ICC World Twenty20 2010 March 26, 2010

Vinay and Chawla in World Twenty20 squad

Cricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2010, 9:18 GMT

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

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