India in West Indies 2011 June 10, 2011

Zaheer, Sreesanth to miss West Indies Tests

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Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth have been ruled out of the Test series against West Indies, further weakening an Indian squad already missing several first-choice players. Zaheer has a right ankle problem, Sreesanth has a right elbow problem and both are undergoing rehabilitation. Medium-pacers Abhimanyu Mithun and Praveen Kumar have been named as their replacements in the Test squad.

Shoulder injuries to Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had forced the selectors to opt for a pair of inexperienced openers in M Vijay and the uncapped Abhinav Mukund. Sachin Tendulkar wanted to spend some time with his family and opted out of the tour as well.

While the batting was hit hard by these withdrawals, the bowling initially had a stronger look with Zaheer - who skipped the limited-overs leg of the tour - expected to lead a full-strength attack in the Caribbean. His and Sreesanth's absence will now add further fuel to the debate on the impact of a cramped IPL schedule on the Indian team.

Zaheer's long-standing struggle with various injuries have caused him to miss games regularly. A shoulder injury made him miss India's tour of Sri Lanka last year, and he was forced to sit out of Tests against New Zealand and South Africa due to groin and hamstring strains.

Sreesanth hasn't been far behind on the injured list, returning home last year from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after damaging his thigh and knee.

It has taken the absence of the first-choice bowlers again for Mithun to make a return after impressing during his debut Test series in Sri Lanka last year. He was ignored for the South Africa tour that followed, with the selectors opting for Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat.

Praveen, who is currently playing the ODI series in West Indies, is a regular for India in the limited-overs format. He has played 50 one-dayers but is yet to play a Test.

The Test squad was expected to leave for the West Indies on Sunday, June 12, but the departure has now been delayed.

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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @Mayur Lookhar: reaped benfits by blooding in Ishant & Irfan ? Somehow I fail to catch sarcasm in your tone.

  • on June 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Once again our selectors have erred bi picking d wrong men. Kumar and Patel. The need of the hour was to blood in rookie pacers like Deepak Chahar or Varun Aaron.

    History shows that the greatest fast bowlers were exposed to Test cricket when they played either few or none first-class games. If one has the pace, then why burn him out on docile tracks in domestic cricket. It's not that India is alien to this theory. We reaped the benefits of blooding in Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan in their teens

    Praveen Kumar, he's swinging the ball in helpful conditions; his pace lingers around the 65-77 mph mark. Not the prerequisite for a top Test bowler. In all probability, India will field two seamers and two spinners, and Kumar is likely to warm the bench. However, if Patel or Ishant were to pull up on the eve of the match, Kumar might then make his Test debut. His utility will purely lie with the new ball, but once it gets old, he doesn't have the pace or skill to get wickets.

  • on June 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @rumy: Why do you want Jaffer in of all the players. A sure sign of going back in time and trying a tried and tested failure.

  • prakash_mishra on June 12, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    and since Mithun is also in the side now,I think India wud cosider Ishant,Patel and Mithun/Kumar if they intend to play 3 pacers.I am not sure if pitches will be same for the test matches too. If this is the case India should play two spinners and they would be Harbhajan and Mishra.Mishra is bowling well and definitely needs to be nurtured for future.This is for the first time when Indian batting looks depleted too but then the young players have great opportunity ahead of them.Rohit Sharma should be picked up in the test team and should be given opportunity.He is a good stroke maker.Kohli will definitely make his Debut.Vijaya needs to cash this opportunity and he is capable.Dravid and laxman are the experiences and they should understand their role responsibly.Raina should look to play long innings.Dhoni has his own ways and methods of captaining the side but has been successful on many occasions,It wud be interesting to sse how he uses his limited resorces this time arouund. :)

  • prakash_mishra on June 12, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Absence of Zaheer will surely be felt.He is the most deceptive bowler in the world cricket at this moment. The excess cricket can be blamed but if u look at number of overs he bowled in IPL was hardly 55-60.which is equivalent to 2 tests matches hardly.but we need to have practice sessions in consideration. It is really sad to see players being available for their franchise teams but opting out when they are should be their for their country.This shows how money minded players have become in past few years. The advent of IPL has ruined attitude as well as stamina of players.Sreesanth is a good fast bowler but rarely bowls well.He misses the attitude.Thankfully Ishant is available and let's hope he doesn't meet any injury during the tour.He is quick and can be a lethal bowler if he is used right.Dhoni and team should inspire him and instill him with confidence.He will be spearhead of Indian attack.I wud be greatly surprised if India opens with pravin n' patel in test matches too.

  • on June 12, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    for england tests ojha should be picked because of k pieterson's problem with left arm spin

  • Rumy1 on June 12, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Of the available players, my Test XI for Carribean matches:

    Jaffer, Dravid, Badrinath, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Amit Mishra, Munaf, Irfan Pathan/RP and Ishant.

    My Test XI for England matches: Sehwag, Jaffer, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS, Badrinath, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Amit Mishra, Munaf and Zaheer.

    For lack of adequate international Test match level skills and temperament, likes of Kohli, Raina, Vijay and Mukund were left out.

  • Rumy1 on June 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    For Tests, Abhimanyu Mithun was absolutely a NO as were M.Vijay and Mukund. Srikkanth and his jokers must correct themselves and bring in Irfan Pathan or RP Singh and of course WASIM JAFFER. Without a doubt, both bowlers are much more skilled than Mithun and they add good experience to a needy team. Irfan has progresed well with every game in IPL whereas Mithun disappointed with every game. WASIM JAFFER with a healthy Test average backed by a double century in Carribeans plus possessing the best domestic batting record of last 3 seasons, was way ahead of Mukund / Vijay. But what to do..JAFFER is not a Tamilian and so aren't RP / Irfan. JAFFER is still ahead in terms of skill, technique, temperament, fitness than even Gambhir so what to talk of Vijay or Mukund. Mukund and Vijay are horses for dead tracks. JAFFER'S technique/ skill were required to deal with bouncy tracks of Sabina Park and Barbados or swinging tracks in England. Sehwag [if available] and JAFFER would be ideal as openers

  • muski on June 12, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Indian cricket lovers will not complain of excessive cricket for their stars as we get a chance to see the " material" of the so called stars in waiting. I really hope that Kohli and Rohit seal their test places with so magnificent performances. Vijay is really wasting a spot at the top. He clicks once in a blue moon. However he is lucky that when you see who is behind Gambhir and Viru for a test opening spot, we dont see anyone in the horizon. With Pujara / Badri, Raina, Rohit and Kohli as the backbone of the Indian middle order for the future, Indian test batting looks good on paper.Mukund would consider himself unlucky unless he can bat down the order and battle with the above mentioned guys.With MSD, Gambhir and Viru to add to the batting, we really can think of the unthinkable so far- to ease out the big three from the test scene in a phased manner so that we dont go the Aussie way.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @ Jay Kamdar @ cris89 Cheteshwar Pujara was injured in the IPL. He is our future no. 3 batsman, a technically sound yet bravehearted run-machine. The Test Team for England will be totally different. With 6 or 7 players getting replaced. My choice for England would be- 1) Gambhir 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Laxman 6) Pujara 7) Dhoni 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Ishant 11) Sreesanth R Ashwin or A Mishra could be tried out if the conditions are conducive to spin.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @Mayur Lookhar: reaped benfits by blooding in Ishant & Irfan ? Somehow I fail to catch sarcasm in your tone.

  • on June 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Once again our selectors have erred bi picking d wrong men. Kumar and Patel. The need of the hour was to blood in rookie pacers like Deepak Chahar or Varun Aaron.

    History shows that the greatest fast bowlers were exposed to Test cricket when they played either few or none first-class games. If one has the pace, then why burn him out on docile tracks in domestic cricket. It's not that India is alien to this theory. We reaped the benefits of blooding in Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan in their teens

    Praveen Kumar, he's swinging the ball in helpful conditions; his pace lingers around the 65-77 mph mark. Not the prerequisite for a top Test bowler. In all probability, India will field two seamers and two spinners, and Kumar is likely to warm the bench. However, if Patel or Ishant were to pull up on the eve of the match, Kumar might then make his Test debut. His utility will purely lie with the new ball, but once it gets old, he doesn't have the pace or skill to get wickets.

  • on June 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @rumy: Why do you want Jaffer in of all the players. A sure sign of going back in time and trying a tried and tested failure.

  • prakash_mishra on June 12, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    and since Mithun is also in the side now,I think India wud cosider Ishant,Patel and Mithun/Kumar if they intend to play 3 pacers.I am not sure if pitches will be same for the test matches too. If this is the case India should play two spinners and they would be Harbhajan and Mishra.Mishra is bowling well and definitely needs to be nurtured for future.This is for the first time when Indian batting looks depleted too but then the young players have great opportunity ahead of them.Rohit Sharma should be picked up in the test team and should be given opportunity.He is a good stroke maker.Kohli will definitely make his Debut.Vijaya needs to cash this opportunity and he is capable.Dravid and laxman are the experiences and they should understand their role responsibly.Raina should look to play long innings.Dhoni has his own ways and methods of captaining the side but has been successful on many occasions,It wud be interesting to sse how he uses his limited resorces this time arouund. :)

  • prakash_mishra on June 12, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Absence of Zaheer will surely be felt.He is the most deceptive bowler in the world cricket at this moment. The excess cricket can be blamed but if u look at number of overs he bowled in IPL was hardly 55-60.which is equivalent to 2 tests matches hardly.but we need to have practice sessions in consideration. It is really sad to see players being available for their franchise teams but opting out when they are should be their for their country.This shows how money minded players have become in past few years. The advent of IPL has ruined attitude as well as stamina of players.Sreesanth is a good fast bowler but rarely bowls well.He misses the attitude.Thankfully Ishant is available and let's hope he doesn't meet any injury during the tour.He is quick and can be a lethal bowler if he is used right.Dhoni and team should inspire him and instill him with confidence.He will be spearhead of Indian attack.I wud be greatly surprised if India opens with pravin n' patel in test matches too.

  • on June 12, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    for england tests ojha should be picked because of k pieterson's problem with left arm spin

  • Rumy1 on June 12, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Of the available players, my Test XI for Carribean matches:

    Jaffer, Dravid, Badrinath, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Amit Mishra, Munaf, Irfan Pathan/RP and Ishant.

    My Test XI for England matches: Sehwag, Jaffer, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS, Badrinath, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Amit Mishra, Munaf and Zaheer.

    For lack of adequate international Test match level skills and temperament, likes of Kohli, Raina, Vijay and Mukund were left out.

  • Rumy1 on June 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    For Tests, Abhimanyu Mithun was absolutely a NO as were M.Vijay and Mukund. Srikkanth and his jokers must correct themselves and bring in Irfan Pathan or RP Singh and of course WASIM JAFFER. Without a doubt, both bowlers are much more skilled than Mithun and they add good experience to a needy team. Irfan has progresed well with every game in IPL whereas Mithun disappointed with every game. WASIM JAFFER with a healthy Test average backed by a double century in Carribeans plus possessing the best domestic batting record of last 3 seasons, was way ahead of Mukund / Vijay. But what to do..JAFFER is not a Tamilian and so aren't RP / Irfan. JAFFER is still ahead in terms of skill, technique, temperament, fitness than even Gambhir so what to talk of Vijay or Mukund. Mukund and Vijay are horses for dead tracks. JAFFER'S technique/ skill were required to deal with bouncy tracks of Sabina Park and Barbados or swinging tracks in England. Sehwag [if available] and JAFFER would be ideal as openers

  • muski on June 12, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Indian cricket lovers will not complain of excessive cricket for their stars as we get a chance to see the " material" of the so called stars in waiting. I really hope that Kohli and Rohit seal their test places with so magnificent performances. Vijay is really wasting a spot at the top. He clicks once in a blue moon. However he is lucky that when you see who is behind Gambhir and Viru for a test opening spot, we dont see anyone in the horizon. With Pujara / Badri, Raina, Rohit and Kohli as the backbone of the Indian middle order for the future, Indian test batting looks good on paper.Mukund would consider himself unlucky unless he can bat down the order and battle with the above mentioned guys.With MSD, Gambhir and Viru to add to the batting, we really can think of the unthinkable so far- to ease out the big three from the test scene in a phased manner so that we dont go the Aussie way.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @ Jay Kamdar @ cris89 Cheteshwar Pujara was injured in the IPL. He is our future no. 3 batsman, a technically sound yet bravehearted run-machine. The Test Team for England will be totally different. With 6 or 7 players getting replaced. My choice for England would be- 1) Gambhir 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Laxman 6) Pujara 7) Dhoni 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Ishant 11) Sreesanth R Ashwin or A Mishra could be tried out if the conditions are conducive to spin.

  • on June 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    this is trageic yaar i wanted zaheer to bowl on w indy pitches

  • jonesy2 on June 12, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    its funny india and australia have similar problems but the opposite, india have good spinners and no good fast bowlers, australia have good fast bowlers but no great spinners

  • cris89 on June 12, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @JayKamdar: Kohli, Badrinath and Raina are fighting for 2 spots..Pujara might not have got a chance even if he had been picked..He didn't get enough chances in SA though..No batsman on either side got runs in Durban( except VVS) and he got a peach from Steyn in Centurion..VVS praised him for his temperament in the 2nd innings in Durban..definitely one for the future though..

  • on June 12, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I BELIVE THAT INDIA WILL WIN THE TEST SERIES BECAUSE OF A STRONG BATING LINE UP THAT IS BETTER THAN PAKISTAN . BUT I DONOT THINK THAT INDIA NEED DROP CATCHES LIKE PAKISTAN IN 2ND TEST TO WIN A GAME BUT INDIA BATING CAN PUT ON BIG TOTAL THAT WOULD PUT PRESSURE ON THE WEST INDIES BATING AN SPIN WILL MAKE IT WORSE FOR THEM. BECAUSE PAKISTAN LOSS 1ST TEST WITH LOW TOTAL THAT WHY BIG TOTAL IN RUN WILL BE A FACTOR AGAINST THE WEST INDIES

  • shannu152 on June 11, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Good on ya Mithun... Show us now, how you became the top wicket taker in a Ranji season, twice over...

  • on June 11, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the test bowler man he should have been selected for the tour

  • shaggy_23 on June 11, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    atlast bcci has tried to give a chance to youngsters !!!!!y r they giving much hype to usless zaheer ???

  • snady_plitz on June 11, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Good to see some investment in pace which can make all the difference in test cricket. Mithun tried hard on flat decks in Sri Lanka, and this tour would be a good chance to see if he's improved. If he can keep it up at 145+, with accuracy and swing, India will finally have what they now lack -- lethal bowling. Would have preferred Varun Aaron to PK. PK does not make the opposition jittery, and once the shine is off he's like a part-timer. Would have been good for the England tour, to find the best test-level pacer after Zaheer and Sreesanth: Ishant, Aaron or Mithun.

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Zaheer & Sreesanth are India's two frontline bowlers in longer version of the game .. It is good to get more time for them for their rehabitilation before the important tours of England & Australia .. As far as batting is concerned , it is the right time to groom talents in the middle order eventhough it will be difficult to replace the BIG 3 after their retirement ...

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on June 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Good move by Selectors for the serious rotation policy but the replacement is not justified given the fact that PK is not at all a test material. Instead they should have gone with pacy V. Aaron, Umesh Yadav or lanky Arvind ahead of ENG tour! for the tough fight amongst pacers.

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    We will surely miss the Kerala express . He is the much needed player ...

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    my opinion is that regarding india team players are 1)robin uttappa, 2) abhimanyu mithun, 3) vinay kumar 4) manish pandey 5) rahuldravid 6) vvs laxman 7) suresh raina 8) virat kohli 9) yuvraj singh 10) harbhajan singh 11) ashwin balachandran

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Why is Cheteshwar Pujara not in the team. He is a run machine in the Ranjis,has all the right skills for test cricket. Good technique, sound temperament , young age , everything that u need of a new generation test match player. He should have been in the team when he performed well against the Aussies. Agreed he failed in s Africa but every senior player struggled as well. Groom Pujara for the years ahead guy, he is the next Dravid while Vijay is the next Laxman and Kohli the next Sachin.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    RP Singh should have been tried in Zaheers absence. He has decent pace, swings well and with the England tour to follow would have provided a good replacement for Zaheer Khan. He was a revelation last time in England. I saw him bowling round the wicket at Lords reminded me of Wasim Akram and when he shattered Pietersens stumps , it was an awesome sight. Selectors have a think ,, he is the next Zaheer !!!

  • Silly_Point_81 on June 11, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    wonder what Aravind could have brought to the table... Left armer, quickish, athletic. anyone know his performances in the domestic levels?

  • div09 on June 11, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    The team should be 1. Mukund 2. Vijay 3. Dravid 4. Kohli 5. Laxman 6. Parthiv Patel 7. Dhoni (WK)(C). 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Munaf Patel 11. Ishant Sharma.

    If Spinning replacement needed then amit mishra should be given a chance and then pragyan ojha If Speed replacement needed then ofcourse Abhiminyu Mithun should come in. If opener replacement needed parthiv patel should move up and badri takes his spot. If middle order replacement needed badri should be considered first then raina. GO INDIA EXTEND THE LEAD ON FIRST PLACE.!?.!?.!?............lol

  • BULTY on June 11, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Why people are thinking this Indian Test team for WI is depleted? They forget the fact that all the players who are not touring WI, except Gambhir & Sreesanth are 30+ and you cannot expect them to be around for test matches in the long run. So this is an excellent opportunity for youngsters to be tried for test matches. Even then there are seniors like Dhoni, VVSLakshman, Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra,Pragyan Ojha who all have Test match experience and they will come good in this series and inspire the youngsters like Kohli, Raina and the rest. Honestly I believe Praveen Kumar should have got his chance for Test matches long back. A bowler need not be a speed wreck to get wickets and for that matter even Zaheer is not that all fast but bowls intelligently and that's what is required.

    One more clarification wanted is: is India playing 2 Test matches or 3 in the present WI tour?

  • harryrockz on June 11, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Praveen is an able replacement. He has the ability and must be given an opportunity to perform leave alone the nature of the opposition. With Zaheer and Sreesanth setting to return for the England tour and India planning to get all the players fit and raring to go for that series, these players will for sure get a chance and its up to them to perform. With regard to the batting order, there needs to be Raina in it to bring in a variation. We had Ganguly as the only left hander earlier. If India don't pick Raina or Yuvraj (once he regains fitness) this lineup will be with full of right handed batsmen which will be easy for the opposition attack. My XI for the test is: 1. Mukund, 2. Vijay, 3. Dravid, 4. Raina, 5. Laxman, 6. Dhoni, 7. Harbhajan, 8. Mishra/Ojha, 9. Praveen, 10. Ishant, 11. Mithun. (unless you need another batsmen)

  • avinash_vem on June 11, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I agree with Vishal. PK doesn't suit Test Cricket though he is talented. On a different note, why is Dhawan in the playing eleven? What about Uthappa or Mukund or Rayudu or Venugopal Rao? They all are far better than Dhawan and ythey can open innings as well....

  • WC4India2011 on June 11, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Why is Abhimanyu Mithun picket? i have no idea....Ishant and Vinay Kumar have performed better.

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    These are good opportunities for the rookies to showcase their potential. If X, Y or Z takes a couple of 5 for or score some 100s, then the seniors will be under pressure. Remember if any player loses their national cap, their IPL value will crash down, for eg., take the case of Ganguly. Only Sachin and Dhoni enjoy the privilege of choosing series or skipping series as they wish, others don't. So if you rest or get injured, then that's it. Take pride in playing for your country, other windfalls like IPL will come in your way.

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    They are looking at all alternate availabilities but not at Irfan Pathan and / or RP Singh! Weird!

  • sukuviju on June 11, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    India might have decided to go into the test matches with 3 spinners and Ishant Sharma. Smart move by BCCI. They are providing the key bowlers additional rest to be fresh for the England series. I would suggest they send a small contingent (Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Zaheer, Shreesanth etc) to England a week in advance to gets used to English conditions. We have to thump the arrogant English who still seem to be floating in air with the ashes hangover, they have to be brought to ground.

  • ssenthil on June 11, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Whenever Zak out with Injury, Sree Follows him, Same happened in Lanka Test Series and again now. I also wonder Zak is using his Brain for Skipping Test Series as well, He knows In SL he can't get anything better with DEAD Pitches and same here in WI, by Skipping this he Maintain a Better Stat and no Blame since this are not considered as a Acid test where as in more Helpful Pitches like Aus, Eng, SA and NZ he plays all Test Series and Maintain a Good Stat and gets a Great Name as well. Anyway, all the Best for PK and Mithun.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 11, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    looking at these comments, i am mortified to how little people know about cricket Mithun performed well in Sri Lanka? Irfan Pathan and RP Singh should be included on the team and RP Singh is more of a test bowler than praveen kumar?

    The IPL has seriously demented International Cricket and big money 2020 tournaments are developing all over the world now (Big Bash is getting more overseas players, West Indies tournament is like the only domestic cricket televised and addition of more money). While before 2020 tournaments, cricketers played with passion = because they loved the sport, now cricketers are lured by the evils of money and fame. I think ICC needs to take complete control over IPL and the money distributions, or ban it like it did to the ICL.

  • Kothandaram on June 11, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    two more players out of WI tour... what's happening here... at least Praveen gets a chance to make a Test debut... good that they have picked Mithun.. sad he was dumped after a decent showing on dead tracks in Lanka

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    What happened to Unadkat, who debuted in RSA ?

  • AmrDx on June 11, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    I hope Zaheer and Sreesanth better be fit for England tour... we all know how threatening these both bowlers are in away games especially Sreesanth in England n Australia... has a good record...

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Dravid must open so that we can see Raina, Badri & Virat at same time. Not sure if Mukund is ready for highest level.

    Dravid,Vijay,Kohli,,Badri,Laxman,Raina,MSD,Bhajji,Mishra,Ishanth,Munaf

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    1.Parthiv 2.Laxman 3.Dravid 4.Kohli 5.Badri 6.Raina 7.MSD(c & wk) 8.Harbhajan 9.Mishra/Ojha 10.Ishant 11.Munaf/Praveen

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Its ridiculous to brand someone as One-Dayer without giving em a test debut !! I'm talking about Ashwin and Praveen ! After its bowling 25-30 overs in place of 10 overs. Someone who bowl extremely well in 10 overs is branded as incapable when the number of over is increased without even giving a debut ! Strange..

  • KrazyCricketKid on June 11, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Praveen Kumar shouldn't have been the replacement. It should have been Umesh Yadav.

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Mark my words mukund and vijay will fail big time , we need 3 pacers , Ishant Munaf & praveen should do it , if you say mithun did very well in sri lanka then i am next sachin

  • AABIRSABEEL on June 11, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I thing IRFAN is better than MITHUN and PK in test cricket ,he can also booost the batting line up and strength, he can open the batting as well as bowling attack ....we miss IRFAN Pathan

  • VivGilchrist on June 11, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    I guess if the Windies board and selectors don't take there team seriously why should the Indians or anyone else for that matter. Until WI sort out there issues they should be subjected to 'A' tours.

  • Dhruv0925 on June 11, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Good team and with dhoni there we are definatly goin to win

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    shresaanth should be in the team.....

  • on June 11, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    sreesanth should have been there. we will really miss sreesanth. west indies playing odis is a weak team, but when they are playing tests is yet to be seen. So, lets wait and see what happens!

  • wolf777 on June 10, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    M. Vijay is a 'dead pitch' wonder. Should pick an extra fast bowler in his place.

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    @Natesan please do not judge players by just watching their IPL performances! it is a totally different format and bowlers bowl differently! Mithun has performed very well in the domestic firsrt class level and he has done fantastically well against the sirlankan's in srilanka considering it was only his first series playing for India! i was quiet baffled when he was dropped for the south africa series! regarding pk i think we is capable taking out the opening pair with the swung he gets with the new ball! i dont know what he will do when the ball stops swinging! however he has been a consistent performer in the domestic level! lets wait and c! GOOD LUCK team INDIA! CHAK DE INDIA!

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Never Seems Srikant is Good Selector as might be he is good batsman , No Need to Take Sreeshanth he never seems blowing good i think any one who play 10 ranji matches bowls much better then him..if Shreeshant i getting chance every time i think we are losing our talent ,BCCI can hire any one for passing drinks , i Think we Dhwal Kulkarni ..who is good after then Jaidev or Arroon , who can bowl 1000000 times better then Sreeshant , Srikant Should Select on the permanence basis not on State basis , Y Saha or Chwala is Picked no idea.... Bloody Hell

  • sportsfan on June 10, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    I predict india loose points in the icc test ranking table ( and wi gain points). i think india would win the series 1-0. some days would be completely washed out as the hurricane season is already upon us. still they could do without out of form harbajan and dravid. why you still insist on incuding players based on remote past performances and not the recent performances. rahul has a test average of 37 in the past one year. rohit with an average of 28 and a strike rate of 70's after over 60 games is still playing odi's for india! there is alot of talent out there. find them

  • on June 10, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Mukund, Vijay, Dravid, Laxman, Badri, Kohli, Dhoni, Bhajji, Mishra, Ishant, Munaf/Praveen/Mithun

  • US_Indian on June 10, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Well there could be a big debate on this selection, but PK on any given day is neither a good ODI or test bowler, it is purely Dhoni's back up rather than anything. I would like to see selectors rising up above all these and pick seriously good players. Well Mithun seems to be an ok selection but could have gone for either of these players if they want to bring in somewhat experienced bowlers like Irfan or RP.Singh, and Unadkat or even Kamran khan to replace a lefty with a lefty and either Mithun, Umesh, Chahal or Balaji or Aaron.vinay or Bhuwaneshwar for righties . This series is a good test for bench strength even if we lose the series that should not matter much considering the benefits for the future, same goes for spin combinations they should try all permutation and combinations with spinners like P.Chawla, A.Mishra, R.Sharma all leggies, Ali Murtuza, Iqbal Abdulla, Bhargav Bhatt, P.Ojha all lefties, Ashwin, even Y.Pathan can be groomed from a one day specialist to a test player.

  • InnocentGuy on June 10, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    It's alright fellas. Dhoni is there to lead the team. It dudn't matter if he leads a bunch of school kids, he still gon win the game.

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    abhimanyu mithun and murli vijay don'tdeserve to ber part of indian squad, what is wrong with the selectors . there's wasim jaffer and other players should have been given the chance,irrespective of their performance in IPL .i think SELECTORS are favouring to much of the players from south . Murli vijay is good for nothing player. and players like rayudu, uthappa, manish pandey are left out

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Praveen Kumar is a bowler for the shorter formats, R.P. Singh should have been picked instead of him.

  • monayi on June 10, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    This injuries are the balance picture of IPL injury controversies.Not only Gambhir, these injuries should also be note d by the concerned authorities. Players should not be allowed to play excess matches. When the time came for playing for India, these types of injuries may came. Any way youngsters should take it as a good opportunity.. Good Luck

  • raks11 on June 10, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    If any one is needed to groom now then it is irfan patan not mitun , we badly need all rounder before england tour and ausralian tour. we have seen mitun perform in srilanka he was ok with ball. For me irfan is better bowler now and i think he must be given chance to come in squad. West indies tour is the right time to test him he can bat a descent innings and he can also reverse swing the ball yes he lost his in swing but looking at slow turning west indian pitches if he plays we can go with 3 spinners with all 3 kinds {leg, off and left arm} of spin bowlers irfan can bat as opener also for sure. My team would be 1-2 Vijay & dravid {beacuse he opened early for india} 3. virat {inform and getting better by every innings} 4.S.badri {hope he prove his worth} 5. V.V.S {really spl} 6.Raina{lucky charm of msd} 7.MSD {true leader}. 8. Bajji{need to perform} 9.Amit{best leg spinner at present} 10. Ishanth{need to perform} 11. Munaf {indian mcgrath}

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Bad Selection.................................. i think this team is half Chennai Super Kings.......where IK / RP.....?????

  • svinodmenon on June 10, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    WI still loose, lol. Even WI is not playing with their first choice players. Like Gayle, Taylor, Roach, Ben & Chandrapaul. Darren Bravo are fit for nothing, he is an overated player. First of all he need to cement his place in 11 before talking, he cannot never be Lara.

    I tell you what, Rohit, Clarke, Bravo, Swann, Umar Akmal, all are overrated players. the future legends are, Trott, Hamla, Kholi, Tamim, etc......

  • Leggie on June 10, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Some investigation should go into the origin of these injuries that are preventing Zaheer and Sreesanth to miss the Test series. Did playing the IPL aggravate the injuries? One would certainly believe so... Playing IPL in the hot and humid months of April/May on slow/low wickets will definitely take a toll on any fast bowler. BCCI should seriously reconsider the season when IPL is played and also limit the number of matches. It is just too much cricket, and in the long run will kill good quality cricket.

  • bharath74 on June 10, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Mithun shud be given more chances as he performed very well in Srilanka.

  • Nampally on June 10, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    India needs to replace Harbhajan with Ashwin, to give bowling some degree of credibility.Ashwin & Mishra can form the spin duo whilst Mnaf & Ishant/kumar can provide the pace.The rest of the team picks itself - Mukund, Vijay, Dravid, Laxman,Kohli, Raina & Dhoni. However with Ashwin not in the Test squad, Harbhajan gets another chance.If WI do not include Gayle in the side, the team will be poor in batting.Results will not be any different to the ODI's.The conditions in WI are totally different to that in England with a moving ball both in air & off the wicket. But looking ahead to England tour, Harbhajan needs to be replaced as he is just a shadow of himself.The Indian test team for England would look different to that for WI tests.Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ashwin/Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf, Mishra is probable XI, if the injured players are back.Indian batting has to rise to compensate for an average bowling

  • on June 10, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    considering the spinning wickets, we should be happy about our bowling attack. it might so happen that India will play with three spinners and only one medium-pacer in caribbean. how ironic would that be?

  • sufi_cool91 on June 10, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    I think raina as well as kohli should have been rested atleast for d test matches..both of them r playing continuous cricket..They r extremely talented players n don't want them to be wasted bcoz of injuries.. Rohit sharma would have been a good choice aswel.

  • sufi_cool91 on June 10, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @rupesh jain jaidev unadkat wouldn't have been a gud choice at all.. If u have seen his debut in south africa,u might be knowing he havent taken a single wicket or even threatend them on a pitch that was suited for seamers.. I thnk gud chance for ishant as well any other seamer whoevr plays..

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    @Anand - Ishant is already in the test squad

  • sufi_cool91 on June 10, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    @anand singh ishant sharma is already in d test squad

  • Vilander on June 10, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    is ishant already in the squad, please tell me yes.

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    why praveen kumar why not ishant?

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    "Praveen kumar is not a deserving candidate for test side because he has not a consistency in their pace as well as swing". He has not a patience to become a test player.

  • Rumy1 on June 10, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    For Tests, Abhimanyu Mithun is absolutely a bad choice as were M.Vijay or Mukund as openers. Srikkanth and his team must correct themselves and bring in Irfan Pathan and Wasim Jaffer. Without a doubt, both are much more skilled than Mithun and Vijay and they add a lot of experience to the team. Irfan has progresed with every game in the IPL whereas Mithun digressed with every game. Wasim with a healthy Test average and a double century in Carribeans plus a super domestic record in the last couple of seasons was way ahead of Mukund and Vijay. But what to do.... Jaffer and Irfan are not Tamilians.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Try to understand guys. Sreesanth -> Mithun. Zaheer -> Praveen.

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    even without the top bowling attack, though the top bowlers werent much of a threat anyway, still WI will lose this series, they have a habit of self destruction, though they would be happy to see that no bowler in the Indian side comes even close to Ajmal, they know what he did to them

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I have a serious suspicion that the reserve seamer slot is sold to the highest bidder each time on tour ..there is no consistency ...Mithiun for SL tour , Umesh Yadav and Unadkat for SA , now back to Mithun for WI ..poor Umesh Yadav did not even have a game to prove his worth

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    funny photo caption "India will have to do without Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth in the West Indies" When did sreesanth become worth bowler for india??? India team doing lots worth-full without him and he never being mainstream bowler. silly cation ... :P

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    good to see praveen in mithun in test side but where are umesh yadav and jaidev unadkat?

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    good decision.. india is preparing for england tour in the same way they prepared for world cup.. everybody with any niggle is rested.. good strategy.. hoping all are fresh and ready for england tour

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav & Prasanth Parameswaran would have been better replacements to be tried for tests. Abhimanyu Mithun seems good but does not look like making it to excellent level based on his performances so far.

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    It is clearly seen tat senior guys r targeting the england series tats y instead of asking rest everyone gets injured n gets fit b4 first test vs england. Anyways all the best for talents lyk mukund ,vijay,badri,kohli,mithun n paraveen

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    They should have chosen R.P Singh or Ishant over Mithun keeping the England tour in mind.

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    too confident Indian team management!!! These players are already tired after playing never ending ipl games

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 10, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    The IPL is not to be blamed here but the ridiculous scheduling of international cricket for the Indian team. Why the hell would we need a meaningless WI tour right after the IPL ? with all respect to the WI team, I don't think India should have agreed to this tour. The BCCI for all their credibility should voice dissent against meaningless tours and series just as much as their disapproval of the UDRS. The IPL is here to stay so why not manipulate team India's itinerary for the foreseeable future. It will become a win win situation for all parties - players, board officials, fans etc. We need a fully fit Indian squad for every series. It is unfair to the WI team, people of the region etc to miss out on viewing champion players like Sehwag, Tendulkar etc. Please do something about this nonsense.

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Very disappointing, this. I wouldn't blame the players for playing through the IPL with their injuries, but the board has to draw a line somewhere. You can't expect cricketers to play 2-month long competitions with 6-day breaks in between. And probably some of our cricketers too could have skipped the IPL considering we have 3 away tours scheduled this year. It's not fair for the board to force players to choose between the nation and IPL riches.

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Seriously, Praveen Kumar is a replacement in test match. Even if he wobbles the ball both ways, he seriously lacks pace to be threatening in a test match.

  • cbjayram81 on June 10, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Ask Sachin to stay at home. We no need of his centuries any more. Get Rest Sachin. You have to play next year IPL. Right? Take Rest . . . I guess he played more IPL matches than International Games.

  • KrazyCricketKid on June 10, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    1.Murali Vijay 2.Abhinav Mukund 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Virat Kohli 5.VVS Laxman 6.Subramaniam Badrinath 7.MS Dhoni(CAPTAIN & WK) 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Ishant Sharma 10.Munaf Patel 11.Pragyan Ojha THIS TEAM WILL BEAT WEST INDIES SOOOO EASILY!

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    One good news in this . This will make sure Ishant playing all games .

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Its a good chance for Praveen Kumar to cement his place in test matches becoz India didn't have a good fast bowling partner with Zaheer khan and PK is a good bowler

  • TheLight on June 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    WI will still get beaten.

  • kingcobra85 on June 10, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    good luck. With harbhajan firing blanks and the rest untested at test level india's bowling looks very very weak. Unless someone like ashwin and mishra is picked india has no chance of winning. it might draw the series because of batsmen

  • SamRoy on June 10, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Fantastic. Now if Gayle plays; Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo brothers and Nash are going to have a ball. And we don't have Ashwin to remove Gayle (because of obvious bias in team towards Ashwin as might become first choice ahead of Bhajji). Only Mishra looks to have improved his control a little bit and is a little bit of a threat. Ishant good one day terrible the next. Harbhajan as always overrated. Mithun bangs it in short, has potential with some pace and a decent bat but currently not much of a difficulty for opposition to handle; Praveen is slower than Venkatesh Prasad for Christ's sake -- will be the next Mark Ealham. It will be difficult for India to win a test match now unless Ishant and Mishra both bowl well and Harbhajan has one of his increasingly rare good days. And if Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach and Bishoo play together then WI are favourites for the test series. From a die hard Indian test cricket fan.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    It is just the Ipl effect, BCCI has to decide whether they want the IPL or International Cricket

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Why selectors not picking varun areon in absence of sreeshant. India needs a fast bowler badly. We have never seen someone who can be quick around 158 kph in an India team. It's high time the selectors go for pacemen for west indies and Australia tour. It is required to be no. 1 for a long time

  • SUNDOS on June 10, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    If the One day wickets in the current series are anything to go by,Zaks decision to sit this one out makes sense.With some extended bowling spells ishant and Zaheer together in England should make a good combination.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    I would have been really dejected and disillusioned about Indian Cricket if we were missing our Best Team defending our No. 1 Ranking had it been the same situation for the England Tour.. But judging from the three matches played till now. I don't think that we need to exert our top quality players. Dravid, VVS, Ishant and Bhajji are more than enough for WIndies.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Abhimanyu Mithun is a BAD choice..he does not have any pace and variations....selectors should have picked Raw talent Varun Aaron...he has got pace... and he wants to bowl fast..

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    ICC plz cancel the WIndies tour...... no point in watching test cricket when there are no stars.... for me it seems like yet another Ranji game ... the only difference being it is played far away from India...

  • svlnmurthy on June 10, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    No issues,Another chance for Jr's

  • vpk23 on June 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Get R.P. Singh on that plane to WI. He has got the talent and abliity to produce that wicket taking ability when it matters.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AvidCricFan on June 10, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Praveen Kumar does not look like wicket taking bowler unless the conditions suit him. He is not a good choice for tests.

  • gudolerhum on June 10, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    The series has already been devalued and these new exclusions make it even worse. Hardly worth calling these 'official' Test matches. It gives the WI a chance, slight it may be, to enhance their image if they can win one or maybe two against the World champions, who will be, albeit at well below their true strength. It will test the depth of the resources of both sides. This gives the hosts a slight advantage, if they can capitalise on it through consistency and application.

  • MagicMI on June 10, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Thank God, Sreesanth is not playing ;)

  • Godfather007 on June 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Who will watch this series now..

  • donda on June 10, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    I bet you start new IPL in July every body will be back to playing with full fitness. Its all drama and money issue, International cricket has no big many therefore no big charm for players.

    I suggest to ICC to stop playing test matches of no significance and make better schedule so that big teams play big teams.

    IPL and WC gave lots of money to indian players that they can live without cricket for one whole year. So funny to see how easily they can get away from Int cricket.

    Int Cricket is devalued by IPL.

  • Bunty_79 on June 10, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    It's OK.Atleast some fringe players will get oppurtunity.Even our third string team can take care of this hopelessly hopeless West Indies team.The administrators of West Indies Cricket should resign immediately for ruining the structure of West Indies Cricket completely!1

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    agree zaheer skipped... but why sreesanth comes into picture here :D

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Instead of bashing the IPL, I'm going to say that this is a great opportunity to test out new players, who otherwise would never even get a chance to break into the Test team.

  • CandidIndian on June 10, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Injury or rest? I think looking at the present WI team and pitches used in matches both Zak and Sreesanth are given rest so that they are 100 percent fit for England series.I may be wrong but for now this seem to be the plan.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    WI tour is a great opportunity to give Indian bench strength an International experience and give well deserved rest to main playing X1. just after WI tour, India would be playing against world class English cricket team and you need fresh legs to play against team like current English team.and Kudos to selectors for choosing Mithun for WI tour,at present he is the only genuine fast bowler in Indian domestic circuit with the built and fitness of a test class bowler,I was disappointed when he wasn't selected for SA tour.Now Indian selectors are doing a great job and deserve as much credit for India's rise in world cricket,I liked their decision of not to select Chawla and Valthaty for WI tour against general notion.they certainly are not a bunch of jokers like their counterparts in other boards whose handling of Jayasuriya , Katich, Afridi are beyond my understanding.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Finally PK has been given chance, it was due for some time . He has been one of the consistent performer in the domestic first class matches.His swing will be quite useful as he can swing the ball on any pitch of the world . He will also provide batting muscle in the lower order so it's good for Indian team . "Chance de kar to dekho " in PK's words .

  • InnocentGuy on June 10, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    That's alright boys. Dhoni is in. So no worries. Dudn't matter if he leads a team of 7th graders. He gon win anyhow!

  • KALPANA. on June 10, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ITS A SAD SITUATION. FIRSTLY, THE BCCI HAS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF IPL MATCHES OTHERWISE THIS WILL HAPPEN TO MORE AND MORE PLAYERS EVERY YEAR. . . SECONDLY, IF THIS WAS A TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, EVERY SINGLE PLAYER WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE, BE IT SEHWAG OR ZAHEER OR SACHIN OR ANYONE. THEY DON'T FEEL THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOUR AND THAT IS DEMORALISING. . IT IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS BUT I WISH WEST INDIES WIN THE TEST SERIES TO MAKE INDIA REALISE THAT THEY SHOULD GIVE EQUAL IMPORTANCE TO ALL CRICKETING NATIONS.

  • pal69 on June 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    So finally PK is in the test squad. I really wanted to see him in Test squad.

  • ShashidharHundi on June 10, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Not a good news. However, Iindia should still win the test series considering the depleted WI team without Gayle. Mithun confidence may not be really good after the hammering he got at IPL but he will be a different bowler in tests. Given the problems WI are having while facing indian spin, Indian bowling line will have Harbhajan & Amit Mishra. I think it will be a safe bet to have Praveen in the team.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    where is Varun Aron nd Umesh yadav????

  • shaileshacharya123 on June 10, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Balance betn both teams...will be good test series

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Why didn't they look at R.P Singh. Far better bet than Abhimanyu Mithun for sure. Interesting picks - both of them.

  • mrms on June 10, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Why does the title on the cricinfo main page say "Zaheer and Sreesanth skip WI Tests"? "Skip" would mean that they have decided not to go. But the first line of this article indicates that they are "ruled out" due to injuries.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Finally. Praveen Kumar getting the opportunity he deserves.

  • slipfielder on June 10, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Good riddance. There are enough talented youngsters who will be glad to get a chance to represent India.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    India gonna pay badly when gayle chanders ll be back in test. It gonna be one sided match. WI ALL THE WAY.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    india is much better off with Praveen kumar instead of sreesanth, zaheer will be thoroughly missed but probly wont be needed vs west indies

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    but still India can win this series...thats sure!

  • CricketChat on June 10, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Given constant injuries and the fact he is not getting any younger Zaheer should actually concentrate on shorter formats more than Tests to preserve himself for at least couple of yrs. I guess Sreesanth's absence hardly matters as his contribution is nothing to write about. He has been more of a distraction and nuisance to captain than help. The replacements in Mithun and Praveen are both unsuitable for Tests. WI team should feel happy now that they only have to watch out for just Harbhajan.

  • Deepak_Sachin on June 10, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Just a stat...34 of the 40 windies wickets in the last series of pakistan went to spinners.You may say that it was because of ajmal but 17 of those wickets was shared by not-so-threatening off spinners (HAFEEZ and REHMAN)which tells you that bhajji and mishra will win atleast 2 matches on their own .i predict 2-0 in indias favour

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    get varun AARON in the team...

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Hope Zaheer and Sreesanth recover in time for the England Tour.Good Chance for Praveen and Mithun to impress for the 3rd seamer's slot.

  • Deepak_Sachin on June 10, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    I dont think this will be a major blow... Amit mishra and harbhajan singh are enough to blow this windies team away. India 2-0

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Well expected it, but sad sad i mean why was this tour even there in the first place bcci are the worst board i've seen, first these long ipls after the wc , i mean the wc players deserved a big celebration and deserved rest for a month or so, then after ipl a wi tour where an india a side is battling against them yes i agree it's a gud chnce for the youngsters but still , why forcing series on players then damn it, i dunno i felt sachin should have played this test series anyways zaheer sree needs to set their priorities right i mean ipl's fun everything but their constant injuries are making them skip imp tours i dunno if they'd even play the eng series which would be a blow if they won't hoping they'd recover fast though :)

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Oh, please do not take IPL again and again in the articles. Everyone wants to earn money, show me a person who would work in office day and night without desiring high pay rises. When cricketers get IPL, they go for it and miss some international cricket tours. If they miss an important international schedule and the country loses, ask them why they played IPL. Do not keep talking about IPL for missing west indies tour, from which the youngsters are benefiting a lot already and still west indies team is struggling to beat them. This is the first time we would get to see how a full young Indian test team would perform without Tendulkar, so give me a chance to look at the future. And, please do not talk about IPL again and again and again like a broken tape recorder. It really gets to a irritating level.

  • PradeepR on June 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I think the rest of the world cup squad should skip this tour as well with no exceptions and India should test a full second XI. The first XI deserves a well-earned rest and the second XI exposure at the international level.

  • Raapchik on June 10, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Zaheer not playing is a major blow to the inexperienced bowling attack, but Sreesanth should have taken this opportunity to put up a good performance.

  • asimbhai on June 10, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    If they wanted rest why Play in the IPL 2011 could have taken 6 Weeks off.Sachin have never toured West Indies after the 2007 World Cup and If it wasn't in 2011 World Cup Fixture .Sachin hadn't played the West Indies since few year last being home series way back in Jan -feb 2007.But what I think that they are forced to Play in IPL because of their Name .Also if they didn't play in IPL they the IPL would be uninteresting and would loose TRPs .After all the IPL is for the 3 things .As it provide opportunities for the younger talent .And a livelihood for other cricketers and exposure .Good to see them resting .These are the opportunities for younger talent to keep their presence felt.And left a strong impression on selectors.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    we are desperate out of the news. all prays for u both to return as earlier .

  • khlfn14 on June 10, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    I was expecting this. Now I think dhoni may too consider to opt out of this series :( Ahh..Wat this IPL has done to each and every cricketer...its really sad..Well beside that thank god they brought back Mithun, he bowled very well on srilanka's flacid wkts and choosing preevin kumar is an interesting option will c wat happens eventually...I still think india will win the odis 5-0 or 4-1 and the test series 2-0 due to their huge confidence and also they are mentally more stronger dan WI. Bt i can say it wll be very difficult for india to get the wicket of shiv chanderpaul!!

  • mishmanin on June 10, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Great opportunity for both Praveen and Mithun. I always believed that Praveen has in him to make it at the Test stage, since he can swing it both the ways. If he does well in WI, then England tour is quite likely, which would be great for India in English conditions.

    As far as Mithun is concerned, he should never have been dropped from the team in the first place after the Sri Lanka tour.

    Great opportunity for both these guys!!

  • Kumar_cricket on June 10, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Zaheer ,get well soon mate.We need you badly in England.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Very sad to see this...... Missing Zak and Sree is big loss... I think Good replacement but worry is Praveen is capable of bowling long spells in test is question.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    What happended to U Yadav and the other kid from KKR who went to South Africa, or are they too good for WI too??

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    How the mighty have fallen! Once upon a time, not too long ago players would be queuing up to play against West Indies. The best were judged on the basis of their returns on a Caribbean tour, people even changed clubs in county cricket to be in the same dressing room as some of the legends of the game.

  • palla.avinash on June 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    first fall playing tests with west indies is boring now for indians so i would like to have "TRI TEST SERIES" INCLUDING NEW ZEALAND WHO ARE FREE AT PRESENT.SECONDLY TOTHE PIONT i think i good to zaheer resting as there are 4 tests against strong england but sreesanth need to keep himself fit and prove him self and taking praveen kumar should have considered instead hey should have to lef arm seamer for variotion like undakat or pradeep sangwan or even sumit narwal who is developing as an all rounder.ipl is to much to present cricket it should be decreased to 8 teams immediate effect.i feel iplis going to cricket or at least odis and t20s.

  • crikbuff on June 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    As Arjuna Ranatunga rightly said, "IPL is a monster that will destroy international cricket".

  • appu12 on June 10, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Congrats MITHUN AND PK ...Its good opportunity for YOUNG ABHIMANYU MITHUN to impress the selectors..he is very deadly customer in RANJI circuit..hope he does well...ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA>>>SHOW TO THE WHOLE WORLD Y U R NUMBER 1 TEAM IN THE WORLD

  • LSmith on June 10, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Still team looks really strong. No need for our first choice players for minnow WI.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    i guess this is all plan before england tour.... there is no need of ipl to bring in it.....and by the way i want zaheer to be fit for england tests....hope praveen gets selected ahead of sreesanth in england tour for tests....

  • thewayitwass on June 10, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    people cry for an IPL window, i cry about IPL.. a useless money making tournament which serves no greater purpose and only dilutes international cricket.. how many players have used ipl it break into the indian team? wasnt that its supposed goal? all it does is breed mediocrity and tempt players, who understandably are drawn to its riches.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    aww.. this squad is getting weaker nd weaker.. seems INDIA is not going to respect the attack of WINDIES at all

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Im glad Zaheer is not playing v WI - he like all our World Cup winning heroes desrve a much needed rest. It saddens me though that WI are such a poor imitation of their 'Fire in Babylon' glory days. Time was when players opted out of WI tour coz they feared for their careers, now they opt out coz WI are no longer a challenge

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    thats really bad after the major batsman like sehwag, ghambir and sachin pulled out now zaheer and shree missing means it will be a tough for Dhoni to retain no.1 spot. hope zaheer will be back for the english tour where his swing will be required more.....

  • Darnakka on June 10, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Both WI and India are playing third rated team for this series. Why do they have to play at all?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    What is happening to all main players? Injuries at the last moment. Disgusting. The replacement could have been a better experienced player like R P Singh instead of Mithun.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    R.Vinay Kumar would have been a much better choice for Praveen kumar...but anyways lets hope these two fill in well for Zaks and Sree.

  • Natesan333 on June 10, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Mithun, seriously?!! This guy was getting abused by even low level Batsmen in the IPL. I know WI is not a big threat, but still they can't find a suitable replacement?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Praveen Kumar is an able replacement but india will rely heavily on spin with no zaheer

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  • on June 10, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Praveen Kumar is an able replacement but india will rely heavily on spin with no zaheer

  • Natesan333 on June 10, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Mithun, seriously?!! This guy was getting abused by even low level Batsmen in the IPL. I know WI is not a big threat, but still they can't find a suitable replacement?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    R.Vinay Kumar would have been a much better choice for Praveen kumar...but anyways lets hope these two fill in well for Zaks and Sree.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    What is happening to all main players? Injuries at the last moment. Disgusting. The replacement could have been a better experienced player like R P Singh instead of Mithun.

  • Darnakka on June 10, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Both WI and India are playing third rated team for this series. Why do they have to play at all?

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    thats really bad after the major batsman like sehwag, ghambir and sachin pulled out now zaheer and shree missing means it will be a tough for Dhoni to retain no.1 spot. hope zaheer will be back for the english tour where his swing will be required more.....

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Im glad Zaheer is not playing v WI - he like all our World Cup winning heroes desrve a much needed rest. It saddens me though that WI are such a poor imitation of their 'Fire in Babylon' glory days. Time was when players opted out of WI tour coz they feared for their careers, now they opt out coz WI are no longer a challenge

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    aww.. this squad is getting weaker nd weaker.. seems INDIA is not going to respect the attack of WINDIES at all

  • thewayitwass on June 10, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    people cry for an IPL window, i cry about IPL.. a useless money making tournament which serves no greater purpose and only dilutes international cricket.. how many players have used ipl it break into the indian team? wasnt that its supposed goal? all it does is breed mediocrity and tempt players, who understandably are drawn to its riches.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    i guess this is all plan before england tour.... there is no need of ipl to bring in it.....and by the way i want zaheer to be fit for england tests....hope praveen gets selected ahead of sreesanth in england tour for tests....