India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 5, 2013

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Android 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

  • Nirmal 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • vishal 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 !!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Naresh 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.

  • manoj 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.

  • pavi 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