India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 5, 2013

Rasool, Mohit get maiden call-ups; Kohli to lead

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Offspinner Parvez Rasool has become the first cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to earn a national call-up. He is part of the ODI squad to tour Zimbabwe, which will be led by Virat Kohli in the absence of the injured MS Dhoni.

Apart from Dhoni four others were rested, which resulted in a maiden call-up for Haryana and Chennai Super Kings seamer Mohit Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara, who has played 13 Tests already, was in line for an ODI debut after being recalled to the limited-overs side. Medium-pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who has played one Test, was also back in the ODI squad, as was Ajinkya Rahane.

Among those rested were R Ashwin (playing non-stop since the start of India's home season last August), Ishant Sharma (non-stop since Zaheer Khan was dropped during the England series), Umesh Yadav (came back from an injury during the IPL) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (non-stop since Pakistan came to India in December). M Vijay, though, was dropped from the squad for the five ODI matches scheduled between July 24 and August 3.

There was no place for the dropped seniors - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer - in either the ODI side or the A team that will tour South Africa. Vijay, however, has been named in the A squad. His ODI comeback might have been terminated based on just one innings - and Pujara's return to fitness - but his A team selection is a show of faith in him for the longer formats after he struck two 150s in his comeback Test series against Australia.

A sign of how inexperienced the ODI team is, and how seriously the selectors are taking the A tour, is that 10 of the India players in Zimbabwe will be part of the A tour. The A team will be captained by Pujara, and includes the top-two wicket-getters in the 2012-13 Ranji season: quicks Ishwar Pandey and Siddarth Kaul. Wriddhiman Saha joined Dinesh Karthik as the wicketkeeper, and Karnataka allrounder Stuart Binny was also picked.

Shahbaz Nadeem, who was the leading spinner in the Ranji season, has also been picked to partner Rasool in the A team's tri-series against Australia A and South Africa A, and two four-day games against South Africa A.

Rasool, who made his first-class debut for J&K in the 2008-09 season, has played 17 first-class matches, scoring 1003 runs and taking 46 wickets. He was named in the India A squad for a tour game against Australia in February this year, and also played his first IPL season for Pune Warriors.

The other newcomer, Mohit, has played 11 first-class matches for 44 wickets over two seasons, and had an impressive season for Super Kings in IPL 2013. He picked up 20 wickets in 15 matches to emerge as one of the leading uncapped players of the tournament.

India squad: Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Shami Ahmed, R Vinay Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.

India A squad: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Parvez Rasool, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shami Ahmed, Stuart Binny, Ishwar Pandey, Jaydev Unadkat, Siddarth Kaul

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  • on July 12, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    The best Xi should be : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed

  • 11_Warrior on July 12, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 agree with you my friend, my XI 1. Dhawan 2. Sharma 3.Kohli 4. Raina 5. Karthik 6. Raidu 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8.Parvez Rasool 9.Vinay Kumar 10.Jaydev Unadkat 11. Mohit Sharma. However i am not sure if a person who has played for ICL will get a chance in India's playing eleven.

  • on July 9, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    my XI for the Zimbabwe matches would be: 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2.Rohit Sharma 3.Virat Kohli(c) 4.Suresh Raina 5.Dinesh Karthik 6.Cheteshwar Pujara 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8.Parvez Rasool 9.Shami Ahmed/Vinay Kumar 10.Jaydev Unadkat 11. Mohit Sharma. If some positions aren't suitable, just feel free to comment.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 8, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Excellent selection by the Selectors. Finally they have shown guts and rewarded Ranji Trophy toppers like Ishwar Pandey, Nadeem, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Sid Kaul and Parvez Rasool. I believe that between Ishwar, Mohit, Shami, and Sid, we can find 2 good pacers. That should allow the Selectors to retire Ishant Sharma for good. Rasool is a bowling all-rounder like Jadeja and Raina. Nadeem can be as good as, or even better than Ojha. It's a good thing, Selectors did not select the same old - Praveen Kumar, Pathan, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvi, etc. Those old timers need to prove themselves in Rani Trophy before they can be considered.

  • volmitius on July 8, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    only one thing... i would say that sursh raina could hav been dropped as well, after all he is a regular in all ODIs and T20s... he deserves some rest 2 !!!

  • on July 8, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Fantastic that Mohit has got his chance after working so hard on his bowling for the past 18 months, and at the Corbett training camps in Haryana.

    He learns fast and is a thoroughly great guy.

    I hope this is the start of a long and successful career for him.

  • on July 12, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    The best Xi should be : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed

  • 11_Warrior on July 12, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 agree with you my friend, my XI 1. Dhawan 2. Sharma 3.Kohli 4. Raina 5. Karthik 6. Raidu 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8.Parvez Rasool 9.Vinay Kumar 10.Jaydev Unadkat 11. Mohit Sharma. However i am not sure if a person who has played for ICL will get a chance in India's playing eleven.

  • on July 9, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    my XI for the Zimbabwe matches would be: 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2.Rohit Sharma 3.Virat Kohli(c) 4.Suresh Raina 5.Dinesh Karthik 6.Cheteshwar Pujara 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8.Parvez Rasool 9.Shami Ahmed/Vinay Kumar 10.Jaydev Unadkat 11. Mohit Sharma. If some positions aren't suitable, just feel free to comment.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 8, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Excellent selection by the Selectors. Finally they have shown guts and rewarded Ranji Trophy toppers like Ishwar Pandey, Nadeem, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Sid Kaul and Parvez Rasool. I believe that between Ishwar, Mohit, Shami, and Sid, we can find 2 good pacers. That should allow the Selectors to retire Ishant Sharma for good. Rasool is a bowling all-rounder like Jadeja and Raina. Nadeem can be as good as, or even better than Ojha. It's a good thing, Selectors did not select the same old - Praveen Kumar, Pathan, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvi, etc. Those old timers need to prove themselves in Rani Trophy before they can be considered.

  • volmitius on July 8, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    only one thing... i would say that sursh raina could hav been dropped as well, after all he is a regular in all ODIs and T20s... he deserves some rest 2 !!!

  • on July 8, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Fantastic that Mohit has got his chance after working so hard on his bowling for the past 18 months, and at the Corbett training camps in Haryana.

    He learns fast and is a thoroughly great guy.

    I hope this is the start of a long and successful career for him.

  • on July 8, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Selecting Suresh Raina for India A is a good choice however why did they keep him in the One Day? They should have rested him. All other batters are more or less new except Kohli, it is a good time for Raina to be rested. Pujara is a good selection and I hope he will prove this time that he is capable of playing one dayers as well.

  • Naresh28 on July 8, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Often we criticize some fan's favorite player - the case of Pujara not in ODI, but we should actually look at the player page. PUJARA has played ODI cricket at U19, challengertrophy, tour games and has done very well. He is not chosen in ODI games to represent India, but can do well. Here is a link to one such tournament:- The player page also shows how valuable a player he can be - just looking back on some of the articles written of him.

  • manojr0803 on July 7, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    its ok, but selector should have take manoj tiwari, gautam gambhir and praveen kumar...praveen kumar is very good fast bowler in there condition.

  • U.ppl.reallysuck on July 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I cant believe that the selectors constantly fail to back pure talent. =/

    Someone like CM GAUTAM who has an exceptional record as compared to Dhinesh Karthik Parthiv Patel & Wriddhiman Saha has been sidelined even after a well deserved & impact-full season. Only because he has no backing from anyone (Not advertised by media or any big names). Have the selectors forgotten what their true purpose is?

    The karnataka management has done a horribly poor job in backing their talent as well. Anil Kumble & team need to re-think their purpose of heading Karnataka state if they do not defend their home talent. Ofcourse Stuart Binny made the cut.

    What about players like Ganesh Satish & CM Gautam???

    This is just pityfull!!!!!!!!

    Why play Ranji Trophy & other national tournaments if IPL (an entertainment format) is all that is given importance???

    Its time cricket enthusiasts speak the fact & media learns to defend talent than merely state what is expected of them. KUDOS to Kushal M from sports

  • on July 7, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Its very decent selection by the selectors barring a few. Seeing the reserves and standby declared by the selectors I think Praveen Kumar should be on board for both Zimbawe and South African tour. And also Pragyan Ojha. They should replace Vinay Kumar and Amit Mishra. Also Umesh Yadav should have been sent to South Africa to test his pace and than finetune any errors. Pleased to see Pujara back in the ODI team. He deserves the nod ahead of over rated Rohit and Dinesh Karthik. Pujara is our new Dravid.

  • IPLSTARS on July 7, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    India, the only team experimenting with all the young talents (Thanks to IPL for providing International Exposure to young indian domestic players). Kudos to Indian Selectors... No wonder they are the ICC Champions! Looking forward to see Parvez Rasool, Kaul and Binny in Team Blue... Really missing the Indian Speedster - Varun Aaron in action, wish him speedy recovery and form as early as possible... All the best Team India...

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 6, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    A great selection for both India ODI and India A teams. It is heartening to see performance in the Ranjis and other first class events is rewarded for the A team. I am very interested to see how Pujara and Mohit Sharma will perform in the ODIs in Zimbabwe. It is great news that we are resting our overworked bowlers (B Kumar, Ashwin, Yadav and Ishant). Dhoni's goal of working the youngsters in as many ODIs as possible before the next world cup is also being addressed. It is nice to see so many new comers as a fan of cricket! Last year, before the England test series began, I was lamenting about the unsophisticated selection practices. There is no need for that anymore. Since Sandeep Patil took over the selection committee, there have been so many successful moves in all 3 formats of the game.

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Congratulations to Rasool. So Pragyan Ojha is again out in the cold!!! Unfortunately he is merely the best spinner in India at the moment, doesn't have special qualifications like Rassol has.

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I counted 22 comments asking - no, demanding Yuvi, Gambheer & Sehwag in the side. It is so depressing. To look at the bright side, however, there are at least 10 responses recognizing the fact that these legends have been dropped due to poor current form, and will have to demonstrate a return to form in domestic cricket before being considered for international selection again.

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Surprising to see Pujara captian the 'A' team in presence of Rohit who has shown skills as a captian in the IPL 6 with Mumbai Indians . He is one of the future leaders of the team..

  • bbnn on July 6, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Never understimate Zimbabwe and Zim were not giving good memories for us so please give respect to them i would like tos see Rishi Dhawan in place of Unadkat Pujara can be Hashim Amlam of India but i luv to see Raydu in blue

  • on July 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Yuvaraj really deserves a place in the side.. And nuf of giving dk chances.. He is not t al performing.! We need mych changer like yuvi in d team.. And rohit deserves a chance in d teat team also.

  • Captainman on July 6, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe will win this with ease.

  • on July 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    leading ipl schorrer in top 10 for the past 3 years mr.robin uthappa we have left him from the squad..give one chance he will show who he is pls dont spoil futre indian gayle........

  • spaul on July 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Since India building next WC team, the selector need to focus on having a seam bowling all rounder. Because the next WC will be in AUS/NZ. I'm sure the Aus will try to take India out of the competition by making Seaming pitch. Maybe it,s time to look for a Fast Bowling All rounder someone like Rishi Dhawan and bring back Yuvi as an extra spinner.

  • on July 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Is it that time in the calendar when quite a few new players comes into lime light as India win a few and loose a few and then disappear??I hope not. Oh,and by the way What did M.Vijay do to miss the bus?

  • phunny_game on July 6, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    They should have sent Rishi Dhawan with the A team atleast... He is promising. Tall, bowls around 130+, which is same as Ishant. Can bat also... He should be nurtured, and he might just help Indian team get rid of Ishant Sharma.

  • vsroc on July 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 6,2013) Pragmatic approach has been adopted nicely by the cricket selection committee in the selection of five best members in the light of resting five regular cricketers for the five match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Let us hope that the new look young Team India will prove their worth and continue to keep our flag flying.This is also true for India A team.

  • on July 6, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    My side playing xi -1 R.sharma 2 S.dhavan 3 V.kohli 4 Y.singh 5 S.raina 6 M.dhoni 7 R.jadeja 8 P.rasool 9 B.kumar 10 Z.khan 11 I.sharma. I think this team is compleate for WC 2015.

  • shrastogi on July 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Nice selections. Its good to see that youngsters doing well on domestic circuit have been given a go. Would have liked to see Jadeja in A squad to get an idea as to how he would bowl in longer format there but I guess his workload has also to be managed. These selections would definitely improve bench strength needed to overcome injury scares.

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Commendable job done by selectors actually. As long as they are making optimal use of resources and India keeps winning, no flak for them. Though I would have loved to see Virat Kohli being rested for Zimbabwe tour and the List A leg of the India A tour of South Africa. He is playing non stop cricket and a 4 week rest would have been welcome. He should have been part of the First Class matches to be played in South Africa. He seems to be a slow starter in Test Series. In place of Virat Kohli Gautam Gambhir could have been selected if only for his star value and leadership capabilities. Other important non selection from the touring party is Praveen Kumar. He is similar to Bhuneshwar Kumar though slower but a lot smarter.

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Why have they ignored Pragyan Ojha ?

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    good selection ,but u need some senior players to guide the youngsters ,dont understand suresh rainas inclusion in A side ,i think he has played enough cricket ,hes not a newcomer .also for sure yuvi deserved a chance ,so dose ghambhir n veeru. we cant just rub them off .a mixture of experience n young will do good to the team

  • criclover19 on July 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Good selection but I am surprised not to see Ravindra Jadeja's name in the India A team. If these matches are being played considering the South african series, Jadeja should have been in the squad.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on July 6, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Good selection, but fail to understand why Suresh Raina is there in the India (A) squad. After having played over 150 ODIs and 15 test matches, what is he doing in India (A)?

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    ms is tha best captain

  • Ali_86xz on July 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Since Ashwin's out, Mishra can atleast geta chance now after flying to England and WI for tourism and not for playing. Give equal chances to your players.

  • venkatesh018 on July 6, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Rasool, Mohit Sharma are all set to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in the next IPL acution via the International caps they will get on this tour. Congrats !

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh and harbhajan Singh should have been considered sooner or later they will re- called why not on Zimbabwe tour? To boost they confident

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    good decision by giving young player chance and resting seniors....

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Good job by the selectors but I feel they missed out a trick by not selecting Rishi Dhawan. A genuine all rounder, one of the few in India that can bowl 135+ and bat well too, he put in a decent display in the IPL whenever he had the chance. But great job never the less, and it is so nice to not see Srikanth n Co in the selection panel!

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @vatsal sidhpura - munaf patel not picked because he can't bowl, he can't bat nor can field. plus he hasn't set the domestic cricket on fire either in the past few months. the emphasis is on youth and fitness without compromising on talent and quality. yes there will be odd selection/omission or two with whom we may not agree, but the approach of selectors is unmistakable, and in my humble opinion, absolutely correct

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    How much will Raina play? Is he a man or a machine? Ridiculous! How much will Virat Kohli too play? He too has been playing non stop cricket! Y can't we just rest the seniors and let a young side take on Zimbabwe who are equally capable of beating them in their conditions??? Are we gonna see more seniors getting injured in this tour? If that happens, then the selectors have to be given a pat on their backs making them stand on the edge of a mountain cliff.

  • Rodc on July 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    what has mohit sharma done to get selected in the Indian team,if only IPL is the creteria or playing for CSK is a advantage,look at his records 44wickets in 11 match and very less in list A matchs,we need to grow guys.

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    where is zaheer khan.?why selector has not given chance him? He is the good bowler both ways he can swing ball inswing nd outswing likes English bowler James Anderson.

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    there was a case of including another new spinner like Rasool but overall i like the new look of the team.

  • DJstriplefive on July 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    come on guys ...selection was great but nobody speaks of rayudu in their playing XI .....he lead India U 19s ,A teams and in superb form in IPL ,warm up matches against Aus where no one else scored gr8 numbers....he deserves a chance ..he should have played instead of vijay Vs srilanka..

  • sahbas_s on July 6, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    First time I see all are happy with the selection. Good job by the selection committee with 2015 wc in mind.

    I still feel Yuvi could have been included in one of the squads..Jadeja could have been given rest to take Yuvi as Jaddu also plays across formats without break...

  • Vilander on July 6, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I am happy with national selectors, only issue would be dropping of M VIjay he was not that bad, but yeah keep him around in tests.

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    we missed Gautam Ghambhir

  • hamza_shaikh on July 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Good Selection..But instead of Raina,Jadeja----->Gambhir, Yuvraj... My Playing 11 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Rahane 4.Kholi 5.Karthik 6.Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Rasool 9.Mishra 10.Shami 11.Mohit

  • rohan34mca on July 6, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Good that liabilities are ignored - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer.. Fans - I mean AS OF NOW. ;-)

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Ok one thing everyone needs to rethink is not consider this zimbabwe team as week as mentioned in comments here. Just because you havnt seen them play in ipl, doesnt mean they are not good.

  • Lewis_Green on July 6, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Have they not named a vice captain for the Zimbabwe tour, who will lead if Kohli gets injured, will they go to Raina or give someone like Pujara a chance to lead.

  • on July 6, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    The real positive will come out from this selection when these young talent will play on the field. It's good to see the guys rested who have been playing continuous cricket.Even Raina should have been rested since he has also been playing non stop cricket. Would have liked to see gambhir or Yuvraj in place of Raina because both these players have the experience and it was the best chance to see whether they would have played according to their reputation

  • andrew27994 on July 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Excellent selection by the selection committee but I feel Raina should've also been given rest as he regularly plays in ODI and T20s. But I notice that all other players who have been rested also feature in the Test side so that's why they probably don't feel that he shouldn't be rested.

    I'm very impressed with the selection of Mohit and especially Rasool even though he didn't make much of an impression in the IPL.

  • on July 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    why not take to munaf patel

  • sents2013 on July 6, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Dropping Murali Vijay is unnecessary. Its a rude punishment. he deserves a place and he plays better than Suresh Raina.

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Kudos to Selection committee,I see all the post everyone is have negative of it ,if selection aussie or proteas will you get any comment like this ,if they didn't give chance to youngster then commenting either if they didn't chance to senior commenting please stop give support to committee,they won champions trophy through selecting players only !!!!

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    good selection ..... but ????????????? raina?? dinesh karthik???? what r they doing why ajinkya ????? he did not perform well before good for shorter version not for 1 dayers.......... options BADRINATH,, all-rounders stuart binny , sanju samson, spinners why rossel???? what about nadeem, another kkr guy not getting his name pacers wheres is rp singh???????????

  • Sautrik on July 6, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Is there a reason why, for some players, a few bad performances would mean being dropped from the team permanently, and some like murali vijay and rohit sharma can keep playing bad and still manage to wear that blue shirt?

  • Zeyad68 on July 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Where is the big fishes???? They should be given chances as India have to go for abroad tour n that could be a turning point???

  • on July 6, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Ajinkya looked well against Pakistan in the odis as well as against England..The form that he virtues from the ipl scoring a 79 against the champions Mumbaiindians really should seize his place in the side..If not,then the Indian selection committee needs a little appointment with a psychiatrist .No Offense..

  • rockstarev on July 6, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Dont know whether this is the best Indian "Team " . But definitely the best selectors team :) . Hats off. No place for ageing greats . Note : I am not talking about individuals . We had greats . But this is the best "team" .

  • class9ryan on July 6, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Gr8 selections !!! Mohit nips the ball, Unadkat has a scorcher of a slower ball and is a genuine work horse, Rasool has flight and is a very handy batsman. Pujara, Rayudu deserved chances and importantly Raina, Karthik have to get back amongst runs. Virat needs to be given a elongated captaincy term.

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I dont think that Rahane will be getting any chance here because Rohit will be opening the innings and apart from that even Pujara maybe missing the 11 as Raina is playing,maybe a few more youngsters like Binnny, Sanju Samson,Robin Bist,Saxena,Sandeep Warrier should be given a chance.After allits a Zimbabve tour why are we so scared?

  • balajik1968 on July 6, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Good selection. The selectors are looking at players with potential and testing them out. By giving both Pujara and Kohli the captaincy, options are being tested for the post Dhoni period. This panel is way better than the Srikanth panel. They are taking a hard look at the domestic scene, and have also put some people who took things for granted on notice. If the selections continue this way, we can look forward to a good future for Indian cricket. Things are already starting to look better than the post double whitewash phase.Changes are being made in a calibrated manner.

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Dhoni's absence in tour of zim, this will bad luck for india.

  • Muneshg on July 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    The pace bowling attack was too inexperienced. Praveen kumar would be a great option.

  • vish57 on July 6, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    BCCI should consider a 3 match series between discarded players vs emerging player, so that players such as Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Yusuf Pathan etc ( i.e. players who have played for national team but not in the last few series) versus an emerging playing XI consisting of players who have been contracted by BCCI and have not got the Indian Cap and domesti performers. This will bring better selection option. Except IPL no emerging bowlers are testing Indian bastman or the emerging batsman playing Indian bowlers as we have 365 days cricket tours. Becasue of recent sucess this selectors though to be complemented for choosing talents like Dhawan, Bhubaneswar Kumar, should not ignore players like Gambhir as well.

  • on July 6, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Good job. Performers rewarded.

  • on July 6, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Dr. Naveen kokcha from Bhiwani - its the real time to give the chance to youth and check the rotation of players with seniors butbeware from the Zimbawe not under estimate the guys

  • Rumy1 on July 5, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Pujara getting a call for ODI is a good move. He should ideally and naturally be the leader of ODI team after Dhoni. I am sure he will lead India in Tests too -post Dhoni. Kohli with his immaturities, shortcomings and temperament will rule himself out for captaincy. it is matter of time that selectors realise that Kohli is not a captaincy material. Mohit Sharma on basis of IPL performance gets a call up for ODIs. Bowling 4 overs and bowling 10 overs are two different things but I would give him a chance to see how he responds. With his speed and limited skills I am not sure if he will succeed in longer formats.Despite knowing that Vijay is woefully out of form and there is no place for him as an opener with Rohit and Dhawan doing great at the top,Dhoni still kept him in today's match and brought him at No.6 and he failed yet again.And look a specialist middle order talented bat Rayudu was tactfully kept out.This is how politics kills chances of talented folks without godfathers/backers

  • Rumy1 on July 5, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Some of the new names in India A squad exude confidence and surprisingly good job done by the selectors especially the selection of Ishwar, Unadkat and Siddharth Kaul. However, persisting with Vijay is foolhardy. Likes of Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Tsotobe will eat Vijay on those bouncy pacy tracks. Same is true for Raina and Karthik. Rohit, Rayudu and Rahane look good to be tested on those tracks so as to zero in on the team for the SA Test series starting in November. Good that Rasool is getting chance in Zimbabwe and in SA too. He is a much better talent than Ashwin and he needs to grab the opportunity with both hands and that includes score some runs. Else the Chennai Super Kings lobby will replace him with Ashwin. Jaffer in my books still looks a certainty for SA Test series as the partner of Dhawan. He should have been drafted in the India A squad and shpuld have been given the mantle. Look what the Australians have done. They have brought in 36 years old Chris Rogers to open.

  • fah4 on July 5, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Very good selection young players given chance to show their skills against week opposition. Parvez Rasool is a good choice he should be included in playing XI as an all rounder. All the best to young Indian team the future of India for WC 2015.

  • akashchandran on July 5, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Except Kohli and Sachin the whole of Test team batsmen are going to South Africa for the A tour. During the main Test tour in December there may be only one practice game before the 1st Test and therefore it is a good idea to have the inexperienced players to have a feel of the conditions. Also by including Rohit and Raina alongwith Rahane it will also help the selectors to decide on the batsmen to select for the tour. Jadeja could have also been included but the selectors might have felt it not right to expose his bowling to the upcoming South African batsmen in this tour.

  • rick333 on July 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Praveen Kumar might have been left out because of his poor fielding skill. Although super talented he looks more a part of India in 90s where bowlers attitude of fielding is - "not my job". A misfield and a bad body language at the crucial time lets the whole team down.

  • ADARSH100 on July 5, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    This side is a new Indian side and is a good selection against a weak team like Zimbabwe. It offers a good resting period for the senior players. It seems many young players will make their debuts in ODIs which is a great news. The team lacks a good fast bowler who can cloak abv 135kph. Spinners look OK but the absence of Ashwin is a demerit. Happy that he has got a rest after a long period. Batsmen look good. The confusion is about Karthik who played well in warmups but failed in the original matches. Rayudu can be tested in that position if DK fails again. Rasool should b in 11 cz he is an allrounder. Anyways very excited to see a new,energetic Indian team and looking forward to see their performance.

    My playing 11 : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Chetheshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik(WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Mohit Sharma.

  • givenUP on July 5, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    I am glad with the selection but not completely. Vinay Kumar is a bad selection. He has given good domestic performances but one needs to look closely. He bowls quick, short of length bowling which Indian batsmen (especially domestic) find hard to play. That is how he gets his wickets in domestic circuit. He has been thrashed by international teams in the past and he will be in future too. What is Suresh Raina doing in the team after failing again and again ? And I would give him more chances if I see him working on his short bowl issues. I frankly don't see any improvement. I don't find a reason to include Saha, Indian team already have Dhoni, Kartik and Rayudu in line. Mohit is just going to be someone like Gony or Joginder Sharma. I would have included Zaheer (for Vinay), Gambhir (for Saha), Yuvraj (Mohit) and even Sehwag (lower order option in place of Raina). Sehwag is still way better than Raina. It is good to pump in youth but someone like Gambhir or Yuvi should not be ignored.

  • on July 5, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Gud 2 see sum new faces in the squad n nt the old ones...selectors hav shown big hearts....hope young guns deliver....

  • Leggie on July 5, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Good selection - especially not choosing M.Vijay for the ODI series. He is such a classy player, who needs to be preserved for Test matches. Unfortunately whenever a chance opens up, Manoj Tiwary finds himself injured.

  • Sakthiivel on July 5, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Mohit sharma another super king in Indian squad, good

  • on July 5, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    However, why is Praveen Kumar who had performed well before the injury not getting back his place?

  • on July 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    thought that Zaheer Khan would be picked in the following series, didn't happen so.

  • kc69 on July 5, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Let me answer a few questions here..Irfan Pathan is not included in the squad because he is injured(probably during practice sessions in nets) and will be out for a few months and yes, M Vijay was Dropped because of his form with bat in limited over cricket whether you take CT2013 practice matches or the current West Indies tour. Moreover his fielding is good in deep but inside circle he isn't that quick to stop singles(I Still remember that Mahela's catch drop). The only reason he has been included in India A squad because he is a future test opening prospect with S Dhawan. However from the above squads I see a senior bowler lacking in the attack I believe Zaheer should have been given a chance to help young pacers to bowl along with in pressure situations.

  • atul1401 on July 5, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    You have to give credit to the selectors for not going backwords. They have not only been picking up younger guys consistently but more importantly giving them fair chances to prove themselves. Some might argue that Murali Vijay got a rough deal but him being in the A squad shows that he is still in the scheme of things. Clearly this selection committee has plans for the next world cup. Guys like Rahane and Pujara are pretty good players of short pitch deliveries, India will need players like these couple of years from now down under. If India can have a pool of 20-22 good players to choose from, nothing like that. Eventually it would help build a better test team as well. Its a clear message to seniors like Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji to work hard if they have to earn their places back.

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    hey... Parveez rasool is batting allrounder not bowling all rounder. ...

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    its great to see a talent of Kashmir valley in this era.... great move... but why Irfan has been dropped without giving any chance in playing 11... he was the part of the side in champions trophy... now has been dropped without giving any chance

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    the team is really awesum but there is no praveen kumar and b kumar they r the best swing bowlers of india!!

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    India A team looks like the Indian Cricket Team. Nice show by the selectors

  • ZCFOutkast on July 5, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I've already mentioned that Zimbabwe has a far much better bowling attack - both spinners(economy) and seamers(wickets) and I don't see this Indian side winning the series. Experience in African conditions counts, and the bulk of this squad lacks it, which explains why a better squad lost last time around in 2010.

    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 Brendan Taylor wins(65%), he must 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 second. Taylor's on field captaincy might be terminally rubbish, but at least he's good for something in that capacity.

  • Kapeel on July 5, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    India playing XI should be 1. R.Sharma 2.S.Dhawan 3.Kohli(Cap) 4.D.Karthik(WK) 5.C.Pujara/A.Rayudu 6.S.Raina 7.R.Jadeja 8.A.Mishra 9.V.Kumar 10.S.Ahmed 11.M.Sharma

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Good job bcci, it's a great move finally dream come true for many fresh talents..they got a great opportunity to explore international cricket

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Dropping out M. Vijay is a colossal mistake. In both matches (SL & WI) he played his shots with ease in pressure situations and was just unfortunate to get out -- one by a good delivery and one by playing an attacking shot. When team India stuck with someone like Ravindra Jadeja for 2 yrs despite not performing well why this harsh move against M. Vijay?

  • spaul on July 5, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Still good selection but I think India still need to consider Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir for the next World Cup. They are the big game player and real match winner. Don't forget they are the reason India won the world cup. India need some solidity at the top and a power hitter in the middle plus Yuvi can get some overs done for the captain as well.

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Good to see Binny in the A team, he totally deserves it. The A team looks like the current Indian team minus big Daddy D.

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    it is a proud moment for all indians...congrats to all kashmiris. let them part of india, feel them part of india. expects more such gestures from BCCI to include such talent from north east too.

  • sents2013 on July 5, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Give a chance to Badrinath in test an ODI. He deserves it.

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    unlucky Vijay, you cannot judge him with one match performance. he was waiting in the chairs for long time without having played single match.

  • sudhakjd36945 on July 5, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I think ohja should be there in atleast A team...he is very tricky player..however..good selection of team.. let us see hoe they perform in the series...zim is also strong team now..

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Finally Pujara gets a chance in the ODI team. I hope he performs well. He is too good a player to be kept out. "A" team is really good. Lot of probable test players will get good practice.

  • spaul on July 5, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Well I understand Gautam Gambhir out of the ODI but in the TEST he was not doing to bad. His 7 inns 34,45,4,65,60,40,37 averaging 40.71. I feel bit harsh on him.

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Excellent choice of players! Esp in the Indian A squad! Kudos to the Indian selection board! Maybe Ghambir could have been added to the squad! But then this would give excellent oppurtunity to the players to perform well and look to seal their spots in the Test team! Mohit Sharma could have been included in the squad too.

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    I think yuvi n bhuvi should be in the squad .

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    India Squad: 1. S.Dhawan 2. R.Sharma 3.V.Kohli 4.D.karthik 5.S. Raina 6.C.Pujara 7. R.jadeja 8.A. Mishra 9. R.Vinay Kumar 10.S. Ahmad 11. M.Sharma

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Where is Varun Aaron..picking Rahane and Pujara is the WAY to go! Uthappa can be thought of as well when it comes to reserves..the fast bowling contingent has to have bhuvanesh, Umesh, Varun, Mohit and Ishanth.. an sure Mohit will do superbly in the tour..he is a nice prospect!!!

  • cric_frank on July 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    IF Bhuvi wanted rest,fair enough.Would have liked to see Ishant being 'dropped' not rested..this run-leaker is an overrated NPA.Should be sent to domestic cricket for a year till he gets his line/length right.Elated that CSK prima dona Vijay's been dropped!! His calling card was only MSD & Srini. Really happy for Rayudu,Rahane & Pujara.They not only deserve it but its the right time to play them.Dinesh Karthik should be banished from the scene ASAP.Apart from being a clumsy WK,a terribly wobbly batsman ,not reliable.Lucky he gets a spot to Zim. Bowlers well,not sure how pacy they are but interesting options anyway! Kohli needs to think less of himself as a captain and more of a batsman of March 2012 vintage.Seems to put himself under pressure.

  • on July 5, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Gambhir and Zaheer should have been given chance in at least A side. If they could come into some form, their experience would have been great for India in SA. Gambhir had scored some runs in last SA tour. The current bowling attack looks so thin. Umesh and Ishant have been wayward. B. Kumar can easily be pressured in SA if they attack him.

  • on July 5, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    pragyan ojha should be given a chance in india a team. where is yuvi?he is such a valuable allrounder,why he is not in the team?

  • on July 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    India Should Not Take Zimbabwe Lighty Zimbabwe Is A Goog Side. :/

  • Harpreet on July 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I would have liked to see Harbhajan Singh in the squad. If Mohit Sharma was selected on the basis of his ipl performance (taking nothing away from him) ... Harbhajan deserved it as well .. Didn't he bowled well in IPL ..... he was better than Ashwin and was looking like Harbhajan of old.

  • on July 5, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Extraordinary selection for the A team. Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Raina, Rahane, etc are all expected to play the test series vs South Africa in November. By sending them on this A tour to SA, the selectors have finally shown the importance for that overseas tour to SA. Kohli, Dhoni are seasoned players and don't need the A tour. And you can't send India players on A tours, or the host nation will think we are trying to use the A tour in an unfair manner.

    This is brilliant selection! I am very optimistic about our chances in SA this year end.

  • terrainwarrior on July 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    A few days ago there was an article published in the TOI when the Indian team was reluctant to play the Champions trophy final because the format was reduced to 20-20.Now if that's the case,why are players selected on IPL performances?Don't performances in Ranji Trophy carry any value?Although the team is performing well,the pace bowling is still weak.Its not fair to ignore players with experience completely just because you are not sure that they might not be fit for the next WC.If that's the case, then considering the avg retirement age as 35,players who turn 32 or 33 during a WC shud retire.The team requires someone like Zaheer Khan as he is currently the most experienced pace bowler & considering the SA tour, he should have been tried. Also a chance cud have been given to Ishwar Pandey & Yuvraj Singh

  • on July 5, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Expecting unadkat to play the best cas he is the future of indian cricket

  • perl57 on July 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Gauti...You are history. Always remember. Boss; no matter how much of an azz, shud always be respected and differences must be resolved carefully. Not go out into media to slam your own views. What happened? Just because you won IPL, you wanted to act smart and wanted Captaincy. You have gone down one level after another to depths that could not be caught up with. Once, a great left hander who could have been a petite matty hayden, had ended up as W V Raman. I hope you work hard for coming into SA Test series. That way you can score some decent runs and chances are very slim too. Because Rohit, Shikhar both play pace well. So does Kohli, Pujara and Dhoni. That leaves you with nothing. But let us see. With Sandeep patil at the helm, anything can happen.

  • aryang231 on July 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I m 50-50 with this dcsn i will say that gvng cptncy to virat is good and decisions of giving rest to Ashwin,Dhoni Ishant is good & keeping out murali & umesh is also good but i think keeping bhuvi away from the team is not a good decision he had just played hrdly more than 12 matches just came in the team he took 7 wckts in ct13. He can swing the ball anywhere. I think should've been in that team. We shld allow him to get settle in crckt. We shld let him play 30 mtchs continuously and get settled in different wickets of the world. A yung bowler gets a news that he is out of the team. So i think that's not a good dcsn. It's good tkng rahane, pujara, back in the team. Also intrstng to see unadkat, rasool and mohit. It's good thnkng of slctrs that they are gving chnce to 3-4 new & tlntd plyrs evry series or trnmnt, test them & then select a mixed team for 2015 wc. Nd zim is good to test yng players. Nd if we talk about snrs like uv,gauti,bhjji they will get back one day & will prove the.

  • on July 5, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    M Vijay left out is clueless, unless keeping future test tours coming-in.

  • Shiva96 on July 5, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    bringing mohit into the squad is a good decision.He was the pick of the bowlers for chennai super kings.looking forward to see how he does in ODIs.

  • kdevil3 on July 5, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    at last v have a great selection team............ great job by selectors

  • on July 5, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I hope rasool in playing eleven it's great to see Indian team

  • on July 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    M not confident about team selected for India as they doesnt have experienced pacer as all our pacers are rested ahead of SA tour.I prefer to Zak should be tested in ahead of SA & AUS tour..

  • on July 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Yuvraj or gambhir should have been instead of raina,he has been playing non stop too

  • on July 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I Guess selector should have given chance to Manoj Tiwari. Last time he played for india He made a century. I guess he is fit now.

  • jimbond on July 5, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Why not Sandeep Sharma over Mohit Sharma? And why is there no place for the two potential allrounders- Jalaj Saxena and Rishi Dhawan? Inclusion of Rayudu and Rasool is good, but will they get chances in the playing 11?

  • KrizRKO on July 5, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Best X1 and Batting order - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (VC), Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.

    Replace Cheteshwar Pujara - Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane - Shikhar Dhawan, Parvez Rasool - Suresh Raina, R Vinay Kumar - Shami Ahmed, for the last two matches, after winning the series 3 - Nil.

    Kudos Selectors, Wishes 'Team Vision 2020' India...!!!

  • half_blood-prince on July 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    good..good selection given the context of 2015..not the best but for a low profile series and that too out of subcontinent this is the best they could considering the age of gambhir he shouldve bn given chance cause he ll be picked for SA tour for sure.unadkat is good cause we dont have many lft hand bowlers.but india needs to develop superfast bowlers in their labs with good physique.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Who is the vice captain for the Zimbabwe tour. Who captains if Kohli is injured, will they go to Raina or will somebody like a Pujara captain the team.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Really brave selection to keep Ashwin and MSD alongwith Bhuvi out. But I wonder why not Praveen Kumar? He has been out of picture since past 1 year. That has been really taken me by surprise!!

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    very good to see some players have been left out , especially ISHANT SHARMA, i hope he wont COME BACK AGAIN.....good to see RAHANE, PUJARA.... i hope rahane come good..... and who is this MOHIT SHARMA???? one IPL season and he is selected???? come on selectors they r lot more talented guys .... anyway its good if he comes good.....

    and great to see INDIA A team consists rahane, pujara... they are going to SA and these two will have to learn from that tour....

    and friends please stop UV, GAUTHI, VIRU, BAJJi... they are past their prime....moreover this series is for youngsters....and this series is to groom new captain, i think kohli will do good job....

    lastly one request for selectors...... please no ISHANT , no ISHANT again....

  • doctorofdeath on July 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Kohli, Raina and Jadeja should also have been rested... They've been playing nonstop cricket, should've been given a break!

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Nice to c Parvez Rasool in the squad

  • hotcric01 on July 5, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Now all bowlers are inexperienced. India tried a same inexperienced team last time here in a triangular series under raina,but was a total failure.Don't take Zimbabwe lightly.I think they are capable of beating this young Indian side.India should mix young talents with experienced players,otherwise results would not be so good.

  • Capricorn60 on July 5, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Good selection in resting our premier fast bowlers like Yadav & testing our bench strength! Terrific to see young players like Parvez Rasool & Mohit Sharma being given a chance! Players like Yuvraj & Gambhir have to now realize that they have to prove their form & fitness to get back in the Indian team & not chosen simply due to their reputation or past performances.

  • john53 on July 5, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    i see plenty of people complaining about not included senior players...i agree they had won plenty of matches for us in the past but they are dropped for lack of form, and they aren't getting any younger, so why shouldnt we give rahane,raidu etc enough chances to prove their metal . if we keep bringing in the old ones as some of you are asking we will have to go to the 2015 world cup with a team of newbies .because i am sure Yuvi, Gauti, Zak wont survive till then. may be they should consider retirement from international cricket.they dont need to prove anything to anyone people will always remember them for their contribution in the past ,so now they should just call it a day.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    inclusion of pujara will definately give stability to the team in future series. Nice selection but every should get chance to play. I think every individual is capable to play than being sit on the bench.

  • leslie_alo on July 5, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    What wrong did Parthiv Patel do - he should have been selected as a batsman ahead of the likes of Raidu, Stuart Binny, Raina and Saha. He was a consistent performer in this year's Ranji, last couple of seasons too, in IPL where he has experience against likes of Steyn. This means somebody does not want him in the team and Indian cricket fan well knows who will lose the slot in test team if Parthiv Patel comes in. This is grossly unfair and there are no wise men to atleast talk of the 28 yr old Parthiv - when will he get justice!

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    good to see youngsters geeting chance to prove them selves

  • Criketanand on July 5, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    @aditya gupta. Totally agree with you. At last selectors are selecting people sensibly. Giving opportunities to people who might be second in line for national selections. Now if they can somehow manage to get some of the batsmen and bowlers with counties, Australian domestic and SA domestic cricket to give them more experience of playing in different conditions rather the same Ranjhi environment , would benefit Indian cricket a lot. Continue the good work

  • Volatility on July 5, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Gambhir will stress out the team, all the best to Virat.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    While the axing of Vijay is welcome, the inclusion of Unadkat is a bit perplexing! Other than that, looks pretty well-balanced. At least on paper. The current set of selectors, led by the irrepressible Sandeep Patil, deserve a lot of credit for having a futuristic vision and, more importantly, the guts to carry it out. In the Indian cricket set-up, if there's one guy who has the balls to call a spade, a bloody shovel, it's got to be none other than Sandeep Patil. No wonder terms like "dropped" are back in vogue in context of Indian cricket. More power to Patil & co. Keep up the good work.

  • ravikiran.bits on July 5, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Should say it, excellent selection of players keeping everything in mind, including rohit, dhawan, dinesh in both the squads, giving chance to young bowlers in A squad, were impressive.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I get the feeling that poor Murli Vijay has got a bit of a raw deal.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    grt team for yougsters but for me RAINA should be the captain

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    A talented leg spinner Karan Sharma has been omitted in both teams inspite of an impressive performance in domestic circuit. Juneja and Karan Jadhav deserved a chance at least in India A team.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I think Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag should have been added to the team. Raina, Kohli, Jadeja could have been rested. These players have been exposed to a lot of International as well as domestic (IPL) cricket.

  • Captainman on July 5, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @Droove Patel - What?was he the top run scorer at the under-19 World Cup or even in the top 3? I don't think so. Zimbabwe should win this series.

  • palla.avinash on July 5, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    With all respect to the selectors i would have added extra pacer instead of rahane awana or sandeep sharma,i would have rested jedeja he is playing to much cricket how much success the mohit sharma and undakt on ipl success wonders me pace bowling looks weak it needs extra pacer who can bowl at least.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    What if M Vijay hits a century today ? Oo

  • spot_on on July 5, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Awesome... I love this selection Panel.. Giving chances to those who are proving their mettle.. :D Mohit is an awesome option, I will rate this guy one step above Bhuvi kumar in wicket taking, has that extra bit of pace that BK lags.. But BK is an awesome talent too.. Rasool, no questions, the guy can spin the ball at awkward angles and can cleanly strike the ball too.. he'd anyda make number 8 in batting order of my team... Congrats to the panel again.. This completes the Pool of 20.. i may just raise my head up and look at Manoj Tiwary and Yuvi as well for 2015 WC...

  • sandy_bangalore on July 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Really hopes Bhajji is on the plane to South Africa. His attitude and skills are unmatched(400 wkts), and against a demanding opponent like SA he is very much needed. Didnt Sunny and Saurav say the other day that just for his attitude, Harbhajan would be a certainity in their sides?? Then wonder why arent the selectors paying heed to these experts..

  • Vivek_Singh3089 on July 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Mostly happy with the selections...selection of Pujara, Rasool n Mohit is surely a welcome move and selectors do deserve the credit for it, those I expected the inclusion of Pawan Suyal in place of Unadkat....the guy has got good pace,a left armer, is very nippy and does bowls in late 130's to high 140's. However I believe that with Rohit, Raina and Jadeja persisted..the core of batting will be mostly same and thus it's unlikely that someone like Rahane, Pujara n Rasool getting a chance in the middle order so easily..Vinay's selection is still a big surprise for me...n given our death overs bowling worries could have replaced him with Sid Kaul or Awana.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    thought Punjab's sandeep sharma wud get some kind of call up....disappointing that he was left out in both....

  • sandy_bangalore on July 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Its very distressing to see the way the SENIORS, who in the past have made India proud continuing to be jettisoned in favour of unknown players. WHat exactly has Rahane and Unadkat done to be back? And Parveez rasool is another with miles to go. Bhajjis bowling in the IPL was missed by the selectors i guess, the way he got his bounce and turn back means he should be an automatic selection to the side. And what about gambhir? He was the only guy scoring runs for KKR this IPL? And Dosent Zak need some bowling under his belt to be ready for the SA tour?? This was a golden opportunity missed!! I hope the likes of Bhajji, Gambhir,Sak and even Viru proves a point in the upcoming domestic season, and show the selectors that you cannot afford to keep real class down for long!

  • coldcoffee123 on July 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan seem to have taken their places as guaranteed. These 4 players took the games lightly, looked unfit, disinterested, and just went through the motions. Gambhir has been poking outside off stump for 4 years now, and yet has the audacity to throw his batting records (of distant past) in your face. Sehwag while batting thinks he is facing the last ball of the match. Yuvraj, to be honest, had gone physically peer-shaped ever since he twisted his knee during 2006 Champions trophy. Zaheer made a terrific comeback to the national side after Chappell was ousted, however, his fitness has now gone back to the Chappell-days, which is exactly why Chappell had dropped him. With all 4 touching 35 by 2015 WC, I do not see these 4 players making a comeback to the Indian squad.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    This is a great team, but I also would have liked to see Unmukt Chand performing at the professional level. He did great in the 2012 U-19 World Cup!

  • vamushongazw on July 5, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Zimbabwe will challenge this squad , even win 2 games convincingly

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    The batting order should look like this.... 1. Rohit 2.dhawan 3.kohli 4.pujara 6.raina 7.jadeja 8.mishra 9.rasool 10.vinay 11.shami

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    too early for moit sharma, chance shld be given to some one like dawan kulkarni

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    A lot of discussion is goin on not selecting Yuvi nd Gauti for this tour, I feel its a good decision. They are class players, they should get a go against class opposition not like Zimabawe. Let them spend some time in Ranji and desi cricket and get some form before enhancing their Intl averages

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    proud of raool.hope gets good chance to show his worth

  • Jadejafan on July 5, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Obviously Zimbabwe will win the series. They may be a weak team but not that far off from the top teams. There's no excuse for us that it was a second string side or whatever because our country is of a billion that loves Cricket and good enough to field 10 strong sides and Zimbabwe is only a country of 12 million and with less money and resources. If India win this 3-2 with this squad then it will be a satisfactory result but unlikely.

  • tummala9 on July 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Also would have liked to see Yuvraj Singh...

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    I am really happy for Parvez Rasool...

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    binny selection not correct why so many senior players in the A team

  • anshu.s on July 5, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I thought there was no need for Raina to burdened with this Zim tour, not so sure if Pujara is not is not played in first xi why select him but i guess they want him to prepare for the A series in SA .Stuart Binny should have been on the Zim tour as the seam bowling allrounder and Siddarth Kaul instead of Shami Ahmed...

    Shami Ahmed is more suited to red ball cricket, he needs to work on his fitness , i swear i saw a paunch on him !!!. In shorter formats both Umesh and Ishant leak runs in torrent and it is good that short form specialist like Mohit Sharma is chosen,Siddart Kaul bowls good yorkers and has a decent change of pace...

    With Ashwin being rested Amit Mishra will finally get his chance, bit surprised with Unadkat selecetion but i guess selectors were looking for variety his left arm seamers would provide...

    Bit dissapointed that India A will play only two 4-day matches, three would have been ideal .

  • CricketChat on July 5, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Great to see Ind selectors finally giving chances to new players who are in form. Obviously, they have to fill-in many spots due to recent retirements/lack of form of great players like, Sachin (tests only), Shewag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen, etc. This is a welcome departure from the previous selection committee's reluctance to to try new players and going for safety first approach.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Absolutely spot on......Vision with future. Each member is on merit. Those who don't know Unandkat may haven't seen his accuracy in recent IPL. At the end you will appreciate this boy. Any way Deepak Panda, don't be amused. This is a really good team. One match can't judge players' ability. Don't relate with win calculations. Better if we loose before than later. If you look these guys' recent performances, you will find they are delivering at constant level. We can't select such players on performances in 1 or 2 matches. They may rise in 1 and may go down in other. They should be persistent and that's why they get picked.

  • tummala9 on July 5, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Would have ideally liked to see Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh called back. I know they're growing old and all, but recent domestic performances have been excellent. If they perform well, they can spearhead pace and spin bowling, respectively. We need someone who can bowl like Bhuvi in the beginning, and also an experienced figure at the death, as Zaheer can get the ball to reverse a great deal. Harbhajan has been very economical and picked up wickets quite often than not with the Mumbai Indians. They should have rested Jadeja and not picked Unadkat for this expense.

  • TRAM on July 5, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Well done Sandeep Patil & co. Tour with weak opponents should be used to groom youngsters and not as a back door entry for failed old players such as Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbajan, Zaheer.

  • ashfaqahmed067 on July 5, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    congratulation parvez rasool ,mohit ,jaidev

  • Dalena on July 5, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Bad selection........... Viru ,gautham and yuvi shud have got chance to tour Zimbabwe. .

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I am so happy the selectors are looking forward. I strongly believe there should not be an escalator for out of form stars. They should pay their dues and set the domestic scene on fire before being selected again. I am happy Patil and company are giving respect to domestic performers. A few of domestic stalwarts like Jaffer and Badri lost out due to non recognition of performance in national tournaments'

  • Paddy789 on July 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Does this means that Bhajji, Viru and Zaheer Khan should call up a press conference to announce their retierments ??? Ghambhir and Yuvi i believe will make a comeback if not now then later but the latters are done i guess!!!

  • Ravishines on July 5, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    4 RCB + 3 MI + 3 CSK. This shows domination of these teams in IPL

  • TM on July 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Good odi squad i feel giving pujara a chance is good future odi 4 (would be higher but shikar rohit and kohli is a good top 3 )wouldve like to see kohli rested for a few odis and play some A team games in SA to get ready for the tests. I really wished they gave Unmukt a chance in the A side. Glad to see rohit in the A team hopefully he can finally nail down a test spot. I think they should try rahane at the top in tests as i dont rate vijay doesnt seem to be technically good whereas Rahane does just lacks a bit of confidence. I also like the look of rasool looks like he could be as good as ashwin and can bat. WHERE IS VARUN AARON THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS PACE AFTER UMESH???. TEST TEAM FOR AFTER SACHIN: shikar rahane pujara kohli rohit MSD jadeja ashwin bhuvuneshwar ishant Umesh

  • usernames on July 5, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    @dakshinap: His pace has increased (which is pretty obvious--when he debuted, he was 19!), his control has got better, and he has got a lot sharper overall. I think it's a deserved selection, at least for LOIs. We will have to see how he performs but I like the shape of the team apart from, maybe, Raina. He, too, has been playing non-stop from January and, perhaps with Kohli, could have been rested. Rohit or Pujara could have led. Pujara has had decent Test cricket experience, and he's calm enough. -- What I would do is something like: Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Rayudu, Jadeja, Rasool, Mohit, Vinay, Shami.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    kohli ,raina,jadeja must be rested.captaincy should be given to rohit.

  • on July 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    My respect for Sandip Patil & co. increases with each new squad. They have done a commendable job, really. In spite of the minor setback in the on-going tri-series they have not taken a drastic about-turn on their decision to field squads with the future in mind. We all agree the Gambhir, Yuvi and Sehwag have given great service to the team over the years. They are legends in their own right, but we must accept that their time is done. Maybe Gauti has an outside in the future, but it looks bleak. With the SA series in mind, the selectors have selected all those younger players who will need the initial experience before facing Steyn & co. in the Tests. That Pujara, Rohit, Raina, Dhawan and Vijay are included in the A-team to tour SA prior to the actual tour shows that the selectors have played their best hand. Kudos to them. Now it's up to the players to prove them right!

  • IndCricFan2013 on July 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Excellent work and choices by the selection panel. I agree 99%, except why was Vijay dropped. Since he was selected ahead of others and did not play except one match, it is not fair on him. While Rohit continue to get more chances, other should be given chances before getting dropped. It is probably that they want to test Rohit out completely as a opener and did not want Vijay to sit around there. In long term view, if vijay is goinng to get selected as a test opener, he is natural for ODI as well. Although Shikar did so well so far and Rohit did decent after many chances, they still have lot to prove, so, it is a good decision to continue with them instead of having Vijay around or calling back Gambhir. Only question would be would the success against Zim. is good enough test, but what else can they do. So, at the end I have to agree 100%.

  • TheRisingTeam on July 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Good luck to Zimbabwe!!!!!!

  • aaqibattar on July 5, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Again selecting on basis of ipl an odi team is not good. Mohit sharma and unadkat are not kind of bowler you need in odi. Bowling is very weak.

  • Arunvilla on July 5, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    1.dhawan 2.rohit 3.pujara 4.vk 6.raina 7.sir 8.mishra 9.rasool/vinay 10.mohit 11.shami/unadkat too much top order batsman in one squad rahane dhawan kohli rohit pujara.....even they should have gone with binny giving raina a rest

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Only question is in mind about few players. We are forgetting one mejor points here. Specially about Pujara, Rahane etc. We are sheduled to go SA to play series against SA A team. If we want to prepare for forthcoming mejor SA tour against Stain & co on SA soil, it is nvery nessessory to send players like Pujara, Rahae, Rohit and even Kohli. And India A is travelling to SA immediately after Zimbabwe. Fro Pujara, Rohit, Kohli this India A tour as in our last trip to SA Pujara had very bad time against Stain & co. pujara is still not tested enough outside subcontinent. Kohli too having no experience about SA conditions. Rohit we can say performed well, but in shorter format as he won IPL with DC at SA, winning best batsman award in same IPl and played 1 T20 for India &got MOM in that match. And I am afraid about Pujara as by past experience he is known to be injury-pro player. I thing Pujara, Kohli & Rohit should be selected keeping more focus on SA A tour. Still.. All the best for India

  • muthu4664 on July 5, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Over all good team selection considering the opponent.Selectors done the right thing by adding fringe players to the squad.I strongly feel Pujara going to be important role in bowler friendly pitches who can anchor the innings.R.Jadeja may also rested so that talented Rasool would have got more chances to play at No 7 & prove himself as he is good off spinner & very hard hitting batsman.On bowling front Unakat & Mohit sharma are good additions. Mohit sharma brings accuracy to the bowling & Unakat much needed pace to the attack.For players like Rohit,Rahane & Vinay this going to be make or break series.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Strange selections in batting....ROBIN UTHAPPA surely deserves chance..he is lot better than rahane,pujara,karthick..he is scorer in Vijay hazare trophy..and had good ipl on difficult pune wicket..rahane is not international material and he gets bowled nearly everytime he plays..pujara is test material..uthappa or aparajith would have been better picks ..overall good bowling selection but poor batting selection..

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Good that they selected C. pujara final in ODIs but I think this was the time to bring big player like Yuvi in 11 which would have been great support to kolhi. This team lack match finisher like MS Dhoni, Yuvraj so One of is injured so bring Yuvi Back.

  • satishchandar on July 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Vijay dropped promptly.. Not sure why Unandkat was picked.. I would have been happy had there been one more reserve batsman in the middle order.. With absence of Ashwin and Umesh, would liek to see Mishra and Vinay operating instead of them in the 11.. Felt it is a bit early call for Mohit into the squad.. But the pace options are not too big to chose from.. Rasool is a welcome change and they need to have a close look at him before throwing him into the starting 11.. My starting 11 would be, Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Pujara, DK, Raina, Jadeja, Mishra, Vinay, Shami, Rasool.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i think India may lose a game or two in the zim series

  • VJGS on July 5, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Bold but really good selection. Especially the decision to not pick Gambhir, Sehwag, etc. was the right one. They would have no trouble scoring against a team like Zimbabwe and then they would get national call based on that performance, which would be completely unfair to the youngsters who did a great job in CT. This should also help Kohli mature as a captain and show the world if he has actually got the temperament needed. Raina could have been rested, but that would leave the middle order lacking in experience. So a great selection. The current selection panel definitely needs a standing ovation for going by form, and not being intimidated by big names.

  • Vishal63 on July 5, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli (capt), 4. Cheteshwar Pujara, 5. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6. Suresh Raina, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Amit Mishra, 9. Parvez Rasool, 10. Vinay Kumar, 11. Mohit Sharma

    If the pitches assist seamers then probably Shami Ahmed will replace either Amit Mishra or Parvez Rasool. The back-up batsman is likely to be Ajinkya Rahane. If any injury, Murali Vijay is almost certain to be the replacement in the squad.

  • phunny_game on July 5, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Bowlers will get chances.. but not sure if rahane, rayadu, rasool will even get a chance to play unless we are 3-0 up.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    the worst bowling lineup in indian cricket history , from were does unadkat comes in, did every one saw way shami bowled in against srilanka how can u drop awana just a after a t20 against england on flat pitches. raina and jadeja deserved a break. my syampathy with virat already dont blame him if we loss, this how the indian cricket is going, u guy's just cant give ur captain a perfect team. in off season the indian player should had been asked too play in county. BCCI wake up for the futher of indian cricket.

  • vissu_cricanalyst on July 5, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    overall it is a good team,all were young stars,good decision by the BCCI

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Why Rasool is in the team should have selected someone like Rishi Dhawn

  • mgr125128 on July 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Good to see Rasool getting chance and definetly glad Mohit and ajinkya are in tea. Unadkat I am not so sure about and would have preferred someone else

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Amazing work selector... yes there ppl raising question but they dont know in and out of every players.. so its ok with comments... and yea guys every day isnt sunday. relax. this youth team is awsome...

  • Aswathram on July 5, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Finally pujara inn.He will be man of the moment in the series for his consistency which he showed in test level.Same he can provide in limited over format as well.I dont see a point in resting bhuvaneshwar.He is young,energetic and he needs to be exposed in alien conditions.Rahane is worth of try at top top order.Bowling is seem to be weak because most of them are very new to the conditions.Hope mishra,rasool and jadeja forms a quality spin attack.shami ahmed need to prove a point here for his strict line and length.This team can come home 5-0 for sure provided young bowlers strikes.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I can remember what happened last time.....I think We'll see the same this time too.....

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    When did Ashwin and Bhuvi ask for rest? Notably, they are the only two who bowl well for India in recent times. This side is lacking something, for sure

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    mohit sharma is the secret weapon in future. weldone selectors

  • Ansh_indian on July 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    why Rahane,Vinay and Udankat in Team? have they performaed in International ? better to pick Gauti,Yuvi (Both because of Experience ) and fast bolwers like "Sandeep Singh","I Pandey" rather than useless Vinay or not so impressive Udankat.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Nice selection......Everyone must be given a chance.. there must be rotation policy

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    would love to see parveez rasool perform on an international arena,heard alot about him,being in picture this season would be good combinational spinner with jadeja,right arm spinner right hand lower middle order bat,and jadeja same just a south paw. Eyes on Mohit Sharma,Virat's captaincy,Dinesh Karthik(as not performed well in champions trophy and WI tour till now),Pujara can he do good in ODI's and again the consistency of the openers Dhawan and Rohit. I am loving this selectors. Awesome job.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Good decision to rest the ace bowlers to increase the bowling bench strength....I would love to watch Ambati Rayudu performing even today also>>>>

  • dakshinap on July 5, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Ohh God! Unadkat is not an international material. His pace is not good enough to control the international players. Siddath Kaul or Awana is the better option in place of Unadkat. Otherwise, this team is very good, particularly Pujara, Rasool, Rahane, Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahamed are deserved play in the highest level. Stuart Binny is also a very good option.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    1.Shikhar Dhawan,2. Rohit Sharma,3. Virat Kohli,4. Dinesh Karthik,5.Raina,6. Ambati Rayudu,7. Ravindra Jadeja,8. Amit Mishra,9.R Vinay Kumar, 10.Jaydev Unadkat,11. Mohit Sharma GOOD team....

  • anil4573 on July 5, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Ohh God.. Why Rohit Sharma Still There...???

  • Sachit1979 on July 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Inclusion of Parvez Rasool is a welcome move. Batting lineup is good but pace attack looks inexperienced. I think they should have called back Zak instead of Unadkat to guide other youngsters if he is fit.

  • anil4573 on July 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Gautam Gambhir.. But he should be there to help & guide Virat kohli in crunch situation. I will prefer Gautam in place of suresh Raina. Is anybody Remember our last tour of Zimbabwe, Raina was Captain.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Watch out for Mohit Sharma, he has some serious skills for ODI and T20 bowling. Pervez is a good prospect, his action reminds me Swann.

    A big thanks to selectors for not picking Gambhir and Sehwag and moving on to future.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Rohit Dhawan Kholi Raina DK Jaddu rasool Mohit Shami Unaket Vinay

  • calcu on July 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I think India will win the series but a whitewash?, I am not sure.

  • gptnitesh on July 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Team looks very good as far as Zimbabwe tour is concerned. It is very good time to give rest to some good players like Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant who were playing the contionus matches. I wish if Raina also could have got the chance to rest. Moreover, good time to test the talent of Rahane, Unadkat, Rayadu,Pujara and they all are good prospect for indian cricket team and looking for more opportunities. As far as Rasool and Mohit's selection is concerned tricky move by BCCI. Rasool could be good bowling allrounder and good to see someone from J&K which boost the morale of J &K cricketers.

  • thariquepk on July 5, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Don't agree with dropping Vijay. I didn't like the selection when he was selected for the champions trophy team. But once he has been selected, he got just one innings in an international match in the match against SL and after one failure he is dropped. and they have went back to Rahane who was dropped after England series. These shifting between players doesn't make any sense. Once you have selected a player, you should give them a considerable run before making a judgement.

  • dakshinap on July 5, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Ohh God! Unadkat is not an international material. His pace is not good enough to control the international players. Siddath Kaul or Awana is the better option in place of Unadkat. Otherwise, this team is very good, particularly Pujara, Rasool, Rahane, Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahamed are deserved play in the highest level.

  • Ganeshrajabds on July 5, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Raina too deserves a much needed rest

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    I'm sorry but who is Mohammad Shami?

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Players like Unmuk Chand, S koul, Ishwar pandey should have been given a chance to play in overseas condition . Stuart binny is a good choice for an allroundr's slot.

  • Shaan99 on July 5, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Zimbabwe will defeat india by 5-0 and then selectors will realised on their mistake

  • Narbavi on July 5, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Kohli and Jadeja should also have been rested, anyway this is still a good squad, hope pujara gets to open or bat at 3 and we can see what he does, good decision not to go backwards towards bhajji gauti or viru

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Very good SELECTION. GOODS :- 1- it was time to check our B bowling unit and also rest our A bowling unit 2- they believed in youngsters and after just losing 2 games people ask for gauti bhaji viru(they played horribly for 2 consequitive years) 3- at last pujara is back but it is yet to be seen if he plays in XI please dont select him and not play him 4- mohit sharma is a good selection but yet pk would have been 1-1 replacement for bhuvi

    WRONGS :- 1.VERY VERY UNFAIR TO MURLI VIJAY he played just 1 game though he didnt deserve to be in hampions trophy squad for the first time.

    2. DINESH KARTIK got more than he deserves but he did nothing after warm ups .TIME TO PERFORM IN INTERNATION GAMES DUDE.

    3. where is rahul sharma he was named in probables and rassool finds a turn before

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Good job selectors,all the best to our new team hope they will be jutifying their selection and ll be winning the series for us

  • street_smart on July 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    India has done miserably in Zimbabwe in past few series.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Not at all a good selection. Why we have given rest to Bhuvaneshwar and Yadav. They have not proved consistently and they are relatively new to the squad. This could have been good time to bring back Gambhir and Yuvaraj. Yuvaraj should have been given a chance again after he has served so long for India. He is a match winner in any case.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Why not pick G. Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, R. Ashwin?????

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe won the series 5-0 sure ... chetheshwar pujara for what.? india already got no:3 batsmen (kholi)

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Finally Selectors decided to go with the current openers for a longer time. Good choice by dropping vijay but should have included a experienced bowler. the bowling will be under fire for sure

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    They really need to include Ambati and Amit in playing 11 and not just as waterboys,,,,

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    where is an extra opener? lot of bowlers who may not play in playing XI.So extra opener should be picked for rotation of players in opening slot in this series and to get a perfect opening pair for future series. I think GAMBHIR should be given a chance. He was also a No 1 ranking player at some period of time. He is great player who gave 2 world cups for INDIA with his performance. Let him get his form back by this series.

  • KK_Cricket on July 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Nicely balanced side but again, not sure if its conspiracy against Gambhir.. India clearly lack experience at the top and this guy has big heart with big match temperatment. World T20 Finals, ODI Finals and even in SA, he performed well. I don't think M Vijay / S Dhawan can handle pace of Morkel/Steyn in SA. Gambhir should be given matches under his belt and can be an important player at the Top. He is also 31, not too old and is a better fielder too.. Bring Gauti back guys... cannot ruin a top player like him..

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    wow great selection, lets youngsters to learn

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Another CSKian in Indian Squad welcome MohitSharma, He was a good blower in IPL, lets see how he bowl in International level. Pujara was very gud selection GoIndia

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    another csk player : mohit sharma

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    I still think that this is terrible for cricket. An interminable tri-series, followed by 5 ODIs against Zimbabwe and 7 more against Australia.

    Zimbabwe would be better off playing a single Test than 5 ODIs, but India fancied an ODI series to test out some A-teamers, so that's exactly what they'll get.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Good that they dropped M.Vijay.......and nice to know that Mohit Sharma has got a chance.....Vijay has been given too many chances and he has not made use of it....I think the selectors have finally decided to show the door to Gambhir......

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Zimbabwe will thrash India.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    good team...why they have given chance to rahane instead of gambhir??....he failed in delhi test and i think gmabhir is better player than rahane

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I don't agree with this at all. Bhuvaneshwar and Yadav are yet to prove their credentials!

  • vissu_cricanalyst on July 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    what about ghambir? he should be named as a vice captain ...ok youngsters go ahead

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    where gautam ? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...........................................

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    what is the problem with selection committee, where is Yuvi, Bhajji, zaheer and gauti?

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    what's the problem with selection committee? Why can't they give chance to Gauti, Zaheer, Yuvi and Bhajji !!

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    All the best for this series :)

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    All the best for this series :)

  • on July 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    what's the problem with selection committee? Why can't they give chance to Gauti, Zaheer, Yuvi and Bhajji !!

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    what is the problem with selection committee, where is Yuvi, Bhajji, zaheer and gauti?

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    where gautam ? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...........................................

  • vissu_cricanalyst on July 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    what about ghambir? he should be named as a vice captain ...ok youngsters go ahead

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I don't agree with this at all. Bhuvaneshwar and Yadav are yet to prove their credentials!

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    good team...why they have given chance to rahane instead of gambhir??....he failed in delhi test and i think gmabhir is better player than rahane

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Zimbabwe will thrash India.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Good that they dropped M.Vijay.......and nice to know that Mohit Sharma has got a chance.....Vijay has been given too many chances and he has not made use of it....I think the selectors have finally decided to show the door to Gambhir......

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    I still think that this is terrible for cricket. An interminable tri-series, followed by 5 ODIs against Zimbabwe and 7 more against Australia.

    Zimbabwe would be better off playing a single Test than 5 ODIs, but India fancied an ODI series to test out some A-teamers, so that's exactly what they'll get.