ICC World Twenty20 2010 May 6, 2010

Injured Praveen out of World Twenty20

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Praveen Kumar, the Indian fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Twenty20 due to a side strain. His replacement will be Vidarbha and Delhi Daredevils fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who impressed with his pace during the recent IPL.

Yadav, 22, got the call from the Vidarbha Cricket Association earlier in the afternoon and he will leave for the Caribbean on Friday from Mumbai. Yadav, who picked six wickets at 30 in the seven IPL matches, acknowledged the help he got from Eric Simons, the Daredevils' bowling coach, who is also the Indian team's bowling consultant.

"I am completely surprised. And that, too, for a World Cup, I really find it hard to believe," Yadav told Cricinfo from the Nagpur airport. "But I have been enjoying my bowling especially in the last year so it is bearing the fruits now." Yadav was not part of the pool of 30 probables but needs a nod from the tournament's technical committee, which should be a formality.

Praveen had sustained the injury during a practice session at the 3Ws Oval and the Indian team management sent him for an MRI which revealed the injury. He bowled only one over in the victory over South Africa in St Lucia, but his services will be missed in Barbados, where the pitches have plenty of pace and bounce. If India decide to go with three fast bowlers against Australia on Friday, Karnataka seamer Vinay Kumar could make his international debut.

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  • on May 10, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    only thin chance for India to reach semis is to beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs and hope Australia to continue its unbeaten run against Indies. Dhoni shld replace Jadeja with Umesh Yadav. Why to play Jadeja if he is not effective in these situations as bowler and playing at no.10 as batsman.

  • Vilander on May 9, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Dhoni make Umesh play..he will win this game for us.

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    as far as umesh yadav's selection is concerned, we'll just hav to wait and see how he performs.........but my main point is that the selectors hav been constantly ignoring Irfan Pathan frm the past one year even at the times wen he has been performing well...........a genuin all rounder like Irfan does not deserve this........his not being even in the 30-probables list clearly indicates that there is someone against him. As far as his performance in the IPL is concerned, barring a couple of matches he has been as gud as zaheer or praveen in the bowling department and his batting has been exceptional. He deserves a place in the indian squad 100 times more than players like ravindra jadeja who can't even score quick runs. The selectors now hav just got a habit of ignoring Irfan Pathan and his talent is getting wasted.

  • ysak on May 8, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    at last a sensible selection...

  • svinodmenon on May 7, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    I appreciate the selection of Umesh Yadav. I think experiment can be done only in t20 format. MSD should play him. No other indian mfb is going to be the best in this tournament. so we can try playing any kind of fast bowlers. That too we have several options in bowling (spin) dept. So there is indeed need a experiment. Likewise SL did in last T20WC. India should play Rohit Sharma as 1 down followed by dhoni and Raina, Yuvi should be finisher. if yuvi plays at 4 down he will learn to settle down quickly and adapt to the situation. No yusf. India should play with 4 genuine bowlers. Zaheer should bowl with harbajan if MSD opt to open up with spin. MSD should use Jadeja in a manner that he can keep the pressure. He was wasted in the match against aussie. He should have bowled after 8 overs. MSD should use 2 fast bowlers and a spinner in the powerplay.

  • tanvir_alam on May 7, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Hey Indians what happen 2 ur greatest team. What happen 2 ur sweetest team. 2day Indian cricket team prove that India is most ugliest & ordinary team of the world & Bangladesh is more better team than India. Shame of Indian cricket & plz India learn something more from Bangladesh. Congreats Australia bez of ur fantastic win ... Congreats Australia...

  • henchart on May 7, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    My apprehensions have come true.Indians have shot themselves in the leg by deciding to Bowl first and Aus are on their way to a crushing victory.Honestly barring MSD and GG ,rest of the Indian batsmen in current T20 team are flat track bullies.Yuvraj is not bad but woefully out of sorts these days.

  • absn95 on May 7, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    the indian pacers bowled with an attitude like they were returning home after a day's work with vegetables in bags,that is why young legs in umesh,abu etc are needed

  • satyasainvs on May 7, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    We must appreciate selection panel for right choose. Umesh is really damn fast and especially i had seen very good wicket attacking bowlers. Even he bowls very good yarkars with good pace. I would like to see him in Indian ODI team also. Might be right choice for world cup if he continues the same performance and pace.

  • Sahir-Juniors on May 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Everything would be forgotten like who played and who didn't, if India manange to win....the best eleven has been picked (as thought by the selectors, i don't know how) . Lets' wait and watch, but Umesh Yadav is a good choice, let the youngster make his own success map.

  • on May 10, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    only thin chance for India to reach semis is to beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs and hope Australia to continue its unbeaten run against Indies. Dhoni shld replace Jadeja with Umesh Yadav. Why to play Jadeja if he is not effective in these situations as bowler and playing at no.10 as batsman.

  • Vilander on May 9, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Dhoni make Umesh play..he will win this game for us.

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    as far as umesh yadav's selection is concerned, we'll just hav to wait and see how he performs.........but my main point is that the selectors hav been constantly ignoring Irfan Pathan frm the past one year even at the times wen he has been performing well...........a genuin all rounder like Irfan does not deserve this........his not being even in the 30-probables list clearly indicates that there is someone against him. As far as his performance in the IPL is concerned, barring a couple of matches he has been as gud as zaheer or praveen in the bowling department and his batting has been exceptional. He deserves a place in the indian squad 100 times more than players like ravindra jadeja who can't even score quick runs. The selectors now hav just got a habit of ignoring Irfan Pathan and his talent is getting wasted.

  • ysak on May 8, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    at last a sensible selection...

  • svinodmenon on May 7, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    I appreciate the selection of Umesh Yadav. I think experiment can be done only in t20 format. MSD should play him. No other indian mfb is going to be the best in this tournament. so we can try playing any kind of fast bowlers. That too we have several options in bowling (spin) dept. So there is indeed need a experiment. Likewise SL did in last T20WC. India should play Rohit Sharma as 1 down followed by dhoni and Raina, Yuvi should be finisher. if yuvi plays at 4 down he will learn to settle down quickly and adapt to the situation. No yusf. India should play with 4 genuine bowlers. Zaheer should bowl with harbajan if MSD opt to open up with spin. MSD should use Jadeja in a manner that he can keep the pressure. He was wasted in the match against aussie. He should have bowled after 8 overs. MSD should use 2 fast bowlers and a spinner in the powerplay.

  • tanvir_alam on May 7, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Hey Indians what happen 2 ur greatest team. What happen 2 ur sweetest team. 2day Indian cricket team prove that India is most ugliest & ordinary team of the world & Bangladesh is more better team than India. Shame of Indian cricket & plz India learn something more from Bangladesh. Congreats Australia bez of ur fantastic win ... Congreats Australia...

  • henchart on May 7, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    My apprehensions have come true.Indians have shot themselves in the leg by deciding to Bowl first and Aus are on their way to a crushing victory.Honestly barring MSD and GG ,rest of the Indian batsmen in current T20 team are flat track bullies.Yuvraj is not bad but woefully out of sorts these days.

  • absn95 on May 7, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    the indian pacers bowled with an attitude like they were returning home after a day's work with vegetables in bags,that is why young legs in umesh,abu etc are needed

  • satyasainvs on May 7, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    We must appreciate selection panel for right choose. Umesh is really damn fast and especially i had seen very good wicket attacking bowlers. Even he bowls very good yarkars with good pace. I would like to see him in Indian ODI team also. Might be right choice for world cup if he continues the same performance and pace.

  • Sahir-Juniors on May 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Everything would be forgotten like who played and who didn't, if India manange to win....the best eleven has been picked (as thought by the selectors, i don't know how) . Lets' wait and watch, but Umesh Yadav is a good choice, let the youngster make his own success map.

  • WildLion on May 7, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    i am sure india will loose bcz no praveen no win

  • samonly007200 on May 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Yes I would agree with vikicork that Irfan hasn't been given that many chances recently and when he has been he usually shines well especially on tracks which can give him a little bit of swing.. there is definitely some kind of bias against him from the selectors and possibly even Dhoni. There are many cases where the talent gets waisted because of selection bias or quota system.

  • OpeninBatsman on May 7, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @ vikirok .. iam sorry but Sreesanth N Ishant are not fast bowlers.. Sreesanth bowls @ arounf 137 N ishan @ 133 .. umesh is way way quicker..n i dont agree with you that bowling fast is not necessary.. pls dont listen to stupid cIndian commentators saying line and length is more important than pace ..its nonsense... n yeah iam a die hard indian cricket fan .. it pains me to see plenty of promising bowlers who comes in and bowls fast for a year and then go to line n length .. we really need some one like umesh yadav.. period

  • on May 7, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    i think the selectors have first time picked a proper replacement. i think india need a raw player jus look at malinga,warner etc they all are raw talent and they did exceptionally well at international stage.and barbados wicket providing so much assistance to fast bowler umesh is the best pik to go with as he can consistently bowl at 145 kmph.and i dont think except atul sharma and kamran khan in india there is anyone who can bowl quicker than him.so go UMESH give ur best shot.

  • love4crik on May 7, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Umesh doesn't have international experience & maybe this not the right time to experiment for India..Irfan always looked rightly deserving in PK's place..but I wonder what keeps him away from the playing! ZAK at any cost should be in!

    Anyways India'a top order cant fail like the one against SA!! This is an all important match..both as far as the tournament is concerned & the confidence too!! All the Best India!!

  • TenRajesh on May 7, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    I expected Umesh Yadav to play for india soon,but not the world cup. He is certainly one of the few who impressed in IPL with talent. Wishing all the best for Yadav and India. BTW irfan needs to up grade himself from an average allrounder to bowling allrounder if he wants to get in to indian team.

  • vikicork on May 7, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Bowling fast is not necassarily the best thing in ODI ,we have seen what happened to Sreesanth and Ishant Umesh Yadav probably deserves a shot but straight to the world cup? Irfan hasnt been given that many chances recently and when he has been he usually shines well especially on tracks which can give him a little bit of swing theres some kind of bias unfortunately against him from the selectors and possibly even Dhoni which is very unfortunate If he was from Tamil Nadu and his name was perhaps I Kumar he would probably be definitely in the side

  • Mahendra_Ishant_Pathan on May 7, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i think its the plan of mahi.....i am not sure if praveen got really injured......he wants some real pace and umesh will provide that.....i wouldn't be surprised if umesh plays ahead of vinay kumar, if umeah reaches westindies on time

  • on May 7, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    its unfair to siddhart trivedi who's been outstanding through out the ipl... he should be called as a replacement of Praveen... All the best yadav..

  • not-fan-but-fanatic on May 7, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    when we are looking for someone to open the bowling its high time that we start looking for pure fast bowlers......it wud be foolish to look at irfans batting and compensate on a fast bowler......coz irfan's help in batting would well be compensated when people like warner lumb watson would have already made 60 in 1st 6

  • D.S.A on May 7, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I can't believe that most people forgetten about players like Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudeep Tyagi or Abhimanyu Mithun. India don't need bowlers who can bat. If India's top 7 batsman don't perform well, India don't deserve to set up or chase down a target...SIMPLE. The best bowler should be selected and whether or not that player is Umesh Yadav is not a certainty because there are hardly any good fast bowlers in India in any case, so the best, whomever they may be, will be the best out of a bad bunch. Anyway, Yadav probably won't even get a place in the starting eleven...logic suggests Vinay Kumar will get into the eleven before him because he was selected before him...or atleast I would hope it works that way. I'm just glad the selectors went with a different player rather than the same old players who haven't performed consistently for atleast the last five years.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on May 7, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    With Zaheer out injured (I guess so, since he did not play the last match), we can see 2 rookies, Vinay and Umesh, in next matches. Kinda makes me feel nervous about India's chances. Anyway, Umesh is a talent to watch out. To those who oppose his selection, whom do you think fits the bill? Tyagi and Ishant - short of confidence due to IPL, Sreesanth - highly inconsistent, Irfan - more of a batting allrounder, S. Trivedi - perennial underachiever. one of those destined for domestic circuit, Munaf - not even good enough for his franchise, Mithun - kinda unlucky but is untested as well. I think the only genuine grievance will be from Dinda. He did nothing wrong to not warrant a place as the backup bowler. One of those musical chairs thing that Indian selectors are associated with

  • absn95 on May 7, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    umesh was easily the 3rd quickest bowler in IPL after tait and Steyn,he consistently averaged 143kph and touched 146kph a lot of times,what is great is that he did it in intense heat and with a mini rn up in matches where even Nannes could not generate 138 and above,he was easily quicker than NANNES by 6-8 km on average!if someone has not noticed the pace of Umesh and Abu,then they just do not want india to do well

  • absn95 on May 7, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    umesh yadav is the best choice,we need express bowlers and right now I have seen only 2 guys clocking above 145 in Umesh and Abu nachem,Umesh is more consistent and also has a great yorker.I wanna see him in asia cup for sure

  • apradhi on May 7, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Good choice. Yadav is a strong lad and impressed with his raw pace as well as his clever use of slower deliveries, bouncers and yorkers in the few matches he played for Delhi Daredevils. Selectors have done well to induct fresh talent rather than go back to the mediocre stock that have failed repeatedly at this level. He was the most impressive of the young pace bowlers in the recently concluded IPL.

  • kdcricket on May 7, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Praveen Kumar getting injured may be a blessing in disguise for India. We are scheduled to play our super eight matches at Bridgetown, where people who are geniunly quick have performed well thus far(Steyn, Aamer, Tait, Nannes, Morkel etc). Swing bowlers like Asif have been hit out of attack with ease. Irfan Pathan has been given more chances than anyone else and I guess his time is running out. You just cannot wake up one morning, bowl one good over at pathetic pace and bat well(which should be an added benefit not the primary job) and get back to Indian team. Let him sustain his performance for some more time. Yadav seems to be quicker than most and is a bowler who prefers full length to swing the ball into right handers. BTW the guy is from Vidharbha not UP. Alos it is about time that players who are not in limelight because they play for plate league teams, should get a chance.

  • sweetspot on May 7, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    A bowler of Umesh Yadav's ability and pace should be brought in when raw. Dhoni is backing his instincts here and I wouldn't be surprised if he is the dark horse that wins big for India. No fear Umesh! Go get it, boy!

    Irfan Pathan? Please. What has he done with the ball recently? Remember this is a replacement for Praveen Kumar. RP, Ishant? Well, let them all take rest. Let's welcome Umesh into the team and watch the fun!

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    watz up wid irfan pathan he can also bat??????????? bt any way umesh iss way better dan irfan umesh can bowl 140-`45 bt irfan 120 -25 onli bt letz hp fr da best!!!!!!!!!! bt irfan can swing da ball both wayzz??????

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    india already got more fast bowlers,zaheer,vinay,nehra.Ashok dinda from kolkatta bowled better than yadav and from chennai super kings aswin,who was the opening bowler for chennai.Any one from this two could have been included in the team.

  • Raj_pandian on May 7, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    I wonder why people are supporting Irfan to get in to the team.. I was a very good bowler who won many matches for India... But now??? He bowled very horribly in IPL. because of him KIX lost some 2 to 3 matches.... Umesh he performed very well though he played only 7 matches.. We need someone who bowls at a good pace and this kid has done a fantastic job in the domestic circuit. Sreesanth in to team is again a very very big joke.... better he should retire and go for acting. Nice actor and Ishant was in a very horrible form that everybody knew.. RP is also not in good form and already we have 2 left arm quickies in the squad and one more it wont be useful.... all the best Umesh.... Do well...

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    umesh yadav...welcome to indian team bench...

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Blunders at its best...Even though he did not impress on his debut, mithun is the man born to shine fro India.he shud hav been the ideal replacement and vijay should not have been picked...uthappa shud have been picked

  • DEV_ME on May 7, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Now this is what I cal inconsistency !! Yadav is picked up on the strength of his IPL performance, however earlier IPL form was not the basis of selection. Due to which many an inform players got overlooked and out of form players as Yuvraj, Gambhir, Yusuf get a nod in ! This is kind of crazy .... isnt it ?!?!? Somebody mentioned Irfan should have been sent it ? Are the ppl making such comments in touch with reality ?

  • Shine77 on May 7, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Hello All, first of all let us accept the fact that Umesh is flying to WI for the T20 WC assignment. Secondly let us recollect from our fresh memories that, this man had performed really very well in the recently concluded IPLT20. Many of the people have not noticed him. He reminds me of Fannie DeVillers. Bowler with great attitude and has a decent pace attack and maintains the discipline. If Dhoni wasn't convinced about him, he wouldn't have called him in. Let the fresh blood come in and perform. Why people are not backing him?? Without seeing him perform, why are we cursing him guys?? Have a broad mind fellas and fellis. Go Umesh! Do well for India!!!!

  • Siddiee on May 7, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Umesh Yadav is the only genuine fast bowler in India right now and as a result provides a much needed variety to the Indian seam attack by clocking 140-145 kph deliveries regularly. He wasnt in the list of 30 probables but he surely has the talent to make it thru to the highest level. Also its time that we shud try such promising youngsters ahead of the regulars like Ishant/Sreesant and Irfan as they definately are not match winners with the ball in their hands. Just hope that this lad doesnt sacrifice his pace over the period of time and doesnt go for any lessons in MRF MEDIUM PACE ACADEMY.

  • kickoz on May 7, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Umesh Yadav is selected as injured player is a UP man praveen. so, only a guy from UP or around state can replay. It is pure quota man

  • MBSIVA on May 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Yadav didn't even got a chance to play 14 games in IPL. How come suddenly they found his talent. India's bowling consultant is also the bowling coach for Delhi Daredevils. May be he inspired the captain to get in Yadav. The selectors could have gone to Irfan Pathan, who had a fairly decent IPL, or atleast Abhishek Nayyar. Going by India's selection policy, Yadav will be benched through out the series, just to disappear from the scene for the tri-series and asia cup.

  • itssachin on May 7, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Umesh yadav is really a good selection... we have seen him bowl consistantly over 145+ during ipl matches.. India need a outright fast bowler like him.. he could be a surprise packge for india in T20... for god sake leave umseh to his own trade and i hope experts don't pay with his action , arm position etc. and let him bowl the way he can fast and furious otherwise we will add umesh to the long list of indian bowlesr like irfan, munaf , ishnat.. and will lost some where..... Lets hope for best.. ALL THE BEST USESH.......

  • on May 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Now we need only young talented player to our team. In this heavy competition, unless proving the talent consistently it is not possible to survive. Of course we've enough talented bowlers waiting for their chance, but without proving the current form it is difficult to get into the national team. Yes, IPL given us such a talented guy Umesh Yadev with form. We've to utilize this chance and to wait and see, how he is going to prove against international players. Hope for the best. Congrats Umesh!

  • samonly007200 on May 7, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is a swing bowler. You need a swing bowler to replace a swing bowler(P. Kumar). Indian wickets are batsman friendly wickets. WI have type of wickets which might suite Irfan's style of bowling. The only think against him is that there are already 2 left arm fast bowlers who are most likely to play all the matches. Irfan Pathan has to developed to make him an integral part of the team. He is the only quality all rounder India has..!!! Look at S. Broad. How is he still playing for England..?? You need to back players who have potential. Nobody can say that Irfan pathan does not have potential.

  • on May 7, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    guys....we play back to back matches in Barbados, which has got decent bounce...don't be surprised if Dhoni picks Umesh Yadav by instinct. He is the quickest in India as of now....

  • kmdarmanthan on May 7, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    yadav is a good choice but i think irfan pathan would be better . Just bolwing fast dosent matters , bolwing right length and area also matters . Wishing yadav a luck

  • on May 7, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Lets give a chance to Umesh Yadav....But first of all,erase out the R Jadeja. What the hell he is doing in the Team. I Pathan can definitely bat better than him in T20 and Bowling No Arguments !, He don't know that.

  • Harish8207 on May 7, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Very Good decision from the selectors...

    Umesh bowls at 140-145 km/hr...India need a bowler like him in the carribean wickets..

  • Gizza on May 7, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    saurav_bh, of course a bowler can get injured during during practice. They constantly bowling in the nets. It is easy to twist or put extra pressure on a certain part of your body and hurt yourself. Especially for a fast bowler. Also you sounds like a biased DC supporter since RP and Ojha didn't perform well in this year IPL.

    This selection hardly matters. Vinay Kumar will replace Praveen in the team. Umesh Yadav only in the squad. Irfan Pathan is an all-rounder, not a bowler anymore and India has plenty of those.

  • Deenesh on May 7, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    where is Ishant and sreesanth and other proven quicks? World Cups are not ideal situations to try new blood.

  • vish515 on May 7, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    looks like everyone seems to have forgotten ashok dinda .. ??

  • vish515 on May 7, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    sorry have i missed out on something .. ?? umesh WHO ??!! can anyone throw some light on this geezer for me pls .. ?? tomorrow india's journey in this WC will unravel . very scared very scared of india's survival beyond the super 8s..

  • midnightsunknights on May 6, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    The suggestion of RP Singh is the most hillarious one here. but yadav? really?!? i am still shocked since his own franchisee couldnt give him a whole tournament to play and now here he is representing india! but really? who gives a god dammn about what kind of background he has? isnt it only what he shows as a player than really counts? anyway, the selectors have really been messing around with the selection. piyush? now yadav? just wow! vijay was a good choice, but if yadav wasnt even in the probables, how is he chosen now? simply pathetic! and if they wanted to choose soemone out of the 30, why the hell didnt they pick irfan?? irfan is not only one of the highest run getters in KIXP, but in the top 10 of highest wicket taker in IPL. he had a great ranji season, has experience, and moreover, has been so consistent in all the IPLs and domestic chamber. then why not him? but like always selectors dont really have an answer, they do what they like, and hopefully india doesnt pay for it!

  • iankendall on May 6, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    saurav_bh, you should not be flabbergasted. The selectors have chosen wisely for the pitch and conditions. And, yes, bowlers who are putting effort into their practice do get injured. As for fishy and fake, you prob believe that the bookmakers still control the game.

  • Krishna_Sydney on May 6, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Maybe I am reading too much into.. this but everything from selections to form to captain /vc pre-tour and pre-match comments or lack of comments, coupled with untimely pre-tour and pre-match injuries to key players ( Sehwag and Praveen ) tells me India is coming back from the super eights this weekend. Umesh will have a weekend trip. I tip Australia to take the cup this year.

  • jacobs54 on May 6, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    gpcrish..Sreesanth is still still one of the best in India.But because he is not in good form he doesn't deserve a place...but don't forget his performance in the 2007 world cup..Especially It's due to his main contribution India overcome Australia in the semis... in the last test series aganist Srilanka...India won the series only because of Srisanth..hope he'll b in the team again..

  • DKV11 on May 6, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    @ saurav_bh: Mate if you had seen IPL you would know who Umesh Yadav is, though didnt get many wickets but did impressed by his bowling, plus he wont be playing any matches there but wil be very good for his experience and game.

    RP Singh? are you serioous? I am a big fan of RP but at the moment he is not bowling anywhere near his best, he did took wickets in IPL but did u see his economy rate? Thats not good in T20. About Ojha...yes he missed out but will not be good to send now as they already have 3 spinners there and i think they are doing a good job.

    And lastly : a bowler can definately get injured in practice. If u had played any professional sport in your life u would know that its very easy to get injured in practice.

    Get your facts right before commenting. Go India

  • pacyCricket on May 6, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    My playing XI would be to add Gambhir for karthik and Rohit for Harbhajan along with 3 pacers vinay,Zak & Nehra. India shd make use most out of their available allrounders,if not bits & pieces. Bcos there is no use in waiting for a kapilDEV it can only kill people like irfan... By having this XI we have yuvi, pathan, jado, rohit & raina bowling spin & 3 pacers. By having this combo INDIA can play in any pitch fast, spin or slow,etc... another addition is great fielding.

  • AlexRios on May 6, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Pathan was not included because the team already has 2 left arm pace bowlers in Nehra and Zaheer. Same goes for RP Singh too!

  • DevilsCricket on May 6, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Are you some people calling for Irfan, serious ! He WAS good 4 years back, and is history now, except for IPL.

  • pacyCricket on May 6, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Indian team selection panel is getting poorer. It looks like there is No proper strategy to select a player. I suspect they follow a choose the best answer pattern as in exams. The main diff being eliminate unwanted choices rather than wrong choices. where is dhawal kulkarni? why not irfan? atleast irfan will score half the runs he gives by bowling... If age is criteria then why not jaidev unadkut for KKR? If IPL is the criteria then why not sidharth trivedi or Harmeet singh? They pick Vijay saying IPL form but then why Chawla? and not ojha? they pick yusuf but then what abt the MR Consistent Saurabh tiwary?

  • jsnaurvi on May 6, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    umesh is good choice... guys dont forgot Irfan's last overs in IPL against CSK and DC... he was star long time back but these days no pace no swing ... so umesh is not a bad choice ... even RP was a right choice

  • amit4797 on May 6, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    @saurav_bh... on a better day i wouldnt evn have had dignified ur queries with response bt since i had a bad day and hence i wanna get it out of my chest i will answer you. 1. umesh yadav played for delhi in ipl 2010 and did well.probably the only bowler who consistently bowled at 140 ks. 2. rp was not best, or maybe he was one of rhe worst of the indian bowlers in ipl 2010. and its ojha not OZHA. 3. how can someone not be injured during practice?wat u expect bowlers to dance and throw lollis at practice? for G's sakes they rehearse their bowling before matches in practice.

  • s0ldier on May 6, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    I wonder how people are asking for Irfan pathan. Just because he got a hat-trick half a decade ago against PAK or just because he got MoM in the last T20 finals? If so, we need to bring back many players from Sunil Gavaskar's era probably. Irfan's form in the recently concluded IPL is nothing but pathetic. He just doesn't deserve place in a ranji team at this point. He lost the art of bowling, and we don't need Irfan as a batsman as we've got more capable batters in the lineup. Appreciate the fact that the selectors are willing to look into some young exciting prospect. To those who are asking who is Umesh Yadav, please go back and follow some domestic cricket. You won't have 11 Sachin's or Dhoni's in the team. Umesh is a good fast bowler on the domestic circuit and he has good pace. I saw him bowling in the mid 140's in the IPL. The selectors didn't pluck him out of the air from nowhere. I concur with the thoughts on why Ojha is missing - he is indeed the best left-arm spinner.

  • Nobleguy on May 6, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    What a shame that we all forgot Irfan Pathan whose rise in Pak was appreciated by one and all. It is we who expected more than what he is/was capable of at all times. We should not sideline him but bring him out more and more before he start to feel totally neglected. Wake up SELECTORS, there is still time left.

  • on May 6, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    The people who criticize here seem to be so negative and always complaining. Everyone can have opinions but its those 5 selectors who have the responsibility of making the decision and they have been pretty good with the team selection.

    So everyone get behind and support the team rather than complain.

  • maddy20 on May 6, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I am hoping that Vinay Kunar gets a chance in today's match. Though expensive, he has the knack of picking up wickets. Whoever they pick hope they do well and trash the Aussies!

  • on May 6, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Haha RP singh.. He can barely bowl 130 n swing, hes not the bowler he was. bowling at high 130's ow 140's. I think Ishant Sharma could have been a better option since the barbados pitch is bouncy n thats where the super 8 matches are. Also I didnt even see Umesh Yadav in IPL, if he is good why wasnt he there. Poor mistake by the selectors. Irfan or Ishant should have been picked. Lets c how the Australia match goes, that will tell us the rest. GO team INDA

  • on May 6, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    west indies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    No way Sreesanth, he is more of an actor than a cricketer.

  • on May 6, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I thought dinda probably deserved a go here is a comparitive of Dinda and Umesh in the IPL Player Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5 AB Dinda 7 23.1 0 152 9 2/15 16.88 6.56 15.4 0 0 U Yadav 7 24.0 0 184 6 2/24 30.66 7.66 24.0 0 0

    seriously what does have to do he was probably one of the very few impressive indian seamers in the ipl where almost everyone else got toweled Eric simmons surely hard a big role to play pitching for Umesh which isn't a bad selection but i feel Dinda would have been better and its not like he doesn't have the pace umesh does. he also bowls in the 140's occasionally and can be skiddy

  • gpcrish on May 6, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Sreesanth would have been a better choice....nope..just kidding ! Yadav deserves the call. I am glad that the selectors are doing a fair, impartial job.

  • on May 6, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Bipul RP singh really? Have you seen him bowl in IPL?

  • Bombayorker28 on May 6, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Great Selection! Both Vijay & U Yadav were great selections by the selectors

  • jimbond on May 6, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Pathan most certainly would have been a better choice. Bowling fast is not enough. Umesh has a habit of spraying the balls and bowling a few wides. If only as a bowler, Siddharth Trivedi was the most effective bowler in the IPL.

  • saurav_bh on May 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Selection committee has left me flabbergasted !!.

    Firstly, who the heck is this Umesh Yadav?....Secondly, why is the best bowler of IPL RP Singh and Ozha missing from lineup?.

    Thirdly this injury seems to be fishy and fake...I mean can a BOWLER get injured during practise?

  • samonly007200 on May 6, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    WHY NOT IRFAN PATHAN?? He is the next swing bowler PLUS he can BAT. He was the man of the match in the final of world cup india won.

    Why is he not there?

  • shahbaba on May 6, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Umesh yadav is a better choice. Has got good pace!

  • BondShaneBond on May 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    This is so heartening to see, I wish this guy get some matches, I really wish so... Given his humble background this is the best Lord Almighty could have given him n his family..I wish...

  • 786-786 on May 6, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    suprise selection.irfan may be the better replacement.

  • GarthOnly4CRICKET on May 6, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    This is a good replacement. Umesh Yadav is a very good young talent, who can bowl at 144+ kmph at a regular basis. Time will tell will he going to get an opportunity or not. I wish him all the best, and hoping to see some yorker at the bottom of Middle Stump at 145km.

  • on May 6, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Now the pressure on australians decreases as they did find hard to play against him . With slow medium pace call swinging both ways now lot depends on zaheer and nehra .

  • OpeninBatsman on May 6, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    great man.iam happy for umesh he is a great prospect for India. the last match he played for Delhi Daredevils he was regularly clockng 145+ speeds .. those who criticize srikkant & co. u should appreciate when they take decisions such as dis.he may go for runs but surely india need some one with pace if not in y20 then in tests for sure..

  • Siddharth_Pandit on May 6, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Umesh can be the best replacement available in India. Some may argue for pathan but when you think rationally to replace a bowler, pathan doesn't even come close 2nd.

  • bipulkumar on May 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    R P Singh would have been far better choice. Another wayward choice from selectors

  • IPL_is_Thrash on May 6, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    All players look out of sorts especially bowlers. Playing in that rubbish, non-sense, stupid IPL has taken complete toll from Team India. Playing in this World T20 seems just a formality for Team India.

  • harish08 on May 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Dinda wud have been a better choice...

  • papaiya911 on May 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Why not Irfan Pathan?? He could bat as well..

  • Croc_on_mara on May 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Umesh Yadav and Abu Nachem were the only 2 Indian bowlers who hit the 140 kmph mark during the IPL. About time the selectors got their heads out of you know where...

  • CiMP on May 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I cant understand the logic of declaring a list of 30 probables and then picking someone outside that 30! BCCI will never reform itself :(

  • on May 6, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Jus waiting 4 ojha or mishra to replace chawla

  • on May 6, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Superb Move...Umesh Yadav is the perfect Replacement.... Superb work..

    Umesh with his pace,ashish & vinay wld b a perfect combo... bhajji n ravi would do the rest...

  • on May 6, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I think the Indian team is experimenting too much by giving a chance to the fresher. Though he has pace, but just played 11 first class match guys. He lacked the basic line and length in the IPL and couldn't contain the batsman well. His economy rate is above 8 runs in 9 20-20 matches he played. He would loose all the confidence if he happened to get a beating from the biggest hitter in the world cricket.

    Instead u could have given another chance to Irfan Pathan who would settle for much required all rounders slot.

  • on May 6, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Umesh Yadav ? Seriously ?

  • howizzat on May 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    experienced plater like Irfan Pathan would have been a better choice.

  • on May 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    The reason the selectors gave for not picking up Uthappa and Irfan despite good performances was that they were not in the initial 30 man list? So how come Umesh Yadav gets picked? I have nothing against him but a few good overs in the IPL doesn't mean he's ready for an India cap. He may have a good Ranji record but he plays for Vidharba, a side in the Plate league. This is totally unfair to Irfan Pathan. Srikanth is no good as selector.

  • manasvi_lingam on May 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    On the slower pitches of West Indies, I'd have gone with one of the following options:

    1) Irfan Pathan: Took the max no. of wickets by an Indian paceman except for Vinay and Zaheer. And we all know that he is an efficient and versatile batsman anywhere. 2) Harmeet Singh or Siddharth Trivedi: Both have better economy rates than Umesh Yadav and they are both slower bowlers which will suit the pitches better.

  • pradeepbharadwaj on May 6, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    thats great news.umesh yadav is the quickest in india today and he definitely needed to be there in the original team ahead of dibbly doubly military medium bowlers like praveen kumar's and vinay kumar's.this is probably the only gd decision srikanth has taken in his tenure as the selector ie if he has any role to play at all in the selection of umesh yadav.i wonder how he didnot select balaji!!anyway great for indian cricket tht finaly we have a bowler who can bowl at 145 consistently

  • royalg on May 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    very gud pick by the selectors, give the young man a chance, he is a rookie fast bowler who is well built which is wat india needs, gud selection :D get abimanyu mithun a chance in the test team for sreesanth aswell

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Out of the blue...a genuine quick unlike many of his contemporaries...

  • 654412 on May 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Even now, a Mishra, Ojha or Ashwin will not get a chance? Have these guys done less than Umesh Yadav??. It is totally surprising. They want to pick a seamer at all costs, ignoring how inexperienced/unproven they are but will not pick spinners who have performed time and again both in domestic cric and IPL.

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Umesh Yadav? What nonsense!

  • Jesen on May 6, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    I think Irfan pathan could have been a better replacement for praveen kumar...both are similar bowlers and he can be handy with the bat as well...

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Good selection. By far looked the best Indian right handed pace bowler during IPL. Did bowl with some serious pace and also might be a suprise package for India. But the question remains when will he reach & how many matches he might get to play.

  • henchart on May 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    If India decide to go with three fast bowlers against Australia..........Indians will be axing their own legs.It would be more prudent to play the same bowlers who did duty against SA last Sunday.Of course , in place of Kumar,Zaheer should come in and Karthik must make way for Gambhir.Knowing Indians, they will play one extra batsman who will have little to contribute and drop one of the two spinners -Chawla or Jadeja.Harbhajan will stick in not on the strength of his current form but due to the clout he ,mysteriously, wields on Dhoni.To top it all, Dhoni may win the toss and decide to bowl which would mount to Hara kiri.

  • aditya104 on May 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    All the best to Umesh for WC.

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  • aditya104 on May 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    All the best to Umesh for WC.

  • henchart on May 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    If India decide to go with three fast bowlers against Australia..........Indians will be axing their own legs.It would be more prudent to play the same bowlers who did duty against SA last Sunday.Of course , in place of Kumar,Zaheer should come in and Karthik must make way for Gambhir.Knowing Indians, they will play one extra batsman who will have little to contribute and drop one of the two spinners -Chawla or Jadeja.Harbhajan will stick in not on the strength of his current form but due to the clout he ,mysteriously, wields on Dhoni.To top it all, Dhoni may win the toss and decide to bowl which would mount to Hara kiri.

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Good selection. By far looked the best Indian right handed pace bowler during IPL. Did bowl with some serious pace and also might be a suprise package for India. But the question remains when will he reach & how many matches he might get to play.

  • Jesen on May 6, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    I think Irfan pathan could have been a better replacement for praveen kumar...both are similar bowlers and he can be handy with the bat as well...

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Umesh Yadav? What nonsense!

  • 654412 on May 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Even now, a Mishra, Ojha or Ashwin will not get a chance? Have these guys done less than Umesh Yadav??. It is totally surprising. They want to pick a seamer at all costs, ignoring how inexperienced/unproven they are but will not pick spinners who have performed time and again both in domestic cric and IPL.

  • on May 6, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Out of the blue...a genuine quick unlike many of his contemporaries...

  • royalg on May 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    very gud pick by the selectors, give the young man a chance, he is a rookie fast bowler who is well built which is wat india needs, gud selection :D get abimanyu mithun a chance in the test team for sreesanth aswell

  • pradeepbharadwaj on May 6, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    thats great news.umesh yadav is the quickest in india today and he definitely needed to be there in the original team ahead of dibbly doubly military medium bowlers like praveen kumar's and vinay kumar's.this is probably the only gd decision srikanth has taken in his tenure as the selector ie if he has any role to play at all in the selection of umesh yadav.i wonder how he didnot select balaji!!anyway great for indian cricket tht finaly we have a bowler who can bowl at 145 consistently

  • manasvi_lingam on May 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    On the slower pitches of West Indies, I'd have gone with one of the following options:

    1) Irfan Pathan: Took the max no. of wickets by an Indian paceman except for Vinay and Zaheer. And we all know that he is an efficient and versatile batsman anywhere. 2) Harmeet Singh or Siddharth Trivedi: Both have better economy rates than Umesh Yadav and they are both slower bowlers which will suit the pitches better.