rayudu better than Saha.....Why they have picked Saha(Chennai Super Kings).?????????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    where is uttappa for the second keeper option ? what is Wriddhiman Saha doing? try varun aron a new led rather than old vinay kumar..... young manoj tiwari /saurbh tiwary instead of badrinath, give rest to bhajji & try abdulla /jadeja/pragyan oja any one as left arm orthodox....

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    I am satisfied with AABIRSABEEL MOHD. KAIF should have been selected for WEST INDIES TOUR as far as his average in concerned......Parwez (Kanpur)

  • srujan811 on May 13, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I think Rayudu is better than Saha at his present form.......I dont know why they selected Saha.....

  • tapas.mahajan on May 13, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Rayud and Rahul Sharma nedd to perform in Domestice cricket as well as in shorter form. badri is master in that case

  • Cricket_Heena on May 13, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Bad Selection, Manoj Tiwari & Rayudu have batter performance than Shah, Badrinath and Rohit & in bowling Abdulla & Rahul Sharma are better than Amit Mishra.

  • mPhanim on May 13, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Rayudu should have been included.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:47 GMT


  • elpistorelo on May 13, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @baneshpai Do you even follow cricket? You can make a case for Ambati Rayadu, but how foolish to criticize the selection of Badrinath. If he were to selected in the team because he is from Tamil Nadu... We have so many talented players in the past gone without being anywhere near the Indian Camp. If Srikanth wanted to give Badri a Chance he should have given him earlier as well.

  • Green_Devils on May 13, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    People seem gutted about Rayudu not being selecyed... While Rayudu is certainly an exciting bat, Saha is one of the best keepers in the country... The selectors wanted a specialist, and thought Saha would be fit for the job... Rayudu is not a regular keeper and only keeps for the Mumbai Indians to restore team balance. So while Rayudu deserves a chance, please realise that it should rather be as a batsman and not as a keeper.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    It's not a fair selection at all.Why Ambati Rayudu is not in the squad??, How long BCCI will punish the ICL cricketers?? and How Wriddiman Saha got a chance in the squad????

  • peterss on May 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @baneshpai: Badri is a far far better player than Rayudu. But Rayudu should have been there ahead of Saha and by no means Badri. Badri's selection is long overdue. He has been such a performer in Ranji and IPL. He is much better than Rayudu.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    This selection is close being perfect other than few surprises like Chawla's inclusion in WC and now Saha instead of Rayudu. Rohit Sharma has been lucky again otherwise it is a good selection..Rayudu shudnt lose hope and his confidence in IPL would be sky high since he partners Sachin the GOD...but would like to see the way he bats during pressure situations in which Badri is miles ahead!!!!

  • harshacc on May 13, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    @ baneshpai - Badri and Rohit are the top two scorers in Ranji.Of course if you took off your blinders you would know that they deserve their chances ahead of Rayudu.

    Yuvi as a vice captain will give rise to too many comedy scenes.Bhajji might even slap him.He is too emotional to captain any team.Better blood someone who has a chance to captain the team in the future

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    In the place of Saha, Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel and Harbhajan, the players like Ambati Rayudu, Robin Utappa, Irfan Pathan, Rahul Sharma could have been selected. We can not say that the team selection is altogether bad this time, but how could these players prove their worth to the team if they are not given a chance? Irfan's case is more pathetic. Team Management owes much to his failure in batting as well as bowling, than Irfan himself. Even in the IPL, he was not sent in the same bating orders at least in any two matches. How do you expect him to perform?

  • Aartam on May 13, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    "who is Saha".."wt happens to Raidu or Uthappa for 2nd choice of wicket keeper" Even Rohit can keep the wickets, give some thinking work to ur brains, selectors"

    Now Harbhajan is starts afraid of Ashwin, so only he himself announce im available for WI tour

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu is performing consistently well but y they selected SAHA ????? coz Selectors prefer name SAHA rather than RAYUDU

  • HiyerNHiyer on May 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Dude this is a one day side not a test side. so IPL should be taken into consideration as well as Ranji and Duleep trophies. Also if you look at perfromances, Dinesh Karthik could have gone as a wicketkeeper as compared tO Saha or Parthiv. I for one find this selection baffling

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Why Amit Mishra, Saha? Should have taken Rahul Sharma and Utthappa instead

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    To people who dont follow cricket but just shout names whom they have just heard...;type=tournament

    Raina would have been vice captain unlike Yuvi & Kohli who have attitude problems.Raina is an absolute team player & for ppl who are anti-Raina about his short pitch woes..havnt seen any player after Dravid,Sachin & Laxman confident in playing short ball stuff even not our legendary Ganguly & Sehwag

  • indianrapers on May 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    i am very happy with the selection saha is a better keeper than rayudu and inclusion of badri and vinay is very good and come back of rohit will make the team strong

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Good Dcision to make Raina as vice captain

  • Monigowda on May 13, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Once again the selection is not justified..... I wonder why there is no place for players like Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron, Iqbal Abdulla, Ashok Meneria n many more.... when players like saha, parthiv patel have been picked..... Why they have selected yuvraj when there is no responsibility given for him (Captain or his deputy)... yuvraj n harbhajan have been rested n given chances for young stars who have done well in recent domestic.... One can say its a poor selection....

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Yuvraj Should have been the Vice Captain .... If Not UV atleast KOHLI Not RAINA...!! Also Yeah I agree With People Here.... RAYUDU Better Choice Than SAHA....!! Dont Tell Me RAYUDU Has been Performing Just In the IPL... I Have Never Heard of SAHA Doing Good Even In Gulley Cricket...!! Leave alone Ranji and IPL... I HAVE SEEN SAHA's Name Selected Earlier For TEST's and He PLAYED a TEST When LAXMAN GOT INJURED ............ Conspiracy Surely...!!!

  • Sukumar_Kantri on May 13, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    It would be a right choice if Rayudu had been given a chance instead of Saha. Rayudu is a better batsman and a reasonably good wicket keeper. He had performed well this domestic season and continuing his good run in IPL too. He is in good nick after his comeback from IPL in all forms of domestic cricket

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    rayadu should have been selected instead of saha while raina should not have been made the vc.yuvi shud have been the vc

  • HiyerNHiyer on May 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Really surprising selection that recent IPL performances are not considered.Remember players are bought here after bidding and the franchises know a domestic players worth. Also IPL standards are the same as the domestic limited overs if not higher. They should have used this opportunity to blood youngsters and rest all the world cup players before the Tests and the England series and also get players back into fitness or form. Let someone like Raina lead a team of pure youngtsers. Thats how you discovered talent in th T20 world cup. My team would be Suresh Raina (captain), Ambati Tayadu (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa (wk), S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla, Yusuf Pathan, Rahul Sharma, Praveen kumar, M Vijay or Paul Valthathy. No offence but I feel Parthiv, Vinay, Saha and Amit Mishra are plain lucky.

  • baneshpai on May 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Of course, Srikkanth will rather prefer Badrinath instead of Ambati Rayudu. Tamilnadu my dear......

  • streetblader on May 13, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    wow... thats awesome... make the best players play stupid IPL and then rest them for International matches... great... i am not even going to check the results in the newspapers when a team like this is sent out to play international matches...

  • udit9 on May 13, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Saha is a better choice than rayudu who has yet to do something substantial in domestic cricket , we cant choose players just on ipl performances!

  • ven562 on May 13, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    This is Crap.....Why is Raidu not selected??? and Rohit always pays in IPL NEVER had a proper record in international format, why not rest Bajji and give one more spinner a chance???

  • vpk23 on May 13, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    No a bad selection at all!!! As expected. Believe me M.Tiwary will be good selection option. He is quite capable and will definetly play his part as the comeback kid if given the chance. A solid choice available for all formats. Tiwary & Badri should be alongwith Pujara should form a solid middle of the next 3-4 years at least.Any takers. This is it. Time has arrived. The big 3 will now consider a reflection and a decision towards the future.

  • baneshpai on May 13, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Best team would be: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar/Sanghwan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, V Aaron, Yusuf Pathan, Rahul Sharma, Saurav Tiwari.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Why not Ambati Rayudu? or Robin Utthappa. Both are most promissing then Saha. Very bad choice. selectors are really jocker.

  • Aabid.Rizvi on May 13, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    why not irfan???he is a gud bowler n now he has shown his skill in batting too.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    I think selectors has gone crazy.They have chosen players who has got many chances in the past. The selectors should not give more chances to Rohit Sharma,Parthiv patel and Saha.I think Amit Mishra selection is also baffling.The selector should show some courage in taking Rahul sharma as a genuine leggie.Even the Greatest of Batsman are struggling against him in the IPL.They should consider future in mind.Amit mishra selection is a waste and where is Captain cool. He is tired of playing in blue jersey.But when money is in the picture he fitness is rock solid.Man please show some respect to the blue jersey.

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Happy to see Badri - Ranji's highest rungetter this season & also continues his good work in all Uthappa supporters....ASK HIM TO PLAY ATLEAST 4 OVERS...he has got talent but comes in hits few boundaries and gets out within 4 overs in any format...Eventhough Im a fan of M.Vijay,D.Karthik,happyto see they r not selected...hope they comeback strongly.Rohit Sharma lucky again!!!

  • kingcobra85 on May 13, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Nice selection by Mr.Srikanth. Finally a selection committee with some brain Saha and Partiv are better WK than rayudu, karthik and uthappa..they may not be better batsmen but I would rather have them as good wicketkeepers than great batsmen. Saha is selected because he was playing for CSK ? how low can we Indians go! we have gained independence 60 years and still we regional bias in everything either we must trust every region or dont... make up your mind. No wonder some countries thinks we are easy targets. If thats the case why was Vijay dropped he also plays for CSK ?

    Give Srikanth some credit after all he selected the team that won us the world cup...

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Bhajji shouid also be rested...

  • baneshpai on May 13, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Its time now to select selectors and later on team. Ambati Rayudu instead of Saha, Rahul Sharma instead of Amit Mishra, Aaron instead of Vinay Kumar would have been better. Also Harbhajan, Munaf would have been rested for while. Saurav Tiwari would have been given an opportunity......

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    I dont when will the selctors' fascination for Rohit Sharma end. He has proven many times that his talent will remain only in paper and never become a reality. Yet they continue to persist with him. While people like Badri, Rayudu, Venugopal Rao,Manoj Tiwary suffer in the sidelines. The same was the case with R.Jadeja. Luckily the fascination for him ended much earlier than the one for Rohit.

  • charan200 on May 13, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    the exclusion of ambati rayudu is a big the place of wriddiman saha rayudu should be picked who z an exceptional talent and z performing well in ranji and in ipl....who z dammmm saha...........clearly the selector srikanth gave weight to tamilnadu sad dat rayudu was not picked........

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    why Saha? why not Rayudu? he is better keeper than Saha. Bad Bad

  • vempatisatish on May 13, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Hi Everybody,

    What a poor selection, where is amabati rayadu. why saha, he got already one change. this time why dont these selecteors give change to Rayudu..i dont know what type selection and criteria . What else need to prove amabati to get position in india team...he dont have a god fathers like some other players. some players who play in india team continuosly got chances even though they fail. Bad luck Amabati. See the latest performances of amabati not old record of ohters. this is no way to help to team...some of the players who play in india team,they easily got 100 in ranjis but comes to internationals they got 50 to 60 amtches also they dont cross 40 runs... this is shame.....

  • Yuvi11 on May 13, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Decent selection, Badri after waiting for so long deserves his chance. Will have to wait to see if he gets picked in Playing 11. As far as Rayudu goes, he is a good player, but needs to be consistent for 2 or 3 seasons to stake a claim. The fact that he went to play for ICL midway didn't help his cause either, Badluck.

  • jainsach on May 13, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Very poor selection... AMBATI RAYUDU would be the best selection for this tour . Selectors team should be changed.

  • CandidIndian on May 13, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Thats very good selection by our selectors .With past bad experiences of picking players from IPL they gave preference to players doing well in domestic circuit.Its great to see Badrinath back into the team, also Vinay Kumar who are doing well consistently in domestic cricket for so long.I think Rohit and Yusuf are given the chance as selectors dont want such amazing talent to get wasted.Fans seems miffed as Rayudu is not given the chance but to be fair to selectors,its good that IPL is no longer the yardstick/shortcut portal to get a place in Indian team directly.Dhoni and Gambhir who are captain and vice captain respectively got the chance in Indian team after doing well in domestic cricket and from India A side consistently for long.Its good that Rahul Sharma, Valthaty, Rayudu and others are not given the chance just because they did well in IPL, its better that you earn the place hard way.

  • Ravishankar-Visvan on May 13, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Good Selection... Badri and Rohit are performing well... Should have given chance to Aaron in place of Munaf as WI pitches are pacer friendly... Fast bowlers should be given chances when they r bowling fast :)... So give chance to Aaron when he is at his peak...

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    They shud have rested / dropped Bhajji & Pathan. Instead shud have gone for Rayudu & Rahul Sharma (or Iqbal Abdulla). This wud have been an ideal opportunity to test thes green horns, becuase u have experience in the fast bowling front. It wud have been balanced. A golden chance wasted.

  • Kothandaram on May 13, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    saha's selection surprising.. what has he done to warrant selection? also selectors could have gone for ojha over mishra

  • howizzat on May 13, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Selectors are back to their own wild ways. Absolutely a mediocre solution. Why the selectors have made Amit Mishra and Harbhajan as life- members of TeamIndia ODI. What are the credentials of Saha as an ODI player? Why he has superseeded Rayudu? Why Badrinath is in ODI? He is more of a test player. He should have given way to an youngster.But the selectors never lose an opportunity to bring Badri in. Why selectors did not try Iqbal or Rahul Sharma? Yusuf is a flop show. Jadeja as a fifth bowler in ODI is awsome. What are the credentials that make Parthiv as the second best WK of India. He is pathetic. So many questions.. Take it from me, Parthiv, Yusuf, Saha, Badrinath, Harbhajan and Mishra are going to be big flops on the tour. Remember Zimbabwe tri-series. Only flip side is India has a more balanced pace attack now.

  • Rajesh31 on May 13, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    sandeep i agree with u abt jadeja but valthaty is not consistent u can take ambati rayudu instead

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Forget Saha... where on the Earth is Manoj Tiwari???

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    no rayudu ,no rahul sharma,no manoj tiwary,no abdullah .parthiv patel,ishant in the squad.srikant is the worst selector in the world

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Saha for me is the surprise inclusion..raydu on the present form was a better choice..otherwise the team looks perfectly ok..!

  • avinashvikramsingh on May 13, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i agree with you is indeed the time to have some faith for discarded players and board should back them...besides the big guns are out you need some expierience on the field...but anyways still figuring out why saha and why not rayadu what else he has to do to make it at the highest lest....simply absurd !!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    I think instead of parthiv or saha rayudu should get place in the team or at least his name should be included. This is a poor selection when there are no senior players

  • vinayjayaram on May 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    why this obsession over Rohit Sharma??when will our selectors erase his name from their brains?the sooner the better..he is just eating up some other deserving candidate's chances..

  • Sue_Malaysia on May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Why is Yuvraj being overlooked for captaincy? He has done enough in the World Cup to deserve a chance.

  • sponnaganti on May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    The whole world is surprised with Saha's inclusion in place of Rayudu ...

  • Karthi_ss on May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    I expected they'll pick Rahul Sharma ahead of Amit mishra, coz mishra has already given lot of oppurtunity... The pace bowling department looks very weak, i think a young bowler like sreenath aravind should have given a chance. I think the selectors may thought that one IPL season performance is not enough...

  • on May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Its too early fr Rayudu and Valthati. . They better have to wait for their time and keep performing. .

  • NumberXI on May 13, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Some strange choices - Saha, Ishant, despite no results. And no Rayudu or the other young bowlers who have done well. Plus, strange to see five spinners including Bhajji, Yuvraj, Mishra, Pathan and Ashwin, for a WI tour, but only four quicks.

  • sponnaganti on May 13, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    When they will selecte Rayudu.. when he goes out of form ?? Rayudu performed better that badri in IPL4 but Badri in CSK and Rayudu not ....

  • HOTCHA on May 13, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    A half decent effort. A good balance, over all - but there are a few changees which might have been more exciting. Going by the performances in the IPL, Rayudu should have made the cut as the stand-in keeper. Saha doesn't even rate a mention. Irfan Pathan showed glimpses of his prowess, and should have gone ahead of Vinay Kumar. The rest of party appears fine.

  • Procter on May 13, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Those who are missing Rahul Sharma should know that he made Ranji debut from Punjab in 2006 and has taken 16 wkt with average 43.21 runs per wicket. Bhargav Bhat last year for Baroda took in his debut for Baroda last season took 47 wickets at average of 24.60. Selectors have rightly ignored only IPL preformance and gone by latest Ranji plus IPL performance.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    To all those opposing selection of W doesn't make sense to select him as the second choice..Dinesh Kartgiven most number of extras hik would have been a far better option instead of A. Raydu bcz he is not a full time keeper..and doesn't have those skills required in the longest format of the game..he has given away highest number of runs as bye's in current IPL season..Also selection of P.Patel as the main wicket keeper seems to be a step backwards..he has already been tried out and tested..all in all K.Srikant should quit as chairman of selection committee..he has carried on for too long and needs to be rested..he should realise this very soon or else all the good work done by Gary Kirsten will go to waste.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    I think Harbhajan could have been rested too with Pragyan Ojha as a replacement.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    why not Uttapa or Ambati Raydu instead of W. Saha? because both are very good power hitter as well as part time Keeper

  • Thanseef on May 13, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Irfan pathan, mohammed kaif and robin uthappa shud hav been given a chance...

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    y rohit sharma? who has been given enough opertunity to prove him selp wher is manish pandey, who scored double hundred in duleep trophy........ also looked impressive in ipl. it seems like they r ignoring karnataka players rest has been good

  • Balb on May 13, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Sreesanth and RP Singh should be in the team instaed of Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel. Accuracy, Style, entertainment and results will be of the highest. Do make the hanges before the team leave India.

  • spaul.212 on May 13, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu would have been a better choice than wriddhiman saha. Saha is better than Rayudu behind the stumps but A Rayudu is a better batsman. Moreover Bhajji deserved a rest from cricket. He is playing without any rest for a long time. I have no problem with the rest of the team.

  • santhoshmiryala on May 13, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    waste selection there is so many youngsters for india are performing well like valthaty rayudu and rahul sharma oh god how the selectors gets change.they are selecting the falilure persons again and again

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha???? Dont you find any other player better than saha ? if u r opting only for a wicket keeper naman ojha will come a head of saha. if you dont pick rayudu now he can get into india team any more... why dont selectors include audience in the selection atleast consider audience poles to 10% .. iam really upset to see the rayudu name not being in the list.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    why mishra and saha?where is rayadu,rahul sharma and iqbal abdulla?yuvi also must have been rested?

  • harshacc on May 13, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    For those asking why Saha COZ HE is a backup keeper and in all probability will not play unless Parthiv is injured.Rayudu and Uthappa are batmen Keeper.Selectors decided to send a specialist keeper because they have seen what Kamran Akmal can do to Pakistan when you have a bad keeper/good batsman.Suppose Rayudu or Uthappa drop a sharp caught behind of Gayle and he goes on to make a century then the same folks here would be baying for the blood of the person who dropped the catch and criticizing selectors for not selecting specialists.We, Indian supporters are most unsatisfiable and fickle of them all

  • IndianNeo on May 13, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Iam agree with Aditya Bhangle.... Saha has no future in Indian team till Dhoni is alive, Raydu could be more handy as a specialist batsmen, he is well experienced and in form

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Yes! Finally the selectors have overcome their aversion towards Badrinath. To me, he is the most underrated and unluckiest cricketer in world cricket, today. He is a class act. Understandable why the senior players wanted to rest, nonetheless, based on form, this team is still a tough one to crack. One would question the selection of Saha over Rayudu for the ODIs, Rayudus been consistently performing better than Saha in limited overs cricket and hence he deserved a chance.

  • danieltcardoso on May 13, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Munaf certainly looks drained out, Praveen Kumar is a bit iffy, Saha certainly did not merit selection, neither has performed domestically or in IPL, Uthapa or Rayadu should have come in, Yusuf looks a pale shadow of himself, he has hardly performed in the WC or IPL, Jadeja ought to have taken place,Rahul Sharma should have been in For Mishra, One thought that Aaron or Valthaty would be the surprise pack for the caribean, but Srikanth n co gave us Saha

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Can't believe that SAHA is chosen ahead of RAYUDU?? it to please the people of WB as there is no one in the team from BENGAL??......

  • iata123 on May 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    all CSK players getting nod all because of Mr Srinivasan and dhoni politics all his fav players in and y Raina as VC what has he done Virat is the best choice all cause he is from CSK what has SAHA done as WC Rayudu is in gr8 form these CSK pilitics is getting deep in BCCI dhoni is also playing politics and playing with palyers future

    Iqbal Abdllah or Rahul sharma our gr8 young talent dont waste them dhoni pls dont play politics

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Has Parthiv's 'keeping improved? If not, Saha must 'keep... Gambhir, Kohli, Badri and Yuvi can cover for him in the batting dept.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Disgusting...even after such performances in Domestic Circuit and IPL, Rayudu is not given a chance...what he shud do get selected ...

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    selectors ve done a gud thing by not considering ipl performances.. yuvi has had ego issues in the past.. thats y he hasn't been made vc..

  • Prayathna on May 13, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Paul Valthaty, Robin Uttappa, Rayudu are missing and why SAHA and Ishant are in the team? Hope our selectors dint forget that, Gayle, Bravo and Pollard will be in the WI squad.

  • Emancipator007 on May 13, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Mercifully, Badrinath is back but the man blocking his re-entry (after a fighting debut 50 against Steyn, Morkel) into Tests is Dravid. Someone has to really bell the cat as Dravid will score buckets against low-ranked and rated WI attack and flounder against Eng (as has been his pattern of scoring against NZ but failing against OZ home and away and SA away and also generally his dramatic freefall after 2007 against top Test nations). The selectors in 1989 took the same call with regards to 39-year old Amarnath (no doubting his class though) and brought in Manjrekar who had 2 wonderful away series against WI and Pak that year. It is good to see Parthiv being rewarded as young fans forget that he was fearless as an opener against Bond and Akthar and batted very well in Tests during his first stint in international cricket as a teenager! (In fact I rate Patel higher as a batsman in Tests than Dhoni).

  • bluebillion on May 13, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Apart from the usual Saha issue ... they should have picked Rahul Sharma in place of Amit Mishra - if the selectors have watched IPL they should have seen how Mishra is on the way to having a physique like Ramesh Powar. He is a disgrace on the field. Even Ojha would have been a better option.

    This could also have been the opportunity to blood somebody like Varun Aaron but otherwise Ishant, Munaf and Praveen are a decent pace attack.

  • chitraoooo on May 13, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Rayudu & Rahul Sharma should be in the team...

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    why saha? why not ambati,why selectors are not concenterating on pacers

  • Bones5198 on May 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu list A average: 33. Wriddhiman Saha list A average: 40. It's pretty damn simple why Saha was chosen. There is a wealth of talent in India who are better than Rayudu but they aren't given chances in IPL so that everyone knows them. Bowlers wise, Vinay kumar: 24.94 Irfan Pathan: 28.60 and he didn't even play in the domestic season so has no place playing for India right now.

  • Yasindu on May 13, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Rahul sharma should be there with Raidu

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth should be named as Regional Selector instead of National Selector. Some very useless players are picked by him. He is very much a CSK supporter and make his choices depending upon his regional and cheap thinking.

    My Squad: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Paul Valthaty, Rahul Sharma, Ambati Rayadu (wk).

  • svlnmurthy on May 13, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    where is rayudu??????????????He is a better player then saha,Poor selection.Any way goodluck to rohit,badri and our captain GAMBIR..........

  • Mashq on May 13, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    What is the base for including ISHANt???!!! he is concentrating in wearing all types threads to bring him luck insted of improving on bowling.. insted of him some new guy could have given a chance. If board is thinking this toure is not that much of importence then send all the emerging players ...

  • Sudeepb on May 13, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Good selection. Badrinath deserved it for long. Hope he gets a look in for the longer version too. Only issue I have is with that of Vinay Kumar. This one off opportunity is not sustainable and he will any way get dropped. He does not have the quality to make the grade. This tour gave an opportunity to try something new. VARUN AARON of Jharkhand who plays for Delhi Daredevils is a great prospect. The guy bowls at 145+ and thereabouts. Yesterday he bowled at 150+. A refreshing change for India. He should be picked immediately and drafted in straight. He has pace, has control and generates bounce. Imran had picked a raw Akram and the rest if history. Paul Valthaty misses out. Wriddhiman gets a look in for being a keeper.

  • Procter on May 13, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Raydu and Abdulla should have been included in place of Saha and Mishra respectively. Raydu would be both wk and batsmen back up option in case of injuries to regulars in XI. Abdulla can bat also so should have got perference esp for ODI and T20 over Mishra.

  • harsha_chu on May 13, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Did Saha fare better than Rayudu in Ranji trophy? Saha got selected as a reserve keeper ahead of Rayudu just because Saha plays for Chennai in IPL.

    Only in India, can the chairman of the selection committee be the brand ambassador for a team.

  • Dark-devil on May 13, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    After world cup this is the first international tournament and they should have selected the team which can play like "CHAMPS" !!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    its dissapointing to see Pragyan Ojha out of the one day set up and Amit Mishra being preffered. I think thats not a very gud decision of the selectors.

  • Dark-devil on May 13, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Should have given chance to RAHUL MISHRA , he has been bowling really really well....and why not Saurabh Tiwary n Rayudu ??

    whats the use of selecting ..Parthiv , Amit Mishra & Wriddhiman Saha ...!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Nice to see Badrinath getting a well deserved break into national side. I am happy with the way selectors have have given the weightage to the performance in the Ranji trophy rather than IPL.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    ambati rayudu is much better player and he deserved to play in team and Parthiv Patel (wk) also doubtful selection

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    oh cmon nt again......!!!!!!! y is rahul sharma n rayadu not in the team........ i m so disheartened by the selection........i wonder hw they wud feel...??? they surely deserve it atleast ahead of saha, rohit, pathan n ojha... its absolutely insane,,,,,,,,the only gd thng i c is the inclusion of badri.....he's gud bt man!!!! this is bad!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Also Balaji would have been a nice choice, India always have problem in last overs, balaji's got good variation,control on his yorkers,got his rythym back..just hope he gets a look in

  • venu7239 on May 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    why selectors are doing this,please give him a chance,he is the only one emerging player from india,dont give chance to poor fellows like saha.let him in to squad

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Bhajji Should Have been Rested and Rahul Sharma is a beeter optionn............and onccce again...y they bought partiv patel....again rayudu is a gud choice

  • drsamprasad on May 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu is a much better batsman than Saha, but his keeping is below par.. Since the team needs an additional keeper not an additional batsman, saha got the nod ahead of Rayudu!!! As far Rahul Sharma, he deserves a place... And Rohit Sharma again?????? Didnt he throw away every oppurtunity that came his way????????

  • m___s on May 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Hmm.. No Ambati Rayadu yet ... Concidering the talent , only Sachin is better than him in India , I guess... If some one say Saha is better than Rayadu , that must be a joke...

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    my team : 1Gautam Gambhir (captain), 2. Suresh Raina, 3.Virat Kohli,4. Yuvraj Singh, 5.S Badrinath, 6.irfan 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Munaf Patel, 12 Yusuf Pathan,13 Rahul sharma, 14 RAYUDU (wk) 15 Robin uthappa (wk) 16 RP OR Abdullah

    this team is based on current form .........even Vijay can be added in team

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Rayudu is paying the price for his full-blown boisterous affair with the Indian Cricket League. The vengeful, petty BCCI administrators are not going to forgive him his that single indiscretion.

  • allcricvenky on May 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I dont feel surprised as its already proven that the selectors are headless. Okay agreed they given the weightage to the players who have performed well in the Ranjis. If it is the case they should be called for 5 day matches not for the limited overs game. The idea of having two mediocre keepers with insufficient temperament for limited overs is not at all justified? poor guy RAYUDU need not to blame any one as most of the selectors are shameless . I only wish him best of luck for his rest of IPL.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I can't solve dis Saha mystery, how is in d team, how is he in ny team....just hope he does something in west indies dat justifies his selection

  • sumitfreak on May 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Saha ahead of raydu ?? N srinivas CSK effect again..

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    They needed a backup wicketkeeper and they decided to go in for Wriddhiman saha!? Seriously!? Ahead of Robin Utthappa who hasnt done badly as a keeper in IPL and Rayudu who is not a regular keeper, but is in great form as a batsman and is good as backup keeper.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Why they have not considered Ambathi Rayadu :(

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    yeahh...nice team...wud have loved to c ambati rayudu in there...& i wud have preferred england to b the place for ishant's comeback...meanwhile he cud hv sharpened his skills in county cricket...the pitches in windies will drive him mad..!

  • rehmanrameez on May 13, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    @pradeep mestry: how could BCCI justify saha selection and of bhaaji, ashwin and amit mishra, rahul sharma is a far more better bowler then the all above spinners with better average and better economy

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    surely saha is paying someone for his place in the team not selecting rayadu is plain stupid and bhajji should have been rested to give sharma or abdulla a chance

  • PratyushBanala on May 13, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Completely agree with Aditya Bhangle .... Rayadu would have been a better selection than Saha ... poor Rayadu misses the bus again

  • CricEshwar on May 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Everyone is asking why Rohit and not Manoj Tiwary. It is clearly mentioned Rohit was a top run getter in the Ranji matches which is the primary criteria for selection as always said. Along with that, Rohit is a bookmarked cricketer with exceptional talent like Sachin when he first came to the scene (may not be as good but good nevertheless). Please check Rohit Sharma's first class profile previous season and compare with M. Tiwary, you will get the answer.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    What happened to ambati rayudu he's the best performer as a wicketkeeper in current IPL above all playing wicketkeepers

  • teamsetti on May 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    you can see the performance of rayudu in the previous ranji trophy also, he may not be the top scorer but he did pretty weel and dont forget that he is the captain of india u19 team for the world cup and everyone who is watching him play wil surely tel that he is better then saha... forget abt IPL

  • pranky1liner on May 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Gambhir as a captain in long run...although in current team no one else qualifies but, he's too silent for captain's role...I doubt he can motivate team when sometime he himself is short of runs

  • MateenTaj on May 13, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar , Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).

    Srikanth You are gone MAD you should have gone with these players Rayudu,Utthapa,Iqubal Abdulla,Irfan Phatan,Tiwary

  • CherukumudiRajesh on May 13, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Why was Ambati Rayudu ignored?. Does he not deserve to play for India?. He should have been selected for Indian team way back in 2003.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    What is the fault of Rayudu & Rahul Sharma. Rayudu is brilliant not only in IPL 2011 but also in last season. Rahul Sharma is also one of the best emerging leg spinner. It was the right time to select him in the team.

  • prudhvi70 on May 13, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    why the debate about rayudu, even if he was taken there are already enough batsman in the side, he wouldnt get a game any way. Its just 5 ODI's dude and we cant expect parthiv to suffer any major injuries

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Rayudu deserves selection...... but...................

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu,rahul sharma should be included in the place of saha or amit mishra...its totally unfair..Both deserves a ODI cap.... BAD Selection :(

  • 9742791699 on May 13, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    What everybody is Uthapa Uthapa he don't deserve place he is not consistent. This IPL he didnt scored a half century Rayadu should be der instead Saha but they might have kept Saha as backup. Because rayadu is part time wicketkepper uthapa need to perform well in Ranji and IPL then he ll get a chance Badri is well deserved he is one of most experience Ranji player Irfan should have given last opportunity seeing weak WI team

  • maddy20 on May 13, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Sah and Vinay Kunar are useless! I would have gone with Irfan and Rahul Sharma. Rahul Sharma is the legbreak counterpart of Ashwin.Tight line, not afriad to flight it and gets decent turn.

  • thesrinibas on May 13, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    RAYDU should be the best.....

  • CRICINFO_11 on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Badrinath is justifice is selection in indian team .he is a team man.

  • crshah on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    dont u get it. saha plays for chennai and rayudu for mumbai. and it looks like indian bench has only handful of wicket keeper.they come and go.

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Good Team Selection ... They prefer International Experience .......... Raydu, Rahane and Tiwari Have no International Experience ..... And World Cup Champs need Exp. not New Players ......... New Players must tried in when Team playing with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe....

  • rehmanrameez on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    ambati rayadu shld have been picked instead of saha and rahul sharma or irfan pathan instead of vinay kumar.....what is wrong with the selectors?????

  • Jack.J on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Thank god not Murali Vijay.. K. srikant only likes player of his own team chennai. i was expecting nt this time, but he did it again.. avoiding players like rayudu, manoj tiwari, saurabh tiwari, iqbal abdullah, pragyan ojha, aaron varun, rahul sharma, and they can try irfan pathan.... seriously they are nt given any chance to young talent..

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    who is rahul sharma??? just because good IPL u cant pick them for national side and these are the same selectors who picked the world cup winning side so give them a break and show some respect..

  • on May 13, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    ambati raydu shld be in team instead of saha,,, frm whre he cums man ....whts goin on man ....nw we r wrld champoions thnks lyk thm .....

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I dont know why people are clamouring to pick players based on IPL performances. As the article states that has failed in the past. Saurabh tiwari looked like fish out of water in Intl appearences. Dinda and Gony flopped big time.

    Badri and Rohit Sharma were picked because they are the 2 top scorers in Ranji. Rohit is bit iffy because he flopped recently in South Africa and they could have given Mukesh Tiwari a chance who has strong 1st class record.

    Rayadu also has good first class record and so should have been selected as 2nd keeper/batsmen. Otherwise rest of the team is solid.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    where is sourabh tiwary??

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    The Selection Committee has said it time and again that performance in IPL would not considered as the sole criteria for selection of the Indian team. Well, if you go by the performance of players like Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla in IPL 2011 it is needless to say that they were rather unlucky. But on the other hand, a bit of justice is being done to players like Parthiv Patel, W.Saha & Badri who have been performing consistently in the domestic circuit but are overshadowed by big names like Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina & Kholi. The problem of "plenty" seems to be bothering both the selectors as cricket lovers in India...good for Indian cricket...isn't it?

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    raidu in place of saha, irfan in place of vinay kr was call of day...

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Sachin is truly Indian but "Mumbai Indian "

  • Mali-T658 on May 13, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Lucky W.Saha. Poor A.Rayudu. The 'ICL' saga still haunts him. All thanks to our dear Cheeka. | It's high time Harbhajan Singh was rested/dropped and chance given to a new player. Rahul Sharma would have been a good choice. | Rohit Sharma was given a chance too many. Never proved his mettle in the national team. As for him, he will get in the team purely on the basis of certain senior cricketers giving him certificate of greatness. | S.Badrinath gets his long overdue chance. Would be interesting to see how he fares in the tour.

  • Kewal999 on May 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    The batting looks a little lean. With all the promise that Rohit has shown, he averages a paltry 27 from his 57 ODI innings which is just not good enough at the international level. Badri in his 6 international innings (3 in ODIs & 3 in Tests) has looked very scratchy. Performing at the domestic level (IPL is also domestic Cricket) is one thing and graduating to the next is another. They both are huge gambles.Uthappa or Raydu might have been a better choice for Saha (not because of IPL performances, but because we know they are better batsmen). They could have doubled up as back-up keepers and batsmen. For ODIs in Windies, you don't need 3 full time spiners (Bhajji, Ashwin, Mishra). Instead, Bhajji could have been given rest. We need him more for the tests. Umesh Yadav or Sreesanth (I know some of you are tearing your hair apart at his mention) could have been picked. You just cannot deny the talent that Sreesanth has. He is one of the best in the world as far as seam is concerned.

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @ArunRules - dinesh karthik again? Please move on.

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @rustyryan - why do u had to get the zones into picture. Mr M Vijay ahs got enough chances and he is just a IPL bully. Useless in iternational cricket. I agree that Rohit Sharma is eqully bad but pls. dont bring zones here. Mr. Chika has already done enough to gaurantee there are enough south players.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Jadeja should have been there for Harbajan and Uthappa for Saha. They should have also tried Rahul Sharma instead of Mishra

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    @rustyryan - why do u had to get the zones into picture. Mr M Vijay ahs got enough chances and he is just a IPL bully. Useless in iternational cricket. I agree that Rohit Sharma is eqully bad but pls. dont bring zones here. Mr. Chika has already done enough to gaurantee there are enough south players.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    vinay kumar will become next malinga

  • titus7 on May 13, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Rahul Sharma, uthappa and Raydu should have been selected in place of yusuf, mishra and saha.

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Agree with the comments about Uttappa being better than Saha. But as usual our dear selector have their own agendas. I know they can not please everyone but common sense should prevail.

  • Eshwara on May 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    why Rayudu is not included?? Rayudu is much much better than saha, even he can be considered as first wicket keeper. After rayudu, karthik is better option than saha, i don't wht thy were thinking??

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    why vijay getting so many chances

  • Haleos on May 13, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Agree with the comments about Uttappa being better than Saha. But as usual our dear selector have their own agendas. I know they can not please everyone but common sense should prevail.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    The worse part of this team is SAHA............I think there will one place where the selectors can make there own decision to get some one..It happened in the CWC by picking Chawala & Now it is SAHA....I dnt know where does he came....Not even performing in IPL....WASTE....I Hate Srikanth.....

  • Emancipator007 on May 13, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Mercifully, Badrinath is back but the man blocking his re-entry (after a fighting debut 50 against Steyn, Morkel) into Tests is Dravid. Someone has to really bell the cat as Dravid will score buckets against low-ranked and rated WI attack and flounder against Eng (as has been his pattern of scoring against NZ but failing against OZ home and away and SA away and also generally his dramatic freefall after 2007 against top Test nations). The selectors in 1989 took the same call with regards to 39-year old Amarnath (no doubting his class though) and brought in Manjrekar who had 2 wonderful away series against WI and Pak that year. It is good to see Parthiv being rewarded as young fans forget that he was fearless as an opener against Bond and Akthar and batted very well in Tests during his first stint in international cricket as a teenager! (In fact I rate Patel higher as a batsman in Tests than Dhoni).

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Saha is useless and has no future. he is a good keeper but has no batting skills. why include him ahead of uthappa? I think if we have to make the most of these frivolous series, promising players are 23 or below (Pandey, Varun Aaron, Unadkat,Yadav, Rahane... ) should be included. this way when the current team retires in another 5 years we would have players with lot of international experience, all ready to take the team forward for the next 6-8 years.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    missing rayudu i think rahul better then mishra , Why Rohit? jadeja better options then Rohit my team Gautam Gambhir (captain), Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Ravinder jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Rudar partap singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rahul sharma, Ambati rayudu (wk).

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Parthiv and Saha had to be selected as we need a Keeper and a back up as well. Badrinath's selection is absolutely justified. Would have loved to see Rayudu in, tough luck.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT


  • on May 13, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    pragyan ojha shud hve been selected ahead of mishra bcoz mishra has gone 4 plenty in dis IPL . In fact , amit mishra has conceded d most no. of sixes of his bowling in dis IPL .

  • cgtboy87 on May 13, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    when west indies beat this team i dont want to hear its because your top players are not have such a pool of players to chose from

  • I-Shud-b-a-selector on May 13, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    What has W Saha done to earn this slot?

  • xpandables on May 13, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Its very unfair selection. i think rayudu deserved a chance

  • harshacc on May 13, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Along expected lines.The backup keeper took me by surprise.I was thinking that spot was up for grabs for a batsman for either Rayudu,M.Tiwary

  • sanjeevve on May 13, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Good team selection. Can't find fault with it. Especially happy for S. Badrinath, who was in the Test team a year or two ago and then unceremoniously dropped with Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and then Cheteshwar Pujara getting into the Test side ahead of him. Badrinath is a first-rate batsman and should be in both Test and ODI teams. His consistent run-getting in domestic tournaments is second to none and his batting skills deserve recognition well ahead of many of his peers.

    I would have tried to find a spot in the side for Ajinkya Rahane. I've seen a couple of Ranji innings of his and he's pure class. Solid technique. The other night saw him play against Chennai Super Kings and he was terrific. Dhoni would have seen Rahane's innings from behind the wicket and must surely have been struck by the ease with which Rahane scored his runs coming in at no. 3. He's a player who needs to be blooded into the national team sooner rather than later. He turns 23 later this year. Now's the time...

  • sanjay2sharma on May 13, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    rahul sharma was a very good choice in place of amit mishra ! the sqad selection is good except for amit mishra !!

  • mpssiva on May 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    rayudu in place of saha would be the better one and also i feel we should have selected one more pace bowler instead of spinner, as we r touring to west indies where the pitches assist pacer than a spinner and mostly we don't use 2 spin + 2 pace attack. we need to play 3 pacer + 1 spinner and the part timers. Irfan or RP Singh should have got a chance

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    its a perfect squad rahul sharma has poor ranji trophy amit bowled really well to get his spot murali didnt do well in ranji outing guys ambati ,yet needs exposure

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    I have made a point of inclusion of W Saha bcz he is from Bengal , there is only bengal player there is some zone politics

  • jony0089 on May 13, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    " its happens only in india "....i wanna say some good words to our selector ...but cannot say....!! better luck Rayudu and rahul..!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    What has Raina done to get a vice captain job Virat kohli is the best person to do this job Raina is in no comparison against Kohli he is the best technique batsman after Sachin and Gambhir in this Indian Team well mr Srinivasan will impact the selection for his CSK players gos save Indian team from BCCI politics

  • mdavidwesley on May 13, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    not much impressed. Saha has done nothing to deserve a place in the national team. Rayudu is still ignored for reasons only selectors know. Irfan should get a chance sooner or later if the selectors want to see him play for India for a long time. He has been there before. He would have done his bit to get back into the grove. Still, Saha does not satisfy ahead of Rayudu. And Rayudu has been keeping wickets for Malinga. If he can do that for Malinga, he can keep for anybody. Questions remain.

  • pritan on May 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    again shocking selection, who will open with Gambhir? Uthppa can be handy opener as well as wicket-keeper... why no Rayudu & M vijay

  • tejavarma on May 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Did vinay kumar and saha performed extrodnary well in the ipl or in the ranji trophy y r they selected how many useless chances vil they get ..Poor selection comittee... where is RAYADU y should they select him what should he do for getting a place in national team bad hope to c RAYADU in the future ..

  • him1618 on May 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I think this is completely unfair to Ambati Rayudu, who has done more than enough in the domesic as well as IPL arena. He is getting on in age, and deserves a chance now, this might be his last one...

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Yes Rahul Sharma is mush better than Amit Mishra. Also Aaron would have been better choice than Vinay Kumar. I think selectors are also old now. We need to select the selector first and then select the team. Where is Ambati Rayudu and Saurav Tiwari??????? Look at the consistency from both. Of course, Saurav didn't get opportunity in IPL 2011 but look at his performance in first class & IPL 2010.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    BADRIs in .... thats all matters !! woohooo!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Why the hell on Earth they haven't selected A.Rayudu, R. Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Thiwary.... these guys r perfectly suitable for T20's///........ Rohit is a flop in all domestic levels, but he got into the team....Only God knows what is happening with the selection panel

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Perfect team...raydu may hav slotted in place of patel but hes just a make shift keeper so its a good selection i think

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    What is this!! Are our selectors crazy!

  • avarun on May 13, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    no rayudu ?????????????????????????? bad selection......

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    why Saha ??? and why not Raidu .

  • Rajan23 on May 13, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Although It has been a good team selection by not including Murali Vijay in the Squad. As expected selector will do some mistake while picking up the squad. They should pick Irfan Pathan as everybody is able to see he is swing the ball as he was doing previously and Instead of Saha they should pick Ambati Rayudu. Instead of Bhajji, they should pick Iqbal Abdula(KKR).

    Most Important thing As Dhoni and Gautam both are of same age, it should have been better for Indian Cricket to give future captain in form of Virat Kohli.

  • snady_plitz on May 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    The only howler seems to be Saha. Rayadu could have been groomed as a star batsman who could keep if need be. And batsmen like him are classy players, not domestic plodders -- they need the big stage to show their class. He should have got his break six years ago, and the selectors still have no imagination! Hope they at least have the sense to pick Rayadu for the tests, and use one test to try out the next generation. Remember that Yuvraj and Sehwag would fail if asked to prove themselves in Ranji matches. Classy players just have to be treated differently. But otherwise a reasonably sensible selection; hope Badri and Ishant make their point.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    It's not a fair selection at all, why Ambati Rayudu has not been selected???? How long BCCI will give punishment to ICL players????? and how Wriddhiman Saha got a place in the squad?????????????????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    The selection of players should have been made from the performances made in Ranji Trophy and IPL. Ranji Trpohy is just a domestic exposer of the game whereas IPL is a better experience of internaional exposer as it included the foreign palyers also. The experience and confidence local palyers get is broader then that of Ranji Trpohy. I agree to the few suggestions made by previous members that ambati Rayudu can be an idle choice for opener or one down position and he is also a good fielder. On spinners I would go for Pyush Chawla; he needs exposer now as a leg spinner. Bhajji can take rest as R.Ashwim, Amit Mishra and Rohit sharma are already in place; more over Yuvraj singh has shown his improved bowling skills in recent maches and there is also Suresh Raina as part timer.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    what about these two Players "Paul Valthaty & Rahul Sharma"

  • VA47992 on May 13, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Rayudu or Uttappa were better choice than Saha!!! Saha looks completely out of place whenever he gets into the team!! :(

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    We Need Rahul Sharma the spinner and Aaron Varun the Seamer instead of Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    selectors included few mediocre players who dont seal their place...Eg: W.Saha, P.Patel... imagine if this new team starts winning every game, then the need of DHONI,SACHIN,ZAHEER diminishes...selectors dont want that, they want this new team to loose some matches and keep some positions open for the SENIORS and for the SONS of selector's in future... if they select players like Rayudu,Uthappa they might seal their place and then removing is difficult for these selectors....Dhoni never wants good batsman with wicketkeeping ability, it might put his place in danger....thats why he is keeping Uthappa,Rayudu type of batsmen out of team from last 3-4 years...

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @jaganreddy85, Rayudu is not from CSK while saha is in CSK.

  • kuttu_143 on May 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    why wridhiman saha ? on what basis selectors picked him ? why not Raydu on what basis selectors ignored him?Mindless selectors or at least one player should be there form Bengol...

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    why not selected RAYDU ????

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    happy for badri finding place in Indian team....!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    gud time for the young brigades to rock at westindies.....we shouldlook forward and bring talented player for the future world cups .BEST OF LUCK

  • stephenzac on May 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    I think old & experienced players like RP singh,I pathan,Robin Uttappa & abhimanyu Mithun should have given a chance.....what has Saha done to be there.....???sad with the selection

  • Jan on May 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Looks a good team. Welcome back Rohit Sharma and great opportunity to Parthiv Patel. But Rahul Sharma definitely deserves a chance. Also, 2 spinners would have been fine as its WI tour and not another one at SL. Happy not to see Vijay/Uthappa/Rayudu.

  • Rajvar on May 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I appreciate and congratulates to newly selected "YOUG TEAM INDIA" but I can not stop to express my feelings that there is no sense and if truth be told that it's extremely ill-fated and prejudice verdict towards Ambati Raydu.....!!!! Truthful words say; there is no role in the team of Shriman Wriddhiman "SAHA" at all....GOD KEEP BLESSED TO BCCI's SELECTORS….. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What about Rayudu?! What about Uthappa?! While one is an emerging star, the other has been an established one. Agree with a lot others that Saha's selection is a surprise, because both Rayudu and Uthappa can keep aswell!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Why Not Valthaty ? :S Btw It's A Great Squad! :D

  • Nikhil_P on May 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I just don't understand the selection of wriddhiman saha..what happened to Ambati Rayudu???Rayudu is in better form then saha and also rayudu keeps wickets..saha does not deserve to be selected..

  • Rohit.Kulkarni on May 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    India did not have a reserve wicket-keeper for a tournament such as the World Cup!!If they still want too,what is it that Kris has seen in Saha that we have not?A new team in the IPL has worked wonders for him Rohit Sharma is just not interested in playing for India.Looks like a strategy to give him chances till he succeeds!!

  • AmmarRajar on May 13, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    wht kind of selection is this..I thought BCCI will give chance to some fresh faces but thy are revoling around limited number of players...Badrinath already done his debut but he deserved a chance in this absence of senior players..but xcept Sachin,Sehwag and Dhoni no other player has been rested..maybe BCCI is afraid of sending a new team after the two consecutive loss against Zim under the captincy of Raina. they should have picked Irfan pathan...

  • rkumar1 on May 13, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    What Wriddhiman Saha is doing in the team. Ambati Rayudu would have been a better choice.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    dont u thing gambhir also deserves a rest

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 13, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    poor selection. Irfan deserve a place.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    why saha? and why not Raydu......? why amith Mishra? and wynot Rahul sharma......?

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    still no uthappa??????????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    For any overseas tour, we need two wicket keepers, hence Saha. In my opinion both Parthiv and Saha are useless as Batsman. Rayudu is flashy and no temperament, Venugopal Rao is a far better bet than Rayudu. Should have rested Bhajji as well, and tried a Raul Sharma or someone.

    Would have loved to see Aaron in as well. Vijay had his chances so i dont think he should play another ODI again though he should play Tests when given opportunities. Uthappa & Irfan Pathan fans, please get over them, they are history like Ganguly.

  • renuka2600 on May 13, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    on what basis did they select saha for national team who even did not face a single ball in ipl till now and not a good domestic season too.And why there did not prefer rayudu who has a very good domestic season and a fantastic ipl this year for MI.Poor selection

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    to select indian team go CSK perform you selected and other teams perform player wait once CSK player list complete then you will be get chance(rayadu .......uttapa .......paul.......)

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    No rayudu, tiwary, utappa, Rahul sharma poor squad selection. Dont know why they took patel, saha, mishra

  • Blue_dhaval on May 13, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    ohh wht yar wht abt Rayudu??? is there any need of Saha???

  • jimbond on May 13, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    The snub to Rayudu was unfortunate. He has played some good innings in the Ranji as well. He could have been taken in place of Saha- that seems to be the only problematic selection. As for Irfan Pathan- he did play in the IPL, but its not clear whether he is fully fit or not. An ODI tour requires total fitness and good form. He can possibly be tried out in the next tour. The legspinner may cause more problems in WI.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    same people shouted after world cup squad selection too, we went on to win it... so keep faith on the selectors, they ll do good for our cricket

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    This is a very well selected squad especially including badrinath and rohit sharma, as there state form AND IPL form has been outstanding. I hope that they both finally kick on at international cricket. Also saha is a good choice and i hope ashwin plays all the games i rate him ahead of harbajhan, but i doubt that harbajhan will be dropped. There is several "fringe" batsman not included, but i think badri especially is ahead slightly of all of those guys. India will clean sweep the one day series! also for all the comments to saha, he is a good enough batsman to be pushing for specialist batsman position in ODI(badri, sharma, rahane, makund, Saurabh tiwary ahead of him tho) i feel saurabh tiwary is very unlucky to miss out given he played well in the ODI's he played

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:20 GMT


  • on May 13, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    i think gambhir lead to india . india is much better in wi tour

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should have been in the team.......His form is very important for India..!!

  • rakeshcrazyforcricket on May 13, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    y parthiv nd saha nd y nt utthapa nd raydu...

  • Sameer_Ponnada on May 13, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @ cosmoboy.. Let RP, Irfan and kaif prove themselves in domestic circuit. Only then they can be given a chance. The one problem with all Indian players is "Attitude" as Harsha Bhogle pointed out in an IIM A lecture. In a country with more than a billion population, there is never shortage of talent. Its the work ethic that matters. In this regard Gary Kirsten did a good job in motivating players like yuvraj (a prime example of talent-attitude debate). Lets hope domestic players become more professional in the coming years.

  • GlobalCricketLover on May 13, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    sachin and dhoni wouldn't miss 6 weeks of hectic IPL schedule but 'need rest' when it comes to representing India? they earn so much money and still can't get enough! Shame.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Hope Rayudu gets a look-in for the English tour..

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    No Rayudu? From whr did Saha came... Mamta Banerjee effect

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    saha, vinay kumar, rohit sharma is out uthappa, Rayudu, & rahul Sharma should be in uttappa as opener batsman

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    what the W Saha is doing y nt Uthappa ?? Uthapa is sitting out just bcz of he is nt plying in chennai side .. if uthapa is nt there Rayadu is the nxt who deserve the place ...

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    No Rayadu, no Rahul sharma biased selection. Saha in the team bec he is playing for csk & We all knw Srikanth & Dhoni lov csk players.

  • Vibhormbic on May 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    What is Dinesh Karthik's mistake? He was doing so well..

  • megash on May 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    what the i think india might loose

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Wat abt RP Singh ,Irfan Pathan ,Ravindra Jadeja n Dinesh Karthick .They have done well in IPL n wll do far better in ODI s .RP Singh n Irfan Pathan only can replace experienced Zaheer Khan 's talent .They should have been given the chances .TALENT NEEDS OPPURTUNITY .

  • eddyy on May 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    no rayudu....... he deserve place he is surely more talented than saha or parthiv even god of cricket(sachin) is his fan.......................

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    I think, Bhajji is deserve a break and Rahul Sharma, Sourav Tiwari, Rayadu, Ashok Dinda should be replacing Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma and Wridhiman Saha. I am sure selected team will be depend on Gauti, Bhajji, virat's performance. If they performed India will win if not then..............

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    wridhiman saha is in team because... one of the selector in the panel is from Bengal(east zone).He is selected nt bcz of his performance bcz of state

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    i think bhajji is too anxious of loosing his place to ashwin ...thats why he is not keen of taking rest ..extended games for ashwin can make the road difficult for bhajji to comeback

  • cricinfoind on May 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Full Marks to the selectors... For all asking why SAHA in the team? its very clear that he is being groomed now and would also be there in the Tests as backup to Dhoni. Guess by just the wicket keeping skills he is way ahead of Robin or Rayadu

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    where is Irfan? hes hould get a shot at the one dat team atleast

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    not sure why so many people in these comments want india to become like pakistan and select a kamran akmal style keeper who can bat but not keep. its good that they have selected saha who is an excellent keeper and an accomplished batsman. Patel and those calling for Rayudu as a part time keeper are both shoddy behind the wickets

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu and Rahul Sharma missed........... Its not like IPL Success Sri know better how to choose the player from TN. Welcome back all new comers from TN

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Wonder why MSD and SRT need rest for WI tour? These guys are fit and happy to play IPL, 2-3 matches per week non-stop for 51 days. I am sure they will again be fit in time for the Champions League.

    Sehwag had his shoulder problem for long time. Ideally soon after the World Cup, he should have been excused from IPL and allowed to recover from his injury. But now because of the surgery, he may now miss the important series in ENGLAND as well.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on May 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Good luck Badri. Hope to see you set the Caribbean alight wiht your performance. Next stop for Badri - the no.3 slot in Tests after Dravid retires.

  • Herath-UK on May 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan,I feel disappointed the way game of cricket being treated nowadays by not naming the strongest squad for BL series whatever the opposition be;boards are now trying to give rest periods by not selecting them for weaker Test teams so that money making IPL ( & now SLPL) can thrive.This will be the policy teams like India,Sri Lanka and England will adopt in future. Ranil Herath Kent

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Good team composition. Liked it.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    where r Rayadu & Manoj Tiwari...

  • sameer997 on May 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Saha????? Why him? Kaif,rayudu,vijay and uthappa are beter picks Rest's fine....

  • vishubaba112 on May 13, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    why bajji,, rohit and pathan,, munaf instead irfan ,raydu,jadeja,rpsingh

  • yogi.s on May 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Rayudu is very unfortunate to miss out. If they needed a second keeper rayudu could also have done the job.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Hey wat is this come on ?? when will you guys improve... Uthappa is far better and good player (than saha ans parthiv) who could keep wickets and player as a powerful hitter man. Really sad and very very bad selection i would say :(

    Robin could play the exact role as DHoni's.... so sad!

    Very bad

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    i dont understand wat wridiman saha is doing i mean he cant even bat rayudu was an obvious choice ....he dersereved a place more den badri and more den saha dis is all politics rayadu is been consistently performing for three years now i dont undertsand y he is not there in Indian squad iam totally disappointed :(

  • aryagaonkar on May 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Y does BCCI take Wridhiman Saha what way is he than dinesh karthik ....Saha does not know how to hold the bat let alone score runs

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    why w saha? either dinesh kartihik or rayudu should hav been selected,rahul sharma showing some brilliance,then y misra?

  • India_says on May 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    If at all anyone deserves a chance first that is Rayadu.. How many chances were given to Rahul sharma,Saha, Amit Mishra, Badrinath and Parthiv patel.. Did they prove enough ?? Why not a single chance to Rayudu..Can selectors explain..They only will have pale faces if questioned ??

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Good Team...... except the selection of Vinay & Saha there are lots of quality players like Raydu, Naman Oza, Robin Utthappa, Manoj & Saourav Tiwari,Manish Pandy, Rahane who is consistence from last 3 years in Ranji, Above lot is proven lot in Ranji and IPL.

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Rayudu dnt have Godfather...sachin should help him otherday he said he is a big fan of Rayudu...cause he is in good form fm last 2 years pls God of cricket(sachin sir) open the door 4 hm he deserves the place..he can refer his name to selectors..

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    ooooffffffffffff raydu n rahul sharma this squad .. i dont knw why this alwz happen the best players alwz suffer by team selector..... poor team slection

  • mithun2880 on May 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    wud reqiure a extra opener, may be at th loss of Yusuf Pathan may be Ajinkya Rahane of Mumbai. As we are going with only two openers (gambhir n Parthiv Patel).Wht if Parthiv fails or Gambhir gets injured ?!

  • on May 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    The selectors must make way to Irfan wat more should he do... He is an important asset to Indian cricket... really disappointed by seeing squad without Robbin Uthappa , Irfan Patha , R.P.Singh.... Give an oppurtunity for the future of Indian team... IPL can make impact on players but cannot bring the likes of Irfan, Robbie , R.P..

  • bala-chala on May 13, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    It is clear that the BCCI wants to punish Rayudu for his participation in ICL.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    why is harbhajan is still in the team ?? :) and @cosmoboy for irfan and RP to prove themselves in International stage they should first prove themselves in the domestic team.. same case for Uthappa too.. one should be consistent.. not like hit one match.. and slog for next 5 matches.. that is what Uthappa do.. Consistency is what earned Badrinath a place in the team.. and Vijay lost it.. overall.. goood team..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I would like to know who is the third opener in the squad????????????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    May be Wriddhimaan saha is the Brother-in-law of one of the team Selectors that is the reason why he is there in the team while there is already a wkt keeper in the team and i dont know why they r not picking robin uthappa. They should have picked him because india need a batsman who can open the innings with gambhir and he has done well while opening the innings.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    it is a poor team selection. "RAHUL SHARMA" should be in place of AMIT MISHRA. AND UTHAPA also.

  • naths on May 13, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Good team selection. Selectors might have taken Saha ahead of Rayaru because of his keeping, not for the batting. It is hard to satisfy everyone. I was expecting to see Rahul Sarma, may be next time. Overall a good chance for young stars to perform.

  • wambling_future on May 13, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Why Gautam Gambhir hasn't been rested as well ? He is too like Dhoni has been continuously playing Cricket. Rested player might come back in Test series but will Gambhir be rested in Test series ?

  • Punoose on May 13, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Just to clarify to all ,the logic however perverted , on the selections. Saha-to satisfy the Calcutta/Bengali lobby--the only player from the East. Amit preferred over Rahul Sharma since Rahul's first class , domestic ODI record is not yet proven. Rayudu not taken for the same reason. T20 is not one day. Parthiv is a better w/k and almost as good a batsman,maybe better. Jadeja tried very often. Others deserve a chance. Main weakness of the team is the absence of a top class 2nd opener with Sehwag and Sachin not available.Parthiv is OK as a openerbut better at number 7. Kohli and Rohit are better as middle order not as opener. Salil

  • RajeshCSK on May 13, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Someone like Rayudu who is so money hungry(he joined ICL) should never play for India. Great work Srikkanth!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Again 2 wicket keepers whereas India played with only 1 wk in WC Uthappa should have been in the squad instead of Saha...and Irfan Pathan also could be the best option instead of Vinay Kumar.

  • anshu.s on May 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Writer says it's not about ipl performances only domestic performance is the criteria then why Saha and why not Manish Pandey and Ajiyanka Rahane, there is no continuity either Saurabh Tiwary who was part of India team against Newzealand goes missing.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    where is iqbal abdulla,irfan pathan and ambati rayadu

  • BMMK on May 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    this time the selectors made a right job by omitting vijay... good young team also with experience

  • SureshRj on May 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Rayudu was an obvious better choice than W Saha.

  • aahahaa on May 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Yusuf, Saha, Parthiv, Amit, Vinay -thats a third of the lot. poor. Rayudu, Karthik, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharma and one of Sreesanth / Irfan / RP should have been in. even BAlaji would have been a better choice than Vinay.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    still no RAYADU , TIWARY ... but rohit sharma is their ... !!

  • NidheyaSuresh on May 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir will be a very talented and wonderful captain for Team India. I am really looking forward to his captaincy. He has his head & mind into the game and is so focused. Hope to see Virat & Gautam open the batting. :)

  • rajryl on May 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    poor selection where is is jadeja and raydu they must deserve place in the team

  • MeeraKrishna on May 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    good selection.. saha is added as a cover..incase of overseas tour, if the wk gets injured then it would be difficult to have a replacement immediately and that why they send in a cover..Rayudu could have been ahead of Rohit sharma who seems happy playing in IPL alone...

  • laksmrperfect on May 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    where is Ambati rayudu..why there is wridhiman saha worst selection...............................

  • Emancipator007 on May 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Mercifully, Badrinath is back but the man blocking his re-entry (after a fighting debut 50 against Steyn, Morkel) into Tests is Dravid. Someone has to really bell the cat as Dravid will score buckets against low-ranked and rated WI attack and flounder against Eng this coming season(as has been his pattern of scoring against NZ but failing against OZ home and away and SA away and also generally his dramatic freefall after 2007 against top Test nations). The selectors in 1989 took the same call with regards to 39-year old Amarnath (no doubting his class though) and brought in Manjrekar who had 2 wonderful away series against WI and Pak that year. It is good to see Parthiv being rewarded as young fans forget that he was fearless as an opener against Bond and Akthar and batted very well in Tests during his first stint in international cricket as a teenager! (In fact I rate Patel higher as a batsman in Tests than Dhoni).

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    it is a poor team selection. UTHAPA and RAHUL SHARMA might be in team.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Manpreet Gony and Ashok Dinda may hav failed...that doesnt mean that others will follow their path...Take R Ashwin and Vinay Kumar for instance...and ignoring good players just because some others players have let you down is such a lame excuse!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Were is Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey... Poor Selection....Poor Team.....

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    uthappa or Rayudu!! wer r they! ...instead of saha ne 1 of them sud hv come in!!!

  • mithun2880 on May 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Team looks a balanced unit.Question wrt to selection of Mishra n Saha is bit confusing.Cud hve tried Uthappa(keeper) n Rahul Sharma.There are also quite a non-regular bowling options with rohit Sharma, Raina, Pathan...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    bad team selection. Why w. Saha??? What he has done against international stars? Why not raydu? or Manoj Tiwary or R. Jadeja? or rahul sharma who are class act (played well against international stars. All politics in the team India selection comitee

  • KKRajesh on May 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    no Ambati Rayudu, Venugopal Rao, Badri, Murli, shame ..u selectors.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Why not some rest for Gambhir ?, he is the player who have to play for India in all 3 formats, he is always half fit-ALWAYS, but you are giving an extra responsibility by giving captaincy to him, PITY!!!

    Why do u rest players who are giving more importance to IPL than country, nothing is better than country. I wish this team to be outplayed by WI like the Zimbabweans did against the same team in last year.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    hey why no uttappa?again politics in india..........

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    wat abt Rayudu??? Is it better to have two professional keepers or one professional and one part timer?? rayudu even has good domestic record as well.............. i dont think any of partiv and saha get into team if dhoni is back to team.....but rayudu can with his batting......

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    where is rayudu,rahul sharma,uthappa, mishra is waste

  • nayannishar on May 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Wat abt ambati rayudu, paul valathaty, rahul sharma

  • sarga2006 on May 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    what tha hell ....... there is no Ambati Rayudu and why the did they take the useless Saha . Very dissapointed. Rayudu is having a good future but never thought he wont be picked today. Very very poor selection.............

  • BubbleNish on May 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    i think rayudu wud hav been a better choice than rohit. rohit has been given so many chances and he failed to prove himself...

  • BMMK on May 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    wat is the need of 3 spinners wen west indies pitches are mostly fast.... why saha??? instead we can add uttappa r rayudu in his place as back up..

  • Gerontius on May 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @rustyryan: Totally agree. What has Nohit Sharma done in 61 chances given to him? An average of hardly 27. He is given chance after chance while Badri is dropped after 1 game.

  • leslie_james on May 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu not in because he played for ICL and banned earlydays ? he really deserved a place now. later no chance at all if dhoni and the rest are back to the ream,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • KotisKM on May 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    where is dravid?..this is not fair..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Since Sreesanth ain't in, it is anyways a 11 man team, 15 man squad however we look at it. That covers for all mistakes of selectors. Cheers India! Bleed blue!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    i think team selection is pretty fair except that kartik should have been wk. you just cant pick raydu or rahul sharma on basis of ipl performances. badrinaths selection is good he deserves to be in ist 11 on basis of domestic performances jadeja should have played in place of pathan-too erratic

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I support the selection completely,just wanted Rayudu there..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Whom the devil is Vinay Kumar what the hell he did for India and IPL.Well he gave runs in IPL and India

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Why no chance for Robin Uthappa Or Manish Pandey .... Poor Team....

  • bnmkl on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    good squad but vinay kumar and saha should be dropped and rahulsharma and ohja should pay because west indies dont play spin well they cant play well so if spinners were drafted ind will easily won the tour.rayudu is not ready yet to play kemar roach and bishoo and but he will be ready soon same for tiwary case and vijay shouldplay test squad for sehwag.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @ Cosmoboy - The team to be selected based on the performance so Irfan, Kaif and RP dont have any place in the Indian Team. Check their performance in last 12 months and justify their selection

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I don't understand why everytime selectors decide a team...there is always one or two pathetic players who get chances by grace of selectors and not on merits. Earlier such persons were D. Karthik R. Jadeja, and Piyush Chawla (for world cup). Now this time its Saha. Its really unfair with Ambati Raydu and Rahul Sharma.

  • CRICINFO_11 on May 13, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Big news, badrinath back in indian team. Badri is a class act.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Why is Dinesh Karthik not sellected?He and Kris Srikanth being from same place.Dinesh is being dropped after being consistant in IPL and Domestic matches.Then there is no politics.It is a dumb sellection by Srikanth

  • jmoses on May 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Confusing selection. It makes no sense to select Praveen Kumar in the team who has lot of fitness issues. In the current IPL he is not even able to bowl his 2 overs continuously. Also pace bowling department looks very weak. In the place of Munaf who is drained out by playing World Cup and IPL back to back, they should have given some young pacer an opportunity.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Why not Ambati Rayadu?? Atleast as a reserved keeper? He is much better than Saha

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    why is wriddhiman shah ..... ambati rayudu would be a 100% times better choice then him pooor selection.........

  • indianrapers on May 13, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    i think it is a good team and comming back of rohit badri and ishanth will make it very strong

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    so sad that theres no place for AT Rayudu, hes been the top contender among new players for WI tour.. he had a very gud Ranji season ,playin for Baroda.. consistent IPL too... still he lost his place too someone like Saha,,,, i dont suppose saha and vinay deserves place, rahul sharma or iqbal abdullah shud've been selected for harbajan.....this is unfair :(

  • deepakjm on May 13, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    What is SAHA doing in this team ? Where is RAYUDU ?

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    by opting badrinath in, its very clear that being in chennai super kings is the best way to get in to the team... ms dhoni is the man playing behind this. ambati raydu, paul valthaty are the best options in t20s against wi. also raydu can be at behind the stumps its very easy to take him in the squad

  • atulcricket on May 13, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I hope they pick Sreesanth for tests. diappointed with Rayudu's absence. Raina is vice captain, whay not Yuvi?? Saha?? for what??

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  • on May 13, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    If you are going to play only 1 spinner in final 11... why take 2 backup spinners? If you are going to play only 3 seamers in final 11... why take only 1 backup seamer? Why do you need a backup WK for such a short tour? If he is supposed to double up as backup batsman then wouldn't Rayudu or Uthappa have been a better choice?

  • Praks on May 13, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Rayudu certainly deserved a chance ahead of Saha and Rohit Sharma. I certainly don't understand why Rohit Sharma keeps getting chances inspite of being such an inconsistent underachiever. Iqbal Abdulla should have been picked ahead of Amit Mishra.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Paul Valthaty was a good choice instead of Wriddhiman saha.Harbhajan should have been rested and jadeja was a better option.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Rayadu denitely deserves a chance... M not sure abt saha... although he has not been given a chance to perform in IPL... so he not @ all got the match practice... Also in my opinion, Rahul Sharma or Iqbal Abdullah shud have been selected instead of Mishra/Harbhajan. Dun understand selectors logic behind selecting Saha/Mishra....

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Fair Enough. Good selection. However, I believe the man of the series of World Cup Yuvraj Singh needed a break too. Wriddhiman Saha has played 1 Test & 3 ODIs and has made total of 40 runs only. He is going to get a chance and he has to prove himself NOW or its never for him. And last but not the least thank God Ravindra Jadeja is not there! I made it double sure by going up the squad list above and breathed a sigh of relief. The God (no not the Sachin Tendulkar but the actual God) must have spelled some magic on selectors so that they can forget Ravindra Jadeja for selection for time being.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    oh oh oh .... dear i m shocked with this selection I mean where is uttappa, Rayudu, Rahul sharma, R jadeja. i think there is no place for saha & Bhajji take rest from this series

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Ambati Rayadu deserved to be in and jadeja is in good form as well; suresh raina as deputy? I thought Virat was more captain material for future. batting line-up looks very impressive. Bowling- they could have tried a new spinner in place of Harbhajan.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    This is not good team at all where is ambati raydu,rahul sharma,Irfan Pathan why they selected again useless player like yusuf pathan,W saha

  • peeyushin on May 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Not sure what Indian selector's are thinking!!! It's confusing when players like Saha are given a nod up when you have Ambati Rayadu in his form of life!!! Bowling department also looks quite amusing... You need to give Ojha a chance... We need to groom players like Ojha for our future...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Who is Wriddhiman Saha ? Why not Raydu or Utthapa? Is there a quota system at work here?

  • rahulcricindia on May 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    i think every time selectors make one useless selection this time saha previously chawla i dont know why they do this there are so many other better players in form... ,might be saha is now in CSK and shrikant luvs CSK on the cost of country..well good to see badri selected but i dont see him playing in the eleven ,very difficult with the likes of rohit...gambhir will be tested in the westindies as first time captaining outside INDIA..

  • rajesh.149 on May 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Wriddhiman was being preferred to many other batsman even before .. seems bizarre !!! Amit Mishra has got many opportunities .. even if he performs against WI, but is it worth giving him yet another look-in.??? Rahul Sharma would have been a better choice. Rayudu, the way he is batting and add to it his keeping in case Parthiv is injured deserves a look-in .. but ICL promoted players are still untouchables I think.

  • AllwinJ on May 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    why should Rayudu be part of the team ? because Sachin walks with him holding his hand ?? Or because Harbhajan and other rattle his name ??

  • ojasthegreat on May 13, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    There shudn't have been a place for Wriddhiman saha , on what basis is he selected????????? If the selectors wanted a reserve keeper , Ambati rayudu who's in superb batting form and also keeps the wicket for MI in IPL shud have been given an oppurtunity..

    And another wrong decision is taking Amit Mishra in the side, even though he's not in good form whereas Rahul sharma who is in a superb touch should've got a place in the squad...

    Other then this its a fine squad.

    !!! BEST OF LUCK TEAM INDIA!!!! :)

  • giri-varma on May 13, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    It is obvious that Dhoni likes Saha. Saha has been consistently selected in the CSK team as a batsman, though he has not batted in any game. Rayudu was an obvious better choice than Saha.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Its very bad Team Selection

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    ommala.. where is rayadu? rahul sharma? why saha?? vinay kumar??

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    I think Irfan should get a chance when seniors are resting, What about Rayudu, Rest of the selection is good.

  • GmailV on May 13, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Selectors have missed couple of good players like Rayudu(instead of Saha) nd Irfan(instead of Vinay Kumar)

  • stevejohnson1010 on May 13, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Who is Saha? Does he know how to bat?

  • rahulzone on May 13, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    If selectors had to adhere to zone-based selection, then Manoj Tiwary would have been a better bet than Saha. If performance was the only criteria, then Rayudu should have been picked. Games selectors play!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    oops... wer s RAHUL SHARMA? he surely deservers a place in the squad. bajji shud ve been rested as well...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    where is Rahul sharma?He is better than Amit mishra..Why SAHA?.Give chance to jadeja

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Selectors pick top 16,but Ambati Rayadu should get the chance in place of Wridhiman Saha.

  • sanketnayak on May 13, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    rayadu is way better than both parthiv and saha......saha is a useless player he doesnt even deserve to play in ranji trphy.....pathetic selection

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Can anybody guess why ROHIT ,and why not MANOJ? Why SAHA ,why not RAYUDU/UTHAPPA?

  • kunalkant on May 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Why there is no rayudu and no uthappa...atleast give these guys a fair chance as a backup wicketkeeper and opener respectively

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    poor selection... Rayudu deserves..

  • Vamsi13 on May 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    West Indies is a lowly ranked team. We have done extremely well to win the world cup. We have significant tours of Eng and Aus. Why not rest all the seniors and see how the young guns perform. Gambhir, Raina , Bajji , Yuvi . Kohli , Munaf - all do deserve a good break. We need these guys fresh and firing for the important series ahead. BCCI - dont be so inhumane - these guys won us the world cup and they do deserve a break.

  • rajachandra on May 13, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Sad to see Indian cricket selectors still catering to regional demands. Any day Robin Uthappa was a better wicket keeper batsman suited for one day cricket. Harbajan should have been rested. Iqbal abdulla should have been given a break. Young leggi Rahul Sharma should have been preferred over Amit Mishra. Instead of Praveen, a left arm pacer like Sreenath Arvind should have been opted. One to one Ambatti is any day better than much hyped once in a moon day pyro Yusuf! All in all Selectors have wasted a golden opportunity to blood talented youngsters.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    rayudu??? what more does he have to do??

  • patelzinith on May 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Nice to see Vijay not given another chance. But Rahul Sharma and Raydu deserves in place of Mishra and Saha. Rest are ok.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    t clearly shows IPL is not a only base for selection of team.... Nice

  • I_know_everything on May 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Wriddhiman saha..... really does not deserve the spot. Yes rayudu and uthappa have done well but again they are not specialist wicketkeepere. Infact Uthappa generally does not keep as his form from the bat suffers which leaves us with rayudu and people who have seen him keep would say that he is well below the required standards. If batsmen were to be picked then probably pujara or rahane might have been given a nod. Thus they need a good wicketkeeper which they see in saha. However I still think of Dinesh Karthik as the next in line with parthiv, even though he has failed in batting. I would have gone for karthik. Else the 15 member squad is good.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Wriddhiman Saha got place in this team for reason other than cricketing ....

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    And what's this fixation with Wriddhiman Saha? Karthik or even Rayadu could have kept wickets and done a much much better batting job.

  • Pioneer33 on May 13, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    The team Selection is good but RP SINGH would have been a better choice than MUNAF . Though I SUPPORT CSK SAHA hmmm...... NO . DINESH KARTHIK or AMBATI Deserve thier spot

  • manish_don on May 13, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    O my god again we misses uthappa Irfan and also Raydu dey all 3 deserve and rahul sharma in place of mishra is better option...common BCCI i need Uthappa and IRFAN again in INDIAN team..

  • I_know_everything on May 13, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Wriddhiman saha..... really does not deserve the spot. Yes rayudu and uthappa have done well but again they are not specialist wicketkeepere. Infact Uthappa generally does not keep as his form from the bat suffers which leaves us with rayudu and people who have seen him keep would say that he is well below the required standards. If batsmen were to be picked then probably pujara or rahane might have been given a nod. Thus they need a good wicketkeeper which they see in saha. However I still think of Dinesh Karthik as the next in line with parthiv, even though he has failed in batting. I would have gone for karthik. Else the 15 member squad is good.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    why cant senior players be given rest during IPL rather the during INDIA matches. who will be responsible if India dont do well????????

  • yorkerboy on May 13, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    atlast these selectors recognised Badri and amit mishra..happy for them..Really dissappointed that vijay s not chosen...rohit was given 70 matches and jadeja was given 40 matches,..where vijay has played 11 games..deserves more chance..thank god they didn select the great Jadeja..Anyday dinesh karthik s better than parthiv and saha...i dono why parthiv s suddenly selected..really doesn deserve a place in the team..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Y is Robin Uttapa not in the squad???/

  • vish57 on May 13, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Ambathi Rayudu for Wriddhiman Saha, Rahul Sharma for Amit Mishra would have been a better choice; If Vijay is not considered because of IPL form, then Rayudu should have been included. Time to grrom batsmen pace bowler all rounders like Kallis or Waatson in time for WC 2015. Still Srikanth & co are better the rest of selection committee we have witnessed over last 4 decades.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on May 13, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    this is the reason i hate IPL, i dont want to see sachin hitting sixes in IPL but to play WI fast bowlers, selectors should have given them sufficient rest in the IPL but no! they are imp for their franchises than the team..this is ridiculous..Sehwag could have been operated but instead he played the damn IPL and now he is out of WI and Eng tours ...I just hate IPL

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    where is the hydrabadi reayudu he is in better form then saha and he can be a wk where is rahul shama

  • murali_k_meda on May 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    my dear selectors, rayudu sholb be there in team and iinstead of vinay kumay irfan may be the better choice.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Hey........, what happened to Ambati Rayudu..? Can't compare parthiv patel,saha with Ambati Rayudu and he deserves a chance. This is totally unfair. Rahul sharma, Valthatty too deserve a chance

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    All question for Wridhiman, why not Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla in place of Amit Mishra? Sorry for Rayudu, would have gone for him. Even Pathan's place is not justified.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    stunned to find utappa and raydu missing

  • anikbrad on May 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    why this rohit sharma gets picked and not rahane or tewary or even raidu. why 2 wk god knows. and aron or jadav would have been picked. stiil irritated over rohit sharma. Is he bribing 61 ODI no results and rhane, mukund, tewary is left out. saurav tewary was picked he played only 1-2 ODI before wc and scored 15 and 25 odd and both not out. he is left out god knows why. If RAIDU, UTTHAPA, RAHANE, PUJARA, MUKUND, TWARY are not picked they should retire and let India chose same ROHIT. 2 useless choises rohit and picking both saha and parthiv. if wanting only wk then saha is better if batsman-wk then raidu is better. I thought Now the selectors are professionally paid and are ansable . rest team is obvious.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    raayudu and rahul sharma should've been in for parthiv and ashwin

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    ambati raydu should get chance nd also rahul sharma nd no need of saha, mishra,

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    RAYUDU really deserves a chance......... very poor selection by the committee. And also same case with Rahul Sharma hez far best than misra.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Where is Rayudu. Did selection comity closing eyes are what?

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Guys this is as usual nothing new for us so no Point in commenting coz it will fell on deaf ears Of the great KRIS SRIKANTH

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    No specialist opener with gambhir.. this sucks man.. other selections are fine

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    i think r sharma or jakati could have come in for bajji coz he needs some rest and rayudu could have come in for parthiv coz wrindhiman has a better ranji trophy record than parthiv

    by a true fan of CSK

  • D.Sharma on May 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    BADRI! I'm so happy he's been given a second chance. About damn time.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Where is uttappa????????

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    y noT giVe channce to more youngsters in A Raydu and P Valthaty ???

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Raydu maust be in for WI tour...can't understand why is excluded ???? He is far better than Parthiv & Saha...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    sad :(:(:( no uthappa, no rayudu, no rahul sharma....... glad to see rohit back...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    in the place of shiddiman saha we can replace Uthappa or Rayudu

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    bad selection manoj tiwary & iqbal abdulla definately deserves a chance & raydu & uthappa also...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Rayadu had good IPL , but he failed in domestic (Ranji).Good to drop Dk and Jadeja they failed their chances

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    i think this team selection is below par rayadu,rahul sharma,uttapa and jadeja all of them deserved a chance specially uttapa cuz he has been performing since last year but still he doesnt get a chance in the international line up its really demoralizing he is one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball also a fantastic fielder and can be used as a substitute keeper the same applies for rayadu also but still no place for him

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    What is rohit sharma doing in the team? rayudu/uthappa would have been a better choice, with their ability to keep as well! and it would have been a good idea to give the vice-captaincy to virat kohli instead of suresh raina. remember raina could find a place in playing 11 till yusuf's luck ran out in the world cup. yes raina did grab that opportunity, but it did not deserve a vice-captaincy!

  • ashok207 on May 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    bad selection......... rahul sharma is better than amit mishra.......... rayudu deserves a chance rather than selecting shah..........he is best wkbatsman......

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    where Utthapa??? n Where's Valthathy..... I still dont why Utthapa i out of Indian team.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    irfan pathan has got his swing back ,,,varoon aaron is missing ,,,,,saha is a talent but need some time to groom and he is nt even d hitter nd bat lower down the order at 7 wats d use? robin is our future ......valthathy could have joined as a opener.....but again after gambhir no specialist opener....venugopal rao is in gr8 touch.....rahul sharma should hav got a chance in low pitches of indies amit is gettin older...... bad selection overall .......see how they perform

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Ambati rayudu did very well in Ranjis and IPL too. He should have been picked in place of Saha. Amit mishra??? I'm not sure. When he should be picked, they took piyush chawla. Now They left out Rahul sharma and selected Mishra. This is injustice. To get into Indian team, I think one should get in to Chennai super kings first. Grrrrr..

  • abiindia on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    i miss venkatapathi Raju too.......everone critisizes. so, i am :)

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Hey you all rayudu fans there should'nt be rayudu.Saha is a far choice as he is a second wicket-keeper.He is a far far better keeper than parthiv though parthiv is a better batsman but he cannot play pace very well.Saha can play pace well.Why Ishant Sharma?where is Unadkat?Manoj is far better than Rayudu.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Vinay kumar??? saha??? y were they selected???

  • vinay.ashwath on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has got too many Chances.. I hope he proves his mettle this time

  • Topse on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Irfan Pathan in place of Vinay Kumar, R jadeja in place of Harbhajan Sing and Raydu in place of Parthiv patel should have been there.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Bhajji should have been rested and Rahul Sharma got in his place. Same for Gambhir and a Rayadu/Valthaty in his place would have been good. Clearly, playing in a sub-standard Ranji trophy is what counts for these selectors rather than the exploits against top class international attacks in the IPL. Unless this mentality changes, youngsters just won't get the chances they deserve.

    Badri is finally getting his due. After playing sedately for ages, he has finally learnt to play his strokes and now has caught the eye of the selectors.

  • Guru_Bennur on May 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Hey Friends Look at Iandian Team...Gambhir Is Really luckey fellow...and Yuvi is Really Unluckey...Poor fellow.....But It's Nice That Desrving Players Like R VINAYKUMAR, BADRINATH Finally Get the Chance....More over It's nice Selction......

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Pity Murail Vijay missed out. I think he or Ambathi Rayudu (& even Robin Uthappa) deserved a place more than Wriddhiman Saha, who has neither done anything of note in Ranji Trophy nor in IPL. But then Saha plays for CSK and, therefore, has as his backers, at least two most important members of the Selection Committee - Chairman and the present Captain, not to say anything about the influence of Mr. Srinivasan. Avadh Lal

  • Jaypal24 on May 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    whr is irfan pathan????????????????????????

  • bnghosh50 on May 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    rayudu should have been picked up for the wi tour instead saha as he can be used both as a specialist batsman as well as wicketkeeper..........he deserve a chance......this is not fair to him.............the selection commitee should consider in the future........

  • iamgroot on May 13, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Once again selection has not been up to the mark.. Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla , Paul Vaultharty, Varun Aaron should have got selected. Why is rohit sharma always preferred over other far more talented cricketers? there is something seriously wrong. Rohit sharma failed at international arena miserably and still he gets a chance. Other cricketers like S Badrinath, S Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, should have got similar number of opportunities and if they did they would have def done far better than rohit sharma.. its pathetic selection. very disappointed.. The sooner indian team gets rid of Rohit sharma the better the team will be.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    ambati raidu,murali vijay,robin uthappa adn rahul sharma reserved a chance

  • yash.hitz on May 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    RAYUDU?? VIJAY?? UTHAPPA?? JADEJA??? BAd Luck!!.....for INDIA...!!!

  • Roudi on May 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    y no shadab jakati????????????? he always provided the breakthrough for csk

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    p.patel is a better option than rayadu .....

  • freakygs on May 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Saha is a surprise inclusion, I was xpecting Rayudu... rest all looks good

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    No Rayudu? Wht the hell is this he is anyday better then pathiv patel .

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Saha ??? whre d hell is Rayudu ?? Srikanth hs 1ce again let us down...

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    very poor team selection!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    What is "milited-overs"..........see para one, line four..........

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Good Team! Ambati Raydu would have been better than Saha. Good they showed door to Sreesanth and Chawla who did not perform in W/C IPL

  • someshsingh on May 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    why not uthappa ? hope badrinath do well to cement his place...........

  • Zaeb on May 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    a good and balanced squad..but would have loved to see rayudu ahead of saha in backup wicket-keepr's slot, it was a perfect opportunity to give him international exposure

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    It would be better if we test tyhe Like of Varun Aaron

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    why every one is pointing out ipl is the base of selection ,,,,, saha is ia great player in domestic cricket and he totaly desearve the seat ,, and plz dont point out players on the basis of ipl (the tamasha league)

  • manoj23yuvraj on May 13, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    why amit and saha?rayudu and rahul should be selected?why raina is the vc not yuvraj

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    i dont understand - why do you want Waltharty, pankaj sharma, rayadu? IPL is not the entrance exam......rohit sharma deserves second chance and it will be his last.......

  • sunilmore4u on May 13, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    i think all deserve the place except Saha and Vinaykumar. What is his role in team Utthappa Or Rayudu is better choise.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    good selection but i think injustice was done to ojha in world cup and also now i think some people in bcci hate him but he deserves there

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    i think its a vey bad selection is respect of wicketkeeping options.i think selectores should have selected rayadu instead of saha as second wicketkepper.He is far better than saha.and Irfan pathan should have been given a chance than seniors are rested.very bad selection and bias selection.Badrinath is very good choice because consistent perfomance in all formats.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    its so much rayudu,manoj tiwary and valthaty,rahul sharma.....pity tat dey r not rewarded fr their efforts

  • ojasthegreat on May 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Two Bad selections......... 1.Why is Wriddhiman saha been taken into the squad....On what basis is he selected....If the selectors wanted a reserve keeper, they could have even seected Ambati Rayudu who keeps for Mumbai Indians and is in terrefic form.

    2.Its a bad choice to even select Amit Mishra who has been out of form.The leg spinner Rahul Sharma is performing on a High note for Pune Warriors....

    I am disappointed with these two selections ...except these two this is a fine squad. Best of luck INDIA!!!

  • KhuMir on May 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    This is seriously the squad India is going with? West Indies should win this easily.

  • Professori on May 13, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    More or less well balanced. Rahul Sharma and Rayudu would have been better choices in place of Saha and Harbhajan.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Why Saha, what has he done in earlier chances provided. Instead Rayudu should have made the cut. Also Yusuf has not fired lately , probably his brother to be given a chance after his IPL outing, and giving a variety of Left arm seam along with others instead of Vinay , which also strengthens the batting.

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  • on May 13, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    very good team .. the best thing in this is "IPL performances are ignored" ... This is what i want ... I think only Vinay is a wrong choice ..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    rayudu should have been picked.... that's the the partial selection and whay wridhiman saha is picked up in squad

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Selectors forgot rahul sharma

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    why mishra and wriddhiman???

  • vdheerajcric on May 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    wow!! young blood in:):).. very xcited to see how they perform.. but the team would have been well balanced if irfan instead of vinay,uthappa for parthiv,dinesh karthik for Saha and s.tiwary were there.. hope they will be back soon.. Best of luck Gambhir:):):).. this series will be a clean sweep.. India will make it through quite comfortably..

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Rayudu deserves to be here ,more than parthiv or saha .

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Why did not consider Robin Uthappa? He s great batsman...

  • abiindia on May 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    i admire this selection process, it is just perfect since srikanth accoupies in the seat.

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    i don't know why rohit sharma again and again??

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    dont all of u think dinesh kartik, robin uthappa or rayudu are better than saha

  • Myru on May 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Good Selection of team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the best for India !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    not happy with team selection.. my combination is almost there. OJHA & RAHUL SHARMA missed out. Vinay Kumar doesn't deserve the place. Manoj Tiwary & Saurabh Tiwary have been overlooked. DINDA & VARUN AARON shud have been given a chance. Srikanth u r really very partial........... Irfan can be left out but how Vinay Kumar..instead S Aravind is bowling better. RAVINDRA JADEJA...where is he. Sorry......... Srikanth.........not too happy with ur choice

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

    I think this is the right time to bring back players like Irfan Patan, RP Singh, M. Kaif.. this might give them a chance to prove themselves and can make a good comeback to the National Team. Selectors could have done a better job....

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Uthppa,,,???????? Vijay....?????????? so sad

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

    Bajji deserves a break too. I would have gone for Jadeja instead of Harbajan and Dinesh Karthik for Saha (though I am a CSK supporter :) ).

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    poor team selection..... rayudu deserves a chance.....

  • KishoreNittala on May 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Rayudu was an obvious better choice than W Saha. I dont understand his exclusion from this team.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I think rahul sharma is better than amit...

  • Provenance on May 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    i know everytime a team selection is made, there are people seething why x is selected in place of y. Nevertheless, I would definitely like to make a point here that if Parthiv Patel has already been selected as a wicket-keeper batsman then, what is the point of having Saha in the team? Why not Rayudu? He would definitely have been a better option....What has this poor guy Rayudu done to not warrant a place in the Indian team?

  • nikhilvs on May 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Good for Badri. No Rayadu?

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    no rayudu =fair but why amit mishra is there better to have ojha, R sharma, jadeja

  • jaganreddy85 on May 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    where is Ambati rayudu..why there is wridhiman saha..already parthiv patel is there as a wicket keeper.there is no place for wridhiman

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    why not robin uthappa? he deserves to be in the squad! and virat kohli could have been a better vice captain choice!

  • Ali-Sial on May 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    how is this BREAKING NEWS, unnecessary.

  • harekrishnaom on May 13, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Plaudits to the selection panel for selecting a good combination.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    g8 team!! GO INDIA GO!! CHAK DE

  • rustyryan on May 13, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    No M Vijay. I guess that'd satisfy lotsa ppl. And what about Rohit.? Jus cause he is from mumbai he is eating up lots off chances and he is still getting chances. And Rohit would even be in the playing eleven ahead of badri. Why dont they give chances to players from South zone. Rayudu, Manish are much more deserved than useless Rohit.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 13, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Why Wriddhiman Saha and Vinay Kumar ?

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    where is raidu and waltharty....................

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    NO ONE deserves it more than badrinath. great that he's finally getting his due

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Rahul sharma might been a better choice than Amit mishra

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    rest for the seniors who are playing IPL.........

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    y nt uthappa??????????????????????????////

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Why Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha i think rahul shrama(PWI), & Ambati raydu did better in the IPL why not give some chance to them.

    Anyone see saha in IPL. Its totally politics..........not other than that

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    what is saha doing he better than rayudu?

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    All in all a good selection but Rayudu should have been picked instead of Saha as he can play both as specialist batsman or wicket keeper... Gud luck India..

  • raama153 on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    If Irfan had performed nicely, he would have deserved a place now.. but then, its now or never for him though..

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Uthappa??? Bad team selection as always

  • ammanna7 on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    wer is uthapa ! wat els shoul he do to earn a place ! saha out uthapa in

  • anish_vince23 on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    i yuvi giong?.. i was quiet sure badri wud get picked as dhoni is his captain in ipl and hes been really batting well

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu deserved a chance.......................

  • S.Girish on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Excellent squad. All deserving players have been selected. Good that players haven't been selected on basis of IPL performance.

  • ammanna7 on May 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    screw it capt should hav beeen yuviiiiiiiiiiiii

  • Anuj17 on May 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    why is wriddhiman shah i think he does not even have power to send the ball in the boundry Uthappa would be a 100% times better choice then him

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Why the hell Vinay kumar and Saha again. They were very ordinary in their previous tour.Ambati raydu, Manoj tiwary, and Rahul sharma would have been a better choice.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    good work by the selectors

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    a gud decision by selectors...dey shd include rayudu n rahul sharma too

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  • on May 13, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    a gud decision by selectors...dey shd include rayudu n rahul sharma too

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    good work by the selectors

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Why the hell Vinay kumar and Saha again. They were very ordinary in their previous tour.Ambati raydu, Manoj tiwary, and Rahul sharma would have been a better choice.

  • Anuj17 on May 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    why is wriddhiman shah i think he does not even have power to send the ball in the boundry Uthappa would be a 100% times better choice then him

  • ammanna7 on May 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    screw it capt should hav beeen yuviiiiiiiiiiiii

  • S.Girish on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Excellent squad. All deserving players have been selected. Good that players haven't been selected on basis of IPL performance.

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu deserved a chance.......................

  • anish_vince23 on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    i yuvi giong?.. i was quiet sure badri wud get picked as dhoni is his captain in ipl and hes been really batting well

  • ammanna7 on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    wer is uthapa ! wat els shoul he do to earn a place ! saha out uthapa in

  • on May 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Uthappa??? Bad team selection as always