India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 4, 2013

Gambhir likely to be recalled for Zimbabwe tour

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MS Dhoni, who injured his right hamstring during India's tri-series opener in the West Indies, is likely to be ruled out for India's short tour to Zimbabwe that begins July 24. If Dhoni is indeed unavailable, Gautam Gambhir is likely to earn a recall into the team.

While announcing India's squad for the Champions Trophy on May 4, the national selectors had also named 21 probables for the ongoing tri-series in the West Indies. Besides the 15 who featured in India's victorious Champions Trophy campaign, the probables included Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Rahul Sharma and Gambhir.

Shami replaced Irfan Pathan after the latter injured himself while training for the West Indies tri-series. Rayudu came in for Dhoni who was ruled out of the tri-series on July 1.

With Tiwary, the only other specialist batsman in the list, having twisted his left knee, Gambhir remains the only viable candidate to lend solidity to what has become an inexperienced India batting line-up. With his experience, Gambhir could also come in handy as a member of the leadership group, thus helping Virat Kohli, who is set to be retained as captain in the event of Dhoni's unavailability.

It will be interesting to see if the selectors opt to rest a few overworked players. Discussions around need for rest could focus on R Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. If Ashwin is indeed rested, Jammu & Kashmir offspinner Parvez Rasool could come in contention along with Rahul Sharma, who is named in the probables.

With the selectors' eyes set on the tour to South Africa later this year, it is possible that Praveen Kumar, who was in the probables, may be given another chance. If the selectors feel the necessity to bring in either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane for the Zimbabwe ODIs ahead of the India's A tour to South Africa, Murali Vijay could be a casualty.

However, with the India A tour to South Africa set to start immediately after the Zimbabwe series' conclusion, it is unlikely that the selectors will try out too many youngsters. With the current group having fared well during the Champions Trophy, it is possible that some of the batsmen, who haven't got enough opportunities, may be asked to join the A team in South Africa.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    There are a lot of riches in abundance in Indian cricket. MS Dhoni can relax and have some rest at home. This series against Zimbabwe is a ripe opportunity for us to test our bench strength. I think Gambhir and Pujara should feature in the team. Rohit Sharma has been given too many opportunities and he still hasn't capitalized on good starts. How many more chances are we going to give him ? Also, I still feel Yuvraj has a lot to offer to the Indian team. A lot of exciting things happening in Indian cricket. We are a strong side with multiple talents. Also, any news on Varun Aaron ? our bowling needs some oiling, it's still our major weakness. But against Zimbabwe I am not too worried.

  • phunny_game on July 4, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    That will be a good decision. His exclusion was not fair, in the first place. Sehwag had not been performing in any format, but GG was only out of depth in tests... His limited overs form was decent enough. Hope he can grab his opportunities and calm that temper down a li'l. He as a senior player, is important for the team. Also Pujara should get a look in. There will be more games like the last two matches in WI, and u need someone to hold fort, so that all those blistering stroke players can play their natural game around him, instead of curbing their natural game and end up doing nothing.

  • S.Seshachalam on July 5, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Nothing personal here. But the selectors should look ahead to the future. No point giving Gambhir a comeback chance. Let's not move backwards. Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji and Yuvraj are past their prime. No need to consider

  • grtstcricfan on July 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Gauti will definitely add some experience to this Dhoni-less batting line-up, I suppose. Better him than another youngster!

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ Nirmal Menokil yes iam with you but i drop aswin. he just cant able to pick wickets in middle overs. and drop praveen kumar

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Time to give Sanju Samson a go at the Zimbabweans. Perhaps the most exciting talent to emerge in recent times.Plus, remember he can also keep wickets or be a brilliant fielder, as the situation demands.

  • Shajahan.P on July 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @jimbond,

    Even if Yuva fits in future, he will not be usefull for future Indian Cricket.He will play 1 or 2 series and will get off.

  • SridharKalyan on July 5, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    The current lot of players in the WI should be rested as much as possible. My team would be 1. Virat Kohli-Captain 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Parthiv Patel -WK 4. Cheteswar Pujara 5. Manoj Tiwary 6. Ambati Rayudu 7. Unmukt Chand 8. Praveen Kumar 9. Mohit Sharma 10. Sandeep Sharma 11. Dhawal Kulkarni 13. Rahul Sharma 14. Pragyan Ojha 15. Rajat Bhatia.

    Let Gambhir lead the India-A tour to SA and prove his credentials all over again. He should be given a really a hungry- bunch of guys, to see how he handles the resources against some class-opponents. My A-team would be: 1. Gambhir - Captain. 2. Robin Uthappa 3. Murali Vijay 4. Dinesh Karthik - WK 5. Badrinath 6. Mithun Manhas 7. L R Shukla 8. A Mithun 9. S Kaul 10. Sandeep Warrier 11. Pradeep Sangwan 12. Amit Mishra 13. Harmeet Singh 14. Kedar Sharma 15. B. Aparajith. Many of these names would have to play out of their skins to have a chance of making it / back to the national side - and so it could be a great opportunity for the Selectors

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    My dream 11 Sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvaraj,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,praveen,zaheer,umesh.. Any support 4 dz???

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    in my thinking yes gauti,yuvi and zak should be back and they are a very good players yuvi had a tough time after the wc 2011 he is a big match player and gauti is a good batsman and should also think of giving some players rest as ravi ashwin, ravidra jadeja,ishant sharma,umesh yadav and bhuvi ans thinking about the australia comming to india and tour of south africa they should be given rest and new players like varon aaron,rahul sharma,pravess rasol should be come in

  • on July 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    There are a lot of riches in abundance in Indian cricket. MS Dhoni can relax and have some rest at home. This series against Zimbabwe is a ripe opportunity for us to test our bench strength. I think Gambhir and Pujara should feature in the team. Rohit Sharma has been given too many opportunities and he still hasn't capitalized on good starts. How many more chances are we going to give him ? Also, I still feel Yuvraj has a lot to offer to the Indian team. A lot of exciting things happening in Indian cricket. We are a strong side with multiple talents. Also, any news on Varun Aaron ? our bowling needs some oiling, it's still our major weakness. But against Zimbabwe I am not too worried.

  • phunny_game on July 4, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    That will be a good decision. His exclusion was not fair, in the first place. Sehwag had not been performing in any format, but GG was only out of depth in tests... His limited overs form was decent enough. Hope he can grab his opportunities and calm that temper down a li'l. He as a senior player, is important for the team. Also Pujara should get a look in. There will be more games like the last two matches in WI, and u need someone to hold fort, so that all those blistering stroke players can play their natural game around him, instead of curbing their natural game and end up doing nothing.

  • S.Seshachalam on July 5, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Nothing personal here. But the selectors should look ahead to the future. No point giving Gambhir a comeback chance. Let's not move backwards. Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji and Yuvraj are past their prime. No need to consider

  • grtstcricfan on July 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Gauti will definitely add some experience to this Dhoni-less batting line-up, I suppose. Better him than another youngster!

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ Nirmal Menokil yes iam with you but i drop aswin. he just cant able to pick wickets in middle overs. and drop praveen kumar

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Time to give Sanju Samson a go at the Zimbabweans. Perhaps the most exciting talent to emerge in recent times.Plus, remember he can also keep wickets or be a brilliant fielder, as the situation demands.

  • Shajahan.P on July 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @jimbond,

    Even if Yuva fits in future, he will not be usefull for future Indian Cricket.He will play 1 or 2 series and will get off.

  • SridharKalyan on July 5, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    The current lot of players in the WI should be rested as much as possible. My team would be 1. Virat Kohli-Captain 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Parthiv Patel -WK 4. Cheteswar Pujara 5. Manoj Tiwary 6. Ambati Rayudu 7. Unmukt Chand 8. Praveen Kumar 9. Mohit Sharma 10. Sandeep Sharma 11. Dhawal Kulkarni 13. Rahul Sharma 14. Pragyan Ojha 15. Rajat Bhatia.

    Let Gambhir lead the India-A tour to SA and prove his credentials all over again. He should be given a really a hungry- bunch of guys, to see how he handles the resources against some class-opponents. My A-team would be: 1. Gambhir - Captain. 2. Robin Uthappa 3. Murali Vijay 4. Dinesh Karthik - WK 5. Badrinath 6. Mithun Manhas 7. L R Shukla 8. A Mithun 9. S Kaul 10. Sandeep Warrier 11. Pradeep Sangwan 12. Amit Mishra 13. Harmeet Singh 14. Kedar Sharma 15. B. Aparajith. Many of these names would have to play out of their skins to have a chance of making it / back to the national side - and so it could be a great opportunity for the Selectors

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    My dream 11 Sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvaraj,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,praveen,zaheer,umesh.. Any support 4 dz???

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    in my thinking yes gauti,yuvi and zak should be back and they are a very good players yuvi had a tough time after the wc 2011 he is a big match player and gauti is a good batsman and should also think of giving some players rest as ravi ashwin, ravidra jadeja,ishant sharma,umesh yadav and bhuvi ans thinking about the australia comming to india and tour of south africa they should be given rest and new players like varon aaron,rahul sharma,pravess rasol should be come in

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @ dork29 : ha ha..why you are making rohit as a captain ? simply because of ipl na? each and every one knew that Mi success in 2013 ipl because of ponting tactics and moves. yuvi is much much better batsmen than anyone in the side. now he loose 15kg weight. he can roll his arm also.

  • dork29 on July 5, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    The Celkon cup is showing in sharp relief, what MSD can do to this team. What difference his presence makes.Bringing back Gambhir is a retrograde step. we need to look at 2015 - not 2011. Bringing him back is a sure shot way to disaster, since he cannot stand Dhoni and Dhoni is not exactly fond of him. Yuvraj needs to do a lot of hard work to get back into contention. He is fat, unathletic and is wearing a chip on his shoulder. Perpetually angry, he has developed a negative attitude, which is not helping anyone. I would suggest making Rohit Sharma captain instead of Virat Kohli. he should skipper the team to Zimbabwe. That way everything will fall in place.

  • kingcobra85 on July 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Three TN players in playing 11 great times for TN cricket.

  • on July 5, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @mithun2880 what are you talking man. Rohit's place is not safe in team because of his performance and u r looking to given captainship to him. very strange...

  • on July 5, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    sehwag sud b included too along wid gambhir

  • on July 5, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Yuvi should have been included...he is one of the main reason we won the world cup so selectors should cut him some slack...he is a terrific player better than raina....so is manoj Tiwary.....India should increase the bench strength bowling especially....

  • on July 5, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    bring back yuvi,gauti,zak...yuvi is one of the most prolific odi batsmen we have ever had. selectors are looking ipl form for what..?all we know he goes through tough phases in his life.after 2011WC he just played 8 innings for india in odis and played reasonably well 2 .then recently concluded vijay hazare trophy he scored back 2 back 70s. then why selectors are dropped yuvraj .? ipl is different bowl game. he never performed well in all his ipl carrier. he is a big match player. if selectors are looking t20s. idia won last 3 t20 matches because of yuvi (3 man of the match),. i will drop DK he is just wasting deliveries during middle overs and through his wicket. we need somebody can hit boundaries in middle overs. and we can use his left arm spin also.

  • on July 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    In my opinion yuvi,gauti and zak should comeback. simply because yuvi is one of the best limited over played india has had ever produced. no body cant even match him. just remember 1 think after 2011 WC he goes through tough phases after that he just played 8 innings for india and played reasonably well 2. then recently concluded vijay hazare trophy he scored back to back 70s. selectors are looking ipl for what.?. he is a big match player... i drop DK ..he is just wasting deliveries and then through his wicket, we need somebody who can hit boundaries in middle overs.

  • on July 5, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @Dalena - Any particular logic behind Viru's inclusion?

  • Dalena on July 5, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Viru shud get chance for zim tour..

  • on July 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    M Vijay has been a good player with limited opportunities, unlike Rohit and Kohli in their initial stages were in the team despite poor shows. Similarly Pujara and Rahane have not been granted justice. Pujara will be another badrinath as their class was compared to Rahul Dravid once but never sustained in the Indian team. My 11 for the match 1. Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Kohli 4.Karthik 5.Rohit 6.Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Bhuveshwar 9.Ashwin 10.Umesh 11.Vinay India needs a new leader who is cool and composed why not try Dinesh Karthik as captain as he won a few Ranji trophies for his state.

  • mithun2880 on July 5, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    In absence of MS Dhoni, the captainship should be given to Rohit Sharma rather then Virat Kohli. Agreed that Virat is currently the best batsmen in the Indian ranks and also one of the first three in the World ranking. But having said that does not mean he is a captainship material (even i he was the captain of the U19 winning team. Rohit Sharma would be the best candidate considering he would be able to get the best out of the players also Virat would be expecting his kinda performances and consistency from the other team mates which is very difficult !!!

  • on July 5, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    From the time of non selection of sehwag gambhir & yuvraj there is no class in the cricket all the players in the current team most of them relly on bad bowling from opposition or non quality teams...right now in the world no team has the quality that was needed at the international level now i see westindies,england, SA&NZ are the only teams who has the quality aust,srilanka,pakistan sucks right now they are like bangladesh if we win against those then if you guys are happy i feel pity on them just remember if we beat Aus by 4 0 in home doest mean we have beaten greatest team we have beaten them just because they have very poor team just dont ignore players like sehwag gambhir yuvraj they are great players who played against great opponents with highest quality & people should remember how we have lost to England in home & away and more to follow now as we are playing with west indies and SA in near future if we keep on ignoring them...I am sick of watching cricket now a days

  • attanayake1 on July 5, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    this is much better.. but he should captain the team too. remember what happened when kholi lead india in Zimbabwe during last tri series.... they became third...

  • on July 5, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Bring in Yuvraj Singh for Zimbabwe series too... He deserves his position in Indian cricket...

  • on July 5, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Dhawan, Gambheer (C), Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, D Karthik, A Rayudu, Raina, R Jadeja,M Tiwary, Irfan, P Kumar, B Kumar, A Mishra, P Rasool, Mohit Sharma

    Rest Kohli, I Sharma n Ashwin.

  • on July 5, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    bring on pujara...he will make a value to his wicket.he ill not thriw wickwt easily

  • AltafPatel on July 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    good decision to recall experienced rather than new cap.

  • on July 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    My 11 Men would be 1.Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Yuvaraj 5.Suresh Raina 6. MS Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneswar Kumar 10. Irfan Pathan 11. Umesh Yadav. ( Pace - 3 men, Spin - 3 men, All-rounders- 3 Men).

  • sweetspot on July 5, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Why are some people baying for M. Vijay's blood? He just had a stupendous series against Australia and should be India's first choice Test opener, who deserves his ODI opportunities, certainly as much as Rohit Sharma does. In England, he was wrongly given out off an inside edge, and that was it, since Rohit and Shikhar took over. Gambhir may have cricket left in him, but he has squandered plenty of opportunities. I'm not at all sure of the commitment levels of Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan etc., compared to the current Indian team members.

  • tony_joe on July 5, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Just as an individual should work on his/her weakness and get better , the same applies for collective entity like team , nation , sport body etc.. Right now weakness for India as a cricketing nation (that has always been) is dearth of pace bowlers with both pace and control. If we get few with pace, control is an issue and vice-versa. Bowlers like David Johnson had pace but no control , whereas Venkatesh Prasad/Praveen Kumar falls in the other category. UT Yadav is not able to hold up to his promise consistently.Zimbabwe tour is the right time to test out pace bowlers under a right coach (hopefully Joe Dawes is capable ) who can stand India in good stead and make the Team complete.

  • on July 5, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    my advice to selection committee: by the recent defeat against srilanka it was proved that india lost because of fade start...both indian openers failed to give a kick start to the innings as sachin/sehwag or sehwag/gambir do in high scoring matches...my opinion is to get gambhir back to open with dawan...followed by virat,rohit,yuvraj,karthik,raina,jadeja.....rest ashwin and include bhajji/mishra in the team.....yadav espite his poor performance should be given chances as he can do alot in australia n newzealand pitches...he should be nutchured from now itself....get pk back n please rest ishant....ishant is bowling around 120's n not bowling at his best....

  • on July 5, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    why not consider sharma as captain.He performs better when he has some responsibilities like he did in ipl.

  • on July 5, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I think the team in the West Indies is good, but there are England and Australlia that we have to play so I say first of all, NO GHAMBIR! The man has no place in the side and Dhawan will not do good with a lefty. Second, bring M Vijay to open. Rohit has way too many chances. Third, Kholi stays as captain. Fourth, Dhawan,Virat,Dinesh,Raina, and Jadeja cannot be replaced. I don't care if its Zimbabwe of South Africa. THESE ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE(other than Vijay and Dhoni) THAT ARE GOOD IN INDIA'S LINE UP! Don't dropp them. Rest them. My 11 is: 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Virat(c) 4.Dinesh(wk) 5.Raina 6.Jadeja For the bowlers they can use a rotation so I will name all probables for the 7,8,9,10,11 1.R Ashwin 2.Mishra 3. Bhuvi 4.Shami 5.Umesh 6.Ishant 7.Vinay 8.Praveen 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Dinda

  • merajaan on July 5, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Why the hell is everyone going on about including Yuvraj?! His fitness has been horrendous ever since his comeback and has done nothing of note with the bat not to mention his fielding has also been rubbish. Bringing back Gauti is a good move but I would also include Pujara in the middle order for not only the remaining games in the Caribbean but also the South Africa A tour. Siddharth Kaul should also be on that tour. Unfortunately Varun Aaron won't be fit to play any games until September according to the latest reports so I don't think he will be able to make the SA tour at the end of the year. What the hell has happened to Ishant's pace?! He was bowling consistently in the mid-high 140's in Aus but has since struggled to consistently hit over 130kph. I hope he doesn't go the same route as Munaf Patel!

  • on July 5, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Whenever any Team selection takes place for a series, we often discuss which Batsmen to choose and who not. But in Reality, Batters have always been our Strength and bowling is our biggest Worry. This Series will be a big opportunity for Bowlers to show their skills and avert Nerves which used to be there whoever plays International cricket for the first time. Bowlers like Awana,Pradeep Sangwan,Balaji, Mohit Sharma etc. should be given a chance. Also bring in Rishi Dhawan, eventhough he hasn't done much in terms of Batting and bowling, Pace bowling allrounder is a rare commodity in India and need to be groomed since the world cup is going to be played in Bouncier pitches in Australia.

  • Mdyasin.mulla on July 5, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    When we have a great bowler available for the country i.e Zaheer Khan who contributed the best in the 2011 WC, why the selector not including him to play for India, why every time they are giving chance to Ishant SHarma? Zaheer can be a coach also at the time of play, selectors are showing that they are doing partiality with the great Player.

  • on July 5, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    1. Gambhir 2. rohit sharma 3. Dhawan 4. D.Karthik 5. kohli(capt) 6. Rayudu 7.pujara 8.jadeja 9. ashwin 10. raina 11. bhuvanesh 12. umesh 13.shami 14. praveen 15.Mishra 11 wud be rohit dhawan gauti or chetshwar virat raina dk or ambati jadeja ashwin praveen bhuvi shami or umesh ormishra

  • on July 5, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    My 15 men would be 1 gambhir 2 dhawan 3 rohit 4 pujara 5 raina 6 dinesh 7 virat 8 ambati 9 ashwin 10 jadeja 11 praveen 12 bhuvaneshwar 13 shami 14 mishra 15 umesh and 11 wud be 1 rohit 2 dhawan 3 gautam (c) 4 virat 5 raina 6 dinesh or ambati (wk) 7 jadeja 8 ashwin 9 praveen 10 bhuvaneshwar 11 shami or umesh or mishra( if its a spinning track )

  • on July 5, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    I think to bring back gambit will be best in place of murli vijay And in place of Ishant sharma should be replaced with irfan Pathan

  • palla.avinash on July 5, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    my best 15 rohit,dhawan,gambir,kohli,pujara,raina,kartik,rayudu,amit mishra,parveez rasool,vinay kumar,shami ahmed,awana,praveen and sandeep sharma. india need to go with 5 bowlers as amit mishra and rasool can bat play both spinners and three spinners vinay kumar and praveen could be best opening pair.rohit,dhawan,gambir,kohli,kartik,raina,amit mishra,vinay kuar,rasool,praveen kumar/sandeep sharma and shami ahmed/awana this should be the team.

  • on July 5, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Gambhir should be made the captain...Kohli should not be hastened into captaining the side...let him play without pressure for next 2-3 years...Uthappa should replace Rohit Sharma....Selectors should convey Media about Varun Aaron's status...he was better than Umesh Yadav

  • Akshaygandhi on July 5, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    i think india would to take 5 changes in the team for zimbabwe tour.sehwag yuvi harbhajan praveen pujara in place of vijay shami mishra vinay & ra├Čna.this will be easy for select tour for africa.

  • on July 5, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I hope Gambhir is a better pick and make him play at first down position as whan shewag and sachin make open, gambhir is to come in that position. Continue the opening with rohit and dhawan and make to come after them. My batting order would be as Rohit,dhawan,gambhir,kohli,dinesh kartik,raina,jadeja,ashwin,bhuvi,ishant,umesh

  • jimbond on July 5, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @Shajahan.P: Best not to generalise about ODI quality on the basis of T20 performances. There is no substitute for Yuvraj in India today- especially with Sehwag and Yusuf Pathan losing their form. Dinesh Karthik has actually got more chances than what he has deserved. Look at the number of tests he has played and his average in tests and a thirtyish first class average. Compare this with Rohit Sharma who is yet to play in even one test despite averaging in the high 50s in first class matches. Dhoni gives more chances to Raina, Rohit and Jadeja in ODIs/T20s because they seem to have fulfilled his trust in the past. The only question about Yuvraj is is fitness. If he is fit, he gives an enormous balance to the team, as his bowling is very deceptive.

  • saikrishna246 on July 5, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    my team for zimbambawe is- 1. rohit 2. dhawan 3. gambhir(c) 4. karthik 5. yuvaraj 6. rayudu 7. jadeja 8.mishra 9. bhavuneshwar 10. praveen 11. shami ahmed 12. vijay 13. binny 14. rasool 15. vinaykumar

  • on July 5, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    I have a weird uneasy feeling about the whole situation now. Why? I'll tell you. It was just another normal-looking Zimbabwe tour that changed the Indian team scenario in a major way back when Ganguly toured there as captain only to strangely miss out for a ban or something for just 1-2 matches. Everything changed after that with a new captain, new management etc!! Well 3 out of 4 things are happening already. It is Zimbabwe, the captain is not playing, its a new management! Hope I am wrong about this lol. On a different note, how come i can comment sometimes if I log on my Fb id while some other times you have to use a fixed hotmail/gmail account?

  • vigneshvinu on July 5, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Everybody not willing to have gambhir in the squad,but look at our team in WI tour everybody struggling, you need to have guy who has some experience in leading the side. Gambhir is the one who can handle these situations backing these youngsters. You need to give some rest to jadeja as well. only 3 gap between Australia series and Champions league. So ashwin,jadeja and ishant playing continous cricket they waorl load also needed to be consisdered.

    1. Gambhir (capt) 2. rohit sharma 3. Dhawan 4. D.Karthik 5. kohli 6. Rayudu 7. Rasool 8. Mishra 9. Shami ahmed 10. vinay 11. bhuvanesh 12. umesh 13. rahane 14. praveen

  • on July 5, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Not a good idea to bring gambhir back.

  • on July 5, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    what gambhir did to get back into team??instead performance should be rewarded. .selectors still little biased towards few people like Vijay,ishant sharma etc and performers like robin uthappa who had decent ranji season ,he was also top scorer in Vijay hazare 50 overs cricket and amongst top ten run getter in ipl this season still cant find place..if rayudu can make it,rohit sharma can continue,karthick can make it then why not this hard working guy uthaappa cant make it??its ideal time to give him another chance..

  • SubhoGangulian on July 5, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    If gambhir got selected...it will be totally on the basis of reputation....He has offered a lot to Indian cricket....So I think selectors want to give him another chance..Dhoni needs well deserving rest now...Raina also needs break..They have been playing non stop cricketThis is the time to groom youngsters and also we need to give chances to our seniors as well...I wantr to see yuvi and zak back into the side before the 2015 world cup but since they are not 100% fit now...so we cant take risk on them..Viru needs to work hard on his fitness and need to play some domestic matches....he is a match winner..And we need him as well...but he has to work hard to earn his place back.......If I would have been the selector....Then My team for the zimbabwe series would be:- Kohli(Capt.),Rayudu,Jadeja,Gambhir,Rahane,Rohit,Dhawan,Dinesh karthik(keeper),Bhuveneswar,Ishant,Ashwin,Rasool,Umesh,Harbhajan,Praveen kumar...

  • on July 5, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    no not gambhir - he was technically exposed by England first and then Australia. Not only that he was also known to run harder for his own runs, in the process running out Pujara and Sehwag in same test when both were well set. I used to like Gambhir, especially considering the world cup final, where he didn't get enough credit and should have been man of the match. But now he has become bitter and apparently ambitious.But if he can score runs for domestic and preferably for India A, then he can be picked. But he is out of depth.

  • chetanphanse on July 5, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    I think Gautam and Yuvi should be in the team. Yuvi won us the world cup, atleast took us to the final not Dhoni, as against popular belief.I think M Vijay has no place in the one day team (actually any team)

  • on July 5, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    let yuvi be given a chance. Ashwin should be rested along with dhoni, virat, jadeja, ishant and umesh Yadav.harbajan singh should be also given a chance as he did so well in the IPL. in my view the selector should select this squad R Sharma(C) G Gambir S Dhawan Unmukt Chand Dinesh Kartik(wk) yuvi Raina Rayadu harbajan singh pyush Chawala B kumar munaf patel A Mishra A Rahane

  • on July 5, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I don't think we need to change this young team and these players are very young and we won champion trophy under this team and let them play one more series together in zimbabwe. Don't forget we lost tri-nation series in Zimbabwe when we toured last time so at any cost we don't want to lose there.

  • Johnny_129 on July 5, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    I hate India's obsession with captaincy - always bestowed upon it's best performing player only to disturb their concentration and affecting their performance in the long run! Look at Indian cricket history and it will tell you that Indian players burdened by captaincy have generally under-performed. Captaincy should handed to a senior member of the team who has good tactical nous (a senior and experienced player would generally have this) and who has the respect of the team members (a senior player generally would). In the absence of Dhoni, Raina, Gambhi or Yuvraj (if in the team) would be the right choice. Nothing against Kohli (even if he is a hot-head who lacks maturity, at times) - he is batting very well right now so let him bat!! Captaincy should never be a REWARD for good performance. If a player is playing well then give him money, medal, trophy or whatever, not captaincy!!

  • on July 5, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    This is a news I have been waiting to hear from months. Gambhir should come to Indian team because he is phenomenal talent and a fighter not like Veeru. Veeru is god on his day but Gambhir is dawg who can dig. Hope he comes back to ODI and Test both it will be great and good for India.

  • AvidCricFan on July 4, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    I don't understand why Pujara and Manoj Tiwari are kept out. Pujara will be more effective than DK, Rohit Sharma, M Vijay or Gambhir. Including Gambhir will be counter productive to team unity. Besides he is an average fielder now. Manoj Tiwari has delivered when given limited chances. Besides, he is a good fielder. On the bowling front, replacement for Ishant needs to be found. Most of the time he is an average bowler. Now he has lost speed too. He is mostly bowling at upper 120ks to lower 130ks. Ishant has been around for 5 plus years and has failed to mature.

  • cricpanther on July 4, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    So sad that, India's True Player/Fighter/Front Liner/Captaincy Material- Great Gautam Gambhir forced to seat out side and and calling back!!! He should lead the team rather than Kohli on Zimbabwe tour! Why Selectors testing him again and again and again!!! Not to forget Yuvraj -Zaheer and Great Gautam combined efforts make India won 2011 World Cup!! There is seniority point of view, virat should not lead rather focus in his batting. or Selectors should have to try each series and try and see the leadership of diff captain, apart from MSD, Try and see, Gautam (as a captain for 1 series), Raina (as a captain for 1 series) and Rohit(as a captain for 1 series)

  • Tyrion_1645 on July 4, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Oh no, that is a very bad decision indeed. I expected selectors to stop kidding themselves and give rahane and the likes chance to prove, instead of going downhill and selecting Gambhir. (They still haven't and hope not).

    Gambhir has been given enough chances and he has squandered them very generously. If he somehow manages to score a century against the hapless bowling of Zim, then rest assured, he is going to be picked up for the home series against Australians as well.

  • on July 4, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Why not give stuart binny a look in..He looked to be a good and handy cricketer.

  • symsun on July 4, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Let Rohit Sharma open for some more matches. surely he will come good as opener. It will be Gud if he is given captaincy. Give rest for Dhoni, Ishanth, Umesh, Kohli. Promote Buvi up the order. He can become a Prabhakar or Robin Sing. Don't waste like Agarkar. And no more Gambhir, Yuvi, Sehwag, Praveen. Let them prove at domestic level or A-tours and claim their chance to Team India.

  • sachinisawesome on July 4, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @ Shajahan.P Kartik can play in zimbabwe but yuvi should come in when dhoni gets back. I feel yuvi is the best limited overs cricketer India has produced after sachin and dhoni. He has won countless matches for us.

  • ARad on July 4, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Looking at Ghambir's recent form, his last 10 innings were on IPL. He passed 20 twice and 50 once. This is hardly great form to bring him back against one of the weakest teams. Selectors could have given this opportunity to a young up and coming batsman such as Sanju Sampson for example. Even if Ghambir scores well, it won't say much considering the quality of the opposition. Selectors could be wasting this opportunity. Sampson is also a wicketkeeper so he would have been bit of a like-for-like replacement for Dhoni.

  • on July 4, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Karan Vinod Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Parvez Rasool, Rahane, Unmukt Chand, Praveen Kumar yuvraj, give them chance. And also Bhuvaneswar Kumar need to get promotion in batting.

  • on July 4, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    India could do with an all rounder like Stuart Binny in place of Irfan Pathan...

  • US_Indian on July 4, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Why Gambhir man? Zimbabwe could be a good tour to groom younsters and I believe Dhoni shouldn't tour at all even if fit which will give him time to rest and recoup and same goes to Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, even Kohli, Yadav, Ishant This tour should include mostly the fringe stars and some who have not played and at the same time looking at next WC in mind, those guys my opinion are Robin Uthappa, Rayudu, Rohit, Pujara, Abhinav Mukund, Vijay, Dhawan, Unmukt chand, aparajitha, Kamran khan, Parvez rasool, Mishra, Tiwari, Rahane, Yuvraj, couple of untested pacers like Sandeep, Kaul, Awana, and anyother in the selectors eyes which I am not aware off, Nadeem, shami, Munaf, DK, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandy, I guess its a fair amount of talent and a big enough pool to select from and a right balance of youth and experience ( who needs time on the field to build up their confidence). But if you want to build a team for the future, I would say look beyond Yuvraj, Munaf, etc. Rahul lacks temperament.

  • mbhavaraju on July 4, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Dhoni still has another 3-4 years in him. There is plenty to learn from him to Team, Kholi should not be encouraged with captaincy, he need to focus & consistently deliver. He is too aggressively temperamental to be a Captain, Also, I see he is showing his differences in Field on other players. Drop DK take Murali V in, Give captaincy to Rohit After Dhoni. Same time Rohit need to focus, Deliver and control unnecessary risky shots.

    Let the Legacy stay back.

    MV, SD, Kholi, Raina, Rohit, Jadeja, BK, Ashwin, Yadav, IS, Amit Mishra, Dhoni

  • Woodinville20 on July 4, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    They should just send some of the rising stars and rest the big guns on team India. I agree 100% with Eye Buch- but I dont sehwag will make a comeback

  • Shajahan.P on July 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, Then who will keep the gloves on behind the stump? I liked PWI team bcz of Yuvi, what he could have done? we are all disappointed. Let this 28 yrs DK play ahead of 32 yrs of Yuvi. That would be good for next World Cup.

    If Dhoni would have not given chances over and over not Raina, Rohit & Jadeja, think where they would have been now.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    I meant bat second a Harare Sports Club!

  • Pushan001 on July 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Gambhir and Yuvraj should be recalled as they still good enough for wc15, maybe Sehwag could be given a chance as well and U.Yadav should be "RESTED". my 15 for INDIA tour of ZIm- Gambhir ,Kohli ,Dhawan, Yuvraj, D.Karthik(wk) ,Rohit, C.Pujara, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami ,Praveen , Rahul Sharma, Viru , R.Jadeja and for captain we can have gg/vs/vk

  • PRAMOD_2012 on July 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Following player deserve the chance.

    Bowling

    Amit Mishra, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar, Bhuvnesh Kumar, Jadeja

    Betting

    Rahane, Pujara, Kohali, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Kartik

  • ZCFOutkast on July 4, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    A few here were saying India will thump Zimbabwe 5-0, which is believable when you look at all the batting options, particularly when they click. Unfortunately, I feel Zimbabwe has a far much better bowling attack - both spinners(economy) and seamers(wickets).

    The way India's bowlers have carried on in WI wickets should be a cause for concern for the selectors. India can post successive big scores against Zimbabwe, but against this touted Indian attack, particularly if the first choice bowlers are rested, I'm confident our batsmen can chase down anything.

    With the amount of tosses he wins(close to 65% of 46 matches so far), Brendan Taylor must have surely have direct access to both Makandiwa&Angel, otherwise the ICC need to open up an inquisition! By the time the series heads to Bulawayo, Zim will be 3-0 up, having won 3 tosses and batted first. His on field captaincy might be terminally rubbish, but at least he's good for something in that capacity.

  • Navraj1967 on July 4, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I also believe Yuvraj should have been given one more chance. He is always a good asset for ODI's and T20's. I don't understand Why he was dropped out in first place? One player I don't understand Why he always in the team specially in ODI;s & T20's Is Murali Vijay?????????????

  • on July 4, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Just stay away from Yuvraj, Shewag and Harbajan..all well past their prime

  • on July 4, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    If Rohit doesn't do well in Zim, I guess he will be left out. He is not fit for opening. He is playing safely without much pressure as the team is doing pretty good. I would prefer Gambhir over Rohit. Rohit lacks temperament, he should be given chance in Test cricket.

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Pathan, Rayudu, Zaheer, Unmukt Chand, Praveen, RP Singh, Mishra, Rahane, Tiwary should be given chance in Zim. Sending B grade team would be better choice and give rest to the main team.

  • on July 4, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    i think yuvraj should be given a chance,good opportunity for him to make a comeback .

  • binuvm on July 4, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Selector should give a chance to Mohit Sharma. He bowled well in IPL.

  • on July 4, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    It is too early to put blame on Kohli. We all know about his leadership skills. Looks like the whole country is putting pressure on him right now. I don't think captaincy will affecting his batting. He has been a very good captain for RCB cajoling and taking the team almost towards the playoffs with big names in the team. So, its not new to him. We are a country which looks to blame or point out people for the things that have went wrong. So, inclusion of Gambhir would be a really wise approach which would provide support for Kohli. And Gambhir has often played at No. 3 which would be perfect for him. We infact need a experienced opener for the tests in SA atleast in the squad and Gambhir has done decently in the last tour to SA. Let keep that in mind that he is a big match player and also has been a good leader for a toothless team in IPL.

  • on July 4, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Although,Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been playing non stop cricket, they should not sit out of the team that will take on Zimbabwe. This is a new opening partnership and it is just starting to flourish.The more they play together ,they will develop better understanding of each others game and India will soon find solidity at the top.Bringing Gambhir back in is a good move as he brings another option of opener(he should replace struggling M.Vijay as third opener) in the team along with his experience.

    In pace department Praveen Kumar should be given a chance ahead of Ishant Sharma as Ishant is struggling. In spin, give Harbhajan and Amit Mishra a chance.

  • fanz11 on July 4, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    We can Try out Mohit Sharma...Varun Aron missing too...Umesh yadav going for too many runs as his Econ in ODI's is very poor...has to check for other bowlers who are good.

  • on July 4, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Nw its time to groom another young allrounder instead of Irfan pathan.Stuart Binny should be included nw.He is a fantastic allrounder for 2015 world cup.He is a good good hitter down the order n bowls well.He is a perfect foil instead of Rasool.

  • josphe on July 4, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Surely pujara has to get his chance now. This guy has such a phenomenal record in List A cricket and yet the likes of Vijay and Kartik are being chosen ahead of him.

  • yorkslanka on July 4, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Why go backwards?the new openers have proved successful so why change back again?

  • Nampally on July 4, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I presume Gambhir is being recalled for Captaincy, being the only Senior guy. But it appears to be a step backwards. Dhawan is the captain of Delhi team. He should be the prime candidate with Captaincy experience- in absence of Dhoni. Kohli's batting has been effected when he took over the Captaincy role in WI. So it is best to keep him concentrating on his batting.India definitely needs a reliable batsman in the team apart from Dhawan & Kohli. Pujara is easily the best choice with a Test batting average of 65(highest for any Indian batsman) + 4 Test centuries. There is very little difference between a 50 over ODI & Test Cricket in S/R. It is T20 that is vastly different in S/R. Exclusion of Pujara's talent from ODI team is doing more harm than good to the Indian Cricket. He has been the sheet anchor for Indian batting in all recent tests. Dhawan was similarly kept out of the Indian team for the past 2 years despite his record & now showed his worth.

  • on July 4, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @Mohammed Iftekhar Kaif hasnt been in form for a long time and same is the case with Pathan. How can they stage a comeback without performances?

  • pomkul on July 4, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    I think the india team fos zim should -dhawan,Rahane, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli (C), Karthik, Rayadu, Parvez Rasool, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, pathan, Vinay/Praveen, jadeja, Gambhir/stuart Binny.

  • on July 4, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    They can try out Sanju Samson aslo as a youngster for the Ateam

  • fulk on July 4, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    i think gambhir should be handed the chance to lead team india because kohli has not been a good leader so far in the tri series and has been in lack of runs wherelse gg has a 100 percent odi record while leading team india. he has won 5 matches agianst new zeland and 1 against wi. kohli is not mature enough to be given the leadershp. we should try 2 or 3 years later

  • Paddy789 on July 4, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Senior that are available for selection and not retired deserves a chance of call back, we cant throw them out just like that after and all they have done so much for the country in the past, according to me the squad to Zim tour is : S Dhawan, A Rahane ,G Gambhir , V Sehwag (C), Yuvraj Singh, A Rayadu, M Gautam (wk), P Rasool, P Kumar, Z Khan, J Unadkat, D Kulkarni, B Kumar, A Mishra, C Pujara. 15 Men Squad.

  • phunny_game on July 4, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @mann123: they have played for the same ranji team all their lives. It was just a one off incident where both lost their cool. Virat kohli's first man of the match was actually given to gambhir who refused it and gave it to kohli for his 100. So they know each other and one incident wouldnt create any bad blood i would say.

    @usernames: India are still going to the series for winning it. I dont think the team that you suggested would be able to win. Zim are weak but not that bad. They beat bangaldesh hands down recently and bangladesh is a decent team in my view.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    India's short tour to Zimbabwe that begains July 14----Gautam Gambhir to earn a recall into the team---after the Zimbabwe series conclusion to start immediately the India A tour----to South Africa-----

  • palla.avinash on July 4, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Dhoni,jedeja,ashwin,buvaneshwar,ishant kohli needs rest from Zimbabwe tour if u want kohli u can have but rest 5 needs complete rest now.Drop murali vijay from odis gambir is better than him at least for odis right now.no need yuvi and haribijan.give young bowlers parveez rasool,awana,sandeep sharma chances.please

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Where the heck is ZAHEER KHAN ?? After recovering from the injury, played a couple of IPL games and had a 3 wicket stint against CSK..one of the most promising pacers India has had, slog overs specialist and a capable swing bowler..!! Go Home Shami, Ishant and Irfan...Get ZAK back !!!!

  • Survivor4you on July 4, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I think Gambhir is better option with Manoj Tiwary as a batsmen, India really short of good bowlers, Umesh Yadav never impressed in IPL. I think, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar hopefull in pace attack.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Please select mohammed kaif ,nehra,yousuf pathan.give rest to all form players .mohmd kaif also deserve for india team. support mohammed kaif nehra for zimbw tour.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    My team will be - Dhawan, Rahane, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli (C), Karthik, Rayadu, Parvez Rasool, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Yadav, Vinay/Praveen, Mohit Sharma, Gambhir/stuart Binny.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    What exactly is wrong with Ajinkya Rahane? I support the inclusion of Gambhir by experience, but why is Rahane not in the squad, atleast above Murali Kartik in the ODI team? Just makes no sense ... pretty soon we'll be selecting Sehwag ahead of him too. Clearly goes to show Ranji statistics stand for nothing

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    good decision because the next tour india will go to south africa. he is most experience and last session he went south africa tour made good runs in the tournament. this tour will help to him to go south africa. ALL THE BEST GAUTI

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I think there are a lot of young players in India can can show some good talent in the international cricket . Since Zimbabwe is a small team India has an option to try some new combination.. And I seriously think manoj tiwary and rahane should be given a chance both of them had shown good talent in the past with both batting and in fielding ..

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Ideal Indian Team in any conditions :::: 1) Sehwag 2) Dhawan 3) Gambhir 4) Kohli 5) Yuvi 6) Raina 7) Dhoni 8) Bhajji 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Umesh .... 12th man Ashwin

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    If Gambhir is recalled, then it is a wrong decision. Because he is an out of form batsman since last one year.. Pujara is better than Gambhir & Vijay. In the absence of MSD, Virat Kohli should be the leader..

  • Haleos on July 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ sachinisawesome - there is another major weaklink in Vijayi.

  • Haleos on July 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I feel Pujara should have replaced Dhoni. He should anyways come in place of Vijayi. Vijayi is useless outside India.

  • usernames on July 4, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    They should just send a very young team and rest as many players as they can. So, something like Unmukt, Dhawan, Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Karthik, Binny, Rishi Dhawan, Rasool, Mishra, Umesh, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Aparajith.

  • Mann123 on July 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    One concern I have is that Kohli and Gambhir don't seem to get along very well, after all that we saw during IPL. I wonder how much say Kohli will have in selection of Gambhir in the squad and then in playing XI. I do agree though that Gambhir surely deserves to be in one-day team. He is one of few people who perform better under pressure, remember the WC final.

  • Naresh28 on July 4, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Do not put Gambhir as opener. His vulnerabilities have been exposed by teams.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    in my opinion yuvi should be brought back.he is the most experience in the team. dont look at his form in ipl.. he is always a match winner for india..

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Gambhir ....good front foot player...

  • sachinisawesome on July 4, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Plz Bring Yuvi he can replace Kartik. Lets face it I respect kartik has earned his place yuvi has not done anything to lose his place. Its just the emergence of Sir that yuvi is out. When u look the batting order u feel that only weak link is kartik but when u replace him with Yuvi u get the most feared batting line up.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think Ashwin & Ishanth should be rested and Gambhir & Praveen should be called in. It will then be a well balanced team which is currently short on batting resources n experience.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    In my opinion, Pujara and Gambhir should be made to open in this series. Cheers.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    In my opinion, Pujara and Gambhir should be made to open in this series. Cheers.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think Ashwin & Ishanth should be rested and Gambhir & Praveen should be called in. It will then be a well balanced team which is currently short on batting resources n experience.

  • sachinisawesome on July 4, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Plz Bring Yuvi he can replace Kartik. Lets face it I respect kartik has earned his place yuvi has not done anything to lose his place. Its just the emergence of Sir that yuvi is out. When u look the batting order u feel that only weak link is kartik but when u replace him with Yuvi u get the most feared batting line up.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Gambhir ....good front foot player...

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    in my opinion yuvi should be brought back.he is the most experience in the team. dont look at his form in ipl.. he is always a match winner for india..

  • Naresh28 on July 4, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Do not put Gambhir as opener. His vulnerabilities have been exposed by teams.

  • Mann123 on July 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    One concern I have is that Kohli and Gambhir don't seem to get along very well, after all that we saw during IPL. I wonder how much say Kohli will have in selection of Gambhir in the squad and then in playing XI. I do agree though that Gambhir surely deserves to be in one-day team. He is one of few people who perform better under pressure, remember the WC final.

  • usernames on July 4, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    They should just send a very young team and rest as many players as they can. So, something like Unmukt, Dhawan, Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Karthik, Binny, Rishi Dhawan, Rasool, Mishra, Umesh, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Aparajith.

  • Haleos on July 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I feel Pujara should have replaced Dhoni. He should anyways come in place of Vijayi. Vijayi is useless outside India.

  • Haleos on July 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ sachinisawesome - there is another major weaklink in Vijayi.