India in West Indies 2011 May 27, 2011

Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Gambhir out of entire WI tour

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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

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2011, 16:17 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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?

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