India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 20, 2013

Kohli backs young squad ahead of Zimbabwe tour

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Virat Kohli is upbeat about taking on the ODI captaincy for a full series for the first time during India's tour of Zimbabwe later this month, and is confident of his young team's chances.

Under the new selection panel, India has begun to phase out several senior players - the recent Champions Trophy success was achieved without the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. On the Zimbabwe tour, it will be an even more inexperienced team as India will be without the services of regular captain MS Dhoni and frontline spinner R Ashwin. The squad will also be missing regular players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.

"I don't think experience matters, especially in [the] limited overs game," Kohli said at a promotional event in Mumbai. "You need eleven players who are hungry for success, who are hardworking and whose vision is victory. All fifteen players are strong and it is a strong unit, which is good."

India are currently the No.1 ranked ODI side, and have convincingly won four of their last five series. "If we continue this way, it will be a good time for Indian cricket. It would make a lot of people happy."

Kohli was previously the stand-in captain after Dhoni injured his hamstring in a match against West Indies during the recent Tri-Nation series. He has plenty of captaincy experience, having led India to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2008, Delhi on the domestic circuit and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

When asked whether he was fazed by the expectations and pressure of leading the Indian team, Kohli said: "I always like to lead form the front and set an example for whoever is playing with me or around me. I like taking responsibilities. That is a natural thing for me."

Kohli was also happy that allrounder Parvez Rasool was included in the squad, the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be selected in the national team. "It is a good sign that players are not just coming from major cities. You can see everybody is working hard and the thinking is not narrow-minded. If he gets the opportunity to play a match then I am sure he will try to give a good performance."

India take on Zimbabwe in five ODIs in a series starting July 24.

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  • captaincool79 on July 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Think it will be a good opportunity for the youngsters of the team to test their skills. Zimbabwe, with due respect to them have not really set the world alight but can spring a surprise or two very easily based on previous results that we have had playing with them. The 1999 World Cup Game comes to the mind when Henry Olonga picked up three wickets to humiliate India. With the test series of South Africa coming up and India A tour coming up before that, this presents a good opportunity of testing their skills albeit against a less dominant opposition. India should be able to post big totals if batting first, be able to bowl Zimbabwe out cheaply if bowling first and field well. Just getting in to the process of maintaining a winning run, building momentum and becoming clinical in delivering a performance when required will go a long way to ensure we give South Africa a great fight in the test series. That will be the series a lot of cricket fans like us are waiting to watch!!!

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 20, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    This is a great opportunity for the top four, namely Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, and Pujara to get valuable experience in giving solid starts and big scores for India. So much depends on the top four in ODIs. Rohit and Dhawan will continue to showcase their brilliance. Virat can hone his capataincy skills. Pujara will do well also. He will likely fit in position number 4 and will adapt to it well. I believe he can score with a decent run rate as well. I hope the wickets assist the pace bowlers as this is a great opportunity for our youngsters to show off what they are capable of. Good luck young team India!!!

  • on July 20, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Experience means match practice, Experience always matter in limited over cricket, if you are not experienced enough, how will you able to see the bouncing ball, which ball to leave and which ball to hit and where to hit, Experience teaches to decide the line and length of the bowler earlier, so the experienced batsman can know early which ball to hit and where it should be hit, by experience the batsman come to know about his flaws in technique, same applies to bowler, bhuvi has become a better bowler by experience only, no one can be glenn mcgrath, wasim akram or shane warne without experience. Virat kohli will learn about captaincy by experience only.

  • on July 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    It would be a tough series especially for people who would want to blast the opposition out.Zimbabwe without any renowned players also is always HANDY at home.Team who knows how to grind, will succeed there. Out of the top 4 batsmen from India who scores run in the series is a good prospect for Test. Looking into condition, I am looking forward to Pujara, Kohli,Karthik to build the innings.Pitches in Zimbabwe would be spongy one and hitting out won't be an option.It would be good to see who plays the specialist spinner. Mishra/Rasool?

  • sulav.dahal on July 23, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Ramit Jain, you are only partially correct ! I guess, Kohli implied to the fact that you can play on your own way in ODI (and much more freely in T20), unlike Tests which really tests players, and now testing inexperienced Australian test players in the Ashes. Above all, U-19 team of India can compete well against national cricket team of Zimbabwe, I can predict ! And, you don't need likes of Dhoni, Yuvi, Zaheer to win against such weaker side. Last but not the least, I agree fully on your last sentence : Kohli will learn captaincy only by gaining some experience. He is a bad captain now, at least for national team. We can't always presume him to be a good captain looking into his U-19 captaincy. Anyway, best of luck!

  • sulav.dahal on July 23, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @Ramit Jain, you are only partially correct ! I guess, Kohli implied to the fact that you can play on your own way in ODI (and much more freely in T20), unlike Tests which really tests players, and now testing inexperienced Australian test players in the Ashes. Above all, U-19 team of India can compete well against national cricket team of Zimbabwe, I can predict ! And, you don't need likes of Dhoni, Yuvi, Zaheer to win against such weaker side. Last but not the least, I agree fully on your last sentence : Kohli will learn captaincy only by gaining some experience. He is a bad captain now, at least for national team. We can't always presume him to be a good captain looking into his U-19 captaincy. Anyway, best of luck!

  • class9ryan on July 23, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    The Indian spinners- Mishra, Rasool have to up their skills as it won't be easiest of conditions for them. They have to know the skill to push the ball as well in the conditions which wouldn't turn.

    Rahane potentially does not find himself in the playing xi. One among Rayudu, Pujara will be the man to miss out. But it should be a serious opportunity for the Indian top 3 to icrease their averages

  • on July 23, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    I seriously think Rahane should be given more chances than Rohit!! Rohit has a very high inconsistency in the past. No sure how long this form he is in will sustain. Rahane is a more technically sound player. Let see!!

  • Sunil_Canada on July 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    My team for 1st ODI - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, Raina, Jadeja, Rasool, Kumar (Vinay), Sharma (Mohit), Unadkad. Extra - Rayudu, Rahane, Mishra, Ahmed

  • Cricfever_PM on July 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    This serious is experiment to create backup bowlers!! I gues either Mhit Sharma/Jayadev will emerge from this serious!!! Pujara should use this opportunity to seal the place in ODI team hope he will fill that ideal No.4 for long time!!!

  • captaincool79 on July 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Think it will be a good opportunity for the youngsters of the team to test their skills. Zimbabwe, with due respect to them have not really set the world alight but can spring a surprise or two very easily based on previous results that we have had playing with them. The 1999 World Cup Game comes to the mind when Henry Olonga picked up three wickets to humiliate India. With the test series of South Africa coming up and India A tour coming up before that, this presents a good opportunity of testing their skills albeit against a less dominant opposition. India should be able to post big totals if batting first, be able to bowl Zimbabwe out cheaply if bowling first and field well. Just getting in to the process of maintaining a winning run, building momentum and becoming clinical in delivering a performance when required will go a long way to ensure we give South Africa a great fight in the test series. That will be the series a lot of cricket fans like us are waiting to watch!!!

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 20, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    This is a great opportunity for the top four, namely Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, and Pujara to get valuable experience in giving solid starts and big scores for India. So much depends on the top four in ODIs. Rohit and Dhawan will continue to showcase their brilliance. Virat can hone his capataincy skills. Pujara will do well also. He will likely fit in position number 4 and will adapt to it well. I believe he can score with a decent run rate as well. I hope the wickets assist the pace bowlers as this is a great opportunity for our youngsters to show off what they are capable of. Good luck young team India!!!

  • on July 20, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Experience means match practice, Experience always matter in limited over cricket, if you are not experienced enough, how will you able to see the bouncing ball, which ball to leave and which ball to hit and where to hit, Experience teaches to decide the line and length of the bowler earlier, so the experienced batsman can know early which ball to hit and where it should be hit, by experience the batsman come to know about his flaws in technique, same applies to bowler, bhuvi has become a better bowler by experience only, no one can be glenn mcgrath, wasim akram or shane warne without experience. Virat kohli will learn about captaincy by experience only.

  • on July 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    It would be a tough series especially for people who would want to blast the opposition out.Zimbabwe without any renowned players also is always HANDY at home.Team who knows how to grind, will succeed there. Out of the top 4 batsmen from India who scores run in the series is a good prospect for Test. Looking into condition, I am looking forward to Pujara, Kohli,Karthik to build the innings.Pitches in Zimbabwe would be spongy one and hitting out won't be an option.It would be good to see who plays the specialist spinner. Mishra/Rasool?

  • sulav.dahal on July 23, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Ramit Jain, you are only partially correct ! I guess, Kohli implied to the fact that you can play on your own way in ODI (and much more freely in T20), unlike Tests which really tests players, and now testing inexperienced Australian test players in the Ashes. Above all, U-19 team of India can compete well against national cricket team of Zimbabwe, I can predict ! And, you don't need likes of Dhoni, Yuvi, Zaheer to win against such weaker side. Last but not the least, I agree fully on your last sentence : Kohli will learn captaincy only by gaining some experience. He is a bad captain now, at least for national team. We can't always presume him to be a good captain looking into his U-19 captaincy. Anyway, best of luck!

  • sulav.dahal on July 23, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @Ramit Jain, you are only partially correct ! I guess, Kohli implied to the fact that you can play on your own way in ODI (and much more freely in T20), unlike Tests which really tests players, and now testing inexperienced Australian test players in the Ashes. Above all, U-19 team of India can compete well against national cricket team of Zimbabwe, I can predict ! And, you don't need likes of Dhoni, Yuvi, Zaheer to win against such weaker side. Last but not the least, I agree fully on your last sentence : Kohli will learn captaincy only by gaining some experience. He is a bad captain now, at least for national team. We can't always presume him to be a good captain looking into his U-19 captaincy. Anyway, best of luck!

  • class9ryan on July 23, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    The Indian spinners- Mishra, Rasool have to up their skills as it won't be easiest of conditions for them. They have to know the skill to push the ball as well in the conditions which wouldn't turn.

    Rahane potentially does not find himself in the playing xi. One among Rayudu, Pujara will be the man to miss out. But it should be a serious opportunity for the Indian top 3 to icrease their averages

  • on July 23, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    I seriously think Rahane should be given more chances than Rohit!! Rohit has a very high inconsistency in the past. No sure how long this form he is in will sustain. Rahane is a more technically sound player. Let see!!

  • Sunil_Canada on July 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    My team for 1st ODI - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, Raina, Jadeja, Rasool, Kumar (Vinay), Sharma (Mohit), Unadkad. Extra - Rayudu, Rahane, Mishra, Ahmed

  • Cricfever_PM on July 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    This serious is experiment to create backup bowlers!! I gues either Mhit Sharma/Jayadev will emerge from this serious!!! Pujara should use this opportunity to seal the place in ODI team hope he will fill that ideal No.4 for long time!!!

  • Nampally on July 22, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    India is fortunate to have enough talent to put 2 different squads which can perform equally well because of vast available talent. India has produced 5 batsmen to take over from Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid & laxman in shape of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Pujara & Karthick/Tiwary/Raina. The Aussie team is in a slump after the retirement of Ponting, Hussey, Symmonds & Gilchrist. So Indian squad for Zimbabwe is just as good without the first team stars because there is a big line up waiting for their chances. Rassol & Nadeem as replacements for Ashwin & Jadeja are just as good spinners. Now is their chance to show their talent. Also with new bunch of pace bowlers in the squad, India need to find replacements for Ishant & Yadev, both have become rather erratic & uneconomical to earn a well deserved rest. I am sure the team will do well in Zimbabwe as well as in the SA tour under Pujara. It is great to try Kohli & Puijara as potential captaincy replacements for Dhoni when he retires.

  • TM on July 22, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Indias future XI for me in Tests is: Dhawan jiwanjot singh(young punjab opener) pujara kohli rohit rahane/jadeja ashwin bhuvuneshwar ishant umesh

  • kdevil3 on July 22, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    This series will be a catwalk to Dhawan & Kohli. Rohit will waste his wicket as usual . But what i like to see is youngsters performing .We need pujara, rahae, Mohit to perform well.This is big opportunity to Rasool to impress. Raina should come back to form.Jadeja bowling wont be easy for Zim.i have watched Unadkat in IPL,But didn't find anything impressive .Hope he can perform here.

  • on July 22, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    This would be quite a challenge to India. Zimbabwe always has the fighting quality and without Dhoni and Ashwin, we will have to wait and see how it goes. My prediction is 4-1 to India. Eagerly waiting for Parvez rasool as many things were told about him

  • Thyagu5432 on July 22, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    In this series, non-performance would matter but not performance. Even if the non-regulars score tons of runs and/or take tons of wickets, they will all make way for the regulars, when it has to happen.

  • on July 22, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    i think this tour will shape careers of few players who will b seving indian cricket for long time. All eyes will b on rohit sharma who many r hoping 2 make his test debut where he truly belongs. Once sachin retires , india needs a class batsman like him. i am sure he definetely will make this tour count.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 22, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Get off Kholi's back and give the guy a chance...please..

  • JustIPL on July 22, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Dhoni is the man behind all this great work of injecting new blood into a team that was mostly plagued by non-performing seniors. Now, he is given way to a younger captain and is backing him up a lot. It is so different from the near past when India were worried about the bench strength and now motivated by their top ICC ranking(calculations of which are weird like D/L though). Anyway, it is a fair chance for Zimbabwe to make their impression against the top oppoistion. However, one excuse will remain that we rested the main players to cover up for any howlers.

  • Vijay_P_S on July 21, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Kohli is shielding the inexperienced members from pressure. No need to make mountains out of what he said.

  • on July 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Please dont Blame Kholi from the beginning. Let him prove

  • on July 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Sidath346, you must agree with kohli that experience matters less in the shorter version than it does in tests. Here is a good place for gguys to debut. Revisit his statement.

  • on July 21, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    By no means, does this team pose and insurmountable challenge to Zimbabwe. Remember, Zimbabwe has decent bowling, and their batting can handle this bowling attack quite we'll.

  • on July 21, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    This is totally a different school of thought to what Dhoni's. Dhoni always maintained that he would like his team to have some experience under the belt. I remember during the build up to 2011 world cup he wanted the youngsters to at least play 100 ODI's. I think Kohli/Raina/Gambhir/Ashwin have played around 70-100 ODI's by then. I think experience is important, to be in situations where you learn from and apply in big tournaments. This is going to be a good experience for youngsters. I do hope Rayudu makes a debut and shines!! Raina will be a liability in Australia.

  • RonishDasher on July 21, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I think India lacks a fast bowler who can bowl at a express pace in this tour. It will be interesting to see the new fast/medium bowlers at this point in time. Zimbabwe will make life tougher for the indians. All the best to both the teams. May the best team win!!

  • on July 21, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Zimbabwe are favorites in this tour.

  • on July 21, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Indias Future 11....Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu/Saurabh Tiwary, MSD, Jadeja, Rasool, Bhuvneshwar, Mohit Sarma, Jaydev Unadkat...Whats ur opinion?????

  • on July 21, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Let us not forget the fact that it was young brigade that won the T20 world cup.It depends on the team management which formulates the strategies and decides the team composition and the captain who implements them on the field.We do have the talent that can excel in Zimbabwe and Iam sure this tour will certainly decide who are the guys that can play for India in future.

  • kathirraj on July 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Given the context, fantastic words from a young captain who captains a young brigades. This is the apt words should come from a captain to make inexperienced guys feel much comfortable and think we can do it. Kohli is not making any useless comments here guys. So, pls stop bashing him. He needs to comfort the guys whom he is going to captain and make them perform without fearlessness. That was what he tried. So pls be calm and let him do his own job.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 21, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    This series i lat chance to Raina. If Pujara and Rohith done well it will be last nail to Raina's ...... As in Rift between Raina and Jadeja, Raina lost his captaincy. Now he is also loosing his colleagues. He is good captain then Virat. But not good player. He is good fielder and good part time bowler. But now India had good young of bunch players who do well in fielding department, so Raina may be miss Indian color if he not do batting well. Selectors dropped Yuvi and Gambir. If yuvi become fit he is extrodinary good player then Raina. He will be good fielder, batsman and good bowler than Raina. Do well Raina and don't think your place granted in team. All the best Raina.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 20, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    This meaningless series is the best place to give experience to Pujara, Rayudu, Rasool, Shami Ahmed, and Mohit Sharma. They are the future of Indian cricket. Unlike the previous selector, the current chief selector is doing an excellent job of giving a chance to young talent. My only complaint is - how did Unadkat get into this squad? I guess because he is from Saurashtra. I know about a better left arm bowler who happens to play for Maharastra.

  • hari.pes100 on July 20, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Rayudu...now there's a cricketer who would have been a star for most other countries (where there's no blatant politics/nepotism involved in selection process). He's the captain of the U19 team containing Dhawan, Uthappa, Raina, Karthik, RP Sing (& I Pathan) and made a century on Ranji debut. It's a shame that he has not debuted for India until now.

  • on July 20, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    well don't forget that zimbabwe too is a good side player like taylor jarvis chigumbura hamilton sibanda are good players so don't take it easy it will be a good competation.And according to me sir jadeja should be man of the series.

  • on July 20, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Dhoni is a magician as a captian hope kohli would learn learn from him.still nice chance for yong player and spacially for future indian cricket wall pujara.who has the chance to so his talent and tempremant in limited over

  • on July 20, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Some time virat is being more over comfident bcoz he is young and youngblood always run harder.virat is a good captain as we all seen in u19 worldcup so virat is our future captain and hope does well in zimbabwe.

  • on July 20, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Please for HEAVENS SAKE..Parveez Rasool isnt the FIRST player from J&K..Suresh Raina is from J&K

  • nsarun on July 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    What are you talking son......"experience doesnt matter"!! Being a captain and being a good player are two different things. Kohli is a excellent player....but given a chance, he will be a captain like Gavaskar, Rahul or Sachin. Too reactive, too emotional, overly expressive. Pataudi, Azza, Saurav, Dhoni, Imran are born to lead. They always know when to open their mouth and what to say when they do.

    :-)

  • naren1983 on July 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Should give more chances to players who are struggling like DK, Raina & Jadeja to score some runs and get confidence. Ofcourse Pujara & Rasool as well. Shami, Vinay, Mohit, Unadkat can be shuffled. Spin will lead by Amit Mishra supported by Jadeja & Rasool. I think Virat will take 2 matches with regular openers Shikhar & Rohit, then should move to Rahane & DK for remaining matches and will give chances to Rayudu as well. 1st two matches: Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Pujara, DK, Raina, Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Vinay & Unadkat. Last 3 matches: Rahane, DK, Virat, Pujara, Rayudu, Jadeja, Rasool, Mishra, Mohit, Unadkat & Vinay.

  • on July 20, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    I could not agree more with sandeep052. Good luck india!!

  • cimrsimg on July 20, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with Ramit. Virat's comment clearly shows that he is work in progress. There is not replacement of experience which is earned by spending time in the field. Virat is an excellent player, but has to learn a lot from Mr. Cool. Just like Ramit explained about playing, when to leave and when not. It is important what to say and what not. When to be aggressive as captain and when to hold back. I hope the EXPERIENCE of this whole sereis makes Virat value it. He is a good arrogant kid on the block, but can learn and lead India well one day.

  • sandeep052 on July 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    i m totally surprised by some people how can they forget the greatness of sachin just look at the comment of mr al bundy1 he wrote only the story of performer of world cup final but he do nt know that without Sachin they can't even reach the final, he has scored against AUSTRALIA (SUPER8) AND PAKISTAN(semifinal) two tough sides not dhoni and by the way it is the gambhir who set plateform for final victory he came to crease when score was 0 but we always give whole credit to dhoni bcz we just remember that wining six struck by dhoni.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 20, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    This series will be much BETTER than the meaningless and one sided Ashes series. An awesome Indian team taking on Zimbabwe. It's time we test some new blood and identify the potential squad members for the 2015 world cup which is the PINNACLE of cricket. So good luck to these young champs. Kohli will be a good captain as he is always hungry to win.

  • vsroc on July 20, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 20,2013) Selectors of Indian cricket have done an excellent by giving chance to youngsters who have to prove their worth in the ongoing ODI series against Zimbabwe.Let us hope for the best.

  • andrew27994 on July 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Very excited to see how Pujara and Rasool perform in this tournament. Among all the young Indian stars, these 2 look the most exciting prospects. Hope they play well.

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 20, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    A great opportunity for Raina to show why he is so important for the team in ODIs. He has been consistent over the years and of course always gets a good run rate going. This tour will give him more experience in overseas conditions and in a relatively low pressure situation. Hope he gets some chances for long knocks. He has been the dependable batsman and had good knocks many times in ODIs.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 20, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Experience is over-rated. What really matters is talent and the desire to win. If we had played our most experienced players like Sehwag and Tendulkar in Champions Trophy, I can guarantee you that we would have not even made it to the Finals. Just look at how these 2 most experienced batsmen played in World Cup 2011 Final - one got out first ball and wasted a review, another got out on 18. It was the relatively inexperienced trio of Gambhir, Kohli, and Dhoni that won the game for us.

  • bhelgarh on July 20, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I'm glad we are experimenting with new blood which we need for next world cup. I wish Manoj Tiwari could get a chance to play. He made hundred in his last ODI appearance. Compare that to Rohit Sharma, who kept on getting chances and chances after scoring in single digits. Poor Tiwari scored a hundred still no body is taking his calls. Tiwari deserves more matches. He has played only 8 ODIs and his average is better than Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma's 2 hundreds are against week team Zimbabwe. Sharma is talented but why Tiwari is treated differently. Tiwari is a great fielder too.

  • on July 20, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I think Dhawan will help india win this tour. He is a great replacement for Sehwag as he likes to hit the ball, he will be a great asset to the indian team since they don't have many ball hitters

  • on July 20, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    virat is not only a cricketer but also a man! we know that virat's behavior should be changed. He obiously think that which blower can make a earlier break throw! and should pick up those blower. thoug virat said that expiriance is not a fector but I think if he would be dhoni will not need this. is a fector that captain cool is not in the seris! though Rohit is playing a good touch last few months but he need to be bat at no.5or6 i think it would be a balance team S dhawan C pujara V kholi D khartik R sharma S raina R jadeja P rasool B kumar S ahmed M sharma

  • on July 20, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Leg spinner KaranSharma should be given opportunities and this was one of those occasions. He has been omitted for the A team also.

  • class9ryan on July 20, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Pujara, R Vinay, Unadkat, Mishra, Shikhar, Karthik, Shami, Rahane have played lot of first class cricket. It is quite a experienced side though all these haven't played hundreds of ODI matches. It shouldn't be d hardest series India play. Time has come for talented batsmen like Rayudu and Pujara get their chances. Vinay Kumar deserves few games after sitting out in the pavilion and so does Mishra. Important BCCi plans fringe series against Ireland, Bangladesh,etc so that the key players can be rested and the fringe players get the deserving chances.

  • on July 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Thanks India for providing Zimbabwe with much needed ODI match experience. As a fan I appreciate it & the support from back when India was the 1st country to play Zimbabwe after they attained test status. All the players involved both Zimbabwean & Indian will benefit from the experience.

  • Sidath346 on July 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Not a very good comment by Kohli. Of course experience matters. Experience always counts to handle big time pressure a team can get into and to face challenging conditions. Nonetheless India has a good strong young unit and I think they should win this series if they don't underestimate the opposition. Good luck from Sri Lanka!

  • on July 20, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Well...what he said is bcoz of lack of experience.. But he got great prospects... He ll learn with this time as captain.

  • VVSR92 on July 20, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    This seris should be used to give playing time to guys who are contendors for the wc 2015 .

  • TheShawshankRedemption on July 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Experience matters in ODI too my dear friend. Playing according to a situation, assessing which bowler in the opponent is a weak link, should you take power play or not all comes through experience. The things that does not matter in experience is talent and skill. Temperament comes through experience. Kohli will learn this as the time passes by. Great Tendulkar scored his first 100 in ODI's only after 70 odd matches (he learnt through his experience on how to reach that figure in his 5th year at Int'l level match only) and later the train never derailed. Experience matters young man.

  • on July 20, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Kohli should be confident not over confident!

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    The only thing meaningful in this series is pujara will get a chance #toomanyodis

  • zeppos6 on July 20, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Great to see Pujara in the squad. I predict he will become one of India's best one-day batsmen in the years to come.

  • jimbond on July 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Virat doesnt seem to have a natural aptitude as captain, though he may learn with experience. The good thing though is that his batting improves when he is captaining.

  • robin41284 on July 20, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    very balanced team this one is looking like: the playing 11 should be shikhar dhawan rohit sharma virat kohli dinesh karthik ajinkya rahane suresh raina ravindra jadeja parvez rasool amit mishra vinay kumar mohit sharma

  • on July 20, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    lets see which youngster will make his mark in this young brigade... hoping to get a bunch of new faces who can turn the match from any condition in their own way...!! this young team is looking more confident and not even that... they will also face a side which not weak on their home grounds...!! testing will be on the grounds... lets see how these young sparks behave there in ZIM...!!

  • Raj_Krish_india on July 20, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Hope Kohli follows Dhoni's Style in Captaincy and Bring the cup:-)

  • Captainman on July 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Nice chance for some of these Indian players to boost their stats :)

  • Captainman on July 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Nice chance for some of these Indian players to boost their stats :)

  • Raj_Krish_india on July 20, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Hope Kohli follows Dhoni's Style in Captaincy and Bring the cup:-)

  • on July 20, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    lets see which youngster will make his mark in this young brigade... hoping to get a bunch of new faces who can turn the match from any condition in their own way...!! this young team is looking more confident and not even that... they will also face a side which not weak on their home grounds...!! testing will be on the grounds... lets see how these young sparks behave there in ZIM...!!

  • robin41284 on July 20, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    very balanced team this one is looking like: the playing 11 should be shikhar dhawan rohit sharma virat kohli dinesh karthik ajinkya rahane suresh raina ravindra jadeja parvez rasool amit mishra vinay kumar mohit sharma

  • jimbond on July 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Virat doesnt seem to have a natural aptitude as captain, though he may learn with experience. The good thing though is that his batting improves when he is captaining.

  • zeppos6 on July 20, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Great to see Pujara in the squad. I predict he will become one of India's best one-day batsmen in the years to come.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    The only thing meaningful in this series is pujara will get a chance #toomanyodis

  • on July 20, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Kohli should be confident not over confident!

  • TheShawshankRedemption on July 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Experience matters in ODI too my dear friend. Playing according to a situation, assessing which bowler in the opponent is a weak link, should you take power play or not all comes through experience. The things that does not matter in experience is talent and skill. Temperament comes through experience. Kohli will learn this as the time passes by. Great Tendulkar scored his first 100 in ODI's only after 70 odd matches (he learnt through his experience on how to reach that figure in his 5th year at Int'l level match only) and later the train never derailed. Experience matters young man.

  • VVSR92 on July 20, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    This seris should be used to give playing time to guys who are contendors for the wc 2015 .