India in West Indies 2011 May 27, 2011

Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Gambhir out of entire WI tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's already-depleted squad for the tour of the West Indies has suffered further setbacks: shoulder injuries to Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh's respiratory infection, and Sachin Tendulkar's wish to spend time with his family have ruled the four players out of the whole trip. This will be the first instance of Tendulkar missing an entire Test series since he sat out India's previous full tour of the Caribbean in 2006. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara lost the chance to cement his place in the Test side as a knee injury picked up in the IPL made him unavailable.

Expectedly, a number of uncapped players and those trying to make comebacks got their chance. Suresh Raina got a second chance at ODI captaincy in Gambhir's absence (MS Dhoni was rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour), and Manoj Tiwary and Shikhar Dhawan got a chance to add to their one ODI cap each. S Badrinath made a Test comeback, but the bigger news remained the uncapped players in the Test squad: Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund, who is almost certain to open with his Tamil Nadu team-mate M Vijay.

Mukund, a 21-year-old left-hand batsman, has impressive first-class numbers to back him: an average close to 60 over 40 matches and 13 centuries, including a triple-ton. Vijay has been an automatic choice as Test opener every time either Gambhir or Sehwag is unavailable. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman provide the experience in the middle order, which leaves Kohli, Raina and Badrinath fighting for the two remaining slots.

Jaidev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav, who were picked inexplicably ahead of Abhimanyu Mithun for the South Africa tour, got the boot, making way for Munaf Patel and an extra spinner in Amit Mishra. Pragyan Ojha, who was part of India's Test squad to South Africa but missed all ODI cricket since, returned too. Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh, though, remained the likely first-choice attack.

Parthiv Patel replaced Wriddhiman Saha as Dhoni's wicketkeeping cover in the Test squad, not least because he can open the innings should Mukund struggle or should the team management not consider him ready to debut.

As expected, the selection meeting in Chennai, attended by the new coach Duncan Fletcher, was a long affair lasting more than two hours. Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said that Fletcher's "intelligent inputs" were utilised completely in picking the "best" available team.

The timing of the Test selection is surprisingly early: the first Test begins on June 20, and the selectors could have waited longer to see if any of the injuries or illnesses could have neared healing. The long recovery period associated with the injuries to Sehwag and Gambhir would have been a factor. And because of the pneumonitis in his left lung, we will never know if Yuvraj would have been considered for a Test comeback, on the back of his World Cup heroics.

In all, India are without Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Gambhir and Ashish Nehra for the ODIs. They will also have to do without Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Pujara for the Tests.

Test squad: MS Dhoni (capt), VVS Laxman (vc), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.

Limited-overs squad: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.

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  • Bones5198 on May 30, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @Madhu, you can't be serious? If he can't even make into the Mumbai team then he is nowhere near good enough for India. @Baibhab, read the article. He is injured that's why he hasn't been picked. @dixit007, how they done brilliant? Look at Irfan's stats by country, they are significantly boosted because of games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. When some people average over 60 in domestic and he averages 30, that isn't good batting. Uthappa in 38 ODIs averages just 27 which might cement a place in a weaker team but India's line up consists of mid-30s and above atleast. RP Singh has played 55 ODIs with unimpressive numbers of an average of 34 and worse an economy rate of 5.42. I'm glad Rahane is getting his due in these comments but Mukund also deserves his place, the weak link in the test squad is Raina in terms of batting not Mukund.

  • SachisKing on May 30, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Kris Srikunt go home. Stop pushing for Chennai players when there is a dirth of talent around. Be fair

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    How come P C Valthaty, was not selected- he was in Top 5 in IPL run scorers.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    why is cheteswar pujara not picked after he performed so well in the tests against australia and new zealand.... wats hapening to our selectors

  • cknatt on May 30, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    where is aaron???? we need someone with pace over 90mph

  • dixit007 on May 30, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    to give the captiancy in the hands off raina is brilent because he is the rising star of the indian cricket team and brdri is the best to have in test cause the is very talented and mukand is the best for openin with vijay but we shoul have have had given chance to irfhan pathan/robin uthappa/r.p singh they all have played for india and had done brillent.we shoul leave out partiv or saha for robin and then irfan should get a chance cause he can bat abd bat well and ashwin is the best spinner india can have . y are we forgetin ohja he is an other option india has to make indian has got talented cricketers only we neeed to name them and make them play while the main player are restin so we know that when they are to reitre or even have got injeries we have got back uped well but all the best to my fav suresh raina on becomin the cap of india for a little while and hope u do well with all the rest of the team gud luck team india and make us proud of u

  • james.fernando on May 30, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Most of the Senior players are not touring WI, Tendulkar/Zaheer/Yuvraj/Gambhir/Sehwag...

    If they wanted Rest/Injured, why didnt they skip the IPL.

    Test No.1 Team losing to No.7...

    Good to see WI Board droping Gayle from International Cricket..

    BCCI Learn something instead making money from IPL

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    it should have been rahane in place of mukund he can open becouse last year when aus were touring in warm up match he scored a century virtually opening

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    OK.. CSK Vs rest of India war is it? When it comes to 'India' playing against some one, good to think at the national perspective. Badri and Ashwin deserve to be there. Looking at TN, their only lack was in bowling dept at the Ranji. Personally, I do not place by bets on M Vijay or Saha either.

  • Darnakka on May 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    M.Vijay is in test squad and not in ODI squad? what is the strategy?

  • Bones5198 on May 30, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @Madhu, you can't be serious? If he can't even make into the Mumbai team then he is nowhere near good enough for India. @Baibhab, read the article. He is injured that's why he hasn't been picked. @dixit007, how they done brilliant? Look at Irfan's stats by country, they are significantly boosted because of games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. When some people average over 60 in domestic and he averages 30, that isn't good batting. Uthappa in 38 ODIs averages just 27 which might cement a place in a weaker team but India's line up consists of mid-30s and above atleast. RP Singh has played 55 ODIs with unimpressive numbers of an average of 34 and worse an economy rate of 5.42. I'm glad Rahane is getting his due in these comments but Mukund also deserves his place, the weak link in the test squad is Raina in terms of batting not Mukund.

  • SachisKing on May 30, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Kris Srikunt go home. Stop pushing for Chennai players when there is a dirth of talent around. Be fair

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    How come P C Valthaty, was not selected- he was in Top 5 in IPL run scorers.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    why is cheteswar pujara not picked after he performed so well in the tests against australia and new zealand.... wats hapening to our selectors

  • cknatt on May 30, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    where is aaron???? we need someone with pace over 90mph

  • dixit007 on May 30, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    to give the captiancy in the hands off raina is brilent because he is the rising star of the indian cricket team and brdri is the best to have in test cause the is very talented and mukand is the best for openin with vijay but we shoul have have had given chance to irfhan pathan/robin uthappa/r.p singh they all have played for india and had done brillent.we shoul leave out partiv or saha for robin and then irfan should get a chance cause he can bat abd bat well and ashwin is the best spinner india can have . y are we forgetin ohja he is an other option india has to make indian has got talented cricketers only we neeed to name them and make them play while the main player are restin so we know that when they are to reitre or even have got injeries we have got back uped well but all the best to my fav suresh raina on becomin the cap of india for a little while and hope u do well with all the rest of the team gud luck team india and make us proud of u

  • james.fernando on May 30, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Most of the Senior players are not touring WI, Tendulkar/Zaheer/Yuvraj/Gambhir/Sehwag...

    If they wanted Rest/Injured, why didnt they skip the IPL.

    Test No.1 Team losing to No.7...

    Good to see WI Board droping Gayle from International Cricket..

    BCCI Learn something instead making money from IPL

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    it should have been rahane in place of mukund he can open becouse last year when aus were touring in warm up match he scored a century virtually opening

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    OK.. CSK Vs rest of India war is it? When it comes to 'India' playing against some one, good to think at the national perspective. Badri and Ashwin deserve to be there. Looking at TN, their only lack was in bowling dept at the Ranji. Personally, I do not place by bets on M Vijay or Saha either.

  • Darnakka on May 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    M.Vijay is in test squad and not in ODI squad? what is the strategy?

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Why Raina s in test squad..... he cant hit pull.... he cant duck...... he s a sitting duck.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Really impressive to see, the board not getting carried away by IPL performances and new talent been given a good chance .. The season just keeps getting better

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    INDIA is not going with full strength in WI tour specially in ODI format.ITS a positive sign for youngster prove thier ability and players like badrinath ,kohli,raina ,mukund are very classic player with enourmous talent and deserve to play for country .so many new faces but that will be good for future and they will deliver best against west indies.

    Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli ,Badrinath this three will take the place of dravid, laxman and tendulkar in future.

  • Sid108 on May 30, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    It's absolutely ridiculous that so many senior players are unavailble for an overseas tour due to injuries picked up during the IPL. The IPL is an irrelevant tournament which is there purely for entertainment, sponsorship and a bit of glitz and glamour -bollywood meets the sporting field. It is not "real" cricket and is about the same standard which I used to play in the backyard with my family and friends when I was a child. If India continues to give priority to this piece of utter rubbish, then the national team will not be successful for much longer.

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Most of the comments here are poorly thought out, referring to regionalism, bias, criticizing Sachin, and not having the strongest team.

    1. Mukund is a like-for-like replacement for Gambhir - a left-handed opening batsmen. Rahane is a middle order batsmen. Now most of you would say Rahane could adapt to the opening role, but isn't it better to try a specialist first? Rahane will get his chance.

    2. Sachin wants to reserve his best for England and Australia later this year. What is the problem? He is batting with fluency and has served Indian cricket for 21 years. He is an absolute legend and is basically the history of batting in one man. Look at it from his point of view as well - his son and daughter probably want to spend time with their dad, who they barely see.

    3. This gives us an opportunity to try out several youngsters, so that we can keep our test ranking and build towards the 2015 WC, in which Sachin will most likely not be there to be the second highest run maker.

  • vikicork on May 30, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    I have been very critical of Srikkanth and what i think has been his obvious TN/CSK selection bias but i think its time as they say to give the devil his due .Under the present selection committee India has become the best team in ODIs ,Tests and won the world cup so i say good job well done selection committee! .people can argue that its not the selection committee that won the world cup but the players ,still i think the selection committee should still be applauded . I am waiting though for the next committee so players like Irfan Pathan ,Rayadu ,Uthappa,R.P. Singh will get chances again because even though Im very happy that India is winning ,I still feel bad for players who deserve to be in Indian team ,yet are consistently left out . Probable ODI 11 for WI -Parthiv,Dhawan /Tiwary ,Kohli,Rohit,Raina,Badrinath,Yusuf,Harbhajan,Munaf,Praveen with Ashwin or Ishant depending on whether they want to play the extra seamer or spinner .Yusuf ,Raina would have to share 10 overs .

  • on May 30, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Remember what happened on the Zimbabwe tour ? A weak india team got hammered.... however, what matters is how india perfom in the 2 Test series this summer, against the WI and England. All else is really meaningless long as all the key players are 'in the zone' in the Tests, and India perform well, we should be ok...

  • on May 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    I'm glad of Tendulkars absence as its time for him to retire, Sehwag and Zaheer's not getting younger either, I still feel that they have a couple of years still left in them actually they might drag themselves till the next WC. The biggest disappointment was YUVRAJ and GAMBHIR. I got serious doubts about Yuvraj's injury. To make matters worse we see consistent loosers like Saha and Rohit Sharma still in the side while Valthaty never gets the opportunity and Where the hell is India's best spinner ASHWIN????

  • on May 29, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Guys thanks IPL....We will never see full strength indian team till next WC( that too hopefully) and reason is " we want to breed young talent" ....good going..... Lets lose all series now....why play international cricket after all IPL matters

  • gdalvi on May 29, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @KaunD. India did make 2003 finals, but TN has not made any finals. India did not make top 2 even if they had great batting is because other countries also had equally good batsmen. Do you think a World XI in early 2000 would include 3-4 batsmen from India? Only 1 (SRT) or possibly2 (Dravid) could have really made the cut. Be realistic - as much as we like to think India batting was strongest in its history, other teams had equally good players too - Ponting, Waugh, Mahela, M.Yusuf, Lara, Chanderpaul, Hayden, Gilchrist. This is why India couild not reach top 2. Now, other teams don't have as many good players and hence we are able to outbat them. You can't argue that our bowling now is better than in 2001 when we had Srinath, Kumble, Young Bhajji and Zaheer. So with poorer bowling but improved batting we are #1 because we are able to out-bat other teams.

    So now, why would TN suddenly have 3 batsmen when they can't outbat the opponents in Ranji?

  • Suresh123456 on May 29, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    i dont understand why people is cribbing here... this is a brilliant strategy for the transformation indian cricket is bound to have next year.. we need to find the replacement foe sachin travid and laxman.... we dont want to see indian cricket suffering the same way australia did when gilly mcgrath warne retired at the same time... do you ?

  • ageofsagar2011 on May 29, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    There is a fun to watch the match if two equally matched teams play against each other.... Now this Indian tour of West Indies would have two equally matched teams India and West Indies.... If the same Indian team which won the world cup goes to the Carribean it would be better to cancel the tour than playing as we all know the result just as we knew the result of the World cup tournament before it even started...... Now may the best team win the series

  • on May 29, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    virat kohli must be the odi captain because there are no hopes on suresh raina because under captain ship of raina india had lost 2 odi 's against zimbamwe we should give one chance to virat kohli to prove himself as a captain

  • on May 29, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Its the worst odi team ive ever seen

  • prasach on May 29, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    they could have chose rayudu in place of saha and should have given valthaty or rahul sharma a chance in odi team

  • on May 29, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Whenever I am watching Rohit Sharma play, I find that every Indian and foreign commentator, from Sunil Gavaskar to Robin Jackman, lavishes praise on him, appreciating his class, and recommends him for the test squad. I wonder why he has not been selected for the Indian test squad.

  • roadrunnerz45 on May 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    that means sachin would not have toured west indies since 02 and the fans will never get to see him again. sure, england tour is straight after but he could have skipped the ODIs and still played tests

  • on May 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Where is ASHWIN???????????

  • cjbhatt on May 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    I would have expected Rayudu in place of Saha and made Kohli a captain. Dhoni does seem to have some favoritism.

  • PrashN on May 29, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I feel some of u guys are being a little harsh on our team. They are professionals who are making a living by playing the game and they have a shorter career span than say an executive to make the big bucks. So if they choose IPL over a tour to WI (a side that is no longer in the top 5 test teams) I am not too surprised. They have a packed schedule and this is bound to happen. They don't suddenly become traitors for doing so. Also the team selected have some really promising players so there is something to look forward to there too. I think there is too much being made out about this south vs north too.. Delhi too hasn't won the Ranji tournament since the season (2007 - 2008) which is the only time they did since 2000 and like someone mentioned has the most player in the Indian senior team. So if Chennai players are of quality (the players selected definetly are) they deserve a chance too. I do agree that Rahane probably missed out though.

  • on May 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    If given a chance Mr.Srikanth might have tried to push D.Bollinger in WI tour ha ha . With respect to the CSK and Chennai supporter, Could you plz explain why Saha is in the team what he has done in Ranji ?? Its only partiality of CSK head N.Srini and Srikanth.

    Now criteria of Indian team has changed 1) Be a CSk player 2) Be in touch with CSK link ( somehow)

  • anuajm on May 29, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    The selectors have chosen the best possible team. All these players deserve their chances. Pujara is injuredbut is definitey the future of the team.Rahane will get his chance for sure soon enough. Rayaudu should prove himself and be consistent in domestic cricket to get a look in. I hope Badrinath takes his chances this series and become a permanent member of the team.Players like Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey will get there chances too!! Cheeka has been one of the best selectors and is doing a great job!! Happy to see so many new faces getting chances as well as players like Tendulkar getting their well deserved rest.


  • mathewjohn2176 on May 29, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @hammond,ur comment is laughable ..u should worry about England more than worry about India or srilanka..let them win one test series in india or srilanka in ur so called dust bowls and talk about test ranking.we saw how England got hammered in world cup by srilanka in QF..funny its seems ur England best bowlers swan couldnt take single wicket in spinning track in that match..oh I forgot England bowlers need some help from rain n clouds ,otherwise they are the worst .try to win some world cup and talk about India or its test championship..

  • nikhilvs on May 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Mr Hammond,

    A lot of conjecture with little fact! Even #1 sides can pick up injuries (Aussie and English sides are almost always missing someone!). And what does position have to do with fielding your best team? No one is sending their 2nd string sides to India, because they can't beat us on our dustbowl excuses even with their 1st string sides!

  • Aussasinator on May 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I like this new look team. A super opportunity to groom the upcomers through a process of gradual resting of the future exiters, even if some of them are missing due to injury. A God sent opportunity to expose and groom a second XI. Sachin's decision to rest is entirely his and people shouldnt speculate too much about an icon in the last stage of his career. It's his right if he wants to be fresh for the more important and testing tours of England and Australia later, where his experience will be needed.

  • manojrompicherla on May 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    y was ambati rayudu ruled out??

  • xonoxiler on May 29, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Still cant belive ppl here are against CSK!! and blaming TN dominance!! probably the only bad selection was rahanae missed out!! but thats because he is not a opener!!

    and ppl telling rahane can also open, its like telling that dhoni can open!!Team balance has to be seen so grow up!! rahane will surely get his chance in near future, n definitely nt as late as badri so yu happy>???

    and raydu is nw in the radar, he has to do good in ranji to get a nod!! Badri n Mukundh has done well over the years and tops dhawan,rohit,raydu n every one!! Vijay was selected oly after ghambir n shewag was RULED OUT!!!

    remember vijay is selected so that he can provide as a dashing opener!! especially in absence of shewag n ghambir!! and if TN is biased then DINESH KARTHICK should be thr!! he is better than parthiv n definitely saha!! but y was he nt selected?? its because of the team balance so ppl n critics pls shut up n fight a better cause!

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    OK. Good that Manoj Tiwari has been selected, but where the hell is AMBATTI RAYADU? Why is he not selected, despite his solid performance in IPL? At some point or the other, he needs to break into the Indian team, and cant wait for Azharuddin or Venkatapathi Raju to become the selector to bring him?

    I prefer, that Ambatti Rayadu should have been taken instead of Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs and Abhinav Mukund in Tests.

    Also, if considered, Murali Vijay can be considered in T20s, (if not in ODIs) as he has a good track record in IPL and the few T20 internationals that India has played till date.

  • batfry on May 29, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I can't understand why the Indian media and afficionados keep stating that the Indian cricket team is No 1 both in Tests and in ODIs, when it's clear from the ICC ODI rankings that Australia's far ahead of the rest in the 50-over version of the game.

  • batfry on May 29, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I'm going to stick my neck out and state that, on present form, Ashwin would make for a vastly better first choice India ODI spinner than Bhajji.

  • Smartint on May 29, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Cant understand why everyone is rude on selection/team. Even when team India wins, we try to create some controversy and same happens when team loses. Lets try to enjoy cricket and support team. Lets stop complaining about legendary players. They came to this spot only because of talent and hard work. If we are not able to reach their position lets learn to admire them

  • batfry on May 29, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Under the circumstances (ie the spate of injuries to key players), the Indian Test team appears balanced, with the presence of Dravid, VVS, MSD and a full-strength bowling attack. However, the ODI side does look rather wet behind the ears, and is further handicapped by the absence of the X-Factor provided by MSD and the all-round balance afforded by Yuvraj. There's no way of saying whether the newbies in the ODI side will stand up and be counted against WI. Only time will tell.

  • Hammond on May 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Tendulkar must be worried about the young quick West Indies bowlers. What a joke the top three batsman missing a test series. I reckon India as "Test Champions" is a joke- if West Indies toured India I guarantee they would all be playing.

    Poor show India if you can't put your best side on the park when touring (like Australia and England always do) then you deserve everyone sending their second side to play on your flat dustbowl excuses for pitches.


  • peterss on May 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Whoever says that there are too many CSK players selected, let it be man! CSK are the champions! The other teams just havent got what it takes!

  • on May 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Who cares which part of the country the talent is from? We are one country, stop being divisive. Support whoever gets selected regardless of where they are from. Mukund and Badri are class players and they will prove it. Pujara is injured. In time, Rahane will get his opportunity. Mukund was selected ahead of Rahane because he is an opener, and both Gauti and Viru are injured.

  • harshacc on May 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @ immu87.See IPL 4 final.This is why M.Vijay is in the team.This had Vettori and Zaheer, two international bowlers, Mithun and Arvaind are not bad bowlers either and the reason TN does not reach the finals in Ranji is that it does not have decent pace bowlers but excellent batsmen.That is why Mukund,M.Vijay,Badri get a call up. After yesterday's game can ppl still say M.Vijay is a waste of space and Ashwin is selected coz he is a TN player? Badri deserves his chance coz he has done enough for the past 4- years including this year.Rahane is the one guy I feel bad for.Pujuara too coz he would be there if he was not Injured.I am fed up with Yuvraj's attitude.Such a crybaby.Lung Infection 20 days rest really? You should seen the scorn and scoff on Gibbs,Charu Sharma, Shishir Hattangadi's faces.They could not keep a straight face when commenting on it.He thinks he is too good to play under his junior's captaincy.Thank God he is not there in Tests.That guy's attitude needs a change

  • KaunD on May 29, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    @gdalvi : hey grt logic. How bout answering this. India had a great batting line up from 2001. How come they never made it to top two in tests and onedayers until recently. Because they only had batting. Tamil Nadu might have had the best batting line up and might have been struggling with the bowling so they might not have won. that is all there is to it.I remember badri batting splendedly in the match where they were eliminated in ranji. May be it is not Badrinath who is failing when he plays top sides. @stevedd: huh!! another Sachin super fan are we. Wats with the sacrifice?? i will accept that if he stops going to places like south africa australia and england . Not West indies when it is at an all time low. People better than Dravid and Laxman exist. I accept. People better than Sachin exist too. U better start accepting that. Playing the IPL and resting and then u saying that he sacrificed and should be applauded. He wants to spend time with his family. Not IPL time though!

  • rahulcricindia on May 29, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @stevedd someone said so many better players than laxman and dravid i think you do not like these two great guys but i am sorry selectors arebetter educated than you they know the difference between world class and second class...

  • devil_in_details on May 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Guys, lets now think about the tour ahead and who is already selected. If we look at the ODI team selected, my order- Parthiv,Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Badri, Raina, Yousuf, Bhajji, Ishant/Ashwin, Praveen, Munaaf. Looking at current batting averages (and adjusting Dhawan's List A average down and Badri's ODI average up), this team can make 255-260 runs in 50 overs on an average. Similarly looking at our bowlers i.e (yousuf +4), their RPO conceded - the opposing team can make 245-250 runs. this suggests a close fight probably 3-2 in favour of India. However, I think parthiv, rohit, badri and yousuf can improve their averages significantly given their form and make it easier for India+ this team can field really really well. What you guys think?

  • advsathish on May 29, 2011, 4:10 GMT


    Why are you guys against people from Chennai? Don't they deserve a bit of luck here and there? I dont buy the north/south divide much but these comments are rather unfortunate especially against Cheeka. If these don't do well, they would not be in the squad any more. Dinesh Karthik is a classi cexample. He was given chance after chance but Cheeka did not save him. Instead DK is now relegated to the fourth keeper in India, if not worse. And CHeeka does not type out a list and hand it over to the BCCI. There are others from other regions and they would also have their say. Instead of complaining against the selection in this ficklish way, let us see if the team does well and if it does not some players will make for the rest. There was a tremendous player in TN called SHARATH who perhaps had a better record than most Ranji players but he never made it any Indian team. This happens guys, after all did not Rohit Sharma miss the World Cup. Please stop this.

  • Notredam on May 29, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Dhoni is the greatest and best ever captain to lead india...2 IPl. 2 Wc wins, One Chmp win,, Drwn Series in SASF, wins in lanka,, and australia,,,and west indiesw,,great man,,,people are so jealous of himdsnt matter 2015 comes for him..come on..

  • rahulcricindia on May 29, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    for all the guys who are saying tamilnadu players are better than others they should know that 3-4 TN players selected as replacement or you can say INDIA A team , the real INDIAN team has gauti,viru,virat,raina,nehra all delhi players they are the permanent members.....and young too..

  • stevedd on May 29, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    I do not understand why people criticize sachin for staying out, at least another player gets a chance to prove himself on the international arena, there are lots of players better than dravid and laxman who r still waiting for a chance, I salute sachin for this brave show, u really deserve respect sachin!!!

  • stevedd on May 29, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    @SIDHANTPRASAD, Its ok with ur thinking, This is the reason we r only good at cricket, but in other sports even tiny nations like bermuda etc r putting India down in other categories. We Indians always look for safety first than risk, this is why other nations r going ahead in other sports categories except for cricket and chess. 1 billion people!!!! had gilchrist been an Indian selectors wuld have persuaded him to come back!!!

  • nzcricket174 on May 29, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    What the hell, where is R Ashwin?

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    EVEN without the stalwarts this lineup is formidable. We need pitches that will help our pacemen. WI strength is their pacemen. EVEN the great SACHIN doesn't handle our pace too well. I know WI will be competitive. HOWEVER to dothis the following players must be involved.BARATH,BRATHWAITE, DM BRAVO, SAMUELS, SHIV, NASH, SIMMONS, FLETCHER, DJ BRAVO, SAMMY, BENN, BISHOO, TAYLOR, FIDEL, ROACH, RAVI, and maybe a few others. INDIA can be beaten.

  • gdalvi on May 29, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    @bones5198 and @ raiswan. How do you define a 'specialist' opener? Was Sehwag and Tendulkar (for ODI) specialists? Rahane has scored most runs as opener, so claiming he is not specialist is a lie. And what has good relationship with Vijay got to do with anything? Vijay himself, as all have admitted, has not done badly. In other words, he has not done great or even good eithe. Average of 38 playing mostly on Indian conditions is not good at all. He has an average of 17 in ODI and only 51 in first class!! I really fail to see why he is automatic 3rd opener choice. Also why is Mukund directly in tests - why not try him in ODI first? Excuse that Badri is 'seasoned' is not relevant since 4-5 seasons of domestic performance is sufficient.Finally, if TN has so many good player, how come it never made to Ranji finals for last 8 years? It basically shows that most of the runs by TN players were made against weaker teams, but when it came to matches against quality teams, they failed

  • KrazyCricketKid on May 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT


  • Bones5198 on May 28, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Selectors should be held accountable for their choices but people use some logic here. I almost laughed at someone who suggested that Vijay's knock today proved he is better than Rahane. IPL has absolutely no place in picking the test team where skill is truly tested. I do think Rahane will be a central part of India's future but in this case, the only person who's position is perhaps undeserved is Raina but it is understandable that if they trust him enough to be the one day captain, then a couple tests against West Indies gives him a final chance at test salvation. Mukund was picked ahead of Rahane because he is a specialist opener and also that he has a good relationship with Vijay at the top. People need to get off stupid conspiracy theories, all the Chennai players with maybe the exception of Raina are there on the back of strong domestic performances. Another note, Rayudu's domestic record is average and MANY surpass him and if fans truly want the best team, he has no place.

  • on May 28, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Wherever is Chteshwar Pujara? The guy played a good 72 innings under pressure to win the series against WI and was taken to SA for the Test series . After getting overseas experience for 1-2 tests in which he performed reasonably, He has been dumped without reason

  • dhonivisiri on May 28, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    @rsurya - at last i get to see someone like u who makes good sense. You really put things into perspective when u said "Sachin is not a soldier". If only others were like u, our indian players would have little pressure stepping on the field

  • on May 28, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    A Mukund was always the obvious choice for opening slot ahead of A Rahane who is trying to fashion himself at 1 down. Both these youngsters would not get chance in near future. How many times will both the 1st choice opener will be injured. M Vijay has done pretty well as 3rd opener. That these two players belong to TN & CSK is irrelevant. Dont think anyone would rate Rahne ahead of 3. Dravid 4. Laxman 5. Badrinath 6. Raina/ Virat....People Rahane does not have place. If Rahane avgs. 67 in 4 seasons of domestic cricket then Badrinath avgs.62 in 10 seasons. Clearly Badrinath is more seasoned player. Raina & Virat are proven ODI players who are being tried out in Test. I hope people get this.

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    It's really sad that Mukund, Badrinath have been chosen over Ajinkya Rahane, the batsman who has a 67 batting average in FC. If domestic average, or as the article says "Mukund, a 21-year-old left-hand batsman, has impressive first-class numbers to back him: an average close to 60 over 40 matches and 13 centuries, including a triple-ton", was the benchmark, then was not Rahane's stats even better?

  • rahulcricindia on May 28, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    @ Prashanth Cherukuri mcgrath vs tendulkar , lee vs tendulkar , akhtar vs tendulkar ,wasim vs tendulkar , waquar vs tendulkar , warne vs tendulkar , murali vs tendulkar ......the list never ends so many bowlers against one GREAT MAN and i think u know every time who the winner is he is still playing and others are not and you are talking about tendulkar vs roach its like father vs son ..spare of thought for you....

  • rahulcricindia on May 28, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @Bones5198 well said mate and just to elaborate all who made bad comments about THE GREAT SRT should know that he is a special player and needs a special treatment he is above all the cricketers in the world accept it ...he has the audacity to choose which series he needs to play...common guys the guy has given 22 long years to INDIAN cricket went through all the ups and lows......he is like the grandfather to he teammates as playing with his third generation....and deserves the special treatment....we must give him best wishes to up coming England and other tours...

  • gdalvi on May 28, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Can't belive all these armchair patriots blaming Sachin. Did they conveniently forget that when his father died in middle of some series, he returned to side within just couple of days since India was in dire need of his services. That was patriotism and sense of duty. Does India owe him a debt of gratitude for not been with his mother and brother when his father died? I sure think India does. So just say he is encashing that now - and now shut up about blaming him. If India really needs him - he would gladly go. But against a weaker WI side, ranked near the bottom intests, India does not and should not need Sachin. Othewise, India does not deserve #1 rank, if they rely only on 1-2 players so much.

  • rsurya on May 28, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    play for the country. play for the country..... what s this... the god of cricket have served 20 years for the country.... dont take sports as war between countries. its purely entertainment and Ipl gives you the maximum... i can see sachin play 16 matches of t20 in ipl, enjoy that for a change from routine ODI and tests... take some rest and again he can play for national team whats in that... He is not a soldier he is a cricket player.

  • on May 28, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Why does Sachin always sit out West Indies tours? Is he that scared of those pitches? Hahaha maybe cos he doesn't get easy centuries there

  • howizzat on May 28, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Pretty good test squad except for an youngster like Unadkat should have been chosen in place of wayward Sreesanth and Dinesh Karthik should be in for P Patel. By the way its baffling to see that the selectors are thinking Saha and M Tewary as ODI players and Parthiv Patel is indispensable in all forms of cricket!!!

  • on May 28, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    lets see

  • on May 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    While our team batting is significantly weaker, I am really happy to see Raina to captain our India side. I think he is cool, calm and collected - runs hard, fields well - epitomises the qualities needed by the team as a whole. I see in him the potential to be a great captain like Dhoni.

    I am also really excited with our bowling including - Ishant and Sreeshant - both 90+mph. The spinners Harbhajan and Ashwin can also be massive game changers and complement each other beautifully.

    With Amit also in the game it will be interesting to see if our team relys on it's batsman or bowlers to win its games.

  • batfry on May 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    In all the talk about the Pandeys, Tiwari/ys, Mukunds, Pujaras, Dhawans, Sharmas, Kohlis,etc, do spare a thought for Ajinkya Rahane, who just can't catch a decent break, despite performing exceedingly well in domestic cricket as well as tour games.

  • on May 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    1)dhawn 2)parthiv 3)virat 4)rohit 5)raina 6)yusuf 7)badrinath 8)harbhajan 9) praveen 10)munaf 11)ishant likely to play first t20 game

  • xonoxiler on May 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    There yu go!!all those blaming vijay selection based on TN perferences take a look!! Vijay has proved his selection in IPL2011 FINAL!!Now this is the reason why he is selected in the team!! he surpasses rohit,raydu,rahanae as an opener especially in the absence of shewag!! BAdri,Ashwin n mukundh hav proved themselves!! Mukundh has ranji average of 59 and is better than rohits or raydu so his selection is justified!! he is oly behind badri (average 61)who is the heavyweight in domestic performances surpassing tendulkars and dravids average!! so obviously the selection is justified! ppl pls stop using this "baised selection" term!

  • on May 28, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    C'mon.. This is an inconsequential series against a depleted side. I think SRT is doing a great job gradually reducing the team's dependency on him. Good time for domestic performers such as Mukund and Badri to prove that they belong here. Both deserved it and rightfully got call-ups.

  • on May 28, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    where is rayudu?? he was better than shikhar dhawan,,, and had a great IPL!!

  • GlobalCricketLover on May 28, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Sachin is someone who churns out statements like 'playing for country is ultimate honor' but however conveniently prioritizes IPL over representing India against WI. Who else deserves Bharat Ratna more than him? shame on other cricketers who push this guys case. I don't mind a player chosing IPL over country. What I am against is people making statements such as 'proud to represent country', 'country always comes first' etc... that's what irritates me.

  • on May 28, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @ hari:badri is good against medium pace not real damn pace.and stop fooling yourself that he is another hussey because he is not,he is not great against real pace

  • harshalb on May 28, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    As a cricket fan I am in favor of not having too packed a cricket schedule. The current schedule of BCCI is ridiculous. I don't think BCCI will apprve if players skip IPL in spite of their stated stand. They will put immense proessure of players to play IPL so the only option is to duck out of ODI and test series where BCCI is not the host.

  • Hari28395 on May 28, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @manisacumen First of all it is MSD who is frm CSK who is the captain of the Indian team. Why dont you ask the selectors to take him out.First you gotta know abt the dominance of inconsistent players frm mumbai [Amre,Kambli and so on] and a Joshi frm Ktaka. Come on mate Chika has brought stability to the Indian selection panel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hari28395 on May 28, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    @immu87 Dude Raina is a cool guy and not like Bhajji who on the other hand has no control over emotions.And its not Madrasis who are dominating Indian cricket. Its just that they are producing quality cricketers like Badrinath (who is just like another Hussey) are gettin their rightful place now.

  • manisacumen on May 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    All good and BAD things have to come to an end. Cheeka's tenure will be over soon. Then all TN players can be banned. Let them enjoy till Cheeka is around. Who knows, the next NEW TN player may not play for india for the next 10 years.

    Raina's captaincy is not a problem. But his selection in the test matches is questionable. I would have preferred Rohit Shara or Manoj Tiwari or Manish Pandey instead. And Manoj Tiwari's choice for the ODIs though not bad, could have been given for some other player, say Rayudu.

    Wriddhiman Saha's selection is baffling for any format. Vijay for all his inconistencies with the bat in ODIs is still good enough for tests. Was instrumental in that victory over the Aussies at Bangalore. Bhajji should have been dropped for the tests. Rahul and Laxman justify their selections not just because of the absence of Pujara or Sachin or Sehwag or Gambhir, but on their own merits.

    Rahul Sharma should have definitely been given a look in. Sreeshanth's sel

  • on May 28, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Why is Cheteshvar Pujara not picked? Is he injured ?

  • on May 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    all the best for team india in this new carribean carnival. pls stop criticising india in the sake of IPL. these changes are common as the world moves on. and we hv to chnge accrding to this too. and moreover being a true cricket fan am sure thst test cricket will continue as the major cricketing evnt evn if t20 has chngd in to t10 or f5

  • B.R.Krish on May 28, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I am not a Sachin fan. I am a Dravid fan. But, i think we should not be too harsh on Sachin for neglecting this series. It is a short series and "spending time with his family" may be a very generalized statement. It is possible that he has an important family function or something like that to attend which he is not willing to divulge to the media. I am not sure of the status of his house construction. Perhaps he has planned the grihapravesh during that time. There could be some such reason.

  • siddhanthprasad on May 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I totally agree with Capt.Hilts. i just think that the players are just portraying themselves as people who are totally dedicated for playing for their country. now this is not only relevant to India but the other countries as well. They r just playing for the money if you ask me. Take gambhir for example he knew very well about the state of his shoulder but he still opted to play for the kkr's because they had paid such a hefty price for him

  • on May 28, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Gambhir out of entire WI tour

  • on May 28, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Sachin's decision is a real surprise, at least he could opt playing Test matches, althou good for Indian Cricket, young stars getting opprtunity to showcase their talent..Now VVS and Rahul's turn to call it a day or else selectors shud take strong decision..Beside harbhajan could be given rest atleast in limited over matches once when v have so many options in spinning dept

  • Capt.Hilts on May 28, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    One TV news channel summed up easily. Players earn big fat endorsement deals because of their performance for team India, and not for their domestic performance. If IPL didn't involve any international stars (including Indians), it would have been a total failure. Indian fans consider international matches more important than domestic ones, remember its more of religion than love for game in India. Let players come out and say they only want to play IPL and see how much endorsement deals they get. Right now they are playing IPL, cash in by saying that India comes first.

  • siddhanthprasad on May 28, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Talking about seniors tendulkar's pretty senior as well i dont see too many people complaining about him. That is if he was available there wouldn't have been a fuss about him. But when it comes to dravid and laxman in spite of their continuous performances people still point a finger at them

  • Capt.Hilts on May 28, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Players are equally to blame here, not alone BCCI. Its players who are worshiped in India and not the politicians in BCCI. If there was a real will from any player to play in WI and skip IPL, all that was needed to be done was to go public. Media and fans would have made sure that BCCI wouldn't force them to play in IPL. It looks like Players are hiding and projecting themselves as victim of BCCI. Its high time they come out clean, no one minds them skipping tours, but the hypocrisy of playing for India should end.

  • siddhanthprasad on May 28, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    For all the people who say that dravid and laxman shouldn't be picked in the test team. I think your missing the point of experience here. You cant take a team without any experience of foreign conditions on a test tour. T-20 would be different matter but certainly not tests. There has to be a few senior players, which can help and guide the youngsters through. Looking at the present team the only people that have the proper experience of playing in the west Indies excluding dravid and laxman seem to be dhoni zaheer and harbhajan. Except for that everyone is pretty much a new comer.

  • Bones5198 on May 28, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Tendulkar owes India nothing. He has played for India his entire adult life, carried the burden of a billion people's expectations on him for that entire time. Turning on a man who devoted his life to the fans is sickening. I believe the players see IPL as a bit of fun where they can play freely and Tendulkar enjoys it because less is expected of him. How many of you out there spend most of the year away from your children and miss large parts of their growing up? Missing the WI tour is fairly meaningless, WI are no real threat to even this less star filled line up. India do not need Tendulkar here. How can you insult a man for wanting to spend time with the people he loves? Take a look in the mirror. Tendulkar is not a soldier who took an oath to surrender his life for India. Tendulkar is the richest cricketer by some margin, I don't think money influences him anymore.

  • immu87 on May 28, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Why is murali vijay given chance after chance where as ajinkya rahane who has scored tons of runs in ranji is being ignored. Is it because our chief selector kris srikkanth is from chennai and murali vijay is also from same state.

    Secondly when there are senior players like harbhajan and zaheer in team then why is raina made captain isn't it insult to senior members of team. I guess bcz rains plays for CSK that why kris made him captain of team. Now india team being ruled by madrasis..haha

  • fazald on May 28, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    This was expected. The IPL no doubt is slowly but surely taking over test cricket as the leading form of world cricket this century.Everybody involved in IPL seem to be very happy including the players & officials who are laughing all the way to the bank to invest their money while the spectators who pay to watch this crap will eventually be the losers.As one reader had commented this no doubt is a plan by the BCCI to destabilise other international cricket teams of their best players by luring them with lots of money. A very good example is Lasith Malinga who recently took an early retirement from test cricket to play IPL. There are other leading cricketers too who have retired from test cricket early saying that they have had enough but still continue to play in the IPL. .This coup by the BCCI seems to have backfired on the Indian cricket team as well by the non availability of some top Indian cricketers to tour the West Indies whilst Tendulkar's absence says it all.

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    i think sachin who had given the tag of god don't deserve this tag because he can do every thing for his record and money if my statement is wrong then why he is playing ipl for money and not for country,,,,,,,,,,,and for record because he was telling that wc is my dream i m playing for dis only but now we have won the wc i think he should take retainment frm odis

  • indianpunter on May 28, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    @caught_knott_bowled_old. about your Dravid comment. i couldnt have said it any better. High time people realise that his days are finished. i will stick my neck out here and say that RD will meet his cricketing waterloo in england.

  • vedanthy2 on May 28, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Opportunists.Gambhir chased money knowing about his shoulder injury.He has decided to drop out even if he is made Captain as Mr.Dhoni has said about his crying off.Yuvaraj is one who shall be knocked out from selection.He play acts well.Like they retired the Waugh Brothers why the India selectors show the door to Dravid and (even) Tendulkar.Favouritism Bigotry and sycophancy nothing new to Indian Cricket. These as Mark antony said are honourable men,Not ambitious(read Greedy)". GST<Mumbai.

  • soorajiyer on May 28, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    @LankanWonder - spot on. I hated the comment that SRT wanted to spend time with his family hence not touring windies. Its a real shame! And I was anyway never one who made fun of Dilshan and co for delaying to reach England. You find jokers in any part of the world :) By the way Lankans doing a fantastic job at Cardiff.

    @Mohammed Hussain Naqvi - The only people who deserve the chances out of the list you provided is Tiwari and Pujara. Pujara is injured so not taken. Tiwari doesnt get the spot because its taken by Kohli who takes up his spot. The rest in your list, are good to play t20, but are no way better than the ones already taken!

  • stevedd on May 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    2022 - India's tour of West indies, Rahul Dravid , VVS Laxman selected, this is India and these are Indian selectors!!!! new comers wait for 2033!!!

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    if We Want to see a good series W.I selectors have to bring Back at least Gayle if not others .............

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    if We Want to see a good series W.I selectors have to bring Back at least Gayle if not others .............

  • Haleos on May 28, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Where is Sachin going to spend his time after retirement if not with his family. Neway he has lot of money to take his entire family including the neighbours on tour if he wants. Stupid reason. Just shows they put money b4 country.

  • Haleos on May 28, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @MrUmp - well said my friend. The list of players includes our cricket god too which is not good.

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    From all the comments it is apparent that players are playing for money not for we people. there are 10 clubs in India (according to IPL) but only 1 country. Surely clubs are bigger that the country. Is not it? The franchise owners are using the players by offering big money and players are forgetting patriotism and commitment including Sachin himself.

  • yunaimin on May 28, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Can anyone explain to me why Ajinkya Rahane (FC average 67.72) is not even close to getting in this Test squad?

  • on May 28, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    For sure...Indians are going to suffer....If Gayle. Pollard and Bravo are returned to the WI squad.

  • MrUmp on May 28, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    I hope West Indies can turn Indian over. As an Indian fan - reasoning.

    Becoming World Number one carries responsibilities. The responsibilities to ensure you remain top. Unfortunately the spin about "...playing for the team..." doesn't hold. The team is not specific players, the team is not the now - the team is forever India. Why did these players need to play an IPL season to its end following a pretty busy year? Soley for the self interest.

    What India clearly have demonstrated is their inability to understand what it means to be be World Champions. Not only the inability but alas their accountability and credibility.

    Poor show.

  • on May 28, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    i am not sure how come CSK come into this conversation, there are three player who is playing for CSK- R Ashwin, S Badrinath, M Vijay. please do remember Badri and Vijay is not recognized because of the IPL performance.. they are considered to play for Indian team before IPL started...

  • on May 28, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    If the so called God of Cricket "Sachin Tendulkar" really wannted some time with his family. He could have done it in West Indies also, anyways, its the vacation of his children. So, why not take them to the tour with him. He could have played cricket also had spent time with family.

  • on May 28, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari , Paul Valtati , Pujara, Rahul Sharma , V.Rao , Suman , These players deserve chance to play for India, Its all about politics... I hate the selectors

  • Mitsui on May 28, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Last time India sent their B team, they got smashed all around the park by Zimbabwe and now they are sending the C team to West Indies. Unless WI decide to do one better than India and not play the likes of bravo, Gayle etc, India will get a beating so bad, they'll instantly forget about the Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka tri series beating they took. Good chance for youngsters to show their talent but BCCI's decisions are gonna cost India their test ranking. By the way, if Sachin wanted to spend time with the family, he should've done that during IPL not when playing for India. Shows his level of commitment. To all those Sri Lankan bashers who criticized and made fun of Dilshan & co. for leaving the IPL early to play for England, shows who is patriotic and who plays for fame & fortune eh? Anyway good luck India, hope you manage to atleast draw the series.

  • indianpunter on May 28, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    My 2 cents. 1. I am appalled by the level of ignorance on this forum; pujara, yuvraj are injured. not that yuv should come anywhere near the test team again. 2. IPL is taking apart the fibre of indian cricket slowly. injuries will galore as more teams are added and the competition lengthens. This is a DOMESTIC t20 tournament and should be treated thus. Max 4 weeks and out. 3. Very disappointed with tendulkar missing the test leg. I am sure he picked up an 'IPL' injury and dont want the media and public to lay into the 'club vs country' debate. I dont believe the family thing one bit.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is coming to Abu Dhabi - UAE on 5th June for football match.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 28, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Why is Harbhajan Singh still in the team? In the last 2 years, his strike rate has worsened to 77 balls per wicket and his average has worsened to 37 runs per wicket. Inspite of playing weak teams like Bangladesh and New Zealand.

    Or is he being picked for his batting performances???

    Rahul Dravid is like a vintage car. Someone who evokes fond memories, admiration and for the museums. Time he retired...and let us remember him for his fabulous innings.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Still people have doubt over Sachin ability @BULTY ( Now this proves that he is not confident of playing in the Carribeans and how you rate him to be the best et al ?)....that's amazing......

  • anshu.s on May 28, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Wasn't Manish Pandey the highest scorer in ranji trophy for 2009/10 season n again in top 5 for last year also,wasn't Sarubh Tiwary in India squad against aus n kiwi last year n biggest desreving candidate to miss out must be Rahane for tests and Rayudu for odi's

  • Kothandaram on May 28, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    three TN players in the squad.. hope Abhinav does well and cements place as reserve opener alongside State-mate Vijay, who has been utterly inconsistent in the IPL. think it is time to give Badri and Virat kohli a go in the caribbean and see if they can stand the test

  • jonesy2 on May 28, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    this testing of players in not a good thing and could come back to haunt india. india are in a similar situation to australia with the big 6 probably soon to retire. dravid, tendulkar, laxman, ponting, hussey and katich. both have supreme talent coming through as well. good stuff.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Its pathetic to see people commenting without reading the articles, yuvi has been rested because of lung infection, Pujara not picked because of his knee injury, ppl repeatedly asking y they are not selected, and most of the comments are anti-csk. Just encourage the talents from wherever it comes. Don't complain a lot.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Club over country !!!! Greedy BCCI

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    By Making Raina as captain, board insulted Harbhajan/Zaheer khan considering their seniority and service to Indian Cricket

  • xonoxiler on May 28, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    mukund deserves chances than everyone else!! but maybe raydu or rahane might got a nod ahead of vijay! but they were searching for dashing openers due to shewags absence so vijay comes in!! and those blaming tamilnadu selection, well if yu go by that angle, then all say its good!! if this is what gives badri is most deserved chance then its good!! othrs just shut up already

  • Selva007 on May 28, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Guys are not taking Rahul Dravid for ODI when there is no senior players in Team. Its a big Politics in Indian Team. Rahul Dravid is very briliant Playerwho can play in any kind of surface and any bowler in World.

  • Sidhu on May 28, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    it's truly an unfair selection....most of d replacements r from CSK...... wat is more surprising is d absense of YUVRAJ frm test team....he surely deserved d chance if sachin is resting n there is no logic to keep him out of the team bcoz if he is missing ODI's i believe at max. he could miss 1st test

    it's surely a biased team.......

  • ad-infinitum on May 28, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Seriously, Sachin should retire already if he wants to spend so much time with his family...... Obviously, i agree that after all that he has done, he is at a status where he gets to pick which tours he can go on. But he is already missing the ODIs. Why withdraw from the tests too? i'll be disappointed if he misses ANY part of the England or Australia tours after this. Without Sehwag and Gambhir, he should have gone for the tests. Maybe he thinks India will still have enough firepower to win this series.

  • harshacc on May 28, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    @Abhishek Suryawanshi Yuvi rested by selectors ? Bucketload of crap.Yuvi as captain? Pure, Unadulterated BS.Having watched him captain IPL teams in the past 3 years, mind you he was replaced as captain in IPL3 ,what makes you think he is captaincy material?

  • pupun10 on May 28, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be the next backbone of Indian batting after the big 3s retirement. Since he is technically strong and likes to bat at no 3 so he should bat at no 3 in tests. It will be a training for him with the presence of Dravid who should take Sachin's position i.e. no 4 in the team. The no 6 slot should be given to Badrinath who is the leading run scorer in tests. Suresh Raina got the chance because of CSK link who has got enough chances in stead of whom Rohit would have been a better option. It has been a bad luck for Rohit for not taking birth in Tamilnadu or not playing for CSK.

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I nk such as Valthaty, Venu Gopal Rao, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Sharma and Ambati Rayudu have proved their talents and deserve a chance in the Indian Line Up.

  • mihaufo on May 28, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Where is C. Pujara? He is far better batsman than Mukund and Suresh Raina for that matter. And where is Ajinkya Rahane? One should select atleast 4 openers in the absence of Gauti and sehwag for the captain to have options.

  • bondbonddb on May 28, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Its 100% true that Indian players are playing for money. Sachin Tendulkar as a great player, why is he opting to play IPL and asking for rest when he supposed to play for the country. Take rest instead of playing for IPL. Dhoni is also same. BCCI should think about this and should not give rest to play for the country. IPL is offering more money that's y player are willing to play. Dirty players.

  • BULTY on May 28, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    This is a bold step taken by the Selection Committee. But the statement by Kris Srikkanth that Sachin deserved the "long overdue rest" is simply unacceptable as if the other players do not deserve the rest to spend time with their respective families. Every one has been playing non stop till this IPL and Srikkanth's statement is totally uncalled for. It is also good to see the word "dropped" used in respect of especially Tendulkar as also Yuvraj & Gambhir. It is mentioned that Sachin missed the whole tour of Carribean in 2006. Now this proves that he is not confident of playing in the Carribeans and how you rate him to be the best et al ? The squad picked is a young one and they sure will do well in the Carribeans, best of luck for them.

  • rsrinath on May 28, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    2009 ipl casualties-zak , sehwag,raina,yuvi 2010 ipl casualties-sehwag(again!!),dhoni..... 2011 ipl casualties-sehwag(of course!!),gambhir,pujara..... 2012 ipl casualties-sehwag(obviously),....... and india will put up another flop show in 2012 t20 wc.. 2010 t20 wc that consisted of 12 teams had only 27 matches spread over 17 days. but the ipl consists of 10 teams and has 74 matches spread over 6 weeks....this is ridiculous...the bcci must either scrap ipl or reduce the no. of matches and stop treating players like machine who have to work for their selfish interests...this wont help team india in the long run...god save indian will be nice if cricinfo puts forward this issue to the bcci whether we definitely need this ipl...

  • harshacc on May 28, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    If Srikkanth was biased he would have selected Aniruddha Srikkanth unlike a certain Rohan Gavaskar selection which happened.Check Abhinav Mukund's stats as an opener and then comment.He took the place ahead of Rahane based on domestic.M.Vijay has not fared too badly in Tests.He has to fail before Rahane is offered a chance.Raina is currently in better form than Rohit.If you asked me to name domestic keepers, I would say Parthiv,Dinesh Karthik and Saha.The part time openers Parthiv and Saha made it because of precisely this reason that they are part time openers.Rayudu does not have a great domestic record.Wasim Jaffer is too old and is stop gap solution.Badri has had 2 Tests and 3 ODIs.That does not count as plenty of chances.If you want to test the mettle of the IPL heroes(Valthaty,Rahul Sharma,Iqbal) send them on a 'A' tour to SA,AUS and ENG

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Good selection, Rayudu & Rahul Sharma are missing in this list

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    This is not Indian One Day Selection Team but the fact is that this is Tamil Nadu (Chennai Super Kings) team. There are 7 bowlers including fast medium and spinners i.e, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh (vc) then what is the point of including Vinay Kumar. There are 4 part time bowlers and most of them belong CSK are south India.

  • AbAdvani on May 28, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Murali Vijay has surpassed Ajit Agarkar as the luckiest Indian cricketer alive-he had a horrid IPL and yet he is back as an opener just because the chairman of selectors and the board secretary happen to be from the same state. Even Irfan Pathan as an opener is a better bet than M.Vijay.

  • xonoxiler on May 28, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    all those blaming srikanth for TN selection, think again!!! Vijay deserves more chance than rohit sharma! period. rohit has played 60+ matches and look at his performance? vijay is an opener is a darn good one if he gets going!! HE needs at least a few more chances!! AND NO ONE should blame BADRI OR ASHWIN!! ashwin is best indias spinner nw! and badris first class averagis is 60+ and is highest in india including sachin!! he is performing every year!! his bad luck is being born at the time of sachin,dravid,ganguly,dhoni,shewag n yuvi!! and MUKUNDH firstclass average is 59!! anymore explanations required for these consistent performers?? though i agree vijay is a week link!

  • the.suzz on May 28, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    I wonder why R. Ashwin wasn't chosen for the test side, he is an excellent bowler, and may prove decisive in bamboozling opponents. I feel that most people choose to criticize players and/or officials based on where they are from. When players are chosen from the north then there is no problem, but you only argue because the southern states are finally gaining some recognition nationally. The West Indies series, while not to be taken lightly, is not a serious affair as far as the Indian Team is concerned. If we hold our nerves and play as billed, we an beat them easily with 3rd or 4th string players in our team. Everyone wants to see the old horses play, but we need to start breeding our next generation players. Some of the chosen players have proved themselves in the past, and some haven't. I think it is high time that we stick up for our players, and actually act like a country and support OUR team. Bickering and arguing will only bring morale down.

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    I can't believe people are criticizing Sachin again. After all that he has done. He's not playing this series because he wants to spend time with his family. What is everyone's problem?

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Not having C Pujara in Test squad is shame on selectors. Chances should be given proper and enough.

  • rkannancrown on May 28, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    The only real comment has to be on lack of variety in the pace department. Zaheer is the only left armer - the selectors could have persevered with Unadkat, considering the long term, or brought back RP Singh who has looked good recently. It would be interesting to see if the tour selectors chose to try Virat as an opening possibility as he has shown technique and temperament at No. 3 in the ODI team.

  • kanak13 on May 28, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Bring Ganguly back........

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    It would be nice to see the line up in ODI's.

    The IPL players Gayle, DJ Bravo & Pollard will definitely be in the ODI line up for WI. Hoping for F Edwards or J Taylor to be 3rd seamer for them after K Roach and their visionary CAPTAIN DARREN SAMMY.

    Hence a wishful lineup - 1. Gayle, 2.Simmons, 3.DM Bravo,4. M Samuels,5. Pollard,6. DJ Bravo, 7.C Baugh, 8.Sammy,9.Roach, 10.Bishoo & 11. any pacer.

    India has to play 5 bowlers and 6 batsmen team. Yusuf Pathan has to be sacrificed for strategy. 3 Pacers are a necessity for India, though R Ashwin as 2nd Spinner can open the bowling too and protect the opening bowling pair of Praveen Kumar who is a certainty & any 1 of M. Patel, I Sharma, Vinaykumar.

    4 Bowler line up will make every one shaky even if it is a 2-2 or 3-1 combiantion, though latter would be much more safer.

    Hence the Indian line up -1. Dhavan,2. P Patel, 3.Kohli4., Badrinath,5. R Sharma, 6.Raina, 7.Ashwin/Pathan,8. Harbhajan,9. Praveen,10. I Sharma & 11. M Patel.

  • wrongturn on May 28, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    thiis south indian selector is gone mad....fill all the spots from south india.....rahane should be included....

  • wrongturn on May 28, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    sorry all the indians be ready... for another miserable performance by indians recent day on foreign soil just like..they did in south africa.......

  • Sanj747 on May 28, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Let's have some more IPL please and kill test cricket. The BCCI and the ICC continue to carry out highway robbery. Why don't we have another 95 matches of worthless cricket.

  • gdalvi on May 28, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Again heavy bias towards TN and CSK - when will this facade stop? If TN players are soooo good, how come they have never won Ranji is last 5 years? Shouldn't preference been given to teams that are actually winning domestic tournaments? I can't believe Mukund with avg of 60 was chosen over Rahane with avg of 68. Why was Murali with even lower average selected? Jaffer had as good average as Badri in last few years - and he won Ranji for Mumbai. How come so TN players are getting chances when TN is not even winning anything. Something is rotten here.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Players r ready to play the entire IPL season irrespective of duration, family, etc., but when it comes to playing for the country...every other things come first....i strongly believe that for most players it is "the club first and country next". For the current WI tour, most senior players are taking rest (which is absolutely ridiculous) and some good young players r picked up....but wat when senior players r back...wat hapns to the young players.....we ve already lost many talented players due to this.... I really feel sad for the young players ....i strongly believe there is no much difference b/w our country politics and indian cricket.

  • philipsmgp on May 28, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Kishore B shah. stop spilling venom.Rohit Sharma is useless player in all formats. no other player in indian history must have got the chances like him and still non performing.vijay was a failure in odis but he has a consistent run in test matches. Ashwin,badrinath and mukund have come into the side based on their excellent performances in domestic arena.go and check their record in the recent past.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Yuvraj singh is again screwed by the selectors,in the absence of Gambhir(and all money makers)He should have been named as Captain for ODI as he played more no. of matches after Sachin currently but inspight of that they wanted Raina as Captain,so they rested Yuvi by giving excuse of infection...Its all politics which selecters play.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    rohit sharma sucks hes been in the team since 2007 and hes made 100's againgst zimbabve and he fails infront of good teams virat kohli is going to be the best batrsman for india in the future, pujara looks good in tests and badrinath should be in for both forms r.p singh and irfan pathan are both decent bowlers better then ishant sharma and sreesanth

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Why no Rohit Sharma in the test side. More & more players from Dhoni's second home, Chennai & CSK getting in National side , either in ODI or Test. Ashwin, Badrinath,Mukund,Vijay, Raina, Parthiv.

  • sircha on May 28, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Feeling happy for Shikhar Dhawan. He is such a talented batsman, although he has not done very well in the IPL. His chances of making it to the final XI look slim but am sure he will grab any chance that comes his way. And finally the selectors have done a good job picking a new look side that promises a lot, thanks to the rest taken by the seniors.

  • prashantsrivstav on May 28, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    why R. Ashwin is not selected

  • V.Rajaa on May 28, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    my my.. to sachin bashers, ipl is played in ind, so need to take rest as all d cricketers r in ind only.But windies test series s going 2 b played in windies,not in ind.if u r already in home then u nd not take leave from off,but when u need to go to off only,u wd need asking leave right?And u people read an article from an american writer who was saying sachin never had 20 days time contoniuosly to spend time with his family?If ipl was played in saf in 2011,then more players would have had take their rest while ipl,but this yr it was played in ind only.And mumbai players wd hv had spent some time in bits and peices with their family as 7 home matches wr played there.But that time could hv not bn sufficient.Don't u ppl think abt all these things before commenting money before country debate?If its a home series, then sachin may not have opted out.Its an away series and almost like in another planet. So, pls stop ur nonsense comments.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    For all those who arre saying that Kohli should have been captain he still has a longway to go in terms of temperament and keeping his cool in difficult times.A future prospect yes,butwe saw in the match against punjab that he can't handle pressure when someone like gilly is taking them to the cleaners.However Raina has brushed shoulders with Dhoni as his deputy long enough to pick a leaf out of his book.

  • chandbhai on May 28, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Where is Wasim Zaffer in absence of VIRU & Gambhir ?

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    DK, come back to form man... you are the best wicketkeeper talentwise..

  • xonoxiler on May 28, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Virat would nt be a good captain!! he will end up like othr hot heads!! he need to contro his temper!! he puts more pressure on his team mates if they make a mistake!! Raina is much like Dhoni type, raina difference from dhoni is he would probably ovr cheer his team mates!! thats nt such a bad thing!! Raina will be a better captain than Virat!

  • Farce-Follower on May 28, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    One more seaon of Murli can't get worse...the default option for maybe the next 25 years, until he turns perhaps 50, or till Mr. Srikkanth and Sreenivasan fade.

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    I dont know y ppl hate raina captaining the side....u cant see bhajji captaining the side,no yuvi...then dont ever recommend kohli for that place,who dnt even maturity at all and becoming a next sreesanth....come on raina,we are always with u....

  • jimbond on May 28, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Despite the fact that Gambhir was instrumental in winning the world cup, the truth remains that we are hearing of the injury only after kolkata is out of IPL. Some problems in commitment! And do the selectors actually watch the Ranji trophy? If they do, why are there so many players selected from the losing semifinalist teams, while virtually none from the finalists? Bargav Bhatt, Rayudu, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Chahar, Pankaj Singh, Akash Chopra- do these names ring a bell? These are players who took their teams to the Ranji finals. Srikkanth may well select a TN 11 for the tests/One dayers- the Indian superstars like Gambhir, Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvraj have obliged him further by carrying their injuires into the IPL. WIth the current team, the load will continue to be on Dravid, Laxman, and Zaheer. Virat Kohli, Badrinath, Praveen Kumar will of course provide them support. Yet, the batting with Vijay, Mukund and co looks a bit weak. Pujara would have given some stability.

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Good to c Laxman,badhri and Rahul back, Good luck India

  • vivekk83 on May 28, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Its hard to understand the clamour in this forum. People should follow domestic cricket before they can talk about inclusions of players like uthappa, Valthathy, Pandey. No doubt they are talented but need to get more consistent to don the India colours. I hate Vijay's attitude; but considering the way he has played reasonably well in the limited "test chances" he has had, he has done reasonably well. This test series wil determine if he can go further or be shown the door for some time. Badri needs to be selected ahead of all blokes suggested. He has atleast 4-5 years of cricket left if he can replicate half his domestic performance. give him arun of atleast 10 test matches to fail....Raina must have been selected as the only left hander in the middle order. For the opener's slot it's between mukund and dhawan. IF pujara was fit, it would have been interesting....

  • breav_heart on May 28, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    CSK.. not shout India India....its CSK team

  • nipuna27 on May 28, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    hi i think Ambati Rayudu should have beeb selected for the both ODI and Test squed

  • kingcobra85 on May 28, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Why is Harbhajan Picked ? Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are better than him currently..he hasnt produced a match winning spell in ages

  • skyeshwin on May 28, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    For all those people who say that the chief selector has been biased towards TN players, its unfair.....It is not just the chief selector alone who selects the test and ODI squads - the coach, the captain, the 4 zonal selectors + chief selector get to pick them......I guess people are jealous of players from the south....After all for many many yrs, Mumbai and Delhi players were shown too much bias.....

  • indianzen on May 28, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I just checked the Ranji scores and looks like a lot of people from karnataka, TN are doing excellent...

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Ambati Raydu & Ajinkya Rahane these two players are most unlucky one. Didn't understand why they are still ignored.

  • indianzen on May 28, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    to all anti shrikanth comments... see this is the side selected by a competitive ranji and domestic scores... rayudu cant come into the team with just 1 IPL performance... people who waited with talent have come in period

  • amit_mangal30 on May 28, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    where is Pujara ? this is ridiculous. have been waiting for tests to see him again, and this is what we get.

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    People, please stop lambasting the selectors. I don't see one series where they went wrong in the last 3 years. Everyone who has been complaining certainly don't watch the Ranji. It takes a lot to be consistent at Ranji on a regular basis and Mukund, Badri, Parthiv have all been doing very good. Rahane is a terrific player, but how many of you would want him to play ahead of Laxman, Kohli,Badri or Rohit??

  • ruester on May 28, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Please tell me why performances in IPL should possibly count towards winning test caps? I have watched every IPL and some of the cricket played is very poor, the bowling quality is laughable at times. Please judge players on first class performances not a twenty over slog! That sort of batting is not required in a five day test match.

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    y the hell did tey pick ojha 4 ashwin???

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Looks like this is India B team or C team...Any way, with so much of WC and IPL, it is time for us take some rest as well!

  • Viratt on May 28, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Dhoni should stop giving chances to only Chennai Super Kings players. Where is Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma??? Tired of politics!

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Good chance to youngsters to prove! I think Rayadu is serving ban for two years for playing in ICL and could return to International Cricket next year. It's shame that Great Sachin opts out of test matches.

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    After-effects of IPL...all the players played out the IPL and now opted for rest during the international season...Pity.... the test squad still looks OK sans tendulkar, sehwag and gambhir...but have a look at the ODI side...can't imagine this team is gonna represesnt the world champoins

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @epicurean74 Rohit Sharma and Badrinath have been selected based on performances in the domestic circuit. Selectors haven't picked players based on IPL performances like previous years. Big fan of Rayudu myself, bur Rohit and Badrinath have been very consistent last year. Abhinav Mukund is a promising player. Would be good to see Rahane get a call someday. Don't think most know what a class player he is. Pujara got a knee injury while fielding in an IPL match between Kochi and Bangalore.

  • Thiyanan on May 28, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    aiyoooooooooo...can u all stop saying "badri has got enof chances"...he has been given only 2 test caps and three onedayes compared to rohits 70s and jadeja's thirties...ITS ANNOYING TO C PPL SAYING BADRI IS A WASTE..!! DO U ALL KNOW THT CRICKET IS A GAME PLAYED WTH BAT AND A BALL..

  • AABIRSABEEL on May 28, 2011, 3:41 GMT


  • reghuh on May 28, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    why is amit mishra and pragyan ojha in the team? why is haharbhajan in one day team?as a batsman or bowler?

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    hmm....Only thing ....Rohit not in test him in test ..first then ODIs

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Test Matches with out Viru N Sachin ......No Way in hell India could win outside India ...They r the biggest scorers over the past two years in tests ....

  • kirksland on May 28, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Very disappointing not to get to see Sachin one more time in person. Even more striking is to see how far the West Indies have fallen. Sad on both counts. Will not be going to watch, Saching and Viru (along with Dravid), would have been only reasons to go.

  • Chetan007 on May 28, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Good to see Sachin, Dhoni, Shewag, Yuvraj and Gambhir play IPL over WI tour. They had given a chance to youngsters to interact with them and let them know how could they play at International Level. They even not get a chance to play Ranji. This is the only platform youngsters find to interact with their icons. IPL is not all about money. Ya, money has most of its saying. But this also gives an opportunity for youngsters to get some knowledge about the Internation arena. Moreover, with good cricketing knowledge everyone finds Sourabh Tiwari a place in the squad. He has got the chance too late either in Indian Squad or RCB squad. He had showed his temperament while in the Indian national team. Please give some cut from Yusuf Pathan. I don't think badrinath is a good option over Rahane. Lets the other players not selected to play in county cricket. Also, allow Varun Aron to play County. He can be a good bowler showing some good show over Sreesanth, Yadav or other youngsters.

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Tendulkar can play ipl though. What a joke! Put country before IPL Tendulkar!

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Its disappoiinting that Ambati Tirupathi Rayudu was not selected for ODI team. He is much better player than Manoj Tiwary and Shikhar Dhawan

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    what happened to IRFAN PATHAN? now he can swings the balla very much or atleat give him a chance in county cricket

  • VinAussie on May 28, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    BCCI needs to open their eyes which are closed due to money spinner IPL. IPL is doing damage to career of players due to injuries as well as their morals......Why the hell Tendulkar can play IPL & refrain from national duty. Any such players who prefer to play IPL & ignore national duties should be kicked out of the door. His current status & cricket mad nation seems to have excused him for his unwillingness for this crime to not play for India.....What a load of crap this IPL has done to moral of our great players.

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:22 GMT


  • on May 28, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    srikanth is definitely not a biased selector...all those before him are biased in not selecting d opportunities that ur rohit sharma got and badri....rohit sharma is definitely a good talent..but didnt prove it in given opportunities....badri got a test 50 against dale steyn and co in their fiery best...but he was many TN players are picked bcos they deserve chance...we have the best division level cricket in the whole country...even raina played divisional cricket here....and valthaty an al is just a passing match that march too albie missed his catch...if he would have taken that then he wouldnt be in kings 11 team....people dont talk rubbish....

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Wow! One of the longest threads of gibberish I've read on Cricinfo in a while. It's laughable - both, the ignorant comments and those making attempts to point out the ignorance; the latter being the lesser of the two evils. I believe this is way beyond us lesser mortals and that the selection panel is NOT comprised of a bunch of raffle winner. Sit back, enjoy the tour, and cheer your country on. I really hope the youngsters come good so the much feared "transition" in due course will be smoother than that of the last cricketing superpower.

  • KrazyCricketKid on May 28, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    TEST SQUAD: 1.Abhinav Mukund 2.Murali Vijay 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Virat Kohli 5.VVS Laxman 6.Subramaniam Badrinath 7.MS Dhoni(Capt & WK) 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Pragyan Ojha (< STARTING XI) 12.Ajinkya Rahane 13.Ravichandran Ashwin 14.Sreesanth 15.Abhimanyu Mithun 16.Manoj Tiwary ODI SQUAD: 1.Parthiv Patel(WK) 2.Rohit Sharma 3.Ambati Rayudu 4.Virat Kohli 5.Subramaniam Badrinath 6.Suresh Raina(Capt) 7.Yusuf Pathan 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Ravichandran Ashwin 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Munaf Patel (< STARTING XI) 12.Manoj Tiwary 13.Pragyan Ojha 14.Ishant Sharma 15.Vinay Kumar 16.Rahul Sharma

  • fanfromcanada on May 28, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    good to see VVS as the vice-captain...Best of luck to team India!

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    good team selection overall in both test and the 0dis..........still feeling bad when sachin misses out of the team....................

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    what happened for paul valthaty why opportunity is denied for hime

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    What happened to Pujara? is he Injured?

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    I have repeatedly emphasized a point. The IPL game may be a crowd puller and fun for non cricketing reasons, and money making as well but it is at the cost of the game itself. All Cricketers are suffering silently and put up a brave face. Due to IPL frequent injury scares and exhaustion of players will be more and even at the cost of National Cricket, example Gayle,Bravo etc. In india the clout of some non-cricketing personalities should be stopped to avoid permanent damage to the game.

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    very weak batting side.....

  • Jerseyite on May 28, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    One day when someone erases Tendulkar's test runs record, and hangs his boots immediately, he will remember this stupid move of missing the Windies series. He could have milked the Windies atack and scored at least three tons (I doubt India will bat more than once in each of the tests).

    For someone who is obsessed with amassing batting records, so much so that he has Nine, Ten and Jack cover for him when batting with the tail in test matches, this is a shocking move. I now wish Punter will beat his record and Tendulkar regretting this move.

  • epicurean74 on May 28, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Why wasn't Rayudu Selected in the ODI squad as a replacement of Yuvraj/Gambhir !! Combine Ranji and IPL aggregates, he is one of the top batsmen - better than Manoj Tiwari or Shikar Dhawan...

  • on May 27, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Suresh Raina is not a Test Player .Why Ajinkya Rahane is ignored consistently ?I don't see anyone from Ranji Tropy Champion team Rajasthan .Deepak Chahar is a very good prospect .

  • arya_underfoot on May 27, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    very disappointed that sachin is missing the test series....

    but what about rahane?? i know it's not easy to decide on the backup batsmen because of india's current depth, but along with badri and pujara, rahane has been consistently among the best three batsmen in recent years in the ranji trophy. he's more established than mukund, raina and possibly even vijay and yuvraj as a first class player. i'm not sure whether he'd be able to open, which is what india needs currently with gg and sehwag out, but he sure ticks all the other boxes.

  • mitgop11 on May 27, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    virat kohli should have been the vice captain in ODI if india is serious about the hunt for next captain after dhoni. harbhajan singh is not a good choice.

  • Vilander on May 27, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    test squad looks only slightly weakened, laxman and dravid and zaheer still there they should have too much fire power for the windies.

    But this odi squad is funny, who will open batting , will parthiv open with dhawan really surprising.

  • on May 27, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu should have been selected in place of Shikhar Dhawan.

  • RGee on May 27, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    I think VIrat Kohli would have been better captain.........R

  • on May 27, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Why not rohit sharma for tests too???

    and why have they not taken R P SINGH? why???????

  • rajagopaalan on May 27, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    its very much disappointing that sachin is not playing in wi series.also india miss viru and gauti.hope atleast for england tour they will return.only for the next few years test matches will be nice to watch because of legends like sachin,dravid,laxman and words to describe the contribution of the quartet(sachin,dravid,laxman,viru).also couldn't even imagine the test sqaud after their retirement.

  • on May 27, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Abinav Mukund is Good choice, he proved himself in the England A tour. Even Rahane should be in the squad. As of now three best players in the domestic squad is rahana, Abinav and Badri. They all three should be playing insteed of Raina and Virat & Manoj. i bet manoj would be a flop at international level.

  • rajagopaalan on May 27, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    perfect indian squad for wi tour.selectors have made the right selection based on first class performances and not based on ipl.valthaty might be a good batsman.but he has never played a single first class match.selection of valthaty would be like selecting a person to engg college who has not finished higher secondary itself which is the mandatory he needs to back into his domestic first class side and play well which is the basic qualification to get into national side.

  • asterix.gaul on May 27, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Bharath Srinivasan made a comment about earlier commenters not reading the article. The article has been updated 2-3 times so some of the stuff came up later. When I made the comment earlier it was not mentioned that Pujara was injured. In fact, cricinfo reported yesterday (article title: Replacement Indian openers high on agenda) that "Pujara sustained a knee injury during the IPL and missed a substantial part of Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign, but is understood to have recovered now." Maybe he wasn't fully fit. Tendulkar's decision to not participate is really strange. This guy was the one trying to convince the BCCI to hold more test matches !! He hasn't played in the WI in a long time and now he decides to stay out of the Test series? Doesn't he want a test series win in the WI? I hope he stays out of the England ODIs as well then. The selectors should look to have two separate XIs for the Tests and ODIs. And BCCI has shown that it undervalues the WI series.

  • Gillespie29 on May 27, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Would have loved to see Sachin against Roach, that would be some battle but then on the other hand the LITTLE MASTER will have the chance to score his 100th 100.... at where else. LORDS, THE HOME OF CRICKET.... now that would be amazing to all cricket fans all over the globe.

    Not only will it be his 100th 100 but if he does it'll be his first ever test ton at lords!!

  • Shahnawajhossain on May 27, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Why Srikanth and co always ignoring Wasim Jaffer? He should be given an opportunity.....Rahane should pick in test in place of Raina. Rayudu not in the squad but why? Is he not better than wriddhi, dhawan?

  • on May 27, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    go manoj tiwary go show them what u are we are happy to have u in the team.....

  • S.N.Singh on May 27, 2011, 20:44 GMT


  • rahulcricindia on May 27, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    good job from great SRT as he also knows that there are some very important and tough tours ahead and he also knows that he has to retire from cricket in year or two so why not groom youngsters for way ahead and its precious opportunity for youngsters to go to foreign tour which is not tough one....and get ready to replace the greats in future when they retire....i salute SRT for that....i myself love SRT so much can not see him not playing really got upset when heard that he opted to rest but than thought practically and find that is very cautious decision from great man!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    i would have also given a look in for Rohit Sharma in the test squad instead of Parthiv as i dont feel its required to carry a reserve wk in the squad when Dhoni is playing (as he never lets anyone else keep)...and would have loved to see a left arm spinner in the ODI squad now tht Yuvraj is out....

  • on May 27, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I have to be critical of the master here.. Sachin I am not sure that will go well in your CV.. a minor blip perhaps but missing a Test series is as good as half the retirement

  • Nikunj01jain on May 27, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    The squad probably is a gud 1 as youngsters are getting a chance to prove their worth but instead of a stop gap arrangement they should get a fairly longish stint to prove their worth. A single test match and for that matter even two shouldn't be a parameter to decide their fate.

  • moonflare on May 27, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    How do Vijay and Raina keep making it to the test squad? Thank god at least Badri has got a chance. Vijay and Raina's First Class performances look very bad compared to some others. --VIJAY - Avg: 51, H: 8; --RAINA - Avg: 43, H: 7; --BADRI - Avg: 62!, H:27; --RAHANE - Avg: 68!!, H: 17; --PUJARA - Avg: 56, H: 14; --MUKUND - Avg: 59, H: 13; --KOHLI - Avg: 58, H: 7.

  • InsideHedge on May 27, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    As someone who eats, sleeps, drinks Sachin, I cannot deny that he deserves criticism here. I consider myself to be a level-headed Sachin fan, not someone who thinks he's a "God".

    He's given us far more yrs than we deserve BUT he's wrong to drop out of the WI Test leg. It's only 2 Tests, he had already been excused the ODI leg. The IPl is incredibly taxing, just look at the travelling involved. Is it any wonder fans, who typically are fat too emotional, are now questioning why SRT and his ilk played in EVERY IPL game but remember their family when an overseas tour comes along?

    Also, think of the fans in the WI islands. They were really looking fwd to seeing the Little Big Man. Bad move. As simple as that, I hope in time he realises. He'll now be under pressure to perform in England.

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Good to see VVS Laxman and Harbanjan As Vice Captain's........... But I think Wasim Jaffer or Rahane should get a place in stead of tests.. But in ODI's Amati Raidu should get a chance instead of Badrinath or Parthiv patel..

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    A tour to West Indies would have been a beneficial for the quickies...Varun Aaron should have been given a chance since he is some one who generates serious pace which our pace dept. lacks....

  • xylo on May 27, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Three way battle among Raina, Kohli and Badri?? Raina loses hands down. If the team decides to play him in the first test though, the Windies bowlers will make sure he will sit out in the subsequent match.

    People complaining about CSK-based squad also need to remember that they have been the only consistent squad.

  • priyankpradeep on May 27, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I still don't get it, what's the deal with PK. has Praveen made himself unavailable for tests or is he never considered for them. For me he is one of those street smart cricketers with ability to move the ball both ways. I really think he should be considered for test side as well. at least if not for windies, in england for sure- where the ball really talks.

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Why is Rayudu not given a look in???? What wrong with his selection???? Don't forget he is represented India Under-16,19 and 21 and have always performed well......We want him in Indian team.......

  • Siddharth_zenox on May 27, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Given the limited resource, i have to say this is quite a good team the selectors have come up with. A good chance for these future prospects to showcase their talents. Though i would have preferred a couple of new bowlers, its fine.

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Why did they leave out ashwin.he is better than mishra for sure....even though there would be two off spinners in the squad ,i would go for ashwin purely on his talent,ability,temperament for tests

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Keep an eye on Ishant. The Caribbean pitches will suit to his bowling. And he's performed well with Dale Steyn in IPL. Also he is out of Indian International Cricket for quite some time. Lets hope that Ishant comes with his best.

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    what i can say is bad luck for Indain old Team mates and also Best of luck for new Team mates....

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    is d wicket keeper place is a musical chair some time kartik,somtim parthiv,sometime saha n sometime ojha.u sud back dinesh katik.he is d 2nd best wicket keeper available in srikant wat r u doing there,dont pla with a player lik him,again in dis ipl kartik has proved his worth

  • bharatheeyan on May 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    i would say the test team is ok.but i would have preffered rahane,rayudu,valthattyand rahul sharma in the one day squad,in place of badrinath,dhavan,tiwary and mishra.any way all the best for the new look indian team.

  • rkrrai on May 27, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    harbhajan singh as vice captain....what a joke :)

  • Wesle on May 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Cool !! it looks to be a good Squad.. selection made on Domestic ranji season of past years.. nice oppurtunity for the new lads to show their characterts.. soon Indian Cricket team will be like the Dominant Aussies of 90's and past decade:)-

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Its glad to have Manoj Tiwary.But Rayudu would have been a better choice than Shikhar Dhawan.I think this is called luck.Rayudu played superbly tha Dhawan who played good innings in the last match.But Rohit sharma can also open with Partiv.

  • AMOLSMANI on May 27, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Guys Guys Guys... To me its looking a good Test squad,though it chennai has a edge...there is plenty of exp. in Test squad... u hav rahul,laxman,dhoni,harbhajan,zaeer. ODI Squad: i m nt sure wheather they cn still u hav to give a chances to yougsters for such tours(as WI is nt dat strong team).. i think board is somewhat harsh on Rahane..

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    since Sachin, Yuvraj, Zaheer Sehwag Dravid Sreesanth & Ghambir wont be in the 1 day series WICB needs to bring back Gayle Taylor @ least for the match in Jamaica & Bravo & pollard for the matches in Trinidad so they can pull a good crowd. I doubt the Indian supporters in Trinidad will turn out to watch this team especially without Sachin & Sehwag

  • rsunlimited on May 27, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    the future of indian cricket. ABHINAV RAHANE KOHLI PUJARA. cant wait for the day all four take the field at the same time!

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this series plays out. Firstly, with these changes it will make for a more balanced match-up. And secondly, India needs to start preparing for the retirement of the senior players by blooding promising younger players.

  • fanofteamindia on May 27, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    oh..finally all the deserved ranji boys get a chance..All the guys have very strong Ranji numbers to back them.It is time to show the world that India is a super power on the field too with this second string squad.

  • SachinLara1 on May 27, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    for all people critisizing raina's captaincy: hw a captain is supposed 2 win a match with new faces, no experience outside india....he is the ideal choice after dhoni(considering age factor etc..) this team looks better than the team toured zim...common raina v r wit u...

  • royalpataria on May 27, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    india need irfan pathan.he is good for bat and bowl.india need to get all rounders in his team.chance for some new faces are good also.i think rahul dravid has to resign now.rohit back.thats gud sign for india.go champions they need to sweep faces need to show their talent.ipl will help india to choose talent players.jadeja out.thats good.jadeja has no talent at all.chak de india.our wishes r with u.......

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    I think we should just send the U-19 team, and embarrass the West Indies team, which is as good as one of the Associate Nations teams anyway.

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    They say IPL is helping India in grooming new talent.... and why not... when all the key players are getting injured bcuz of IPL, the new ones are bound to get their chance :P

  • SachinLara1 on May 27, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    @Tabrez Khan :its simple man coz they perform well...

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    shikar dhawan lucky in getting a chance

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Vijay did a good Test Series against SL and Aus... and we know WI is a bad team.. so he can do a good perfomance in the West Indies.. what is doing Sreesanth in the squad???

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    i dont see why everyone is criticising sachin for wanting to spend more time with his family...the fact of the matter is the ipl is in india whereas this tour is abroad, by playing in the ipl for and hour or two every couple of days sachin gets time to spend with his family....any of these players would choose country over club, i highly doubt sachin tendulkar has financial troubles, plus the guys not gonna be around for long breed some young blood and stop complaining.

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    manoj tiwary is one of the best choice because he can play big innings

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    gud to see old players rest n rayudu shuodl hav been picked up what about the spinners like rahul sharma or iqbal abdulla

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    This is Indian Test team or CSK+ Chennai team .. he he he he he .. where is Rahane scored tons of runs ??

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    First of all, ppl who want Pujara in test squad, please read the article carefully. It says, he is out because of injury. Its annoying of seeing again n again reading comments which says Pujara sld hav been in squad.

    Secondly, its perfect occasion to show our bench strength. We have some class acts out there who need consistent opportunity to show their skills. This is a perfect stage. and remember Indian team is no more about star players performing. We only make them and criticize them if they don't click in just one or two match.

    Thirdly, though i am satisfied with new selections in batting dept, would have liked to see few more available young talent in bowling dept. Like Arvind n Unadkad.

    Fourth, indeed the big question, why Raina as ODI captain n not Kohli, would have preferred the later.

    Fifth, would have preferred Ashwin in test squad also.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on May 27, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Parthiv has had many chances before and so has Raina. Besides BCCI should let Raina concentrate only on ODI and T20s which is where he excels. Manoj Tiwari and Badrinath got calls which were long overdue. At one time Manoj Tiwari and Rohit Sharma were scoring heavily in Ranjis together but Tiwarri got injured. Rauyudu career was almost destroued by Shivlal Yadav politics and ICL and I rate Rayudu on par with Yuvraj and Kohli . Pujara and Mukund along with Rahane and Tiwari are future of Indian batting.

  • Rumy1 on May 27, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    If Srikkanth further had his way he would have got his son Anirudh a place in the ODI/Test side as well. He proved he is a joker. If domestic performance was the criteria for selection then where is WASIM JAFFER - the top domestic performer of last three years and perhaps a technically more accomplished opener than even Gambhir.... what to talk of lesser mortals like M.Vijay and Abhinav Mukund. Moreover, Jaffer brings a lot of experience which the Test team would need in abundance in the absence of Sehwag and Sachin to the Test team. If looking at future was also a criteria then on that account why 30 year old Badrinath gets a look in for both Tests and ODIs. Oh! he plays for Tamil Nadu and so do Murali Vijay and so does Abhinav Mukund. Srikkanth and the bunch of jokers need to wake up from their deep slumber. I don't know what else would Jaffer have done to gain the jokers' attention.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on May 27, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    All of you blaming players for not choosing country over are being plain jealous. A franchise pays you millions of $ to play and then you want the players to say I am injured or want to rest. A tour to WI is not big deal and if younger players are getting chance because established players restes is good news. Players could have got injured on WI tour too. The players who have rested have given enough loyalty to Indian team..they got you to No 1 position and won the World cup. They deserve rest when they choose to. Beside even you guys would go abroad to make few $$$$ and then you guys talk about patriotism. How many of you have given up your corporate career to go work in village and complete your patriotic duty? I am sure none. Infact you would ditch your cities to go abroad at first chance. Back to cricket ..I feel Rahane should have been given a chance. Pujara ,Rayudu were very very unlucky but atleast Badrinath finally got a chance

  • breav_heart on May 27, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    another CSK player

    Ashwin Dhoni Vijay Mukund badrinath raina

    i think our selector have to send whol CSK team only

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Some body said that Badri has got enough chances in Tests.... Do u even know what cricket is??? Check the stats. Badri has played only 2 tests(3 innings) with a 50 in his cards... and Pujara is injured.. You dont even know wat is happening around u before you comment on something... T20 spoiled Vijay and his footwork....But he can be given chance cos he is a good test player..

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    overall reasonable squad,its better to give some young talent a chance.

  • vattettan on May 27, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    I can understand most of the other players preferring for money (means IPL) and I even criticize those who ask why they don't miss IPL for playing for country. But I don't back Sachin for this. I can't think that money can be a priority for him even now!

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Its good to see that Selectors finally want to try with the best players from Domestic Cricket. Given this chance should be proved by those players.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    those who dont follow domestic cricket,, pls dont comment on selection. rahane s d oly person who missed his chance...

  • SettingSun on May 27, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    @Smith Garg - the reason you won't see criticisms of Tendulkar is because he, of course, is completely infallible in the eyes of the vast majority of Indian cricket fans! In all seriousness though, I think Tendulkar is setting a terrible example. If one of the greatest players of all time can't be bothered to drag himself to the West Indies for a test series and would prefer to play in an awful and really quite laughable domestic league, then what is to stop all those young players that idolise him from doing the same? He really ought to be ashamed of himself. If he wants to spend more time with his family then he should announce his international retirement. But instead he wants to pick and choose which international fixtures he plays, and it in turn is very unfair on the young players who get a chance in his absence and then will be quickly turfed out when he finally decides to grace test match cricket with his presence again. A very sad and selfish state of affairs.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Come on guys, back this young team, becuase the big guns are rested we get to give youngsters a chance in something else than t20. Playing in West Indies will be a great expeirence, we need new players, the trio will fade out soon, maybe 1.5 years max. Mukhand deserved a chance and should do well at the top and Kohli @ 4, Badri @ 6, Badri really deserves the #6 spot. For ODIs, Virat Kohli woulda been an awesome captain choice. heres my team for ODIs in batting order, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma (openers), Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Badri, Raina, Yusuf, HArbhajan, Praveen, Ashwin, Ishant/Munaf. This is a pretty decent side. For Tests Murli Vijay, Mukhand, Dravid, Kohli, VVS, Badri, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Mishra, Ishant/ Sreesanth. Also a very good side. BUt when we go to england we need full strenght, hopefully Gauti and Sewagh are fit. SO everyone, whats done is done, LETS BACK OUR TEAM INDIA!! CHAK DE =]

  • harshacc on May 27, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    If Pujara was fit don't you think he will be PLAYING IPL? Its unlucky he misses out due to Injury.And let me correct someone who said Mukund is a bowler.Mukund is a batsman and a top class one at that.I am not too convinced from what I have seen of Dhawan but he has a good domestic avg.Rayudu misses out,Rahane might have to wait it out a bit,Sourabh Tiwary hasn't impressed.R.Jadeja so so.Just too many folks for too few slots and mind you all this is after majority of the seniors withdrew.Send these folks who miss out off on a 'A' team to SA,Aus and Eng and let us sort out the men from the boys.Wasim Jaffer has had his chances,however few, and now he is 33.Fuggetaboudit, he is not getting a call up.

  • TRAM on May 27, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    guys .. cool down. India has enough talent to send 45 players for each tour (15 dedicated players for each format T20/ODI/Test).

    And why cry for Sachin, Yuvi not playing etc ... the more the seniors dont play its good for youngsters and future India.

    I have never seen any selector giving chances to this many youngsters before. Hail Krish Srikkanth !!

  • cbjayram81 on May 27, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Why you guys till supporting IPL .It hurts Real International Cricket format. No SACHIN, NO SEHWAG, NO GAMBHIR, NO ZAHEER, NO YUVRAJ to play in West Indies tour . But all guys played IPL, got hurt and rested for International matches. GREAT. IPL - Idiotic Premier League.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    For those who always doubt"our players", Indian first choice players just brought home WC...they entertained us through IPL...some are having injury problems which they need to sort out before important series in England and Australia... some want to rejuvenate themselves...and so the second choice or upcoming players get a chance to represent the country and prove their worth...why all the unnecessary fuss?

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Come on guys! its good to get new players on board.. and all the players who played in WC needed some rest.. Please don't start Club vs Country debate. This in a way is good for Indian Cricket.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:23 GMT


  • on May 27, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Ambati Raydu deserves a place in the ODI squad.He is a better player than all the new comers in the current squad.

  • bigdhonifan on May 27, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @all Answers for your queries... Pujara is injured, so he is not selected.. Badri and Mukund is the top 1 and 2 batman in last Ranji Season. Badri and Mukund is in better form than Rahane. We can only pick 15... so Rayudu wont get a place... Uthappa is a waste of time!!!

  • Raj12345 on May 27, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Mukund is future batsman for India in all format. Finally talent is been appreciated. He should have been played ahead of Vijay. Vijay - stop picking him. Rahane is my choice of opener than Vijay. Dhoni is clever here, he don't want to see any one competing his place as a WK.That is why DK is not there and Parthiv is there. No doubt on Dhoni excellent batting skill. So we no need to worry about much on second WK.

    I watched few IPL matches. oh horrible. ball is not raising above knee in most of the cases. Now I know why Raina is not suitable for test & even ODIs if opp has good bowling attack.

    I am sure one day people will realize worth of Rahane & Pujara.

    Dravid & Laxman - you are legend in test cricket. Please give a way to young talents. It is time to retire and enjoy as mentor to young people.

  • kperumal87 on May 27, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @Sri Harsha Reddy Dude,Its more than 2 years since ICL ended.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Why the hell are the Indian selectors exploiting the young talent ! I mean NO Valthaty , No Rayadu , etc ! And Well Virat should have been appointed as the captain of Limited Over's squad ! Well We'll surely miss Yuvraj , Tendulkar , Gambhir And Sehwag !

  • vibhu478 on May 27, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Ishant Sharma again..... :D

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    India's Limited Over Side Is A Joke.. If You Look At The Squad It Only Has One Genuine Opener That Is Shikhar Dhawan And He Too Is Uncapped Player... This Is Big Blunder

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    IPL money is spoiling cricketers. Even the record makers are leaving records for the sake of money is unbelievable! :-) (they were never behind winning anyway....)

  • SRAM20 on May 27, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    What nonsense? CANT YOU GUYS READ PROPERLY? Pujara is not picked because he has a knee injury and he has not passed his fitness test for being selected for the test series. Mukund is the next best available opening option taking his strong domestic performances into account. With no Sehwag and Gambhir, Vijay is the No.3 opening batsman for India. Badrinath has been vying a regular spot in the ODI and test side by scoring tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket. So all the Tamil Nadu players selected are deserving selections. Its a pure co-incidence that Srikanth is from Chennai. If not, these deserving players would not have got their chances in the team.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    dravid is more better than these younger players in ODI s in windies conditions..............i dono why they are lefting him

  • NCassie on May 27, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I guess the big players in India don't really care to travel to the WI, how cricket has changed that the cricketers now can choose when and what format they will play. IPL looks to have gotten most of the cricketers Talks! it's no longer the pride of playing for ones country.

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 27, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    no Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir or Tendulkar @ Sabina Park? i was looking forward to seeing them! bummer!

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    NO...RAHANE...................................SO BAD....

  • Tarzansree on May 27, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    congrats to laxman for being appointed as vice captain in the last phase of his internation career. may be at some point of time in the series he can lead the side if dhoni misses out due to injury(we have parthiv).

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @Nilesh sure u dont follow ranji records...i know u jst browsed thru abinav mukund's name and found it in CSK squad...U guyz still want ravi shastri,gavaskar to lead india???? Kohli is jst 2 yrs old in international level just does his uncomplicated role of taking singles and giving strike to legends like sehwag,sachin,gambir etc.....ur own yuvraj yet again showed his true color wen he is not given captaincy..he has just started to play decently after 3-4 years!!!

  • Diark on May 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @Vijaysu-Because playing Bhajji is also playing.They wont select two off-spinners for a test

  • 64ever on May 27, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Why does everybody want Rayadu in the team... let him perform in the ranji's and other longer formats before he gets in the team... BTW i am a hyderabadi.. And why is rahane not even considered in the test team.. i think he deserves this chance since pujara is injured.. Sunil gavaskar once said "A batsman should be selected after 4 or 5 years in domestic cricket whereas for a bowler it should be 1 or 2 years... coz of their shelf life"

  • nlambda on May 27, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Mixed feelings about this. Feel upset that SRT is not playing the tests. On the other hand, this should please those who say that SRT, Dravid etc. are denying youngsters exposure. Three tests is a golden opportunity for the youngsters to show their mettle. Re: family: having had a baby recently I do understand SRT's thoughts. The guy has been living away from his family for years. Most players would have retired by now but he still soldiers on. I think spending time with his kids while they are on summer vacation from school is being a good dad.

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Good chance for someone like Mukund to prove himself.

  • 1_234 on May 27, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Long Live IPL. Money is more important than playing for the country.

  • Kaze on May 27, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Lol Tendulkar is hiding from Roach. Why don't I find this surprising

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Surprise, surprise. Just admit it's an A team you're sending because no one cares about us in the WI anymore.

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Total rubbish.... this was a wonderful chance to make amends for earlier tours made to the West Indies in 1980s and 1990s. Seems the same Indian typical squad would not feature for a substantial period in future due to injuries. And shufflings, in and out of players would become a regular habit which would have serious consequences..It would have been probably the last time we could have seen Tendulkar playing in the Carib Isles.......but not any more..........

  • Magchennai on May 27, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Really sad to see people commenting like 'County over Country'. I don't think those people are gonna take care of the cricketer's family when they get injured and stay away from Cricket. Yes country is important . But this is not some even which is conducted by some one else it is conducted by BCCI and they have allowed the players for Auction franchises also need to get dividend for their investments. It is the right time for the soon to be international players. Let us hope this is blessing in disguise. And people blaming Srikanth for not selecting Pujara plz understand he is injured no report abt his fitness as of now. Don't you think selectors would have selected him over others if he is fit.They've given him chance in SA as well.

  • Vernacular_Press on May 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @SettingSun...When did sachin say he loves tests more than any format...I ve never heard of it..@Vipin Gupta...He(rayudu) should score better in successive seasons in Ranji Trophy,simple....@Aditya Chaudhary...Did u really read the article,raina is the captain of oneday team...@MastBania.....What did Uthappa achieve @Girinath AnField ...Is there a need to play pull shot in test matches or does Rahane play bounce well @sameer4cric..Were u virat kohli's babysitter.

  • TheLight on May 27, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    i wonder of its too late to get a refund for my tickets. I don't think its fair that I spent almost US$100 for a ticket to see two second string teams

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Overall a good team selection..Good time to check your bench strength before all important England Tour...! My ODI 11 wil be look like this: Dhawan, Parthiv, Raina, Kohli, Badri, Yusuf, Bhaji, Ashwin, Munaf, Ishant, Parveen

    My Test Squad: Vijay, Mukund, Dravid, Raina, Laxman, Dhoni, Badri, Ishant, Zaheer, Mishra, Bhaji..!!! Your thought>>

  • KARAN_AHIR on May 27, 2011, 15:31 GMT


  • on May 27, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    why not rayudu instead of tiwary?

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    where the hell is Pujara... have Kris Shrikant again gone on their whims n fancies tour??..

  • kanishkazico on May 27, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    problem is IPL itself, firstly it is so long & strenous,it drains out indian international players & secondly the huge money it offers, much more than international cricket, that is why Indian international players are playing in IPL through injuries like sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj and other like Tendulakar, Dhoni and Zaheer they played whole of IPL and opting out from WI international tour! this is the not the first time IPL is hurting Indian international cricket, IPL2 and IPL3 made India crash out of follow up World T20 in early stages in 2009 and 2010. still no lessons learnt! this is real SHAME for indian cricket. the only remedy for this solution is to make IPL short 2 week competetion rather than 6-7 weeks and they should reduce the money offered in IPL to lower than what Indian international players make. that would help indian international players to choose country over club, unless that happens all real cricket lovers who love international cricket should boycott watching IPL

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    @ Sujay Venkatesh: Dinesh Karthik had a poor domestic season, hence he was not selected. Parthiv had a better one than him.

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    This will make the tour an interesting test of India's place as the top test side.

  • abhi_jacko on May 27, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I think most of the people here are blind or just hate reading :P It clearly says why Pujara has not been picked in the very first para - "Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on a chance to cement his place in the Test side as a knee injury picked up during an IPL game made him unavailable."

    Interesting team - I think its is quite obvious whats happening here. Testing new blood in both the formats, while maintaining some balance in the test team with the experience of Dravid-Laxman-Dhoni. Surprise that YUVI was not rewarded with a place in the test team. I think we should be fine in the test matches. The ODIs will be a lot more hard fought now though

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @ Nilesh Sonawane: Guess you have no clue on domestic cricket. Go to cricinfo and see Abhinav Mukund's stats.

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    expected Rayudu in ODIs and Pujara in Tests.. shocked to see pujara out of test squad..

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Dont understand the comments, the selection was for the Test Squad, the ODI was already picked. Then why are people asking where is Rayudu, where is Tiwary, etc.

  • rkrrai on May 27, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    For all these players - Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir - IPL is more important than the country, isn't it?

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I would prefer Virat kohli as a captain than raina, virat has captained india in a t20 world cup win also

  • anilgsharma on May 27, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Players like Dinesh Karthik and Saurabh Tiwari had to be selected.The surprising factor is piyush chawla the world cup squad team member is no where in the list. This also raises suspicion of his inclusion in world cup too

  • VivekVij on May 27, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Good 2 see that Mukund got a chance in Test squad under Dhoni's captaincy...Rohit should be there in Test squad as well..

  • CandidIndian on May 27, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Actually its fair to give most of the guys rest who played for whole world cup, resting some and not resting others would have given he wrong message as its not possible that some guys who played whole world cup are more tired than others.If IPL didnt happen then India would have toured WI with strongest squad possible, but inspite of of criticism still IPL will continue as its like money printing machine for BCCI, they can make as much money as they want by this circus.Only Bhajji didnt get rest and this was probably because selectors wanted him to guide the team from his experience as they dont want the repetition of what happened in Zim .I think including Dhawan is a mistkae and i hope Manoj Tiwary plays instead of him as he is a solid player.Pujara missing out is a surprise but i am sure he must be injured and hence not included.Great to see Badri finally getting the big chance i , he is capable to do wonders for India just like Gambhir .

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Ahhh...atlast some refreshing faces in Badrinath, Kholi, Mukund, Dhawan, Manoj Tiwary...Arguments can go on abt Raydu, Sourabh, RP SIngh selection bt gr8 to watch youngsters given chances. Lovely to hear an aussie "KrisMcDonald" comment abt Badri :-).

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    What I dont see here is: People questioning Sachin Tendulkar. Where the heck was his family affection when he was playing IPL? So playing for country is not that important but playing in a dud league is?

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Limited-overs squad: Parthiv Patel (wk),Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina (capt), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma,

    Water suppliers: Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk),Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, R Ashwin.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:52 GMT


  • on May 27, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    how many times will yusuf pathan,rohti sharma and ishant sharma get chances and fail plzz give a chance to some other peope

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    I think Pujara deserves a test squad place more than Arvind..Its good to give somebody a chance..but still Pujara is a better choice I guess..

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Are you people not reading they say Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on a chance to cement his place in the Test side as a knee injury picked up during an IPL game made him unavailable. Thats why he is not in the side

  • meastrostroke on May 27, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    This series would be funny... Test team captain is not pressent in odi team.. Odi team captain will not find place in test team... Badrinath,mukund deserves the shot in the indian team.. Those who doesnt follow cricket deeply will cry for irfan pathan,robin, rayudu... Shikar dawan is lucky to find his place in ODI team. rahanae would be my choice... If selectors has the choice of dropping badrinath after the southafrica tour where he had decent outing against venomus bowling attack from steyn and morkel, its gud to drop pujara too

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    In my opinion win or lose, it is a great opportunity for many youngsters to gain valuable experience and a fan following. Touchwood (god please take care of India) its an awesome situation for Indian cricket where the talented folks are getting identified due to the IPL and also getting opportunities like this to play international matches. My suggestion would be to sit back, relax, drink a beer and see what these youngsters are capable of. If they don't do well, they will get replaced by others on the bench and so on an so forth. Overall, there can only be 15 people in the squad and only 11 get a chance to play.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Agreed, Sachin needs rest, this is also the best time to look for replacements for The Golden Trio in the middle order, Badri, Kohli and Mukund deserve it, it would have been better had Pujara found a place!

  • reghuh on May 27, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Selectors must have chosen Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh tiwari /Murali vijay for one day squad ahead of Shikhar Dhawan.Selection of Manoj Tiwari though is a class act. The ideal one day squad would be 1) Rohith Sharma 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Virat Kohli 4) Subramanian Badrinath 5)Suresh Raina 6)Manoj Tiwari 7) Yousuf Pathan 8) Harbhajan Singhl 9) Praveen Kumar 10) Ravichandran Ashwin 11) Munaf Patel This would be a pretty balanced side

  • JohnBhajan on May 27, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Only one issue with Test squad, Ajinkya Rahane must have selected ahead of Murli Vijay.

  • hard_hitter_guy on May 27, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    yet another cruelty from Indian selectors. Leaving out a very promising youngster without giving him enough oppurtunities. I'm talking about Cheteshwar Pujara.yes he didn't do that great in South Africa. But you got to give a youngster enough chances to learn and grow. Rohith Sharma is very lucky enough to get so many. I feel very sorry for this lad - Pujara.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    teams look good with the available players, hope no others get injured out of these Let me address few comments of fellow friends, Karthik ahead of Mukund because Mukund is selected as a bowler, karthik is a keeper, where parthiv is already selected as stand in keeper. S.Tiwary didn't look to be in any sort of nick in the IPL. Dhawan because he is an opener, gambhir out so dhawan in.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    India vs WI and the result of the seies > IPL Wins...Hurray !

    Selectors worked so hard on selecting this C grade ODI team.

  • rama563 on May 27, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    what's going on where is ashwin in test team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    keep a poll who is better off spinner at present: ashwin or harbhajan

    then see the result!

    ashwin more calm,more varieties,better flight,good other ball(doosra), and the most important thing is confidence at present with ashwin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trident on May 27, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Previously Selectors will copy Mumbai Ranji teams blue print to select national team.. this time South Indians players are getting ... no issues... Players like raayudu who ditched BCCI shud not be given chance in the national side

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    d.kartik is much better keeper and batsman that saha....why are selector ignoring him

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Why there is no Rayudu ???

  • Beers on May 27, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I strongly strongly condemn sachin asking for rest for the test matches as well...why the hell should he play IPLl and then ask for restwhen representing word...RIDICULOUS.

    I am a biiiig sachin fan but it pains when he misses matches for India...its almost half the interest is gone.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on May 27, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    india`s tore or ipl which is important. we shame on you sACHIN . modern world consider you as role model .we all say he served the nation for 22 years. what service he is played for himself mainly now. why to give BHARATRATHNA GIVE him reliancerathna .He have to take rest from IPL after plying the world cup for the benifit of india`s ture of westindise and england. in this he have to play ipl and champions trophy like previous year. It is hard breaking to say him retire like Malinga did from the test squad.BAN IPL.Players not like to serve their country they want to serve their club .Iam very sad that club is winning. u to Brutus sachin.selection is mainley baised on Sreekanth`s regional selection mainly tamilnadu and Chennai super kings are in the team.In the last 20 years he is the worst selector but during his time india won the world cup.BCCI should be dispersed it is simply money making non banking finatiaol company not for cricket.remember the previous zimbava tore of india

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Guys who are asking about why puajara is missing.....please read the line "Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara, who also picked up an injury during the IPL, are missing from the Test squad that played in South Africa."..

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    new members get chance. will be interest to see. new one day captain will include more interest

  • arvindthiru on May 27, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    The playing 11 for the ODI's should ideally be : (in the batting order) Parthiv, Dhawan, Virat, Rohit, Badri, Suresh, Yusuf, Bhajji, PK, Ishant, Munaf. This means playing solid middle order batsmen and 3 fast bolwers and as much as 20-25 overs from spin bowler. For the test squad : Vijay, Mukund, Dravid, Kohli, VVS, Badri, MS, Bhajji, Mishra, Zak, Sree. How does anyone think these teams will not win the series..these are pretty strong sides..

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Murli Vijay is a IPL player.. He is gud for nothing In International Team.He has got so much of opportunity, most of the time he has thrown it away. Anyone bias with me can see the stats.. There are much better player line up..

  • REXYCP123 on May 27, 2011, 14:29 GMT


  • Horn.OK.Please on May 27, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Give Sachin a break guys. He is at that stage of his career where he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. Especially to you keyboard warriors. The guy has played so much cricket over the past 22 years that his kids have literally grown without a father to tie their shoe laces or dropping them at school.

    IPL is that kind of a format where you can be with your family for half the time whenever the team is at home. Not so with the WI tour when he will be in some part f the Caribbean.

    The proud nationalists here must spend some time in the army and be away from their families before logging on to Cricinfo and preaching the values of patriotism.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    why always most players getting selected from Chennai Super Kink only??

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    hahah....not surprised, just 1 hour the article published and something like 150 comments already. and nothing to guess, everyone in here is trying to impose their selection.

  • Ashwinr1 on May 27, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Everybody...before commenting about Mukund just look at his stats in domestic cricket....he has an average of 60 !!! with a highest score of 300* ....Badri is way ahead of Rahane at the moment...Rahane is a great player but will have to wait for his chance like badri waited all these years....if u guys feel Srikanth keps selecting CSK team so be it...remember this selector has also played a huge role in WC victory...nobody has the balls to appreciate Srikanth for that!!!! in the 90's when all mumbai players were selected for India nobody shouted but know when TN players are selected y shout??? TN has been the best domestic team in last 3 years and thats y its players are getting chances and rightly so....and what wrong has Vijay done in test matches??? just recently he got a huge hundred against Australia!!! he is sucking in ODI's and is rightly dropped in ODI....this is most unbaised selection comitee ever and WC victory is just a testimony to that!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    This is really a bad new for yuvi fans and cricket lovers

  • RK.Chandru on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Why not Pujara? Sourab Tiwary? Dinesh Karthik? Rayudu? `looks funny to read the comments here. To choose them all and to everyone's whims and fancies here, the team strength needs to be 30 or 40 and only 11 can take to the field and similar questions will be asked once again. Form in the IPL can be very misleading and it'll be absurd if players are chosen on the basis of that. IPL is nothing but a tamasha, a pastime like Honkong sixers and do not take it serious. Selectors have sure done a decent job and let's wish the team all the very best for the tour!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Ashwin should have been included in the Test squad. Harbhajan should be rested.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    inclusion of kohli is good sign. but ppl ve to understand one thing, selection committee chairman is srikanth. He always supports his state players like badri, vijay now mukund. dont know wat made him to select mukund over so many other domestic opening players. many other senior players need rest no doubt, but they should not give priority to ipl over international matches. its not a good sign ahead of England and Australia tour.

  • JAMJAMJAMMY on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    unlucky pujara is out because of injury!!dinesh karthik is next to agarkar in terms of number of chances given to succeed in the indian team :) good chance to mukund, kholi and vijay to make their case and for badri to cement his place. good to see 7 bowlers in the squad..

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    SRT_GENIUS: Glad you reminded me of that series... It was a nightmare and evn worse loosing to zimbabwe all the way n not able to reach the finals...atrocious!!! i think players like jadeja, valthaty, rayudu, rahul sharma should be awarded a place in the national squad... srikanth will definitely regret his choice unless windies choose a worser squad leaving gayle, pollard,etc....

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    first of all people must understand the facts 1-dinesh karthick --> worst ranji season and he even scored lesser run his team mate vasu 2- rayudu ----> please dont pick anybody based on ipl 20 performance , people like badri,mukund,manoj scored tons of runs in ranji and we are not picking team for T20 match 3-pujara--> currently injured , please check RCB site thats why he is not playing RCB so that why he is not selected

    Dont always blame Srikanth for everything , there are few more selectors are also there likes of hirwani

  • New_Wind on May 27, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    why not Pujara for tests? he cud have been there instead of Raina. Also Saurabh Tiwari instead of manoj for ODIs

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    I think a squad should be announced before tickets go on sale. India has a large following in the Caribbean and many fans were hoping to see Tendulkar play his last series in the WI. In calling programs to radio stations across the Caribbean fans are angered at having purchased tickets to see a full strength India team and are now literally having to see an India B team, minus a few regulars. However, this now an ideal moment for WI to win the series. This would mean India losing to their number one test spot.

  • vikicork on May 27, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Why am i not surprised that more CSK /Tamil Nadul players have been added to the squad. Nothing against Mukund ,frankly dont know much about him at all but what did Pujara do to get dropped anyway from the test squad .also Uthappa could have got a shot in the ODI team instead of Shikar Dhawan,hes a much better player .

  • moonflare on May 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Gross injustice to Pujara and Rahane. Srikkanths South Indian bias clearly showing.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    For All wanted Cheteswar Pujara, He is injuried thats why Kaif is playing RCB . dont make foolish comments and regional bias wihtout knowing the status. As well Rayudu will not be considered for national team due to ICL for two years The only thing is Rahane would be a better choice in Test squad. This is a very good team with available resources

  • seenurag on May 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    It is we the fans who feel proud that India is the No.1 test team and the world champions. The senior players are fooling the nation and the fans and go for money. They are preparing for IPL 5 which starts in 10 months time.

  • Sehwagism on May 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Some people will never stop cribbing. One hand you ask for Sachin along with Dravid and Laxman to retire to make way for young and when he asks for a little break then you are jumping with your guns. Come on folks see the positive side. This is a great opportunity for young players to show what they have. Do we need Sachin to win against a team like WI. If your answer is yes then sorry Indian team's future doesn't look bright.

  • dyanamo on May 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    dis is atrocious certain ppl can play tha ipl money masala for 2 months long pick up injuries and al such rubbish and not willin to represent india in an overseas tour......feel ashamed....!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Are people seriously questioning Sachin's commitment after 21 years of selfless service to Indian cricket? He has a family as well you know - he's human as well for god's sake.

  • addiemanav on May 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    they cud hav decided to spend time with family during ipl instead of missing international tour!!a carribean tour is generally liked by all..especially since windies are not the same team of 70s and 80s,u can beat them and also enjoy the islands during off-days!!u dont hav those dangerous fast bowlers to deal with!!but hopefull its a gud start for youngsters like vijay,kohli and mukund!!bowling line-up looks gud!!by the way,sachin hasnt played in west indies for last 9 years!!what is happening guys??we cudnt even celebrate the wc win properly!!the ipl started..and now this!!'mumbai indians' ,what about 'india' ??dont want to judge ppl,but i dont feel this is right!!but still,the team shud be able to win the tests!!ipl has to shorten if intl cricket has to survive!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane, who has a batting avg. of 67.72 in FC, as I write, ought to be given a chance. It is good to see Mukund making the cut. Badrinath does NOT deserve to be ahead of Pujara. Sad selection, again.

  • InsideHedge on May 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Disappointed that Sachin has voluntarily opted out of what is, historically, a great tour. Another example of how the IPL *DOES* affect the India's schedule. This is what Michael Holding fails to understand.

    Tendulkar also missed his last tour to WI due to a shoulder injury. On that occasion, he was fooling himself by trying to get fit after a shoulder op, he never had a realistic chance. So, his last tour to WI was in 2002. I was there for the Barbados & Trinidad ODIleg, what a great place to watch cricket!

    Sehwag also missed part of the 2002 tour. He now misses the whole 2011 tour. The ppl of the Carribean were looking fwd to seeing these guys.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Good step by BCCI to give Kohli and Mukund test spots,Manoj Tiwary and Dhawan ODI spots and Raina the ODI captaincy.Seniors need to be fresh for England and Australia.Hope Yuvi,Gambhir and Sehwag are back for the Engalnd Tour.Zaheer is more than enough for destroying the WI team in the Tests.

  • SWadhwani on May 27, 2011, 14:19 GMT


  • on May 27, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    It was mention during the IPL interview that Pujara has got injured, which is why I think he didn't get pick. Sourab thiwary is in terrible form in IPL.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    looking at the test squad we are only going with 3 seamers...zaheer, munaf, ishant. Whereas in WI it wud be gud seaming conditions.

    If 1 of the 3 seamers gets injured/ill before match we r going to struggle.

    Munaf patel cannot be relied upon for long spells in tests; so to start with we r already a seamer short..

    why dont the selewctors pick promising fast bowlers from domestic circuit.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    It was mention during the IPL interview that Pujara has got injured, which is why I think he didn't get pick. Sourab thiwary is in terrible form in IPL.

  • ferdous06 on May 27, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    hope Manoj Tiwary will be playing in all the ODIs.

  • Diark on May 27, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Can someone please add to the article that Pujara is injured

  • vatsap on May 27, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Srikkanth has selected all Tamils in the team ... why Vijay, Mukund and Badri all repeated failures .. What about Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Tiwary, Pande, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Valthaty, Rahane, Rahul Sharma. It is very biased selection. They should make Lalit Modi incharge of selection.

  • SachinLara1 on May 27, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    raina as captain is a gud choice...bhaji cannot be next captain after dhoni kohli s too young he s animated in the field..raina is calm n maturd....common raina dont mind ur haters..last time u didint have gud bowling u hav bhaji ashwin and praveen..all d best raina and co...

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I think any person would choose money over national least that's what I think. Most people would not give up $2.4 million for some national pride, enough of which they already have.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Pujara shud have bn thr in shadows of VVS n Dravid. M Vijay getting too much chances at international level. BCCI need to think about the back up fast bowlers for longer period.

  • aga99 on May 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    If Ranji performances matter for the one day squad selection, Why pick Dhawan over Rahane? Rahane can open too!

  • Vijaysu on May 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Why can't they give a chance to Ashwin in test. He should be better than Ojha.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    thankfully selectors have rea;ised dhawans talent and have realised vijay not a good odi batsmen and raina is not a good captain as when he was captain last year we lost to zimbabwe and other is good

  • peterss on May 27, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Sameer4Cric: What do u mean by enough chances for Badri? He scored a brilliant half century against a fiery SA attack when the other batsmen were faltering. And u call this not utilizing your chances? Btw Rahanae should have been there instead of Kohli and not Badri. Badri would have made the playing 11 anyways! Rahanae hasnt got the experience that Badri has and that is of utmost importance when it comes to test cricket!

  • KnightSpace on May 27, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Why Sachin seems to aggressive in IPL if any of you have seen his aggression when Rohit Sharma got runout then you can easily guess "whats in Sachin's mind" I am sorry but i never see him that aggressive when he plays for team India Why he is not quitting all form of cricket except TEST? simply its all about money.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    well said cricketkumar.. really am disappointed with sachin's decision.. is he playing for money..??

  • sathishkrish on May 27, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I can't understand why people blame Sachin. When he plays they call him selfish and that the youngsters are not getting enough chances. Now that he has given a chance why people are still worrying? We have enough talent in Pujara, Raydu, Venugopala Rao, Valthaty and more people are waiting for their chance.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Sad to see Sachin asking to spend time with family, seems like its the start of the end.. Very upsetting to even think about cricket without him but love how he is doing it with grace and trying to ease the pain for the billions of fans..

  • mrgupta on May 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Guys, read the Article carefully, Pujara too picked up an Injury during IPL.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    What a farce. Where is Pujara?? Gambhir should be fined for playing with injury. Yuvraj was fit 10 days back and now he is unfit. Ridiculous.

  • Abbusden on May 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    it is really surprised me why Rayudu is not picked in ODI Team, even after these many seniors given rest. Here real polotics comes into picture.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    @yeshwant.2020 - dude ? y u jealous man ?..murali vijay is an excellent TEST match opening batsman, and it was for Test Matches only he was selected in the first place, but when he got chance for one-day he couldnt perform and hence is not included in the ODI team.

  • Peter_Walters on May 27, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The man of the series is- Krish Srikkanth.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    1. vijay 2. mukund 3. Dravid 4. Kohli 5. Laxman 6.raina 7. dhoni 8. Bajji 9 . mishra 10 zak 11. ishant 12 ) badri

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Where is "Cheteshwar Pujara"? This is stupid act by BCCI or they played political game. He is the future of Indian Test Cricket and how they can drop him? Guys we want Pujara back in Team.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    that's good side for test ...........young players have to show their skills to cement their place.......but instead of shikhar dhawan ....ambati raydu should have given chance

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    This gives young players a good chance to prove themselves, and also the selectors to find a stable and gradual replacement for the great indian middle order...

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    its professional,Tendulkarand others played ipl asks rest forIndies tour

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    very very dissapointing to see pujara being dropped it does not sem like an injurey rather a way mr srikanth wants to handle things and promote players from his zone

  • maddy20 on May 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Fantastic. Just after the world cup is the right time to groom next gen cricketers. We have to Thank Sachin, Yuvraj etc., for opting out. If this team wins its fantastic, otherwise its still good. So its a win-win situation!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    hope India manage to hold on to their rankings.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    where is rahane?? this was a good chance to include him. Sad

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    y pujara not picked ? and y sourab thiwary not picked for d odi squad ? he was slected before d world cup . and y not now ?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    why is dinesh kathik not sellected for test matches .Why is Mukund given a chance ahead of Dinesh Karthik.This shows Srikanth does not like Dinesh Karthik and has ignored him totally.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 27, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Anyone remember India's tour of Zimbabwe ?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Limited over squad has few batters and it is surprising Vijay a hard hitting batsman and a brilliant fielder could not find a place.

  • KrisMcDonald on May 27, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Good to see Badrinath get a run...would kill to have a guy like him in the Aussie middle order right now.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    wr s rayudu??? y dhawan y not saurabh tiwary??

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    who want rayudu to be selected in the indian team need to know that players who played icl r not eligible for national team selection for a time of two years . After that period those players will be considered for selection

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Y rayudu is not selected in place of yuvraj !!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    exclt seletn 4m da available pool. Kohli,mukund, badri deserve it. Sachin shud ned sm rest

  • fr.thommy on May 27, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good thing that they opted for Virat Kohli ahead of a few other players. Hope he will perform better.

  • kingcobra85 on May 27, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Very good chance for youngsters! Its time abhinav mukund proved his ability along with badrinath. I am sure abhinav will score a century..Wish rahul sharma was given a chance in test squad by dropping harbhajan who hasnt performed well. Good to see sreesanth too his ODI performance should not be a factor in tests

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund???? another one CSK player , what the hell is going on.... I know csk is great t20 team, but its about INDIA, I m cleary seeing "K Srikant" factor here , they made Raina cpt while in WC he was struggling for his place with Pathan.... M Vijay is already a odd man out in test.....I bet "Chota Srikant" will be part of team in few days..

  • xonoxiler on May 27, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Very inexperienced ODI squad but Badri's presence will be a huge boost to the middle order!! hope he doesnt get injured too!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    hmmm still missing irfan pathan, rayudu,

  • JohnDillinger1953 on May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Where is Pujara in test squad?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    If they're going with a B team, let Virat Kohli lead the men. I feel this will be a great opportunity to groom future captain. We've seen Raina doing a bad job in Zimbabwe, so why not give a chance to Kohli?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Another clear indicator that the IPL comes way ahead of international cricket....

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    What a shame when Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj miss out on a Test Series when India is supposed to carry on with it is defence of the No. 1 Ranking for the meaningless and uninteresting IPL. My My.. Seems that the Administrators are just waiting to kill the game.

  • theilluminated11 on May 27, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    If Sachin wanted rest and time to spend with his family, he should have not played the IPL, that way he would have got rest and time and most importantly could play for the country. But, lo behold, who lends a heart for their country now-a-days ?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Great to have abhinav and kohli in test team.It is the right time to inject some youth in the test team of India.Laxman as Dhoni's deputy in test team ,good choice.

    One day team also looks good .Youngsters like dhawan and tiwary should capitalise this oppotunity.Good to see Suresh Raina as Captain of one day team and T20.

    Lets see How new coach Duncan ,handles the Indian Team.

    Best of luck to Duncan,Dhoni,Laxman,Raina and Harhajan.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    In limited over they really have over shadow Ravindra Jadeja,Whoes one of the good allrounder in indian Side. limited over squad is not up to international level they think they going to play IPL match.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    abhinav mukund over ajinka rahane????thats a joke?tamil nadu? selector..

  • Kumar_cricket on May 27, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Thanks to IPL for making long Injury list.The worst thing is still two more matches to go in IPL.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Feeble squad with out big guns....W indies has better chance now to clinch few victories against world champs

  • wolf777 on May 27, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    M. Vijay? Why he is in? Hope Mukund will get firts choice to open over him...Mukund and Parthiv Patel should open.

  • shaunakworld on May 27, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I am not understandin still why selectors not giving chance to Ambati Rayudu. Except few mathces where does Mr. Saha stand out. Is Rayudu paying price for playing ICL

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I think rayudu and Valthaty. India has given many chances to rohit sharma. but y dont they give chance to rayudu.He is playing very good. This is time to test new palyers. We have plenty of player but only 16 will get a chance in every series. Rayudu and valthaty are better than Yusuf Pathan, rohit sharma,...... I think that there are some politics going around these palyers. if they play International games, they would be available for auction. So they are stoped. I doubt for this reason. Rayudu is palying from longtime..but no chance.........

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Syed Mehdi..... Itz realy disapointng that sb lyk wasim jaffer has been again ignored...cum on selectors, u jst cnt b so bias....u jst choose d tn plyrs....wasim is still 33 & he cud play 4 india 4 anothr 4 yrs....if merit had to prevail, wasim had 2 b chozen...(:

  • MalayKothari on May 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Where is "Cheteshvar Pujara" in TEST Squard ???

    India B for ODIs... Surprise : "Dhavan" & "Tiwary" and no signs of "Robin Uttapa" yet ... !!! STRANGE ..

    I always think you should give chance to New Faces, but what if they perform good and Seniors are ready to Play... !! Well they'll be DROPPED...

    I think, seniors should be made wait for their turn instead of just dropping the New comer who is performing well...

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Reason for all these injuries is IPL. Players clearly give preference to IPL, Had their preference been playing for India they would have rested during IPl and played in WestIndies. IPL is like a Cancer for World Cricket.Its not only catching Indian players but foreign players also like gayle, Malinga etc.

  • mrcool on May 27, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    test team looks like csk raina gets selected in test team.uthappa cant make place even in weaker side..this is clear bias from selectors..last time they ignored uthappa from 30 player probable list too..uthappa performed better than dhawan and tiwari in vijay hazare trophy..on what base player gets selected..some players on domestic performance and some on IPL..but why they always ignores uthappa.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Good job by the BCCI . The West Indies does not deserve to play India's full strength squad in either Test or ODI!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Is nice to see the media pull their punches at the God of cricket, who doubtless get's a well-earned (sic) break eh?

  • ricardowill on May 27, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Test cricket will never be the same again. Fans will not get to see the best players play, because the best players won't want to play against the weaker teams. However it does give opportunities for new and younger players to steal the spotlight. It will be interesting if West Indies win the series and dealt India a blow to their rankings.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    This Team is the most weaker teams Playing in west indies since they lost the Core players of the Team. No Experience in TEST exept VVS,MSD.But Hope we Win with A good Margin

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    its clearly looks like ipl effect on squad to widies tour but it also give a chance to younger breed to show there test temprament

  • prjnua6 on May 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    MI sld lose against RBC today...bc sachin sucks and he only likes money and comes second

  • Pioneer33 on May 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    super team

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund???? another CSK player what the hell is going on? I know csk is great team but this is about INDIA dude , I m clearing seeing "K Srikant" factor here... they made Raina cpt ,in WC he was struggling for his place with Pathan. M vijay is overrated player, Rohit Sharma is class player diserve place in test....I bet Chota Srikant will be in team next few days...

  • peterss on May 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Mukund and Vijay would make an excellent pair, perhaps could replace the over hyped Sehwag and Gambhir soon! Kholi should count himself lucky, Rahane would have been better

  • ulpe on May 27, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Fantastic to see A Mukund in the test side. I was hoping they might make Virat as the ODI VC, however, H. Singh is a senior and his experience will surely help Raina. Surprised to see Raina is the test squad; might leave Kohli or Badri out if he is given a chance over them. And reporters questioning Gauti's injury and timing, he WON US THE WORLD CUP! So cut him some slack. This will be a good squad to be nurtured. I had hoped they had given A. Mithun another opportunity.

  • cricketkumar on May 27, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    sachin's decision is shameful...playing in the ipl circus for 2 months and declining to play TEST MATCH CRICKET...shame on u mr tendulkar...u dont deserve the bharat ratna...

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on May 27, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    July 21, 2011.. Sachin scores his 100th century @ Lords against Anderson, Tremlett, Swann and Broad...

  • cricnanda on May 27, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    We could have included Chris Gayle in the team. Anyway, he is not interested to play for the West Indies.

  • prjnua6 on May 27, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    wow...amazing job IPL and selectors...sachin can not play odi and T20 for country bt of course, he can play for IPL where there is a big buck flowing in his pocket. Such a commitment for country!! Now, ppl who worships SRT sld think b4 they make him god. Of course, WC he can play bc there is more fame involved. Bt now he wants time with family..

  • CricEshwar on May 27, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    IPL right after WC and WI tour immediately is definitely an overkill. Should not blame any of the cricketers who want to opt out. But Virendra Sehwag alone has done this 3 years consecutively, should take care of that in the future as it is shedding a negative image. But none should question the commitment of these guys as was portrayed vehemently in a tv channel, Kirti Azad should understand the times have changed. It is just a sport, they are not playing for India, they are just representing India. Had there been options like these in their days, well I am not the one to judge, they should know better. After all, playing for India or in IPL, the concept is entertainment and everyone's getting their fill. After all these guys have won the world cup, give them a break. Look at this rest from seniors as an opportunities for youngsters, whenelse do you think they will get a chance. Playing Aus in Aus?

  • SureshRaina97 on May 27, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    I feel the limited overs team has better chances of winning than the test team because of the domination of youngsters in the ODI teams

  • peterss on May 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    R Ashwin should have been in the test squad ahead of Mishra. Mukund is an excellent choice. Perhaps Rahane instead of Kholi would have been better

  • Rockie_SAT on May 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Nice squad with the available set of players... Sorry to see empty stands in WI.. As many of the top guns are not touring.. :(

  • switchmitch on May 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise...Good to see so many new faces in both these squads..Let us see how the future of Indian cricket shapes up...

  • SachinLara1 on May 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    will be interesting to c young guns playing test matches...have 2 c their temperament in tests....kohli badri vijay mukund raina...

  • cyclist00752 on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    This is pathetic in one sense. You had a chance to consolidate your rankings, I would hate to know a slip up in West Indies.

    The only positive I see is the team of the future will get a good chance to show their mettle.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    uhhh...what's going on? At least our bench strength will get tested.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    why cheeshwar pujara is missing from test squad?????????

  • sameer4cric on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I cant understand y srikanth is favouring vijay, raina, badrinath for test matches they got enough chances in tests instead of looking forward Indian selectors looking back by picking up badrinath . any badrinath fan look at the stats of rahane then talk b sure rahane is better domestic player then badrinath first look at rahane stats then comment

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT


  • JohnDillinger1953 on May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Where is Cheteswar Pujara in test squad?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    India should not take the west indies test series lightly. If India and SL both lose to WI and Eng respectively by a 2-0 margin, the difference between India and England will be only 4 points.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    What's wrong in this? Another four years we'll have the next world cup, in which most of the champion team members won't be there. And so a fresh combination must be ready! There's gotta be a move on!

  • darling341 on May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    why this players dhawan and tiwary compare to robin and rayudu they are waste players

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    why not giving chance to kaif for tests instead of brining young blood for test he should have been tried he is the one scored a century in west indies and after that he was dropped. the selectors should consider him atleast for tests

  • arvindthiru on May 27, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Still this one day side lokos capable of winning the series..does that speak of the bench strength of India or the poor form of west Indies ??

  • Rinkuranjan on May 27, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Test squad is well balanced with 3 spinner, 4 fast bowlers, 2 wicket keepers and 6 specialist batsman. Meanwhile limited-overs squad is completely based on young powers ---pratyush kumar saa

  • Triple_A on May 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    It seems like the selectors wish to punish Rayudu for eternity for joining the ICL. They are wasting his prime years! Good to see new players like Mukund though...we do need to create a fresh test team...Dravid, Laxman and SRT won't be playing forever! And Gauti, Sehwag and Zaheer are all 30+.... Will like to see Rahane soon too.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    No issues. At least these guys have to take care of the national team in few years.

    May be this is the start to find the replacement for Dravid, Laxman and Sachin.

    I know, Kohli will cement his place in Test from now on. He is kind of a player who loves singles. He is one who is going to be next Dravid. Lets see. :)

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    A well balanced side i sud say.But Parthiv sud not be in the test squad

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    A great chance for a few people to prove that they have the international temperament in them. Those who can't, with bow out I guess.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    This West Indies tour is a joke for Team India. I guess BCCI should have cancelled the tour rather than sending India "A" ahead of Team India for both ODIs & Tests. But since BCCI is too busy minting money in IPL & Cricket World Cup, that it couldn't care less if 4 out 5 top players get injured playing IPL. Sachin Tendulkar, it seems doesn't care to give importance to a Carribean tour than playing Club level domestic Twenty-20 tournament. Then why the hypocrisy of not playing International Twenty-20 for Team India if he can play IPL. I think it's seriously time Sachin Tendulkar needs to think over his retirement plans since his already larger than life image is becoming magnanimously grand over Team India, BCCI & International Cricket at large. While the tour will no doubt unleash a young talent or two, ideally BCCI should have pre-decided it after World Cup to rest all senior players of Team India for both IPL as well as for Carribean Tour.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    It still looks a very good team for all three formats. Still there is room for players like Saurab Tiwari, Abhimanyu Mithun, Unadkat, Rahul Sharma, S Aravind, Abdulla, Kulkarni et al. India has a vast talent pool and not enough places.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    I am going to see many comments saying "biased" selection for including three TN players in Test squad....

  • sameer4cric on May 27, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Hi Suresh Raina doesn't deserve to b captain of Indian team, he doesn't hav leadership qualities. V hav seen his captaincy in Zimbabwe whr v lost 2 matches to a mean side Virat kohle would have been a gr8 choice as he is having a gr8 leadership skills since childhood. this step is towards decline nt towards success

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    i just don't understand why rayudu was not picked ahead ahead of tiwary..

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    The fact that they did not include Pujara in the test squad boggles me..

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    nice selection but i want ambati rayudu in place of wridhiman saha and rahul sharma in for amit mishra ... for odis and t20.. all the best guys

  • garvb on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Club Over Country....Definitely. Whats the need of playing IPL if you think you are going to miss the Test Tour. Shocked....Sachin not going on Test Tour but playing all IPL Matches. Wonder whats with IPL??

  • Chetan007 on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Good replacement for yuvraj and gambhir. A great and tough task ahead for raina. I didn't find any good experience cricket except bhajji, kholi and raina. All have to prove their worth of selection. All have to work hard to avoid the situation they faced during zim tour. Anyway better luck for raina and India.

  • SriramNatarajan on May 27, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    This means atleast 2 will get a test debut against WI.. Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli.. I luuuv this..

  • darling341 on May 27, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    why the selectors are not looking to ambati rayudu and robin uttappa

  • asterix.gaul on May 27, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    I am surprised to see Cheteshwar Pujara left out of the test team. The WI tour would be a good place for the selectors to test his temperament. Abhinav Mukund has made runs in the domestic circuit, but is he ripe for test cricket? If we continue to measure batting abilities on flat wickets, then let the guy become battle-hardened like S Badrinath and Gambhir who had to earn their spurs after spending sometime in domestic cricket. What one also does not want is a promising cricketer like Abhinav Mukund become a passenger on the team--in the squad but not in the playing XI. I'd rather see an extra paceman than the extra batsman on overseas tours. The ODI squad is a joke, and the less said the better.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    in some way this is good,look at the team they are not first choice player but still they are very strong. M sure They will win in west indies.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    This is the Way to go. Tired players will need to be given rest to ensure there is no burn out and youngsters get opportunity and exposure which in presence of the seniors they would never get.

  • venky91 on May 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Great team with limited options..hats off to srikkanth

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    hellloooo Cheteshwar Pujara has been dropped???? I know d world aint a perfect place to live in... but indian selectors u have certainly left me stunned with this poor judgement.... what wrong has dis guy done... he performed admirably in the 2 tests he played.... since then india hav not played a test match....

    india won the limited overs world cup but is it a benchmark to judge the quality of the played for test matches... or is IPL the benchmark....

    Agreed Badrinath deserves a look in and so does kohli.... but then suresh raina??? I seriously feel Mr Srikant has got it completely wrng or he has some vested interests with the Chennai Super Kings......

    Give a thought to poor Pujara who could not participate in the Ranji trophy as he was on national duty and when he was given a chance he performed... and all of a sudden he finds himself out of the test squad... are the selectors judging a test player from his ipl form.. if that is so...

  • royalg on May 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    very intresting, cant wait too see the likes of mukund and tiwary playing, hope there given a chance to shine, this is probably the strongest fielding unit india has sent anywhere, wud hav liked kohli to captain the ODI team but tats fine, hope raina has picked up a lot from mahi, gud luck boys make us proud

  • sam1355 on May 27, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    still dey can prove it...

  • snethaji on May 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Atlast the Young Guys gets chance to play that too in outside of Inida. Go Young Inida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Not getting into the debate of club versus country, this is a good team with given options. So glad to see Manoj Tiwary in the squad.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Paul Valthaty should have been given a chance. Having 2 specialist wicket keepers for the ODI's is something I am not sure of. One is better batsmen that the other. Who is a better wicketkeeper between the two?? hmmm

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    what about Pujara??? How could he be dropped?? He showed tremendous promise!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Looks like test squad is a min csk...sounds good for ppl frm chennai

  • jsrajesh on May 27, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    The only reason to watch WI tour would be to see KOHLI bat and cement his place in the test squad as well...Would love to see him go to England as a part of the test team.....

  • CricketChat on May 27, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I think Indian selectors should have given Paul (kings XI in IPL4) a chance instead of Shikar Dhawan given the opposition is a weak WI. We would have known what stuff Paul is made off at int level after his recent exploits in IPL.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    this tour is going to be fun :)

  • rairatank on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    where is cheteshwar pujara in test squad? was he dropped?

  • IndianNeo on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    God damn you! where is pujara's name? why he has been axed, my full support to pujara in this tough time.

  • prabhakardanda on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    whats happening in Indian cricket...when the entire team who played the world cup is looking for rest after the world cup, y BCCI conducted IPL, immediately after the world we have to question the board for " county over country", the priority s given to money not for the rest for players......Dhoni should think about his decision abt not to fly WI, just imagine if india looses their series in WI, immediately after winning world cup, its SHAME my dear great " team india "

  • SettingSun on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    So much for Tendulkar's favourite format being tests, eh? If 'The Little Master' loved them so much he would have rested during the interminable IPL, wouldn't he? Still, more cash on top of the pile, eh Sachin?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Whats the news with Cheteshwar Pujara? Injury? Otherwise how can a batsman like him be picked for a handful of tests and dropped? Anyone?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Why is Partiv Patel, aka Indian Kamran Akmal, in the test team? I would have thought that the reserve wicketkeeper should at least be a good wicketkeeper first and foremost

  • REXYCP123 on May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT


  • SamAlex2 on May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    sending a C team for a full fledged tour... a bit of an insult to West Indies.. if you ask me.

  • Raju_Iyer on May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Never thought I would see VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh as vice-captains who can potentially be the captain if the skipper is out of the field any time during a match. Well deserved honour to both of them!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I wd 'love' to see India beaten by WI in all the games! Yes I am an Indian but this carrying injuries and playing in IPL yet and then saying it 'aggravated' the injuries is unfair. Players shd remember that we back them because they play for India and not just because they play well. If that be the case many Indian players will rank far behind some international stars like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, KP etc.

    I am not saying that they shd not keep their commitments with IPL but they shd hv protested IPL being played so close to WC or shd have canceled the WI tour itself. Shame on BCCI for mismanaging the whole schedules lured by the lucre.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    i don't think partiv patel deserves a spot in the test team, instead wridhimaan saha should have been picked....

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Why yuvraj is not in the test team........... he deserve atleast a chance for his WC2011 performance..........

  • AtticusFinch on May 27, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Where is Cheteswar Pujara? Still not recovered from his injury? And I would have liked to see Ambati Rayadu being fit in somewhere.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Where is Pujara...??? Mukund in, Srikanth ...???

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    IPL is more important to Indian players than a place in the Indian side. Sachin the master is leading the way!!!

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

    Robin Uththapa Should Be In Squad...

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Where is Rayadu... ?? is Dinesh Kartik not good enough ?? any ways good new team for one day the same what we did few years back for Bangaladesh and lost a lot of matches... Lets hope for the best, may we keep some name of the country we are the WORLD CHAMPIONS lets not forget.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    The ODI squad looks extremely young and inexperienced with no Dhoni, Gambhir, Zak, Yuvi and Sehwag. The test squad looks more balanced with the return of Dhoni, VVS and Dravid! I hope the BCCI atleast NOW realizes the foolhardiness of scheduling the IPL right after the World Cup and before a test series. They should allocate suitable rest periods for the cricketers from now on!

  • aaaabbbb on May 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    common yaar...... yuvi out....... its not helping any one.. Sachin pls complete your 100 100s as soon as possible

  • SriniJupudi on May 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    It was very sad to know that there is no place for Rayudu even after his tremendous performance as a Batsman and Keeper. I don't know why he was not in the team.

  • pritan on May 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    what about the Ambati Rayudu chance ?

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

    weakest team...but very great opportunity for all the youngsters. Testing time for Suresh raina as the captain, and virat to show his promising talent. All the best Team India

  • nmp_35 on May 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Where is Pujara? What did he do wrong?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara missing :(

  • neilrajendran007 on May 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    It's really hard to understand that Sachin asked for rest since I really don't know how long can he continue with age being the major factor (I've no doubt that his love for cricket hasn't minimized even .1%) & h still insists that he needs rest from the entire tour of Caribbean. If at all he can play for another 2 years maximum & in that limited period of time why not go out & try to win maximum number of matches for India regardless of the strength of our opponent. Or is it our BCCI way getting rid of cricketers? regards, R.Neil Rashan.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    well yes, who wants to play that boring, monotonous international cricket anymore, while there can be an IPL !!

  • bala-chala on May 27, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Atleast the series might be more interesting than initially thought

  • GoAvik on May 27, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Good to see Tiwary back in the squad. He deserved it after a cracker of a IPL. Hard on Rayudu though, he could have got the nod ahead of Dhawan, as he can open too. All the Best to Team India.

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

    well most indian players wish to play for money than for india. .if not why cant they rest themselves from ipl ahead of west indies and england tour. .????

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    They finished world cup schedule, They should have rested for 1 month. But they planned to took rest after IPL. For Indian players Country cricket is not at all important. Indian players only play for money.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Harbhajan should be captain Raina is not correct for captain Test team inexperienced middle order with kohli, badri & raina

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  • bnmkl on May 27, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    now this will test dhawan who payed his first odi and unfortunately was out for 0 and manoj tiwary deverses it for playing good cricket in domestic cricket and ipl.mukand de verses a spot and has got his spot in the test team i fell happy for kohli in being selected in the test team go india jai hiond good theygiven permission to be rested by bcci so that they are fully fit for england tour

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    why suresh as caption???? why not kohli..

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    For sure...Indians are going to suffer....If Gayle. Pollard and Bravo are returned to the WI squad.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Rayadu, Rayadu,Rayadu...I can't understand what he needs to do to get selected for Indian team.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    surely a tough job for raina

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    whoz next to step down??????????????

  • yeshwanth.2020 on May 27, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    vijay must be there right krish srikanth????y dint u select him??

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    I hope they don't get smashed...

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  • on May 27, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    I hope they don't get smashed...

  • yeshwanth.2020 on May 27, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    vijay must be there right krish srikanth????y dint u select him??

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    whoz next to step down??????????????

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    surely a tough job for raina

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Rayadu, Rayadu,Rayadu...I can't understand what he needs to do to get selected for Indian team.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    For sure...Indians are going to suffer....If Gayle. Pollard and Bravo are returned to the WI squad.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    why suresh as caption???? why not kohli..

  • bnmkl on May 27, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    now this will test dhawan who payed his first odi and unfortunately was out for 0 and manoj tiwary deverses it for playing good cricket in domestic cricket and ipl.mukand de verses a spot and has got his spot in the test team i fell happy for kohli in being selected in the test team go india jai hiond good theygiven permission to be rested by bcci so that they are fully fit for england tour

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  • on May 27, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Harbhajan should be captain Raina is not correct for captain Test team inexperienced middle order with kohli, badri & raina