ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 20, 2010

Sehwag out of World Twenty20

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India opener Virender Sehwag has suffered a shoulder injury, which has ruled him out of the ICC World Twenty20 beginning in the West Indies on April 30. Sehwag has been advised rest for three to four weeks, and has been replaced by Tamil Nadu batsman M Vijay in the 15-man squad, the BCCI said in a statement. Gautam Gambhir will be the vice-captain.

The BCCI statement, however, did not mention how or when Sehwag sustained the injury but the batsman later said via Twitter that he had a tear in his rotator cuff muscle. Sehwag played all 14 IPL league matches for Delhi Daredevils, scoring 356 runs at an average of 25, his last appearance being on April 18. He was deemed fit when included in the World Twenty20 squad so it's likely the injury occurred during Delhi's IPL campaign.

The blow is similar to the one India suffered before the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. Sehwag had sustained a shoulder injury during the 2009 IPL in South Africa, shortly before the World Twenty20 was due to begin. He travelled with the squad to England, but was not able to play a game. India were eliminated without winning a game in the second round.

His replacement, Vijay, has been in aggressive form for Chennai Super Kings, scoring 417 runs, including a century, at an average of 38. He has been India's back-up opener for Tests and ODIs as well.

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  • D.S.A on April 25, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    @ lakx - I'm not confusing class and form. People who are picking Uthappa or Vijay, which is most, are doing so, which I am not. Nobody would have picked Vijay before the IPL, and most people wouldn't have picked Uthappa. However, now that the IPL has ended, people are picking them purely because of IPL FORM, which is pretty meaningless. Pitches will not be as batsmen-friendly as the ones in the Carribean, so playing well in India isn't, or atleast shouldn't, be a means for picking players. Also, I'm not sure why you are quoting stats when there is little context behind them. Do they mention if a player scored a lot of runs against the strongest sides, or weakest sides? Do they say if the high scores are against a weak or strong side....and the same can be said about the rest of the stats you quoted. The point is that there is little context behind it, so it is almost meaningless.

  • on April 24, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    ah, i think his is a big loss fr the Indian...No doubt he is one of the best T20 players present....A gr8 opener..!...will b a shame to not able to c him in WC games.

  • on April 24, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    This not true shewag play not well so murali vijay come to t20... :-x

  • Alexk400 on April 23, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Uthappa should be selected before karthik in T20.

    DK is a finisher? psst. i think some people should not allowed to speak...it is almost like they are canvassing for selections.

    Murali Vijay is a new guy in the block. People do not know much about him. Once they do film study they will make him make false shot. He does pick up SIX very well. Not easy...you have to time it correct or you will be caught leg side. Almost like he raining in his forest nowadays. What ever he is doing now is clicking. May be he got physically strong? Mentally strong?. Hope he keeps his aggressive nature. People overhype when you do well and drop into nadir when you fail few times. So keeping agressive batting is not easy thing to do. Good luck to him.

  • ASK3 on April 23, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    See! This is the problem with Indian cricket at the moment. The preference is always given to North India. I agree that some good players emerged from North India, but we have some nice talent lined up in South India and the players are never given the nod to play at International level. But when one South Indian is selected for the team then he only has one game to prove himself. Yet North Indians are given multiple chances to prove themselves even when they are not performing. It will take a long time before this bias ends and until then South Indian cricketers can just forget their dreams of playing for India.

  • on April 23, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    This is going to help! Sehwag is there best player on the T20 team! No chances of India winning

  • BoomBoomAdnan on April 22, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    doesnt matter who they select pakistan will win

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I think is MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about his selction in relation to bias. He is one of the best palyers in this year's IPL and he has been performing well in the first class too. Furthermore, the player required to fill the slot due to Sehwag's loss is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other players.

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I think MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about this in relation to selection bias. He is one of the best player in this season's ipl and he has been very good in domestic circuit too. Furthermore, the required batsmen to fill gap of Sehwg is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other palyers.

  • siddhant_gupta on April 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Let's hope that Yuvraj's lackluster performance in the ipl is due to some ego problem with his franchise and is not a form problem because if it is then India should be facing tough times in west indies with sehwag also out with a shoulder injury!!!!

  • D.S.A on April 25, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    @ lakx - I'm not confusing class and form. People who are picking Uthappa or Vijay, which is most, are doing so, which I am not. Nobody would have picked Vijay before the IPL, and most people wouldn't have picked Uthappa. However, now that the IPL has ended, people are picking them purely because of IPL FORM, which is pretty meaningless. Pitches will not be as batsmen-friendly as the ones in the Carribean, so playing well in India isn't, or atleast shouldn't, be a means for picking players. Also, I'm not sure why you are quoting stats when there is little context behind them. Do they mention if a player scored a lot of runs against the strongest sides, or weakest sides? Do they say if the high scores are against a weak or strong side....and the same can be said about the rest of the stats you quoted. The point is that there is little context behind it, so it is almost meaningless.

  • on April 24, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    ah, i think his is a big loss fr the Indian...No doubt he is one of the best T20 players present....A gr8 opener..!...will b a shame to not able to c him in WC games.

  • on April 24, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    This not true shewag play not well so murali vijay come to t20... :-x

  • Alexk400 on April 23, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Uthappa should be selected before karthik in T20.

    DK is a finisher? psst. i think some people should not allowed to speak...it is almost like they are canvassing for selections.

    Murali Vijay is a new guy in the block. People do not know much about him. Once they do film study they will make him make false shot. He does pick up SIX very well. Not easy...you have to time it correct or you will be caught leg side. Almost like he raining in his forest nowadays. What ever he is doing now is clicking. May be he got physically strong? Mentally strong?. Hope he keeps his aggressive nature. People overhype when you do well and drop into nadir when you fail few times. So keeping agressive batting is not easy thing to do. Good luck to him.

  • ASK3 on April 23, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    See! This is the problem with Indian cricket at the moment. The preference is always given to North India. I agree that some good players emerged from North India, but we have some nice talent lined up in South India and the players are never given the nod to play at International level. But when one South Indian is selected for the team then he only has one game to prove himself. Yet North Indians are given multiple chances to prove themselves even when they are not performing. It will take a long time before this bias ends and until then South Indian cricketers can just forget their dreams of playing for India.

  • on April 23, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    This is going to help! Sehwag is there best player on the T20 team! No chances of India winning

  • BoomBoomAdnan on April 22, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    doesnt matter who they select pakistan will win

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I think is MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about his selction in relation to bias. He is one of the best palyers in this year's IPL and he has been performing well in the first class too. Furthermore, the player required to fill the slot due to Sehwag's loss is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other players.

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I think MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about this in relation to selection bias. He is one of the best player in this season's ipl and he has been very good in domestic circuit too. Furthermore, the required batsmen to fill gap of Sehwg is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other palyers.

  • siddhant_gupta on April 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Let's hope that Yuvraj's lackluster performance in the ipl is due to some ego problem with his franchise and is not a form problem because if it is then India should be facing tough times in west indies with sehwag also out with a shoulder injury!!!!

  • shankar1986 on April 22, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    HI, WHY EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT SELECTION OF VJ? THERE ARE OTHER PLAYERS WHO ARE THERE IN THE TEAM WITHOUT ANY PERFORMANCE IN THE IPL OR ANY OTHER TOURNAMENT. WHAT ABOUT R.JADEJA? NOT PLAYED ANY MATCH IN IPL, I DONOT REMEMBER WHEN HE HAS PERFORMED WELL AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL WHEN GIVEN CHANCE. JADEJA HAS BEEN TAKEN AS ALL-ROUNDER BUT IN IPL MANY ALL-ROUNDERS HAS PERFORMED VERY WELL AND ATLEAST THEIR TEAM HAS SHOWN CONFIDENCE ON THEM BUT FOR JADEJA NON OF THE IPL TEAM HAS EVEN THOUGHT FOR TAKING HIM IN THE TEAM BUT HE HAS PLACE IN THE NATIONAL TEAM. it is not good for india

  • IPL_is_Thrash on April 22, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

  • onlinegamer55 on April 22, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    It's really amazing that 539 comments have been posted to date. Personally, I believe that Murali Vijay deserves an opportunity; after all, you've got to pick players based on form, especially since this is Twenty20. By that certificate, the players are narrowed down to about 5 in the IPL. Yes, guys like Jadeja haven't played in the IPL, but if the selectors know he is a good T20 player, he should definitely be picked on that merit. Back to Vijay, he is one of the only Indian centurions in the IPL 2010 thus far, and has looked in amazing form. He probably got the edge over other players in form because he's already had international experience. Remember Suresh Raina being called up to the test squad recently against South Africa? There were far better candidates but the selectors wanted international experience. In this case, Vijay is one of the best candidates; if someone can name a better candidate in terms of recent IPL form, I'll correct myself.

  • D.S.A on April 22, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I was meant to type - Cricket-crazy country*

  • cimrsimg on April 22, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    @avikatailiha - No doubt Vijay is good. But regarding Jadeja, get your facts corrected. It was unfortunate that he was not in IPL for whatsoever reason. But look at the ODI series India played before that. He emerged as a consistent economical bowler. He bagged couple of MoM as well on his talent. And he is not a big hitter of the ball, but chipped in with good contribution lower down the order. So it's unfair to say that Jadeja is there in team without any performance.

    @Neeta - Agreed that Irfan is cool headed compared to Yusuf. But Yusuf is there due to his hot headed approach of taking attack to opposition. Yes, his failure rate is high, but on his day, he turns the match single handedly. And Persistence pays. Look at Mumbai Indian, Kieron Pollard did not click for quite long. But last couple of matches, it was one man show. Sachin always mentioned in all his interviews, KP will come to party soon. And his faith paid off. Dhoni is doing the same for Yusuf. You need him for 20-20.

  • D.S.A on April 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Wow. In the cricket-crazy cricket that is India, boasting the biggest fan base of all test-playing nations, its ashameful that there are only two players who come into most people's mind when an opener is injured. That's pretty pathetic. There should be 4 - 5 top class replacements somewhere in India, but by the looks of it, there isn't. Hope that this situation isn't a long-term trend as I want to see India win convincingly in this tournament.

  • RobinUthapa on April 22, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    I heard that Yuvi is also out due to some unexpected injuiry and now the selectors are thinking of Uthapa to replace yuvi.........

  • on April 22, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    vijay is the best.. :)...............

  • Neeta on April 22, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    I believe selectors have made a right decision by giving Murali Vijay a place in the team.The guy is extrmely sound and cool under the pressure and flat pitches in the Windies should help his style of play.As far as Robin Uthappa is concerned,he should perform even better to come back into the Indian team.The team has to be selected out of the 30 probables and Robin had not performed well enough by that period of time toget into the reckoning.Also,Yusuf Pathan is an overhyped player.The guy performs in 1 out of 10 matches and gets selected into the team again and again.His brother Irfan is a much better player than him.The reason for this-All bowlers get smashed around in T20 so Irfan would not fare much better than others.But his calm and composed batting batting will help India in the pressure situations.My ideal team for T20-Gautam Gambhir,Murali Vijay,yuvraj singh,suresh raina,MS Dhoni,Irfan Pathan,Ravindra Jadeja,Harbhajan Singh,Praveen Kumar,Zaheer Khan.

  • RobinUthapa on April 22, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    I think Vijay's selection is the best choice compared to the current young players. Vijay is much more better than Robin in all aspects and also he plays lot of cricketing shot and he has the capability to hit beyond the rope in a impressive manner.

  • wanderer1 on April 22, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    I blame the PCB. Enough said. And let that be the end of that.

  • dislikeipl on April 22, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    @ cricket observer... Well DK is the second best WK in India after Dhoni. Today we just saw that robin was not even able to keep that well for kevin pietersen(part timer). commentators were telling the problems of make shift wicket keeping. I know that robin was a keeper but he has given up keeping for long time now. Keeping is a skill just like batting and bowling, u leave it for a while and u loose touch. In T20, even 3-5 runs byes can make a big difference. more over coming to batting both DK and RU are unreliable so nothing matters.Infact i can say that DK is a clever T20 batsman.. Selectors cant risk by leaving out DK and have just 1 keeper(dhoni) in the side with amount of cricket played these days. Anything may happen.

  • avikatailiha on April 22, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    HI, WHY EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT SELECTION OF VJ? THERE ARE OTHER PLAYERS WHO ARE THERE IN THE TEAM WITHOUT ANY PERFORMANCE IN THE IPL OR ANY OTHER TOURNAMENT. WHAT ABOUT R.JADEJA? NOT PLAYED ANY MATCH IN IPL, I DONOT REMEMBER WHEN HE HAS PERFORMED WELL AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL WHEN GIVEN CHANCE. JADEJA HAS BEEN TAKEN AS ALL-ROUNDER BUT IN IPL MANY ALL-ROUNDERS HAS PERFORMED VERY WELL AND ATLEAST THEIR TEAM HAS SHOWN CONFIDENCE ON THEM BUT FOR JADEJA NON OF THE IPL TEAM HAS EVEN THOUGHT FOR TAKING HIM IN THE TEAM BUT HE HAS PLACE IN THE NATIONAL TEAM.

  • on April 22, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    this is happen just for ipl,indian player should consious about that,they forgot what their importance and responsibiltyfor their country,

  • RobinUthapa on April 22, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    It looks like the issue is between Tamil Nadu(Vijay) and Karnataka(Robin). I don't know why the people are trying to bring politics in this cricket. Pls remember that both the state are in India and don't fight with each other. Lets pray that India will win this WC. Cheers...................

  • RobinUthapa on April 22, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Dear all, Can you able to stop all this non-sense comments. Why you are wasting your valuabe time in arguing Robin Vs Vijay. It is the responsibility of the selectors to choose the best player. If the selector has choosen Vijay then they need to answer if Vijay has a poor runs in the WC. Pls try to spend time with your family and give more importance to your kid, family and your job. All the pupil in India are Stupid and they will consider the Cricket game as their religion or God. If their team win then they will give lot of praise and even worship their player. If their team losses then they will burn the house of their favourite player. This shows how the pupil are stupid. It is rediculous to see more than 500 comments to argue on this simple matter.

  • SRIDWI on April 22, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Friends, going by the comments made by Alex 400....India should not pick players like dhoni, gambhir, dinesh, yuvraj, yousuf pathan, murali vijay, dravid, sachin, kumble, ganguly and so on....then who are the players who can fit in...will it be gavaskar, shastri, kapil (not possible as he is not in good books with BCCI), prasanna, chandrasekar, venkat, srikkanth himself (again, he will be blamed that by virtue of his power and also being a tamilnadu cricketer, he has selected himself), chetan sharma, maninder singh, binny etc.....or to promote young talents, can the team be...Naman ojya, irfan pathan, harmeet singh, shalab srivatsava, pragyan ohja, ashwin (tamil nadu again), uthapa, manish pande, virat kohli, rayudu, sourab tiwari, manoj tiwari, ishant sharma, etc...(again chika will be blammed that he has selected a India B team for the world cup and he should step down)...Guys, selecting a team is not that easy and even after selected, if they dont perform?..

  • Rajeev27 on April 22, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Most of you people here are just talking rubbish about the selection of Murali Vijay. Even someone is criticizing selecting players from Tamil Nadu.How many players from Tamil Nadu have got a chance to represent INDIA? How many times Badrinath has been able to play a match after selected in the team? You people say Srikanth is playing politics in team selection. It is not the case. All these years the Tamil Nadu players have been in the sidelines. They will be selected in the probables list but will not be in the final team. This is the case. You kannadigas have five players from your state in the National team some time ago. But when one Tamil guy is selected to the team, you talk rubbish. Look at the performances of Robin Uthappa in this IPL 2010. Then you comment on him being overlooked. With regards to Kohli, the same applies. One last thing, Robin Singh was overlooked and was in the sidelines till 1997 only because he played for Tamil Nadu.

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on April 22, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Dinesh Karthick gives excuse for his selection as second wicket keeper. Then plays as a specilist batsman and delivers nothing. This joke is happening for a long long time. Can anyone in the whole cricket world can justify DK selection over Robin uttappa. At lease Murali Vijay is good batsman. people suspect srikanth because of DK not Vijay. vijay just added oil to fire

  • itssachin on April 22, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    How come on this eartyh sehwag got injured overnight after the last mathch for the Delhi IPL team..with no visible injury sustained on the field.....????? There is somrthing fishy behind the scene.. it simply cannot hppen to him just before the T20 World cup gain.. hummmm maye be his rift with MSD is behind that............................................

  • CricCarzyFan on April 22, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    An opener should be replaced with an opener. Though Uthappa was once an opener, he got used playing in the middle order. He has failed as a opener in last year IPL as well. Probably selectors could have considered Uthappa over Dinesh Karthik who has failed miserably for DD. Also Uthappa can keep wickets. Another weak link in Indian team for T20 WC is Yousuf Pathan. He is living on Media hype. In the whole of IPL2010 he has scored over fifty in just 2 matches and failed in all other matches. He may be a hit once in a while(2 out of 14 matches), but in WC we have 2 to 3 league matches before knock out stage. Let us hope Dhoni picks right playing XI.

  • raulraj on April 22, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Alexk400......do u really watch cricket man??? where were you when kumble took banglore to final??? benglore is good team not best. please dont comment on sachin tendulkar.....he is the man......i dont know how old r u but i guess he has won many matches then you have scored marks in ur class. mumbai is good team but sachin made them best it was because of him they are in finals. everyone is bound to fail sometimes thats why they play 11 players in team not just sachin. he might not be a good captain but he knows how to pick a team. kumble and ganguly dont know how to select team.

  • santhoo24 on April 22, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    All I can feel.. Most of u are more biased and at times, racist, in regards to MV selection. I hope his case is not a biased decision. In any case, no body can satisfy everybody. There will be discrepancies all the time. Some of u think MV's selection is pure politics, which maybe may not be the case, but at least he's doing good in IPL. Hope he does good. I am not sure how many accepted Dhoni being made captain as a good move but it turns out he's more than just a good captain. I hope it's the case with MV as well. To some "DIEHARD IYERS/IYENGARS" stop being under false impression that since MV is a Iyer/Iyengar he's doing good. There may be many good player who are not recognized. MV may be lucky that his talent is recognized, nothing more nothing less.

    GL Team India.

  • dislikeipl on April 22, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Oops... 520 comments and still counting.... few days back when MV was selected for 3rd odi against SA, u guys started to argue abt manish pandey and now its robin!!! looking at the 1st class and list A avg, I feel that MV is better than many others of the current generation. I feel it a selection based on merit and not based on region. After all we are all indians yaar and for gods sake plz stop criticizing the selectors. I could see many people criticizing the selectors but not the IPL. first of all lets stop supporting this luccha tournament which makes many player injured and hurting their national duties. There's something fishy re. the injury of sehwag. Its he who should be blamed for playing the IPL even after knowing that he is not physically at his best. Never mind lets wish our players good luck and hope they put a good display in the WC 20 20. its the attitude to win that matters than the result. All the best INDIA. Plz dont mix politics in cricket.. Chak de india....

  • mohansureshTN on April 22, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Who said that vijay is not a good replacement for sehwag? he is a wonderful technical player with his elegant footwork and bat speed. Those who discourages him, just see his first class and list A records and compare them with rohit sharma or suresh raina. sehwag is a wonderful player. But in his absence , vijay is the BETTER REPLACEMENT. so let him play and prove himself. all the best for INDIA. JAI HO...

  • mohansureshTN on April 22, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    who said that Vijay's selection is wrong? He's a wonderful player with his beautiful footwork and bat speed. It is not right to say that he is selected because of srikkanth. you can see his records in first class and List A, and compare them with suresh raina or rohit sharma. he scored more runs in minimum no of matches.Sehwag is a good player of his own style. we'll really miss him a lot. But still Vijay is the RIGHT REPLACEMENT for sehwag.

  • Iyer on April 22, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    i don't see anything wrong with Vijay's selection. Thank god finally we are seeing few cricketers from madras representing the national team. The last 3 decades saw the national team dominated by guys from bombay and bangalore. This is just a cycle. The next decade would be dominated by madrasis. It is good to see few tamil iyers represented in the national team. After all, iyers are very talented in any field.

  • maestrorulez on April 21, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    We have seen the 1st semi final and came to know what Uthappa did let's wait & watch the 2nd also and see what Vijay's is up to?

  • cheeseburgers on April 21, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    few more casualties will follow..let IPL finish :(

  • on April 21, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    @ lonelywalker: karthick is in team as a back up for msd not as a main player. its indeed sad not to see sehwag again in world twenty 20.

  • hear on April 21, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Holy moly!!!!

    508 comments!!!, and still counting......

    Well, Sehawag's absence is a blow for sure, becoz he's an unconventional batsman, so the bowlers can't detect his weakness...

    Whereas Vijay is very technically sound, so the bowlers can design a method to trouble him.....

    Only good news is that, Vijay can play short ball better than Sehwag...

  • durai86 on April 21, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    All those who say regional politics, i think we should get selectors from some other country to satisfy you people.even then you ll find some reasons ..i dont know why you people are so pessimistic .when ever srikanth selects Muralivijay or badrinath or Dinesh karthik few people dont hesitate to say favouritism.Why cant those Royal challengers banglore guys promote robin uthappa to opening if he is performing that well ...probably they can reach 200 all the time right with feilding restrictions in place.Dont complain finishers role there are guys like VIrat kohli,K.pietersen,Ross taylor,Cameron white in their line up who are also best finishers.Uthappa was in very poor form in Ranjis ,Vijay hazare trophy before IPL but Vijay has been consistent and topper in Ranji,Vijay hazare trophy also IPL (mind u he was selected in tests and didnt play his full quota of matches in ranjis but topper in terms of batting average and no.of 50s and hundreds).Also see the stats and justify the things.

  • ganny008 on April 21, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    well... I am from Karnataka and i seriously feel that Vijay's selction over any other player, especially uthappa is absolutely correct.... Uthappa is technically very weak when compared to Vijay... RB's game for the day depends more on luck as well..... Also,i feel we should throw Vinay Kumar out of the team as well.... he is just another over-rated bowler who is not supposed to be in 100 member squad... Anyways.... Lets hope Indian team brings home the world cup......All the best team India !!!!

  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Mallya,

    Please sack kumble as captain. He is a angry dog in pressure situation. Not a nice to see his face in TV. It was like people shouting do not show his angry face.... Kumble is a really pathetic captain. He got a great team. He laid EGG. Sachin the fake GOD laid egg again in pressure semifinals. He does well in benign situation when there is no pressure and take the credit. More of stealing the credit. So does ganguly who show he is good t20 batsman by playing first easy 6 overs and wasted good chance to be in semifinals. You have to be selfish to grow for sure but you also should play for team. I doubt ganguly and sachin ever play for team's cause.

    Most people are ignorant , they can't see the situation. they only see dead useless stats.

    Pollard is the man. I fear his bowling in t20 than his batting. He can be neutered in batting not in his bowling. People think he is innocous and perish. he brings teh ball from steep high and yorker length and cramp batsman.

  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Srikkanth is wrong!. He is wrong from Nagpur Selection against SA. His bad time continues.

    Is kumble is Angry loser captain ever? Thank god we did not allow him captain india long. This guy is pathetic under pressure. He is ala dravid but million times worse in captaincy.

    My main reason for india loss in T20 world cup is Gambhir and Dhoni lay big EGG because they won't have good time. And also Karthik, Uthappa and many more..

    That way M.Vijay put few scores of 50 in some losing cause and try to be next opener. Infact he is not that good in my eyes. More of oppurtunistic in the mould of ganguly. Kind of stealing the thunder from others at oppurtune time.

    I like Srikkanth but i am baffled by his bad selections for past 6 months. He needs to take my advice. Play safe. Any risky pick will result in blunder. Haha.

    I am also out of DK bandwagon..he talked truckload..and dumped truckload in DD campaign. Second WK has to be uthappa not DK now onwards.

  • kingkarthik on April 21, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Is this one of the most heavily commented article in recent times in cricinfo? Guess so, mind blowing... few more for 500 comments. As for Murali Vijay, good luck son, you have proven yourself, now attain your destiny. If there is a bais toward Tamil nadu players, it was an a bias that was designed not to select TN players by previous selection committees. Please explain why people like S Badrinath had to wait well past there prime to even get a chance to represent India when there were less deserving players how running around with Indian caps?

  • lonelywalker on April 21, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    well srikanth has again made a blunder...with robin uthapa again left out of the indian team whereas players like karthik have failed again and again on international level and have been granted with so many oppurtunities..may be players are giving this kris srikanth some personal benefits behind doors of the hotel room....

    again the indian campaign will be for sure a disappointing one at this WC.hope they beat afghanistan atleast.

  • rajendranc on April 21, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    To all morons who are abusing srikanth of bias, where were you when half the indian ODI team had players from karnataka.Vijay throughly deserves the opener slot and uthappa has to prove that he is consistent enough to be part of the T20 team.Uthappa has been given too many chances and he did not use them well. Uthappa does not have a strong technique compared to vijay and plays too many shots(extravagant).Frankly speaking he does not deserve to be in indian T20 squad, may be good for RCB T20 squad..

  • on April 21, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    So my next tussle for cricket lovers do comment on it..!~~!in my profile.>><>!~~! when Uthappa can keep Dale and Jumbo y not Zaheer and Bhajji..Replace Dinesh Karthik by Uthappa as a reserve wicket keeper..Incase if Vijay did not click Uthappa would fit perfectly in any place and he is as good a finisher like any other fellows in th game..Tailor made for TTwenty...DK is only because in the team due to his keeping abilities..so make Uthappa as a reserve wicket keeper..!~~! .in this case all the fans would be happy that both Uthappa and Vijay has made the cut..it would be nice to see these bat together..a great prospects for India in the future...So is this right my friends???...please do comment on it..!~~!

  • karthikm_tvk on April 21, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Hi Guys, We all know no one can fill Shewag's Place.This is not replacement. This is Trial. We know Uthappa is a great destructive player ahead of him Vijay is a opener.I dont know why people are talking of South or North.When First T20 came,Selector dont know who are all the in the Squad.That Team was formed to Test the Younger Generation by giving The Previous generation a Chance to prove.They all Proved and now we know players capability. As Indian we all should encourage Vijay so that he can shine well.Please Guys,Selectors had already considered Robin Uthappa During this,More over he might be the strongest contender for this position.May be because of Opening Position Vijay could got his place.Please look previous T20,Rohit sharma was placed as openers and we struggled a lot in middle order.Please Guys stop splitting India Again.We are already splitted into many divisions lets try to come closer. Please Dhoni Let U prove we Indians are United as a Team and Win this World Cup

  • on April 21, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    one thing always makes me thinking again and again--why SACHIN is not playing world T20.he is able to play 43 days long IPL session.but he cannot represent his country at world level!!!why is it?is sachin also playing for money or something else? if anyone have solid reason...then please reply!!

  • on April 21, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    T20 is just a game of mere luck...though talent finds it way itself..so if murali vijay is selected,he must do justice with the decision of selectors..but in my openion,uthappa was the best contender.and he is playing well also.

  • lakx on April 21, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Forget Vijay and Uthappa, let us discuss the real issue. Why is Sehwag out of another world cup? Why are people(Probably Dhoni/BCCI(DCA?)) finding ways to keep Sehwag out. The first time it was tried is in a ODI series which India had won with 2/3 matches remaining and Dhoni wanted to rest senior players(read Sehwag,Yuvraj,Gambhir). Sehwag sabotaged it by saying we should field the best team and try to win all matches. In World cup warmup Sehwag was rested & Rohit opened and Dhoni liked to have a problem of plenty & implied Rohit could open instead of Sehwag and then Sehwag returned with an injury. Now again Sehwag is out with an injury for another world cup. Does Sehwag fake injury or is he asked to fake injury or is it just a coincidence? But I always feel that Dhoni is trying to replace Sehwag, Yuvraj & Karthik(Sehwag's camp, Maybe Gambhir too) and has been successful with Karthik who was dropped many times & replaced by Parthiv and seldom gets a chance to play.

  • on April 21, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    I wonder if Sehwag is silently dropped/rested in the guise of injury. I think ICC wud not allow changing the squad at this stage other than for injury. Sehwag is an extraordinary Test player where bowlers dont expect marauding force, but I dont think he is that good an ODI/T20 player where bowlers expect his aggression and can take evasive action. With the form Sachin is in, he could considered changing his choice of not playing international T20s.

  • lakx on April 21, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    -@D.S.A-If you play well for 1 year and then do not for 2 years, then it is not considered long term form, it is even worse than patchy form. On the other hand you have Vijay with one of the best records in First Class,List A and T20 and people call him a fluke and abuse Shrikanth, it is the same Shrikanth who selected Vinay kumar. I assume you are confusing class with form. Class is permanent but not form. The only players with class were/are Sachin, Kumble, Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman. None of them in the team. Gambhir is reaching there. The rest are all flat pitch bullies dependent on form. Here are the carreer records of Vijay and Uthappa -(INNS,RUNS,HS,AVE,100s,50s)-FIRST CLASS-VIJAY(58,2934,243,52.4,7,13)-UTHAPPA(102,3958,162,40.4,10,22)-LIST A-VIJAY(31,1371,112,45.70,5,5)-UTHAPPA(94,2877,160,33.06,4,21)-T20-VIJAY(26,666,127,27.75,1,3)-UTHAPPA(63,1337,68*,25.22,0,6). The big surprise is in T20 the carreer strike rate of Vijay is 139 and that of Uthappa's is a low 128.7.

  • on April 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Vijay seems like a good replacement..i would hope yuvi gets injured too...so one can send uthappa :)

  • ArvindReddy on April 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Why lot of people are supporting Vijay and Kohli? My side it is a stupid decision of selectors[mainly one and only waste fellow srikanth, he did't know even a gully cricketer knows.] Uthappa, Rayudu, Suman and mainly Abhisek Nayar are very much better than these two. Why dhoni also did't give any chance to ABHISEK NAYAR? He is a good all rounder. Always they are giving chance to Yousuf Pathan. Only one match performance is not enough. Vijay hit a super century vs RR, i agreed. But in the same match under lot of pressure NAMAN OJHA also played very very well.ok don't forgot this one people who are supporting VIJAY. In the present team, no one is in form except Rohit and Raina. Hope they will play well in WC also.

  • Hotchner on April 21, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Among vijay,uthappa and pandey if i have a chance to choose definitely will go for Vijay.He holds international reputation and experience in stroke play than unorthodox batting of RU.Of coz during IPL uthappa can produce some match winning innings however in international level we need somebody can bat through the innings with maturoty in batting and strike rate.RU is idle for somebody like yusuf pathan's role who need a platform to produce exploiding ens.Guys shouting here dont forget Vijay is a reputed test opener too which RU even cant dream at the moment.Dont start bla..bla..bla..wait and see wat vijay can prove..mebe a new era of indain limited overs opening...or failiure ? ...watever it is everyone deserves a chance in their career to prove..

  • pappusudhafantasy on April 21, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Sidelining Viru means keeping the whole team under 30 years of age. This happens at a time when the oldest of the Indian ODI member, SRT, is scoring the highest and another old giant, Kallis from RSA, the second highest in the same format as the impending world cup is. Foolish on the part of the team management and selectors to term Sehwag 'injured' a day after the player in question played a T20 match and there was no practice session either after that. Kris Srik, you have started losing respect just like the two-tongued Vengs. If running between the wickets is an issue, then Gauti too does not deserve a place in the team going by IPL 2010 run-outs). This shows absolute partisan treatment against Viru. This guy has understood this, has sidelined himself from limelight and begun promoting Gauti. People like Dhoni never understand the concept of understanding among the players of the team. I wish the team good with contributions from Raina, Rohit, Gauti, Zak, etc.

  • on April 21, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Wow ! Where were all of you when Robin wasn't even in the 30 man probable squad ? Yes he has struck form but so has Vijay plus he is an opener and al lthe people dissing Srikanth well there 5 yes 5 selectors from each zone he is just the chairman and his vote is equal so i guess that is enough checks and balance to reduce partisan selection. Even if he did propose vijay the others would have to vote in favour of it.

    Sehwag is a huge loss hope India can cope best of luck. and seriously would like vijay to shut this rabble up for good with a fine knowck or two in the windies

  • sudhs_107 on April 21, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Stop fighting yaar.. andl support our team India.. cheers...

  • on April 21, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    I still feel Tendulkar should have been approached for the vacant opening position at least to know if he can give another think to his earlier decision keeping in mind the absence of Shewag. Also it is important to keep in mind that the wickets in the carribean is getting slower and hence stroke playing is not an easy proposition. Hence who better than Tendulkar would it be to play this role. By the way he is in a top form n has shut up every one's mouth who were earlier sceptical of his capabilities in the shortest version. However since the decision has been made, I do think its a good choice n its upto Murali to prove his selection rite. All the best India.

  • sudhs_107 on April 21, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Arre... why u guys are fighting... There are only 2 TN players in the squad.. Just support the selection and cheer India :) I still hope Ashish Nehra should not have been there. They should have selected either Amit Mishra or Pragyan Ojha. Vinay Kumar's selection is good because, West Indies nowadays has all slow pitches where Medium pacers would do well.

  • 5673303 on April 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    uthappa should have been taken

  • gnsivamail on April 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Vijay is selected because of his performances outside IPL. Please look at his stats for the past 2 years. WorldT20 is important to India and BCCI knows it. If it is underperformed this time, Srikanth will get treatment. BCCI made it clear that nobody is given a place in Indian team because of IPL. Pragyan Ojha is given a place in Indian team because he is consistent ahead of IPL 2008. Same happens in Vijay selection too.

  • indianzen on April 21, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Guys, here is my observation: Shrikanth heads the selection panel, but there are other selectors as well. So no partiality can be followed. no regionalistic feelings please.

    Uththappa - Blind hitting against indian bowlers, but against international bowlers, he is not able to score much. check out highlights to confirm this. He is like Boom boom but needs to improve his domestic form. also a very poor player of Spin. But can be given a chance dropping Yuvraj singh. (no wonder Yuvi is out of form completely) Kohli - Unable to play under pressure, poor shot selection. as per my observation, stands next to S tiwary. Vijay - Impressive stroke making and good player in flat pitches, mind you - Caribbean has mostly flat pitches only, so his opening will be a good option. There are a lot of other players, but consistency is questioned - Manish Pandey, Badrinath, T Suman, N Ojha, S tiwary, Manoy tiwary. My question is - R Ashwin has proved to a wonderful spin option to rattle the opponents ?

  • nallancric on April 21, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    everybody stop this foolish attitude.murali vijay deserve to be in the team...we are all indians we have to support india to get the world cup...dhoni as a captain knows who has to pick for the world cup...uthappa is not a opener so we have to replace a opener with opener only...same thing happened when dhoni picked joginder sharma in main eleven everybody criticised him but wat happened he is the one who took the importabt wicket to get the cup...so murali vijay as a opener will perform well in the world cup...everybody has to be given chance then only they can show their talent...even tendulkar was given a chance to show his batting talent otherwise there wont be no one called tendulkar so be confidence our team will get the cup...dont post silly7 comments and mentioning tamilnadfu and chennai super kings..i am from delhi...i like sehwag batting and i am his fan but still i have confidence on murali vijay...so guys come on it is time for us to cheer...chak de india

  • Manigadu on April 21, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @ypsc.. i dont understand wats ur problem... wat dhoni can do if sehwag is not fit.. wth the topic of comparing kapil to dhoni came here.. and FYI... am not a fan of dhoni.. can u pls tell me.. wat dhoni can do in this regard?? he shud go with a team of 10 when sehwag is injured??

  • JaiBhajranBali on April 21, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Hi Guys...

    It is more than visible that there is some problem between Dhoni & Sehwag now. Dhoni is monopolising the Indian Cricket and had to be given a break. If anyone watched the game between Chennai Vs Punjab I am surprised the way Yuvi has performed, LBW plumb of a poor shot (may be purposly played) drop catched, mis fields... Terrible.... overall helped CSK to go to Semis. And on Vijay's Selection: He deserves the place in the squad and lets not throw out the comments on this promising youngster without looking at performance. May be its chennaism in others' view or any other 'ISM..... all I care about is INDIAN CRICKET.

  • Sunnyspain01 on April 21, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    With the fast bouncy pitches in the WI. Indians will not be doing so well this time around as well. Its a totally different ball game when compared to flat IPL indian pitches. Wd no practice games planned.

    Be ready for the usual excuses after the world cup.

  • on April 21, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    hey ppl i rekon vijay is the ideal choice replacing sehwag for the opening slot since we havent seen any consistency in any other opening batsmen during this season IPL.agreeing to that fact that its hard to fill in sehwags shoes however vijay deserves this place as he has single handedly won two matches for chennai and involved in valuable matured knonk against KKR.vijay has style agression and a technically correct batsaman.go India go bring back ourT20 world cup.

  • on April 21, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    so pls pan ipl so my favt players wil not get injure, why bcci as not annouced wen viru got injunred, y robin , pandey, rayudu ,s tiwary, can replace viru who r better in filed than vijay

  • ssenthil on April 21, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    For the Losers crying for Uthappa - First tell me did he scored even a Half century other than Bengalore ground????

    Last year IPL Final we all seen his famous Match Winning Knock!!!!!

    He ruined Indian Opening in 2007 World Cup and we lost in First Round Itself.

    He scored a Single Fifty against Mighty Scotland in World T20 and Failed in other matches against Ordinary teams.

    Now tell me he scored 3 Fifties in Bengalore that too after Dropped many times where the Boundaries are very Short is deserve a Place as an Opener?

  • arunviru on April 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    vijay is not the correct replacement.agreed he played well in ipl this season but ipl you get to face only one international bowler rests are indian bowlers who can be hit for runs by any batsman.and also pitches in chennai are so flat.some people here saying that vijay is far better than sehwag on current form.its just bull shit.you can be in good form in a domesic tournament.but when it comes to playing well in international games sehwag does exceeding well.And regarding sehwag injury bcci needs to give our important players like sachin sehwag rest before such a big tournament like world cup rather than earning money by allowing them to play in ipl.and also hope lalit modi gets removed from ipl come 26th april so our players wont be forced to take part in ipl.

  • BaskarG on April 21, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Folks, why are you taking the regionalism approach here? Why are you being so narrow minded?

    I am from Bangalore. I am a hardcore supporter of RCB. However, when it comes to the Indian team, I want the best of the best players there. Robin Uthappa is a very good player. He scored well in this IPL. However, if you really look at his batting in detail, he offered many catches during his batting and the opponents butterfingered them. He survived multiple times and made merry out of that. For example, the first match against Chennai, he was dropped atleast twice. Those very extremely easy sitters. Had they caught him out, he wouldn't scored so aggressively. Whereas, M Vijay is concerned, he playes well as a batsman. He did not offer any chances in any of his batting period to achieve what he has achieved. So, in fairness, M Vijay is a better and reliable batsman at this point in time. In addition, Shewag is an opener. When a opener is dropped, we need a player who can open, like Vijay.

  • princevithu90 on April 21, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    '-> We need an opener to replace Viru, so 'twas Vijay.. He's elegant, and destructive at the same time.. '-> Vijay has been in form for a while now in domestic cricket.. Not juz the ipl.. Check ur stats.. '-> Srikkanth makes mistakes - but he ain't biased against TN/CSK.. stop bashing him.. '-> Uthappa deserves a place in the squad yes, but not as an opener.. he couldve replaced ypathan.. '-> For those askin y not the Tiwary's/N Ojha/ S Dhawan - **laughs** <surely ur kidding?> '-> For those askin y not sachin - unfortunate, but its his choice.. learn to respect that n live with it.. '-> For those criticising sehwag for playin ipl n not WC - yeah.. it does seem suspicious.. he shud get his priorities straight.. '-> For those criticising yuvi - he'll come good this WC, dont worry.. '-> Kohli n Ojha should've got a look in.. Never liked that jadeja fello nyway.. '-> Therez more bias against TN by u guyz than that for TN by KS.. '-> ATB India! Do ur best! We're there 4 u!

  • on April 21, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I feel better robin culd replace yusuf pathan, vj proves good for the opening slot, hez a classic player and he hit balls in right areas

  • stunningseshu on April 21, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    its very very clear that kriss is partial on player, he gives only importance to tamil nadu players,vijay is good player, no doubt in that, its too early to call him to replace shewag,after one sucessful series vijay cant be selected, uttappa is far better than vijay, he has tremendous experience in opener as well as middle order, he can able hit shot on air very neatly at under pressure.... this is unfair selection, i wonder when any bolwer injured, kiss going to replace R.Ashwin...

  • on April 21, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Uthappa and Vijay are good up-coming cricketers... but also tat Uthappa is a rapid and a break-neck batsmen, mostly will not forebear the situation. If, so RCB must win this game http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/engine/match/419151.html And also at the same time, Vijay is not tat much strike batsman... But will make runs steadily based on the situation. To the next point, I also Admit tat... in this IPL, Robin Uttappa had never opened as a batsman..., he does a slump in his last IPL.. Wait and Watch is the Commandment!!!

  • Jagannadh on April 21, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Its foolish to select Vijay leaving Uthappa who is so good. This Vijay has scored runs on flat tracks and a ton an absolutely flat track where around 500 runs were accumulated in 20 overs. Srikanth is making India cry again and again.

  • ypsc on April 21, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    hey guys why are you breaking your head and wasting your energy for reginalism/chennaism.i am still unable to digest the fact that how and when sehwag got injured,suddenly within 24 hours after ipl match how he can injured,did he fell in toilet,met with n accident. all this indicates the dirty face of BCCI,especially dhoni i dont understand what is the problem of dhoni,whatever he do he cannot become sehwag or legend like kapil dev,if dhoni is having so much ego with sehwag, then mr.dhoni should play like kapildev`s innings of 175not.out (1983 WORLD CUP)or like SEHWAG single handedly win matches for country not like in IPL.

  • Gk16 on April 21, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    @Alexk400: "For me all M Vijay innings in IPL are fluke"... I've never seen such an ignorant comment in my life. I think u've some serious problem with good players. Vijay may not be the best replacement for Sehwag but undermining a good player with such ignorant comments shows ur real character. And u're commenting about Sachin every time. First look at urself and what u've achieved before talking rudely abt others.

  • the_blue_android on April 21, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @Malolaki - Instead of blindly praising someone, how about checking some facts? The last time India played Australia on flat tracks in 7 ODIs, the only thing I remember from the series was Viru's stumps cartwheeling in 4 matches including the series decider. Atleast thats what was telecast in our part of the world. I do remember his heroics against Nuwan Kulasekara and Thil Thushara etc.

  • macfauz on April 21, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    An opener is taken out of the team and so he is replaced by an opener........ No politics involved..... Uthappa is a middle order batsman and wuldn suit the role of an opener as well as vijay would.

  • seancon on April 21, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Boss if you have to select people hitting a century once in a blue moon, I think it is a wrong method. You can even consider Manish Pandey. Any how, consistency, maturity level has to be seen. Can the selectors guarantee that M.Vijay will perform consistently in this tour. It is a most pitiable thing that in the recent IPL matches, most senior players played without using their heads, Hats off to Sachin who was not more worried to hit big shots and play a safe game and attacking the renowned bowlers to build pressure and allow his team mates to play the other ones. He has displayed lot of maturity during this IPL. I want the Indian team (each individual player) selected for world cup to adopt the same strategy and come with flying colours. Viru and A.G.Christ etc., were focusing on high scoring thereby loosing focus on calculating the bowlers mind. First aim not to get out cheaply. Play basic game and attempt to hit big when things are okay. In Semi / Final AGC should come at 3.

  • on April 21, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Vijay is a good selection due to his outstanding form in the IPL, he was the far most best Indian Opener in consistancy.HE EARNED HIS PLACE,and no one can change that,my best wishes for him 2 perform well and cement a place in the indian team.My advice to him take use of the opportunity and perform well to rubbish the comments made against his inclusion.Utappa was unlucky he needs 2 be in the team 2 add solidity to the middle order but it was the selectors decision not mine or anyone elses.TRUTH IS THAT.

  • aadh_king on April 21, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Very much worried that Sehwag is out, but Well Deserved place for M Vijay. All the best Men in Blue fot bringing back T20 WC

  • SRIDWI on April 21, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I dont think Srikkanth should be pointed out for including murali vijay in squad just because he is from tamil nadu. Vijay has a solid average and aggregate this season and precisely the main reason to give the chance. Even in the past, majority of the team was only from mumbai and karnataka, as if there were no players from other part of the country.

  • karthikm_tvk on April 21, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Hi Guys, In Indian Cricket History I Always See People From Other Parts(Hope Other than Players) of India are Not Accepting TamilNadu Guys In the Team.I dont know why people are like this.

    Guys Please realise that We are Indians and We are Going to Face Great Teams from all over the World.

    See When We Became World Champions in T20 World Cup All team mates were Younsters and All were Fighting to get place in the Team. So they United and Proved themself. Please You Guys look after that,Some Got their Place in National Squad they were not consistent with their game, We all know they are good players but they finding themself fixed with that.

    Guys Getting Place in National Cricket Team in india is very tough, Vijay had a chance to prove himself,Please let him try to prove him.He had already done some good part in Test and in this IPL. Though he will find Tough to fit himself in Great Man Shewag's Shoes, Please let him Go. Be Indian. Players Prove we are Champions. JAI HIND!

  • on April 21, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    For all those who feel Vijay was called ahead of Uttapha , I think its only because he is a opener . Had Yusuf Pathan or Yuvraj being injured I am sure Robin would have had a chance ahead of Vijay.

    Vijay too has been any less lethal than Uttapa , he has scored more runs hit 23 Sixes ( 2 less than robin) has a good strike rate. So I dont think him being called ahead is wrong . Its the slot of the opener he fits in far better than Robin

  • DipanjoySeal on April 21, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    No questions about his( Virender Sehwag) ability but looking at his current form, it is hardly going to hamper India's chances. It good when we don't expect much from our Indian team and it wins and when we expect too much they come up with disasasters.Few suggestions to rectify the team selection, why cant Piyush Chawla get injured and get replaced by Ojha or Mishra who deserve much more than Piyush Chawla who has failed to leave any impact rather statistics say that he is being hit for the most number if sixes in IPL. Where as Amit Mishra is in best of his form and Ojha is not behind either and as for batting abilities if Chawla has to bat and save a match what is the use of having that many batsman in the team. Murli Vijay,Robin Uttapa and Virat Kohli were promising contenders so Vijay getting it is a matter of chance, only one of them could have made it. Just pray and wish luck to our Indian team and get Glory back to home.

  • vinodkumar on April 21, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    when Uthapa burst into the scene couple of seasons back, he came across as a guy with great talent, fearless attitude and bright future, ideal for the shorter versions of the game. But, he has not done justice to his own talent. His recent (prior to ongoing IPL) form was so bad that he was not even in the list of probables for the T20 WC and no one seemed to have noted that. No doubt watching him in the ongoing IPL, you feel that the guy has regained the talent which he seemed to have misplaced some where. But then I guess it is only fair that when one of the selected guys are replaced, his replacement should be from the probables. In this case, Vijay has been in equally good form and is also a regular opener.

  • Antu_Mathiyas on April 21, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    I am seeing lot of commands, against the Vijay's selection. Again every one need to make sure, this is "OPENER SLOT", so we can compare Pandey(BRC), Vijay(CSK),Tawan(MI), Ohja (RR),M.Mishra(DC) Ganguly(KKR) those are all playing opener on IPL. I am very sure only competition between Vijay and Pandey. But based on the consistency, Vijay got the chance.

    If this is the middle order, then this selection is wrong. Anyway we may replace Yavi and give chace to Robin, based on current form. But i believe Yavi may perform well in this series.

  • cskfangg on April 21, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Vijay is going to prove his critics wrong.. i think when he hit sixes for for Team India in T20 WC,then the same guys who blame him, will praise him.. Its not about TN player or any,its about the talent needs to be given chance at international level and thats what Srikanth doing.. The selection panel does not contain only Srikanth,but there are other officials too..and they also accepted the replacement of VJ...

  • stats_guru on April 21, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    my reply to praveen sudarsan's comments.......i think u wr sleeping for so many years...it was always like this, a selector will select the players only from which state he comes and not from any other state......tell me the last tamil nadu players name b4 dinesh karthick played....i bet u wont remember the name and tell me the duration between dkarthick and the previous TNadu player, it is obviously long time......there were many good inform players who were there in that unselected period but still they dont get selected bcos the selector was not from TN.....and wht wrong is Srik n Dhoni doing they r picking an in form batsform only...be thankfull that even though Srik is from TN he is not picking any out of form player to replace sehwag...but other selectors have always out of form players bcos they r from that state....so these r politics...but the fact is no one can replace sehwag and b happy that he is atleast selecting an in form batsman.....so think twice b4 u give a statement.

  • Himesh_dodiya on April 21, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    I feared of not repeating the sane story as last year without sehwag. Without this man india can do but upto mark. so i will defenately miss viru. coz i am great fan of viru.

  • on April 21, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    well i think the replacement should have been robin uthappa looking at the form in which he is....... murli vijay's selection came out as a surprise ...probably because our selector in chief belongs 2 same state.....

  • Vish_Krish on April 21, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    If India performs badly in this T20 world cup; Chief Selector Krishnamachary Srikanth should hand over his post to a class 10th guy. All the inform players are HANDPICKED and parked aside; think SRI just watches Chennai Super King and TN Ranaji matchs; he has gone blind; no use of being a brand ambassador for a contact lenses. Another suggestion Mr.Krish Srikanth; No coach should go with the current T20 Indian Team; FYI India won the 1983 world cup and 1st T20 world cup with an absence of a coach.

  • Sabbytom on April 21, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Why the whole world is blaming Srikanth..come on guys make up ur mind vijay is selected on the basis of his current form and not coz he is from TN ...i think all the guys who wrote tat he is selected coz he is from TN have memory loss ,coz at one time the whole team had only Karnataka and Mumbai palyers.. and abt some one who commented that vijay doesnt play proper cricketing shots he shld learn the ABC of cricket and then comment...Robin was not selected coz unfortunately as he was not there in the 30 probables list ...yuvi shld have been dropped from the team...he is not in form plus he is injured ...anyways best wishes for the team -cheers

  • neanderthal on April 21, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Plenty of support for Robin Uthappa I see. The moment I realised that guy had a real chance of getting selected, I had a deja vu. World cup 2007. He was in similar blistering form prior to that. The world cup was in the same country, West Indies. He failed miserably ensuring India had poor starts in all the three matches(Scored 9,3 and 18 respectively).Please, do not make IPL performances the yardstick for judging players. That guy just had a very poor Ranji season and needs to do more than a few 30s and 40s.He seems to have improved dramatically but there is no guarantee it wont be a similar flop show again. Murali Vijay is anyday a better bet.What do you guys want next? Replacing Zaheer Khan with Siddhant Trivedi??

  • NimalJose on April 21, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Great Guys ………………………….., interesting every one having such a different ideas, but I will go with M.Vijay only and appreciate Mr.Srikanth for his selecting talents. Guys when you talk about the selection why you need to separate the states just look at the player's talents and perform. As we all knows M.Vijay [417] is the top scorer in IPL 3 after Raina [461] with a beautiful 127 and not only that guys, look at his quietness with the seniors and others [when u compare with the other players]. This is a very important thing for a team work. "Mr.The.Dark.Knight'" I agree with u that no one can replace Viru for sure but I hope this is a very good 3ed option when we miss Viru and Tendul.

  • ajaygodbole on April 21, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Vijay is a good pick, he is in tremendous form and he is a technically sound player. I don't think Utthapa would have succeeded in WI,but above all given a case where Sehwag is not playing Sachin should have played, his mere presence gives us 50% edge over opposition and given the way he is batting in IPL he would have been the best

  • cskfangg on April 21, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    I dont understand why some of the guys, dont like vijay,when he is performing well I read most of the commects,all were against TN/Srikanth/Vijay but not vijay's performance,so its clear all were shuts there mouth when he hit sixes for India The only problem is he played for Chennai in IPL,if he plays for Banglore then there wont be any problem at all. Thats the problem the north side indians has..if any TN player selected,they cant digest it Its Indian team,,,not Mumbai indians or RCB

  • praveen305 on April 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    for god damn sake!! vijay is no way near to uthappa for watever slot!!!,,,, and such a bouncy track and we have seen vijay dancing to short balls and getting out!!! with shewag out of eam!!!,,no hopes of bringing the cup!!! waiting to c vijay's helmet being burnt by bowlers!!!.... n i m from chennai,still i cant bare this treatment to robin!!!with shewag out,,robin should hve been ideal call!!,,neways 4 more matches!! so still few injuries awaits and who knows robin might find his place in!!! wat is piyush doing there!! huh!! its time for players like DADA and JUMBO to be in selection team !!.. and where s MR dhoni going!! wat is he doing !!!just one innings doesnt change his form completely,,we all knew he was the main reason for last year exit!! he came into 1-down position and lost us matches!! hmmm,,,,hard luck india!! people be bold to c our players returning soon

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on April 21, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    I don't know why people are cry baby about Robin. He cannot be selected as not featured in probable list of 30 players as simple as that. Please move on, donot bring in regional issues and favouritism, nobody is saint including me and you guys. Cheers.

  • prabhatjha on April 21, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    sehwags absence is a big loss for sure but india's chances of doing well in the WC depends upon getting the batting order right. Raina should be at 3 and yuvi, pathan & Rohit should be sent definitely ahead of dhoni to get the trophy back home. If Dhoni starts going at 3 like the last WC , then India's early exit is on the cards. To me Dhoni was the main culprit for last years debacle.His playing style thesedays is not suitable for T20 as he mostly plays it like a 50 overs game and consumes a lot of balls. He is a terrific finisher so he should be at 7.In many games i feel he does not hit big shots even though he is capable.Good luck to Team India.

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    robin has been in the form in domestic circuit even when he was taken into the team the team before but he did not peform.he is not at all a CONSISTENT batsman.so now let us give a chance to new comers.VIJAY A PERFECT PICK.please dont think vijay is from tamil nadu.....think he is from india.

  • RKJangir on April 21, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Who can replace the sehwag.. ? No one in india can replace him bcoz he is a master piece.. Sehwag exclusion is a Major setback for india.. but the selectors made the good decision to choose M Vijay.. He is a classy opener and can be a good replacement for viru.. viru has played all the ipl match then when he sustained the injury.. it is a big question to be asked.. All the best india.. I hope they will win the cup for us.. So keep supporting our team..

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    WHAT ELSE SHOULD ROBIN DO TO GET IN??!!! VIJAY HAS DONE WELL. BUT YET...

  • sben on April 21, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Can we please stop this nonsense about North India vs. South India at least in this day and age ?. I'm sick of hearing this from my school days- and thats going back a rather long time actually. We need to evaluate players purely on merit not on their origin. Vijay is a cool new talent , so is Virat Kohli . Robin had his chances but was too inconsistent. Our youngsters dont carry the baggage and 'fear' of pace attacks that plagued us for years and frankly, they are our only hope of winning the 20/20 cup again because the weight of expectation kills almost everyone else's performance. Its a pity that Sachin doenst want to play but we have to respect his decision that avoiding these helps prolong his career in tests and one days.

  • vivvi on April 21, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    i think vijay is the best possible replacement for shewag for the opener slot , after what hapened at last years world cup where our line up was knocked down by a barrel of short pitched deliveries ,which india should expect from other teams this year also ,you need a technically perfect batsman at the top (remember dravid in the one day team afte te t20 world cup) not another slogger clearing his front leg and whacking the length balls and get hit in the helmet ,when bowled short ...and i ope someone else to get injured for fitting robie in....and another thing is no one questioned when once indian team was loaded with players from karnataka and mumbai, so why question now,after all,the tamil nadu players are playing good cricket , and u believe that it is tamilnadu domination ,so be it ,whats wrong.......they got good cricketing brain....not political ,it will certainly be good for indian cricket than in any other era...

  • muski on April 21, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    With all the controversy going on about how the IPL and BCCI is functioning, my mind is bound to read between the lines given the fact that the BCCI statement does not say how or when Sehwag got injured. With Srinivasan at the helm of CSK and as BCCI Secretary, how else can he return the favour to one of his performers for the season. This is not to offend Vijay. He has earned his spot. The only question is on the means to earn the spot. Who knows- this could be GODSEND opportunity for Vijay to seal his place in the Indian team and prove that his IPL performance was not a flash in the pan.

  • rahulblore on April 21, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    T20 is a power game...! It has nothing to do with consistency...! Am surprised to see VIJAY being selected for 15member squad...! Then my question to MR.SRIKANTH or CRICINFO ppl out there? Why have they selected Yuvraj? Yusaf? are they big hitters then what about ROBIN? why VIJAY? how many IPL do we known HIM(Mr.VIJAY) for? if its has to do with class and consistency and aggression why karthik? gautam? raina? what about KOHLI??? Mr.Srikanth(TN guy) is just playing a pure politics... If he like TN team members then it doesn't make him a good SELECTOR he does need to overlook and consider every player playing they sweat out there...! But stlil as a TRUE INDIAN FAN i would like to see how far these GUY can make it up!!!!!! ? Hmmmm..! i completely disagree with Mr.VIJAY...! You(Mr.Vijay) need prove dude...!

  • cric_crazyman on April 21, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    I dono y many r shouting at selecting a TN player to the squad. there were periods(1990's to 2000) where most of the team will be consisting of only Mumbaikars and bangalorians. Do u think only there were cricker players in mumbai n b'lore at tat time.. All selectors r human beings. Everybody will try to develop the place where they belong to.Sriki also did the same. Im sure he turned few of his concentration towards TN when no one did. Tats making the news n so many comments now.

    Im sure Vijay is nt as equiavalent to Sehwag. But vijay can perform as equivalent or better than Uthappa. But overall I wish to see India winning the WC T20 once again.

  • Ramesh.R on April 21, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Because of IPL only we found lot of talented players, no need to stop the IPL

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @jetson_nitya: 1st his name is Uttappa not Uttappam spell it correctly then comment. IN ODI and T20 he opened for india.He can keep wickets, bowl and field well. More than just batting alone. Think beyond TN

  • Cric_Blaze on April 21, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    its so funnay to see ppl expecting uthappa ahead of vijay.... i see him as one who slogs at every delivery thrown at him rather than a proper cricketer..... sensible cricket and not sheer power always stays ahead....sachin n kallis at the top of the run getter's table is a simple example....

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    @snethaji: that's Y people are saying Uttappa would have been a better choice

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    robin uthappa's selection in the team was a must since he has been in prime form..we didnt need piyush chawla since we already had harbacchan singh and pragyan ojha...it may cost indian team dearly...

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Shewag is not at all a consistent player. Most of his innings are fluke. His attitude is not good. That is why they have dropped him as captain of Delhi team. It is good that he is not palying the T20 worldcup

  • D.S.A on April 21, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @ FIASNAHK - I'm not saying Murali Vijay is a bad batsman. However, the IPL shouldn't be an indicator for quality. You quoted stats (I'm guessing from Cricinfo :) ) but without context, it's meaningless. You quoted his List A stats as averaging 45...but who exactly was he playing against? the strongest teams in domestic cricket a multiple number of times, or a lot of weaker teams a number of times? If I averaged 80+ against an under 11's team, that isn't impressive IN CONTEXT, so the stats about his average and number of hundreds almost become irrelevant without context. If he scored BIG hundreds against the strongest possible teams, then fine, but those stats you quoted do not state anything apart from numbers.

  • Rajanp on April 21, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Exit of Sehwag from World T20 is a boon in disguise. Sehwag is the most unreliable and inconsistent player of India Cricket. It is high time selectors should shed off Sehwag. We have already seen likes of Naman Ojha and Manish Pandey in IPL at opening slot. These young guys plays should be given chance.

  • bGopinathanB.E on April 21, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Its really poor to see such post against Srikanth and Vijay mentioning they are from TN. I do not know how much people watched vijay's innings against RR. It was absolutely breath taking with a combination of timing and power all over the ground. Lets all know one thing that uthappa is a middle order batsman; we need an opener at this spot. Also I was amazed to see people have not spoken about Yuvaraj, Remember he is the biggest flop from Indian side in this season of IPL. Even I am puzzled to see vijay opening the innings for CSK with hayden rather than P Patel. But after his 3rd match he proved what he is capable of. Those who have not seen vijay's batting stop posting this non sense and rather go to You tube and see his highlights so that it will justify why he is ahead of others. Cheers to M Vijay….

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I really miss viru as well as robi.Hope they take him.

  • joerun on April 21, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    The cold war between dhoni and sehwag is not an acceptable one because everyone knows that sehwag is a demolisher man and dhoni will be the first man to get affected in his absence. But the real truth is the long spell of IPL3 costs the wicket of sehwag before playing the WCT20. I think the reason for replacing viru with vijay is because of his opening spell in ipl 3 but uthappa and kohli were not opened a single match this season. Uthappa is a strong hitter and experienced player but we cannot under estimate vijay because he played well in the last two seasons of the hazare trophy having strike rate of nearly 82 with good average in listA matches. Let's hope he performs at the international level

  • D.S.A on April 21, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    @abhinavt - Great...Murali Vijay has a few more higher scores in the IPL than S.Dhawan...Now the IPL is the yardstick to which good player are based on? Flat pitches are relevant because they are deliberately made flat, hence it's a common term. I must have been dreaming but wasn't it those pitches which you think don't matter that exposed a few players to the SHORT BALL, which led to Dravid being picked. What? I wasn't dreaming?. O.K. It's funny that you didn't say M.V is a better player than S.D...that YOU have to accept. M.V isn't a bad player but he isn't International T20 material. Hope he proves me wrong for the betterment of the Indian team but I doubt it. @ Mahesh Prabakaran - I "pics" S.D because he's a better player with 2-3 domestic SEASONS worth of form behind him...PLURAL. That's true form, not 14 IPL games. Yes he has scored "very less runs" than M.V at a lower strike rate...yet you are still ONLY basing your arguement on one tournament...typical form-horse mentality.

  • forlalit on April 21, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    It's indeed a good decision.My view about Vijay has changed after watching last few IPL Games.He is player with good technique and can also hit when required. I am from Delhi and can say this decision is not based on poliics.Srikant has done a decent job this time..

  • PavanVenugopal on April 21, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Irrespective of who replaces who, I wish this Indian team brings the glory home... Talking of replacement, Robin would have been a better choice... Probably if he had won the 2nd game against DC he would have made it.... i don't agree with Raj_pandian, Srikant himself told, as i quote " Its unfortunate that Vijay and Robin found form after team selection"... i hope that atleast he does not persist with them even if they under perform (eg;Dinesh karthik)

  • arup_g on April 21, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Some will say big loss some will say no loss. I would say no big loss on his current form because he hasn't done anything in the IPL and he looks lazy, but with Sehwag you can never tell and he is one batsman along with in form Yuvi and Dhoni, who can take any bowling attack apart on his day. Murali Vijay deserves his call up. How many batsman have scored a century who is Indian?? Not many, so Vijay deserves his call up. I feel sorry for Uthapha who could have got a recall, but i don't feel he would be suited to the opener slot as well as Vijay. Uthappa would be good in the middle to late overs when the ball is soft and fielders back, and there is no point in India using a make shift opener again after what happened in last years world cup with Sharma. My team - Gambhir, Vijay, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Rohit, Jadeja/Yousuf, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    My opinion is same as above.Uttappa is stil in the queue and how come M Vijay came inside.This is truely unfair justice that is shown towards a player like Uttappa.I thnk Sreekant and dhoni should stop recruiting from CSK.I would rather mention that the selection committee members should be a mix..not from tamilnadu alone.....

    Why are these guys behavig like this...they are getting payed rt ? thn also this discrimination..foo whose sake.......???

    I think..we may not keep the cricket standards or ethics here after......

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    I think that vijay's inclusion in d squad is a fair selection due to his consistency but our middle order is missing robin who is known for his improvization and squashbuckling knocks. selection committee dis s d time to make some good decisions not d shabby politics in d selection......

  • kishore_4DC on April 21, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Why Tendulkar is not playing the prestigious T20 World Cup. He is with full fitness, and terrific form. He is the best batsman we have whatever format - no doubt about it. He can change the game at any stage, he may not look very agressive but he is - the stats over 2 decades speak that. If IPL is straining then, the BCCI should take enough measures to see the players are relaxed. Example Mitchell Johnson Australia, got calls to play IPL last year also. He did not since he wanted to concentrate on Ashes. I had say this since I like Tendulkar a lot and he is our best batsman available but still not in T20 WC.

  • kiwisXI on April 21, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Why did select a perfect opener... when karthick and Rohit sharma in good touch with bat...Indian middle order is totally collapsed in their form(yuvraj,Dhoni and yusuf) India should open with D.Karthick and G.Gambhir....They should have taken virat kohli or uthappa for the middle order... who were good form in ipl....

  • thamboo on April 21, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Well after seeing the above comments it's very clear that few people are not worried about the absence of Sehwag, but the presence of M Vijay irritates them to the core as he is from Tamil Nadu, We have people even cursing the Indian Team to lose the T20 WC just for not including Robin. My God when are we actually going to unite, ultimately its a great setback for the indian team on the whole as sehwag instills fear with the opponents. A replacement for him cannot be exactly equivalent but atleast to some extent.

  • D.S.A on April 21, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    @royalg - Finally there is one other person who seems to recognise that TRUE form extends beyond 14 IPL GAMES. Yes, they play against internationals but it is 14 for some players nonetheless, so it's hardly called form just because of a few innings in the last tournament before the World T20. @lakx - It's people like you that ruin the word "form" because you base it on the short-term rather than long-term. @ lakx and listen arasan000 - How is what I said an example of casteism? I'm not from India, and yes I am Indian, so I couldn't care less about the zonal discriminate that exists in India. Just becaus I picked two players who happen to be from Dehli and Mumbai, you say I'm a casteist...you couldn't be further away from the truth. I'm just not deluded by temporary form e.g. where are all those Rohit Sharma fans 2-3 years ago who were obsessing over that ONE 70+ score he got against Australia in Australia? Hibernating still are you?

  • The.Dark.Knight on April 21, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    No one can replace Sehwag Period

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on April 21, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Why Uttappa cannot replace Dinesh Karhick. As a batsman DK is only a glorified tailender.Even When Dravid was keeping Inida never even had a second wicketkeeper. Srikanth - what is this means. Surely DK will play as a specialist batsmam. India will not go to second round

  • kishore_4DC on April 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Sehwag no doubt we are going to miss, but M Vijay considering his current form and performance a good choice; hope he performs. Tendulkar in excellent form and fitness, the highest scorer in IPL not playing the T20 world cup is a big disappointment. "Tendulkar, I have all the regards for you, you are my cricketing icon but why are you not playing T20 World Cup. Why more preference to IPL than T20 WC". If it was very straining to play lot of cricket then Tendulkar should kept himself away IPL. Yuvraj - very poor form, P. Chawla - it's a wonder why he is selected ahead of Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha who are at their best. Mr.Srikanth India has talented players - please give them opportunity to perform. The other stars are Robin Uthappa(ahead of Dinesh Karthik) who is rescuing RCB most of the times with his terrific hitting most suited for T20 and Virat Kohli who has been quite consistent. As a hard core Indian fan, I wish we win the world cup

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Hi, I am really upset seeing that vijay is eliminated to play i/o viru. Why didt they replace our Robi i/o vijay.

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    EVEN SRIKANTH SELECTED AN INDIAN PLAYERS WITH 5 DELHI PLAYERS AND 3 KARNATAKA PLAYERS WITH DINESH KARTHIK THE LONE TN PLAYER..

    Y DONT U QUESTION DELHI'S SELECTION..

    BECAUSE CHIKA IS FROM TN THATS Y U GUYS ARE WRITING HIM OFF ONLY TALENTED PLAYERS ARE SELECTED..

  • kiwis_priya on April 21, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    M vijay is not fit for t20.... They should have seen the consistency of the players... In that view he should not be there... They should have been take virat kohli in place of M vijay... Who is in good form with T20 as well as in 50 over format.....

  • jayaprakaash83 on April 21, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I dont know why people are whining about the selection of Vijay. Replacing Shewag because of his injury doesn't mean that he is a better player than Shewag. Going by the current form in IPL, Uttappa or Vijay are the primary options to replace Shewag. Vijay is preferred because he opens the innings in T20. Its as simple as that. So please stop whining gyus.

  • gangaprasadpochampad on April 21, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Robin is in good form but Murali vijay is better than Robin instead of Yusuf pathan they have selected robin utapa.............Dont worry abt Yuvu form he plays very well fr india ...........Yuvi Rocks....Dont blame him.......Dhoni ,Rohit Sharma and Yuvi in the midle order it is very strong

  • mugam on April 21, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Mr.Raj_pandian Y u thinks like stupid. Some one did the mistake means. We also do the same mistake ha..? if srikanth did same thing... Next time the Kerala person will come to selection comity and he will give chance only for maliyali's.it's ok for u …? Live for India. Not for states.

  • ramli on April 21, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    An opener has been replaced by another opener, who has shone equally (if not more) than any other eligible opener or makeshift opener in IPL, national ODIs, T20s, etc. Why all the hullabulla about a most rational and straightforward replacement. The various opinions on the chocie of replacement are mere reflections of regional bias in the minds of the people expressing them. It is one thing to get disappointed with selection and quite another casting aspertions. Good Luck Vijay! Bring laurels to India.

  • udaar on April 21, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    this discussion shoudnt end here............ths IPL has cost india its most important 20-20 player.......we shoudnt take ths..............i dont say that sehwag wud hav hit a century in all the matches he played.....but the whole world knows what impact his name does on the oppostions frame of mind..........i dont thnk that any cash rich tournamnet should be allowed to come in the way of our national pride....that is our National team..............

  • Magehswaran.Chandrasekaran on April 21, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    I cant able to accept Vijay in the place of shewag, have you all forgot the days of "Tour of England to India" and "Tour of India to Newzealand". Shewag is the only man who dominated against in both the series. Words of KP "I went against the bowlers in their first spell to colapse the bowling attack as shewag continues to do, but i am failed". Words from Vitori "Shewag is not allowing our bowlers to continue their spells and we are not abel to restict him". Words from O Brine "I am very much upset, since shewag is smashing my good deliveries too". Murali Vijay batting in chennai is not good enough to compare with shewag since the track is much favour for batsman and it comes very nice to bat. In West Indies, we need batsman who can go against the bowlers from their first spell to colapse the bowling attact, as the tracks are going to be much pacy when compared to Asian ground. Hope Vijay will play some good cricket so that india could get some relax as missing "shewag the fire"

  • SriKwt on April 21, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    I think there is a cold war between Dhoni and Sehwag. We are losing such an important player like Sehwag. Nobody knows what caused injury to Sehwag. The same was the case in last world t20 edition too. Murli vijay does not deserve a place in the team specially when there are many more options. Firstly K. Srikant has to be sacked as the selector and Dhoni's captancy should be taken off. He is too proud a captain. Murli vijay has been selected for the team he plays under dhoni and the place he comes from - chennai. God help our T20 world cup team..... If srikant is reading this... dont just select murli vijay and badrinath and other chennai players just because you are from chennai. Select a team from merits. BCCI... Throw this srikant away and remove dhoni's captancy

  • jadeboy on April 21, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    The key question here is not whether M Vijay is from CSK and whether Srikkanth is its brand-ambassador. The question to ask here is does Vijay's performance merit consideration for inclusion at the opener's slot. The answer is an emphatic yes, end of argument. These insinuations of parochialism will always be there. But I am absolutely sure that Srikkanth can make a very strong and defensible case for including Vijay into the XI. One can argue about Kohli or Uthappa being candidates - there is merit to their claims - but surely Vijay is right there, amongst the best, to make a strong claim to a spot in the Indian team. Let's hope he performs at the international level.

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    some ppl might think tat india is nt a team to watch out for in the absence of sehwag.im sure tat vijay will compensate sehwag nd they r goin to giv a bang in the west indies.

  • rshn on April 21, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    well.. I guess everybody is aware that its courtesy srikanth that players like Vijay, Karthik and Badrinath gets a chance to play at the highest level. If Srikanth wasnt the selector, these players would have never made it to national side on merit. None of these players have succeeded at the highest level just shows the poor quality of these cricketers from TN. Waiting for some one to take over Srikanth soon and stop this selection mess.

  • krishnants on April 21, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    good that vijay has been included in the squad.... he is a far better choice than utthappa who knows and plays only 1 shot... n unlike virat, he does not hammer the ball, he times it well enough for it to get to the boundary... a good selection overall

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Vijay vs Robin. Both the teams are in Semi's. Its up to this youngsters to stand up and prove that they can be counted for big matches. Can Vijay deliver for chennai and Robin deliver for Bangalore. The next two days will tell the story .....Either case both Vijay and Robin are bright young talent that we spectators should appreciate both without regional differences..

  • brainy26barat on April 21, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Hello everyone! After reading the comments, i feel that most of you have something against Srikkant n Vijay. Choosing Vijay over Uthappa is a definitely a better decision. Sehwag is an opener and we need an opener to replace Sehwag. Vijay opens for Tamil Nadu and Chennai SuperKings. I'm not saying that its the best decision but its not a bad one either. Sachin would have a been a better choice since he is in superb form. And I read a comment by someone saying, "India will be the first to exit from the T20 WC." Please don't make such assumptions. India has a strong squad and are certain to make it to the finals, even win because most of them playing in the IPL are in very good form. Let's all hope for the best. Cheers? :)

  • on April 21, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    What is the problem in Tamil Nadu guy M.Vijay included in WC squad. Why all the people except tamizhiyans against the decision. Dont you people think he deserved it by the way he projected himself during IPL both in batting as well as in fielding. How often you see a class cricketing shot player plays such a ferocious knock with such elegance. Please people dont bring politics into cricket, the one good entertainment, sport which we have is cricket plz dont burry it by bringing politics into picture. After this IPL, now associations are coming up with ITL(Indian Tennis League), sharuk told he will start KKR soccer team. This shows how IPL has helped in making people think about giving importance to other sports too. Definitely Murali Vijay deserved this chance and hes also gud player comparatively. Enough of the politics. Lets all, wish them for the success. For sure virat and robin will get a chance if they perform well. But dis time itz M.Vijay lets give him a chance and support him.

  • karthik_krishna1984 on April 21, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    M Vijay along with Raina have easily been the two best indian batsmen in this IPL. Both having 400+ at a strike rate of 150+. India will not miss Viru in the T20 world cup hes never done well in this format. As far as Robin is concerned hes been in amazing form and i would have picked him ahead of Yuvraj singh who looks absolutely out of touch.

    The worry for the indian team is going to be their bowling.RP Singhs selection is the biggest mistake. Hope it does not cost India too much.

  • Alexk400 on April 21, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    I do not like murali vijay same way i do not like ganguly. Both are just a showman and nothing there. They run and hide in pressure situation.

    For me all M vijay innings in IPL are fluke. Yes he exploited bad bowling better than other indian batsman.

    He was flying under radar unlike yusuf pathan. Lots of people analyzed yusuf pathan.

    Same thing they will do on murali vijay. No length ball in medium pace to murali vijay. M vijay fail at ever slow ball.

    He is really not that good.

    Opposition never fear murali vijay compare to uthappa.

    Bad selection by srikkanth...his bad time continues still.

  • on April 21, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    GET UTHAPPA in he is in terrific form he can blow opposition away though M Vijay not a very bad choice

  • on April 21, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Hey ppl don worry Murali Vijay will contribute n win games for India.. Lets encourage him than discouraging..

    few Ppl who commented above are talking bull shit ! !

    Sehwag s a great player but he s injured ! ! Lets wait n watch ! !

  • Imoptimusprime007 on April 21, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Hey (AbhijitApte) Start watching proper cricket else see statistics given by my friend Mr. lakx........Out of all comments it seems Mr. lakx is the good cricket follower....

    Shame on u guys u ppl want yuvi to get injured for robin to b in....U guys don want INDIA to win.....U guys play politics very well than those who sit in Parliament......

    N AbhijitApte ppl stop giving ur nonsense comments u say wear YELLOW JERSEY N GET DIRTY....Boss Yellow,Blue,Purple,Red, etc etc is not goona matter...What's more important is Performance at the moment Vijay is good in that.

    N FRIENDS lets stop fighting for FRANCHISES N BRADS...Lets support our TEAM INDIA to perform well...... GO INDIA GET BACK THE t20 WC back...

  • on April 21, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    All the best vijay...may be u r going to read this....Believe in yourself...You r better than the best...Dont panic and try out stupid things bcz this is the best chance to make it big in international arena...keep things simple,took almost care on running between wickets..all the best..Make tamilian proud...congrats...bye

  • on April 21, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Utappa is explosive - but needs to be dropped twice before he makes his 50. He will come under the caregory of Sehwag who once we described by Afridi as they do not have a plan on how to get him out, but he gets out himself - ironically in that series, Sehwag become the "Sultan of Multan".

  • jamrith on April 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Why isn't Sachin playing in the World T20. Simple, there ain't no money in it and remember Sachin is not just paid well by the IPL ( deservedly of-course !!) but is also reported to be a stakeholder.

  • nareshefx on April 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    May My choice Of replacement Opener Was Robin Utappa ... Becoz Murali Vijay not An aggressive Player For 20.20 Formats ....

  • on April 21, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @MuraliChiku, Where were you when north indian selectors gave lot of chances to north indian players? What qualification Ajit Agarkar had to be recalled for no. of times. Hope M.Vijay hits a blinder to the sky which lands on your face.

  • neorams on April 21, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Every Dog has its own Day. It was the time only Karnataka and Mumbai players occupied Indian Team. While Comparing those days Srikanth is doing a good Job, not a best Job. He is not 100% perfect. He selects only CSK players, not the TN players.

    All TN Players are from Brahmin Community, 90% Chennai. There is no good selection going on. You can't see At least Other Metropolitan City Players in TN Team. It is always dominated by Chennai Brahmins. TN president & CSK Owner Srinivasan is a Brahmin. Srikanth is a Brahmin. Dinesh Kartic, Murali Kartic, Badrinath, Balaji, Ramesh, Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Sivarama Krishnan ..... You can't even mention even a single non-brahmin, non-chennai TN Guy in Tamil Nadu Team. "Eligibility to attend the TN Selection Camp is that you should be a Brahmin".

    So you should be happy, because at least he didn't filled Indian Team with all Chennai Brahmin Guys. He is doing a good Job, when comparing to TN's Selection.

  • MBakshi on April 21, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    While IPL is great entertainment and good for spectators, i believe key international players in each team should mandatory be allowed to skip few matches leading up to the semi-final stage. We have the first fall-out from IPL this year in sehwag, and am afraid there could be more to follow in the coming weeks. As far as replacement selection goes, i agree that instead of naming a regular opener, srikanth could have done well by boosting the middle-order by selecting Kohli or Uthappa. For that matter even an Irfan Pathan could have been a good selection considering the tournament is being played in the west indies. Dinesh karthik has enough experience to fit into the openers role in T20.

  • james.fernando on April 21, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    This was bound to happen, you cant have such a long tournament before a international Game....

    Players should skip this format and play for the nation. and give chance to domestic players.

    M Vijay selection is good, robin should have been selected in place of yuvi

  • gauravbhatnagar on April 21, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Again Politics,Well done Srikkanth very well done u should be a Politician rather than a Selector.I don't know who made you a selector.By Taking Murali Vijay in the team who don't have any experience of playing any T20 International match and one(Robin Utthappa) who is in such blazing form at the moment and was a part of T20 Championship in 2007 and much better player than any Murali Vijay has been dropped again.Well done Srikkanth Hats off to you.With 20 format you should have players that can change the game in a matter of chance just like Robbie is doing for the RCB.But with players like Murali Vijay,Dinesh Karthik,Rohit Sharma Don't think India have any chances of winning this T20 Championship. But still i wish India wins.Best of Luck India

  • on April 21, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I think murali vijay is better than uthappa...he has got a temperament and talent...he deserves a spotlight..

  • chnind on April 21, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I dont know why people are against Vijay. First of all we need an opening batsmen to replace sehwag not Middle order batsmen. In this case you can ask why not Pandey or N.Ojha, but both are not scored in their last few matches. Selectors chose a form player in Vijay which i Believe is good move. Also i think Mishra should have been picked ahead of Chawla. Ojha lost his place because we already have R.Jadeja as an lefarm spinner & useful batsmen.I think Selectors want to give chance to different players other than giving chance to same player again and again which was happening before. I am worried about fitness of yuvraj, is he fit to play? Why he is failed in IPL and is sehwag played with injury?? These are question keeps running in mind.

  • kavinvin on April 21, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I too agree with Raj_pandian,main players should avoid IPL games to make them available for major games. This situation happened in the previous IPL for Zaheer after which he was not available for another major game.So, the main players should avoid the IPL

  • manisunkara on April 21, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    hello....well another year witout bringing back our world cup home..???? its a great lose to india... that sehwag is out.. i wonder this tym also sehwag reliases what happend during the last world cup.. i think something is cooking very badly between dhoni and viru... we dnt knw nything.. viru has played 14 matches in ipl so far continously.. wer was his shoulder pain at dat tym?? nd hw cum he always get injured after ipl and befor world cup....??

    so india fair enouggh with no world cup this season also... india is nothing widout sehwag .....i think uthappa wil be the bettr replacement..........but here also politics plays a role....mr. shrikanth is frm chennai......as soo is vijay... so he was brought into the 15...

    so in da end dhoni hs a biggest challenge to win this world cup widout sehwag..

    hard luck dhoni........ we all miss u viru........

  • rakesh2049 on April 21, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    It's a DLF IPL injury ............!

  • on April 21, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Murali Vijay is the best option for the opener slot as he has some bit of experience in that position. But I request damn Srikanth to stop being shwoing partiality towards Chennai players, as you see Vijay, gony, tyagi even ashwin cruised into the Indian team because of Srikanth..........................Last message to all the Indians who want to join the Indian cricket team......Join the Tamil Nadu Ranji team or Chennai IPL Team and find yourself a slot in the Indian cricket team........

  • rahul_studd on April 21, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    I think kris shrikkant should be sacked as chief selector because he being an tamil he will always pick tamils players as kartik n vijay. No doubt both players are good but Uttppa and kholi is better than this two players becuase robin uttappa can also keep wickets and kholi is better fielder and mature batsman than vijay. I think mr skrikkant should be sacked worst decision ever in critical situation.

  • abid85 on April 21, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    just like last year, India will be flying back to its home soil...this is the worst bowling line up i have ever seen in my entire life..i guess spinners will be doing the job for india....kangroos have a good chance this time around..

  • praveen305 on April 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    IPL nvr sucks man!!! its individual who should be wiser enough to rest themselves.... and robin is way ahead of VIJAY!!! vijays shots are influenced wit poor tracks tht tkes those blinder shots to cover the fence!!!!..... n west indies,,ooops guess our boys should go wit dozen of helmets !!!! selection sux!!!!we need robin,murali cartik!!! usuf has given tooo many chances!! its time for kholis,pandey,tiwarys to fill in those shoes,,,,oly god can help this team even to enter into next round!!!!.. . n i m a chennaikar and mind u there s not just influence of chika in selection,,its also dhoni!!! we knew wat hppned wen he left rohit and included raina!!! its not any more gentleman game!!! all stupid politicsssssss

  • on April 21, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    There is no doubt. Vijay is very good batsman. He shows his talent in IPL. Common Vijay.

  • ypsc on April 21, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    i think there is some filthy politics in oustering sehwag from world cup team.how he can injured on 20-04-10 after playing complete match on 18-04-10and even he bowled 4 overs in the previous match.this is simply undemocractic and move regional motivated just to push m vijay in to the team. mr .dhoni you will face the same fate like last year .sehwag is a lucky charm for country.best wishes to team team.-BCCI should explain to the country how and when sehwag got injured.

  • shewag.india on April 21, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    i think india will suffer very much without shewag.... we need 2 come back robin instead of vijay......and yuvi must be replace by other batsman....

  • manikumar1983 on April 21, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    who told india will not win.inculding yuvi and gautham with out of form.why not in form vj in squad.He got creadit for his performance.

  • sreekanthkar on April 21, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    i think instead of vijay, robin uthappa culd be given a chance. he is in great form.

  • on April 21, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    M Vijay is inlcuded in the Indian team only beacause he is in IPL Chennai team. Srikanth should stop doing polictics while selecting the players. Most of the players of chennai ipl team like M.Vijay, M.Gony, S.Tyagi, S.Badrinath... got the chance to play for Indian team. Its complete ridiculous, come on Mr.Srikanth stop this kind of non-sense politics and select proper deserved player. Definitely India will win only one match in T20 WC i.e,. their first match against Afganistan. Last words for youngsters aspiring to Indian team, shift to TamilNadu, get into TamilNadu team or Chennai IPL team. Definitely you will be in the Indain team.

  • Vasilev on April 21, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    I tell you IPL form for a player is very important as you get to play against and/or with some high quality players and the pressure of performing in an IPL match is on par with the pressure of performing for your country(if not more). Remember that you are always under the scanner of Franchisee owners and trying to reach your loyal city based fans expectations. Regarding Yuvi, he always has been a man who underperformed time and again given his talent and power. But equally, he has the knack of coming back frm disgusting form to the devastating form. How many times have we seen Yuvi, after a slump in form, hitting a match winning 50 or a 100, celebrating by punching in the air, looking towards the dressing room and shouting at somebody that 'I am back!'. This has been the most disappointing trait of Yuvi- that he always 'comes back' from the rock bottom which he visits more often than any of his contemporaries. He never really stays at the top for a long time like Gauti or Sachin.

  • Naadhan on April 21, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Com on guys, fighting for uthappa here in place of Vijay, btw if you all would have forgot, opener can be replaced with openers only. noway a middle order player can fit in the place of opener. wait and watch, youvi is in bad form and after one or two matches he will be screwed out of team and uthappa wil get the opertunity.

  • cricsane on April 21, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Why the hell they had to select the indian team b4 IPL was over. Yusuf's perf. was poor but that early century got him the place. Yes, I am sure a 2nd team comprising Uthappa, S.Tiwary, M.Tiwary, Rayudu, N.Ojha, I.Pathan, Suman etc. and others would beat the selected team . How abt. anyone organising a match ?

  • sankarchowdary on April 21, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Very Bad selection by srikanth

  • pinn on April 21, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Vijay deserves a place on his merit. A proper cricketer, playing all his shots in V , he should be the first choice on his current form ! Best of luck Vijay !

  • on April 21, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Not a bad selection..But for a T20 tournament, we dont need specialist openers...Probably Virat should have replaced Sehwag and ask Karthik to open with Gambhir...The problem is that our middle order is not apparently in great form..Dhoni, Yuvi and Yusuf are patchy and No games for Jadeja...Kohli would have helped here..

  • MuraliChiku on April 21, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    There is no doubt that M vijay is selected not because of the talent or skill it's just biased decision by Srikkanth. Uthappa must have been far better in all the sense.

  • on April 21, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Not a bad selection..But for a T20 tournament, we dont need specialist openers...Probably Virat should have replaced Sehwag and ask Karthik to open with Gambhir...The problem is that our middle order is not apparently in great form..Dhoni, Yuvi and Yusuf are patchy and No games for Jadeja...Kohli would have helped here..

  • FIASNAHK on April 21, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    @ D.S.A, murali vijay is a very good batsmen, he averages 45 in the domestic one dayers, and has 5 hundreds in 40 odd matches, he hasnt played just one good innings but many.

  • MuraliChiku on April 21, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Its really bad that Robin is not in T20. M Vijay nowhere near to Sehwag. All his shots in the IPL were just blinder. He is more of a test player.I am sure India will be the first exit from the WC.

  • akpy on April 21, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    can yuvi also pull out pse?We need virat or robin in the middle order instead of yuvi in his current form. Am not sure of 'paper tiger' yusuf pathan also but he can do a role similar to pollard for MI, as yusuf can roll his arm over for a few overs, including opening the bowling...

  • manasvi_lingam on April 21, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    There have been quite a few statements cheering Vijay as being better than Sehwag. We are talking about a man who averages higher than Gavaskar in Tests, one with nearly 3 300's. A man who S.Rate in ODIs is higher than any other major batsman except Afridi. Sehwag was recently voted the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. And people call Vijay better than Sehwag, just because Sehwag hasn't shown good enough form in the IPL. Sehwag has always produced his best performances for the country and not in meaningless events like the IPL

  • Raghu_HR on April 21, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    M Vijay is inlcuded in the Indian team only beacause he is in IPL Chennai team. Srikanth should stop doing polictics while selecting the players. Most of the players of chennai ipl team like M.Vijay, M.Gony, S.Tyagi, S.Badrinath... got the chance to play for Indian team. Its complete ridiculous, come on Mr.Srikanth stop this kind of non-sense politics and select proper deserved player. Definitely India will win only one match in T20 WC i.e,. their first match against Afganistan. Last words for youngsters aspiring to Indian team, shift to TamilNadu, get into TamilNadu team or Chennai IPL team. Definitely you will be in the Indain team.

  • Raj_pandian on April 21, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    IPL sucks...... It really spoils the sweetness of the game.... and players like sehwag sachin zaheer dhoni should really skip this format to avoid injuries..... i wonder why people are complaining Vijay's inclusion in to the squad.. there were time when our whole indian team consist of players only from Mumbai and Karnataka..... Robin was not in the 30 probables so he shouldn't be included in the squad....... so please stop giving aginst srikanth

  • Thommo_75 on April 21, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Robin has had his chance before, so why not try out Vijay for a change..But Again, I dont really support "opener-for-opener" theory especially in T20, as there is no specialist openers role he is performing here..An opener is meant to see off the new ball, defending good balls, hitting the loose balls and leaving the away ones..No such scope in t20, where no batting order is fixed while batsman sends the fielders on the leather hunt from the first ball itself..Uthappa or Vijay, there is nothing much to chose from on current form,just plain bad luck for one, good one for the other..The only good thing is that Cheeka dint select Badrinath..he is quite capable of doing such blunders..ha ha!!

  • jnanesh on April 21, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Oh how can he select M Vijay ? because of 1 century its ridiculous, whats wrong with this mad selector (shrikant) then we have to forget this world cup and i think dhonik acting like chamcha (spoon) to shrikant. God only save our team

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on April 21, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Let no one fight for Uttappa or vijay. finally at the end ANYWAY Dinesh kartick will play as specialist batsman. his scores will be 17 , 3 , 5. India will be out of tournment. Srikath & old seleector Nair will still HAVE THE smile

  • AbhijitApte on April 21, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Kongamachari has again proved his wits by selecting players from the holy land of TN. Damn-it! vj-the so called test cricketer doesn't know what is inswing and what is outswing. look at the replays of the way he batted in test matches against South Africans. playing in IPL is different from playing in Internationals. When there were so many others Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Saurabh Tiwary, Naman Ojha the man from TN was picked yet again.

    Guys if you want to get selected in Indian team, the message is clear, get a yellow jersey for yourself, dirty yourself. then Kongamachari (K Srikkanth) will select you.

  • trip_trap on April 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    If Delhi Daredevils had entered semis in IPL3, I wonder if Sehwag would have disclosed his injury....!

    Hmmmm....bad boy, Sehwag!!!

  • apusumit on April 21, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Vijay is d obvious choice being opener n having outstanding form in IPL.S.Dhawan is that kind of player who can rotate d strike n hang around,not d blasting material .And that hang around role is played by gambhir pretty well. Viru yet to come with his reputation in T20 to be honest. After d devastating 100 against RR n sweet knock against RCB vijay had the edge. Tiwary n uthappa played beautiful knocks in d middle ,not as opener. As pathan (having plus bowling) is chosen so place 4 them .

    But for Indian T20 team the biggest worry is that their two best T20 playes Gauti n Yuvi is not in great touch n fielding is below d expectation n Jadeja yet to prove his talent in batting .Hope india overcome all d hurdle n pproduce some spectacular show under ice-cool dhoni.

  • Sivas------CSK on April 21, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    i have no clue why u ppl call out robin s name...do u ppl watch good cricket...or only 20-20...have u ppl ever seen nehra hitting a six...but tat happ in their last game with deccan chargers...the ball was overpitched and was smashed for a six...tat is de case with robin uthappa...since he s a batsman he s supposed 2 hit de ball out of de park if its bad...have u seen playing sachin or dravid playin de same delivery wat robin manages for a switch shot...come on guys...after sachin and dravid its only murali vijay who manages to play good cricketing shot no matter wer de ball is pitched...never complain srikanth for tat...he s a genius n knows wats good for the team...have u ppl seen robin playin a yorker ball...may be he can convert one or two balls into a full toss by comin down de track...have u seen it been played by murali vijay...esp in de match with rajasthan in chennai wer he scored a 120 odd runs...come on ppl...converting a yorker into an inside out six...how great is that???

  • arunamadhan on April 21, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Hello nirav upadhyay.........sehwag is single player and not a team,sehwag is rundevil tremandus batsman but indian team will not seek sehwag itself, and already uthappa got a chance if he perform wel mean he get chance like uvi and other players, as u say shrikanth from tamilnadu thats y he took vijay, so ashwin also performed well in spin, y they took vinay kumar from banglore, think y, because vijay performed well and he din get chance so they gave, dont think stupid.................

  • samir on April 21, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Indian Cricket, the IPL, world T20 and so on, however, I do find it curious, that Sehwag has been fit for IPL tournaments, yet will miss his second consecutive T20 tournament. Of course timing is something that can not be controlled, however the IPL critics will have a field day speculating on players putting money before Country. Interesting to see how this plays out

  • senthil25 on April 21, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    ya its a good move.........vijay is very good in opening than uthappa.........if yuvi is injured means then uthappa will be the right choice, in this matter very good move, all guys going to see the india going to win the 20-20 wc.

  • sathishvaiju on April 21, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    @All the guys who r praying for yuvi to get injured, Do you people have any sense, Already sehwag has been removed because of injury, again u want yuvi to get injured, do you think uthappa will win the cup for india, bullshit , uthappa is good for noting, only in IPL he did averagely tat too after many dropped catches,yuvi is a class, don compare him wit uthappa, rohit n all, Go yuvraj show this pathetic people who you are.

  • ABP235 on April 21, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Myself from Bangalore, but would love to see Vijay in the team rather than Robin. Its a blessing in disguise for the team that Vijay has made it big. He has Dravid like technique and adaptability to any version of the game. He is not a flashy player mind you. And Uthappa, yes he is a fantastic finisher who could have been there in place of Rohit Sharma - but please remember, Sehwag was an opener and Vijay replaces him as one. Uthappa has been all over the middle order during this IPL, though he holds India record for most runs on debut in an ODI as an opener. Shikar Dhawan and SS Tiwari are both terrific prospects and I am sure they are still on the selectors' mind for any possible replacements or future tournaments.

  • apusumit on April 21, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Vijay is the obvious choice being opener and having in great form.S.Dhawan is someone who can rotate d strike n play around ,the role Gambhir plays while viru bats. Some one has to hit from one end n that is vijay . Uthappa is playing wonderful cricket but at no3 ,4 or 5. I think there should be choice between pathan or uttappa both capable of finish d game.Since pathan is picked so no place 4 uttappa .also bowling is d plus for pathan.Worrying thing 4 india is neither yuvi nor gambhir is in great touch being the best t20 players in d team.between rohit n raina ,raina has d edge.Fielding is worst in this IPL specially for d indian players.Need ur top guns to fire n fielding to be superb to do something in t20 worldcup.

  • ravimr12 on April 21, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Of course, M Vijay deserves that position, but he will come only after Robin. Because Robin is having more expose to international cricket than vijay. Only plus point vijay is having, he is playing for the team which includes the great Indian captain, and also Krishnamachari

  • rahmankazmi on April 21, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Poor Irfan Pathan, the only fast bowler allrounder in the current indian team and the one who got MOM for the 1st T20 world cup final...Is MV a better option than Irfan??

  • arasan000 on April 21, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    y from chennai no one should be picked aha...is chennai is not a part of india, only mumbai players should picked aha.... M.VIJAY IS THE BEST REPLACEMENT FOR SEWAG....... UTAPPA IS IN GOOD FORM, BUT HE IS THE FINISHER, NOT THE OPENER.... D.S.A/// U ALL THINK THAT ONLY MUMBAI AND DELHI PLAYERS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN TEAM..

    PLAYERS R PICKED ON THE BASIS OF DOMESTIC PERFORMANCE ONLY. HOW VINAY KUMAR WAS PICKED, VIRATH KHOLI PICKED FROM THE DOMESTIC PERFORMANCE ONLY............ FOR ALL OF U WAIT AND WATCH MURALI VIJAY INNINGS....

  • nastyharish on April 21, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    i think robin utthapa would be a better replacement as grounds in WI are really small & a power hitter like him could clear the boundries eaisly.

  • anuragaryan on April 21, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Ridiculous to leave out Uttahppa..nothing more to say..Srikkanth influence cant be totally ignored..Ask a rationale person and answer is Uttappa.

  • Pilotprem on April 21, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    thanks , No body asked Ganguly to replace Sehwag , Some fools like Mr saswank kumar writting VIJAY / Dinesh/ Aswhin are there cuz of Mr Srikanth and are average players , TAMIL NADU is INDIAS T20 CHAMPION , ONE DAY CHAMPIONS , Semis in last 3 RANJI Tropies , mind ur words before penning , stop this ANTI TAMIL/ANTI Srikanth propoganda without baseless reason , wait for 4 more days u will get answer for VIJAYS Selection , dont get irritated when a guy from TN selected, its on merit which was not there for last 20 years where even robinsingh waited for 14 years to get NOD

    COMEN VIJAY forget these fools comments , they were going GAGA on Manish pandey , now on Robin ( ofcourse he palyed well in miidle order with dropped catches were u got runout 4 accasions , Go & Blast the cup ,show our true INDIAN Spirit , Good LUCK INDIA

  • Joby_George on April 21, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Bad Luck Robin Uthappa, He deserves to be in the team. Vijay is there because of Srikanth, Dhonis pressure and one hundred that he made. I do believe Uthappa was a better option and a better fielder too. I don't think that this team is a balanced one and its west indies, lets see what Dhoni & team can do. IPL matches are creating fatigue in Indian players. The numbers are too much; Sewagh is a victim of IPL. Either reduce the match numbers or schedule it after big tournaments like world cup.

  • on April 21, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Definitely a setback for Dhoni Eleven, But Uthapa will be surprising everybody in this cup.. Still have a lot of batting options, M Vijay is ok but in cup they must have some experience also, let's see now..

  • Imoptimusprime007 on April 21, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Now come on guys stop giving silly comments like

    1)Rift between Dhoni n Shewag 2)Local players gonna make more money in IPl 3)Drop Yuvi (Those who have commented lik this pls stop watching cricket n play oongli cricket) 4)Vijay SELECTED ON STATE BIAS (What u reap is what u saw...remember thr were only karnataka players dominating Indian Cricket????) 5)NO CHANCE FOR INDIA IN THIS WC (Thats rubbish INDIA always ROCKS)

    Watch cricket as game and give sensible comments.......Enough with one Lalit Modi i c so many here.

    Any player who wears TEAM INDIA JERSEY will give his 100% commitment ,So stop discouraging PIYUSH,VINAY etc etc...

    We r INDIANS n v want INDIA to win....It doesn mean only experience players can win matches for us....For that sake people who chant for shewag ,yuvi,robin etc etc were DEBUTANS one day REMEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'M A PROUD INDIAN WITH NO BIAS FOR ANY STATE.

    JAI HO INDIA

    U GUYS GONNA ROCK

    ONE MORE T20 CUP IN OUR RECORDS......

  • tathagat65 on April 21, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Can someone please ask Sachin to reconsider his decision of not playing 2020 at international level...this may be his chance to get that one elusive feather in his cap...a world cup!

  • sharad1984 on April 21, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I think in this case Robin utthappa deserves more than anyone else... also if ipl form alone is considered in Vijay's selection, then how come Yuvraj Singh is there in the squad... Robin should play instead of him... Agreed UV is an icon player but look at his current form... it is horrendous....also why isnt pragyan ojha there? am sure he is much better than the kid Piyush chawla who is also pathetic.... Considering all these factors, twould be a miracle if India make it to the semis....

  • on April 21, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Murali is the perfect & best replacement for Viru. Every one comparing MV to ROBIN is not right comparison, its like comparison b/w SACHIN to AFIRIDI, MV is class player but Robin ??????????????? not only in IPL whenever Robin batted he got 2 or 3 life to cross 30 runs. he got the chances from 2006 onwards but whenever MV the got chance he utilizing. For 20-20 game u must be a class player with harm power, i think MV have the both the things better then ROBIN. MV also having some problem like b/w wickets he can improve, let us hope INDIA will win the WC 2010. We have DHONI,GOUTHI,YUVI,RAINA,ZAHEER.

  • on April 21, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Whats going on ??? its purely regional feeling that yielded a place for Murali Vijay in T20 Squad and thanks to Kriss Srikkanth... And this is not fair, Shikhar Dhawan or Robin Uthappa are the best options for the replacement of Virender Sehwag..

  • Sir-Collingwood on April 21, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    After seeing what's he's capable of for Delhi in the IPL (in tandem with Gambhir as the Match Losas)...yeah, this is great news for India.

  • on April 21, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Gud news for team india, now they dont have to waste 15 days in WI, they will be out in first round!!! Weldone BCCI and lalit modi to put IPL before the WC....be will see lots of injured player in WC squad bcoz IPL semifinal and final is still remaining and our key player like Dhoni, Raina,Rohit, Zaheer, Harbhajan are playing in IPL semi!!!!!!

  • Surhud29 on April 21, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Big blow, Atlest this time we know that there is a problem and not like the last T 20 tournament. We need to beleive in our players and replacement lot as well. They will do well. I can see the intent this time in our players which unfortunately was missing in the last tournament. Congrats to vijay, Hard luck Robin and manish Pandey.

  • on April 21, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Hey u Guys don't fight for a selection like dis. We srilankan selectors choose Sanath Jayasuriya just only he is a member of da ruling party,,,,,,,,As we all know Sanath is not in good form throughout da last 12 months.. Jeewantha Kulathunga Who was da man of da series in just concluded Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Tournament was left out by our selectors.. So inclusion of a player like Vijay is not a big suprise for me, Who is in superv form.

  • ashi_mag23 on April 21, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    talking about murali vijay... he shows power game in INDIAN flat pictches against INDIAN domestic players.. playing aganst international bowlers in west indies in completely different story.

    uthappa is always a better option if compare to vijay as t-20 requires POTENTIAL & POWER rather den TECHNIQUE...

  • on April 21, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Guys comeon robin has had many chances but he has never performed well even once at the big level. At least Murali has done it in international level whenever given an opportunity. He is also in terrific form......also i dnt know why they are still picking yusuf it's just wasting a place instaed of him they could have picked robin

  • on April 21, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Stop toking nonsense about vijay. Could robin beat his 56 balls 127 runs????he scored the last fifty in a staggering not more than 15 balls. Why do u guys always look to a person who has been in international cricket much before ROBIN is?????? THIS TIME...ROBIN HASN'T MADE USE OF HIS CHANCES..... VVIJAY IS THE BEST PICK... And how in the world can anyone pics S.dhawan as said by D.S.A who has scored very less runs thn vijay and has a lower strike rate?????

  • Another_brick_in_the_wall on April 21, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Robin over Vijay even in my dreams !

  • Dimescream on April 21, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    India's first downfall en route to the T20 WC.

  • truth_hurts on April 21, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Sachin , if you are reading this, please think about playing for India this world cup, or at least join the team to West Indies. And Dhoni is a great player and captain. Only negative I could point out from him will be that he tends to value friendship more than performance. Bhajji and Yuvi knows that they will play for India no matter how good their form is ! Raina and Vijay have the advantage playing for Chennai. Players from Chennai have a great opportunity of showing their capabilities to their national captain. And I feel Irfan is much better option than Jadeja. Jadeja is neither a batsman nor a bowler !!

  • niranjsuresh on April 21, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Who said Robin is better choice and because of Srikanth Mvijay got chance, Oh man understand cricket, nehra hit six can not be compare with YV.YV hit 6 sixes can not be compare with Tendulkar. First of all Mvijay is branded for Test operner, before IPL3. When he can come with bang and surpass over Hayden. What is there to think. In other hand Uthappa, yes he is excellent criketer too, but not a operner, as well as his form U see there are lot of drop catches than others who succeed with runs. Probably more than 6 cathes dropped for him(If yusuf droped like this he kept going on going, u can not expect this in International matches) and another aspect he given chances before also not consistant enough. Lets go for other choice why not!!!!! If dravid play like YV in 20/20 , My choice is dravid rather than Yv.

  • on April 21, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Srikanth is the next disaster for indian cricket. this time this team is not even going to win a single game. first round exit 200%.

  • srriaj317 on April 21, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    For the people harping about Vijay getting ahead of Uthappa, Uthappa SURELY deserves to be in the team BUT not as an opener! Sehwag is an opener and we need an opener to replace him for God's sake! Uthappa should have been included in place of someone in the middle order and Vijay sure deserves his chance as well!

  • francric on April 21, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Ironic isnt it..After the conclusion of Delhi`s IPL stint Sehwag gets injured two years in a row!!!

  • yootubep on April 21, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    first of all uthappa does not deserve a place bcoz he performed in 3 games with the help of opposition and moreover he is not in 30 probables. But we should have gone for a aggresive player like manish pandey, shikar dhawan or naman ojha..

  • on April 21, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    hey guys just keep quite guys vijay is much better than shewag at present ok

  • hsengiv86 on April 21, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    the point is shewag is an opener, we need an opener,so there is no point in selecting utthappa, if some one from middle order got injured then one can say that uttappa should have been selected.the selector had made the right choice

  • ssraghavan on April 21, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    I still think the case would be because of sehwag's attitude he would have been removed from the squad and well known Dhoni is a person to do like this. There is no point in arguing who could have been selected in his spot as one thing all and specially Dhoni needs to know that nobody and noone can replace sehwag in any format of the game. He was brought up and well nurtured in the midst of many senior players and no other players has grown up like this and used the opportunity well. Personally I like his attitude.

    Mind it DHONI: Do not make a mistake again.

  • kingkarthik on April 21, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Perspective please. Srikanth is only the Chairman of the selection committee, he is not the selection committee itself. So please don't go barking up the wrong tree stating it was Srikanth who made the decision to include Murali Vijay. The inclusion of MV was done in all likelyhood with the backing of all other members of the selection committee and the also having obtained the view of the team management. Please don't live in your own world thinking that Srikanth has the power to unilaterally take decisions, he doesn't. As why MV, well he has been a consistant performer and as such deserves his place, he scored heavily in the IPL and has a good temprament in the other forms of the game. If you feel that Robin Uthappa is hard done, please take a look at his track record in internationals. Just because he scored a few runs in the IPL he does not automatically walk into the team. After all, in the World T20, not a lot of people will be dropping catches to allow him to score alot.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on April 21, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    sehwag wasnt in good form anyways, vijay would do better then him.oh doesnt matter to me, i just want w.indies and new zealand to do good.

  • on April 21, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    While selecting players for World Cup, no one would try a new player at an international level. With such kind of payers there is a problem with coping up with pressure in huge games. SO the better choice who had played some international cricket before should be preferred.

    Vijay and Uthappa are the only players who can open from the list of players in good form. But uthappa takes lot of risks to score runs while vijay just plays orthodox risk free shots but accelerates the scoring rates.

    So vijay's selection wasnt a big issue.

    THough inconsistent last year Rohit has been in superb form this IPL, trying him over YUsuf might be a good option as we have many power hitters like Yuvraj,Raina and MSD himself in the team.

  • on April 21, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    He plays GOOD orthodox cricket.. and he is been the backup/standby opener for India. Now sehwag is out, so the ideal choice for an opener is M Vijay.. Am sure he will do better...

  • on April 21, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Let us not discuss about the new player in Vijay. Look at the Idiot in Shewag and the IPL organization as such. The scheduling was sick. With this type of schedule every year. It is killing our chance at the Twenty - Twenty world cup. We are carrying a dead weight in Yuvaraj already. Let us add more passengers.

  • ankush3076 on April 21, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    i was all time dreaming about it if someone got injured to bring uthappa in but i never dreamed of sehwag at all and i don't dare to think of vijay(he sucks) .

  • on April 21, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Vijay is a good replacement those who say robin should have got his chance i would say he got lot chances in last season but he didnt prove on any given day, so i think he is good replacement...

  • on April 21, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    come on! this is not matter,we have several player uthapa,m vijay,oja,aswin... so we r happy each one every murch,dont worry be happy!

  • Rayhaan on April 21, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    WOW! India are definitely gonna lose! Sehwag is an amazing player but as usual he lost becuz of IPL As for Uthappa he is a total loser, he cant play spin Murali Vijay deserved the spot and I hope he performs

  • sdpak on April 21, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    this was the best time to bring back Sachin into the T20 team...

  • pacyCricket on April 21, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Is SEHWAG really injured??? Surprised me bcos he even bowled and that too bowled well for a few overs in the recent IPL matches. OMG!!! there shouldn't be any turmoil within team INDIA btw dhoni & sehwg.

  • archilion on April 21, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Its all about 'form' D.S.A!! M Vijay is in tremendous form these days. Better than Dhawan that you have to accept. And who care about the difference in pitches! its a T20 game, not a test! Pitches dont play that big role here. Its all about how hard you can hit the ball, and with how much confidence. M Vijay could even do better than Sehwag because he is in good form. His shot selection is good and he is an excellent choice for opening with Gambhir. I wish our team best to do well in the tournament.

  • pakzrocks on April 21, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    Its simple to get selected for national team one should play in CHENNAI, everyone who plays for CHENNAI get selected , e.g joginder sharma, suraish raina, and now Vijay... come on dhoni there are other good players around as well... India will be out in the first round for sure.....

  • lcewarriors on April 21, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    i think rayudu should be given a chance .... he has icl experience too and has had a good ipl so far ... his shots and the way he plays he looks a lot better player than say tiwari or dhawan or utappa .... Vijay has been in good form though ...so based on form Yuvraj should be dropped , zero performance and 100 attitude

  • jamrith on April 20, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Now if only a couple of other players like Yuvi and Praveen could claim "injuries", we may be able to pick better replacements. Whatever, we are bound to be humiliated, maybe beaten by Afghanistan; but no one seems to care least of all the players

  • 1948 on April 20, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    it is tough time to india playing without sehvag as opener ,vijay may play as opener better luck to him&for india

  • on April 20, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    We need a proper opener. I think Vijay is the right choice. I saw names of Dhawan pop up - he is not even permanent in the Mumbai side....and Uthappa is a floater in the middleorder so he can't come in for Sehwag. But I expect other teams to whack India this time. IPL is making players greedy and no one is interested to play for the country thanks to IPL.

  • Alexk400 on April 20, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I do not think this team will win it. Because they lack team chemistry. In 2007 india won because Dhoni did not have cockiness or arrogant. he respected everybody. They played for him. Now Dhoni thinks he is a superman. Well we all know what happen when someone gets cocky. Until Dhoni start to create a good enviornment , this team will not win. I may think sehwag may not play 2011 worldcup also.

  • Imran_Ahmed on April 20, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    THANK YOU IPL!!!!!

    Boy, the Pakistani players are glad they weren't picked to play in IPL..... Everything worked out for the best!!!

    I don't even know if India will be able to defeat Afghanistan this year :)

  • maestrorulez on April 20, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Guys think logically rather being emotional. How many chances have been given to uthappa and what were the results? also it is the world wide policy to replace a opener with opener. Would we ever replace a batsman with a bowler saying that he is in good form. Who is the most promising (leave alone all other aspects) young opener playing in the current ipl i can't see anybody else than Vijay. Let back this young guy and hope we win the T20 wc.

    Also regarding selection it's strange that people are not annoyed of Vijay's selection but Srikanth selecting Vijay. I hope people are getting the differnce in above mentioned line.

  • sayitisntsodear on April 20, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Good post Lakx. Guess most of the posts were made by people who have no knowledge of cricket apart from being fanatics of certain individuals. Blame K.Srikanth only if L.Balaji is in the squad instead of Zaheer Khan. Vijay is a class act and a great choice.

  • on April 20, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    First of all.. Vijay's selection was a must because of the fact that it is an OPENERS role that India needs to fill. If Uthappa had to be in the team it would be in place of someone in the middle order because Uthappa is a finisher in the MIDDLE ORDER. I do agree that Ojha should be in place of Chawla, but lets not really politicize the issue and be biased with regions. No matter what Viru is still VIru and is a blow for India, but hopefully Vijay steps up and proves all doubters wrong. GOOD LUCK INDIA!!!!

  • lakx on April 20, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    @shrienator- "Vijay seems very ordinary and can explode only ordinary bowling" @Alexk400-"it is more of bad Indian bowling." @F on(April 20 2010, 19:30 PM) !!! Kids, Australia was No.1 b'cos they won more matches then others. US is richest because they have more money. Statistics is the only thing that matters and Statistics prove that Vijay was one of the top players in IPL3. If the bowling was bad then do not worry, against this bad bowling excluding Raina everybody in the probables list scored less than Vijay and then any bowler is going to be ordinary on the flat pitches of ODI/T20. The reason Dhoni and Yuvraj are better ODI players then test.If he is average everybody is below average. @D.S.A-ONE TOURNAMENT. YESSS but the one currently being played so current form. 2 years back AUS was no.1. Living on past glory is casteism. We do not need casteism in cricket. Its all water under the bridge. Selection is not Bharat Ratan which can be given posthumously. Form has to be current.

  • kvrnpavan on April 20, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    thats a good decission sehwag may be a good player but he is struggling with form right now so its better to give him rest...... also i think rayudu and tiwari from MI should be given a try they were pretty consistant too.....

  • kapil__goyal on April 20, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Why didn't the BCCI persuade Sachin to go instead of him? Sachin is in fine form and may not be there till the next WC. This would have been a golden opportunity for him to to showcase the T20 skills he has shown in the IPL to the world. Without Sehwag, Team India looks quite weak, as they already have to deal with the out of form batting and bowling lineup. No one Except Raina, Dhoni and Gambhir seems to be in any sort of form. Vijay may get his turn, but he is still new at the international level. Sharma is highly unprobable to get a cut in the playing XI. The team is expected to be: Vijay/Karthik, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Yusuf, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen, Nehra. There is no way sharma is going to play unless the team management decides to go without Yusuf which is highly unprobable seeing his decent form. Bowling too seems rusty with Praveen and Nehra not in their best forms.

  • rohit1709 on April 20, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Wow! People have gone Cuckoo over here... Someone says ... R Vinay..Seriously? Yes.SEriously. Coz he has taken wickets and has been consistent. Murali Vijay, because as an opener he has performed very well in an Indian Domestic Tournament of the highest quality. Robin was not in the 30... and thus not in the team and oh.. he is a middle order finisher. Irfan was not in 30 either. Sehwag seemed out of sorts in the IPL as well. Murali Vijay scored even when Hayden failed... so, there.. Chew on that. And also, trakcs in West Indies are not threatening at all... Windies and Zimbabwe both bowled 905 overs of spin. Please comment with a little bit of intelligence. Please.

  • selectuthappa on April 20, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    I AM PRAYING THAT SOMEONE ELSE GETS INJURED....even if its yuvraj.....robin uthappa needs to be selected!!!!!! Just give the guy a chance....he is soooo good!!!!!!!!!

  • PNJ70 on April 20, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I think shoulder injury is just an excuse. He probably did not want to go WI for T20 worldcup after a poor IPL and looks more to not have positive attitude towards the game. He has been throwing his bat at all kinds of bowl without any merit. I think this will rejuvenate him. My guess is that it is more of mental fatigue and not any physical injury. He bowled in one game in IPL recently, so shoulder injury has happened after Daredevils IPL campaign finished. In India, it is easy to make excuses and this is one of that incident.

    I hope he comes back better from this break. As for India's T20 chances. There were none with or without Sehwag. T20 requires attitude cricket, Indian team is currently lacking that after a long season. BCCI would be better off to give players some break rather than keep ringing the registar

  • on April 20, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    oh, come on.. stop supporting for uthappa.. selectors should select only among the 30 probables.. vijay deserves it...

  • rajdhani on April 20, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    vijay is from tamilnadu ,the chif silector and vice presdent of bcci is also from tamilnadu that's why vijay is selected.u check last 15 to 20 when ever big player injured vijay,badrinath and ashwin is first choice . they did not look any other player.they only wants tamilnadu and south zone player in the team. irfan pathan doing good this ipl2010 he took 15 wicketand make 250 runs how they did not select him? robin uthapa ,manish pandy,shikhardhawan,saurabh tiwari, raydu they all palyed well but they nead only his palyer .dhoni also playing for chanai super king that's why he also recomend tamilnadu's player.this is not good we have to do some thing for zone wad

  • on April 20, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    If India is going,to win T20 it s not coz of sehwag, we miss him but vijay is a class batsman, but needs to get adapted for the conditions there,Yuvi shuld be replaced by uthappa

  • royalg on April 20, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    i agree with the D.S.A, saurab tiwary cosistant performer all season in domestic and ipl, manish pandey brilliant domestic season bit weak in this yr's ipl, vijay is not a guarantee to always score runs in 20/20. uthappa was the right man nearly in every indians mind, suman also has done well.

  • Vikram_Rathore on April 20, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    For me the choice is not between Murali Vijay and Robin Uthappa... Both deserve a place in the Indian side on Equal Merit. I AM ONLY WONDERING WHAT THE NINCOMPOOPS LIKE ROHIT SHARMA DOING IN THE TEAM. His ODI average after 40+ games is less than that of Harbhajan's and is still in the team as a specialist batsman!!! Down with Mumbai favouritism and politics still ruining Indian Cricket!!!

  • SadQ on April 20, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    I dont understand the logic of playing IPL so close to the T20 world cup. And on top its no fun without Paki players anyways. I guess players are being lured to give more emphasis to IPL then a World Cup. Obvz Injuries will happen. Why do u think India lost the last T20??

  • Venkat4Cric on April 20, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    On their day both Vijay and Uthappa could perform. Other times both could perform less than their potential. So how does one select Vijay ahead of Uthappa. We tend to compare them based on IPL. Lets see. The top scores in the IPL so far are Sachin, Kallis, Ganguly, Raina, Jayawardane, Vijay, Symonds, Rohit Sharma etc. Sachin is not playing world T20. Ganguly is retired. Cant play Kallis or Jayawardane for India and the next is Vijay. More over the injured player is Sehwag who is an opener so does Vijay, hence a natural replacement. If Rohit Sharma was injured probably Uthappa was in instead of Vijay. Uthappa is hard hitter compared to Vijay but Vijay seems to have more strokes. As someone said, Uthappa is better lower down the order. We dont need an additional keeper since Dinesh Karthik is in the squad to back Dhoni.

  • D.S.A on April 20, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Oh my gosh. What is it with everyone? The majority, if not all, seem to only pick players based on a few games or in this case, one tournament. I'll repeat that, ONE TOURNAMENT! If Uthappa hadn't performed in this tournament, almost nobody would be mentioning him at all and you know it. With regards to Vijay, NOBODY at all would be mentioning him because he's a good test player but he has not shown it domestically in limited overs tournaments (unless i'm mistaken there, in which case find sufficient evidence, and not just 1 game, and i'll take it back). Based on pure merit, and not 1 tournament, I'd pick S.Dhawan, who had a great season in the first IPL, which appears to be the only requirement for most of you, albeit being a while ago, and he's been in superb form domestically. Also, Saurabh Tiwary has had a very good domestic season, and he is an imposing figure at the crease, which can play on the bowler's mind, albeit against international bowlers. Btw, I am indian, so G.L India!

  • ccriccfan on April 20, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Makes me laugh when i see people cheering for ridiculous IPL. What is all the hype about it? Are flat pitches in India suppose to prepare Indian team for T20 WC? This is going to be another first round exit for Indian team

  • Idli_Dosa on April 20, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Who cares ? India won't win the T20 anyway. To think they can actually win it is one of the biggest illusion of all times.

  • Ratlers11 on April 20, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    M Vijay deserves that position. This is not a question about Tamilnadu or Mumbai, this is about India so the best sportsmen deserve to represent the country and M Vijay is in the best form right now. Uthappa has got many opportunities but hasnt delivered. I think its time we give chance to talented cricketers like M Vijay.

  • laXa on April 20, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    TO ALL WHO SAYZ THAT VJ WAS INCLUDED B'COZ OF SRIKKANTH AND UTHAPPA WAS A BETTER OPTION... COME ON GUYS... OF ALL THE SO CALLED MATCH WINNING INNINGS THAT ROBIN PLAYED WAS'NT IT BCOZ OF THE DROPPED CATCHES?? TAKING NOTHING AWAY FROM UTHAPPA I AM SURE VIJAY WILL BE A GUD REPLACEMENT. THERE ARE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE VINAY KUMAR, CHAWLA AND YUSUF PATHAN WHO DON'T DESERVE A PLACE IN THE TEAM.... I GUESS VIJAY DESERVES A PLACE IN THE TEAM MORE THAN THESE PLAYERS.. I AM SURE VIJAY WILL PERFORM WELL.. HARD LUCK ROBIN... KEEP GOING VJ!!!!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    This is again happened second time with sehwag, we already missed him for world 20-20 last year.Any how now india has lase chance to win thiss worldcip without sehwag. To many matches in IPL is the reason behind it.Again there is a bad selection by Shrikanth. Robin uthappa deserves he pace of injured sehwag. He was the part of 2007 world 20-20. Murli vijay get the benifit because he is from chennai.now god saves team india...

  • sriram123123 on April 20, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Good move by Srikkanth I guess. Vijay is a tremendous player who is in great form. For all of you who is saying that yuvi should be dropped, you are wrong. He is the player who hit six sixes in T20..

  • on April 20, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    robin must b a good choice as he is really a nice finsiher nd can hit the ball out of the park when it is in his range.........but murali vijay is not a bad choice because he plays nd thinks a lot when he is batting nd when he gets going he kills the opotion but i still perfer robin over him

  • on April 20, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    gud news 4 India vijay is better batsman than sehwag

  • A-MOD on April 20, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    All the ppl asking for uthappa's inclusion - was he in the 30 probables?.. can someone outside the 30 be selected?...

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    @lakx: Excellent comparison. Much appreciated.

  • long_handle9 on April 20, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    I would've preferred Uthappa but vijay is ok as well. However I'm a Pakistan supporter so I hope India don't win!

  • FROMCHE on April 20, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Stats

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s M Vijay 13 13 2 417 127 37.90 263 158.55 1 2 1 34 23 Uthappa 14 13 2 348 68* 31.63 205 169.75 0 3 0 19 25 V Kohli 14 12 2 298 58 29.80 205 145.36 0 1 0 25 12

    M Vijay is at no 6 in most run for this IPL3, next to Little Master, J Kallis, Dada, Raina, Jayawardene.

    M Vijay is ahead of Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Sangakkara, Sehwag, Uthappa, Kohli, D Karthik, Gilchrist, Yuvraj Singh, MK Pandey.

    M Vijay is at no 4 in most catches for this IPL3 with 8 catches and Symonds is at no 1 with 10 ct, Uthappa is not in the list.

    Opener can be replaced by an opener. Uthappa has been developed as an middle order batsman and finisher of the game for last couple of years. So there is nothing to talking about Vijay being selected.

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Dejavu.... hope India dont repeat last years T20 debacle. All the best to Vijay... Hope he can fill the big boots of Sehwag.

  • Alexk400 on April 20, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    K Srikkanth as a selector having bad time from Nagpur test against SA. It still continues. He makes mistake by taking tiny tiny parthiv patel. Worst decision. Rohit sharma flatter to decieve. He is useless. Jadeja never played in IPL. we do not know his form. Uthappa should be selected over Murali vijay as karthik can open.

    Too many bad selections by K. Srikkanth.

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    sehwag's exit doesn't make a significant difference... he seems confused about his role in t20s. chawla's selection is most odd coz he's quickish which will only provide pace to hit, a more loopy ojha or mishra would've been better. as for vijay, there's no doubt that robin would have been better coz we needed a power hitter, yusuf and yuvraj's form is suspect. but everybody knows why vijay was preferred, didn't expext this kind of state-bias from srikkanth. i mean dinesh karthik, s badrinath, r ashwin, m vijay... all are average, but are playing internationals only because they r from tamil nadu. what about uthappa, tiwary, rayudu, trivedi etc.

  • Sebi76 on April 20, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    A very good thing from Indian point of view. I hope another injury happens to yuvraj and Robin Uthappa (In form player) join in as an replacement. Another waste is Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan deserves that spot with the likes of Ravinder Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh, it is useless to have another spinner in the 20-20 team. Although I would love to see Irfan back, at the same time I would recommend him to put extra effort to improve his bowling a bit, to be able to retain the spot long term or 50-50 or test team !!!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    its a fantastic choice...and i guess m vijay will make the best use of this...gud luck vijay and off-course with no doubt india is going to be the champion once again....come on INDIA...

  • Ramlals_Bong on April 20, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Pick Uthappa and Irfan Pathan ... Vinay Kumar, really?

  • Alexk400 on April 20, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Murali vijay played well because the other end was mathew hayden. if murali vijay and gambhir plays , pressure will be on murali vijay. Vijay can't show his skills if he do not have cushion. He will be a bust!.

    I strongly believe there is some politics between dhoni and sehwag. Sehwag has a grudge against dhoni in that dhoni trying to show he does not need sehwag for Winning.

    I prefer Uthappa over M.vijay. Opposition fear Uthappa not murali vijay. M. vijay is ideal ODI player. Not t20. Yes he did good in IPL. it is more of bad indian bowling. Uthappa do 400lb squat!. Wow. He can hit the ball a mile.

  • MAYANKRAJ27 on April 20, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    IPL should be banned, its eating out our international players n lessening our chances 2 win ICC tournaments.. even sachin shud avoid it in order to increase its international carrer.

  • NikhilPapad3 on April 20, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    hmmmm i know murali vijay has had a good ipl but its been nothing to the one robin uthappa has had, i know ronin isnt an regular opener but his stats are incredible for the ipl this year, he has won bangalore more games than murali vijay. i think he would have been a better pick than murali vijay. and reallly dissapoionting to see viru owta the t20 world cup! dammit this happened last year as well. and i agree with deepak, how has chawla got the nod in front of ojha? ojha has been the key man in the deccan chargers rise. and he is the purple cap holder by a long margin, the selectors have stuffed it up there

  • h2k223 on April 20, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    too good huh :( (i am not happy )

  • cricdeep on April 20, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Guess it is a blessing in disguise. With Sehwag in poor form, it is good Murali Vijay gets a in. I wish the same thing happens to Piyush chawla too, so that either Ohja or Mishra gets in. The 20-20 world cup always follows the IPL, i think it is going to be a big disadvantage for the fatigued Indian players. Lets hope they are able to overcome the stress and fatigue, not to mention the late night IPL parties, and bring the cup home. Good luck.

  • OpeninBatsman on April 20, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    To all the PAKISTANIs commenting here about IPL ..@ injuries happen to every one.Dont blame IPL for it.What happened to ur UMAR GUL n YASIR ARAFAT..? they injured themselves during the training camp.. now tomorrow u guys will say dont hold training camps.. huh ? Any ways sehwag hasn't been at his best in t20 n even in the first t20 world cup he didn't contribute much to the indian team's success.. good luck to Vijay. :)

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    I think this is a huge blow for india as man in for has been out because of injury. I think IPL has taken it's wicket.IPL is a lenghthy tourney i thought sehwag must have rested in some matches because if injuries increases then we can't even reach second round..finally IPL has been indirectly affecting indian players

  • on April 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Well..O Well..NO surprise!!! Politics involved 4 sure!!! How come he is injured all of a sudden???!! Murli --- absolute talent (UNDOUBTEDLY) But... Y Y Y ... not Uthappa and y y y not Ojha??? Dammn!! V cn still understand Uthappa not being selected....if the explaination is " Uthappa had not played much matches whn team was sent "... But y was Ojha not selected as he has been performing tremendously well evn before IPL-3.

  • kany on April 20, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    as obvious ridiculous ipl contributed in indias chances on t20 world cup, as i always thought this needless cricket is too extensive and just waste

  • CSK_fanatics on April 20, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    i also hope ashwin who has been doing well in IPL gets a nod!!!! he has got a lot of variety. The 'sudoku ' ball he bowled to brendon mccullum was amazing. That will be perfect answer to srilankan 'mendis'. guys, IPL is a blessng in disguise. You need such a league to identify local talented players.

  • Herath-UK on April 20, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    This is very depressing as could be a forerunner to future scenario where international players opt out of national commitments putting money/IPL in front. If you could play the full quota of IPL matches without a whinge and barring apparent incident players could feign injury to escape criticism.If he had some lingering injury he should have taken time off IPL to be ready for the world cup as Shewag knows how valuble he is to India's cause.I think players in future will retire prematurely from Test cricket to prolong their career in IPL but on the other hand would not retire from one day games easily in spite of poor form to prolong their money spining IPL career , a case in show is Jayasuriya. In spite of terrorist threats non Asian players played in the IPL without a whimp but come world cup 2011, you will hear same players forcing their boards against it,sad but true. Ranil Herath , Kent

  • shrienator on April 20, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    This is a big big blow for team India !!! viru might seem to be out of form in IPL but sure team india needs him when it comes to such big international event.Murali vijay is no way a replacement to Viru... Uthappa is much better.. Vijay seems very ordinary and can explode only ordinary bowling..Srikkanth is gone mad and as usual biased (CSK)! !God save team India!!!

  • Kumar_cricket on April 20, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Oh no not again.Yuvi pls get an injury. Once again IPL impacted our world cup campaign.

  • kktharan on April 20, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    I'm from sl, i feel that is great decision from the selectors. because injured (out of form) opener replaced by in form opener. i agree with ''lakx''.

  • Shri_The_Rockstar on April 20, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    wat the INDIAN selectors want???dont they want India to win the World Cup or they are giving chance 2 the other teams 2 win the WC'10..

  • svinodmenon on April 20, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    If you pick Uthappa where will you play him, In the middle order then where will Rohit and Jadeja will be placed. As per my calculation selectors have done a good job of picking the best team for this T20 WC. Puiysh will not be in the playing 11 (he is only the back up for harbajan) Also Harbajan & Jadeja will occupy the spinners part with hand full of partimers. In the current squad we need a specalist opener on behalf of sehwag. Hopefully Vijay who is the back opener for other two formats will be well placed in the spot. He has wide range of crickiting shots and can time the ball really well. He is a good at in and out fielding position. My playing 11 would be Gambir, Vijay,Raina, Yuvaraj, Dhoni, Rohit, Jadeja, Harbajan, Zaheer, Vinay, Nehra. Vinay bowls well overs between 09-16. A good allround team. Uthappa & Kholi is better players but can they be a good openers....?

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on April 20, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Sehwag's absence is going to hurt the indias chances in WEST INDIES. Selectors should have asked SACHIN to replace Sehwag. VIJAY is good choice. But ROBIN might have been a better choice who has done pretty well in first world T20 in south africa.

  • raghul48 on April 20, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I was very annoyed in reading few of the comments below. How come people compare Yuvi with Uthappa. Yuvi is full of class and perfection while uthappa largely depends on luck. Also I support the selction of M.Vijay ahead of Uthappa because Vijay is a traditional opener with wide range of shots. But uthappa is player depending largely on power. If you people support robin for his recent form in ipl, then consider that in almost all the matched he scored, there is at least one drop chances. The fielding standards of SA, Aus, Eng and NZ are far better than Ipl and they rarely miss any opportunities. Also T20 is not only 6's and aggression as you can see from sachin and kallis the two leading run scores in ipl, sachin has hit only 3 sixes in 13 matches whereas kallis with 9 sixes. From long-term perspective players like Vijay, Kholi, Rohit are good for our team then players like Y. Pathan, and Uthappa. And onemore thing, the ground in WI are not very small as in IPL and hence 6's are easy.

  • Shri_The_Rockstar on April 20, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Robin Uthappa still not selected..!! Wat the hell r the selectors doing out there... No Pragyan Ojha in the team whos the PURPLE CAP holder and now wat a blunder the have made by not selecting Uthappa.. i think the selectors have been BRIBED 4 not sending a gud team 2 WI..

  • iliv2dunk on April 20, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    India is on back foot... Sehwag is special, he may not be in good form but its a matter a one or two matches to get form. He is part time bowler too. He can win matches single handed. Loss for India :(. I should say IPL should not be before any big tournaments especially before world cup. Vijay is right choice.

  • grandclipper on April 20, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    dhoni and srikanth for murali....me too but only after I see Robin in the side. Hope Yuvi gets injured too so that Robin is there finally. U can't overlook talent, LOYALTY, performance and grit. Superstars not required to win a T20 WC.....just check out the last 2 winners. Yuvi became a s'star after that. Lets pick the best 15 and they will perform. Yuvi is a liability now. Hope he gets injured (for India's sake) and then recover just fine to fight for his place. I know these are negative words but he has been selected on reputation.....sic

  • Paki.Fan. on April 20, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Murali Vijay looks like a very good player but Sehwag is irreplaceable, IPL did cost India the world cup last time too, the timing of the tournament leaves players injured or fatigued for the WC, but Modi will keep on filling his pockets and Indian team would suffer.

  • DiehardIndian on April 20, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Sehwag is not injured - its a lie. He is out of form and has simply chickened out. M.Vijay is a decent replacement - opener for opener - plus he is in good form. I wish Utthapa was in the side, not at sehwags expense but in place of the useless good for nothing dinesh karthik. DK is in the side as a second keeper, a job utthapa can also do, but more importantly robin can bat much much better.

  • Medjay on April 20, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    I could not understand many people here who want Uthapa over Vijay. Vijay has been picked up based on

    1. As Sehwag is injured, India needs a Specialist opener not an Lower Middle order batsman. 2. Vijay is technically sound compared to Uthapa.Even though T20 is a game of big hitters, the batsmen need to have a strong technique to carry on in this format. We can see the fate of Yusuf Pathan. He is struggling due to the lack of technique. 3.In 13 Matches Vijay has Scored 417 runs with Avg of 37.90 whereas Uthapa in 13 matches scored 348 with Avg of 31.63 in IPL.

    Just because Srikanth is from TN people are criticizing him for picking Vijay. Vijay has proved his worth in this IPL and thats the reason he has been picked. Lucky that India does not have people like Gundappa Vishwanath in selection panel else we would see all the useless players in the likes of Dodda Ganesh David Johnson Sujtih Somasundar Sunil Joshi Vijay Bharadwaj

  • NaveenIndia on April 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    @Harsh Arya, As per the ICC rules if the player injured in the middle of the series or after the selection, he can be replaced with some other player. please read the rules first and express your opinion later. Don't comment and blame others.

  • CSK_fanatics on April 20, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    The era of north indian selectors and players is over!!! The domination of karnataka and mumbai in indian cricket is over!!! good luck vijay!!! ze man yo!!!!

  • veera3003 on April 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Vijay is a great player, as well as he is great fielder..Did you guyzzzz saw the catch what he took..Given all the case study i would say selection of Vijay over Robin is fare..May be if Yuvi declare he is not fit then we can bring in Robin..I am hoping he will declare it soon...

  • surakh on April 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    What is the guarantee that other members are fully fit? Yuvraj is out of form, what if he was playing with injury throughout the IPL?

  • mav58 on April 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Sehwag's injury might be an unfortunate coincidence but is also for the better. He has'nt performed well in the IPL, especially in the last 5 or 6 games. Also, I don't think he could be bothered to play T20 really, except for the big bucks in IPL. He performs well in 1-Day internationals and in Tests so perhaps we have to accept that and move onto younger up and coming players. I hope Murali Vijay will be able to deal with the short and quick stuff which will be employed against India by all teams.

  • veera3003 on April 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Vijay is a great player, as well as he is great fielder..Did you guyzzzz saw the catch what he took..Given all the case study i would say selection of Vijay over Robin is fare..May be if Yuvi declare he is not fit then we can bring in Robin..I am hoping he will declare it soon...

  • mukundnarayan on April 20, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    West Indies pitches are going to be slow and low scoring games will be the mainstay........ robin uthappa is not very sensible as we have seen in many international matches and he lacks temperament ... M.Vijay is a very good selection but still nowhere near Sehwag....... ( Only if Sachin had agreed to play .......)

  • Ramprashad_US on April 20, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Vijay seems to be a good choice instead of Uttappa to replace Sehwag because he is a opener. He is in good form also. I don't know why the selectors chose Piyush Chawla instead of Ohja, Yusuf Pathan instead of Irfan and Yuvraj instead of Uttappa. I think India will struggle in World Cup T20 because of Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan. My line up: Vijay, Gambhir, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Uttappa, Irfan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, 2 players from (Vinay/Nehra, Praveen)

  • ravivenkat on April 20, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    robin is successful in the middle order for bangalore, not in the opening slot..and sehwag is an opener na dhe has tobe replaced by another opener...simple

  • ilovusenthil on April 20, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    to someone who said vijay was not in the probables

    http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202010/content/story/449979.html

  • vishnucholkar on April 20, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Shreekanth is the worst selector

  • SajidMirza on April 20, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    As a Pakistani i felt relaxed after listening this news but as a cricket lover i want to see sehwag. IPL again eat sehwag. However, why not Uttapa ?? he is in prime form and after dhoni, he is most perfect finisher. Why not Ojha ?? He is leading wicket taker in IPL and bowled really well then why chawla? Why IPL start just before world t20? Because its easy for BCCI to select final 15 on the performance of this tournament but i think they use IPL only to increase the number of injuries before worldcup ......

  • ikp28 on April 20, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    inida needs an all rounder and IRFAN PATHAN would have been the right option seeing his form or rohit sharma have been the replacement...robin is just the hard hitter and most of his game depends on the luck...if he gets a bat to the ball its six else he is gone...i think irfan pathan has been highly underrated and should be given a chance...and he may win wc for india like he won the first t20 wc against pakistan in the finals....he can bat and ball as welll...

  • malolaki on April 20, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    @the_blue_android : Its actually the other way round.. All those bowlers u've enlisted, and those who really are great have been saved by Viru's injury!! Poor bowlers would have lost their names.. Perhaps the world's most feared batsman need not fear anyone. Know whom are you commenting about, learn what he is, then comment.. The cricketing world misses the entertainment Viru would have assured them of!!

    Viru bhaai.. Get well soon!!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    This is good move murli vijay desereve that and Robin Uthappa also deserve selection in team.Yuvi and Shewag sit outside team,They are not in form

  • anandganesan on April 20, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    simple...chairman of selectors is from tamilnadu.

  • Crikee on April 20, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Murali Vijay is an awesome choice, much, much better than R. Uthappa. Vijay has such a wide array of wonderful, stylish and elegant shots, a mix of the contemporary and the classics- particularly his magnificent cover-drive-on-the-up, his extra-late-cut, his on-drive, and he also uses his feet very well against spinners, lofting them straight into the straight sreen, which is not a very shot to play against bowlers like Powar, Warne, Kumble, etc. I also love his straight slog and his cut shots. He plays all around the ground. I think he should be India's regular opener in all three formats, not just a back-up opener. My decision is not biased- I am from Chennai. And i think S. Badrinath should get a chance too. But sure, V. Sehwag out is a really deep wound into India's batting armour- Gambhir, dhoni and co. will have to rise to the occasion. And, to extra-galvanise India's bowling line-up, i would have chosen R. Ashwin and P. Ojha over P. Chawla. GOOD LUCK, M. Vijay and team India!

  • Andy199 on April 20, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Uthappa should be chosen over M Vijay?? Based on what?? someone mentioned Uthappa is a better fielder... don't you remember he dropped some sitters last year?? Vijay is BY FAR a better fielder... (catcher atleast...) Kohli is nothing but show baazi for me... he doesn't have it in him to be part of the T20 squad... he is good for ODIs ... Although Uthappa has the highest number of sixes.. M Vijay isn't really far behind... he has shown he has the right attitude and he isn't far behind in sixes btw... it's good there is competition among local players... While Sehwag's injury is a massive blow and is an irreplaceable member of the team... I guess it clears the way for Rohit Sharma... yet another opportunity to make a name for himself... hope he does well... And while Jadeja is around I don't see why Chawla would play even a single match with Bhajji being a first choice for spin

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Well ! Someone told Uthappa scores runs only when the team is comfortable. All his brilliant innings have come when the team(RCB) was under pressure to score over 11 or 12 an over. He comes in and smashes the bowling and wins it for the team. He is a match winner I feel. As Dean Jones just told on NDTV Uthappa would hav been a betta choice since he can easily clear any ground hittin the ball stayin in t crease.

    Nothin against Vijay. It's abt India not regional bias. Vijay is a good player he is more of a conventional batsmen. We already have a conventional opener in Gambhir so we needed a Sehwag kinda player who will destroy the opposition in few overs. Robin even won us a match against England frm a near impossible situation. Anyway all the best to Vijay. Hope no other player will b down wid injuries. IPL needs to b shortened keepin in mind that players need adequate breaks to stay away frm injuries. But, I knw IPL is not thinkin of diz. Nxt itz gonna b 94 matches! Two months!

  • BALA_BAS on April 20, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    It is sickening to see some people are posting regionally biased comments. While Uthappa is a good contender, Murali Vijay is the better choice by his form and the person(viru) he is replacing. I don't see a single reason why he should not be selected for the opener role (except the fact that he is hailing from the same city as the chief selector). Please don't give importance to where a player is FROM, but give it to his FORM. Hope to see Team India win T20 WC - Cheers

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    again gonna be a fucking show, I appriciate murli vijay but IPL should be banned otherwise it is bad for all cricket lovers in india.

  • durai86 on April 20, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All those who say regional politics, i think we should get selectors from some other country to satisfy you people.even then you ll find some reasons ..i dont know why you people are so pessimistic .when ever srikanth selects Muralivijay or badrinath or Dinesh karthik few people dont hesitate to say favouritism.Why cant those Royal challengers banglore guys promote robin uthappa to opening if he is performing that well ...probably they can reach 200 all the time right with feilding restrictions in place.Dont complain finishers role there are guys like VIrat kohli,K.pietersen,Ross taylor,Cameron white in their line up who are also best finishers.Uthappa was in very poor form in Ranjis ,Vijay hazare trophy before IPL but Vijay has been consistent and topper in Ranji,Vijay hazare trophy also IPL (mind u he was selected in tests and didnt play his full quota of matches in ranjis but topper in terms of batting average and no.of 50s and hundreds).Also see the stats and justify the things.

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Its all Srikanth's gimics ! Srikanth was irresponsible while he used to open the batting for India and even today his Selection Criteria.We ought to bear with it till he is in the commitee.Robin would have been a better choice than Murali as Yusuf could have opened in place of Sehwag or Robin himself. Murali is infact a fine find(but for Tests), lets see if Srikanth's tactics would work this time around.

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    sehwag is out !!! biggest blow!!!!! evry bowlers got their breadth back

  • Dynamite_Indian on April 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    com'on guys... wat more one has to prove to get in the Indian side... replacing opener with another opener, who is performing well is more logical. Don't say Kris is playing regional cards with this... Ok... then we should make a policy that players from the state to which Chairman of the selectors belong to should not be selected... how good they perform.... How many chance uthappa got.. lets now give chance to someone who is performing....

  • bvgiri on April 20, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Now that selection of Vijay has been made, no matter who should have been a better fit. Let's wish him the best and hope he lives up to the faith shown in him.

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    1 thing for sure, he has a tuff job to do, he will face quality bowlers in world t20 like broad, asif, aamer, afridi its quite a difficult job

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Well ! Someone told Uthappa scores runs only when the team is comfortable. All his brilliant innings have come when the team(RCB) was under pressure to score over 11 or 12 an over. He comes in and smashes the bowling and wins it for the team. He is a match winner I feel. As Dean Jones just told on NDTV Uthappa would hav been a betta choice since he can easily clear any ground hittin the ball stayin in t crease.

    Nothin against Vijay. It's abt India not regional bias. Vijay is a good player he is more of a conventional batsmen. We already have a conventional opener in Gambhir so we needed a Sehwag kinda player who will destroy the opposition in few overs. Robin even won us a match against England frm a near impossible situation. Anyway all the best to Vijay. Hope no other player will b down wid injuries. IPL needs to b shortened keepin in mind that players need adequate breaks to stay away frm injuries. But, I knw IPL is not thinkin of diz. Nxt itz gonna b 94 matches! Two months!

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Well ! Someone told Uthappa scores runs only when the team is comfortable. All his brilliant innings have come when the team(RCB) was under pressure to score over 11 or 12 an over. He comes in and smashes the bowling and wins it for the team. He is a match winner I feel. As Dean Jones just told on NDTV Uthappa would hav been a betta choice since he can easily clear any ground hittin the ball stayin in t crease.

    Nothin against Vijay. It's abt India not regional bias. Vijay is a good player he is more of a conventional batsmen. We already have a conventional opener in Gambhir so we needed a Sehwag kinda player who will destroy the opposition in few overs. Robin even won us a match against England frm a near impossible situation. Anyway all the best to Vijay. Hope no other player will b down wid injuries. IPL needs to b shortened keepin in mind that players need adequate breaks to stay away frm injuries. But, I knw IPL is not thinkin of diz. Nxt itz gonna b 94 matches! Two months!

  • prashanthbm88 on April 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Mr.Seenu ur comment is really wise.well am from Bangalore n ppl wud think am just supporting Robin's selection just because am frm his hometown.well though vijay has better stats than robin, robin shud have been preffered coz he has internationla experience n not to forget he is an opener n opens for Karnataka. vijay's inclusion is only due to Srikkanth. i respect him as a player but as a selector n brand ambassador of CSK he is very parial towards them. if u want the proof u c his comments on CSK n he never accepts CSK weaknesses. this shows he is there only to get more players from TN for indian team.thsi sort of selection is not correct.

  • nesanbuhk on April 20, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I am from Tamilnadu.Uthappa would have been picked up over Vijay.The match winning knocks he played is really amazing.All the runs came from him at a right time.He deserves for it.The shitty Yuvi is given so many opportunities inspite of his worst attitude and for, why Srikanth was not given opportunity to Uthappa?He scoored more than 20 runs in a over at a crucial time against Best bowlers Where required run rate was more than 11.He can open an innings also.BCCI is so stupid. This time also India will loose.Nobody is in form.Bowling is aweful.

    One more time , Uthappa was put up in a dark pages?when will he get a chance to prove him

  • cricketomania on April 20, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I dont understand why the Farce of IPL is always considered ahead of t20 world cup last year we also faced the same situation this year also we are not spared .Now time has come that dirty politics in BCCI should stop and high time for players to think for country first rather than cheap modi league.... If they really want to play for their countrys pride and glory they need to show it in the feild rather than on the papers......

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    this is really disappointing man piyush chawla murli vijay i mean this are the players who are given chance on the basis of only three four performance and the person like uthappa who are consistently performing are not given a single chance let me tell the selector that uthappa entered in international arena as an opener so i dont understand the argument that murli vijay is given a chance on his opening ability despite that murli vijay does plat short ball well only few people must have realized this as for now every one is saying he can handle short stuff but i have some serious doubt about it selector simply choose any body they are not even able to choose best 11 they are good for nothing we can only get angry with these selector and cant do nothing ? or can we if some one has idea about any kind of protest please tell me i will support them

  • deadball on April 20, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Its always difficult to replace an attacking and fearless batsman like Sehwag. Plus, with Gambhir at the other end, India requires an attacking batsman at the other end. Vijay will be under tremendous pressure to fill in the attacking role of Sehwag. It will be difficult to get really fast starts for India. Looking at the silver lining is that Vijay has been in good form in the IPL and he will need to keep on attacking especially with Gambhir at the other end.

  • durai86 on April 20, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    @LAKX:Hats off for ur good job by posting the stats even i used to post the stats and justify.ya Murali Vijay is an automatic choice no doubt.

  • on April 20, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    this is really disappointing man piyush chawla murli vijay i mean this are the players who are given chance on the basis of only three four performance and the person like uthappa who are consistently performing are not given a single chance let me tell the selector that uthappa entered in international arena as an opener so i dont understand the argument that murli vijay is given a chance on his opening ability despite that murli vijay does plat short ball well only few people must have realized this as for now every one is saying he can handle short stuff but i have some serious doubt about it selector simply choose any body they are not even able to choose best 11 they are good for nothing we can only get angry with these selector and cant do nothing ? or can we if some one has idea about any kind of protest please tell me i will support them i dont think so i will be able to get up in night to see a murli vijay suffering to play short ball damn man feeling very sorry for robin

  • Hassie on April 20, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    I think Dhoni favors players from CSK thats may be a reason why M Vijay is selected ahead of R Uthappa. I felt it sometimes ago, when players like M Gony, S Badrinath, and S Tiyagi was selected for the Indian side ahead of other players.

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Something is wrong dude..!! chawla is not the best choice, Mishra can do better, and what about Irfan pathan..? he is an allrounder, and they are more needed in this limited form of cricket, Yuvi is not in his best shape and form, we have seen his performance in IPL, so on what basis does selector choose him.? What about Uthappa? he is more prominent then yuvi. above all... it seems that team selection is done according to relation and not performance. Is Dhoni a keyman behind this improper selection.?

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Murali Vijay is technically more solid than Robin Uthappa, and Uthappa himself was a failure in last world cup in west indies. So All those who claim as if Uthappa fell from sky to save India, go see his stats in international cricket as well. But then if Yuvraj/Yusuf pathan is unfit we can certainly think of Virat Kohli/Uthappa.

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I Knw!!!!!!!! This ,so-called,cruel IPL will cause damage to the players before the T20 world Trophy and the injury list started from sehwag now who has to follow.. the time wil tell ............ Being a Pakistani i m Very Very happy, we boycott the IPL and pay full attensiions towrds our trophy and we hope only Pakistan will win the world trophy ........ all teams even players of other teams are crazy for money and therefore the are selfishs............

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    2009 Shewag gets injured. Karthick chosen as Replacement. 2010 Shewag gets injured. M Vijay chosen as Replacement.

    I would't be surprised if Badri/Ashwin will be sent as replacements if any batsman or bowler are injured next.

    Srikanth you are the man.

    Srikanth a part of chennai team and also being a chief selector is two positions with conflict of interest. The sports in this country is getting even messier day by day.

  • Usmanpak55 on April 20, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Well what,s wrong with sehwag he wasn,t playing ipl with full intent the ways he got out were unacceptable and i m sure he won,t be playing for delhi next year but as whole for india he is a huge huge blow and as aspected ipl has cost india again i wonder when yuvi will be ruled out bcoz gambhir and sehwag seem to have done good job for india i think tendulkar should have been drafted in any ways its up to selectors

  • praveenahathwarkn on April 20, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Sehwag picked injury because he need's to travel west indies which is so far from india, so he has a injury. murali vijay is selected because he can bat very well in india and since the world cup is in (west)indies. Bad luck for robin as he is not in CSK. No surprise it could be badrinath, who may get selected if one more gets injured.

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    guys!if opening was the issue then uthaapa is a no rabbit.secondly,rohit could have opened as in last world cup he did a resonable job.i still have doubts about vijay.another suggestion to bcci please keep IPL after major events.

  • mk2710 on April 20, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    no Sympathy for Viru this is his foolishness, he given more important to IPL instead of National duties, when he is injured also he will play in IPL because of the large money, this is happened last year also, and also Uthappa has to be picked over Vijay because of his strong hitting ability who can bowl, keep and bat shrikanth please dont do selection reginally.

  • arrk1984 on April 20, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Murali Vijay is a right choice....because we need a opener not a finisher, already we have strong middle order to finish of the game....like yusuf pathan,raina,yuvi.

  • arrk1984 on April 20, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Murali Vijay is a right choice....because we need a opener not a finisher, already we have strong middle order to finish of the game....like yusuf pathan,raina,yuvi.

  • maco on April 20, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Sehwag got injured playing Zapak Cricket, I bowled him a bouncer

  • indiafan_ank on April 20, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    chawla has been picked because he bowls with a flatter trajectory and has a greater experience of limited overs internationals.. besides ojha and mishra had been picked before in the squad but team management has never shown enough confidence to play either of them in the 11

  • R.S.Nivas on April 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Picking up murali vijay is certainly a fantastic choice considering the form he has been in right through the IPL. Kohli has been very inconsistent while robin was a true power hitter throughout. Since we already have big hitters like Yousuf, Yuvraj and dhoni in the squad, it is a good balance that someone like vijay who plays true cricketing shots is picked. Vijay can rotate the strike and at the same time can also play his natural power strokes. One true fact, however, is sehwag is sehwag and can never be replaced.

  • arrk1984 on April 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Murali Vijay is a right choice....because we need a opener not a finisher, already we have strong middle order to finish of the game....like yusuf pathan,raina,yuvi.

  • rohan024 on April 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    celebration time in pakistan...Its Achilles' heel is gone...the most destructive batsmen in the world is gone!!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I dont know why these grudges displayed here over vijay's selection. He is a natural opener, who is replacing another opener. And he is among the top run getter in IPL(after sachin, raina). Some body mentioned Uthappa has more number of sixes in IPL. he has 25 sixes and Vijay has 23 sixes. Only six hitting is counted for selection??? Just because Srikanth is from TN, this doesnt make nepotism. India would have lost this talent if not for Srikanth... I suppose people would have satisfied if Naman Ojha was selected, because he is not from south especially from TN. Seriously these responses are atrocious devoid of any logic.

  • GarthOnly4CRICKET on April 20, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    This is very bad news for India. But from recent "show of fire and power hitting" I will go for Robin Uthappa.

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    i don't think it is a correct choice.Ms and Srikanth are selecting more players from csk even though they are not much talented like tyagi,Subramaniam Badrinath, Manpreet Gony into indian team

  • keecha on April 20, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Looks like Sehwag has made this a habit. Or is it like resting alias dropping?he was not in great form. So was Yuvraj. So looks like he was really injured. But Vijay seems to be a good replacement. Even looks better at current scenario.. b.t.w some one asked how Chawla made the cut ahead of Ohja and mishra. Reason: We already have a left arm spinner in Jadeja. So Ohja is ruled out. Now Chawla is a better fielder than Mishra (recall Laxman Vs Dinesh Mongia in 2003 WC)??

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Being in Chennai IPL team and performing in an odd match wins one a selection in Indian Team...

  • meiyaps on April 20, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    With all due respect to Uthappa fans, Vijay has also been in the form of his life and is a more complete batsman than uthappa. Besides, he's an opener too and he has better stats in almost all categories than Uthappa. I don't how this can be called as favoritism. And to the guy who pointed out about the 6's, Vijay is only 2 6's behind Uthappa and did not get much of a chance to play in the initial stages of the tournament as Patel was opening the innings then.

    Clearly, he deserves his spot in the team over Uthappa!

  • six_and_out on April 20, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    really bad news sehwags aura is enough to make bowlers wet their underpants. But what i don't get is the hate for Vijay. He has done damn well in the doemstic season scored consistantly in the IPL and is an opener so a better choice than Uthappa ( who i would pick anyday for a woeful and unfit yuvraj). I think the selection including cheeka have made bigger errors in picking Chawla ( who is now hampered by a string of loses to his psyche, though this is in hindsight) and Yusuf pathan who has always been under par for India, has been found out against the short ball and clicks once in 20 innings. I hope Vijay does well best of luck

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    dude uthappa has scored wen his teamin danger n not comfortable,

  • A.Ak on April 20, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Expected. I am sure Zaheer and Yuvi will follow very soon to maintain his consistency with injuries.

    People asking about the selection of Vijay over Uthappa or Kholi. This is for opening slot. Vijay has proven record as a opener in all forms of the game and a regular opener, who can play proper cricket (not slogging). This is just a common sense which selectors showed. Do not talk about place of birth and other nonsense.

    This is what IPL gives other than money. Players are just humans they cannot play 100s of matches in few months.

  • barani_sachin on April 20, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    This is height of sadness. Without Sehwag i dont think its possible to win the trophy. And they should have chosen Uthappa instead of Vijay. Even Uthappa is capable of opening the innings, He has done that in the past. So why Vijay......

  • abhyudayj on April 20, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    IS IPL BIGGER THAN WORLD TWENTY20 ?

  • fyrestorm on April 20, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    This is certainly a blow for India. Whilst the IPL does provide some entertainment, it increases the propensity for uneeded injuries. And again, India suffer at the tournament's hands. Sehwag on his day is the most destructive batsman in the world, and despite being in indifferent form over the IPL, I felt he was only an innings away from returning to his nonchalant best.

    I disagree with those saying Uthappa should have been picked instead of Vijay. Last year, Rohit Sharma was slotted in as a makeshift opener to replace Viru, and this backfired heavily (and perhaps cost us the tournament to a degree). Vijay is a proper opener batsman, and he is in excellent form. He will complement Gambhir well. Uthappa should have been in the squad anyway (perhaps instead of Chawla....we don't need a back-up spinner!!). Good luck to Vijay...I have a feeling he will come good for us.

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    All is well..How did he pick up the injury??Vijay has been picked only because of the reason that he is an regular opener,because Uthappa has been mere finisher in the ipl..surprise hiccup is Piyush Chawla?!!!!!!!!!!!how did he make the cut ahead of Ojha and Mishra...some one tell me..for the above 2 questions..

  • Arrik1433 on April 20, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    dejavu, same happened last year world cup, same is happening now, gosh is ipl a jinx or a boast to indian cricket, cant understand, but surely vijay will grab it with both hands and feet :) all the best

  • Cricket-Dynamos on April 20, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    But Dexter Vijay has a wide range of shots when compared to Uthappa. Uthappa scores only when his team is in a comfortable position. I guess the next world cup he will surely get a chance.....

  • khlfn14 on April 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Well another huge setback for india as well as to T20's fans lovers.I think this year's T20 world cup is going to be an unsatisfying one as more and more players of T20's calibre are getting injured like Gul and Arafat of pakistan and Tamim of bangladesh and now sehwag who is just majestic.Lastly,i think Uthapah should have been chosen instead of M Vijay as with his powerful and skilfull batting he can field well and can also do wicketkeeping which could provide MS Dhoni some rest.Howerer Vijay is not a bad choice as he is in excellent form and can play huge innings like he did in ipl aganist rajastan royals scoring a wonderful hundred.

  • the_blue_android on April 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Two reasons: 1) No money in the T20 world cup. 2) He knows he won't be able to score against bowlers like Johnson,Bollinger, Siddle, Steyn, Morkel, Fidel, Roach.

  • lakx on April 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    So many people want Uthappa or even Kohli to replace Vijay. Seems like there are many Modi's in India,i.e. decisions made based on everything other than cricket. In cricket, runs(and wickets) win matches, nothing else matters if it does not add up to runs or wickets and ultimately to wins. For all those people supporting Uthappa or Kohli here are some statistics from IPL III. Read as Player[Inns,Runs,HS,Ave,SR,50+,4s&6s,catches] Vijay[13,417,127,37.90,158.55,3,57,8] Uthappa[13,348,68,31.63,169.75,3,54,1] Kohli[12,298,58,29.80,145.36,1,37,3]. Slightly better strike rate for Uthappa,but Vijay is better in every other aspect(runs,ave,HS,50+,4&6,catches).In IPL III Vijay's rankings are, read as Indians_only(All),highest score-1(1),most runs from 4s&6s-1(1),most runs-4(6)below sachin&Saurav,highest catches2(4),200+runs strike rate-4(7)below Sehwag, 200+runs average 4(7)below sachin&Saurav. What else do we need for selection, I do not think it is possible to change his place of birth now.

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    murli vijay was not picked in initial team which was selected....during n ipl match "Mr Srikkanth" was askd why players like murli vijay and robin uthappa were not picked up for indian T20 Campaign thou they hv performed well in ipl...his reply was " ICC has some rules n regulations due to which they had to give final selection of team a month prior to strt of T20 world cup"....then hws this selection all of a sudden???

  • sreeg on April 20, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Unfortunate for Sehwag and India that he can't make the T20. I think we all knew that this IPL was going to cause injuries to a couple of important players and it has happened starting with Viru. As for Zonal politics, this was not started by Srikanth. It has been going on for ever, what with the Northern and Western people playing politics. Only recently has some southern players got power and they're using it. What you sow is what you reap!

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    viru out now yuvi gambhir nd dhoni still to follow...hope this ipl will be banned forever

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    although am from chennai, still would have chosen robin uthappa over him.

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    viru out now yuvi gambhir nd dhoni still to follow...hope this ipl will be banned forever

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    What about Yuvraj any chance he could be injured?

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Viru should play only Test and ODI. He should retire from T20. His body language clearly shows that... he is not interseted... Some plp here say, he plays for money. This is not true. He is grt player and a grt person. Only thing, he lost interest in T20.

  • sugukumar.79 on April 20, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    VERY GOOD...uttapa should come for YUSUF PATHAN....bcs yusuf pathan very worst player.......he plays only 1game out of 7 games.......no need such kind of player in team.....the 11 player should be vijay,gambir,raina,rohit,yuvi,dhoni,jadeja,harbajan,zaheer,nehra (or) praveen,yusaf pathan......my choice pathan should replace...uttapa should come...ROHIT plays well in critical situation....so nobody compare with uttapa and rohit....uttapa all matches give one simple catch at start.....if the catch miss,he will play good otherwise he gets single digit score.......take both chennai match....uttapa gave one simple catch at start...and also so many games...not only that.....ROHIT should be in team....THEN ONLY CHOICE SHOULD GO TO UTTAPA.............WE NEED ROHIT.......!

  • on April 20, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    hehehe... I beleive BCCI saw his great form in IPL, and adviced him to sustain an injury to let M. Vijay take his place. Will be fun to see if Rohit Sharma follows suit to let Robin Uthappa take his place. (Mind you, I am a BIG-BIG fan of Sehwag, but sorry, he was a big disappointment in this IPL)

  • RANAROYALS on April 20, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Injuries to key players after ipl was always on d cards. It was a disaster waiting to happen. Uthappa would have been a better choice.

  • praful_cric on April 20, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Thats awful. What ever good form Vijay and Uthappa are in but its not easy to launch themselves in world cup directly and its impossible for these two to replace a class like Sehwag. One down guys and rest of the team will be far from tired. Tendulkar will not play, Dhoni, Raina zaheer etc will betired. Yuvraj is in horrible form of his life. Thanks to IPL we will loose another world cup. Our players, so called heros are giving more importance to money than the game and seems to be more loyal to there masters (franchise) then there country and people.

  • 5860733 on April 20, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    INdIA WILL ALSO LOSE ALL THE MATCHES IN ROUND ROBIN DURING THIS WORLD CUP ASWELL..........

  • Alexk400 on April 20, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    I reall would have picked Robin uthappa.

    My batting order would be..

    Gambhir Dinesh Karthik Raina 5th bowler Rohit sharma 5th bowler Dhoni Pathan 5th bowler Uthappa bhajji Jadeja Khan Nehra

    Yuvi out of form completely. I am not into murali vijay supposed to be great form against useless brainless indian domestic players.

    Lets he hit 150kmph fast bowler ...he is over hyped just like rohit sharma was in last world cup. I donot like kohli also.

  • gooey_kablooie on April 20, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Not again !!! What is with IPL and injuries ?? Hopefully Vijay will be a success. He is technically correct and a clean striker of the cricket ball. More importantly he is in form. Good to see Dhoni striking. The batting looks good except for Yuvraj Singh but Yuvi always comes good for India when the team needs him badly. Lets hope for the best.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    that is a disaster news for india i cant imagine when he got injured

  • pradipt on April 20, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Its sad that Sehwag has to miss out, he is very hard to replace as we saw in the last World T20. But M Vijay as replacement !!! Its only because of Chairman of selectors. Robin Uthappa would definitely a better choice. He is the form of his life, also has international experience , played one World T20 and has opened in past too. As long as regionalism is there in selection, India won't succeed. Ethically CHAIRMAN of selectors should not be seen supporting any team, but he shows no shame in doing so on field during games, and goes further ahead to show favouratism in selection. I don't feel like supporting this team for its already dubious selection, but may do it for one thing, that thing written on their jersey, INDIA.

  • Reb73 on April 20, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Disappointed to see Sehwag's withdrawal, his presence at the top of the order will be missed as he becomes the focal point of the opposing team when he's playing.

    Both Vijay and Uthappa had equal claims for being his replacement and Vijay seems logical as he is more of a like-for-like opener and besides is in decent form in the IPL. But it is to be seen how he's likely to fare overseas..

  • GauthamVA on April 20, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    yuvraj pls get injured , let uthappa come in the team too!

  • Alexk400 on April 20, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    I hope Dhoni is not calling Murali Vijay as next sehwag. We all know what happen to Rogit sharma.

    Short ball is coming to Murali vijay. Hope he is ready. No length balls. So no sixers. Hit a 4 short ball sixers..one he will make mistake or he leave short ball.. easy dot ball.

    That said, Murali vijay rocks if the opposition bowlers were stupid and bowl length balls. I believe opposition players few sreesanths to deliver laddus to Murali vijay.

    I predict India will not win this world cup. My prediction is aussie will win this one.

    Dhoni's bad luck continues.

  • shailendra.raghuwanshi on April 20, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    i think this is very big blow for indian team already one match winner yuvraj is out of form and another is not available for world cup . i wish vijay performs well in tournament but robin utthapa should be better option than m. vijay

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    best of luck vijay............... :)

  • Venkat-Ric on April 20, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Good thing for India, right now Vijay is in better form than Viru. If Yuvi also injured or just declare injured and replace him with Robin Utappa. That will be the best choice, do not consider big profile of players, just select them with thier present form.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Take lite... The actual selection of the world cup squad in itself is flawed... this is just a minor improvement... In case you do not remember Sehwag was injured before the IPL.. its just the money that kept the things going on... Ideally he should have been out of IPL for the starting part atleast... Also Many of the unfit players were included in the squad citing the reasons of experience... If it were me I would give talent and current form over experience.. I dont deny experience is needed but a much more important factor of form is also necessary.. what good is experience.. when there is not one match winning innings in the whole of IPL.... which seems like a prelude to World T20 Championship... BEST OF LUCK INDIAN TEAM... I hope we are not let down again...

  • Glorious11 on April 20, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    This is bad for India... not sure whether vijay will be able to repeat his IPL form, but surely batting looks very ordinary now... only hope is if yuvraj performs to his best, otherwise no chances... all others (dhonis, rainas, pathans) are brilliant against ordinary bowlers but they are less than ordinary against brilliant bowlers, gauti is stable at the top but we cant expect quickfires from him, he's best at taking singles and occasional boundaries... and without viru run rate gonna hurt badly... Still all hopes on yuvi, without having him at best this team will struggle to compete even against Bangladesh...

  • Wambrose on April 20, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    wow ! great news for team India.. now their opening batsmen will a person who has more controlled shot making and less-erratic style, thereby giving consistency in the top order ! and he is in tremendous form, taylor-made for west indian pitches...

  • Kohli_2020 on April 20, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    A shame for Sehwag, but with the form Vijay has, it's an oppurunity for him to shine at the right time. Sehwag has nothing to prove, Vijay has it all to do, if hunger counts for anything in a cricketer, India will be well served as a result.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on April 20, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Sehway isn't inform,but vijay is in his best. So,it's quaite better for india.

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on April 20, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    We will miss viru's heroics in world T20 for sure. But according to statiscs veeru is not that successful in T20's. (Only two 50's in international T20's). According to present form UTTHAPPA might have given a chance. He is already played for india as opener.

  • CharsiChowdhury on April 20, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I don't think Viru' absence should make that much of a difference. He wasn't in form as it is.

    Hope that Viru goes on like Tendulkar and retires from T20's before he decides to retire from tests :)

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    hai to all of u this is really a sad news for india becoz the main opening batsman has been lost and such he was not in good form in ipl so tats also a black mark in his carrier ..murali vijay is replacing him but i dnt think so tat he can be like sehwag becoz jut wit tat 107 which he hit against punjab kings xi is good but with just one cperformance we cant judge..his carrier

  • Sakz on April 20, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    This is what you call "nepotism" at its best . Dhoni has gone to bat for Vijay,leaving Robin stranded.This selection is very much influenced by Dhoni.....!! hope they will do something better facing short balls in T20 wc ....!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    M VIJAY is good replacement......

  • sainisatinder on April 20, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    I don't think Sehwag is injured....Its definitely the politics....Uthappa wud hav been a better replacement......

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Something went wrong with sehwag,yuvraj,gautam in the Ipl.They did not play with full heart.Team India Should have included IRFAN PATHAN.I think he played superb throughout this IPL.How come no Robbin Uttapha ?The selection was purely made on the wish of selectors.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    You know who I think should replace Sehwag...i know its taking a step back and all...but its time to request the original Little Master...Cricket's true legend...Sachin Tendulkar to come and play the WC...the very thought of him will have opposition think tanks pondering over strategies...while others like Gambhir and Dhoni can play they're natural game...not gonna happen..but i wish!

  • vimal1982 on April 20, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    WI pitches off late has became very slow and i dont think indian players will be troubled by short pitch balls. The playing 11 should be 1)vijay 2)gambhir 3)raina 4)yuvraj 5)dhoni 6)yusuf 7)sharma/jadeja/karthik 8)harbhajan 9)praveen kumar 10)vinay kumar/nehra 11)zaheer Except yuvraj ,the players who fill the remaining 10 slots seems to be in their form.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Sehwag was not his usual self, in this IPL, and struggling. Vijay is an apt replacement. It is too late to make changes, but I wish they would left some luggage behind, and made room for the explosive Uthappa and Kohli.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I guess since its an opener's role, they have chosen M Vijay.. which i think is a good decision.. If they chose to drop Yuvi, which they shd definitely do, then Uthappa should get in.. That'll create a strong lineup for India..

  • kart_shan on April 20, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Well... this can be a blessing in disguise... Vijay, who b4 this IPL, I'd never have recommended for any form of the shorter version... is in the form of his life... and Viru, god bless his many talents, has been a bit off the boil recently...

    If only, they could drop Yuvi (who has been uselss) and replace him with Uthappa, we have a winning combination!!... Don't agree with many views for Uthappa to replace Viru..

  • JaggaTugga on April 20, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Sehwag will be missed....Anyway You would not expect Cheeka to pick Uthappa(RCB) ahead of Vijay(CSK).....Sad that the IPL 2010's leading six scorer is not playing in the T20 world cup,Surely Indian team will miss Uthappa's sixes in WI.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    wth??he played all d IPL matches nd now he's injured???wat all these cricketers do 4 money!!!unbelievable....

  • itshashim on April 20, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Its looks Dhoni's preference due to Chenai advantage... surely Robin would have been a better choice!

  • anandmishra1978 on April 20, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    I think we should not care about whos playing....Viru....Vijay...or Uthappa....We should care only about India winning the T20WC and getting the tropy back...

  • AnandPriyaRahul on April 20, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Vijay is the right choice...bcoz viru not plays long innings inT20 but vijay is able to do so nd also very aggressive like viru....so this will not harm team INDIA more....

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    This is a really sad news for India...But with the sehwag's current form, this is a good news :) Uthappa shud have been picked up as a replacement for sehwag. They should not go with M Vijay..... Bad decision........Uthappa is the luckiest player (to make india win the world cup)

  • arjun814 on April 20, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Stop whining about IPL. Players get injured all the time and don't blame IPL for everything. BCCI is making tons of money because of IPL, so what? Aren't the players making money? Look at the next years auction and see how much these ordinary players make. A Rayudu,T Suman, M Vijay, S Tiwary, A Nayar, M Tiwary, A Dinda, Vinay Kumar, P Ojha, Harmeet Singh etc.. These players would make so much money in the next auction they wouldn't even have dreamt of making that much money their entire life. Players like Uthappa, Vijay and Vinay Kumar are considered for the national team because of IPL performances and players like Rayudu, Suman might one day get a call from national selectors because of IPL. From next year each team is going to spend 30 crores on players each year, this money is definitely going into players pocket. BCCI is making money but players too will be making money and they are getting recognition on the national media. And finally the fans are enjoying.It's a win win situati

  • balakumar1982 on April 20, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    This will be blessing in disguise as Sehwag is great player and tough to be replaced. But Vijay is better player as he is good in playing horizontal and vertical bat shots and he can play aggressive and defensive depends on pitch. Uttapa has shined well in IPL but hasn't played as an opener. So Vijay deserves to be selected. But other candidate would be Naman Ojha - the unsung hero of the IPL

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    no viru show again for christ sake why these special players get injured b4 a WC

  • vimal1982 on April 20, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I always believe that opener must be replaced by an opener.Thus vijay earned that spot.Uthappa has been developed as an middle order batsman and finisher of the game for couple of years.Thus there is no point in arguing whether vijay or uthappa should have been selected.

  • mrm_87 on April 20, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Uthappa should have been selected . Manish pandey (although not in good form ) wouldnt have been a bad choice either. M Vijay might have got the nod since hes from tamilnadu!Still he has done well in IPL till now.

  • rips4u on April 20, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    dejavu for indian cricket..same old story..last yr sehwag played the whole IPL and was conveniently left out of Indian T20 WC squad.... with Yuvraj and Yusuf out of form n sehwag missing...god knows what will happen to Indian team this time...may be will get thrashed out by Afghans..i have been reading good stuff about the Afg team...

  • MegaFan on April 20, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    With Viru,Bravo its always the case he picks up injury in IPL or some private games in middle of tourney and won't report that until national selection comes to picture.. Its a Shame to have players who play with injury through cash rich tourneys and show there back for International Events. Total Disgrace. I appreciate viru / Bravo as modern cricket greats but things like these cos a concern for all National Team supporters where u r star players gets hurt in IPL . I do agree that getting Injured is part of game. But if you get injured in last match its fine. Sincere request to all the international players. Don't play with pain in these IPL or any of private Games. There you can be take rest after injury like Zaheer etc in IPL 2. Please use These games just a practice before International Games. Not these games as a main games and international games as Rest. All the best viru hopefully you got hurt in last game against DC. If not You have joined famous club of BRAVO and CO for ME

  • CHINMAY2788 on April 20, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    with all due respect to mr.murali vijay,i think uthappa would hv been a better choice,he is in prolific form off-late,i guess he should hv ben there in sehwag,s place

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    yeah man robin should have been picked

  • ShivaHariK on April 20, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    This is a good signal for CSK opener. No one can replace Shewag but the replacement is very good to see cause Murali Vijay was able to over SHADOW HAYDEN, even Gilchirst have failed to do so. Anyway the squad of INDIA will always be complete because of the abundant tallent here. Dont forget that the Chemistry Between the Cp Dhoni and Opener would be smooth as they are in touch for the past One and half monh. No one including Uthappa would be better choice then VIJAY, hope he ROCKS

  • Uchistha on April 20, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Going by the trend i think sehwag will step down for 20-20 and be a part of the Sachin club....i think Sehwag needs for respect in Indian board and team then he normally gets

  • deepaksam on April 20, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Even being a tamilian feel bad for Robin!

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Vijay Certainly a better choice than Robin. Uthappa has been a better finisher than an opener in the IPL, Remember how we flunked with Rohit Sharma as an Opener last time. Though its a 20-20 match. Only an Opener should replace him. Wise move

  • Sakky on April 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Vijay, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Y Pathan/R JAdeja/D Karthik, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Nehra, Praveen Kumar........this is a very good side to beat even the good teams of the world....so need to worry....of course we will miss swashbuckling and flamboyant Sehwag, but still we can come up with a very good performance unlike last year.....DHONI is the man to wacth for this time, I guess.....

  • Uchistha on April 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    This why i am concerned about IPL taking its toll on players...BIG BIG BIG BIG blow....but to be true i am also feeling something is fishy here....Sehwag being out of form ...and murali vijay being in Dhonis team...sehwag and Dhonis relation ?????????hmmmmmmmmmmmm..cant say

  • jskm4235 on April 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Robin Uthappa might have been a better replacement rather than M Vijay. However lets hope India will get their trophy and title back.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I think its a blessing in disguise for India. We cant take an injured player. He was not playing 100% also in the IPL. Delhi suffered because of this and we cant let India suffer in such a big occasion.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    as expected,history repeated itself,lets see the result now, will there be more injuries now?IPL surely is the injury prone league...

  • jskm4235 on April 20, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Robin Uthappa might have been a better replacement rather than M Vijay. However lets hope India will get their trophy and title back.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    VJ in place of Viru!!!! Young lad is goin gr8 in IPL... Hope he performs fr da national side as well... ;-)

  • anubhav.sarathy on April 20, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    looks like sehwag injured his shoulder playing oongli cricket.... anyway he hardly seemed interested to play the dhoosri cricket as evdenced in the ad.. ANd connections in the right places will work, especially if u have the chief selector as the brand ambassador of the IPL team you play for.It also helps if there is a captain common as well... Maybe the rest of the CSK players can hope for a call up too,Parthiv,SHadab jakati and even a Anirudh Srikanth!!( THe later seems like the most likely one to make it , especially with the present dispensation...)

  • Kazzamers on April 20, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    I wish Yuvraj gets injured and is replaced by Saurabh Twary, Pathan by Uthappa...T20 is form game.

  • on April 20, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    even robbie was dere...................................... he playzzz better dan viju:)

  • coolvis on April 20, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    one more sign of regionalism...from CHEAP selector Shrikant Vijay don't have too much of international exp that too in WI. hope he plays well

  • nishad_sazzad on April 20, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    This is the result of IPL.Last year same things happened.who won the last world cup? Pakistan...... Because their players did not play in IPL.This year may be Pakistan may be any other team surely not India.This IPL is not only a curse for Indian cricket also for the all the nations playing cricket.This is a blessing for LALIT MODI.

    JAY HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IPL.

  • maheshshanks on April 20, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    This is the politics from Dhoni. Shewag played all the 14 matches in IPL. Srikkant is Tamilian and wanted to bring back Murali. He has hinted this some time back. Now with Dhobi's help he did it.

    Shehwag played better than Youvaraj in this series, if Shewag is going then Yuvi also should be left out of the tournament.

  • knowledge_eater on April 20, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    I heard somewhere that he was requesting selector Srikanth that he is ready to go one-down if Vijay wants to open. However, he got injured so well. Take a rest. Come back after world cup. You will be missed. We all know what Sehwag can do and what others can't do. Cheers Peace.

  • srivatsank7 on April 20, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    shewag's current is very poor when compared to vijay's but shewag experience counts on higher level for India.... its a big losssss for India

  • venk_gen on April 20, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Good news... Vijay is far better than Sehwag (the one who hides injury for the making money in IPL). Uthappa might have been even better.

  • inswing on April 20, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Believe it or not, but that is not necessarily bad news for India. Sehwag has not performed well in T20s. He does not play well when he *has* to be aggressive, he plays best when he is completely without constrains, like in test cricket. He averaged 25 in the IPL, and averages 24 for T20 Internationals. Vijay has been in good form and might just produce better than Sehwag.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Me too dextergold. Uthappa deserve a chance again. He's been in good form all throughout this IPL season. Only thing murali vijay has more than uthappa in this ipl is a century. even Naman Ojha scored more than 90 on the same day vijay got his century. Its too bad bringing in regionalist politics in team selection for a tournament like this.

  • Voiceofbengal on April 20, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Viru cannot be replaced by anybody in the world.It would have been better to try Robin than M Vijay.It's really sad that we'll miss all the action from Viru's bat but nothing can be done now.I hope and pray to God that he gets fit quickly and starts entertaining the world with his fireworks.To be honest we are going to miss an off-spinner who can turn the game on his day too!!Though MS's showing a lot of faith on Raina(as a part-time bowler),I still believe Viru's absence will be felt throughout India's campaign in West Indies this year.

  • True_Indian_Fan on April 20, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Robin Utthappa left out again!!

    No, Kris Srikanth Cheif selector, Brand ambassador of CSK and more importantly from Chennai selecting Murali Vijay is not a biased selection..Just a co-incidence..

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on April 20, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    hope even yuvraj gets injured and uthappa replaces him also he can shoulder wicket keeping job in the match for MSD apart from his big hitting abilities as we have already seen.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    they should have take robin uttappa... I think Srikanth is playing his tamil card here.

  • jetson_nitya on April 20, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Everyone is against Vijay making it.. 1. He deserved it after his batting display ..Agreed Uthappam is doin so well and powerful hitter but Shewag is an opening batsman and should be replaced by one who plays at the top.. It's more like you don't replace Nehra is hurt with Gautham Gambhir

  • tzilla on April 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    I bet if it was another ip and not ICC he would have played.. money talks.. look at zaheer, shewag, yuvraj.. they all were on injuy list pre ipl now they are plaing almost every mach in ipl.. it's a shame ..

  • NothingButOnlyCric on April 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Well .. Viru has his own class and cant be replaced. However , everybody would agree he is not in his best. He averaged 25 in IPL3 and most importantly we didn't experience glimpse of his form. To me , it seems Viru needs time for himself to recollect his thoughts and his plan of action. Vijay is obvious choice , mainly due to the form he has shown in IPL . Simply great . I would love to see him performing in WI. Though one thing bother me that Can he handle speed of quality bowlers ? All the best Vijay.

  • Santhosh3186 on April 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    @ All asking to select Uthappa, Pls keep in mind that we want to replace a opening batsmen with another of the same trade. Uthappa can open, but he is effective down the order which he himself has proved quite a few times now. Lets wait for Yuvi to breakdown so that uthappa can get a look in.

  • VMKA on April 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Put utappa in place of Yuvaraj Singh, Yuvraj is such a dirty player now days. He has no form or discipline. One wonders if selectors are blind? If they select Yuvaraj after such a bad stint in IPL what kind of message they are giving to all? Open eyes selectors, IPL is meant for filtering and grabbing best one, sack yuvraj.

  • kamesh. on April 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Its really hurting to see that players giving more importance to money than country. Last year also happend same where we lost very badly.I am not sure with form of Yuvi or Rohit. Yuvi have rift with Dhoni and Rohit always fails when he plays for India surprisingly performs well in IPL and domestic circuite. Now and again. when will BCCI open their eyes and realize that country is first than money. I have a question to all that " why cant be IPL be played after T20 world cup". If that is the case then those who are fit and want to play will play at their own risk. I really pity BCCI for this. If India looses T20 world cup it is because of BCCI. IPL is killing Indian Cricket. all the very best vijay. continue the form what u have shown in IPL. all the very best Indian team.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    It shoud embarass players that they give the games in the IPL more priority then the games representing their nation. Its a disappointment for the fans. By the way Shewag was not in the best of the forms and neither is his records in this format awesome. The selection of Murali Vijay is the right move. He is a far better player than Uthapa n has a great future ahead . We all should back him up. Also we should pray Yuvi fires. He is the key player in this format n he has proved it in the international level although his form of recent of present is not too great.

  • True_Indian_Fan on April 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Robin Utthappa left out again!!

    No, Kris Srikanth Cheif selector, Brand ambassador of CSK and more importantly from Chennai selecting Murali Vijay is not a biased selection..Just a co-incidence..

  • AmmarAshraf on April 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Injuries Premier League done it again.

  • NothingButOnlyCric on April 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Well .. Viru has his own class and cant be replaced. However , everybody would agree he is not in his best. He averaged 25 in IPL3 and most importantly we didn't experience glimpse of his form. To me , it seems Viru needs time for himself to recollect his thoughts and his plan of action. Vijay is obvious choice , mainly due to the form he has shown in IPL . Simply great . I would love to see him performing in WI. Though one thing bother me that Can he handle speed of quality bowlers ? All the best Vijay.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    A Terrible Blow for India.No one can ever replace him.Better to know injury before world cup.A great chance for Vijay to prove his class

  • VMKA on April 20, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    He has been injured in 4th match of IPL or since then his form was not good in IPL. I know he is carrying injury otherwise Sehwag would have carried Dekhi to semis. Anyway, its good he is not travelling WT20 with injury good. Good Luck India.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Hope this m Vijay turning d tables around !!! Best oppurtunity for M Vijay !!!

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Why is it that Delhi finished all its IPL games and then this news came out. What would have happened if Delhi would have reached Semis? Can it be possible that he conviniently got injured in the last game.

    I feel that he got injured in the earlier games and they continued playing him.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Congrats Vijay ;-)

    Without Shewag T20 match is tough for us. At the same time Vijay is in good form in IPL. So I hope he will show his talent in T20 World Cup also. Congrats Vijay

  • siva87 on April 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    I was worried when Viru sustained the injury last time. This time also I am worried,but less becuse he is a bit out of form. Happy that Vijay gets a chance,he is in form.

  • balaji.dhumal on April 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Wow. Blessing in disguise..India with Sehwag in T20 is like 1 wkt down already. I am not big fan of Sehwag when it comes to T20, dont fall for his strike rate. Sehwag's record with this format is really ordinary to be honest. I also wish Yuvraj to get out with injury so that selectors can draft in Utthapa.

  • itischandu on April 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Since how long is Sehwag suffering from this injury . Did he get injured on 19-Apr-2010 / was he already injured and still played the 14 IPL league matches with optimism to play semi final and finals ?? . Sehwag owes this answer to BCCI .

    I think similar mistake was repeated last year too when he missed the ICC knockout tournament in SA . It is high time to consider country 's priorities over franchisee priorities .

  • run4avi on April 20, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Calls for a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar..

  • raj_athreya on April 20, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    i feel robin uthappa should have replaced sehwag.. considering the form he is in. Having already played a world cup wud have been an added advantage!!

  • adilladak on April 20, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    So all Indians who love the IPL soo much... commercial tasteless cricket invented solely for wealth creation....How do you feel now...the IPL has cost you Sehwag...the most destructive player in your team....injured in the IPL...Oh dear...my heart bleeds

  • ganeshraam on April 20, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Hope... Vijay grabs this golden opportunity with open hands and performs well...

  • kalikesam on April 20, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    sehwag is unpredictable.sehwag wanted vijay in the indian t20 team and now he had his wish. it's upto vijay now to prove himself at the highest level.all the best wishes for vijay.

  • cric-kaka on April 20, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I hope this is not a big loss. Viru is a great palyer and can win matches own his own. However he has not found his winning attitude in this IPL.

  • snethaji on April 20, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Some people say, It is favoritism towards to his own statesman. But be practical.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on April 20, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Robin Uttapa would have been a better replacement for Sehwag although Murali Vijay is not a bad choice either. Sehwag's absence might be big blow to India's chances especially as their explosive and match winning middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh is out of form. IPL is definitely going to have some bearing on India's prospects in the World T20 cup, and that could be either way. India could as well unleash Yusuf Pathan at the top order and give him a free licence to play without caring too much about his wicket and if that gamble pays, then India will be a difficult customer to deal with as they have some real talent in the middle order. But there is some doubt if Sehwag is injured or he just want to skip the World T20 cup because he has been playing IPL. The BCCI has been careless in the timing of the IPL as on both the occasion it has been scheduled too close to the World T20. In the future they should take care not to organize the IPL tournment too close to any major ICC event.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Hope its a blessing in disguise!

  • snethaji on April 20, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Good Choice, Even Robin Uthappa also can be considered. anyhow I wish the promising youngster to do well for the country.

  • aravindh005 on April 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Viru is not replacable as he is always special..Definitely its a setback for India..

  • Hassan.S on April 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Will this be a setback to India's campaign? Or will Vijay grab this chance with both hands and prosper in T20 World cup? But, seriously, if sehwag could play all IPL matches without any signs of discomfort, why he couldn't play for India now? Money or Politics - is the reason? God knows!

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Lolz, as expected. I believe, Sehwag was not in mood of playing for India and seems like he had some issues with his franchise as well. Well, I believe, vijay will be better than half-hearted Sehwag. I believe or I would say that you'll have some more news about Yuvraj & Guatam also.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Thats bad....india would miss sehwag's belligerence...But T20 more than any format of the game is hugely dependent on form..and murali vijay is riding on a wave right now and is one of csk's most dependable as well as flamboyant batsman...way to go vijay (he does not like to be called murali mind you :)

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    i thnk this must cost india but we have so many alternatives now so we shuld move on and try to keep faith on other players bcoz players can suffered from injuries anytime and india is capable of becoming a world champions so they dnt have to rely on any player..........

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Vijay over Robin .....not sure if that is the right call

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    oh my god...!! Viru ..!! We'll miss you..!!! even last yr same thing happend..!!! :( :(

  • indianbull86 on April 20, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Team India wud certainly lack the explosive batting of sehwag for dis year world cup. But at the same time... de current form of murali vijay is no doubt in giving a gud start at de beginning of indian innings. India has a very gud bating line up dis time, with raina n dhoni in gud form supported by rohit sharma.. its a vibrant team. Hope dis time v turn around thngs.. wat is very dissapointing is we lack genuine t20 bowlers. Zaheer n bhajji have to take de whole responsibility to lead de attack frm front.

  • dextergold on April 20, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    This is a really sad news for India...But with the sehwag's current form, this is a good news :) Uthappa shud have been picked up as a replacement for sehwag. They should not go with M Vijay..... Bad decision........Uthappa is the luckiest player (to make india win the world cup)

  • indiafan_ank on April 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    The ouster of Sehwag is really a huge blow to india's chances in T20 WC. Viru is an ace in Indian batting land can instill fear in the minds of bowlers. No one in the world cricket can match his aggressive instincts and he also had the experience of batting in West Indies. M Vijay has done exceedingly well recently and importantly he is in the "aggressive form" of his life so it might sound harsh but i still dnt think Vijay is an ideal replacement for viru. Viru should hav been replaced by someone who could match him in fire power.. someone who could be the trump card and i guess Robin Utthappa could have been an ideal choice. recently robin hasnt opened the innings although he was must included as an opener( a place that he had stolen from Viru himself). so this might have prompted the selection of vijay ahead of him. But given Robins form, his experience of playing in West Indies and his experience of T20s i think the selectors have repeated the mistake of not selecting him. (ANKUR)

  • Aravindh0005 on April 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    oh my god....wats happening there? hate these injuries...tat too its viru for the second consecutive world cup...gonna miss him :( ...Huge setback for team India....

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Now M Vijay is replacing sehwag just like KD Kartik done at last T20 Wc.Will Vijay walk on path of kartik or he will show his talent.We can only watch and see :(

  • vimal1982 on April 20, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    I was worried when in form vijay and uthappa were not selected and out of form shewag and yuvraj got selected.Now some how vijay got selected,hope some miracle happens and uthappa gets selected.

    I am fron chennai but i would like to drop karthik for uthappa,since he too can keep and go to WI as reserve keeper.

  • Alchemist2889 on April 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    oh no!!! I think IPL should be held after T20 world cup sp that the players don't have burnouts.

  • RANAROYALS on April 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Robin uthappa must have been picked into the team in absence of sehwag.even after watching his current performance in ipl selectors didn't pick him

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    whz up what hppnd to sewag

  • thiyaguspk on April 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    great...dont know about zaheer..may be he too ll be in the list of injuries like they had in the 2009 IPL.

  • raj_dumbo on April 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Sachin should have been selected. He is in such blazing form that atleast his dream of winning a WC for India would have been fulfilled....

  • ArvindReddy on April 20, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I think uthappa is better than vijay. This is the worst decision of SRIKANTH.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    really sad news for his fans as well. same time good news too for Indian cricket fans to have Murali Vijay in the squad. coz he is in tremendous form in this IPL season. Hope he can do better in the world cup too. Lets think positive.

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    It's sad when a commercial tournament is a direct cause for a player to miss an international World T20 event. It's even more sad when the player is Virender Sehwag.

  • Mallanagouda_Aski on April 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    OMG, this will be a big blow for TEAM INDIA for their T20 world cup campaign in the carribean. last year also we missed shewag and could not get results in our way, i hope this time vijay will do the function of shewag n gets world cup back. though uthappa was better choice than vijay but anyways its BCCI call. hope he does well for dhoni n team india. all the best to TEAM INDIA

  • Philip_Gnana on April 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    This is a big blow for India. Sewag is a match winner in any format of the game. Thankfully India have a capable replacement - but not like-for-like. Sewag is a one off sort of a player. The huge experience that he brings is lost. Added value as you may call it. He fears no bowler and treats them with scant respect. Vijay on the international is now required to prove his credentials. He is the next best available man on current form. So fortunate for India that they have an immediate fill in option here. Lot of responsibility on Vijay's shoulders here. I wonder how he will cope with pressure seeing it is a big International event. Good luck to Vijay. T20 will miss Sewag for sure. Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey

  • Positivignesh on April 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    A blessing in disguise, given the recent form of Sehwag and Vijay......... The next replacement if any , should be uthappa.....

  • crikcinfo on April 20, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Do u think uthappa was better?

  • Alchemist2889 on April 20, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    oh no!!! I think IPL should be held after T20 world cup sp that the players don't have burnouts.

  • directorraghuiit on April 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    This is rediculous. Sehwag should have take care of his fitness over important world twenty20. My replacement is Uthappa not vijay.

  • Aravindh0005 on April 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    oh my god....wats happening here??? i hate this injuries..that too its viru for the second consecutive world cup...gonna miss viru....:( :( huge setback for team india.......:(

  • evilweasel_47 on April 20, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Might just be a blessing in disguise.

  • Nampally on April 20, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Tedulkar showed the best form in the recent IPL T20. He would have been the best replacement for Sehwag and should have been persuaded to play. Also V.Kohli is the leading hitter who is not in 16. Aweak Indian bowling needed someone like R.Ashwin or M.Kartik in spin and good pacemen like Yadav of Delhi. Why do Indian Selectors always settle for the second best team and expect to win?

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:14 GMT

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  • Riyazdeen on April 20, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Missing Sehwag hurts really but his replacement has been good. 'm a chennai guy n good to see him. Good Batsman n a good fielder.. All the best Murali Vijay n All the Best India

  • hozefa_q on April 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Well this is what I was scared of, that is the reason why IPL shouldn't be there before World t20. I was praying before IPL start, that God forbid if any players sustain injury in IPL they wont be able to deliver National duty when it needed the most. I don't understand why we have given IPL so much importance, which leads our main player to forbid their national duty. National Duty is must, IPL should be banned from future onwards if the outcome is this, and it is really a major blow for India before the tournament started. And most importantly it had happen 2nd time in a row. Now my worry is for Dhoni, ZaK, Bhajji, Rohit Ypathan who are playing semis in IPL and I will pray they should be ok after IPL, otherwise we can expect India out from the 1st round itself I guess. God Bless India.

  • karguvel on April 20, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Oho!... "Impact of IPL"

  • caecarot on April 20, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    This was surely expected after such a long and tiring IPL tournament. This happened last year and now this time also. This IPL is surely harming the Indian team's performance at international level but i fear BCCI is hardly going to realize it. It would continue making money in its merry ways at the cost of its players. Go IPL go.

  • Lubdhak on April 20, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    ohh god....its a big miss fr india again!!!!same thing happened last year too as many of indian players were either injured or tired and could nt play to their full potential in last yrs world t20.....yaa..vijay has been in excellent form in ipl but still sehwag is extremely important player...first off all he is a match winner and plays excellently at big stages....hope vijay continues his good form...

  • 1_234 on April 20, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    This is the disadvantage of playing IPL. From previous T20worldcup india did not learn that you need players in the fresh state for such big event. Every indian player included in the 15 man squad is playing a non-stop cricket for around 1.5 month, they are tired now because they are human being. Perhaps there should be no IPL in the ODI and T20 world cup year. I am afraid of more injuries in the indian camp :(

  • ManHOOS on April 20, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    ipl will ruin the game stop making money from this thing

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    great...just great. this was inevitable

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    This is HUGE.....Sehwag was a BLOW to India last world cup and it will be again. M. Vijay is a good prospect but not as threatening to bowlers as Sehwag. India must really outperform to win. India just might suffer again....It is possible to see another team winning the world cup now since both India and Pakistan have suffered players due to injury. Umer Gul and Sehwag....Let's see....Good Luck

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Same Story as in 2009 WC.... Hope Team India can cope with this and doesn't repeat its 2009 performance.... Go Vijay Go....

  • Cricniju on April 20, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Aaaahh Viru not playing... Now most of the opening bowlers will be happy to hear this. A huge setback for India and Dhoni. Vijay was the expected replacement. How well he will fare in West Indies.. will wait and see.

    Is IPL form a criteria to select a team to west indies? Fast and bouncy tracks in West Indies will certainly test many of our cricketers. Raina, Yusuf, Vijay, Karthik all are prone to short balls though they have done quite well in Indian conditions in IPL.

    Sachin would have been excellent, given the form he is, he should have been there in the first place. What do you think guys?

  • on April 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Viru hasn't been consistent in this season of IPL, lets say he was an utter faliure. I think this is not a shocking moment, lest with this form we would be speculating Viru to give a cracking start from one match to another. Instead, he can take rest and come up post ICC T20 WC in good form.

    When I am saying this, its in my mind that most of the people won't agree to my statement above. I personally would have felt very bad over this if Viru had had fireworks in IPL3, for now its O.K.

    Lets see who will open with Gambhir!!!

  • SridharRao on April 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Murali Vijay is very good replacement for Viru. But still Robin should have been give some opportunity. He is good touch in IPL. Rohit has been given enough chance in international level. He failed to make use of it. Robin should be given opportunity.

  • suresk79 on April 20, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    I am sure its a good replacement. Murali Vijay has performed well with his clean hitting to get himself placed in the squad.

  • azhar_jeddah on April 20, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    A very Sad news once again, though he was not performing at his level best but Vire is a very dangerous batsmen. May be he could have found his form in the World Cup. I think all the blame should be directed to IPL.Firstly, IPL has a long tournament and very close to the World Cup which is not at all recommended. Hope he gets well soon. The next best option is Murali Vijay or Robin Uthappa, hope any of them get a chance.

    Wishing the vey Best for the World Cup.

  • Viraj20190 on April 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    A great chance for M. Vijay!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Santhosh3186 on April 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Losing Shewag is a big blow. Hope he gets well for the rest of the season. But going by form Vijay should be nice choice to open along with Gambhir. Left Right combo is maintained and Vijay has shown us that in pitches with bounce and a turn he can play well.

  • Ranrocks on April 20, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Luckily Sewhag is out! Muarli Vijay is in my better form then Sehwag at the moment.

  • sweetie on April 20, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    hectic ipl schedule showing its effect :)

  • Gk16 on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    This is just the tip of the iceberg... let IPL end... we'll see many "injuries"... the only good thing is Vijay got his well deserved place in the squad... I don't know why Sehwag didn't get this injury throughout the whole duration of the IPL... I maybe wrong and pessimistic but I really expected a lot of "injuries" but not definitely from Sehwag... Let's wait and see...

  • NIDEPA on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I think we will loose the cup again.....vijay is good player but on west indies pitches we needed some one like sehwag to fire at the top:( very sad about this news:(

  • NavaneetH.TecH on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Its interesting to see vijay in the place os sehwag..hope he 'll continue his recent form :)

  • AravindhanD on April 20, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    ipl just the total reason for this....IPL MUST BE STOPPED IF INDIA HAS TO WIN ANY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET MATCHES.....

  • specialk109 on April 20, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Annoying, especially since he was India's major threat. Still surprised to see that they have overlooked Virat Kohli again for the 15 man squad. Vijay has big shoes to fill.

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  • specialk109 on April 20, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Annoying, especially since he was India's major threat. Still surprised to see that they have overlooked Virat Kohli again for the 15 man squad. Vijay has big shoes to fill.

  • AravindhanD on April 20, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    ipl just the total reason for this....IPL MUST BE STOPPED IF INDIA HAS TO WIN ANY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET MATCHES.....

  • NavaneetH.TecH on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Its interesting to see vijay in the place os sehwag..hope he 'll continue his recent form :)

  • NIDEPA on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I think we will loose the cup again.....vijay is good player but on west indies pitches we needed some one like sehwag to fire at the top:( very sad about this news:(

  • Gk16 on April 20, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    This is just the tip of the iceberg... let IPL end... we'll see many "injuries"... the only good thing is Vijay got his well deserved place in the squad... I don't know why Sehwag didn't get this injury throughout the whole duration of the IPL... I maybe wrong and pessimistic but I really expected a lot of "injuries" but not definitely from Sehwag... Let's wait and see...

  • sweetie on April 20, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    hectic ipl schedule showing its effect :)

  • Ranrocks on April 20, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Luckily Sewhag is out! Muarli Vijay is in my better form then Sehwag at the moment.

  • Santhosh3186 on April 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Losing Shewag is a big blow. Hope he gets well for the rest of the season. But going by form Vijay should be nice choice to open along with Gambhir. Left Right combo is maintained and Vijay has shown us that in pitches with bounce and a turn he can play well.

  • Viraj20190 on April 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    A great chance for M. Vijay!!!!!!!!!!!

  • azhar_jeddah on April 20, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    A very Sad news once again, though he was not performing at his level best but Vire is a very dangerous batsmen. May be he could have found his form in the World Cup. I think all the blame should be directed to IPL.Firstly, IPL has a long tournament and very close to the World Cup which is not at all recommended. Hope he gets well soon. The next best option is Murali Vijay or Robin Uthappa, hope any of them get a chance.

    Wishing the vey Best for the World Cup.