ICC World Twenty20 2010 March 26, 2010

Vinay and Chawla in World Twenty20 squad

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Karnataka fast bowler Vinay Kumar is the only new face in India's 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, while legspinner Piyush Chawla returns to the national side after nearly two years. With both Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra declared fit, the rest of the squad pick themselves, Rohit Sharma retaining his place under massive pressure from Virat Kolhi through ODI runs, and Manish Pandey through a bumper Ranji season and impressive showing in the IPL. Vinay has edged out Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth, both part of India's last Twenty20 squad.

Parallels could be drawn with India's selection of Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, who were still recovering from injuries, for last year's World Twenty20. Then, as the selectors said later, India had taken the risk and paid for it: Sehwag didn't manage a single game, and Zaheer was not at his best. This time, though, Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of national selection committee, confirmed all players had sent in their fitness certificates, and that there were no fitness worries in the squad.

The selectors resisted the temptation of looking outside the 30 probables they had earlier announced, after Robin Uthappa's fireworks in the IPL, and Irfan Pathan's return to fitness. Instead they went for the tried and tested names there: Rohit in the middle order, and Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja as allrounders. As expected, Jadeja's controversial omission from the IPL didn't hamper his future with the national side.

While the selectors didn't get carried away by a few good performances in the first third of the IPL, Vinay's impressive bowling in the event so far, in addition to yet another big domestic season, was enough for the nod. Vinay, the fourth seamer in the squad, picked 46 Ranji wickets, and as a timely nudge, is currently joint-second on the IPL wicket-takers' list, bagging eight for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The same formula didn't work for his state-mate Pandey, though. He was the leading run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy, and has been valuable for Bangalore in the IPL so far. The selection committee, however, went for the batsman more experienced at the international level, in Rohit.

The choice of back-up spinner, which has been this selection committee's weakest suit, continues to baffle. Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra, who have been taking turns in travelling as the back-up spinner without actually getting a decent run in the team, were both overlooked in favour of Chawla. All three spinners have been in reasonable form in the IPL, with Mishra leading the way. Chawla last played for India during the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan.

"I had a really good Ranji Trophy season after a good county stint at Sussex. So I was confident about my cricket but about this Twenty20 selection it was 50-50," Chawla told Cricinfo. "So this call is a big surprise. I knew I would come back in the Indian team but I was not very, very confident about making it to the Twenty20 squad."

That MS Dhoni is returning from an injury must have prompted the selectors to pick a reserve wicketkeeper, although they don't lose much by way of a batsman because Dinesh Karthik has proved to be a good batsman in the Twenty20 format.

The World Twenty20 starts on April 30, five days after the end of the IPL; India are grouped with South Africa and Afghanistan.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma

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  • on April 2, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Not a gud team ...but if i have select 1. Shewag 2. Tendulkar 3. Raina 4. Yuvraj 5. Dhoni 6. Yousuf Pathan 7. Rohit Sharma 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Harbajan 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Praveen Kumar

    and u you can take Asish Nehra to Replace Rohit sharma...

  • samir on April 2, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    ASHISH NEHRA, really? I mn I like the guy, but come one. and not Mishra, not Ojha but Chawla? Where is Uthappa? Irfan?

  • ihaq1 on April 1, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    well i think the indians are going in with an oldish sqaud...looks more like a test team than a youthful 20-20 team...older guys find it tougher when u dont have anytime to think...i would say u have two good fast batsmen but yusuf pathan ,praveen kumar and ashish nehra are past their prime...although ravindra jadeja can spin better nowadays and should play instead for yusuf...selecting harbhajan might be a liability too..the second spinner could be yusuf unless u are playing the west indies or a junior side like ireland etc...when u come up against the likes of australia than u need faster me...india should be developing speedsters...as in 20-20 therr is not much time to adapt and if the batsmen are seeing the seamers well than it will be curtains for india by the time it is their turn to bat

  • A.Ak on April 1, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    People still talking about SRT. He said he is out. To be wise, people should think about who is better in WI pitch conditions rather than form. I think Ishant might be usefull as a tall bowler, its sad to miss big hitter like Uthappa who is much better than YP and a very good player of short balls. Lets hope YPathan and RSharma not letting us down this time at least.

    I lost faith in Indian small format batting and bowling. There is no consistency, its all about hitting the ball. May be viewers also wants the same in t20.

  • MereKaranArjunAayenge on April 1, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Chawla over Mishra/Ojha. U must be kidding me!!! Feel sad for Uthappa too, he missed out

  • frozeninusa on March 31, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    It is a travesty not to include Tendulkar in the squad unless he does not want to play. If he can play the IPL, he can certainly play the world cup. Every other team must be laughing at us for this STUPID mistake.

    The three youngsters India should be grooming are Virat Kohli, Sourabh Tiwari, and Manish Pandey. Any of these three will be a better choice than the likes of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik unless Karthik is needed as the second wicket-keper.

  • ak1990 on March 31, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Not a bad team but some bad selections. Picking Chawla over Mishra is laughable. Even Ojha would have been a better pick he's proved himself when he's had the chance. Yusuf isn't consistent, he can hit a hundred off 30 odd on a flat track in india but in the Windies? He was exposed in England.Rohit can be a decent allrounder but down the order. Irfan Pathan should have been in, as well as Pandey or Uthappa. Irfan's a handy floater in batting and can bowl in the middle. He keeps getting given the new ball and getting smacked. With his variations he can keep it tight with the keeper up ala t20 2007!

    My team would be:- Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Uthappa, Rohit, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer.(Pandey, Mishra, Nehra and Kathik reserves)

    Bowling options aplenty and bat down to 11 plenty of finishers

  • JAANANGEL on March 30, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    i Think now wasting time on thinking who is selected and who is not we should now pray the selected players should perform well and win world cup for the second time.

  • manusharma on March 30, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    My team: SRT, V Sehwag, S Raina, Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwari, Yusuf, Uthappa, I pathan, Harbhajan, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan

    Extras: Y Singh (for middle order), M Pande (for opening), Vinay Kumar (medium pacer), M Kartik (Spinner), R Jadeja (all rounder)

    In case if replacements needed: G Gambhir, S. Trivedi, Pragyan Ojha

  • on March 30, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    whre is irfan pathan................

  • on April 2, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Not a gud team ...but if i have select 1. Shewag 2. Tendulkar 3. Raina 4. Yuvraj 5. Dhoni 6. Yousuf Pathan 7. Rohit Sharma 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Harbajan 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Praveen Kumar

    and u you can take Asish Nehra to Replace Rohit sharma...

  • samir on April 2, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    ASHISH NEHRA, really? I mn I like the guy, but come one. and not Mishra, not Ojha but Chawla? Where is Uthappa? Irfan?

  • ihaq1 on April 1, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    well i think the indians are going in with an oldish sqaud...looks more like a test team than a youthful 20-20 team...older guys find it tougher when u dont have anytime to think...i would say u have two good fast batsmen but yusuf pathan ,praveen kumar and ashish nehra are past their prime...although ravindra jadeja can spin better nowadays and should play instead for yusuf...selecting harbhajan might be a liability too..the second spinner could be yusuf unless u are playing the west indies or a junior side like ireland etc...when u come up against the likes of australia than u need faster me...india should be developing speedsters...as in 20-20 therr is not much time to adapt and if the batsmen are seeing the seamers well than it will be curtains for india by the time it is their turn to bat

  • A.Ak on April 1, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    People still talking about SRT. He said he is out. To be wise, people should think about who is better in WI pitch conditions rather than form. I think Ishant might be usefull as a tall bowler, its sad to miss big hitter like Uthappa who is much better than YP and a very good player of short balls. Lets hope YPathan and RSharma not letting us down this time at least.

    I lost faith in Indian small format batting and bowling. There is no consistency, its all about hitting the ball. May be viewers also wants the same in t20.

  • MereKaranArjunAayenge on April 1, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Chawla over Mishra/Ojha. U must be kidding me!!! Feel sad for Uthappa too, he missed out

  • frozeninusa on March 31, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    It is a travesty not to include Tendulkar in the squad unless he does not want to play. If he can play the IPL, he can certainly play the world cup. Every other team must be laughing at us for this STUPID mistake.

    The three youngsters India should be grooming are Virat Kohli, Sourabh Tiwari, and Manish Pandey. Any of these three will be a better choice than the likes of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik unless Karthik is needed as the second wicket-keper.

  • ak1990 on March 31, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Not a bad team but some bad selections. Picking Chawla over Mishra is laughable. Even Ojha would have been a better pick he's proved himself when he's had the chance. Yusuf isn't consistent, he can hit a hundred off 30 odd on a flat track in india but in the Windies? He was exposed in England.Rohit can be a decent allrounder but down the order. Irfan Pathan should have been in, as well as Pandey or Uthappa. Irfan's a handy floater in batting and can bowl in the middle. He keeps getting given the new ball and getting smacked. With his variations he can keep it tight with the keeper up ala t20 2007!

    My team would be:- Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Uthappa, Rohit, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer.(Pandey, Mishra, Nehra and Kathik reserves)

    Bowling options aplenty and bat down to 11 plenty of finishers

  • JAANANGEL on March 30, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    i Think now wasting time on thinking who is selected and who is not we should now pray the selected players should perform well and win world cup for the second time.

  • manusharma on March 30, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    My team: SRT, V Sehwag, S Raina, Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwari, Yusuf, Uthappa, I pathan, Harbhajan, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan

    Extras: Y Singh (for middle order), M Pande (for opening), Vinay Kumar (medium pacer), M Kartik (Spinner), R Jadeja (all rounder)

    In case if replacements needed: G Gambhir, S. Trivedi, Pragyan Ojha

  • on March 30, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    whre is irfan pathan................

  • Batman111 on March 30, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Not a good side... My side would be 1. Shewag 2. Tendulkar 3. Raina 4. Yuvraj 5. Dhoni 6. Yousuf Pathan 7. Rohit Sharma 8. Harbajan 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Praveen Kumar 11. Asish Nehra

  • on March 29, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    I think our bowling department is looking very poor.. Inclusion of Vinaykumar does not make any sense.. None of our bowlers are good at yorkers and variations.. Gujju boy Siddharth Trivedi is doing very well in IPL..He has all the variations.. He could be included in team... And Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa should be included in side than Rohit Sharma.. Robbie is hitting sixes far away than Yuvi & Dhoni in this IPL....

  • on March 29, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    My Team would be :: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag (bat/Bowl), Gautam Gambhir (bat), Suresh Raina (bat/bowl), Yusuf Pathan (bat/bowl), Saurabh Tiwary (bat), Sikhar Dhavan (bat), Virat Kohli (bat), Manish Pandey (bat),Vinay Kumar (bat), Zaheer Khan(bowl), Irfan Pathan (all rounder), Praveen Kumar(Bowl), Harbhajan Singh(bowl), Sreesanth ........... no need of extra spinners since other players can also bowl bettern than the regular bowlers.

  • on March 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    yah its best team nd selector hv chosen best of best....nd robin should play in t20 world cup

  • manusharma on March 29, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Srikanth had selected : R ashwin, M Vijay, Badreenath, Ganapathi, L. Balaji, D Karthik, new faces in T20 world cup team... but Dhoni oofered his resignations, hence the current bunch of players: Chawla, Rohit, Nehra, Karthiik are selected (who paid advance bribes to SK for selection. In an ideal condition, selection of team should have been delayed till the end of IPL and top performers should be picked irrespective of their state/experience background.

  • sathishvaiju on March 29, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Guys, This is crazy,Team is good in batting, with the likes of Wehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina and Pathan.But bowling is very worrying, moreover Robbie should get a chance ahead of useless Rohit.What the hell Rohit contributed in any of the international matches???He is only a good player in match fixing IPL.y Irfan is not in the squad.Srikkanth you better resign from the post and go with you businees.I am from chennai only.Boss you are not selecting a good team, please resign, this time i am praying god that this team has to be beaten even by Afghanistan.Rohit sharma is not a great international player and this indian team selection panel is ruining the future of Irfan pathan. I think captain Crack Dhoni will be the main reason for that, He has fear i hope because irfan can overtake him as captain.....This indian team is a bunch of jokers.....

  • Rastaman21 on March 29, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    This is quite a baffling selection; the selectors are playing safe and really may need to get their priorities right. Selection should be based on form and not based on past achievements. There are 5 players I would leave out: Piyush Chawla (lack of recent international exposure), Yuvraj (he has been a non-performing passenger for far too long and shd not be selected based on his past performance), Ashish Nehra (wonder why he is selected??), Ravindra Jadeja (should not even be considered given the gravity of his "sin" by trying to re-negotiate his IPL contract; such greedy players and shd leave him in the cold for a while), and Rohit Sharma (bad failure in last World Twenty20 and has been far too inconsistent and seems to talk more about fast cars, etc.) In their place, I would include the following 5 players: Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Robin Utappa, Irfan Pathan and Murali Karthik. The IPL form is important; it's high time the selectors be serious and select quality form players.

  • nishkarshs on March 28, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    @Harnoor_Lamba talking of logical thinking, how logical is yours in saying that "whenever jadeja scores, india loses". the guy actually hangs in when wickets are tumbling around. remember the odi vs aus at guwahati when india lost 5 wickets around 10-12 overs, it was him, dhoni and praveen who got india to a repectable total. he sure's not a top order techincally correct batsman, but sure has a lot of sense and temperament in his batting, he can hit big and runs and fields really well (not to mention his useful slower ones). Pathan on the other hand has become a batting allrounder who can bat well at times, hit big no doubt but primarily is a bowler and boy he's erratic at that. when i have, Zaheer, Praveen and Vinay Kumar in form as now, i can not pick a pathan as a seamer in my side. Sorry!

  • on March 28, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Irfan pathan & Rabbin Uthappa should be included in the side. Gambir, Viru, Uthappa, Yuvi, Dhoni, Yousuf, Raina, Pathan, Praveen, Bajji & Shaheer Khan if their are playing all in the T20 world cup it is a best team. They will miss Irfan & Robbin in World cup

  • on March 28, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    My Team:: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey,Vinay Kumar , Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar,R. P. Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha , Irfan Pathan ,Robin Uthappa ...........

  • on March 28, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    We should be having the best team with the Indian player topping charts in every aspect of the IPL. Our selectors have disheartened the billion of us.

  • Harnoor_Lamba on March 28, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    amit mishra is any day a better bowler than piyush chawla nd ojha... secondly, i think rohit sharma has a very good reach coz despite so many ordinary performances, he finds himself in the t20 squad..!! uthappa whom i see as a genuine talent with super looking shots is nowhere to be seen... he is an ideal foil for t20s.. thirdly, irfan pathan is a better choice than ravindra jadeja... he can score big sixes when reqd.. who can forget jadeja's "heroics" against england do-die t20 wc match...?? if u look at jadeja's batting performances in odi's nd t20s u'll notice dat his avg is less than 10 when india wins nd whenevr he scores, india loses!! in short, when he is not scoring, it is good for india!! i hope srikkanth spares some time for logical thinking instead of just minting money from players like rohit sharma nd jadeja..!!!..:(

  • on March 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    pandey or utthapa would have been selectable

  • bharatindu on March 28, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Now that the wise men have selected the team, if anyone gets injured or does not pass the fitness, Irfan should be the automatic choice being the all rounder.

  • on March 27, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Uthappa instead of Rohit , Ojha instead of Piyush and instead of Ashish could have picked Irfan..but on the whole looks like batting heavy team with no specialized t20 bowlers

  • sai_prashanth on March 27, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    spin section- either of ohja, murli karthik, amit misra deserved ahead of harbhajan

    fast bowling - Nehra recent form is not convincing.. ishanth/srisanth or new young

    fast bowlers could have been given a chance...

    batting - yes, Utappa deserved it. ahead of dinesh karthik i guess...

    alrounder - ravindra jadeja is no match to irfan pathan. pathan is a match winner

  • Futurrackz on March 27, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I think that's the worst of selection that could have been taken place. I am just sympathetic towards Irfan, Uthappa and Pandey, cause We've seen Pandey striking better then Sharma, we've seen Irfan doing better then any other foreign all-rounder playing in this IPL, we've seen Uthappa hitting sixes cleanly then any other batsman picked up in the squad, apart from Yusuf but he is not multi-dimensional as he can just smash deliveries under 135kph.

    about Jadeja, I don't see him smashing delieveries of good bowlers. Any average player of spin bowling can easily slam him way. Nehra, joke in t20, even tailenders hit him.

    Looks like this guys are paying because we don't have selectors from there states in the selection committee, one example of that is R.Sharma's inclusion in the side cause of Vengasarkar. I hope I get to see sreekanth sometime ever in my life as I've got alot to question him for whatever selection is taking place. I was about to use some bitter words rather then question.

  • Astarry on March 27, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is having a decent run in IPL, but there are other players who are playing better. And how many chances will u give to one person ..it is unfair to others. Manish Pandey is a class act...sure to rise to the same stature as a Sehwag or a Yuvi. Any blind person can see this.

  • on March 27, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    cant understand why Irfan pathan is not included in the team? he has a fantastic finishing in batting and can be used in any position. can use him in bowling very well. and i dont think there are any such kind of all rounder in indian team. the only one for the time is Irfan pathan. so wats happening guys? please explain.

  • on March 27, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    They would have dropped Harbajan and selected Ojha or Irfan.. Irfan is performing really great in IPL..

  • on March 27, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Rohith is the best allrounder.. they wouldhave dropped Harbajan and selected Prjnan Ojha or Irfan..

  • LUCKYBHAI on March 27, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    I THINK IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS HE CAN BAT AT LOWER ORDER IF REQUIRED.AND ALSO HE IS NOT SO BAD BOWLER, JUST HE NEEDS SOME BACKING FROM HIS SENIOUR PLAYERS.RAVINDER JADEJA DOSNT GETS PLACE IN 20-20 AD HE DOSNT HAVE BIG SHOTS AT LOWER ORDER. AND AFTER HAVING SHEWAG, DHONI,YUSUF, RAINA,GAMBHIR, HE CAN NOT COME TO BAT ABOVE THIS PLAYERS. BUT IRFAN PATHAN CAN COME AT ANY NUMBER AS HE IS A CLEAN HITTER OF A BALL.........I THINK SOME IS GOING WRONG WITH IRFANS FORTUNE.HOPE HE PLAY WELL IN IPL AND PLAY SOME GOOD GAME AND PROVE HIMSELF........IRFAN BEST OF LUCK

  • TwitterJitter on March 27, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Wow, 400+ comments knowing fully well that whichever combination we pick, India is still not good enough to make the final four in T20. That's impressive!!! Take it Aussie and SA fans!!! Can you dare to post so many comments in spite of having a better team? :-) I dare you to come up a comment contest with India or Pakistani fans and you will always loose. :-) lol.

  • spinkingKK on March 27, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I can't believe they haven't bothered to select Mishra. I think he is probably the best T20 bowlers around. Mishra an Uthappa will be in any T20 team I pick. Also, eventhough I am a fan of Zaheer Khan, I don't think he is a good bowler in T20's. That position should have gone to Irfan Pathan (Pathan will be glad to give 20 runs per over just like Zaheer. But, he can bat better in a crisis). Mishra should have replaced Chawla and Uthappa in place of Yuvraj or Rohit Sharma.

  • Schek on March 27, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Manish Pandey and Uthappa deserves the place in Batsmen role... good luck to Rohit Sharma... One new face Vinay Kumar...Gud luck Vinay.. U have to prove that you are all-rounder.. All the best to everyone

  • on March 27, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    if both pathan bros are at the middle we can have a hope till the end but now if the top order collapse thr is no sense of hoping... going in momentum during first 6 overs takes a team to a huge total... if sehwag gets out early irfan can be sent so tat he can go over the bowler with no pressure.... othrwise anyone like raina, dhoni, ... will hav to save their wicket and lose the momentum and end up in a hardworked target of 150-160... I think this team selected is out of someones intuition... thankgod ishant was not thr... vinay and jadeja good move... chawla not tat.... nehra shd hav been replaced by pathan... one can see how expensive he would be as the tournament progress. Mr.satyasainvs made a good post i agree wit u... selectors shd atleast think like we do.... GoodLuck...

  • SpeakingTree on March 27, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Again, it's a team studded with powerful batters but weak bowling attack. It was time for Rohit Sharma to get his due. Irrespective of his amazing talent, the selection board have almost killed his future. He's been kept away from one-day and test matches. Nehra probably is not a wise inclusion comparing Irfan Pathan who probably has similar economy rate but bats well. Otherwise the team looks good. All these are amazing talents. If you go by sheer capability... Shewag, Yuvraj and Pathan combined together could reach almost 300 runs in 20 overs. All the best and bring the cup home.

  • arunnr on March 27, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I feel these are wise selections. Rohit riding his luck still for the T20 WC.. would have liked to see Pandey or Uttappa... We can wish the Indian squad to do well with this squad rather than talking about the IFs and the BUTs for the team..

    Jai Ho Indai.. !! All the best Dhoni and Co. ..!!!

  • lcewarriors on March 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    why is rohit sharma gettin such a stick ? he has been playing really well for deccan charges .... he is ranked 6 on the all time ipl run charts .. ahead of dhoni, kallis , sachin , shewag and uttapa .. and he has way more 6's than those guys ... so the way you guys are gunning for his axe with out much knowledge as to what the stats say is hilarious

  • sreekanthkar on March 27, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    who wants ravindra jadeja and dinesh karthik....i dont think so dey can perform welll....instead dey cud have gone for robin uthappa and irfan....

  • satyasainvs on March 27, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    This is good team selection on paper not in the play ground. I feel fielding will be the worst factor. I see except raina and jadega no other are the fast movers in the field. Selected bowlers are traditional not for 20-20. Especially 20-20 you need to mixing up deliverires and use brain to tempt batsman. I don't see in selected bowlers are such kind. Common man like me think so much why don't selection committee think bit deeper in considerations. We have upcoming 2011 world cup as well. I admire Sachin even he is in best form he omitted himself from 20-20 world cup. By watching IPL3 Sachin is scoring runs not by power just using his simple brain. Every talent should learn from him.

  • on March 27, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    selection of jadeja is really not fare.....As robin uthapa is not selected. and one of better allrounder irfan is out of the team really not a good selection .... as ruining the career of irfan ......... All the best irfan for ur future.......

  • mahquraishi67 on March 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    i remember long time ago Mohinder amarnath told the selectors are a bunch of jokers so history is repeating again Manish pandey,uthappa,saurab twary and irfan is not selected and chawla,rohit sharma,and other injured players included in the team all world is watching about the selected players performance in IPL may be Afghanistan will beat this time shame on the selectors

  • nauroze123456 on March 27, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    going by the form of harbhajan singh he should have been dropped way back. Ojha and mishra should be the ones on the tour. when will the selectors stop picking people just by the names. Its time for MERIT to prevail over NAMES !!

  • on March 27, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    whosoever is selected from 1 billion indian population, you are NOT going to win the WC because your standards are only IPL and we all know the standard of IPL.... remember what happened in 2009 T20WC and 2007 ODIWC.

    Indian team.... a bunch on overrated players...what a joke !!

    Either Aus or Pak will lift the trophy.

    And I know you will not publish my comments.......

  • cricket_vasanth on March 27, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    I dont know why rohit sharma and piyush chawla have been picked. Worst selection. First we have to change to selction panel. Then it will come good for India. Any way being a die hard fan of sachin want to c him back in T20 internationals coz of his current form in IPL.

  • P44njv on March 27, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Dear fan can someone think when they select team if u look at ipl matches i think their are many player to be picked up for example Sreesanth only indian bowler who goes OVER 140 markl in pacer next robin uttapa can score faster then anythink and Irfan all rounder bisla open for punjab wht a player soo choice is their but in india these selector are after whos got link i bet u i m very worried since i heard we playing against afghanistan we gna loss thts for sure if it happened i m gna very up set but any way Good Luck india i hope tht u repeat 2007 history kya karu dil hai indian good luck tc every one

  • on March 27, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should have been selected. We need to remember that the west indies pitches would not be ideal for batting. Yuvraj & Rohit Sharma do not enjoy such conditions. We need hard hitters who can finish the game in such conditions. Hard luck Robin...

  • 158notout on March 27, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Uthappa and Irfan should be in the squad, glad theres no place for Sreesanth but Mishra and Ishant deserve a place also.

  • RD-7 on March 27, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    I would love to see the IPL2010 winner playing against our current 20-20 wrld cup squad. Before the team depart for Carrebbean.It would be tough for Mr sreekanth and selection committee along with our Captain to defend thier team selection blunder. C'mon guys its W.I fast pitches with bounce. Fingers cross not to have repeat of 2007. God save Us.[God = Sachin]

  • Jeyenth on March 27, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Why dont my comments show up here?

  • sshailesh on March 27, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    DHONI - injuried in IPL out for 3 game and still palying Yuvraj - Just return from injurie after measing test and odi series against SA, Zaheer - just return form injurie Gambhir- injuried in IPL out for 3 game and still palying Nehara - Still not played any game in IPL to prove his fitness

    last year we have miss Sehwagh and Zaheer What do you think how many player will fitt while T 20 world cup start.........

  • asadiqbal321 on March 27, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    India 15 Man Squad...

    Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthapa

  • on March 27, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    And even Irfan Pathan should have been given a chance!! He totally rocked in this on going ipl !! Its too unfair! i hope some1 suitable person of the selector post replaces Srikkanth !

  • on March 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    This is atrocious!! When players like Robin Uthappa ,Manish Pandey and Kohli are there Rohit sharma should have never been given the chance!! He is just selected bcoz of Srikanth! Also Piyush chawla is just lucky to be there!! Pragyan Ojha bowled briilliantly in this ipl but he is not selected because he is too 'inexperienced'!! Its outrageous !! There is too much politics going in indian cricket !! Srikanth should be replaced with someone more appropriate!!

  • on March 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Worst T20 Team ever. Who is this selector? even a kid knws whom to play in world cup. Thiis is one of the worst selections I've ever seen. (Having such great options!)

  • suriprankster on March 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    the squad is okay but inclusion of robin can balance it more............he is as dangerous as yusuf and make any team cry on his day..........remember the first t20 world cup..........he got 50 in the first game against pakistan.......

  • BoonBoom on March 27, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Good to see Ishant Sharm not included in the team. He is the most over-rated bowler in international cricket....... thanks to Indian media, otherwise he is very ordinary street bowler.

    Robin Uthapa and Irfan Pathan should have been included. Zaheer and Ghautim are still struggling with their form and fitness. Dravid should have been in the team purely because of his great cricketing mind and experience.

    All the best to Indain tean for T20 WC.

    Well wisher from Pakistan

  • maddy.gopal on March 27, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I don't know why rohit sharma is being picked inspite of his dead performance. for the past years. why not manish pandey or virat kohli been given a place. and the most dreaded thing is the drop of ishant sharma. I wld like to see him with all his capcities. thx

  • KVAM on March 27, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I fail to understand this selection. The inclusion of not fully fit Gambir & Nehra. Are we short of talent? Every budding star in India is given int'l exposure by way of IPL, so that cant be a reason for not selecting them. And the talents on display are in abundance, so why hurry Gambir & Nehra. I realy feel sorry for the likes of (to mention few) Uttapa, Manish, Shikar & SS Tiwary. Indian T20 team warrents a genuine blend of experienced and new players. I thinks the selectors need to rethink. Its still not late.

  • sawantpuja on March 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    hey guys i think the selectors made a mistake by not selecting Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa. They could have been picked instead of Rohit Sharma and Piyush Chawla as the team already has many spinners like yuvraj, sehwag, raina, bhajji, yusuf pathan and jadeja.

  • on March 27, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    A free ride for Yuvraj Singh to the Carribean...hahaha he's going to partaaay so hard and play so lil.....Chika you really gotta be kiddin me bro!

  • OhmStanley on March 27, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Is Murli Kartik "persona non grata"?? Is he a citizen of Uganda, Kenya or Timbuktu??? Why is he never even considered?? And why does the press not give him more coverage??

  • CricFanKrish on March 27, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Generally well picked, except for Piyush Chawla and Rohit Sharma. Like many others, I would have liked to see either Pragyan Ojha or Amit Mishra instead of Chawla. Ojha is a left arm spinner and also a useful lower order left handed batsman. My vote goes to him. As for Rohit, he hasn't done enough to merit an India recall I feel. Yet, I would like to consider other names than just Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa. Though both have done reasonably well, Manish has not really got a big score (60+ or 70+). Uthappa has done well, but we must remember that CSK dropped him while he was on 5 and 25. I would look at a few more names like Saurabh Tiwari (Mumbai Indians), Manvinder Bisla (Punjab Kings XI) and yes, even Subramaniam Badrinath (CSK). Poor Badri has been the most consistent batsman for Tamil Nadu over the past few seasons, but has been consistently overlooked. We should take a cue from the Australian selectors and pick the performing players even if they are close to 30 years of age.

  • roshanmerlin on March 27, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    absolute mess vinay kumar n piyush stand no chance in this squad shuld hav selected robin n irfan or pandey/kohli any of these are better.................. and coming to point of 2nd spinner we have jadeja(known as allrounder but mainly secnd spinner) yusuf and yuvraj can bowl well as 5th bowlers so why piyush in squad just a mere waste of place shuld hav selected another batsmen or pacer in his place only 3 pacers in squad what if smone gets injured in middle of series??

  • on March 27, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    good team. why would you want to pick robin utthapa he has only played 5 matches in ipl. its easier to bat on indian wickets against medium pace indian bowlers but to face pace of roach,lee,nannis,tait,steyn,malinga you need to bring some expirience into the team. Rohit is better than uthapa. no other team has good spinners so india decided to take an extra spinner i don't see anything wrong with that. Team looks really good mr.srikanth i hope the boys lift the WC this year and also 50-50 wc next year as well. chak de india

  • sameer422 on March 27, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    i am not satisfy with the team selection, team contain unfit guys, out of form guys and what puyish is going to do in playing 11 , u have jadeda & bajji r good spinners....u need have attaking players like uthappa & manish panday in middle...best of luck to indian team.....last worldcup was worst in westindies ....hope for good display from our team....

  • on March 27, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    well..... it is horrible for Indian cricket irrespective of their winning or losing in the T20 WC .......why? reason number 1: 11 players from north/east,3 from west and only one from south.... reason number 2: what can they do more, the players like irfan or uthappa reason number 3:why they choose the team so early

    .......... well i do belong to the northern region of India but certainly i hate this kind of politics in cricket or elsewhere, if we go in past we'll find that the downfall of hockey was just because of these rubbish politics( at a time there were 8 punjab players in an indian team)...............so please don't do such things

  • Anandp2208 on March 27, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    With Yuvraj not in good form, Raina & yusuf being inconsistent & Rohit not reliable, Robin Uthappa or Shikhar dawan's addition to the squad would have been a bonus taking their curret form into account and also both are reliable openers. God knows why always Rohit sharma is getting a nod when ther are far better players/Hitters.

  • satyasainvs on March 27, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Umesh yadav should also be selected. I saw his speed is fantastic and using brain and mixing his deliveries. His yorker are powerful. Instead of Nehra he should also be selected. Nehra is a good bowler but he is not economical for 20-20. For 20-20 Economical bowling is best selection not wicket taking.

  • senthil25 on March 27, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    good team manish pandey is good player, but in T20 15 mens squard only so inida have so many tallent fellows like manish, robbin, badri, irfan, but what to do only 15 members to choose, even though its a very good team good work sskanth, but why u choose chawla............? any good luck inida,,,,,,,,we can win the T20 cup.

  • satyasainvs on March 27, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I think Mr. Srikanth selected team to encourage other countries to win the world cup. Mr. cheif this is not Test world cup. All these selected players are not for catching the ball, they just watch the ball when it is going to boundary.Now a days Bulky Rohit, yuvraj, nehra, zaheer, piyush, praveen, shewag, Yousuf are not fast movers of the ball.

  • vigneshvinu on March 27, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    it is unfortunate to miss players like uthappa & irfan.Mishra has been doing well nut he too is missing in the squad.selectors has choosen only 4 seamers.they should have picked another fast bowler instead of rohit sharma.rohit sharma is playing only in IPL. i feel sorry for manish.

  • Percy_Fender on March 27, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    There is still a big part of IPL III left and I am not quite sure whether the selected team will be able to participate in the World Cup unchanged. Considering the intensity of the games in the IPL matches it is more than likely that there may be some need to seek out substitutes and replacements.The chairman of the selectors mentioned that from those selected, there were 3 who are yet to fully recover from earlier injuries and two have been woefully out of form. I am surprised that he can really get away with this kind of statement when he knows how we tumbled out in the previous edition of the world cup.In fact Sreekant should remember the public appology he made not too long back combined with the offer to resign when the selections went wrong. The point is that players waiting on the sidelines lose their motivation with this kind of administration. Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are cases in point.Both have relied upon their reputation and little else for their selection.

  • 3214414421 on March 27, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    poor selection in terms of bowling department though I am a Pakistani and I am happy to see how indian selectors have made a fool out of themselves in the bowling department... seriously no RP Singh no Irfan Pathan and as worst as Ishant form is I would still carry him in the squad coz once he get his form roaring back he would win matches on his own.. even batting looks fairly good not excellent to me y aint the so called GOD of India Tendulkar is not a part of this team when he is blazing runs for mumbai Indians... sorry to say but India focuses more on IPL now than to their national side...India will be challenged by shorter ball again lets see how they reply now.. for me the playing XI with this team would be

    Virender Sehwag Gautum Gambhir Suresh Raina Yuvraj Singh Yusuf Pathan Mahinder Singh Dhoni Rohit Sharma / Ravindera Jadeja I would prefer Sharma though Harbhajan Singh Praveen Kumar Ashish Nehra Zaheer Khan

    Fairly OK side...

  • on March 27, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    is ravindra jadeja is selected for his odi performance in t20s..we should remember last world cup in england

  • khozi on March 27, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    i think selection of piyush is good because both amit and ojha are not doing well but robin shouls be in the team the kind of form he is in will help the course of india and irfan as an all rounder instead of jadeja any way hope that the team will do well

  • Krishna_Sydney on March 27, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I think the selectors are forgetting this is a 20-20 tournament not a ODI team or test team. A 20-20 player must be in terrific CURRENT form in the season and the selection cannot be based on past records. Fail to understand how Virat Kohli or Pandey did not make the trip instead of Rohit. The rest of the selections seem to be true to either form and/or balance required in the side ( batsmen, allrounders and bowlers) and suspect fitness cases have not been experimented with. The one exception is Yuvraj Singh but given his brilliance and allround ability, a gamble worth taking.

  • on March 27, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    its idiotic that viratkhli and robin utthappa r not given a chance........besides being good batsmen they r one of the best fielders

  • mudassar_ch on March 27, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Robin Utahapa and irfan pathan should be included in squad, and i think pakistan or south Africa will Won This worldcup.

  • BoonBoom on March 27, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    At last Indian selectors realised the true potential of Ishant Sharma. The most over-rated bowler the world of cricket has seen during the last 25 years and very correctly he has been shown the doors.

    I am surprised to see exclusion of Robin Uthapa and Irfan Pathan. Yuvraj got selected only because of his reputation and if that is the case why Dravid is not in?

    I have serious doubts about Indian chances in the forthcoming T20 World Cup.

    All the best to India ......

    A well wishers from Pakistan

  • cricayan on March 27, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Srikanth and the selectors have wonderfully messed it up once again. How can they explain the omision of any of these... Manish Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Utthapa, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan. Its very saddening for the fans to see how things work at the top level and how the selectors and the board play games with not only the cricketers but also with the expectation and reputation of a country.

  • Bhoopen on March 27, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    This is auto selection and selector did not used any critera while selecting the team. Manish Pandey & Murali kartick must have given chance , I have lot of respect for Srikant but look like this selction is not fair at all it totaly unfair with manish pandey. I dont care how big is individual player but if some not perfroming he should get droped it is totaly a professional game and body. how many time rohit sharma will get chance, again aand again. I am sorry to say but Rohit, Murali vijay have got enough chanace. It is not fair selection. You need select team based on perfromnace and new player should get oppotunity. Again you guys will not belive but this team only have few excellent fileder . T20 you can not win without excellent filder. our chances are less. Yuvraj should also get drop. How can anyone take granted without performing any game. Murli kartick is a best spinner in India, but look like he does not have anygod father like yuvraj and rohit sharma.

  • Sunny825 on March 27, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    If the selectors are not getting too carried away by a few good performances, then what exactly did they get carried away with when they selected Rohit Sharma over Robin Utappa? Experience? Or could it be a bribe? When was the last time Rohit has ever been consistent? Or his ''experience'' has helped the team? But yet he gets so much chances after he was failed countless amount of times. But Robbin always gets over looked why? Its surprising how he doesn't have a place in the one day side. I always admired how well he walks up to the ball and takes it on the full. If they really want to go out and win the world cup they have to select a better team. I don't think they have made the right decision.

  • Rajit on March 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Selectors should have been bold enough to try a few new faces like Dilip Vengsarkar & Co did in 2007 T20 WC.Likes of Manish Pandey should have been given a go ahead of overrated Rohit Sharma

  • crickumar on March 27, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    On current Form this 11 could run our India team close i think -- 1. Manish Pandey 2. Shikhar Dhawan3. Saurabh Tiwary 4.Robin Uthappa (also to keep) 5.Virat Kohli 6. Ambatti Rayadu 7. Irfan Pathan 8.Amit Mishra 9.Pragyan Ojha/R Ashwin 10.Siddarth Trivedi 11. RP Singh/Ishant Sharma

  • ChandrasekarBalan on March 27, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Always Indian selectors selecting Ravindra Jadeja, even though he is not eligible for one day squad. So many other players with more talent like Pandey ......

  • on March 27, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    As most of us would agree, v hv sum xcellent stream of talented young cricketers coming up (as seen in IPL - 3).

  • on March 27, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    who cares wat ever the team is coz aussies will win dis world cup very easily:)

  • passionsatish on March 27, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    i am happy with the team selection...we can't take all players in the team who are performing good in the IPL...and K srikant did the right thing by choosing experinced + performing players...but i think he could have replaced robin uthappa with piyush chawla, b'cos we have many spinners on our side so we don't need extra spinner... over all it's a good team...hope we would win this time...all the best.

  • on March 27, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Even God Cannot Save our Indian Team, while we have Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and Asish Nehra... Pure Politics.. Fans.. Will you ready to burn the Pictures??????

  • ArunPadaki on March 27, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Piyush, Rohit, Raina should not have been in the team. Good to see the overated tubelight looking Ishant. Ojha, Pandey and Utappa should have been in the team

  • on March 27, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    A recipe for Disaster....... Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla....... Robin/Manish/Irfan its best you retire...... you ain't ever gonna get a chance under Srikkanth!!!

  • on March 27, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth need to learn how to make a team for T20 cricket ?? I it necessary to come in Ashis Nehera in team ?? New face like Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Jakati, Robin uthapa and Irfan pathan should be part of this team and they should be in playin 11 gob bless india in this world cup. They have powred to change the mathc at a moment.

  • Sharath26 on March 27, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    robin should be in the team. dont know what srikanth is trying to do? and why piyush chawla ahead of mishra and murali karthik?

  • mrshree420 on March 27, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    Indian cricket selection committee always have something to surprise to people of India. Rohit Sharma is talented, however, looking at the current form, Robin U should get a nod ahead of him for sure. Also Manish P deserve a chance too to prove his worth this time around. Also Ravindra Jadeja should not be picked since he is not a real match winner, infact, he never did sofar. Great Job MR K. Srikanth

  • ArunRaghav on March 27, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Kris Srikanth will always making the right decisions to take the team, Good work Srikanth

  • ArunRaghav on March 27, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Manesh Pandey should have given the chance since he is playing an amazingly in the current IPL. he has the ability to play the harshly and solidly. Anyway vinay got a chance to play in this tournment. All the best Vinay. Moreover instead of chawla praghyan ohja may be including this team.

  • Hemanth.N on March 27, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    What does Manish Pandey need to do more to prove his worth in the Indian team. He was the first Indian to score a century on his debut for RCB(though he played for Mumbai Indians in IPL-I),highest run getter in this season's Ranji Trophy add to that an almost match winning century in the finals for it to be the icing on the cake,good decent form in this IPL-3. Rohit Sharma not anywhere close to these records, form and the dismal track record he has in his kitty can find a place in the squad means there is something fishy for sure in the selection process. Even Dhoni would have backed Rohit in the selection committee meeting .He and the selectors owe an explaination to the people of India.They cant make a mockery of this type. I personally feel the Maharashtra lobby(BCCI pres Shashank Manohar,sharad pawar,...) has worked in Rohit's favour which is unfortunate. India may bring back the cup but the damage to the cricketing system has already been done by not recognising the right talents.

  • shyammp on March 27, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Irfan should have been taken Nehra. Nehra is carrying injury and is a pathetic fielder. Irfan's batting would have come in handy. He is a left hander too boot and can be used as floater like Uthappa if situation demands. Rohit's selection is shocking. Has done nothing of note in the recent past. If Rohit is a handy bowler, so is Virat Kohli. Moreover Virat is livewire as a fielder in the 30 yard circle compared to the Fatso Rohit. Uthappa's power hitting and finishing is better than Rohit. Rohit and Jadeja struggled against the short ball in the last world cup. What about Manish pandey?

  • on March 27, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    What the hell piyush chawla is doing in this squad, Iam surprised why the selectors dosnt pick Robin Uthappa, despite of his superb form in the recent ipl matches, and he is a good fielder as well. Bad luck for Manish Pandey, because there is no place for him in this squad. Ishant Sharma is lucky that he retain his name in the squad, so he need to improve himself in the next matches of IPL. No doubt abt Yubraj, he is surely got his destructive form in the tournament. Over all its a good team and India has a good chance in this world cup.

  • Prakmca on March 27, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja is real T20 player? He is not even fit for one day matches. He plays T20 as 50 overs match and one day match as test match. I don't know on what basis he was selected. By having players like we can't even chase 6+ runs per who always struggles to rotate strike. Ridigulous.

  • timus6778 on March 27, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    chawla???what has he done to get a place in this indian team...mishy bowled superbly in the IPL if u guys have seen him bowl....really cris srikkanth has gone crazy... i knew he won't pick uthhappa..as it was evident during the RCB CSK match...when asked about uthhappa's brilliant batting...he said..let's talk abt murali... a little appreciation would have done wonders to this guy....rohit sharma has been tried and tested on number of occasions..he always gives a false impression of being in the form..and then loses his way in the indian team.... selectors...u really need to look at the team once again...

  • SridharMysore on March 27, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa should have been included. Piyush Chawla and Ashish Nehra will tour WI for holidaying. Srikanth should have convinced Sachin and Kumble. They are performing better then some youngsters. Yuraj Lucky to be in.

  • SridharMysore on March 27, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Good that K Srikanth has not selected his son.

  • vish315 on March 27, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    pathan and murali karthick for vinay and piyush would have been a good pick anyways all the best India

  • aztecs on March 27, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Harbjan Singh said at the last 20/20 "it will only be 6 months before we get the trophy back". I think he had far too much to drink and his talking is as good as his doorsa lol But i honestly think its either going to be Pakistan or the Aussies!!!!! The reason why i say Pakistan is that despite all their problems mostly created by external forces and influences, they will come out fighting and seeing some of those names already scare me and my hindu ancestors. Aussies, because they play so much IPL and the new team has so much to prove that i actually think hey might do it. India along with Sri Lanka would be my third option. In all honesty i would like to see our neighbours win it they derserve a break. Afterall if they got knocked out they would be supporting either us or Sri Lanka. We need to stick together with our forgotten brothers.

  • yeeahh_007 on March 27, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    manish pandey is very good player but not for indian selectors why ???? he should be a part of indian side

  • ShahidAfridiFan on March 27, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Although im a pkistani fan, i would have loved to see Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary and Robin Uthappa in the squad.

  • cap10 on March 27, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Murali Karthik wud hav been a better choice over Chawla. With the current form of Irfan and Robin, I guess the squad shud be re selected. Are they out of their minds r wat?? Vinay Kumar's choice over Irfan is surprising. And Pandey's basics aren't right. Robin shud be in.. wat is happening here? HECK

  • nirav123 on March 27, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    praveen kumar is good for IPL...he is really slow bowler..i dont think he will be an effective bowler....why the hell they have rohit sharma after these many failures...and then ravindra jadeja is a slow batsman..may work for his bowling...but i guess we have enough bowlers..need strong batting line up to boost more scores as it is 20-20...anyone can bowl,,,yuvraj, sehwag, raina...

  • nirav123 on March 27, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    this is stupid selection...saurabh tiwary, manish pandey, robin uthappa and irfan pathan,....no place for anyone...why the hell they have piyush chawla...they dont need him...pragyan ojha or mishra will be better option for 20-20....and robin uthappa should have been selected over dinesh kartik as he can do the wicket keeping as well....nehra is a waste...irfan is a best......

  • kapil__goyal on March 26, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Very poor team selection Including Nehra, chawla and Rohit sharma. Nehra is not yet fit and no one knows how long shall he stay fit. Instead of Chawla, Murli Kartik/Irfan Pathan should have been included. Pathan might go for runs but is an excellent and neat striker of the ball. Plus you dont need specialist bowlers with the likes of Raina, Yusuf and Jadeja. Though Jadeja is one of the specialists. Imagine Jadeja,Yusuf and Irfan playing in the same XI. But with no Irfan there, its not going to happen. India are now bound to go with 4 specialist bowlers, that would mean only 4 specialist batsman, Dhoni, 2 all-rounders,Harbhajan,Zaheer, Nehra, Praveen. There is no way that Chawla is going to get to play. instead of chawla had they picked Irfan they could have played him as the third medium pacer plus a pinch hitter. Now Rohit Sharma too will not be getting to play unless someone from the top 4(Sehwag, Gauti, raina or yuvi) is injured.

  • Jose on March 26, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    The team selection is OK, but not great. I cannot understand the inclusion of Piyush Chawla ahead of brilliant Mishra or Murali? I expected Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tiwari or Shikhar Dhawan in the team. Sorry to say, When it comes to consistency & level headed persona, Robin cannot simply match with the people mentioned above.

  • PrinceTN on March 26, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    BBCI should be responsible in selecting proper team players to play for World Cup Twenty20...

    1. i was disappointed when Sachin is not in squad... 2. why rohit sharma is in team rather put Robin Uthappa... 3. put Murali karthik in the squad rather chawla... 4. Vinay Kumar doing gud job deserve his place in squad... 5. Why Mandey, Badri is not selected?

    dont look based on the international experince...look our players in IPL....who are performing well...its best way to select the team players....

    i hope india will win the world cup, but poor selections in recent time....u see last twenty20 world cup....india didnt play better game!

    do the needful...select proper team players in future and dont miss out players who are doing very well....

  • samsaibu on March 26, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    this is not a good selection at all why they avoid Robin-he is in good form nw Always look for the current form for selection for T20's not the past performance

    ridiculous............?

  • on March 26, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    yes i do believe in wat u guys are writing here. robbin should play this yaar come on srikkanth we know u are one of the best player for India but coming to selection we are not selecting test team. for God sake this is World cup. Grow up we need to win this cup.

  • on March 26, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Squad is fine but few players needed to be changed. Remove Karthik add Uthappa...remove Sharma add Manish Pandey.....remove Piyush add Murali Kartik.....remove Nehra add Irfan Pathan

  • rdr_1019 on March 26, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    This team is good on the paper but if you look at the current form of the players, its not. First change that needed to be made was inclusion of IK Pathan instead of Ashish Nehra. Second change would have been Virat Kohli instead of Rohit Sharma. And the third change should have been inclusion of Amit Mishra instead of Piyush Chawla. Also, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey are in good form but the squad can only have 15 players so, hard luck for them. For people who want Sreesanth in the team, you just don't have knowledge about the CRICKET. Oh well, its too late to make changes but whatever the team is, I wish the INDIAN CRICKET TEAM to do their best and hopefully we might get our trophy and title back. CHAK DE INDIA !!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    This team is going to be out !st round you guys mark my words.Vinay has no pace and I can see him being thrashed on the foreign pitches.

  • Wideleg.Byes on March 26, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Irrespective of the squad chosen, I strongly believe that this Indian team will struggle to make any kind of impact in this world cup. Our bowling continues to be non-threatening and our batting has been exposed and there is nothing novel about it. The less said about the fielding the better. Personally I would expect nothing from them and their effort to move ahead in the tournament would frankly be a pleasant surprise. Just the plain truth.............

  • on March 26, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth need to learn how to make a team Robin uthapa and irfan pathan should be part of this team and they should be in playin 11 gob bless india in this world cup

  • on March 26, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Sreesanth and Robin should call for world T20..

  • deeptman on March 26, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Its showing how politics is shading this game.the man manish pandey who is giving his best is not being included in the squad and the bullshit rohit sharma how hasn't perform in the whole career of his international mark is being included again and again.shrikant the "mr selector" is biased so much towards rohit so that he is not seeing the talent of manish pandey"the damn good player"......com'n india dont play with the game......let the players to do so.......

  • on March 26, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    i agree with . mahesh reddy and hunnysharma we should have picked robin uthappa and irfan pathan over piyush and rohit sharma caz their both doin pretty bad right now and zid di are u on crack that team is probable better than most of the countries but im thinking south africa will win it

  • on March 26, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    It is ridiculous why Robin Uthappa and Badrinath are not taken in the side, despite solid batting performance in the IPL. And what the hell is not-performer Piyush Chawla doing in the team?

  • kamill on March 26, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    i think saurabh tiwary should have been in the picked instead of rohit if not manish panday and piiyush chawala is a very good bowler no doubt but at the moment murli kartik is in supreme form and IRFAN PATHAN should have definately been picked he bowl good and bat any given position in the order . i dont know waats the matter with the selectors , why r they not giving him a chance???? other than piyush, rohit, vinay its a very good strong team

  • EasterncafeXI on March 26, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    I am from Pakistan. I think this Indian Team looks good but if Nehra can be in this team why the hell Irfan can't be. I agree that he was not in the 30 man list just because he was injured then what was Nehra. he is yet to play a game in the IPL-3, and Irfan has playing from the 1st game and performing batter then many in this Indian Team. No doubt Jadeja is a good all-rounder but Panday deserve to be in the team as he more mature player then Jadeja. One more thing if Vinay can come to team because he is performing well in the t20 then what Uthappa doing. and we all know that Sehwag, Yuvraj, and also Raina can Bowl Spin then why wasting a Slot on Chawla.

    My Team India for this World Cup MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uttappa, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Manish Pandey, Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharm.

    If some one have any problem with this team reply.

  • ssenthil on March 26, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Most of the people commenting against this selections are dump and they don't know nothing about cricket and simply comment based some recent form or their favourite player missing or their regional player is missing. Apart from Chawla who never going to get a chance in the playing eleven even if H.sing injured other players are fully deserved. People crying for Robin or Irfan they must understand this player had so many chances but they failed and even in domestic they are non consistent. Rohit over Pandey due to Rohit ability to bowl some ditty overs and recently Zim spinners bowled very well in WI is another reason. The playing eleven going to be 1. Virender Sehwag, 2. Gautam Gambhir, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5.MS Dhoni,6.Yusuf Pathan,7.Ravindra Jadeja,8.Zaheer Khan, 9.Harbhajan Singh, 10.Praveen Kumar, 11. Ashish Nehra. So anyway both Chawla and Rohit is not going to be in the eleven and their replacement players also would find the same as water boy. So selection is good.

  • mahquraishi67 on March 26, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    unfit & out of form players selected, in form uthappa,manish pandey,saurabh tiwary is omitted this is stupid selection , bangladesh will beat again. so much talent we have irfan good allrounder now a days everybody is watching not like before all selection is based on big names and big recommend, unbeliveable selection of chawla,rohit sharma,nehra ,what happened to the selectors open your eyes think only for our country from now itself i'll say our team will not go to even Quarter finals

  • on March 26, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Indian selection a very good one but we ae missing Irfan ahtan, also most talented players for all type of game Rohal Dravid also missing

  • on March 26, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Denish Karthik please come to live in the caribbean so you can play for the west indies...we could even change your last name to ramdin :-)

  • whocareswhowins on March 26, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Sorry to say that half this team is out of form. I do not think India are any good at T20. I do hope they perform but I very much doubt it. Irfan Pathan should been selected in place of Jadeja as one of the all-rounders. Maybe Irfan should start bowling spin!!

  • RH778956 on March 26, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    A very good team. Rohit is a very talented batsman & selectors can't pick anyone on the basis of just 5 matches, so no question of Robin Uttappa but I feel sorry for Manish pandey.

  • PKChamps on March 26, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Think its the "other Pathan" that should have been in the team. By way of not performing on the innumerable chances given to Yusuf at international level, he has proved he's good only for IPL and other such tournaments. He reminds me of Ajay Sharma (anyone remembers?), excellent in domestic circuit but when it came to international arena it was (literally) a different ball game another cIrfan is a much better choice specially having refined his batting abilities even further recently.

  • raks11 on March 26, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    What if mahi or viru or gauti or yuvi or zak or ashish get injured in the tour because in past few weeks they got injured on regular basis.... I think a school going would have selected a better team....First big loop hole is no back up opener in the team when one of our team opener is injured right now and out of action in ipl the g8 selector will say they will use make shift opener karthik when we had option of manish pandey, or talented virat kholi who opened in odi's. Same thing with ashish who is injured and with every chance of getting injured again. Its really weird that a common man like me think so much for our team how can selector cant think for our team.My squad would be : MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, sreesanth, virat kholi, pragyan ojha. We cant take risk with new and yet to debut players in world cup.

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    where is manish pandey and soarav tiwari....these selectorss are big jerks...

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    being a T20 World Cup winner, people don't realize that more youngster should be picked up. Selectors seem to be very precautionary by going with same team.... No risk No gain bosss.....

  • dheemz on March 26, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    I feel these selctors are a bunch of jokers,including Mr srikanth who goes on singing in the national TV.Picking Rohit sharma ,who has a been the so called 'STAR' who never shines for ever,is a grave mistake.Picking injury struck/out of form players is again a disappointment.Ravindra jadeja who can never lift his bat ,when the occasion calls is not an all rounder at all.I dont think he has scored even half decent runs in ranji[plz take his statistics]. Manish pande who is the Ranji highest scorer of the season,has been left out ,really shocks me.kholi in treamedous form ,has been picked in ODI ,then why not T20,again shocker. These selectors are going on making mistakes and it never ends.If at all they want the team to come back after the first rnd ,then why not pick people who atleast give you some hope.

  • raks11 on March 26, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Thanks to SIR Kapil Dev for his famous saying "selectors are jokers" and to our g8 surprise kris srikanth proved it correct once again that selectors are jokers with no brains and they will never use brains.And thank god chennai batsmen didnt played well in ipl if not there would be minimum 3 players in the team. When ravidra jadeja can bowl his full quota of ten overs in odis cant he bowl 4 in t20 and yousuf, yuvi, viru who are confirm in playing 11 are allways handy with min of 2 overs each and bajji a specialist, trying vinay kumar is not bad but not in world event piyush is bad selection. becuase west indies wickets are changed a lot now there we gonna have day night matches and mostly we would need experience bowler like ishant or sree after all its world cup "THE WORLD CUP" and we cant take risk carrying players yet to debut or a player who is not in any intl team for india for past 2 years does not make any any sense at all.

  • cricster67 on March 26, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Looking at two run-outs yesterday,Chawla looks like a better fielder. If so, that can only help as Indian fielding needs to improve a lot. Ojha is a better bowler, though, and Mishra can bat better. I think M Karthik will also soon join the backup spinner raffle as he can spin as well as any of the three.

  • anaveenaaron on March 26, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    what is happening in the selection committee??? why on earth did they pick Rohit Sharma? Irfan Pathan and Uthappa defntly deserve a chance. Uthappa can be a match winner. Selectors have made a big mistake, in excluding Uthappa!!!! By the way why Piyush chawla in a team, Oja would have been a good pick.

    Kohli, Uthappa, Irfan Pathan in would have made a lot of difference in the team and without Rohit, Piyush. Especially rohit has been given lot of chance to prove himself but he ends up with inconsistency.

    We all know that Dhoni, Yuvraj, Nehra, Gambhir all injured, but are still selected for the world cup! Surprisingly playing for IPL??? I'm a big fan of IPL but not at the cost of World cup!

    I'm a big fan of Indian Cricket. But For me, this team doesnt look good for the world cup! I'll be surprised if India goes all the way to win the world cup.

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    no point in taking rohit sharma...and piyush... no need of second spinner eithr... jadeja..yusuf wl do.. should have gone for manish and kohli.. besides the 30....Irfan and uthhappa should have been thr...

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    +1 to Zid Di. Very weak team.

    Would be surprised too

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    At the outset team looks balance but i guess manish pandey sshould have got the nod..any ways thts way of life

  • triple-r on March 26, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    <b>I WONDER WHY THEY PICKED NEHRA??? HE'S BECOMMING A RUN MACHINE FROM LAST FEW SERIES.!!!

  • Divyaprakash.T on March 26, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    i would say this is a poor decision b'cos u should see the current form of the players not there history or other aspects....

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    robbin and irfan are out of the team what the f............ rohit sharma is ok but robbin is in good touch....

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    manish pandey .. saurabh tiwaryyyy irfan pathan..... are performing really well guys remember in 2007 india went with an inexperienced team and won!!! even in champions league did we expect someone like Trinadad and tabago to reach to the final...and why are we still using rohit sharma why cant they get over rohit sharma he got his chances he cant playyyyyyyyy ojha or amit mishra should have got the chance piyush chawala is being hammered like crazyyyyyyy ... he cant bowl shit....ravindra jadeja hasnt even performed well in a single t20 for india he is good with the bowl but not with the bat ...:@ watever it is from when these selectors have come we started loosing matches ...last world cups same team...manish pandey deserves a chance....

  • Lollu on March 26, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I tink dey shud av pickd irfan or nayar as all rounder seamer...and uthappa shud had bin n list bcoz recnt ipl he finshd 2 match....and 2 leadng n sixes...aftr yusuf....and rohit sharma avg s low n ipl...i dnt y...dey cnt pick as wat dey need...to win...dey shud hav selectd aftr ipl....to chose correct....!

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Whats goin on yaar .... I think selectors would be downfall for India. If i was the selector this would had been my squad: Dhoni, Shewag, Gambhir, Rhoit Sharam, Raina, Yuvi, Irfan , Yusuf, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Nehra, Manish Pandey/Robin Uttappa, Vinay Kumar, Ohja, Khartik. This is what i believe squad should had been. I wouldnt be surprise if we dont make it to Semifinals in the worldcup because we will be lacking a medium pace allrounder who could always back up the team as the 3rd seamer and that is IRFAN. Srikanth u blow ballss

  • Puvvadas on March 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Pandey & M karthik ,Dhawan, S Tiwary are best replacements for the current team

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    This 20-20 team has 50-50 chance.

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    really surpised to see rohit sharma in t20 squad.................. if u need a batsmen than u have irfan pathan n if u need allrounder than no choice it would be irfan pathan.....................

    i think selectors forgot that irfan had a part of t20 championship in 2007........... he also contributed there for our country............

    but selectors forget that moment.....

    indian squad need's irfan . he need a place......

    give him what he deserve...........................

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    i think this is a very bad selection as they didnt pick r. uthappa and i.pathan as they are in a blisstering form, they are scoring runs in each and every match. so i think instead of vinay kuar and rohit sharma these 2 should hav picked.

  • on March 26, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    hey where is uthappa and sreesanth

  • gauravn81 on March 26, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Except Piyush Chawla and Rohit Sharma be included I really dont understand. Piyush Chawla who doesnt have proper leg spin who only balls Googly how he be included instead of Amit Mishra, surprised me!!! Howcome Rohit Sharma is include instead of talented Robin Uthappa, the 1st world cup we won Robin Uthappa was a part of that squad and in the 2nd world cup we doesnt even qualify for the super 6, Rohit Sharma was the part of that squad. I dont understand why Rohit Sharma has been given chance again and again even after poor show at international level and average at domestic level. I think we have better player than Rohit Sharma like Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli etc. Very bad selection.

  • vdogg on March 26, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    This is ridiculous. How can you leave Virat Kohli out, he's scored century after century. Ravindra Jadeja is a loser, I don't know what the selectors see in this guy. There are so many good twenty20 batsman out there that are way better than JADEJA and ROHIT. Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary, Abhishek Nayar....even Jhunjhunwala is better than JADEJA and prettyboy ROHIT. They should select the squad after the IPL to see who really is in form. What has Jadeja played? Twenty20 gully cricket? What a joke.

  • durai86 on March 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    What ever may be the team my kind suggestion is pull these guys out of IPL atleast 20 days before the start of WC and give them training for the Worldcup.Otherwise a replica of what happened in Last World cup 2009 is going to happen again .All the players will be jaded.How many of you guys agree with me?

  • rahul_studd on March 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I think vinay kumar and ashish nehra are still immature selected candidate instead of this two names Irfan Pathan and Ishant sharma should have been added to the squad as they are young without any ingury, I strongly believe that india success at wordl cup is 10% of winning the cup back

  • cimrsimg on March 26, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Yes it was a 20-20 selection... Every selector was given only 20 sec to pick the name..

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Is this is the team billion indians are dreaming for to hold the CUP? We can assume the same team they select for 2011 world cup. No more Day dreams for winning cup.

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    so sorry Mr. Srikanth. I think you missed out L. Balaji, Vijay and Badrinath. your state mates yaar..

  • mohdshujathali on March 26, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    I hope Indian Team can win the T20 world cup , i hope all the players are good in their places so its on the support they need,and Yusuf also showed what he can do by hitting 8 Sixes and with 67 Sixes in IPL,so all the teams be Aware.

    Best Of Luck Indian Team

  • kvskumar on March 26, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    where is sreesanth....he bowl well in ipl3...y they didn't select him?....

  • Daba on March 26, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    irfan and kohli should have been included instead of dinesh and jadeja, hopefully will come up to semis

  • recession on March 26, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    team india is definitely goin to lose this T20 world cup...... no manish pandey nd robin uttappa is surprising

  • shreesoft on March 26, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    This is so idiotic, if selectors doesn't want to pickup new talents found in IPL like Manish pandey and of course Abhishek nayar then they should lift the rule of having maximum 4 overseas players in an IPL Team .Come on you are playing so many New talents from all over India In IPL and you don't pick them up for T20 cup. I am sure there is major favour done to Players like jadeja who doesn't have any strength when it comes to batting, Pee's in pant in pressure situation while batting .see his T20 performance and compare it with other batsmen. I just hate these selectors they are morons and shrikanth is an incapable selector Lead.

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth please select a team to catch the ball not to see the ball. No hopes on cup man. No young guns to see. Why don't select this team for your Chennai Super Kings???

  • on March 26, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    vow, whats a great performance by yusuf pathan

  • shasha95 on March 26, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Sehwag This should be the 11 man line up for the group stages Gambhir Raina Yuvraj Dhoni Pathan Sharma Kumar Harbhajan Khan Nehra

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Hello Mr. Cheap of 20-20 team, where is the young guns man? R u selecting team for 20-20 or 200-200? I don't think this is dream team to win world cup. Please don't play with selection, young bloods they may lose moral. We already not hoping for the world cup. Forget about it.

  • m0_r4z4 on March 26, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    I think with Jadeja, Raina, Sharma, Pathan, Yuvraj and affcourse Harbhajan there aare already enough spinners and I dont see the point in taking Chawla instead should have taken Irfan Pathan who is batting better and bowls fast. Furthermore instead of Nehra who I dont think is up to international cricket I think Sharma should have been selected.

  • on March 26, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is better than Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey or Virat Kohli.

    Rohit Sharma Avg: 33.08 SR:132.34 Manish Pandey Avg:30.84 SR:126.02 Robin Average Avg:25.34 SR:124.70 Virat Kohli Avg:23.21 SR:121.39

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    It is bloody stupid selection. sure we have to hope for next 20-20 world cup. How many times do the same mistakes. I feel these are the concerns in the picked squad. 1. Still not clear about Gambhir and Nehra injuries and their fitness. 2. Yuvraj and Rohit form and effectiveness in the fielding. 3. On what basis Piyush has picked? is he highest wicket taken in IPL2010 or economic bowler or great fielder? 4. Are this team is best 20-20 fielding side? 5. I think Dhoni now dictating Indian selection and not learning lessons from mistakes.

  • svinodmenon on March 26, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Good selection overall. Rohit is useful in middle order and better than Virat, Panday. Pandey is not a specialist middle order. Virat is yet to prove in T20's. Rohit can pick wickets if he doesn't score. However it is not that we are going to win matches because of Rohit and virat. Its all in the hands of Sehwag Yuvi and Dhoni with a good porfomances by our bowlers. Chawla tough call but no other strong choice. Neither Mishra or Ojha had a good tournament tough. No place for Irfan a good allrounder. Indian bowling attack has beenl below par in past, so hence they have picked a squad with a good depth in batting. Jadeja is the allrounder playing in place of Irfan.

  • on March 26, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    i think pragyan ojha is a better spinner, instead of rohit sharma saurabh tiwary of mumbai indians could have been selected. he looks very impressive and can hit the ball hard.

  • Pawnting on March 26, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Hi Hi, Yusuf, buy extra insurance, because, every team will turn loose their headhunters at you, and you are not going to see a single lenght ball in WT20. What a joke, the selectors did not learn the lesson. Manish Pandy, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey should be on the team.

  • on March 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    great selection except YUVRAJ SINGH all r 100% fit and i m sure that this time dhoni's guys are going to b the world T20 champs.. Chak de india.. i think uthappa should have been given a chance instead of YUVI who is out of form and i think there is nothing left in him.. instead of BIG NAMES we should select players tjhose who r performing well in the season..

  • swami80 on March 26, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    they should perfer robin uthappa over rohit not in form sharma

  • zoomboy on March 26, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is a shadow of the cricketer he was a few years ago.Since his relationship with the lady from Australia his performance has deteriorated.Instead of flaffing about he should get married to her and then he may regain his cricketing demenour. Yusuf deserves his place in the squad since he is proving to be more destructive with the bat than anyone else currently playing.Rohit Sharma is a lazy cricketer who has much talent.Needs to improve on his running.This team will do well to reach the finals.Any one of 4 teams will win it...SA, India,Pakistan or WI.

  • Kuljinderj94 on March 26, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Leaving Ishant and Sreesanth was a good idea. However what has people like Rohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra done so far in T20 Cricket. They have shown bad form and Nehra can only play on wickets that are for pacers, so places like England, South Africa and Australia. It is very rare to see a West Indian pitch swinging or doing good for pace. Instead of these 2, Saurabh Tiwary from Mumbai Indians and Irfan Pathan from KXIP should've been choosen.

  • Cricket_BornForIt on March 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Irfan should be in T20 team... he is good hitter plus he can bowl good in deck. He should not been neglected in this side. Rohit is getting selection despite numerous failures which is a surprise. Many batsmen have fared more than Rohit.

  • VijayVK on March 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Team selection is fine...but team streategy should be good..they should promote yousuf pathan up in the order and use spinners in the powerplay...also yuvi should come as 1 drop that will give him enough time settle and go for the kill during death overs....

  • alokpatnaik on March 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    I also feel that both Manish Pandey and Robin Utthappa have got a wrong deal. They should have been picked up in place of Yuvraj who is not in form and Rohit Sharma who is yet to do anything noteworthy so far except the T20 world cup 2007.

  • satyasainvs on March 26, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Really bad selection. I ask selectors whether this is best fielding side. I see except raina and jadeja no one else find very effective in the field. Everyone knows 20-20 best fielding side chances of winning easily. I don't feel this is best side. How long we play cricket by big names? How many chances will give for players to prove? In IPL3 Yuvraj, Rohit not clicking much. Piyush also surprise selection. I don't know on what basis they selected Piyush. I see another surprise selection is Nehra. He is not even playing IPL. How they selected him without seeing his form in IPL. Lucky this time never see Sreesanth and Ishant in the squad. I feel srikanth & co selecting Indian squad on the basis of lottery not by the performance. In IPL seeing lot of youngsters playing for their franchise with 100%. I feel selection has been made on Over confidence with experienced players.

  • IGL2010 on March 26, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Neutral fan. Looks like Dhoni and Co have something against Murli Kartik. On merit and performance there is no way Chawala is better then Kartik. WI wickets will help spin. Squad has left arm spinners in jadeja and Yuvraj but I would take Kartik on Chawla. Fast bowling is weak but there is no real back up one can see in IPL.

  • Sach_is_Life on March 26, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I don't see either Rohit or Chawla getting a chance to play in the final 11 unless any of the regular players get injured.So,Stop this blame game.Infact Chawla,Ojha and even Amith are yet to do anything extraordinary to take their places granted in Team India and the selection of Chawla this time tells that even Selectors are hoping that any one of them will click ASAP and end this debate for good.Once spin bowing used to be our strength but now we can't even find a spinner who can challenge Bajji's place in the Final 11.Ohh..Plz Wake Up BCCI..Do something about it atleast now :x

  • HIKAIFI on March 26, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should not be dropped. He is the only genuine fast bowler in India. In any form of cricket medium pacers can never be match winners. Waqar Younus and Wasim Akram. Shoaib Akhtar. Aamir. Umar Gul. David Steyn. Tait. Bret Lee. Bond. You will see the difference in this World Cup also.

  • Trylon on March 26, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Would have preferred to see Shikar Dhawan Over Rohit Sharma. Also or Murali Karthik over Ashish Nehra or Chawla. Gone or the days when only Fast and Medium players alone can restrict runs. We could take an extra spinner to pace.

  • on March 26, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Worst selection....I would bet all my money if India wins T20 world cup with this squad. Uthappa and Pandey should be selected...they should pick men in form.

  • dheemz on March 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    i feel these selctors are a bunch of jokers,including Mr srikanth who goes on singing in the national TV.Picking Rohit sharma ,who has a been the so called 'STAR' who never shines for ever,is a grave mistake.Picking injury struck/out of form players is again a disappointment.Ravindra jadeja who can never lift his bat ,when the occasion calls is not an all rounder at all.I dont think he has scored even half decent runs in ranji[plz take his statistics]. Manish pande who is the Ranji highest scorer of the season,has been left out ,really shocks me.kholi in treamedous form ,has been picked in ODI ,then why not T20,again shocker. These selectors are go on making mistakes and it never ends.If at all they want the team to come back after the first rnd ,then why not pick people who atleast give you some hope.

  • virupaksha on March 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    not again.... selectors have lost their wits. what did robin , pandey,kohli do for not getting selected...CHIKKA you did it again...get ready to welcome india in league stage as it is short of talent.

  • on March 26, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    I think irfan deserves a place in the squad...His bowling in the death overs is very impressive and in batting department he is better than many batesman selected....

  • IPL_is_Thrash on March 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Team looks good. And selection looks reasonable and sensible. But the biggest problem and setback for Team India to perform in T20 World Cup is that RUBBISH, NON-SENSE, DUBIOUS IPL. All these players selected are wasting their Fitness, Motivation, Inspiration in that commercial venture IPL. This World Cup won't be different story than last World Cup for Team India.

  • Glorious11 on March 26, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    why not pandey, pathan and uthappa?? pandey is a great talent and selectors should give him his due chances and may be he can be groomed as a next generation superstar, sorry for uthappa and murali karthik.. may be the oldies in selection comitee dont like their physical appearance.. realy a bunch of jokers. looking at current performances mishra/ojha/karthik are better than chawla.

  • on March 26, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    This is not a selection of the Indian team bythe selectors. Why don't the selectors choose the right team and chooses unfit players in the squad? I think that unfit Nehra should be replaced by Irfan Pathan who is a genuine allrounder.

  • tombaan on March 26, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Happy sreesanth and Ishant did not make the squad. Rohit sharma this is his make or break, there are others out their who would want his seat, be it pandey,kohli or irfaan pathan.

    I think Yuvraj is in bad form, has anyone seenthe bulge he has now...maakhi roti and all that I guess...

  • karamibadat on March 26, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    i think manish pandey should be preferred above rohit sharma , and why was irfan pathan not included even in the 30 probables ? and he should have included in the final list nd preferred abv ashish nehra coz bng an all rounder he wouldhave been useful nd he ws in godd form in ipl!!!!

  • ShravanK on March 26, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Yuvraj is in gud form... but he does not wanted to show it....... we know why... hmm sangakara replacement for his IPL team.. yuvi is always a warrior in international stage...

  • on March 26, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Surprised Not to see Robin Uthappa in the squad he is in great touch and has always proove himself a good 20-20 player,he should have been there for Rohit Sharma,you can't judge the calliber just by IPL it's to early for a guy like Vinay Kumar to make it to final ones I think Irfan should have been there in place of Vinay Kumar,rest is fine . Any ways all the Best to Dhoni n his boys do repeat 2007 history again

  • chandau on March 26, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA is in good form , and so is MURALI KARTIK. IRFAN PATHAN has lost his bowling ability and so has R P SINGH. There is a quite fast bowler with Mumbai Indians , could have taken him as an X Factor.

  • Harish8207 on March 26, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Oh God!!

    What has happened to Kris Srikanth...?

    Selecting Vinay instead of Sreesanth and Ishanth was good one..

    I can even agree with the selection Piyush,as he has more T20 experience than Mishra or Ojha....

    But from where in Earth did Rohit make it into the squad..

    It could have been Kohli or atleast Manish Pandey who has been in a great form in the recent past...or even Uthappa who is in a great form in the on-going IPL..

    Come on Selectors, Atleast Saurabh Tiwary or Badrinath could have been a good selection... I'm really totally disappointed with Rohit's Selection..

    But let's see can he make any difference..

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Picking rohit sharma over manish pandey was good, because he is a good spinner too. but i think instead of vinay they should have picked irfan because he is a good death bowler and a good hitter at no.6 or no.7! piyush over mishra..a bit puzzling

  • SVKWebSolution on March 26, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    It is not a good team!!... Irfan Pathan, the genuinely all rounder should be in the team...If India thinks to fight a good fight. Selector should select another team, according to Cricket lover and Indian people.

  • BIBBA_1972 on March 26, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Its really funny that being No 1 test team and No2 one day side we are still reflecting on the same old side . No experiments , no thrills just the same old side . Manish Pandey will feel really fustrating after he did a blitzkrieg in the recent IPL matches . Can't we pick up Robin Uthappa who can keep too apart from a brillaint middle and top order batsman . Why again Ashish Nehra , why not Irfan Pathan ?

  • saurabh129 on March 26, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    PEOPLE T-20 SQUAD SELECTION AND ODI, TEST- SQUAD SELECTION are different things.... so comment accordingly

  • abyrao on March 26, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    What is this mystery of selecting for the "n" number of time the same old rubbish name - rohit sharma. He is meant only for Deccan chargers, at the international scene he is worthless.

  • PuneetRockz on March 26, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    A baffling decision by Srikkanth n Co. in picking up Piyush Chawla ahead of both Murli Karthik (outstanding economy rate for KKR) and Amit Mishra (geniune wicket-taker). Hope its not on the basis of his additional batting skills, because if our Top 7 batsmen cant do it, no point expecting Chawla to do anything worthwhile. And the wickets in West Indies will surely demand two spinners in every game. Feel real sorry for the 'Performers' of IPL3 like Manish Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary, who would be thinking what else are they expected to do. Vinay Kumar is a good pick, but guess Siddharth Trivedi of RR would have been a better pick with his variety. Surprised at Rohit Sharma being preferred over Virat Kohli, which is more to do with Kohli's 'attitude' than his batting skills. Hope lack of cricket does'nt affect Jadeja as he'll be playing a vital role at number 7, though I hope Yusuf Pathan is given another go. Hope its not the end of the road for Uthappa.

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Ojha shld hav been given a chance...he definitely deserves one....

  • RK.Chandru on March 26, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Your staff Siddarth Monga is nothing but, nuts. Why else, he'd call R.Ashwin a bits and pieces player. He's young and a lot better than your own Bhajji. Give him as many chance as you gave to Bhajji and he'll sure claim more than what he claimed. It's true that Amit Mishra should be the automatic choice for the second spinner spot as he has done enough to prove that and, he's a dependable bat too. While Mr. Monga supports someone with his own interests, let him not pull down someone else uncharacteristically.

    Selection of Rohit over Robin Uthappa, place for Nehra and Chawla are certainly debatable. But, let's also understand that there are only 15 or 16 places and any selection will sure draw enough criticism

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Really surprised to see Piyush Chawla in the team. Can any one explain why is he in and what has he done to be there ?

  • aditya104 on March 26, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Rohit again? Its so disheartening for Pandey, Kohli and Uthappa who were fighting for one spot, but none got it. Piyush ahead of Mishra/Ojha/Murli Kartik. R u serious Srikkanth??? Irfan Pathan should have been selected.......And Yuvi needs a wake up call, he has taken his place for granted. Doesn't seem to make any effort while batting or fielding. Nehra, Zaheer and Praveen if all fit, will be a good bowling attack for India.

  • santhoshkudva on March 26, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    can we send two teams? that would have satisfied overyone.

  • LeaderARH on March 26, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Murali Karthik or Pragyan Ojha would have been far better choices ahead of Chawla.Rohit Sharma,why is he there?Manish Pandey was a better option.I am still divided about Vinay Kumar's selection,maybe Ishant Sharma would have been a better prospect.Very good pick in Dinesh Karthik though,he is suited to this Twenty20 format.

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    robin uttappa would have been the better option other than rohitsharma who hasn't scored that many runs in the current ipl.i'd say stupid selection

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    World Twenty20 squad..................................................................................

  • hunnysharma on March 26, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    selectors are wasting a talent called Irfan Pathan.....everyone has been given chances to come back but not Irfan.....he is presently the best allrounder in India..... he should have been there..................

  • JagadeeshKumar on March 26, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    where is irfan pathan? why they selected nehra and injured people? this is very bad selection.s tiwary and robin uthappa are playing well in IPL.why they did not select them?if fitness is reason with irfan then why they selected injured players.if out of form is reason with irfan they why they selected yuvaraj?they decided the team before one month they are not taking present conditions in selection.this is very bad selection.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    i think sachin should be called for wt20

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Surprised at Rohit Sharma's selection. For last one year i have observed that only the contracted players are rotated in Test, ODI, and T20 teams now new talent is nurtured.Chawla also a quota based selection. Bad altogather.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    crazy team i must say... were the selectors and the captain sleeping during the team selection.. Kohli has performed so consistenly over the last year.. even during one dayers.. and he gets to be dropped.. thats what u call being "awarded" for consistent performance in indian cricket.... Manish Pandey made a great impact during the last IPL itself.. but he hardly got a look into the team. now he's playing his heart out and he not being selected is naother idiotic move by the BCCI.. i guess they cannot see anything except money.. Rohit sharma.. what on has he done to get selected?? a bizzare form at the moment in the IPL as well.. does BCCI want another first round exit this time???

  • ibrahims52 on March 26, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    This selection will yield same result as last world cup. Once again the player profile is chosen over the match fitness and current form. Ashish nehra hasn't played a game in this IPL and doesn't seem available... How sure are the selectors about his match fitness.. Irfan Pathan or R.Sathish would do much better on slow west Indian wickets.. Mishra with his international experience and current form would be much better pick than Chawla.. i think the zone syndrome is still effective in the selection

  • faisalsr on March 26, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    dinesh karthik, ravindra jadeja & rohit sharma are all surprises.... robin utappa, virat kohli & manish pandey should have been part of this squad instead...

  • KTiwari on March 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Manish Pandey & Virat Kohli deserved selection over Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh. Yusuf Pathan should have been dropped. I don't know if selection committe was worried over barrage of short pitch deliveries but these were the folks who could not play short balls so why they try them again.

  • mbudur on March 26, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Kholi and Pandey/Uthappa should have been considered over Rohit and Yuvraj, they are out of form.

  • Richvii on March 26, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I am surprised to see Irfan pathan being dropped. He is a better allrounder than Vinay Kumar. The selectors are playing musical chairs with the 2 spinner spot. It was amit mishra then, followed by pragyan ojha and now piyush. All 3 of them r good.Piyush could a be a better batsmanamong the 3.Manish Pandey, Abhishek Nayar, Kohli and Uthappas will have to wait. Also this is the last chance to Rohit sharma. He is lucky to have been included and i hope he makes the most of this gr8 opportunity.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    what the hell is dis no manish pandey ... no robin uthappa.....

    i dont understand what selecters were thinking while selecting team.... man u r selecting a worldcup team not A or B team for practice game....

    how could rohit sharma get into team....what he had done to get selected....

    a 300 hundred against weaker team...n just hundred against...another team in ranji....still in ipl he hasnt performed.....he got another game against sa...he performed horribly ...... nw what should be done to get a place in indian team... manish pandey he scored 114 in ipl 2

    score 190+ in 1st ranji game this year...n scored 4 100 overall his 100 in final was sensational...he almost took his team to win ....

    n was the highest run scorer in ranji this season nw in ipl3 he did reasonably well...

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    seem very very week team, I would be surperised if they even qualify for quarterfinals

  • Shantudude on March 26, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Why the hell Manish Pandey wasn't picked? It would only have strengthened the batting line up of the team,as in case Sehwag or Gambhir is injured Indai now has no specialist,i simply can't understand it,as if the selectors are having a personal grudge against him.Another name is Virat Kohli,what else does he need to do to be a regular player in the side in all formats of the game? Ravinder Jadeja was according to me the main culprit of the 2009 T20 WC's poor show.He has l low strike rate as a batsman and he can't keep his head under pressure and he has been picked again.No doubt he ia good ODI player but he just doesn't fits the T20 format.poor selection once again by the selection committee.

  • gjoshi88 on March 26, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    PP Ojha also deserves a place in playing eleven & even Utthappa too

  • kenau_reveas on March 26, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    This is getting ridiculous now. Can anybody please explain to me why there is no Irfan Pathan or Manish Pandey or Virat Kohli in the squad? and why Rohit and Piyush are in? Irfan is still one of the best all rounders India has produced. I just don't get it why selectors are not giving Irfan one more chance to prove him self? and, he doesn't have any support from senior players in the team! not even from Yuvi? And, Manish Pandey is playing really good at the moment. He was the highest run scorer in the ranji trophy, and playing really well in IPL. Rohit hasn't done anything good this season! He hasn't scored runs, and his fielding is also average this year! then why he is in the squad. This is dirty politics!!!

  • suhelklose on March 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Why not Murali Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohhli & Irfan Pathan...?? Piyush Chawla selection is just.... I donno why he selected for this important championship

  • dinuhebbar on March 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Hope Manish's performance wont suffer with this setback. Picking Rohit Sharma is a cruel joke played by the selectors on youngster's confidence. Wrong signals are being sent to young hopefuls and experienced players who are in form. Think regional quota system had a role to play otherwise no one can justify the selection of STARs not in best of their form. We can only pray that this team wont loose to Afghanistan n exit in preliminery state itself.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    For the people who are critisizing selection, you must understand the hardships that they face. I can easily say five names, who are not even thought about by the selectors and not even discussed abt, by people in this discussion apart from manish,robin and virat. They are the people from MI team. Seriously, from what I have seen, they were really really good. Imagine, Shikar Dhawan stepping up in Sanath Jayasurya's shoes and the way he delivered, wow. Both of them (Rayudu and Thiwari), make the amount of dollars paid to Bravo and Pollard a joke. The point is, the selectors are conservative. IMHO, local form should be only considered for ODI and Test selection. IPL performance should be considered for this selection because we don have any 20-20 tournament other than IPL. Whilst I can understand that all the guys spoken here lack International experience, they all have shown maturity and clearly, for a victory for India, it will be enough if three batsmen click in a particular game.

  • reachmikes on March 26, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    No clue why they pick Yusuf Path again and again inspite of his consistent failures at the international level? Choosing Rohit over Kohli doesn't sounds great either. Pandey is deserved to get a chance considering his current IPL peformance but even if we got picked fitting into the 11 will be very difficult for him unless Gambhir or Sehwag get injured.Picking Chawla is again a gamble, though he is not a bad pick! Vinay rightly deserved a chance!!

  • r_sudip on March 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    everyone is only talking about Sachin...yes he has played well in the ongoing IPL but then so has Kumble...he has the best economy...how come nobody is talking about kumble...have we stopped seeing anything beyond Sachin in cricket....sad very sad

  • spschandrasekar on March 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Definitely There is 0% chance to India to bag T20 World Cup again. Only 5-6 Days for T20 world cup after IPL. What about practice sessions?. Is T20 will be played in India? Are they adjusted to WI conditions within 5days?. Joke of the year. IPL = Indian Business League. Sorry friends.

  • jainensrasingh88 on March 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    uthappa & pandey must hav been selected instead of rohit sharma & dinesh karthik....

  • vijay466 on March 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    robin uthappa is in good form... i was expecting him in the squad... but.... damn rohit stood lucky....

  • krishnasachin on March 26, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    expected murali karthik in d thick of things,,,but havin found d unexpected is the general oath of indian selectors,,,selectors hav onc again messed up seriously wid the selection leavin out manish,virat & murali.....

  • spschandrasekar on March 26, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Hi, I think Yuvaraj,Yusuf should be dropped. Both of them already given enough chances. It is not possible to fly 6 sixes in six balls again. Yuvarj is totally out of form in T20,ODI & Tests from last 16Months.

  • whoisadwait on March 26, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    This team will win the World Cup for us...I'm sure.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    The joke of day is Uthappa is not in.....because Rohit is in better form????Who believes.

  • raju123456 on March 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    as per me the world cup squad should be as follows... 1) Virender Sehwage 2) Gautam Gambhir 3) Yuvraj Singh 4) Suresh Raina 5) Yusuf Pathan 6) Mahendrasingh Dhoni 7) Manish Pandey 8) Ravindra Jadeja 9) Dinesh Karthik 10) Murli Karthik 11) Harbhajan Singh 12) Praveen Kumar 13) Zaheer Khan 14) Vinay Kumar 15) Umesh Yadav/Irfan Pathan...

  • royalchallengers2010 on March 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    It is M S Dhoni who likes Rohit Sharma. In spite of his many failures, Dhoni still believe Rohit can turn the fortune.

  • MikeCris on March 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    As soon as i went through the team of 15 members i was shocked. What happened to the selection crew! They left most of the inform players and it shows that they are showing their politics face. B4 IPL we dont know about the players form and skills. Now we are well-aware of everything. Virat kholi, Pandey and uttappa show be in. Merely sharma and jadeja show be definitely out. The 2nd spinner option should be ojha and mishra. Who shows their team spirit on their every play.I am sure that India is going to suck with this team infront of world-class teams. If the selection mind-set is over to out-of-form players..i am certain about sreesanth exclusion..So, indeed I am not going to watch any of the world cup games.

  • sanjayverma on March 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Mr Srikant should compare the Manish Pandey and Rohit sharma's current form ,i am not getting a single reason why the Pandey is not in a team and Rohit is in the team,anyway T20 is game of total cricket.. means players must have skill of balling,batting and fielding ..selection of Nehra over Irfan Pathan is not justified and in all three deptt Irafan has a edge over the Nehra .Vinay Kumar is good move and hopefully he will be a lucky for India .

  • manasvi_lingam on March 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Robin Uthappa on current form did deserve a chance. And where the heck is Irfan? He is just as good as any of the pace bowlers selected except Zaheer. And he is a very useful batsman of course. Yusuf Pathan will fail as usual, since he is a hit-and-miss cricketer.

  • mayoosekhar on March 26, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Its surprising to drop Virat from the squad, also Manish Pandey is also in good form, P Ojha can be better than Chawla or even M Karthik is also in form player. When Gauthi and Nehra suffering from injuries they can give a chance to new players like Saurav Tiwary, Manish Pandey or Virat Kohli. Selectors could have given one chance to Irfan rather than giving many unnecessary chances to Yusof Pathan. Any ways lets wish ALL THE BEST to TEAM INDIA, hope our boys ll repeat the first world T20 cup.

  • squarepeg on March 26, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    not picking virat kohli, manish pandey, murali karthik is sign of selectors gone bonkers.and there are talks of suresh raina n virat kohli as india-captain potential. even uthappa is better than rohit sharma. agree with navstar, w/o mumbai pulls, rohit sharma wont hv got so many many chances, while manoj tiwari or mishra gets dropped for one failure!!! wots painful is the state of new ball attack, must be one of the weakest and slowest among the big 8 of world cricket. only zahir is good enough to be in the team.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    It is unbalence team for T20 WC 2010. Selectors is failed in selecting T20 squad b'coz Pande/Virat & Mishra/Ozza can better perform than R Sharma & Chawla respt. VERY BAD SELECTION ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Selection is not good. In stead of Chawla , yuvaraj singand Rohit Sharma they should have opted for Murali Karthik and Pandey, Even Thiwari now playing for Bombay in IPL is found powerful and should have been considered. It is poor selection. Anyhow all the best for the boys

  • MNKL on March 26, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is Good Joker in Cricket.. he is ultimate super failure Star. Mr.Krish.. Why you are not select The Ultimate Star Sachin?

  • siva87 on March 26, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I thought Manish,Virat and Vinay would be picked,but only Vinay was picked.

  • safapori on March 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I am already distraught at this teams fate .This slection is unbalanced and set to fail.Picking Yuvi,Rohit and Chawla is like gauranting a no win scenario.We do not have a bowler like Malinga or Asif, nor do we have a sound middle order. Irfan should have found a place in this team. His batting is far more reliable than Yusufs and his bowling has certainly improved.Jadeja is a good pick .Kohli should have been included in place of Rohit.

  • on March 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Where the hell is Manish Pandey And Irfan Pathan and why the hell we have Yuvraj Singh,who is struggling to get into double figures. what about players like Saurabh tiwary who has really showed the class in IPL. Ashihs nehra,what a JOKE..there are already 3 specialists pace bowlers,so why not to add Irfan who can also bat.

  • ssumm3r on March 26, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    really a crap selection.. they are so out-dated they just want to stick with the old tired fellows when will the young guns will get a chance.. this selection panel needs to open their closed biased eyes... duhhhh... yet another world cup gone from our hands.......

  • raj_gemini on March 26, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Where is Pragyan Ojha .......he is far better than piyush chawla..

  • Mack.Rao on March 26, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    This has to be a joke!

    Yuvi doesn't belong there any more - too many injuries, slow on the field, batting has gone down. Still making the team on reputation from 5 years ago.

    Rohit ahead of Kohli is another joke. Rohit has become sloppy, slow and out of shape for an athlete.

    Irfan not making the team. He must have pissed off someone. He bats better than most middle orders and can bowl a bit giving away 7-8 runs in 20/20 is not so bad.

    Murali Karthik not making it is not surprise but sad as he is the best and consistent Indian spinner 20/20s.

    Manish Pandey deserves a look.

    I would try to convince SRK one more time in playing 20/20 as he is the best batsmen in the country. Though I am not a big fan of him, the stats speaks for themselves.

    Opinions shouldn't count for much (ala Srikanth's and other "Jokers" of Indian selection committee) but stats should be worth more.

    Wouldn't be surprised if Indian team won't make the semis.

  • ra26xx on March 26, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    i neva understand why murali kartik isn't in the team..even in the odi's.. he dsrves more thn bng in the cmmntators..he desrves bng on the field .. also cnt understnd the case of kohli..pandey n sachin(though its purely his choice)..!

    yuvi n r. sharma might not prove o be d best of bets..

    anyone agrees with me?

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    good selection....Virat kohli is not a flamboyant player,so not selecting him is good,but they could hav put Uthappa instead of rohit

  • frank_martin on March 26, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Why Nehra. take Irfan Pathan if he doesn't bowl well he can make it up with bat. Chawla is good bowler but Ojha should have been picked.

  • s0ldier on March 26, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @ Nampally.. Calling for a change in the selection panel at every instance won't take us anywhere. No matter who is in the panel, it will be impossible to please a billion Indians! As far as Sachin is concerned, no selection panel can keep him out, but it is Sachin's decision to quit int'l T20. Rohit Sharma had enough of his chances, Uthappa is a better choice in T20's than a Rohit Sharma, or even Irfan Pathan can bat better than Rohit, and Irfan can swing his arm as well. Glad to see that Ishant is shown the door finally, the captains/selection panel are obsessed with Ishant. He's pathetic, just keeps feeding batsmen with more and more length deliveries begging them to hit him out of the park. He's good at the test level with no field restrictions, but in ODI"s and T20, he just doesn't have the variations in his pocket to excel. Murali Karthik's case is a mystery, he is undoubtedly the best left arm spinner in the country, but was always over-looked for lesser talented bowlers.

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    PIYUSH CHAWLA>>its blunder of selction insted of ohja >>mishra>>tiwary instead of rohit sharmahe in out of form

  • safapori on March 26, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    I am baffled by this slection.Irfan should be in, Rohit and Yuvi out.Yuvi has found this spot based on his past laurels. Yusuf is a very iffy selection. He is inconsistent and patchy as a batsman. Playing well in the IPL does not match up to competing with the best teams in the world.I prefer Kartik in place of Yuvi and Irfan in for Rohit..

  • vinayjayaram on March 26, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    @sbhusarapu :Vinay kumar has not done enough??!!Come on..This guy has been a top wicket taker in Ranji for 2 consecutive seasons and has been performaing consistantly in the domestic circuit for 4-5 years now..he is also picked wickets in the ongoing IPL..what else should some one do to get selected?Finally his hard work and perseverence is paying off and people appreciate it and not crib that someone they think is good is not selected..

  • madhusudhan_lanka on March 26, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    why not try our batting legen sachin once?. he has done so well in the IPL.

  • KishoreJaganathan on March 26, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Srikanth was booed by the Bangalore crowd recently - maybe that's why Kohli or Pandey didnt make it. Also, why Chawla over Ojha or Murali Karthik?

  • vrntrc28 on March 26, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    i think Selectors should sometimes read these comments... it will be good thing in decision making.. since their decisions dont really make sense at times...

  • mautan on March 26, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    What does Murili Kartik need to do to play for India? Ashish Nehra does not derserve at present to get selected automatically. But the biggest shock is , as always, Dinesh Kartik? So let me guess, he is till considered better than Manoj Tiwari, Manish Pandey, Shikar Dhawan, Rayudu, Badrinath etc etc?? Dinesh Kartik it seems is K Srikanth's pick. He is always around the Indian team whether it is t20, ODI or Tests. Its almost as if they have to select him. He hardly ever does anything special.

  • tiesha on March 26, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    its totally a wrong team to b pickd up for da world cup....considring da form of da players pickd.......yuvraj,nehra n even zehher r nt in gud form....n lads lyk manish pandey,robbie,murali kartik...shud ve been pickd......

  • Fighters20XI on March 26, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Manish Pandery is a brilliant T20 player. He should be in & Uthappa as well instead of Rohit sharma & Ravinder Jadeja.

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    I Can't believe Uttapa got ignored for R Jadeja or R Sharma? Pragyan ojha would have been better than piyush chawla.

    Poor selection. We are so going to loose this WC too.

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Why they have included Rohit sharma in the team .he is out of form for the past year or so and still including him in T20 wc team doesn't make any sense to me .IMO he either virat Kohli or Robion utthapa should have been instead of him .

    I would have including amit mishra/kartik instead of chawla .overall, I'm very much dissapointed with the team they have selected :(.

    why organize IPL ,when players are not selected on the basis of form :(

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    i think indian selector should go on their knees and beg to sachin to play t20 wc !!

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on March 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Hard work paysoff! There is always selection mishap and this time its not different. Oppinions may vary but with 2 players who are completely out of form Rohit and Yuvi in squad. I am definetly for this selection commitee they do very few mistakes. Calling in jadeja,nehra won't back fire with all them giving more quality to our attack chawla might not have done better then murali karthik(but he has not done bad either its a close call) that doesn't mean chawla is out of form . out of 15 i think except Yuvi and Rohit Everyone deserved a chance. Yuvi is most underperforming player for ages. From the moment he came into Team till now. His only notable performance is 6 sixers.Do anyone realize that Yousuf and jadeja are far more consitent as allrounders. Batting except yuvi/rohit in same team looks fine. bowling being an Indian i cannot comment really bad of our bowling assets.Even though we dont have quality in bowling we can have consistency esp with ishanth,sreeshanth not in team.

  • ABP235 on March 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Murali Karthik is the best spinner, but I think he misses out due to the presence of Ravindra Jadeja in the team and the selectors just cannot think of replacing Harbhajan. Just wait and see till the end of IPL - there will be more casualties, injuries, fitness problems and surely some of the young guns will find a chance. This guy Saurav Tiwari is the most impressive and I feel he is the kind of guy we need. Tell you, I am from Bangalore, Tiwari plays for Mumbai Indians and may be from UP, dont know. But I will go beyond all considerations and choose him over Yuvraj. Tiwari is not just a slogger, he is technically competent too. He reminds us of the early days of Dhoni - not just the hair style, but batting technique too. Only difference is Tiwari is left handed and not a wicket keeper. Shikhar Dhawan & Uthappa the two openers from U-19 days are doing good and will get more chances soon. Injured guys like Nehra should not have been picked.

  • dpac on March 26, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Yes, I think Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli deserve selection. They are good batsmen and also good fielders. The kind of form tendulkar is in, he would have been automatic selection but opting out is his call. Congrats to Vinay !! He deserved it. I think Rohit has not grabed much attention this season so his selection comes as a surprise but hope he performs well :)

  • c.anns on March 26, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Hey guys this selection is totally ridiculous . im sure some kinda politics involved in this team selection . can't imagine how many chances selectors gonna give to rohit sharma & he gonna fail miserably again

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    irfan shud ve been selected...dnt think nehra z fully fit...he shud ve been dropped!!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Why Manish Pandey was not picked, still Yuvraj is a match winner for Indian team, alas a great joke, Rohit Sharma a repeated failure, I guess Kris Shrikant can only sign the papers shown to him, not allowed to read, he always threatens to resign, who is asking him to stay, his presence is a sheer waste, it is Ashish Nehra, bundle of jokes, let us ready to depart in the first round.

  • dexter1234 on March 26, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    ojha,mishra and murali karhik are much better than chawla.

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Selectors are dumb???????????????

  • deepaksam on March 26, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Also Uthappa should have been picked. The bench strength would have been stronger

  • PrinceTN on March 26, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    The Squad seems to be ok for me....well, i dont understand why you are selection Rohit Sharma...instead of take Robin Uthappa (who is currently doing well in IPL 3) so for he is performing well...

    I felt sad not selecting Sachin Tendulkar.....no problem with bowling options...in Fast and Spinner...good selection....Piyush Chawla come back to National Team...i hope u will perform well...Vinay Kumar good works...i wanna see you performing well...

    Suggestions : Murali Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, and other players who are performing well in IPL 3....

  • vivin.vincent on March 26, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    i think its not a good selection for this world cup,uraj sing still suffering from injury should give him some for rest for the future tours and chawla is also not showed his best at this stage they should prefer irfan, robin utthappa,manish pandey for the team

  • Swami619 on March 26, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Surely India lose Manish Pandey. He is well eligible in the Indian squad when compared to Rohit. Still the selectors are expecting senior player to play. But these kind of player must give a chance to prove. When the Selection comitee will think about it. If you give chance then only he will be experienced...

  • asok286 on March 26, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    I think it's good selection except Chawla instead Karthik coud've been a good option. We're going 4 a worldcup, not a Bangla trip, experience wins, I think selectors didnt want to take a risk as this is MostImportantSeries. Secondly Manish,nayar are not consitent yet to be consitent. So the Selection should preare a Team A with nayar/Abhishey/Uttappa/Irfan etc. as back up and send them to tour other A teams so they can get world tour exposure and ready for One days soon... It's time for the selectors to start bench strength with Home/Away list of players/ T20/OneDay/Test Players, dont make everything a mess. All the Best Boys...We Can Win and We Will Win.

  • Vikram_Rathore on March 26, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Rohit Sharma again in the team!!! WHAT A JOKE! He has never come close to playing any match winning, match saving or even a significant supporting innings in his entire history and geography of international and T20I career put together. That too ahead of Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli & Murali Vijay. Politics and cricket seems inseparable.

  • 01sjagmohan on March 26, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    R. Utthappa has batted really well in the IPL this year, he was unlucky not to be selected in the last T20 World Cup, and i feel this time the selectors have made a Massive mistake on leaving such an Aggresive young batsmen and good fielder out of the side. V. Kholi should have been included aswell, he has GREAT temperement for a youngster, he can also field and bowl. I.Pathan or A.Mishra should have been selected over P.Chawla, personally i wud have taken I.Pathan who can be a devastating batsmen at the end of an innings, sometimes he can be expenssive, but he can take Crucial wickets when needed!

  • ajaygodbole on March 26, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    I guess chawla is selected only because he is a leg spinner. I would have inculded either Murali Karthik or Pragyan Ojha. Manish Pandey or Virat Kohli should have been considered RP or Irfan should have been included instead of Nehra

  • anuajm on March 26, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Poor Selection!! Although some players are out of form but still Yuvraj, Pathan are anyday better. But why Rohit?? Why not let him grind in the domestic cricket and when he's consistent thn pick him?? SUrely Virat, Pandey would have been a better bet. And what has Piyush done to justify his place?? What the hell is wrong with Murali Kartik? He's surely the best spin bowler at the present in India..better than Bhajji too...N why he's not even considered?? For people who want Sachin..though he is still one of the best batsman in this format..but has already announced his retirement..lets accept it....Gr8 that Vinay is in and Ishant, Munaf and overrated Sreesanth are out!!

  • deepaksam on March 26, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Murali Karthik and Irfan should have been in

  • shreek11 on March 26, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Wrong selection of Rohit Sharma it should have been Virat Kohli - a much better player in all respect & even Pragyan Ojha or Amit Mishra would have been a better choise than Piyush Chawla... any ways we can only feel bad....hope the selectors think better next time???

  • Edassery on March 26, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    I would have picked Virat Kohli instead of Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey instead of Yuvraj Singh, Amit Misra or Pragyan Ojha instead of Chawla. I am happy that they didn't pick the fluke batsman and flat pitch bully Uthappa. Biggest joke is not picking Manish Pandey who has done exceptionally well in Ranji trophy and T20 match opportunities that he got. Moreover, he was more composed than Yusaf Pathan.

  • Astarry on March 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Why most of the match winners in IPL is missing from the side ? The only reason I can think of for the omission on Uthappa and Manish Pandey is regional reservation. Perhaps Manish pandey have to wait till Sreekanth's tenure ends, till he get a chance, but age is in his side. So, I hope he will keep going. And Irfan should have been picked ahead of Jadeja.

  • cricket05 on March 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Overall, I think it is a good selection. Vinay deserved selection although not sure how effective he would be. Not sure if he woul dget a game when both Zaheer and Nehra are fit. Only chance he has of getting wickets are if batsmen go after him and try to get runs of him which they cannot against other bowlers. Piyush's fileding efforts must have gooten him the edge over Amit Mishra. The only grey selection is Rohit Sharma. I did think Manish Pandey would have been selected. But Rohit can also bowl spinners which could be helpful in WI conditions where the pitches were slow and gripping a lot last time we played there. Viru is a HUGE difference between this squad and the last T20 WC squad.

  • vibh_ch on March 26, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    The selection leaves a lot to be desired.Rohit was the most promising talent before IPL-1.But since,he has not performed when played for India.I think,he got too much attention in IPL-1 and thus spoilt.From nowhere comes Piyush,no consistent run for either Ojha or Mishra.The most temperamentally promising youngster at intl level has been Kohli.Agreed,he is not the cleanest hitter of the ball,but he deserves a go in every format when an opportunity arises.Yuvraj has been baffling for the last so many months with his injuries and maintaining his body in shape.He has put up so much of weight that he is no longer half the fielder that he was 4 years ago.He will,though get selected on sheer reputation.I hope he sees failure,eventually gets dropped and realise that same yardstick applies to everyone.Nehra cant always guarantee with his bowling,no one can talk of his batting,fielding.I did not expect Pandey to make his debut in WC.Lastly,I hope the team fails,exposing selectors,few players.

  • on March 26, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Simple thing, last 20-20 worldcups faliure team has been selected again. Saurabh Tiwary from Mumbai Indian should also been selected.

  • jason122424 on March 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I think selectors should consider changing Rohit Sharma over Virat Kohli, because Virat is in good form and better than Rohit in the field while considering overall performance in IPL 3.

  • DareDevilFighter on March 26, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    In news they say that Rohit Sharma has been picked as an allrounder

    JOKE OF THE DAY

    Then i think Dhoni should be a specialist bowler

    hahahahahahaha

  • DrDagli on March 26, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Srikanth is a typically timid and conservative selector, unlike Dilip Vengsarkar who did the best job till date by bringing in raw new talent into Indian Team and making them superstars of today..You need courage of conviction..Same old wine in new bottle..Good Luck India .

  • sieera on March 26, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    why rohit sharma is again selected in the squad. He has neither performed well for india nor for his squad in this edition of ipl. Why players like manish pandey,tiwary,murali karthik hava not been given chance to show there caliber at the international stage. piyush chawla hasn't performed upto the expectations. He is much more predictable as a bowler because of frequency of googlies in an over,he bowls 4-5 googlies in an over.The selectors have not learnt from there mistakes in the past. They have choosen players because of there names. They should learn from boards like Cricket Australia,who pick young players and provide them opportunities.

    Whole nation is feeling sorry for robin uthappa, he must be in team instead of Mr. ROHIT SHARMA............................

  • nataraajds on March 26, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Kholi & Ohja would have been better choice instead of Rohit sharma & chawla. Rohit is not in best form and Chawla is not effective in international level. otherwise selection of team is very good. also we need to give first look at Uttappa & Irfan pathan incase of injury replacements. caption should also give free licence to Yusuf to go for killl because he is very aggressive player.

  • Sachit1979 on March 26, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Selection of Ashish Nehra, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik is really surprising. With so many names knocking the door in ongoing IPL. Why selectors stuck again with already tried out options. Manish Pandey deserved his chances ahead of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik. Similarily Nehra already had lean patch in recent tournaments and his fitness is also a question mark. After Nagpur test team selection fiasco against SA also, why selectors are not ready rectify themselves?

  • Shaps on March 26, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    its again selection commitee on RADAR... as they have opted out some brilliance like Pandey , Uthapa & Irfan...

  • abinclinc on March 26, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Well am really surprised, not to see the names of Saurabh Tiwary and Robin Uthappa in the selected squad.T20 is all about execution..we had seen in the last world cup the downfall our team had..again the selectors repeating the same mistakes,ridiculous..... should hav tried Irfan as a batting alrounder....nys its time to c d action in d field...lets hop 4 d best

  • bikram8919 on March 26, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    where are sourab tiwary and irfan pathan????they both deserved a place in the national side after having done so well in the ipl 2010...i mean pathan in place of vinay kumar and tiwary for rohit sharma would have been much better choices...

  • Owls on March 26, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    The selectors are spineless and looks as the power corridors are at work. How can Rohit Sharma who has just 48 runs and has a weakness against short ball be selected ahead of Uthappa and Manish Pandey. Vinay Kumar is worth trying. How come Murali Kartik is ignored and Piyush is in? Murali has a better economy rate than Piyush.Irfan would have been a better option than Nehra.

  • bobby3054 on March 26, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    thank you ...thank you ...thank you ...thank you ...for not selecting Ishant and Sreesanth,,,

  • DareDevilFighter on March 26, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    ALSO WHAT IF ZAK & NEHRA BOTH GET INJURED THEN NO SPECIALIST FAST BOWLER????

  • jr2012 on March 26, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Lot of grievances about Rohit Sharma in here! We all know why he is in the team, because he is from Mumbai. End of story. Sometimes you wonder what's the point of following the Indian team with these officialdom political selection!. Thank god for IPL, day by day I loose interest in following the Indian team in 20-20 and ODIs! Sincere sympathies for Pandey, Uthappa, and Kohli, only if they were born in mumbai...

  • Mohd123 on March 26, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Selected team doesn't look to be confident one, all the players have problems with other because of IPL, Selector + Done must have selected the current fit and well performing players instead of going with the same strategy, they had option of SR Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey over Gambir, Chawla, Rohit Shrama and other injured players if any. Sachin is must for our team, all opponents are not very confident to bowl Sachin, how selectors neglected him without asking him whether he is interested to play T20 World Cup or no. If our team loses this time I CERTAINLY NOT LIKE TO SEE DHONI AS T20 CAPTAIN AND SRIKANTH AS MAIN SELECTOR. These 2 are the culprits who led down the Chennai superstars in IPL.

  • aashishjain on March 26, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    i think irfan pathan is much better option then vinay kumar becoz he also bats very well....and instead of piyush chawla i think pragyan ojha is best option.....but best of luck.......

  • DareDevilFighter on March 26, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Hey guys i am very sorry to say this but looking at the squad India is surely not gonna win the WC

    I APOLOGISE FOR SAYING THIS BUT THIS IS REALLY GONNA HAPPEN

    RESPONSIBLE PERSONS FOR LOSS OF INDIA WOULD BE:

    ..............................SRIKANTH..................DHONI...............................

    HOPING THAT DHONI PROVES ME WRONG

  • gaurang_4040 on March 26, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Chwla has been impressive at times. But he is definitely not as consistent as Kartik, Ojha or Mishra. Even Nehra has not done anything special to justify his place. Irfan would have been a much better option as he can contribute with bat also. Rohit is lucky to get place over Virat/Pandey/Dhwan/Nayar!

  • ILaughAtThee on March 26, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma - Most vulnerable middle order!

  • adikhan on March 26, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Piyush Chawla as second spinner!! shocking!! chawla u r a lucky fellow.... ignoring pragyan ojha, murali kartik and amit mishra..... chawla is clearly is not d second choice in my list he is no betta dan dese guyzz...... n yea some players are out of form n in d team due to their reputation but u can't ignore a yuvraj coz he is nt in form he cn come in his touch netym.... rohit is ok i thnk he deserves d chance.... n congrats vinay 4 debut n cn we brought back sachin from his retirement looking at his form.... ne indian n cricket lover wud want him playin agn wid d kind of touch he is having ryt now..... bt team is selected hope 4 d best.....

  • ashy16in_ on March 26, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Though I would have preferred Pandey over Rohit and Kohli, what probably tilted the scales in Rohit's favour is his ability to hit the big shots and chip in with a few overs with the ball.

  • jr2012 on March 26, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Lot of grievances about Rohit Sharma in here! We all know why he is in the team, because he is from Mumbai. End of story. Sometimes you wonder what's the point of following the Indian team with these officialdom political selection!. Thank god for IPL, day by day I loose interest in following the Indian team in 20-20 and ODIs! Sincere sympathies for Pandey, Uthappa, and Kohli, only if they were born in mumbai...

  • rohitkossery on March 26, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Its a real shame how our selection committee insists on selecting some players despite all their failures. Chawla and Rohit have not done anything spectacular in a while. Virat kohli and Manish pandey have been pretty awesome. Uthappa, Irfan and murali karthik have also done very well this IPL.

    Rohit sharma seems to have a lot of clout in BCCI selection committe. He keeps getting selected despite his failures.

    I would kick out Chawla and Rohit and replace them with Irfan and Kohli.

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I think a number good talents were not selected in the name experience.Rohit doesn't deserve it and where did chawla came from?! Where are pandey and kohli! Ghosh most ridiculous selection in recent times!!!

  • Gulsan on March 26, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    its ok- ok team . Though will be hard to win the world cup without good bowlers . now as Jadeja is selected he should be allowed to play in IPL to get some match practice. congrats to Vinay kumar and Chawla . hope u guys will give your 100 % on the field. good to see that selectors having trust on Rohit. he is one of India's finest batsman currently. it will give him a lot of confidence too. on Mishra and Ojha i would say wait for your turn guys! my final 12 will be 1- Shehwag 2-Gambhir 3-yuvraj 4- Rohit 5- Raina 6-Dhoni 7- Pathan 8- Vinay 9-Harbhajan 10 -Zaheer 11- Praveen Kumar 12- Jadeja

  • avkris on March 26, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    isnt it shocking tat they hav chosen a team without a reserve opener again!! i feel for poor pandey,he was almost guaranteed d spot,deserved it too!! wats rohit sharma doing there?? he was d opener last time in d absence of sehwag n was d reason behind india's failure. rohit did nothin and was sorted out by pacers with short pitch stuff. he has done nothing in d domestic season n d ipl so far to select him. its purely bcoz he's from MUMBAI. can't see ny other reason. don't tell me he's an all-rounder as he himself says!! also pandey shud hav been given a go at d world stage with d 2011 WC in mind. he has been outstanding in d domestic season, but alas. i'm surprised at chawla's inclusion ahead of mishra. but atleast they went for a leg spinner than ojha, as jadeja is already there as left-arm spin. rest of d guys pick themselves. nehra has told tat his priority is WC than IPL, hence he's takin his time. so that shudn be a worry. happy for vinay kumar, he's really bowling well.

  • india41 on March 26, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Rohit Sharma waht????? Robin or manish

  • khansrule on March 26, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    India have a good team....Their batting is strong but unf bowling is the weaker link...perhaps the weakest of the top six/seven teams.... For me India will struggle again to make it to semis with Aus, WI, SA and Pak despite all their off field problems will make it to the semis.... Rana and Malik will be badly missed....Dnt make the mistake of discounting the Pak chances like ppl did in the first two ed

  • nithy34 on March 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    India wont win worldcup without Irfan

  • bhargav65 on March 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    I don't understand why selectors pick the palyers who are recently injured for long time and not given chance to young blood like Surabh ( Mumbai Indians), Manish Pandey( Banglore), & Bisla- They are really in real good touch in IPL3

  • CricketMaan on March 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @Robin supporters, he had a very ordinary domestic season and his IPL blitz came too late as the probables were annonced before that. Pandey is unlucky, but i want to think that the selectors are cautious to push him early. Another consistent season and i think he could get an eye in. Rohit and Chawla are in due to quota system..else they could not have got picked ahead of Mishra, Kholi, Ohja and Pandey if performance is key. Nehra is there due to Dhoni.

  • k1sat on March 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    agash !!!! at last ths small town'' war horse'' performer in the domestic circuit from the past 3 years has been given a LOOK IN....hope thAt the past glory returns back to karnataka cricket.....i think vinay would hv easily played for india an year ago itself....if he was from bombay or delhi....but never the less....hope he gets to play in the final 11....go VK go....JAI KARNATAKA !!!!! vinay u rock !!!!

  • nithy34 on March 26, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Its not a good selection for this worldcup.They should prefer Irfan pathan over Rohit sharma, and yuvaraj is also in out of form. after recovering from the injury, Irfan had done well with his bat and there is more IPL matches to come, he can recover his bowling technique.

  • csango on March 26, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat Kohli, joke of the day!!!!

  • Nampally on March 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Kohli has proven himself to be a brilliant young talent in batting and fielding. His dropping from the side is totally unacceptable. Yusuf pathan has been given too many chances and he has failed every time. It is about time he is tossed out of the side in Test, ODI's & T-30. Irfan Pathan is a better player & more reliable. Tendulkar was easily the best batsmen in the current IPL series. He should have been persuaded to play. His current strike rate was also the best in IPL.M.Kartik was easily the best bowler in terms of economy under pressure. He should have been in the side.Amongst the fast bowlers, inclusion of Vinay is welcome based on his form.Omission of Tendulkar, Kohli, M.Karthik will make the difference between winners or just participation.The Selectors are making mistakes in team selection in all forms of cricket. It is good time to replace them now.

  • appuz052 on March 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    murali karthik,abhisekh nayar,manish pandey should have been selected aheat of chawla,yusuf and rohit respectively.one good thing the selectors hav done is leaving out ishant and sreesanth and taking vinay coz he is in good form

  • NewYorkCricket on March 26, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Last chance for Rohit Sharma, but it is the right selection. Manish Pandey has to prove himself for another season and Virat Kohli lacks flamboyance. Utthappa could have been the only replacement. He will have his chance considering the number of existing injuries.

  • pinn on March 26, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Good team except Rohit and Chawla. Misra is much better than Chawla. Same with Kohli compared to Rohit.

  • Aarabhi on March 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has been out of form for the last one year and does not deserve his selection . Chawla has not lived up to his promise for the last one year and is very lucky to find a place in the team. The real injustice has been done to the young Manish Pande who has been in excellent form last year and his non selection is a dark spot in the selection committee's vision.

  • siddharthsays on March 26, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    i feel instead of piyush chawla the selctors should ve opted for Murali karthik.he has bn really doing well and an ecnomy rate under 6 in t20 definitely needs to be accredited & acknowledged.i wish i could directly write to the selectors!!wishful thinking though it is!!and they should ve another pacer as nehra s known to be fragile n can end up being injured during the course of the tournament..

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Pandey should be selected over rohit...

  • Ankit1710 on March 26, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    I cant think why Manish Pandey wasnt pick.I think he has immense talent and should have been picked.I wonder what a player has to do in order to come in a national squad.He has done enough to be pick in the team. Secondly there is not enough options in the bowling department.But i think irfan pathan should have been in front of ashish nehra as he has the fitness issues also.

  • santoshk0204 on March 26, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    i would have keen to see manish pandey & robin uttappa pkay.but really appreciate the selectors for selecting chawala & bangalore medum pacer vinay kumar the young guys who have performed well & future talent..& i want to tell nikki singh that once in blue moon amit mishra bowls wel chawala is a good leg spinner & one who can chip with handy runs if he gets the opportunity to batl...

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? What does Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey need to do more to get selected?

  • vivekk83 on March 26, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Most of the players here would get picked on reputation over form. The only few places up for grabs is the second spinner; additional fast bowler and 2 batsman. For the second spinner; Murli kartik would have been a great choice- a seasoned cricketer. I donno why the selectors have a turned a blind eye on his consistent IPL and County performances. As with the fast bowlers its a tough call as none of them seem to be performing. My choices would have been irfan ( as the 5th bowler) and not a strike bowler and Umesh yadav - a genuinely quick bowler. With Asish nehra not even playing the selectors could have taken this gamble by picking umesh yadav. As with the batsmen; i will pick DK- a guy who has donned multiple roles( opener,No3player, back up keeper . He needs to be a role and drop him if doesn't do the job .He has strung together decent performances for Delhi as he knows his role. Ill pick pandey over rohit as pandey has looked very assured so far in the IPL...

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    why did they go for piyush instead of Ojha?? piyush is not performing good in IPL3.

    Yusuf pathan is not needed, in WI we dont need any Slog hitters. we need someone who can watch n play ... they should have given a chance to kohli instead of yusuf..

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    What is Going On Is this call Sellection Same Names Again And Again Thats why NEW GUYS PREFER IPL CAP Then INDIAN CAP because you never reach there, even with your talents... What did ROHIT done in performance ????? Cant ASK for Explaination ALso

  • Arjun.Siva on March 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Instead of Chawla, Harbhajan, Rohit and Pathan - they shouldve picked Manish Pandey, Murali karthik, Amit Mishra/Ojha and Virat Kohli.

    Rohit is woefully out of form, Pathan doesnt have what it takes to do well at the international level and Bhajji and Chawla are just not at their peaks. I think Dhoni feels insecure with Kohli around because he also knows in a matter of 3 years Kohli will be considered for captaincy over Yuvraj, Zak, Raina or any of the other guys

    I'm not sure if what was said by someone on this board is true - did Sachin agree to be up for selection for the World T20?? if so, then the selectors must be mad to not pick him. With the sublime form he is in, he can do no wrong. And he is smart. He will rest himself for a few games now and let Dhawan and Jaya open batting while he takes care of his body.

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Rohit is a better choice than Uthaapa and Pandey as both of them play an aggressive game at the top of the innings and arent worth much in case of an early colla[pse... In such cases rohit's slow and steady approach might be useful...

    Second spinner is to warm the bench. So Chawla selection does not weaken the team but instead they should have brought in kohli as jadeja has been a good backup spinner if neeeded.

  • Bombayorker28 on March 26, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    My Team: 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Uthappa 4. Yuvraj 5. Surabh Tiwari 6. Dhoni 7. Y Pathan --- 8. P Kumar 9. Bhajji 10. Z Khan 11. Umesh Yadav -- Extras: Raina, S Srivastva, Mishra, Panday/Dhawan/or a bowler

  • hbkkartik on March 26, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    2 players from super kings, 4 from delhi dare devils, 2 from punjab, 2 from mumbai ,2 from royals, 2 from rcb, 1 from deccan, no player from knight riders this is how players are picked

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    It is very clear the BCCI haven't learnt from the mistake that they committed last year. IPL was scheduled just before the T20 WC and our team looked a pale shadow of itself in the WC. It was a shameful performance as none of the player was able to perform upto their potential. They simply looked tired, unenthusiastic and exhusted. This time round, again the same thing. IPL finishes just five days before the T20 WC and players will have no time to relax and get refreshed after such an exhausting and long tornament. Under these circumstances can we seriously expect out team to perform ???

  • secondopinion on March 26, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Rohit Sharma coming is a big surprise, as is Ashish Nehra, so injury-prone. What more does Virat and Manish got to do, esp Virat. One reason cud be state quota and the enormous clout of one state. I know he is bad news, but Irfan Pathan (or RP) cud hv done justice to the conditions. One hopes gambhir's injury will sort out soon; otherwise we wud lack a "hitter" shud sehwag go early. What has Yuvi done to justify his almost automatic selection? His IPL3 batting average is 15; his fielding has dropped off after his injury and putting on inches around midriff and lower. Dropping Ishant is the right thing. He needs a year on his own to find his pace and length, without international matches, and earn his way back based on domestic competition.else, he sidelined as a one-year wonder.

  • jr2012 on March 26, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is only in the Team as Political Selection, since there is no one in the team from Mumbai!! he has done next to nothing in the international cricket

    The number of times Ravi Shastri talks him up on TV is embarrasing..."Rohit!!...his got unbelievable talent in him, and good brain, definitely a big one for the future", spoon feeding him compliments when he is average with no temperament and mentality to play Test cricket or even ODI cricket!!

    Everybody knows Rohit's inclusion is PROPER POLITICAL pick to appease the Mumbai farternity.

  • mahi678 on March 26, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    worst decision to select both chawla and nehra. they could have picked ohja or mishra. I think selector dont want any spinner to compete bhajji. thats why they rotate spinners. both ohja and mishra bowl better than bhajji. records say that.

  • aryaan on March 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    is tendulkar really agree to play t20 . then my team is sachin tendulkar(excellent form in ipl) ,sehwag,gambhir,yuvraj,dhoni,raina,yousuf pathan,manish pandey(good performance throuhout the year) robin uthappa,irfan pathan,harbhajan,zaheer,nehra,parveen,jadeja,vinaykumar,piyush chawla guys in form in current ipl are sachin,raina,manish pandey,uthappa,irfan,vinay & chawla

    guys who perform throuhout the year manish pandey , vinay kumar, yousuf pathan, irfan pathan, Ravindra Jadeja & Piyush Chawla (look at his record in england county & ranji trophy) guys who should be left out of squad rohit sharma done nothing whole year in any format . his selection is discouraging to other cricketers who performing well in domestic cricket & ipl i feel sorry for karthik & virat kohli because only 15 can be selected but they will be on standby inmyteam

  • Santanu1913 on March 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I am sorry, but you guys seem to miss out the fact. Why everyone is discussing Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra in place of Piyush. What wrong has Murli Kartik done? Just because he's part of KKR which is not doing good, he can't be selected. He's the best spinner India has. Much better than Bhajji as well. Its time selection bias should be done away with and players are selected purely on the basis of talent. Come on Murli....prove them wrong once again....I am sure one day you will be preferred

  • Amraiz_Naina on March 26, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Chawla over Ojha and Mishra ??? Wow .. Isn't It ? and Rohit Sharma again ?? is it a Some kind of joke ?? Dhawan , Tiware , Manish Panday , Manhas and above all those Robin Uthappa , None of Them but Rohit ??

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Another blunder is made ......selector should have waited for at least half of the IPL season and then picked up in form players ...not tried and tested ....remb last T20 world cup same team couldn't cope up with short of length balls ...same mistake this time too.........this team is not going to Semi - finals. Bad selection Mr. Srikanth.

  • ReDOnly on March 26, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Chawla Over Ojha is big Blunder of selectors, anyways by looking at squad, chawala will be in Dug Out for all matches. Vinay Kumar is in great touch and he will get good practice as RCB looking for Long run in IPL.

    Its great opportunity for Vinay

  • mrm_87 on March 26, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Chawlas selection is justified.He is consistent in this season.He has done well for UP in domestic matches & has improved his batting too.Tough luck for Ojha.Chawla is a better legspinner thn Mishra .I still think we could have picked all rounder like Irfan rather thn a extra spinner. Manish Pandey should have been picked ahead of rohit sharma purely on the basis of form.Vinay kumar is a fair selection indeed.He had done well in last IPL too. Karthik mainly is picking himself as a backup for dhoni.Had he not been a wicketkeeper I m sure his place would have gone to Pandey/Kohli.

  • katty_sahiba on March 26, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    why ROHIT SHARMA WHY NOT shikhar dhawan and jhunjhunwala mURLI kARTIK iS NOT THERE AND Piyush Chawla IS THERE WHAT A HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • t.raju. on March 26, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    this isnt much good squd for to the west indies because there the pitches would be slow and i think srikanth should hav opted for any fastbowling allrounder than a spinner[ ravindra jadeja] and we dont whether he is in form or not?.next is why is chawla selected ahead of pragyan ojha as ojha's economy or avg is much better than any other young spiners in the ipl[he has about 30 odd wickets] and one more thing is why has'nt robin utthapa given a chance as he is in good form and may be he could be an handy player down the order.why is ashish nehra selected ahead of rp singh because though nehra is back from injury we dont no whether he could do his best or not because rp is the highest wicket taker int his format whether it is in international level or in ipl he only the indian bowler with highest wickets? AND FINALLY WHY DID U SELECT PLAYERS BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF IPL[HALF OF THE TOURNAMENT]BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW WHICH PLAYER DOES HIS JOB WELL? MR.SRIKANTH THINK BEFORE U SLECTE.......

  • Sarjot on March 26, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Selectors are missing few big names who is in form like Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthapa,Amit Mishra. They have proved themselves so many times and even u can see there batting strength in IPL. I wud say there is still hope for India to win the world cup but if u add these few names too, it will be bit easier. Aniwa gud luck to the team and selectors, hope they made the right decision this year. CHAK DE HO CHAK DE INDIA

  • jeevan on March 26, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Instead of resting senior players for the tour Zimbabwe, we should have rested them for the World T20 and given youngsters the opportunity. I would have picked: 1.DHONI 2.PANDEY 3.UTHAPPA 4.KOHLI 5.RAINA 6.YUVRAJ 7.JADEJA 8.Y PATHAN 9.I PATHAN 10.D KARTHICK 11.S TIWARY 12.P KUMAR 13. V KUMAR 14.CHAWLA 15. U YADAV

  • sbhusarapu on March 26, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    It is high time that selectors go by the form to select the team for a world cup. Selection by reputation is going to eliminate us in group stages. This team selection isn't right. I am great fan of UV but when is clearly not in form, why select him in the squad, leaving out amit mishra, manish pandey and virat kohli is very harsh.. I don't think Vinay K has done enough to earn a place in the squad, we need someone come in a one change and control the runs with variations which L. Balaji has than Vinay Kumar.

  • on March 26, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    i think even rajasthan royal's team is good enough to defeat this indian ream!!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 26, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Bisla, Tiwari, Rayudu, Dhawan, Nayar, Pandey, Tare, Irfan, Praveen, Jakati, Powar would give the India T-20 team a run for the money with Irfan as Captain and with Tare/Bisla as wicketkeepers. I would really like to see the 2 teams slug it out in a best of 5. That will throw up a few surprises, you bet!

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Once again Indian Selectors made mockery of selection process that too for an event like WC. Selecting Kartik as a batsman is sheer non-sense. Virat Kohli has done consistently well in ODIs and T20, he was preferred over Rohit Sharma in the recently concluded series with SL, then suddenly prefrences have changed. Robin should have been the choice if a WK/batsman is needed. Ashish Nehra, another foolish choice, Irfan Pathan, should have been selected considering his experience and batting prowess. In a 4 over spell if one bowler does not perform you can easily move to part timers like Sehwag/Raina/Yuvi. I know 5 ppl can not satisfy more than billion people, still some more sense was expected of them.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR CRICINFO AND THAT WOULD BE THOUSANDS OF FAN DISCUSS AND TALK OUT THIER VIEWS AND IDEAS ..! AND DO YOU DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT OR WE ARE JUST WASTING OUR TIME TO WRITE OUR THOUGHTS HERE..!

  • aks4567 on March 26, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    i dnt undrstand the point in selecting piyush chwala. He hsnt done nythin worth noticing in the ipl so far nor has his performance in domestic cricket been that good. Ojha should hv been picked be4 him. And y do the selectors keep ignoring uthappa. he should b a regular in the odi and t20 team. he cn play at no 3 well as he did in the inaugral t20 wc where raina failed 2 do well last yr. ppl like nehra shount b in the indian t20 team he goes fr a lot of runs. This is srsly nt a gud selection and as far as vinay kumar is concerned lets see i hp he does well has been in grt form recently and india's chances at the wc is 70% dependent on sehwag and yuvi if these guys do well then we ll b a vry difficult side to beat

  • arunpoduval on March 26, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    It is really disspointing slecetion. Rohit Shrama ia very lucky to get one more chance !!! For sure Manish Pandey/Robin Uthappa deserves a place ahead of Rohit sharma.

    India is going to have a tough time if Yuvraj doesnt find the touch. He is having a very bad form at the moment.

  • jayu1980 on March 26, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Final 11 : (1) Gambhir (2) Sahewag (3) Yuvraj (4) Dhoni (5) Raina (6) Yusuf (7) Jadeja (8) Harbhajan (9) Zaheer (10) Pravin (11) Nehra

    Valued player who will not get chance in 11 : Dinesh Karthik

    Possible Substitutes : (1) Vinay Kumar for Nehra and (2) Rohit Sharma for Yusuf or Jadeja (but won't like this subsittution, Karthik should get chance ahead of Rohit Sharma)

    I am not satisfied with selection of (1) Rohit Sharma (2) Chavla and (3) Nehra

    Reasons : (1) Rohit Sharma : He is not in very good form recently and I strongly believe Robin Uthappa should get this place. Ignorance of Manish Pande and Saurabh Tiwari with very good form in IPL ahead of Rohit Sharma is really painful decision. (2) Chavla : Second spinner won't get chance in 11. and Oza and Amit Mishra are better choice for reserves. (3) Nehra : In final 11, (1) Zaheer (2) Pravin Kumar and (3) Harbhan are in. Jadeja, Yusuf and Yuvi - 5th Bowler. So Irfan could have filled place of bowling alrounder.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    it is just a big useless panel of selecion committee should india lose this world cup they are to blame first big name YUVRAJ- have u done anything recently..! have u still fully recovered i see u wearing some band in ur hand still and can u run first of all..! ROHIT- i think ur dad or ur have payed good sum of money to selectors u have more failures to ur name than success still u have to be selected for some reason..! NEHRA- have u recovered yet wat is the gurantee u will perform to same level you used to..! YUSUF- ur brother has performed better than you y is he not in and he gives us an option of fast bowling allrounder like freddie and they keep on saying we miss one freddie! CHAWLA-boy you are still young and scumb to pressue i think ojha is better performer than you..! finally i would like to conclude ROBIN ,PANDEY,OJHA AND DUPLICATE OF DHONI - TIWARY have performed better than above all and should be given an oppurtunity if india wants a shot at world cup and FINALLY SACHIN ..!

  • Mahesht on March 26, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    I think there is some controversy when it comes to Amit sharma. Dhoni did it to him in absolute shocking manner in Bangladesh and got away with the press and critics easily buying his lame excuses. And in the next opportunity he does it again; Amit misses it despite being the best spinner in current IPL!!!!

    Will our press and critics choose to just let it pass again, or will someone question it strongly ???

  • mrigendrasingh on March 26, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    i think for rohit sharma give many chances by the selector. I don't know about this. robin utthappa or manish pandey is batter than rohit sharma.

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 26, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    The batting looks strong. I think robbin Uthappa should have been selected, the guy in good form. Only if the master Sachin been available then the team would have been even stronger. I am a Pakistan fan and have no jealousy over India team or their fans. The players from both teams get on well with each other and there no point in Pakistan fans going against India fans or vice versa.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    I think misra should have been in instead of Chawla. He is doing a lot better than him anyway in the IPL.

    Also, thinking about the playing eleven, i dont think we will play more than 3 specialist bowlers as yusuf, Jadeja, Yuvi & sehwag can bowl 8 overs between them. So 8 batsmen is the way to go and the 8th batsman should have been Uthappa or kohli (he is the best point fielder) instead of Karthik or Rohit sharma.

    The three bowlers can be Praveen, Vinay/Zaheer and Harbhajan. I dont see Nehra or chawla getting a game. If they play chawla with harbhajan then they have to drop a batsman and i think if karthik or Rohit dont click they are going to sit out and make way for chawla or zaheer/Vinay.

    We are going to be playing with 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers and if even one of them does not click (zaheer/harbhajan) etc we can lose badly.

  • blueballoon on March 26, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    I feel Rohit gives dhoni an extra bowler option and that might have given him more preference over Kohli.Rohit is an excellent talent and good to see him get a chance.Manishpandey's non selection is a big question ...And i agree that Irfan Pathan is anyday a better cricketer than Aashish Nehra.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    anybody know wht rohit sharma is picked??

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    ojha,manish,uthappa,kohli.dont know wat selectors have in mind.who gave rohit sharma his place. probably hes a mumbai player thats why.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    manish pandey should have got selected

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    oh oh piyush chawla back in the side who is tht chindi chor sala who took him and dropped irfan pathan after a good innings tht he had played no ojha chindi selectors i wish i could select indian cricket team waste fellows this time also its south africa the favourites after pakistan afridi and his boys r raring to go and perform in the world t20 they would surely be angry tht they have been left out of the ipl now its the best time fr them to take the revenge now they will show indian cricketers wht they are undersatan

  • misbah.anis on March 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I think its good team but it looks like influenced by Zonal System...or u can say Zonal reservation....again same mistakes......hope team do best in world cup...we can only pray...but dont know when our selecter wiil realize the importance of a nation...

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan should be selected for the squad, he is a good replacement for Gambhir and his body language also show he is a well matured batsman to handle the pressure He should be prepared for the 2011 world cup; and BCCI should always need to concentrate on one to one equal replacement, that's how Australia always topping the table

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    i upset with srikanth. i thought uthappa and manish pandey will include the team. but didn't. I ask Why Sri kanth select the R.sharma?

  • ks1959 on March 26, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Selection of Rohit Sharma & Chawla is most surprising and inappropriate. Kohli or Manish Pandey as batsmen and Murli Kartik as bowler could have been a much better choice on current form. I stongly feel that this Indian team will not be able to win T20 world cup anyway (with no Tendulkar & some injured players selected). However, being an Indian I wish the team best of luck!

    ks1959

  • jr2012 on March 26, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Selectors could have saved face by picking unknown entities and whetting peoples' appetitie...going with big names who are out of form and if they fail will be quite an embarrasement...i think the BCCI should continue using WC 20/20 as an experiment for emerging and untried talent like SA. In the fast bowling department they could have gone for Umesh Yadav, Dinda or Mithun, or even a Kamran Khan for suprise picks..(remember Joginder Sharma in SA!) In batting they could have gone for untried talents of S. Tiwary, M. Pandey,M. Bisla, Rayudu.

    My 15: Pandey, Sehwag, A. Rayudu, MS Dhoni(cp), Raina, R. Uthappa, Y. Pathan, I Pathan, R. Jadeja, U. Yadav, Z khan

    M. Karthik, V. Kumar, S. Tiwary, A. Mithun

    I think the indian selectors would learn more from experimenting with 20-20 World Cups, and concetrate on ODI world cups. Anyways the World Cup 20-20 has now become an Audition for players hoping to get an IPL contract.

  • jr2012 on March 26, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Selectors could have saved face by picking unknown entities and whetting peoples' appetitie...going with big names who are out of form and if they fail will be quite an embarrasement...i think the BCCI should continue using WC 20/20 as an experiment for emerging and untried talent like SA. In the fast bowling department they could have gone for Umesh Yadav, Dinda or Mithun, or even a Kamran Khan for suprise picks..(remember Joginder Sharma in SA!) In batting they could have gone for untried talents of S. Tiwary, M. Pandey,M. Bisla, Rayudu.

    My 15: Pandey, Sehwag, A. Rayudu, MS Dhoni(cp), Raina, R. Uthappa, Y. Pathan, I Pathan, R. Jadeja, U. Yadav, Z khan

    M. Karthik, V. Kumar, S. Tiwary, A. Mithun

    I think the indian selectors would learn more from experimenting with 20-20 World Cups, and concetrate on ODI world cups. Anyways the World Cup 20-20 has now become an Audition for players hoping to get an IPL contract.

  • starsXI on March 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    After the IPL season, there wont be much cricket left in Indian players. So it does not matter who all are picked for the team. Anyways they are going to be out in the group stage itself . By the way, I appreciate not picking Sreesanth - even when we are going to lose.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    i think selection of rhoit is ridiculous??i dont know why tiwary,uthappa,pandey are left out

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on March 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Taking 2 wicketkeepers is waste of a place....Robin Uthappa with his power hitting is way above Rohit sharma in T20.....Amit Misra is more experienced than Chawla.... Irfan Pathan as allrounder is invaluable in T20......& maybe Sachin just for calming effect ..............

  • abhijeet1in on March 26, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, really? How good Kohlis and Pandeys have to do get in? This is a shameless foul play. I really thought those sort of things went out of indian cricket after the whole match-fixing thing. And, Chawla, thats just a decision waiting to backfire, bad.

  • jinghia on March 26, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    where is robin uttapa man and piyush instead of amit mishra its just a shame on indian selectors

  • moonyellow on March 26, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Picking Rohit Sharma ahead of other in-form batsmen like Pandey & Uthappa is a gamble...hope it pays off! remember Rohits show in the previous WC was shoddy...Chawlas inclusion ahead of Mishra is surprising too...considering half fit players like Nehra & Gambhir is surprising too...

  • cricktah on March 26, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Although I am exicted at the prospect of a leggie in the squad, it shud not have come at the expense of Pragyan Ojha. Also, with Rohit Sharma's selection the allegations of nepotism against him will only get louder. To the casual observer, it appears that Rohit has simply not done enough in any form of the game to merit a spot. Manish Pandey was more deserving and if the selectors were in favor of a technically correct middle order bat, then Virat Kohli, with his recent contributions in ODIs was a better bet.

  • vaibhav.ganesh on March 26, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Uthappa should def have been included in place of rohit sharma.Uthappa is in amazing nick and the form would have continued through to the worldcup.And honestly speaking,I havent seen jadeja perform with the bat even once in a T20 match.If the selectors have chosen him in the squad,I think he ll play jus as a second spinner.Irfan should have been picked atleast as a batsmen who can bowl 2-3 overs.

  • mints on March 26, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I think they have lost the plot here ... Ojha should have been in along with Manish Pandey. I cant believe karthik is in and Manish isnt ...

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Oh my God, What else Manish Pandey, Robin Uttapah and Irfan Pathan need to do to show the selectors they fit for Twenty cricket than they have already proved now. Oh my God same Rohit Sharma in 15 AGAIN... Has he proved himself in on going IPL 2010. I don't think show.Surely Robin Uttapah would have been a better choice than Rohin Sharma. If form need to be looked than surely he deserves a go in West Indies. I feel really pity for him. He deserves a place in the 15. To a certain extent Chawla selection is good, the reason is that he can Bat a bit.. maybe a 6 balls 10 is more enough from a player who bats at no. 8 or 9. But my Eleven and What Dhoni would be thinking is that Gambhir(if fit or Karthik), Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Yusuf, Jadeja, Bhajji, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Nehra (if fit or vinay kumar). Hope at least this time India is injury free.............. Pray to almighty that they will reach Semifinal. Beyond that its God's grace....

  • Saiprash on March 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Chawla over Murali Kartik?r u serious?N one more selection that i dont understand rohit sharma getting a place AGAIN!the only time i remember rohit sharma playing well was against aus in the CB series finals.dont understand what the selection criterias are.U give amit mishra 3 matches then all of a sudden drop him and pick ohja and now its chawla!What more does Manish pandey need to do to actually get a chance in the indian team?If they selected Rohit sharma just because he has already been exposed to international cricket then y dont u pick Utthapa?i dont rate rohit shama any better than utthapa.How many changes does he need to prove himself?

  • Firebird914 on March 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Chawla and Rohit Sharma??? are you kidding me. I know when he came to the international scene he was really good but hes dipped in form. Just look at him in the IPL right now. Murli Kartik is a much better option, hes expierenced and is a talented left armer. Also, look at his ability to take wickets and keep the economy down in the IPL right now. That says something. Also, Rohit Sharma needs to work on his skills before getting into a t20 WC squad. What is wrong with Manish Pandey, they need to see how well he opens for RCB, he is good in the middle order come on. Its kind of sad to see this. besides that the exclusion of Ishant is a great move, maybe that makes him realise that 1 spell of good fast bowling aganist Ponting doesnt make you great. Also to RMNAIR: I agree the fitness levels seem to be dying, Harbajan singh is one of them, but YUVI he does have a tummy now, and hes to egoistic about his batting in t20. I havent seen him play a good knock since West Indies in t20 WC. Pathe

  • indrakolla on March 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    the hard hand of Sharath Pawar influences the selection of Rohit sharma instead of dashing player Manish Pandey

  • abhijeet1in on March 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, really? How good Kohlis and Pandeys have to do get in? This is a shameless foul play. I really thought those sort of things went out of indian cricket after the whole match-fixing thing. And, Chawla, thats just a decision waiting to backfire, bad.

  • Another_brick_in_the_wall on March 26, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Well, good to see some hard work getting rewarded. Vinay Kumar deserves a place in the squad. He is way better than RP, Sree, Munaf and a bunch of others put together. He is not express fast, but at least he works hard. That it self should be good enough to slate anyone into a national side, you need to have the desire to do well. Let see if he clicks. Rohit Sharma can consider himself lucky, he is not worth the place in the squad, not really sure what he has done to earn this place. If only there was an RTI for BCCI ! (sigh) Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa should have taken his place. Although I feel, Manish could justify his selection better than Robin, he was consistent after all. As far as the fitness goes, harbhajan and yuvraj are the most unfit players I have ever seen. They look as if they have just come back from an extended beer binge !! But this World Cup is out of reach, the players will be dead tired from IPL !

  • Z.Saleem on March 26, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    I agree that Robin should have been selected but Diggi_86, I should say this that Pakistan are a really strong side in T20 format and it would be a wrong idea to think them as a week side, coz they have the potential to defend their title.....!!!

  • rgom on March 26, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    How long will they continue to ignore Murali Karthik? I guess forever.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    itz really takin chawla into d squad i thnk chika is goin nuts!!!

  • AusFan619 on March 26, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Diggi_86 don't dream a lot , india might have the big names but not consistent enough in big games, like in the world cup they might not make it to the semis,,,,

    you have not even spoken about the sri lankans who have the best T20 players in the world at the moment.

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Good to see Vinay Kumar in the team, he has been performing from last 4 years. Took almost as highest wicket taker in 2007 and 1009 Ranji. Bowled well in IPL early season. As Laxman also had pointed out, India lacks spin power, as it needs one Kumble or Vettori. Hope Chawla can prove it as he did in 2007 IPL. But worst is Rohit, I do not see any reason for picking him up. Delhi lad Kohli would have been a better choice, or even Uthappa!! Atleast both these play spin and pace properly unlike Yuvaraj and Dhoni who should learn to play Spin at leastl now!!

  • JITforu on March 26, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    It is good selection but I thought the name of Robin Uthappa,, He is a very talented player and he is in very good touch also in IPL.,.His name should be in the list,.,.,.but /.,.,.

  • seema2020 on March 26, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I thought the main intention of IPL was to find young talent, give them a chance and make better team for 20 20. There of lot of capable players like especially in mumbai team. Not sure what runs in Kris mind while selecting the players.

  • ashishsjain on March 26, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Is there any good reason why the in form players like, Robin Uttappa, Shikhar Dhawan, S Tiwary, Manoj Pandey, R P Singh not selected in ICC World T20? Alos, Murali Karthik, Prgyan Ojha are left out. Seriously these selectors need some brainwash.

    Feel sorry for all of these guys. Being in such a good form and performing in a such big and good platform not helping them to play for india. I wonder what will they have to do more than this.

  • Jiss.Janardhanan on March 26, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    For me murali kartik is the one who is missing big time. poor fellow will be wondering what he needs to do to get into the side. vinay kumar i feel has earned his chance. between Rohit sharma , manish pandey and Robin Uthappa i would have gone for Manish based on the consistent performance eventhough i love to see uthappa bat . But i am ok with rohit as i feel he is a great talent and nothing wrong in giving him chances. I feel we are still a fast bowler short given the fact that we have a lot of batsmen who can bowl spin like yuvi , pathan and jadeja . We could have included Irfan Pathan i feel

  • Rajeel on March 26, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Robin Uttapa in his present form should have been selected in place of Rohit Sharma. Ojha or Mishra deserved to be in team more than chawla. Selection of Vinay Kumar proves drought of good fast bowlers in India, despite having fancy domestic tournaments and bowling academies.

  • TCEarun on March 26, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    I really don understand why Uthappa and Pandey, were not picked,especially with the kind of touch they are in .......... Good to see Rohit getting a chance ....... He really needs to prove his mettle with the bat and in fielding ........

  • anil4820 on March 26, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    what is the use of chawla instead of ojha? there should be uthappa instead of rohit and raidu also will be good option\

  • AKM1965 on March 26, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    The Selectors again proved themselves as a bunch of Idiots as said by Mahindra Marnath.

  • A_PROUD_INDIAN on March 26, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    WHT no Tendulkar! No Robin! No Ojja... Yes to Rohit Sharma... Wht about Tiwary & Rydu... Y taking Chawala When u have better prospects!!! I mean this is weired!

    Just having Tendulkar in batting line up is intimidating to any bowling side!!!! I hope he hasn't decline to play!!!

    Krish.... there are 7 players in better form than Rohit & he still makes to the Squad! Purely & utterly disappointed!!! And somewhere bitterly angry!!!

  • kshashikantt on March 26, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Piyush Chawla looks like a wrong selection. Robin Uthappa should have been selected. I respect Tendulkar's decission to keep away from T20. The master is aiming for bigger goals.

    Regards, Shashi Kant

  • RengaRamanuajn on March 26, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Chawla is very handy at the lower order ,i think he will be on the Squad,but not at the XL untill Jadeja get injury,i don't no why they till going with Rohit sharma there many great guys like S.Tiwary,M.Pandey and more R.Sharma will play good only in IPL he is only an IPL player

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Virat kohli is a serious talent and he should not be ignored and piyush chawla is not as good as Asish mishra and mishra critical performance on critical time is huge.

  • nave21menaria on March 26, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    cant undarstand the selection of rohit sharma and piyush chawala in the squd. uthappa shud b there at the sharma's place.may b sharma will b key fector in our defeats.

  • RKMarkan on March 26, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Ashish Nehra in the team?? Mostly warming bench because of injury, cannot field and cannot bat. Add to that the suspected fitness of Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni & Sehwag. A merry mess indeed.

    The selectors have proved Mohinder Amarnath right. They indeed are a "bunch of jokers".

    RKM, Mumbai

  • Krishdking1781988 on March 26, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Piyush Chawla? Are the selectors trying to prove that they dont have anything good on their head? Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra both have done betterl than in the limited oppurtunities they got for the National side and for their IPL side. Anyway India have enough part-time spinners in the side. I dont really see the point in picking Piyush Chawla.

  • ram5160 on March 26, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Hard to understand why you guys are trying to justify Rohit s inclusion by claiming he s more experienced. More experienced at playing stupid shots at crucial times, maybe?

  • aavi242 on March 26, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    MR. Rishabh Kothari ... there was no SRT in the probables list...he said a clear no to Int T-20 ...had he said yes, BCCI Selection Panel aint daring enough not to opt him..he said,"though I am loving playing IPL and this format of the game, still I don't intend to play international T-20."

    For me more or less...this is the team for further 4-5 years...no big drama quite ok team...people making fuss about 2 or 3 players aint gonna get chnaces though...they will be carrying bottles only...so its better to play domestic in the meanwhile...

    exapmles: Nayar, Ojha, Murali Kartik, D. Kulkarni, Badrinath..all got selected but wasnt given chances...ultimately dropped out :)

  • Chachus on March 26, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Why Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan ( Both match winners ) not in the team ? Rohith and Chawla should be taken out and the opportunity should be given to these two talented guys. But we cant expect since our selectors are like that.

  • anil80 on March 26, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    nehra, chawla and rohit all three dont deserve a place in India squad.

    Ishanth/rp should have been selected in place of nehra

    chawla well where did he come from aahahah

    rohit is totally out of form and manish pandey totally deserved this spot

    MANISH PANDEY : first to score a century in ipl t20 highest run getter in ranji trophy a batsmen who scored 144 in ranji trophy second innings in the final. Srikanth you have gone mad

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    nd why nobody even considers Murli Karthik!!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Manish pandey should have been there. Not sure about chawla also.. He is not a big hitting bowling allrounder that we should have gone for.

  • ram5160 on March 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    The IPL season isnt half over and somehow the selectors claim they ve gotten a certificate proving that no one will get injured in the coming games. How funny is that?

  • cricketfullness on March 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Get rohit out of my sight. His uncle works for selection committe. He is fat and no sense of batting. I guess they have to include some kind of sharma in the squad. Jadeja, harbhajan and yuvaraj? I bet a different team from india could beat this squad in t20. The selectors wants to keep their jobs because of the corrupted politicians from the north. They scared to exclude some players. It's a shame to pick this squad after spending this kind of money for IPL and it's playing under ur nose and select a team for your own job security. When are this people going to have some balls? stand up and make decisions by performance not by number of MPs.

  • Jeyenth on March 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I think the selectors aren't really looking into recent/current performances.

    I, and I am sure many others, don't understand how Ravindra Jadeja, Ashish Nehra, Piyush Chawla and Rohit Sharma (or Yusuf Pathan to some extent) can be selected over Robin uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra and Virat Kohli (or even Abishek Nayar for that matter) respectively. Enough and more can be said about the performances put in by the latter in the IPL. The same amount of arguments can be made about how the former list of players have squandered a good amount of chances at the top.

    Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?

  • naravincent on March 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    I am astonished that our distinguished selectors led by former India Captain Krishnamachari Srikanth have picked up the T20 team on reputation and not on current form. One that includes Ashish "Injury-Prone" Nehra and Rohit "once-upon-a-time-in-form" Sharma. Look at the 'tyres' around Rohit's waist? And pray may I know what kind of form Rohit is in? If Ishant can be dropped on non-performance and "not in form" grounds, I am sure the same applies to Rohit too.

    Also, the choice of Karnataka's Vinay Kumar shocks me. Vinay may have taken 47 wickets in the domestic Ranji Trophy and 8 wickets in 6 matches in the on going IPL, but he just does not have the pace of Zaheer nor the swing of Praveen Kumar. On West Indian wickets, he's going to be eaten up for good. I doubt he'll play for India again.

    As far as Spin goes, Murali Karthik and Ojha are the best Indian spinners today. They should have made it to the squad. Not Piyush Chawla. Not Harbhajan Singh.

    Oh Please Cheeka!

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    wat a blunder selectors have done by picking rohit sharma and chawla and by not picking up robin who is show more touch rather than rohit .... and wat to say about chawla he is waste player at his present form why can't they go for some who he in form like murli is in.

    see the result of t20 wc will not be in favor of India .bullshit selectors

  • impanther on March 26, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    what a shock... neglecting super heroic performances of Robin Uthappa, and picking Rohit Sharma over him... is sad... picking Chawla over Mishra.. unimaginable... picking injured players like Nehra, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh... reminds me the selection of Virendra Sehwag in last WC T20... bottom line is... this team is selected to not to expect from them... just see... how many matches we r able to play in WC hope for the best

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    they have forgot the best MANISH PANDEY who has been doing well for rcb for 2 years n currently in great touch

  • on March 26, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    wish these players would have been in the squad :(

    pandey for rohit ojha for piyush irfan over nehra

  • Asmath on March 26, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Better change srikkanth as a politician instead of selector

  • vikatadrishti on March 26, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Great Selection once again!!! Out of form Rohit for in form Virat. Expensive Piyush for Economic Ojha. No place for Manish and Robin. Only good thing is the selection of Vinay. Will him get a chance to play???!!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    why rohit in team. why not robin.. they should have picked few guys who can field as well

  • benedictfrancis on March 26, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    If tried and tested names were to be tried, Robin Uthappa should have been given a chance instead of Rohit Sharma who is out of form.. Robin has the right attitude and he is a big hitting guy.. he is in great form.. i am quiet sure that guys like Robin, Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary will soon break into the team... These guys are awesome..

  • sylverstarvc on March 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    whats happen to irfan pathan.. he is better than nehra.. srikanth and dohni please consider irfan.. he is the swing master and he got man match award in 2007 T20 world cup...

  • fadhil427 on March 26, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    i have posted a good team for world t20 team in cricketnext.com&ndtv tday even my exams is running,i really feels to blame the selectors for excluding uthappa and pandey.y chawla,rohit is selected,is due to their good poor form.? selectors hav played their political role with rohit and chawla.i feel very pity on selectors for not having little bit of commonsense.these type of selection makes india's future in trouble.

  • gauravbhatnagar on March 26, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Do selectors take money from players for getting them selected?India has got so much talent in the form of Robin Uthappa,Irfan Pathan,Manish Pandey who are in such blazing form in the IPL. But they always have their own type of selection.First they didn't select Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan in the 30 Probables then having Rohit Sharma who has been given so many chances but still need to prove himself and now piyush chawla over amit mishra..it's really horrible to see selectors selecting such type of team for the ICC world T20.In this way i dont think India have any chances of winning the T20 world Cup.But i still wish INDIA should only win the world cup and make as feel proud as they did in 2007.Best of Luck India...

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    I don't understand the criteria of this selection. Certainly it is not the form of a player. People might argue that Rohit Sharma is a class act and should be given more chances but come on...Manish pandey and Virat kohli have been performing consitently for quite some time now. Kohli has proved his mettle in the international circuit too. So, i think these two player deserves a chance more than Rohit Sharma. Even yuvraj is neither fully fit nor is he performing...so it seems as if we are back to square one if we compare the selection with last year's world cup selection where Viru and Zaheer were not fit but included and we all know the end result...Hope history does not repeats itself...

  • punjmunda on March 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Pathetic selection.Booming guns like Manish, Saurabh Tiwari, Uthappa, Virat and intelligent bowlers like Murali Karthik get marginalised, while the entire unfit brigade gets selected. Srikant and gang would already be preparing their excuses, for a first round exit of this squad.What crime did Amit Misra commit except bowling well and taking wickets.Surprising that dhoni is now a willing crime partner to the same system that prevented guys like him from being recognized early in their careers.

  • cricketfullness on March 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Its amazing indian selectors are still holding on to the old baggages. When is the last time yuvaraj was in good form? around 4 years ago. What did Rohit do for India to be selected in the team everytime? The only reason India lost last time due to him opening and changing the momentum. Look on the Ipl stats and select the INFORM batsman. Manish pandey and robin uthappa are in tremendous form. They scored more runs than symonds and gylchrist. Enough with harbhajan, he is too old for the format. Who is jadeja? how many runs he scored in IPL? does his uncle work at selection comittee? They should have picked tiwary and sreeshanth instead of ashish and rohit(proven failures). They have to pick the inform players not the familiar names.

  • MallikRaj on March 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    I think Manish Pandey should have been selected. He is in tremendous form. Selectors should give chance to new players also. Rohit Sharma is luck guy. Why did they select Chawala.......! He is also luck guy.Vinay Kumar is in good form. We need fast bowlers on westindies pitches.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Indian Team for the T20 WC: Well most of the players select themselves. As a Cricket lover I would have picked Irfan Pathan instead of Vinay Kumar (with due respect to his credentials), as Irfan could have been used as a floater & could have opened with Zaheer. On the batsmen selected I feel becoz Rohit Sharma is from Mumbai he will always have a strong chance of getting selected. Not too sure what especial he has done so far in the IPL. I strongly believe Robin Uthappa is a shade unlucky to miss out. Piyush Chawla is a surprise selection, but don't forget the fact that apart from being a good leggie he can use the long handle to good affect. Karthick's selection as a back keeper makes sense as he has done well both behind as well as in front. That would be all from me, I just hope that the 15 selected are kept of the IPL ( Injured Players League :) Good Luck Team India!! Sourya Bose India

  • ayushbhatt4 on March 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    i think R.P.Singh should also have been selected because he would have been a great performer on the fast west indies pitches.... as he is a natural swinger of ball and west indian pitches help fast ballers...

  • ckpraveen on March 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    why uthappa s dropped ? he s playin lik a champion>>>>>>>

  • Doconcall on March 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    I think Sachin should think about joining the national T20 team. He has shown that with his wisdom and determination, he is absolutely UNBEATABLE. Moreover, with all the firepower we have, we need a reliable sensible guy to hold on one end. Sachin, please come back. Another blunder is picking Rohit Sharma ahead of Manish Pandey and Robin. Why are we doing IPL? Was it not suppose to look for talent? Ohhh....for BCCI, it is ONLY a money printing press. Too bad....We definitely need LUCK to win this worldcup. Yuvraj is not in prime form, Veeru is not consistent, Sachin is absent, Dhoni cannot maintain strikerate when few wickets fall early, Yusuf has talent but not optimizing it, Zaheer and Bhajji are good but will have bad days.....lets wait and seeee.

  • anandrangan3789 on March 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    I dont understand Y chawala has been selected ahead of mishra and Ohja. Even Manish pandey is doing extremely well in his IPL careers and he showing is need and consistency in the team. kris Srikanth is not honest for the youngsters. I think with the manish pandey team will perform well and his need for team really worth.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    should manish pandey also included in the squad because he is in tremendous form in the ipl

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Rohit Sharma,though promising has not utilized the chance he was given,instead Virat Kohli shows he proves his talent many times;he should get the priority...& Ojha is surely better than Chawla..

  • Abudaud on March 26, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Mr. Diggi you think for your india, Pakistan will win again this year. And for you, i think afghanistan will be enough to rouin india in the early game.

  • HARRYKING on March 26, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    where is robin man ??? i cant understand inclusion of rohit.

  • Karzz on March 26, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Why not select Manish Pandey he is the best opening batsman so far in IPL 3. He is in great touch. this is ridiculos. Selectors not selecting right team Why rohit sharma got selected even though he is not in a good touch. why Chawla selected ahead of Amit Mishra.

  • n_sunny on March 26, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Thats a good team. Some picks are really surprising. Manish and Ohja should get a chance..The main thing is injuries. Still lot of games left in the IPL...hope for the best...check de India...

  • Croc_on_mara on March 26, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Did I just see Vinay Kumar's name in there?! Thats it! May the sweet mother of God save the opposition batsmen from the fury of his 110 kmph darts. Legend has it he even touched 120 kmph once. OK OK...its just an urban legend. With proper nurturing and care, 'am sure he will outgun the likes of Kumble and Roelof van der Merwe one day. Heck, Jhulan Goswani would have been a better bet. That said, by Indian standards, she is tearaway anyway... @ Faisal.Jaan: Agreed, but Chawla is much more of a crowd favourite.

  • Notout_Naveen on March 26, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    I am happy for Vinay Kumar..this guy has worked very hard.His domestic performance is consistent from last three seasons.In the last two season of Ranji he is among top wicket takers besides he is performing really well in IPL.I have seen him taking wickets of some big names including Sachin Tendulkar.He can swing both ways , has good variation and bouncers in his armoury.By playing with the likes of Steyn for RCB i am sure he has picked many tips required for a fast bowler. Congratulations to Vinay kumar & I wish him success.

  • ithink on March 26, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    selecting kohli ahead of rohit sharma.!!!!kohli is far better than sharma in terms of batting as well as fielding n he is in great touch too.Give sharma some domestic matches or the IPL he ll score heavily bt wen it comes to INDIA don no wat happens to him.Ishant not getting tkt to WI is good 4 india as he is lacking everything he had.i think irfan should hv been recalled he is looking good...rest team is looking good on paper but they need to perform as well accordingl to their names..

  • Saurabh789 on March 26, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    What the hell the selectors have selected the team on the basis of performance.on what basis P.Chawla has been selected on the basis of fielding,batting or bowling.the t20 expert Murali Kartik shud have been selected ahead of chawla.the bowling of india will get a hammering by the opposition so the match will be entirely depended on batting performance unlike the other teams.there is no proper balance.

  • KLKANTH on March 26, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Why Manish Pandey didn't get chance because he hit century against CHENNAI SUPER KINGS last IPL... and also have good batting record against CSK this season also... our selectors will always give chance to the form out players like Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla.

  • rite on March 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Really it's amazing to find Piyush Chawala getting selected ahead of more talented Pragyan Ojha and experienced & matured Amit Mishra. This is not a balanced team for T20 WC.Even if this team wins the Cup then also I will say as I am saying today that it will be only their luck.Like all rapidally growing Indian fast bowlers after some good work this selection committe is also performing very poorely.Also as some may say that Chawla may not get chance to play a single match in presence of Pathan,Harbhajan & Jadeja but it's player moral which is affected due to injustice done to them.What wrong Mishra and Ojha has done by performing very well in IPL.It shows that you need to do something else than good bowling/batting performance to get a place in team.Why Rohit Sharma is getting so much of chace inspite not performing well.He has been selected ahead of Manish Pandey/Robin/Sourav Tiwari who are doing really well in this IPL.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    should manish pandey also included in the squad because he is in tremendous form in the ipl

  • VENKATESANCK on March 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Irfan Pathan can be selected.

  • Drishsunil on March 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Why Sachin is not there?. The way he is winning the matches for Mumbai Indians is really mind blowing. Why Virat kohli has been left out, nobody knows. Piyush chawla a head of Murali karthik is another question mark. It is known to everybody that gambhir has been suffering from Hamstring and Ashis has some rib problem.

    Finally!!! Mr.Srikanth please answer to all the Indians...whatelse you are expecting from the Talented Manish Pandey?? Doesn't he has any god fathers in the selection committee???

  • satish-india on March 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    According to me they must have selected Robin utthapa instead of rohit sharma...because robin is in great touch in this ipl..And helping his team for victory...But this too a great team....But i think vinay won't getting a chance in playing lX....All the best team india...Chak de india

  • Musafir18 on March 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Strange to see Virat and Amit Mishra being left out. The usual muddled thinking of this selection committee. Piyush and Rohit are the lucky ones I guess. Otherwise, the squad looks OK.

  • AmarRS on March 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    what happend to Robin uttapha he is in form now.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    why is rohit sharma picked

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Well, all I can say is that we can finally stop dreaming about becoming champions again.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    should have picked robin uthappa than rohit sharma

  • rajdhani on March 26, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    this is one of the best team of india for T20 worldcup, we miss manish pandy place of dinesh kartik. why we nead him, he is not a good batsman,srikant always pick one tamilnadu's player,naman oja , parthiv patel and tare is beter wicket keeper then kartik.i am happy to see chawala and rohit in this team i hope they make pemenent place in this side.

  • Mihirayana on March 26, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    they shuld have given a go at Manish Pandey and Amit Mishra is in a much better form than Piyush Chawla..

  • iplchamp11 on March 26, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    This time also big names got prefrence over inform players.Definitely Uthappa sud be in the team.He has been in g8 touch in the IPL.Also there is great risk by selecting Injured players like Yuvraj,Gautam and Nehra.This may backfire like last world cup.It seems selectors have not taken any lession from the last experience.I dont know why Yuvraj still playing in IPL matches even when anyone can see he is not match fit.It seems that he is ready to risk his career for money he is getting from this IPL.Also Manish Panday should have been picked in place of Rohit Sharma on the current form.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on March 26, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Chawla's selection was a joke! by far Murali Karthik & Amit Mishra have outperformed him. Manish pandey not there!! that's another joke! Rohit's IPL3 campaign hasn't been much impressive. The audacious shots which has got him out this year only talks about his arrogance and not his talent.

    On a lighter note, we need Yoggi baba to be in the team if we are to win teh cup! period.

  • sumanth_ss on March 26, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    we r not worried about openers,there may be excuse in excluding pandey.but we r lack of finishers.uthappa should have been selected instead of rohit sharma

  • Anoopvarghese on March 26, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    This time too..... i dont think we will be winning the cup becoz its a selfish team or those who r close to srikanth r there in the team....we r wasting our resources....when we got young energitic players performing why do we have to rely on slow moving asses like nehra who cant bend and pick the ball....cannot chase the ball....cannot be placed anywhere in the field....we have already lost this years world cup now itself....just watch even bangladesh will beat us in this world cup for sure....

  • s_tiwari on March 26, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    its a gud team, but cud have been better. according to me selectors cud have had 3 changes- manish pandey in place of rohit sharma, rohit has got a lot of chances and failed & manish is in sparkling form & can also be a cover for gambhir (not sure about his injury) as an opener; secondly its high time now that selectors accept that P Ojha is the best young spinner at this point of time; thirdly for a T20 game for any captain Irfan any day will get a nod over vinay kumar, irfan is our best alrounder, i agree that he has lost his swing, but still can be very effective in overs 7-16 with his cutters and is a gud enuf bat @ no. 8.

  • 2009SHAMZ on March 26, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Sharma's just lucky to get in, uthappa and Pandey were in better form. one can only hope the talented Rohit Sharma does justice to his potential. bowling looks a little shaky, can never say about Nehra's fitness

  • sami.herath on March 26, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    indian selectors have again proved that selection is done based on region / relegion etc. The form of the player does't matter. How else could robin uttapa miss out who is just not hitting ball out of ground but demoralizing the opponents left out of the team. this is what happens time and again and we cry after the poor show in the tournament. hell with this team and selection committe

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Pitty that talented players like Saurabh Tiwary, Bisla, Kohli were not picked ahead of Rohit sharma. Also the exclusion of P Ojha, Murali Kartik(loads of experience & clever line and length made him considerable) is sad. Piyush Chawla is a talented lad but I think he could have been rested for them.

    Good to see that Sreekant applied some brains and not picked M.Vijay in this squad

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I can not understand why chawla is selected. They should have gone for Robbin uttapha or manish pandy instead of chawala. Bcz there is already jedaja as second spinner and allrounder. I will not be surprised if virat kohli omission, bcz he always play for his place in team. Even if u watch rcb match vs DD. He was there still end, but he was not trying to hit hard, but rotating striker. He was expecting others to hit, even lower down batsman to do. He should have tried for few hits. That defiantly shows that he is trying for place. Even India vs south Africa last ODI. After India loose 2 openers , virat kohli and rohit Sharma looked like playing for place and batting for 250 target something like that.

  • gauravbhatnagar on March 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Do selectors take money from players for getting them selected?India has got so much talent in the form of Robin Uthappa,Irfan Pathan,Manish Pandey who are in such blazing form in the IPL. But they always have their own type of selection.First they didn't select Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan in the 30 Probables then having Rohit Sharma who has been given so many chances but still need to prove himself and now piyush chawla over amit mishra..it's really horrible to see selectors selecting such type of team for the ICC world T20.In this way i dont think India have any chances of winning the T20 world Cup.But i still wish INDIA should only win the world cup and make as feel proud as they did in 2007.Best of Luck India...

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Rohit Sharma??? No!!! There are so many young hitters who are consistently performing in this year's IPL, why give him more and more chances to fail? Theres Tiwari, Pandey, Uthappa, Rayadu..give them a look in! Also, in my opinion, Chawla AND Ojha should have been picked hacking Bhajji.. He is fat, slow and a terrible fielder these days.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Indian selectors have not noticed Manish Pandey, Robin Utthapa and Virat Kohli. We are going with injured players.

    Wish Team India All the Best

  • daffodils on March 26, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    it is very unfortunate to select Rohit sharma who failed miserably again and again instead of Manish pandey who is in superb form.ofcourse Rohit is an excellent player but his present form does not justify his selection. apart from this the selectors have done a wonderful job.keep it up

  • atulghadge on March 26, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I think all are saying y chawla is in team but i think its good call. Because now we hav 1 off spin, 1 leg spin and 1 left arm spin option. jadeja and ojha don't have that much difference both are good left arm spin bowler. I m really happy for v. kumar he disserve that. + Ishant and Shrishant bowling badly. one name is missing from this list robin utthapa. he is tha man with X factor who can win u match which u can't think to win. and other players get select by default as our tradition. other than sehwag no one had perform more than one match till now in IPL. let's hope this team will work. and bring WORLD CUP for us again.

  • Cricniju on March 26, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Poor Srikkanth and co, what could they do, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni and Nehra 4 Key players are injured but cant rule them out... sheer reputation. Yusuf's magical 37 ball 100 cant keep him out either despite the game being played in West Indies and his ability to hit short balls!!! lets see. Rohit is a fine player if he wishes to but he is lazy, he is a class player but he needs to focus in cricket. Piyush chawla hope he is there for carrying drinks and pbly help others in the nets. Vinay kumar at high speed of 120k in West Indies... Irfan would have been better. Poor Zaheer, I really pity him, he has to shoulder the pace department. Our team is now with 4 injured players, 2 class acts but out form(Yuvraj & Rohit), 1 drinks boy(chawla), 3 average players(Karthik, Jadeja and Praveen), 1 hit ya miss pathan, 1 debutant in Vinay. 3 fit players in Raina, Zaheer and bajji. Do anyone expect this team to even reach the semis!!!

  • vijay0325 on March 26, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    T20 Indian team........ No Virat, No RP, No Ojha, No Irfan.............dnt expect Vinay and Chawla to be included in team........dnt like the composition of team..........But happy coz atleast Rohith is der in the team......i accept with others y chawla over Ojha or mishra.....i even feel y is Vinay in over Irfan or RP.....Team india left out crucial players who played major role in T20 world cup win in first season and rest of t20 matches.......

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    manish pandey has been scoring in every level for 18 months now,sri kanth just wants 11 chennai guys in the team and nothing else,he does not want an indian team...all is a joke for him,shameless really,even robin could be taken....shame!!!

  • Vasanth.K on March 26, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    they sould have picked robin, he is good form

  • taha11 on March 26, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    AT Rayudu, SS Tiwary, M Pandey, M Kartik & A Mishra are very unlucky to miss out.

  • aks1812 on March 26, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Not picking Irfan pathan is a herculean blunder .............ishant sharma strugles in T20 and i dont see anything changing severely in near future........Vinay Kumar is a type of bowler batsman relishes in T20 . Most of the wickets that he is taken in the IPL and also in the recently concluded Ranji season were the result of batsman making mistakes rather than him getting them out. Out of all the pick Piyush Chawla is a deserving comeback. Rohit Sharma is not in big form and he strugles in pitches outside subcontinent.. Uthapa is in better form than him and should have been preffered

  • shubho.the.fire on March 26, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Good team in my opinion..Tendulkar denied to play so there was nothing to do..except that the team is looking out of any complaints........

  • koolbugs on March 26, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    its time to change selection committee before they pick indian side for the world cup 2011. this is going to be last world cup for sachin tendulkar, we all know how committed he is to win the world cup. but with this type of team selection i see great master dream of winning the world cup 2011 going for a tosss

  • Rydham on March 26, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    If we do not have good all rounders then it will be very difficult to win the WC. Yusuf and Jadeja are good but Irfan is more dangerous as he is a good batsman and a good bowler, too. On his day, he can be brutal with the both - Bat & Ball. His exclusion is not digestable ... !!He should have been picked up in place of Rohit Sharma. Yusuf is a better batsman but a mediocare bowler while Jadeja is better with the ball. But its ok.

    How the hell Rohit Sharma can make into the squad ? What he has done good so far ? Chawla is a luckey guy and now he has to show his abilities with bat and ball.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Why oh why oh why, is Murli Karthik not selected. Just look how good he has bowled in all the matches. He is the best spinner in India. How on earth chawla has been picked up! Chawla is not going to make it in the playing eleven in a single match for sure. I would have also picked up Sourab Tiwari in place of Rohit sharma.

    Playing X! looks good - Viru, Gauti, Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni, Pathan, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Praveen kumar, Zaheer and Nehra; This team has depth, 5 good bowlers and enough fire power for 20-20. Yuvi, pathan can be our part timers. fitness of some players have to be improved - bhajji, yuvi, rohit, etc

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    This Selection is ridiculuos 1) Why Tendulkar has left out after he agreed to play T20, He is such a genius and masterclass. His presents in the team will make lot a difference. 2) Why we have picked up Ashish Nehra, despite having injury. 2) They should have picked Murali Karthik in the squad, because he is the best T20 Bowler 3) Finally Piyush Chawala, i dont know why was selected, he doesn't know how to bowl or bat............ Altogether its a bad selection....

  • ricky011 on March 26, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I think this is a very good team selected by Indian Selectors from the available pool of 30 players. There are only 15 players can be selected, so someone makes in & somebody has to seat out. I hope this team will also do well in T20 WC like they did in 2007. Let just wish them good luck.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Frankly, with the IPL and the club loyalty, I don't even care about the national team now! Earlier, I was genuinely excited about all the India's matches, especially the T20 ones. The announcement of this squad hardly interests me.

  • Funky_Cowns1985 on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    we are really shocked with the team selection.It's the players from the domestic arena who are under rated, are making there presence felt and helping the side to win matches, like Manish Pandey, Robin Uthapa . Moreover, whys is Piyush Chawla given a chance ahead of Amit Mishra , although Mishra had taken more wickets and has better economy rate as well in the current IPL season

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    I think In India will have very good and balanced eleven, ravindra jadeja is a far better choice than ojha as the latter has'nt proved much. But piyush's selection over mishra is surprising.Vinay has really earned his place through hardwork. Feel sad for manish, he is a bright talent for the future though.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    y d hell is , irfan pathan , manish pandey , virat kholi and uttappa is not included in d squad.. whats wrong with d selection committee..., i think praveen kumar and jadeja should have been dropped and irfan and any other batsman of rcb shud have been selected....

  • koolbugs on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    india headed towards another disastrous t20 world cup! kudos to selectors! and media people will never blame selectors for team's poor performance they will always catch players neck.

  • jgcr on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    i think we guyz r the best selectors..well i am not boasting abt myself but i can predict match resultz..i hav got kind of 6th sense..btw virat kohli shud have been selected...instead of rohit sharma...karthik should not be selected..instead of him manish pandey shud have been selected... ojha shud hav been selected instead of our rice..chawla guyz..

  • AlokJoshi on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    The inclusion of Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik and Vinay Kumar is surprising. Siddharth Trivedi should have been chosen instead of Vinay Kumar. Omission of Ishant Sharma, and choice of Ashish Nehra, is equally baffling. What has he done to deserve a place in the squad and selectors have forgotten about his injuries! Robin Utthapa would have been handy than Dinesh Karthik. Don't need two keepers anyway. I don't agree with criticism over Rohit Sharma's inclusion. Check IPL tournament stats, he is right up there in terms of SR and avgs. He has bowled fairly well too. Piyush Chawla adds variety, so that is also welcome. Too many spinners in the squad, selectors should have kept Ravindra Jadeja out, he will be short of match play by virtue of IPL ban. Would have preferred Manish Pandey or Virat Kohli in his place. This squad deserves a lot of good wishes to emerge with noteworthy result.

  • kapsy on March 26, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    if i remember correctly, kohli captained the under 19 side that won the T20 world cup. additionally, he's been if such fine form in ODIs. he's a super fielder and a good stock bowler. hard to understand why he can't find a spot in the team.... - kapsy

  • Ajoogle on March 26, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Robin Uthappa? k srikanth ur useless

  • rkannancrown on March 26, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Why has Murali Kartik been left out? He is easily the best spinner in this IPL and should have got a look in ahead of many others. The selectors have focused on medium pacers with the spinners being selected for batting ahead of bowling skill. Considering the inability of most batsmen to really force the pace against spinners, it would have made more sense to include Murali ahead of Nehra, who is yet to prove his fitness. I thought Kohli should have been selected ahead of Rohit. Piyush Chawla's inclusion appears to give the team a leg spinning option but on current form, Murali Kartik should have been selected ahead of Chawla .

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    hum interesting selection......for injured players...like gautam,baji, yuraj and khan... if any one or two will unfit during tournament what will India do is any one has answer:<

  • sshailesh on March 26, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Where is Manish Pandey is better than Rohit Sharma, good news for Vinay Kumar he is future of our indian team

  • kna_raghu on March 26, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Almost the expected squad but with 2 big surprises. Firstly, how can Rohith be picked over Kohli? Kohli hasn't had a great IPL so far but his performances in the ODI arena warrant a place in this squad, he may not have Rohith's flair but he's been far more effective on the international scene. Kohli looks like a player who is keen to develop his game and perform at the highest level, Rohith has stagnated (and perhaps even gone back a few steps) since his perfomances in Australia in 2008. As for Chawla's inclusion, I don't know what to say. Pragyan Ojha seems to be joining Murali Kartik in the list of spinners who were not given a decent run in the Indian team even when their form meant they deserved it.

  • rinku_verma on March 26, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Why rohit is there in the team??He has only played two good innings in the T20Is.He just performs in the IPL and when it comes to performing at the international level,all his temperament and talent go down.I think uthappa should be picked up ahead of sharma as he is in good form this time and he has also played some good knock in the T20Is.Selection of chawla in the squal is beyond my thinking.If selectors are considering him as an alrounder then India have already two alrounder yousuf and jadeja.Then what is the point on picking chawla.Instead of him,one specialist spinner should be chosen someone like ojha/mishra or R. ashwin.

  • Shafiqueislam on March 26, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan? He is qualified to be adopted in the world twenty20 squad according to his form and class as well.

  • veera1887 on March 26, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    selectors should h've selected manishpandey and virat kohli..they r good form now in ipl..why did they select piyush chawla?? wat happened ohja and amit mishra?? did nt they bowl very well?? if they select look like this players..we ll n't enter in semifinal in icc world cup definitely..yuvraj also n't good form now in ipl..i thing he also does n't need this world cup..very bad selectors..

  • itzneha on March 26, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    I fail to understand why Rohit Sharma would be picked ahead of Virat Kohli and why Sudeep Tyagi was dropped. Virat has been a much better and more consistent performer than Rohit Sharma. Tyagi has not had enough chances to prove himself - he plays one bad game (for CSK) and is dropped from the playing 11, he makes a great comeback (for CSK against RCB) and is still dropped for the next game. How can one prove themselves and build confidence if they aren't given an opportunity? This selection and the logic behind it is beyond me!

  • Ilin on March 26, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    good team,but ojha,uthappa and pandey kahan hai?where is ojha utahppa and pandey?

  • RaviTej on March 26, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    All my dear fans of Manish Pandey and Robin Uttappa. These guys have been riding their luck and scoring the runs and Rohit Sharma is a class batsmen. We need to invest time on batsmen like him for the future. To state a few examples Dravid, Clarke of Australia did not start doing wonders from their debut, but the selectors imposed faith and gave them time to settle in as they had the genuine quality of becoming great batsmen. Rohit falls under that category so please don't compare him with the Pandey's and Uttappa's of the world.

  • johney123 on March 26, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA??? what else he wanna do to be in t20 squad

  • LoftedShot on March 26, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    All said and done Nehra is not fit and hasn;t played in a single IPL game so far. S. trivedi for Rajasthan Royals and U. Yadav for Delhi have looked the sharpest of the lot and selectors could have been bolder.

    Shikhar Dhawan needs to do plastic surgery of his face. Inspite of being one of the best talents on show in the country, for years he has been sidelined......some one does not like his face surely

  • AFRIDI450 on March 26, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    No irfan pathan... r u srs???

  • vivek_tyagi on March 26, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    ..The selectors have already ensured that we go with a weakened team because they are more interested in saving their chairs and dirty politics rather than perform their duties well.....Piyush Chawla instead of Mishra, Kartik and Ojha is a joke....and selecting injured out of form players like yuvraj instead of in form Virat, Robin and even Saurabh Tiwari is a slap on the face of ardent fans of Indian Cricket......selectors are more interested in their personal interests and hardly care even if indian cricket go hellwards

  • sidsrviem on March 26, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Chawla is a big surprise i must say.. really duno how the selectors work.. second spinner's slot is pretty tricky as he wont get to play.. we've yusuf,yuvraj,jadeja... so many spinners.. even raina can chip in a few overs if needed.. ng ging by dhon's captaincy he generally uses bhajji , yusuf nd jadeja.. plus u've medium pacers in zaheer, praveen nd nehra... how many more bowlers do u want in a team..rohit sharma should've made way for either kohli or manish pande or even uthappa.. surprise package by Kris srikkanh.. i mus say..

  • sachin_fan_avinash on March 26, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    I didn't understand that y the selectors chose Chawala...n Rohit Sharma... they both ain't playing well in recent season... or Chawla is not even been in any Indian Squad.. Prgyan Ojha is much better option than him... I don't know what the hell dey need from a player...

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Manish Hard luck!!!! please have patience and wait for your turn!

  • BondShaneBond on March 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Its a debatable team selection but on a good note, it clearly sends one message out - Perform or Perish, there are many waiting in the wings. IPL has provided selection headaches which is good for Indian cricket.

  • adhuu on March 26, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    I feel Irfan gives a balance to the side with his batting ability.I think rohit selection is a nice move,he can stay at one end if we lose early wickets.nehra never be T-20 player.when gambir is not fit,utappa is my choice to open.Piyush will be a tourist,he never get a chance in playing 11.

  • anurag4u on March 26, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    wat abt Manish Pandey and Saurabh Tiwary? Rohit Sharma is not even performing in this IPL, still included in the squad. Ashish Nehra is preferred over RP Singh?

  • Kumar_cricket on March 26, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I like Manish Pandey or Kohli instead of Rohit sharma and ojha or amit mishra instead of chawala else are as excepted. Lets wait and see .

  • SandeepArayakkat on March 26, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Chawla over Ojha? ...Again if we go with merit and performance in this format. Is harbajan good enough to be selceted over Ohja/Mishra. Aslo if it was my pick i would have gone with Jadeja/Pathan/Raina/Yuvi/Sehwag to go with 5th Bowler job and would have selected Robin Uthappa. Though Pathan hits big towering sixes occasionally if gets clicked, i think Uthappa has more conventional batting style with him. Also i would have picked Pandy ahead of Rohit Sharma? What did sharma do well to get in to the squad all a sudden. But hats off to board of selecters for not selceting badrinath and Vijay. I think oeople would have killed srikanth if they were picked.

  • M.I.Fan on March 26, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    The team appears quite balanced in the selection and is a fair reflection of the players performances except perhaps Chawla. However the bowlers do not look anywhere world class and would need help in the form of a big total or a helpful wicket to succeed.It would have been helpful if Irfan Pathan had been selected as he could be a good middle overs bowler with the keeper standing up for him and a dangerous hard hitting lower order batsman or a floater at No3 or 4. He could have taken Chawla place as Chawla has not done anthing noteworthy and while he can bat, he is more in the plodder mould and of no use in T-20. Moreover he is an average fielder and there are also many spin partimers in the team.

  • sashi_k on March 26, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha is a deserving candidate that Piyush Chawla or even Amit Mishra... Funny selection..

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Selaection of Bangalore pacer Ranganath Vinay Kumar is fair enough. Vinay was finally rewarded for his consistent performance in the domestic circuit, especially with Bangalore Royal Challengers. Vinay Kumar is the joint second highest wicket-taker in the IPL with eight scalps.

    I wonder why Manish Pandey is left. H e ie performing well enough to in the team. Virat ig good guy....hard luck for him but i an happy that Ishant is not in the team.He needs correction. He is triying to become Dale Steyn. Selectors should have picked PP OJHA ahead of Harbhajan.

  • vasuseth on March 26, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    this is total injustice to kohli.....he has been india's consistent performer in odis for sometime now......i dunno wat prompted the selectors to ignore him.......n also pragyan ojha deserved a place......he being a leftie would hav brought variety to the bowling attack.......chawla hasent done nethin to grab the attention of the selectors..........lets c nw how india manages wid this team......

  • suhelklose on March 26, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    why piyush chawla?? we have already quality spinner, Mishra, Ojha... nd why every time selectors forget about Murali Karthik??? the best economy bowler in T20 matches.. Uthappa, Kohli, Pandey should be selected.... over jadeja, vinay, ...

  • pksmen on March 26, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    The T-20 world cup team seems to have been constituted more by reputation that actual form. Rohit has not performed in a responsible manner since the 2008 world cup neither in ODIs or in T20. Virat Kohli's consistency has been discretely ignored. Looks like if you constitute a team with drop outs it may beat the world cup squad.

  • mani86 on March 26, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    them picking chawla over ojha and mishra are what most people seem to be worried about, including the writer of this article. what about MURALI KARTIK? apart from his unusual fashion sense and the fact that he plays for a loser IPL team, what has he done wrong that he is not even considered?? brilliant economy rate and excellent wicket taking ability. he should be playing in all 3 formats of the game!!!

  • utcjeetu on March 26, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    dhoni,sehwag,gambhir,yuvraj,raina,kohli,Yusuf Pathan,Dinesh Kartik,jadeja,irfan pathan,zaheer,RP singh,Ojha,Praveen Kumar,uthappa.

  • SaidevRajan on March 26, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    y chawla............????????

  • ankrit on March 26, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    India's batting is suspect with Gambhir injured and Yuvraj , Yusuf not showing consistency in this format in recent times. Good to see that hard work and consistent results payed off in the case of Vinay but the selection of Nehra and Chawla is surprising.Also,injured players shouldn't be picked in the first 15 as it reduces the chance to maneuver if someone gets injured in the playing eleven. Keeping out Sree maybe a right choice as he is too expensive in ODIs and T20s. So who do we pick as the second fast-medium bowler? No one is picking themselves,so we should have gone with Praveen ,Vinay,Zaheer, Bhaji,Jadeja in the bowling combo. Maybe go with a all rounder in addition. Also for Manish to be selected, he needs to target performing down the order,as the top order in the national team picks itself! Given the performance and relative strengths of the teams,I would be surprised in Indian team qualifies for the last four.

  • ravikant.kisana on March 26, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? Am sick of this guy. He will walk into the bat, some Indian commentator (Usually Ravi Shastri or Harsha) will say how this man was born to bat, most gifted youngster in India and yada-yada. Then he will hit one stylish cover drive, and the commentators will again say he is a natural. 10 balls later, he will get out in a stupid fashion and those guys will say "Oh what a pity, once again this man frustrates us".

    What is this 'gift'? He is the Vinod Kambli of our times. Can v stop giving this joker a chance for prestigious events like the T20 world cup, when v have proven guys like kohli and in-form men like Uthappa and Manish?

    And who decided that Murali Kartik is a 'has-been'? The guy bowls with zip and aggression. Why Chawla? Both Mishra and Ojha are doing much better. Our first-choice, 2nd spinner is still a mystery. In B'desh we tried both Ojha & Mishra. Now suddenly we go for Chawla. Cant c ny sense!

    Good call on keeping Ishant, Irfan, RP & Sree out! Jokers!

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Its a joke..! n srikanth is a joker..! omiiting virat n ojha..! Stupid..real stupid thing..!

  • AsherCA on March 26, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Ashish Nehra who is currently unfit, not sure of when he will be fit - worse, cannot bat / field & is an erratic / inconsistent bowler at best has managed to get in at the expense of better cricketers. Irfan Pathan would have been a better choice - he might give as many runs as Nehra, but at least will get a few more than Nehra with the bat.

    Looks like reasons other than cricket (cartelization by regional selectors trading votes to promote their own charges at the expense of India) has resulted in a minimum of 2 / 3 less than optimum selections.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    i dont know wat the hell has happening..were is irfan pathan and Robin Utthapa...selectors are mad and they just care abt money and nothing ...these selectors are nothing but the bastards

  • praks3705 on March 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    piyush chawla n rohit sharma get the tickets when there are so many(murali karthik,amit mishra;robin uthappa,virat kohli) doing much much better than them,do our selectors really think before they select or is it just the "sifarish n jaan pehchaan"...

  • razi14 on March 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    This time just doesnt give me the confidence....also think nt picking irfan is a big risk...since he can bat and bowl in the middle overs. Best of luck though.The team could have been much better i feel , as there are better alternatives to rohit sharma

  • utcjeetu on March 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    funny not to see virat kohli,RP singh,P.ojha,Irfan insead of chawla,vinay kumar,nehra and Rohit Sharma.

  • aadh_king on March 26, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Looks like pretty good team, Sachin should have played this T20! why this Rohit is in?Uthappa would have been wise choice...

  • xuggs on March 26, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    What the hell is Ravindra Jadeja doing in that list? He is not even playing this years IPL. Seriously man, where are the likes of Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, S Tiwary, S Dhawan.. they are not experienced batsmen does not mean they cannot play cricket. They have been whacking international bowlers in IPL. Shame shame.

  • TwitterJitter on March 26, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    All in all the best possible selection. Emphasis was given to fielding also in dropping Ojha and Mishra. Backed established names. I agree with dropping of Paney and Kohli. Kohli has yet to prove himself in any form of T20. Pandey has not yet scored against quality international bowlers and would have been a risky pick in world T20 especially considering his best slot is opening and we have better openers in Gambhir and Sehwag. Having said all this, I still can't see India making it past 1st round as the pace bowling is really really really weak to defend any score. Many of the same established batsmen (whom I have selected anyway based on the fact they have proven themselves over younger ones) are out-of-form or coming off of injuries. The media better keep the hype down instead of raising hopes of people only to be disappointed later.

  • utcjeetu on March 26, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    How can u leave out RP singh , Ojha & Iirfan pathan. Irfan is in amazing form and a very handy all rounder. harbhajan is no more a specialist,he is just a domestic bowler.you dont expect Vinay kumar , harbhajan and chawla to do good in west indian pitches.we have enough part time bowlers as well. one more batsmen instead of chawla would have been better.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Manish Pandey was treated very unfairly by the selection committee. Rohit Sharma'a selection is a joke.

  • aspurohit on March 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a wrong choice.....Manish Pandey could have been picked instead. Ashish Nehra is a spent force and as someone has pointed out Chawla wont even get a game against the minnows Afganisthan from our group. I feel though Virat should have been given a fair chance for the World Cup

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    shud hav taken manish pandey..

  • shrastogi on March 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has powerful backers in the selection committee , unfortunately his performances at international level dont back him. Leaving out Manish Pandey is inexplicable. Chawla ahead of Misra may be on his batting, a second wk is also questionable.Uthappa & Kohli are also unlucky. Hopefully this squad would reach at least SF!!!

  • gauravbhatnagar on March 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Do selectors take money from players for getting them selected?India has got so much talent in the form of Robin Uthappa,Irfan Pathan,Manish Pandey who are in such blazing form in the IPL. But they always have their own type of selection.First they didn't select Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan in the 30 Probables then having Rohit Sharma who has been given so many chances but still need to prove himself and now piyush chawla over amit mishra..it's really horrible to see selectors selecting such type of team for the ICC world T20.In this way i dont think India have any chances of winning the T20 world Cup.But i still wish INDIA should only win the world cup and make as feel proud as they did in 2007.Best of Luck India...

  • mudd on March 26, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    selectors consider big names instead of current form, Uttappa is in his prime form, capable of snatching game from any situation. need to wait & watch will the big guns fire in time ?

  • Rahul_crick_talk on March 26, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Where is my comment? I'd like to add that Murali Kartik has been bowling very economically and his county stint would have surely helped. I don't think India will win this edition of the T20 WC, but they should make the semis.

  • RajivRSG on March 26, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I don't know what the selection panel looks at before selecting the players, are the picking players who are not performing? I suppose that 's what the criteria is. Player's like Manish Pandey, Bisla, saurabh tiwary, Ojha, Jakati, and many more are being overlooked. .....Do we have anywhere where we can questions the Selection Panel and ask them their thought process.

  • Viper2.0 on March 26, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Donno why rohit sharma is selected ahead of kohli.Rohit doesn't even deserve a chance in the team.He wasted countless opportunities that were given to him.I think the selectors have picked the team going on the performance of the players in the IPL.Last time also,rohit failed miserably even though he scored runs in the IPL.This guy only gets runs in the IPL and moreover he doesn't even have the runs to back him up in the international stage.Whereas kohli has a wonderfull record in one day internationals.Guess rohit should consider himself very lucky.Moreover i don't see much of a chance for him to be included in the playing 11.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Chawla...wot did he do to get selected?...come on selectors Chawla is not a good fielder nor he can contribute with bat...why do you guys want to waste a place in the side...As we have three spinners already in the side {Bhajji, Jadeja and Yusuf} therse was no need of Chawla, I would have gone for someone like Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tiwary who are good in the field and very aggressive with the bat which is needed in T20 format...

  • Thommo_75 on March 26, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Manish Pande has missed out again...Looks like theres not many who is rooting for him at the national level..Rohit is plain lucky to be back in reckoning, as he is too lazy/laidback for this kind of format..Nothing wrong in selecting Vinay Kumar, but its too much of a risk to bank on an unfit Nehra..In that respect it wud have been better of taking Irfan along, just incase Nehra's wheels comes off instead of having Vinay in the team (Hindsight can never be less than 20/20 :)

  • sendils on March 26, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Why the hell Ashish Nehra??? i have not seen him playing cricket for past few months...He is never fit for T20 not even ODI...he is a useless fielder.

  • aditsingh on March 26, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    What amuses me the most is here people were talking about including Sachin into the squad who was not even the part of the original 30 and not even consider a player like Irfan who has been performing excellently with both bat and the bowl? This is what T20 is all about gents. You have to give this guy a chance. He is the best we've got. Again and again we try out with the Sreesanth's & Munaf's who are absolutely worthless players but when it comes to Irfan the selectors just become prejudice. I wonder what is wrong with Yashpal Sharma & Kris Srikanth. I hate to say it but I think this is simply racial discrimination.

  • ravishr on March 26, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should be in.. Rohit Sharma has done nothin spectacular in IPL3.. It should have been a choice between Uthappa and Kohli..

    The fast bowling dept surely looks shaky, with Zaheer the only bowler who can command respect from the opponents..

    Good Luck to the Indian team and hope all 15 of them remain free of injuries after this hectic IPL schedule

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    impossible irfan should be picked up at any cost...........India will be in gr8 trouble

  • arunkumardas on March 26, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Ojha is not selected, whn he is always in a good form and with a gr8 average.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    OMG.. Cheeka has done it again... 1. How in the world he can drop Pandey/S Tiwari and he can include Rohit Sharma ??? 2. Nehra and Jadeja without any match practice directly in the squad ??? 3. No Irfan Pathan ??? 4. Piyush Chawla is no better than Amit Mishra/P Ojha... M Kathik is better than Chawla since he is most economical...

    My hope is gone... Sack Cheekaaaaa

  • arunkumardas on March 26, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Ojha is not selected, whn he is always in a good form and with a gr8 average.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    should have taken robin utappah instaed of rohit sharma

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA SHOULD BE THER IN PLACE OF R.SHARMA....

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    i guess, droppping Rohit Sharma could be good choice. That would have made space for Manish Pandey, who is much better than Rohit Sharma especially given current form.

  • SupertrampMS on March 26, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Rohit over Pandey,Kohli and Uthappa is clearly baffling..Rohit and Vinay Kumar are not really suited for t20...

  • hims4u on March 26, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    I think Robin Uthappa should have been there in place of Rohit Sharma and Murali Karthik in place of Piyush Chawla.

  • Daba on March 26, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Balanced team, however would have expected Uthappa, and irfan pathan instead of ravinder jadeja and dinesh karthik, who are in good form.

  • arunkumardas on March 26, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    very very bad selection of the team. Manish Pandey shuld, Uthappa shd be taken. why Nehera??? not I Pathan, Great All rounder. Here we can see a gr8 politic.

  • Charlie_Hyd on March 26, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Should have gone with Ojha rather than piyush

  • Dr.DeepakPatil on March 26, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    What is Rohit Sharma doing here? What about Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tiwari?

  • mrgupta on March 26, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Very disappointing. Why place given to Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja and no place for Irfan or Manish Pandey? This way the selectors have discouraged the more promising and in-form players against some who have not performed and also are not showing any form either. It should be clear by now that Rohit is no Sachin Tendulkar.... Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tewari are much better than Rohit atleast and Irfan is much better than Ravindra Jadeja. Vinay Kumar's inclusion is pleasing and he deserved this chance after a fine showing in domestic matches.

  • shahbaba on March 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Rohit sharma? Why not kohli instead of him?

  • vsrajan on March 26, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Not a good selection. Where is Manish Pandey??? Why Rohit Sharma, a sleepy player is in the team? Selectors will never realise that Rohit is not an International player. How about Virat Kohli? Why was he dropped???? They should have tried SS Tiwary also who is in good form. Irfan should have been selected instead of Ashish Nehra who is not a T20 player.

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Very baffling and strange team selection it seems. Throughout the last 2 years when Ishant Sharma has'nt been deserving his place in the squad, he makes the cut, this time however with just 2 fast bowlers (Zak and PK) other than him he is overlooked. If the selectors were giving the pretext of experience over inexperience how does Vinay Kumar warrant his place in the squad, clearly Ishant should have got the nod in his place. Ashish Nehra cannot perform for nuts in T20's plus he has yet to play a match in the IPL , he is clearly short of match experience. Piyush Chwala has taken just a couple of wickets this IPL and he finds his place in the team , where are Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. Manish Pandey has got all the reason in the world to be disappointed after he was not taken in citing inexperience.

  • ashish2007 on March 26, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Almost expected selection,Ishant needed something like this to learn how to stay in international cricket..One thing most surprising is the selection of Peeyush Chawla ahead of Prayan Ojha & Amit Mishra..Peeyush is a good young leg spinner,but at this particular time ojha and mishra are bowling clearly better,,u can see the recent scorecards..inclusion of rohit in the team is good because it increases to the experience in the team..Uthappa may have been included but u cant go beyond 15 players and to get into top 15,he will have to continue performing like he has been doing in IPL for RCB..Clearly this time also India looks a batting fire-power with a dull bowling attack,although good amount of expectations are with Zaheer and Bhajji..Hope gambhir does not have any mark of the injury which he recently had..ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA..We want to bring the CUP back to home..!!

  • ravic18 on March 26, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    exteamly stupid why bbci haven't picked virat kohli. that is very very bad! they've picked rubbish ppl like jadeja and rohit sharma. i cant belive bbci still want sharma in the side. sharma is probs the most useless ever batsman. KOHLI should be in the bloody side

  • indiaprem on March 26, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I dont know how on earth Rohit sharma who continously fails for INDIA gets the nod above Robin Uthappa & Manish Pandey. Could someone explain it to me.

  • ksthakker on March 26, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    The Selection committee headed by Srikant is group of Jokers. There is no base for making this team selection. If IPL performance is taken into account following should have made to the Squad : Saurabh Tiwari Manish Pandey Virat Kohli Ambati Rayadu R Satish Amit Misra Murli karthik

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Useless selection, T20 been a freshers favorate, the selectors should have bound to Manish Pandey, Irfan Pathan and some one like Saurab Tiwary. Whats the sense of having useless Ashish Nehra who just can't bowl in ODI is suppose to be in the sqad of T20, just b'coz he is OLD (mind you not experienced, b'coz his experience are just not worth a ball).

  • RAJARANJIT on March 26, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I think the selection lacks substance and the selectors did not take any cue from the IPL-3 currently being played. Both form or class was overlooked.

    Looks more of a quota system for the Zones.

    Manish Pandey was amazing; Ojha and Murali Karthik were much better than Piyush, only Vinay's selection could be justified.

    Robin Uthappa could have been in the 15-man team. Rohit Sharma has not shown any promise in IPL so-far.

    Bad squad selection :( Selectors are indirectly passing the message to Mr. Modi, "Dude IPL is just an exibhition and will not justify our Selection ;) "

  • on March 26, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Should have selected Virat Kohli.... He is in great touch....

  • MFNadeem on March 26, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    The funniest thing about selecting Chawla ahead of PP OJHA and A Mishra is that both of the other two has much better economy rates and averages than Chawla. Even in the recent IPL, both are better than CHAWLA

  • rmnair on March 26, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Looks like Rohit Sharma has more teeth in the committee than Manish Pandey and I cant just figure that why is it. How many times do you want a guy to fail before you ask him to work harder. I am also surprised at the fitness of some of our key players. You can see the increase in waistline of Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma as well. Zaheer worked hard to come back to the team but now that he is guaranteed a place in the team we can see his fitness going down as well.

  • RKMarkan on March 26, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath rightly labelled the Cricket selectors "a bunch of jokers" during his playing days. It holds good even today. Ashish Nehra in? He is permanently injured, cannot field & cannot bat. Apparently, besides Nehra, maybe even the selectors need a medical check up. As everything else in this country, GOD alone can help THIS TEAM - what with Dhoni, Gambhir and Yuvraj (and Sehwag?) being prone to injury in recent times. The 1000 million Indians better begin their prayers in earnest RIGHT NOW.

    RKM, Mumbai.

  • Charlie_Hyd on March 26, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Fine not too bad But should have gone with pragyan ojha instead of piyush chawal, and manish pandey is ignored again.I see slim chances of india winning with this team any ways All the best india GO india Gooooooooooooo

  • imranm3m0n on March 26, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Irfan Pathan Shoulp be in the team in place of Injured Ashish Nehra OR vinay Kumar... but ok balance team...

  • trip_trap on March 26, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Kohli's exclusion comes as a bit of a surprise. He's been in pretty decent nick in the recent past. Nonetheless, pretty good team. Good chance Vinay Kumar will play a number of matches because Ashish Nehra tends to get injured after a couple of games more often that not!!!!

  • joehunt on March 26, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Commendable squad to have been picked for 2010 except for the exclusion of Robin Uthappa. Hes in blistering form as it is and is a better player than Rohit Sharma on paper. Its sad to remind ourselves that nothing is ever perfect.

    Joe

    Golden Tulip Bahrain

  • MFNadeem on March 26, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    I would say that Indian selectors missed the trick by not selecting IRFAN PATHAN, who gives depth both in bowling and batting. He is in good form in IPL and is a six-hitter. There is no substitute for six-hitters in T20. Moreover he is a decent and economical bowler.With R.Jadeja/Yusuf/Yuvi as a second spin option, Selectors could leave Chawla and bring in one of IRFAN/PANDAY/UTHAPPA. Don't know how could UTTAPA be dropped with such form. KARTHIK ahead of UTTAPA!!! Karthik may be good in ODIs and TESTs, but T20 is not his piece of cake. :)

  • Mayank87 on March 26, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    On what merit has Yuvraj been selected?? For being one of the most irresponsible batsmen?? Why can't we select players on the basis of form? What wrong did Manish Pandey do not deserve a place and what right did Yuvraj do to deserve one?

    P.S. - I am great fan of Yuvraj, but his irresponsible play is getting under my skin.

  • soajay on March 26, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Selectors have gone crazy!!! Yes, you read me right, CRAZY!!!.... How can they overlook Amit Mishra. The guy has bowled exceptionally well in the current IPL and also whenever he has been given a chance. His wrong one has been difficult to pick by the best in the world. No issues buddy, you will have more better opportunities... If you see the recent ODIs in the WI, Zimbabwe spinners did a better job than the seamers... I am hoping Mishra gets into the team for the T20 world cup...

  • BARCAGURU on March 26, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    What happended to Uthappa? Why he is not picked? I really wonder how come Piyush Chawla could make a way ahead, sparing the spin duo Mishra n Ojha, given the shinign form in Sub continent flat pitches alone. Dravid and Laxman might come handy when handling short balls for pulls, which none of the current indian middle order (yuvi,raina,Kohli,) does. This indian squad seems like a stringent, given the poor form of Ghambir,raina,yuvi, and Zaheer too dint deliver. we need to rely lot on Shewag and Bhajji alone

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    srt shud have made himself available...wud hv been a huge bonus...

  • vedichitesh on March 26, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Most Balanced option is

    1. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 2. Virender Sehwag, 3. Gautam Gambhir, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Suresh Raina, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Praveen Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Ashish Nehra,

    Vinay Kumar can replace Zaheer/Praveen/Ashish if they lose form or get injured

    Rohit can replace any batsman and is handy bowler

  • nikkisingh on March 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    and, i also fail to understand why is piyush chawla selected ahead of amit mishra... just yesterday mishra helped DD in stopping RCB from their fifth consecutive win

  • Diggi_86 on March 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I think that Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey should have been selected. They both are in tremendous form. Anways, the selectors have chosen a good time. The CUP will be ours this time. India, Australia, West Indies and NewZeland will make it to the semis this time. And Pakistan will find it difficult even in the group stages this time

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    No Sachin Tendulkar is a shame after he agreed to play T20 n is in great form in d IPL. He was selected in d probables n leaving him out is too bad. Virat Kohli is too in excellent form n only d selectors know y his kind of talent has been left out. Ishant isnt in form n its gud to give him a break but in place of Vinay Kumar Sreesanth or Irfan could have been a better option. According to me d best line-up would be : Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, R.Sharma, Y.Pathan, Harbhajan, P.Kumar, Zaheer, Nehra. If Gambhir n Nehra r injured then Karthick n Vinay Kumar should take their place respectively.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    No Sachin Tendulkar is a shame after he agreed to play T20 n is in great form in d IPL. He was selected in d probables n leaving him out is too bad. Virat Kohli is too in excellent form n only d selectors know y his kind of talent has been left out. Ishant isnt in form n its gud to give him a break but in place of Vinay Kumar Sreesanth or Irfan could have been a better option. According to me d best line-up would be : Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, R.Sharma, Y.Pathan, Harbhajan, P.Kumar, Zaheer, Nehra. If Gambhir n Nehra r injured then Karthick n Vinay Kumar should take their place respectively.

  • DGeneration on March 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Rohit sharma is such a waste.i cant understnd wats the basis of his selection ahead of utthappa and tiwary

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on March 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Really happy to see the return of the man yuvraj called "the best legspinner in India" and Sanga called "one of the best legspinners in the world". Also looking forward to Chawla showing us what he can do with the bat - he averages nearly 30 in first class cricket. And seeing vinay kumar. unfortunately there are too many mediocrities in the team - praveen, jadeja. how kartik can be considered one of the best batsmen in india is beyond me. not sure that nehra can add much in 20-20. the pace bowling is a real worry and i don't see this side coming anywhere near to lifting the trophy unless the batting really clicks.

  • venkatesh018 on March 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    agree with the first 12 in the list.murali kartik should have been picked ahead of piyush chawla(surely something is wrong with murali kartik's looks,not his bowling).vinay kumars' is a selection by default because ishant,r.p.singh and sreesanth have all gone rapidly downhill in the recent times.and finally rohit sharma is the luckiest of the 15 to be picked ahead of manish pandey. i still think we have not seen the last of the injuries that will inevitably happen, in this gruelling mercenary circus called the ipl.So, there could be a lot of change before the squad departs for the world cup.

  • ABP235 on March 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    There is not much to say here. They are going by tried and tested names though some of these guys are injured or not in great form as seen in the current IPL. Vinay has earned his place through sheer hard work and he is nippy off the pitch and will be an useful component in Dhoni's armoury to take wickets. But Piyush Chawla's inclusion shows selectors casualness in this matter. There are no two words as to how Amit Mishra has performed in T20s - I agree if Chawla was brought into our Test team due to his good experience in English county cricket and Mishra's inability to take wickets in tests, but Piyush hasnt shown the skills required to take wickets in this IPL. Though he is a good left handed batsman at the tailend. Since the XI will have Bhajji, Yousuf and Jadeja, I dont think Chawla will get any match.

  • beewee on March 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    chawla over ojha ?? really ?

  • shashirahul83 on March 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Well deserved recognisation for Vinay finally.... His wonderful performance in domestic for past 2 years finally paid off... I feel Kohli/Pandey could have been better choice than Rohith sharma.... Team looks good, lets hope they do well in carrabian.... by including Nehra are they again taking chances?? he is not fit yet is bit worrying...

  • realhunks on March 26, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    hoooooooo...look @ the team selectors clearey going by names and not by performences.....rohit and yuvi have to prove themself in ipl to justify thier position ..badluck for saurabh tiwari...virat ..etc

  • kethes on March 26, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    i hate this selection of T20 world cup, because they missed very young two batsman's. Robin uthappa and manish pandey. they proved they're talent untill now in the IPL 2010. but i dont know why they selected R.sharma?

    Fuck off the Indian selectors.

  • bullyrocks21 on March 26, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    funny that neither robin utthppa nor irfan pathan got a chance... they too were equally deserving..

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    They should have had Ojha in the squad

  • nikkisingh on March 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Rohit sharma ahead of Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey!!!... ok, agreed that pandey is young and may need to prove more but y wud u leave out Virat Kohli... he's a good fielder and in better form... if gambhir/yuvraj are not 100% fit, then sharma in the line-up is a very wrong choice

  • venkatesh018 on March 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    agree with the first 12 in the list.piyush chawla is lucky to get the nod ahead of murali kartik(how long can murali kartik keep himself motivated despite these repeated disappointments,only he can answer.surely something is wrong with his looks, not his bowling).vinay kumar is basically a default selection because ishant,r.p.singh and sreesanth have all gone downhill rapidly.rohit sharma must be the luckiest of the lot to be picked ahead of manish pandey. i still think there will be a fair bit of changes to the 15 selected today, before they go the world cup because a lot of injuries are still waiting to happen in this gruelling mercenary circus called the IPL.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Can't get the logic behind Rohit being preferred over Pandey/Utthappa/Kohi and hows that chawla gets preferred over Murali Karthik.. Selectors goin by names n not performances.. I see india's chances diminishing right now..

  • Alokmhatre on March 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    This selection is ridiculuos, its pure politics. 1) Why is Ashish Nehra included in squad??????????????? 2) Where is Irfan Pathan's name? I dont think he has done anything wrong, he is far more better than Ashish Nehra. 3) Whyis Virat Kohli out and Rohit Sharma in????????

    I m damn sure, we are not winning this cup with this kind of selection, very wrong on emerging players. its a shame.

  • sanzo5 on March 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Why did the team management opt for chawla.... they could have gone on to pick murali karthick who is the most economical bowler in the IPL.... Rohit sharma hasn't done much to get a peep into the t20 squad as of now... i would have loved to see manish pandey or R. Sathish or an irfan pathan in the list.....

  • Asokkumar on March 26, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Team never look 100% satisfied, Y.Singh & R.sharma both struggling for form in IPL. In form players in IPL are M.Pandey, I.Pathan, Uthappa all gone missing in World cup squad. Indian team need to select people who are in form during the time frame and not to consider past record if you want to win big series like this. Nehra is gd bowler but not gd fielder..20/20 cricket need people with energetic and stamina.

  • rsaiprasad on March 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Where is manish pandey in the list ?.

  • SupertrampMS on March 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Chawla is an ok selection..He will be more economical than Mishra and can bat better..and anywyz Jadeja and Harbhajan will be the only spinners in the eleven..

    But Rohit and Vinay Kumar is not really suited to 20-20 cricket @ international level...

    by not selecting Kohli,Pandey or Uthappa fielding will also be weakened...

  • ankrit on March 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    The batting looks suspect. Wiith Yuvraj and Yusuf not steady performers in this version, there will tremendous pressure on Shewag and Gautam at the top. In case Gautam misses a couple of matches Indian team will be looking down the barrel. Why wasn't someone like Uthappa,who is in tremendous form not included?Though Vinays' selection is justified. This version of the game is very fast and the likelihood of injury is high(as we see in IPL3),so those with an existing injury should not be rushed to playing eleven,all the more reason not to pick injured players in the first 15. Mixed selection, I will be pleasantly surprised to see this Indian team in the semis!

  • kw1k on March 26, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Why Rohit Shrama and Piyush Chawla ...

    Both of them have done nothing significant in domestic or their ODI careers. Yet they get selected, while Kohli and Murli Kartick/Amit Mishra should have been in. This is inexplicable. Even both of them would not have expected them to get selected.

    Harsha had a very good point regarding Irfan Pathan but somehow he got overlooked. May be he did not fit in .. but inclusion of these 2 I simply do not understand.

    Both Sharma & Chawla are overhyped cricketers who were thought to be the big ones when they were doing debu but its for everyone to see now that what they are ..

    Rohit needs to put string of significant performances to justify his potential. Talent alone can not be the measure. If you can't perform and domestic level/IPL how you can at top level

  • vpyati on March 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    A much deserved place for Vinay Kumar.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Where's Manish Pandey? Why not Kohli in place of Pathan? When will indian selectors reward learn to blood new players in the side..

    I am totally dis-appointed with the squad,this is almost the same aquad which failed to deliver in england and in one-days they are saved by Sachin...

    Yuvi is out of form,Sehwag and Gambhir aren't in any form either and fast bowling looks terribly out of depth for death bowling....

    In place of chawla either mishra or ojha should have been picked and instead of Rohit Sharma and Pathan- Pandey and Kohli/Uthappa should have been picked.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    good balanced side....i think in place of rohit sharma, thre can be a new face...

  • Putar on March 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    very good team, would have still liked irfan in there as a seaming all rounder..and kohli over rohit possibly.

  • me007 on March 26, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Hmmm... They should have gone for Virat Kohli instead of out of form Yuvi.. Anyhw., hope Yusuf fires this time for his national side which he generally avoids.. Lets see if Yuvi can get back into his groove by the end of IPL. Good Luck for the Indian Team..!

  • DattatreyaHeroor on March 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Manish Pandey had a very good IPL 2009 and is continuing his good form in IPL 2010, its really surprising to see he is not included in the squad. Vinay Kumar's selection is justified given his form in the Ranaji and IPL 2010. Surprising to see Piyush Chawla being selected ahead of Amit Mishra, who is having good time in IPL 2010. Everyone knows how Suresh Raina plays the short balls, given his form in IPL 2010 his selection can be justified, however, how long the selectors will continue with Rohit Sharma, he is not in that good form and is having an average IPL 2010. I think selectors should have selected other promising youngsters than him. No doubt Yuvraj can not be left out, but I dont think he is 100% fit, and is the most injury pron player currently. If he gets injured during the tournament, then India will have problems with one player short as they can not replace him at that stage, same goes with Ashish Nehra. Hope India does well this time.... All the best India....

  • VishalH on March 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I dont think this is the best side. Irfan looks in brilliant touch and deserved a chance. If anyone has mastered spin bowling this ipl other than bhajji, its Murali karthik.. he is simply outstanding. Why does Rohit and Jadeja get a place ahead of new guys like shikhar dhawan, Sathish. Ashish Nehra is not even in his best form right now and not even playing IPL we surely have better bowlers. Ishant himself looks to be coming back in Form.

    I have a problem with Rohit and Jadeja, mainly rohit because he has got so many opportunities and has amazing talent, but loses his wicket after a start almost regularly.

    hate this squad... whats the point of IPL if you aint gonna consider those players.

  • HARI_KIRAN_the_NATURE on March 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I am sure and it is true that, Robin Uthappa is the best choice than Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer khan, Ashish Nehra and Rohit Sharma. I can also say Robin Uthappa is better than Gautam Gambhir.

    Robin is playing very well for last 1 year. He is scoring at blistering strike rates in domestic tournaments. There is some thing going wrong in Selection committee against Robin Uthappa.

    What will you say about this friends....!

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    What has Piyush Chawla done to warrant to place in the side when you already have Harbhajan Singh,Ravindra Jadeja,Yuvraj singh,Yusuf Pathan,Suresh Raina and if required Virendra Sehwag to do spinning duties?Virat Kohli missing out is not a good sign as he has always done well whenever given a chance.I think either another batsmen (Virat Kohli who's also a good fielder) or maybe someone like Irfan Pathan if fit could have been considered.Vinay Kumar deserves a chance in fact he should have been given a chance in the Test series earlier.The fast bowling looks a bit thin though.

  • suneetsingh05 on March 26, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    shocking to see that virat kohli is not in the squad and I think pragyan ohja is a better spinner than chawla

  • GemsBond on March 26, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    What kohli has done wrong? And what Rohit has done extraordinary to get in? Shrikanth has only few players and is happy to rotate them...Well played Musical Chair Shrikanth...

  • royalg on March 26, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    its a gud team, with loads of allrounders in which is gud to see, but there is one young indian batsman who will be very dissapointed at tat is MANISH PANDEY, what does does he hav to do to be in the indian team, leading run scorer in ranji, soo far has done well for RCB, excellent fielder. i thought the selectors might hav given irfan and robin uthappa a chance after them doing well in the ipl. dissapointed tat india hav selected 2 people who r not fully fit in nehra and gambhir, wat r the chances they will be ready in time, why not jsu pick to fit players. anyway GUD LUCK TO THE INDIAN TEAM and hope mahi can bring the cup bak home :D

  • Nishan329 on March 26, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Where s Uttappa and Pandey ??

    Such a nice performance by both the players. Not to be seen in the India's 15-man squad.

    Why is Piyush Chawla included in the team when already the spinners "Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan " are there in the team and Vinay Kumar when there are Blowers like "Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra" are there ??

  • bitap on March 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Its very surprising that Robin Uthappa is ignored again..did he steal Dhoni's girl friend?

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Vinay Kumar's Selection is good. He has domestic season as well as IPL. But i dont think Piyush Chawla deserve a place. If selectors wants to go with leggie only then Amit Mishra is a better option.

  • EDWIN_KIMBERLY_KIMCLIJSTERS on March 26, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    kohli must have been in the squad , he is the only YOUNGSTER to perform well in last 4 months

  • Sankcool on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Where the hell is Manish Pandey.....come on guys...

  • boredkumar on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? What has he done to warrant a place above Virat Kohli? and wasn't the last T20 world cup a big disaster for Rohit? Do the selectors think that bowlers will be happy bowling full pitched to him and not test him with short pitched stuff??

  • shmohan on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Selectors have made the same mistake in taking injured players like they did for the World Cup. IPL has thrown so many new talents. Why we are not bold enough to groom new talent? My own reckoning is that Yuvi will be another failure. Even Dhoni may not last the entire tournament.

    Bleak prospects for India indeed!!!

  • vinay.amar on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    On what basis is Chawla selected? Vinay Kumar is rewarded for his excellent Domestic and IPL performance. Murali Karthik should have been selected and if they wanted a leggie, Amit Mishra is a better choice.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Vinay was somewhat expected...bt picking Chawla and Rohit is surprising...especially when Virat was nt selected...Irfan could have been a dark horse..n hope Gauti n Nehra recover well in time...

  • maxr on March 26, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Bad Selection. Virat kohli shud have been included. He is far more talented and proven his skills when compared with rohit sharma

  • shshyash on March 26, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Really worst team choosen by Selector... 3 regular spiner?? Harbharjan & Karthik are enough why picked up Chawla... why selecting 4 fast bolwer??? we know that our pace bolwer are not so good and there is ques on Nehra Fitness... Why utthapa not selected?? not good team ane Rohit sharma didn't perform well at international level...

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    why piyush chawla?? hard to understand Indian selectors...Virat Kohli should count himself seriously unlucky...not sure Vinay Kumar is the right choice, he just doesn't have enough pace to trouble top class batsmen, having said that he is doing pretty well in the current IPL, only time will tell but at the moment he should count himself lucky. Otherwise the squad looks pretty much on the expected lines. Hope this break does good to Ishant, India needs him badly...

  • G2win on March 26, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    again politics in selecting the team why piyush chawla rohit sharma were picked is questionalble

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    A good team selection,but I would have prefered Ishant over Nehra and Manish Pandey over Rohit given their performance in the IPL-3.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Why rohit sharma? Is he playing better than Utthappa and Kohli/Manish Pandey? And why piyush chawla when we won't see him playing at all in the tournament since harbhajan and jadeja are there. It seems it's gonna be another disastrous icc tourney for India. Really bizarre from selectors to not include an extra allrounder or batsmen like kohli/Utthappa!

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    virat is the unlucky one he has the power & also he is a good fielder.what tilted in favour of rohit sharma that he can also bowl, this 20-20 worldcup will be all about utility players..... vinay kumar deserved the place but picking injured players may harm india.......

  • eswa on March 26, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    where is the man in form uthappa, who single handedly turned the match in RCBs favour on more than one occasions and the owner of maximum no. of sixes. what the guy rohit sharma doing there for almost three years now.. why chawla has been picked in front of mishra (and ojha) who is been doing wonderfully for the DDs and for india. where is irfan pathan for the balance in the side. this team is going to repeat the famous drubbings as in 09 . MY fav team to win are AUS(with nannes,tait and johnson), pak and WI

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Karnataka's seamer Vinay Kumar is the new face in T20 squad for the world cup.... Mishy misses the cut;Pissy is bak...~

  • Rajit on March 26, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Well Selectors can't please everyone...but they certainly have pleased Rohit Sharma.Why is he in the squad? Virat Kohli with some solid limited overs form for India in not to distant past or Manish Pandey with super domestic season behind him ought to have been picked ahead of Rohit Sharma,who talks more about fast cars & bikes instead of converting his talent in the form some solid scores for India.Rest of the guys pick themselves but not sure how far will India go in this T20 WC after the razzmatazz of IPL ends...

  • Sharan.Kakkar on March 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should be there in place of Vinay Kumar

  • HARRYKING on March 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    where is robin name man ???????????.robin in place of rohit would have been grt...

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Piyush Chawla??!!! What is the basis of this selection? Ravindra Jadeja has been a moderate success in limited overs and definitely should be the automatic choice.

    Personally Irfan Pathan definitely deserves a place in the squad and baffles me on why he is being left in the cold!

  • raulraj on March 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    1.dhoni 2.sehwag,3. ghambhir 4.yousuf 5. irfan 6. jadeja 7.nayar 8.parveen 9.vinay 10. chawla 11.zaheer 12. rohit 13. raina 14.yuvraj15. harbhajan

    Nehara is not worth trying.....i think munaf, nehara, murli karthik, parthiv patel, dinesh karthik and balaji are done with indian team...

  • stargazer on March 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should have been there, given his form. Yusuf Pathan is not consistent.

  • sathishvaiju on March 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    It seems good, but still missing manish pandey in the squad.

  • Rahul_crick_talk on March 26, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I think most people will agree with this squad. I think Virat Kohli and Robin Uthappa are unlucky to miss out though. I am glad about Ishant however - he certainly isn't cut out for T20. If he is to improve he needs far more variations.

  • lifeiscric on March 26, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    hell yeah of a team i hope it wins

  • Vrij on March 26, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I'm not sure if Nehra should have been in. He's not fully fit and we do not know about his current form. An Irfan or even a Sreesanth might have been better. Nothing against Chawla, but Ojha might have been a tad better given his success in the shortest version of the game.

  • Rake1 on March 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    I like the squad. Would have like to see Uthappa in squad.

  • khanshadab on March 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    good selection. but i dont know why irfan is not included in the squad same as for Manish pandey.

    Selection of piyush chawla is good as he can bat also. But vinay kumar selection is strange.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Srikkanth and co have successfully lived up to Mohinder Amarnath's description of selectors as a "bunch of jokers" by selecting for the World T20, two players who aren't even playing in the IPL right now!

  • aneeshkurian on March 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Tendulkar has the responsibility to score for the team, when he's in such a form. It is sad to hear that he has chosen to leave international 20-20.

  • patelzinith on March 26, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    I think RP Singh should be selected in place of Praveen Kumar or Vinay Kumar. He has very good T20 experience. Also, its bad luck for Kohli to be dropped.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Srikkanth and co have successfully lived up to Mohinder Amarnath's description of selectors as a "bunch of jokers" by selecting for the World T20, two players who aren't even playing in the IPL right now!

  • Nishan329 on March 26, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Where s Uttappa and Pandey ??

    Such a nice performance by both the players. Not to be seen in the India's 15-man squad.

    Why is Piyush Chawla included in the team when already the spinners "Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan " are there in the team and Vinay Kumar when there are Blowers like "Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra" are there ??

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    What more Manish pandey need to do to get into the team? What has Rohit sharma done to stay ? One good thing is that atleast Vinay got a place...

  • JUSTFORKIX on March 26, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    wow, suprirising to see Chawla picked ahead of Ojha !! Also, ROhit ahead of Kohli !! Bad decision to leave Irfan out !!

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    manish pandey shud hav been selected...

  • pandya-punters on March 26, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Where the hell is Amit Mishra? He is far better bowler than Chawla ?

  • nickstar10 on March 26, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    i guess varat kohli is anytime in better form then yuvraj... y indian selectors give unnecessary importance to yuvraj? i feel he is more intrested in modelling and checking out girls... more desparate to get married or hooked up with someone... he shold be left out of the team.....

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pande - We will miss you at World Twenty20

  • SupertrampMS on March 26, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Rohit Sharma ahead of Manish,Uthappa and Kohli is certainly surprising since Rohit hasn't done anything gr8 recently....

  • TMS8137 on March 26, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Chawla absolutely does not deserve to be part of this squad. The second spinner's spot should have gone to Amit mishra who has more talent and experience. The sad state of selection in Indian cricket has reared its head again. Come on Kris! With all the talking you can surely do better than this!!

  • JogeshPanda on March 26, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Virat is far better than Rohit Sharma. He is always a dissapointment

  • yogikamat on March 26, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Where is Manish Pandey and kohli??

  • Team_Josh on March 26, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Why they left out Amit Mishra ? I can't see the logic to picking Piyush Chawla above him. Even Ojha is better I think. Why they picked Rohit Sharma, who played a significant innings years back ? I think Robin Uttappa deserved a call as his current form suggests. Poor selection.

  • Zaeb on March 26, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    no place for manish pandey.. and piyush getting a berth....surprised to see. this.. but overall team composition is good.. the selectors did very correct.. for not giving ishant and sreesanth a place...

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Dear Sreekanth... congratulations... Better team, too better

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Our selectors have gone out of their minds. No Amit Mishra and instead they chose Chawla. OMG! They picked up the team with closed eyes.

  • coolvis on March 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    The trio of RCB Robin, Pandey and Kohli left out

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    too sad tht kohli wasn't selected .....dunno wht's gone to the selectors damn........he's the man in form otherwise uthappa or pandey ......omg too bad a slection....on this part......jadeja well i dunno why he's got in again.......luck favours him again .........even rohit he looks a bit off.....cummon selectors too bad :(

  • mayurbaruah on March 26, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Its a nice balanced team being selected for the World T20. Looks really incomplete without Sachin Tendulkar but his decision has to be respected to say the least. Hope India clinches the title and revives the old memories of 2007 Inaugural World T20 Tournament. Cheerzz!!

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma doesn't deserve to be in the squad. I feel Manish Pandey hasn't been given his due ..... what more does he need to do to break in to the national squad??? Also surprised by Virat Kohli's exclusion. Glad to see Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth aren't part of the T20 WC squad.

  • ashish2007 on March 26, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    no amit mishra? surprising even after good performances in IPL..

  • splendorskies18 on March 26, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    The selectors have played it safe..Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have been good in the IPL,One of them could have been in the squad ahead of Rohit Sharma..

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I am really surprised that how Piyush chawla and Rohit sharma in to the team, was they really deserve for this spot????

    Bad selection finally!!!!! :(

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Bcci again ignore good n talented player like virat koli,robin uthapa,

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    What has Chawla done to merit a place in the team. Murali karthik should have been picked.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I am really surprised that how Piyush chawla and Rohit sharma in to the team, was they really deserve for this spot????

    Bad selection finally!!!!! :(

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    What about robin uthappa...

  • Sanjeevakki on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Congrats to Davangere BOY Vinay for making it to the INDIAN Cricket Team and Best of Luck for Team India......

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    saurabh tiwary should have got a chance..hes a promising batsman

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Vinay Kumar really deserved a chance to be a part of Indian T20 WC squad and its amazing not to see Manish Pandey & Virat Kohli not getting a place in the T20 squad.Hope this team would get the T20 WC back to India. Wishing them all the very best for team India.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    No Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa, this is unbelievable. Why do you conduct IPL when you can't select good performing players in them.

  • 12thman on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Good squad. No one seems to have gootenn a free entry. Its a pity Sachin couldn't play.

  • kapil__goyal on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Why the hell did they take piyush chawla, we all know he is not going to play even if Harbhajan is out. Instead they should have gone for Irfan Pathan. Also I am quite surprised by the inclusion of DInesh Karthik ahead of Uthappa who is in tremendous form and can keep if required.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Good Team, EXCELLENT....EXCELLENT...EXCELLENT , Sree santh too waste...

  • davebhaskar on March 26, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Why Robin Uthappa is not in the team??

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on March 26, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Piyush Chawla : either the selectors are visionaries or they are having hallucinations.

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  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on March 26, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Piyush Chawla : either the selectors are visionaries or they are having hallucinations.

  • davebhaskar on March 26, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Why Robin Uthappa is not in the team??

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Good Team, EXCELLENT....EXCELLENT...EXCELLENT , Sree santh too waste...

  • kapil__goyal on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Why the hell did they take piyush chawla, we all know he is not going to play even if Harbhajan is out. Instead they should have gone for Irfan Pathan. Also I am quite surprised by the inclusion of DInesh Karthik ahead of Uthappa who is in tremendous form and can keep if required.

  • 12thman on March 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Good squad. No one seems to have gootenn a free entry. Its a pity Sachin couldn't play.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    No Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa, this is unbelievable. Why do you conduct IPL when you can't select good performing players in them.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Vinay Kumar really deserved a chance to be a part of Indian T20 WC squad and its amazing not to see Manish Pandey & Virat Kohli not getting a place in the T20 squad.Hope this team would get the T20 WC back to India. Wishing them all the very best for team India.

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    saurabh tiwary should have got a chance..hes a promising batsman

  • Sanjeevakki on March 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Congrats to Davangere BOY Vinay for making it to the INDIAN Cricket Team and Best of Luck for Team India......

  • on March 26, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    What about robin uthappa...