Zimbabwe v India, 4th ODI, Bulawayo July 31, 2013

Testing bench strength focus for India

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Match facts

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

The young India side that won the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the Caribbean was already without so many senior players, it was said the defending world champions already had one eye on building for the 2015 World Cup. For the short trip to Zimbabwe, the selectors picked an even more inexperienced squad, with as many as five of the 15 players having never played an ODI, including three who were still to play an international game. Further, five more players had little international experience. It is all very well saying that this trip was about testing the fringes of India's bench, but there was also the unspoken expectation - almost an assumption - that Virat Kohli would lead the side to an easy victory in his first full series as captain.

Raw side, raw captain. And three games later, Kohli has a 3-0 margin, a century and a half-century. He has also given debuts to Ambati Rayudu and Jaydev Unadkat, and stuck to them for all the three matches. Before the series moved to Bulawayo, Kohli gave himself room to experiment more with the line-up with the series already won. While it was understandable that Kohli limited himself to two debuts in Harare, despite fans' desire to see more new faces on the field, it will be self-defeating now to keep Mohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Parvez Rasool away from ODI debuts in Bulawayo.

With India's focus ideally shifting to giving the bench a run, what's in it for Brendan Taylor and his men? Plenty, as the Zimbabwe captain pointed out after the series was lost tamely in Harare. Just getting the chance to play as many as five games against the world champions and top-ranked ODI side is huge in terms of exposure for Zimbabwe. The series gone and, with the toss usually not as important in Bulawayo as it was in Harare, they might just be able to play more freely - especially someone like Taylor, who, as Zimbabwe's best batsman, has appeared to bat under a lot of self-imposed pressure so far.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Jaydev Unadkat has come a long way from the teenager who was rushed into a Test debut against the might of South Africa in Centurion in December 2010. He has worked on his strength, increased the length of his run-up and ran in with energy on the unresponsive pitches of Rajkot in the Ranji Trophy. He has been the sharpest of the three India quick bowlers who have played so far, troubling batsmen with zip in his shortish deliveries. Bulawayo will offer lesser help for the bowlers, and it will be interesting to see how the 21-year-old responds.

This series has been another typical chapter added to Hamilton Masakadza's career - three starts in three innings this series and no conversions. He has fallen to the legspinner Amit Mishra each time, all three dismissals coming to loose strokes. Returns of 11, 34 and 38 are not what you expect from a senior top-order batsman in a series Zimbabwe have prepared so hard for. Can he get at least one big score before the series is done? He can begin by avoiding getting out to Mishra.

Team news

India hardly ever give any hint about their combination at press conferences, but if one were to go by net sessions, Pujara has a bright chance of making his ODI debut. He batted for a long time on the eve of the match. Vinay Kumar did not train due to a niggle, and that could mean an opening for Mohit Sharma to make his international debut.

India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma/Cheteshwar Pujara, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Malcolm Waller's horror run of scores this series reads 2, 2 and 0. Timycen Maruma looks likely to play his first ODI since March 2010. He had taken a blow to the shoulder during training in Harare, but Taylor said he's fine.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Sikandar Raza, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 5 Sean Williams, 6 Timycen Maruma, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Brian Vitori, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Michael Chinouya

Pitch and conditions

Usually, Bulawayo is hotter and drier than Harare, making for a flatter pitch and a quicker outfield, but the wind direction changed a few days ago, bringing in cloud, cold and some wet weather from South Africa. It's unlikely that the games will be shortened by rain, but the cloud cover could make the toss more important than usual. It was cold and overcast on Tuesday, but the sun broke through around Wednesday noon. The cold breeze persisted, though.

The Queens Sports Club pitch appeared dry and had a few cracks, and could play slow.

Stats and trivia

  • Brendan Taylor's highest score in nine ODI innings this year is 39
  • Fourteen ODI totals in excess of 300 have been scored in Bulawayo as opposed to seven in Harare

Quotes

"We encourage our boys to play freely, and if we do that we generally play our best cricket. Hopefully there's a little less pressure, and we just go out there and enjoy ourselves."
Brendan Taylor

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 31, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Main object of the Zimbabwe tour should be to test the new talent - Pujara, Rahane, Mohit Sharma & Rasool. Sadly these 4 have not been included in the XI in the first 3 matches. Will they get a chance at least in a "dead Rubber"? All 4 players are very good even compared the those in the XI. Team is not weakened by including them, when some regulars in the XI have failed consistently. Also the ability of guys like Raina, Rohit, Jadeja, Vinay kumar is well known. Pujara has the best Test average for any Indian batsman + List A ODI average of 57. Pujara will be leading the very same batting side, minus Kohli, in SA under India A label. If he was not going to be included in XI, it was meaningless to include him in the present squad. Rasool is as good a spinner as Mishra while Mohit can replace Vinay. Rahane has been on the bench far too long. The ODI XI selectors need to understand that Youngster get frustrated when benched as often as Rahane, Tiwary or Rahul Sharma have been in the past

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Though looks bit harsh, nothing wrong in bringing Pujara in the place of Rohit. But Raina could have been replaced by parvez rasool too. May be the team management feels that he could be given a chance in the last onedayer. Ofcourse Rasool is not going to replace Ashwin any wat in near future.That way there is no urgency felt by the management to baptise Rasool so soon.Looks like it is 5-0 victory for India, though from cricket point of view Zimbabwey should win at least one game.

  • POSTED BY Shaikd on | August 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    What so ever Rahane, Mohit Sharma,Pujara & Rasool should get chance today

  • POSTED BY anikdipto on | August 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    As the intention is to test the strength of bench as per to make the team ready for WC-15, so all the rests should be given chances....as the series has already been won india should look forward to the 3rd generation team lead by Rohit Sharma. my team for todays match - 1.Dhawan, 2 R Sharma(cpt), 3 Pujara, 4 Rahane, 5 Rayadu, 6 Karthik, 7 Rasool, 8 Mishra, 9 M Sharma 10 Unadkat, 11 Shami We already know what Virat ,Raina,Jadeja can do at their own time. I Pathan ,Shewag,Gambir,Yuvaraj Zaheer should also be given chance in next tour

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 1, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    we "want parvez Rasool " he is very wonder full spin bowler

  • POSTED BY Bub10 on | August 1, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    In my opinion, Suresh Raina should be dropped....Pujara should replace him...as far as Rohit is concerned..he has played reasonably well in the last two series...especially in the carribean....so he should retain his place...in the bowling department..vinay kumar was disappointing..he must be replaced with Mohit Sharma...And there is no harm in trying out Rasool for 2015 WC...

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | August 1, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Please bring in Pujara for Rohit and have Rasool in place of RJ and Rahane in place of Raina and compulsive change of replacing Vinay with Mohit.. Open with Rahane and have Pujara at 3.. My 11 for today would be, Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Virat, Rayudu, DK, Rasool, Mishra, Unandkat, Shammi, Mohit..

  • POSTED BY Shaikd on | August 1, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Today's Playing X1 should be the following: S Dhawan, A Rahane, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rayudu,D Karthik,R Jadeja, A Mishra, M Sharma, P Rasool, J UnadKat/Mohammad Shami

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    parvez rasool should get chance in place of ravindra jadeja alongwith pujara.......

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | August 1, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Kohli should hand over captaincy to someone for the next two matches and drop himself. He should save himself for the next series now. The team should be Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Rahane, Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rasool, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Unadkat.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 31, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Main object of the Zimbabwe tour should be to test the new talent - Pujara, Rahane, Mohit Sharma & Rasool. Sadly these 4 have not been included in the XI in the first 3 matches. Will they get a chance at least in a "dead Rubber"? All 4 players are very good even compared the those in the XI. Team is not weakened by including them, when some regulars in the XI have failed consistently. Also the ability of guys like Raina, Rohit, Jadeja, Vinay kumar is well known. Pujara has the best Test average for any Indian batsman + List A ODI average of 57. Pujara will be leading the very same batting side, minus Kohli, in SA under India A label. If he was not going to be included in XI, it was meaningless to include him in the present squad. Rasool is as good a spinner as Mishra while Mohit can replace Vinay. Rahane has been on the bench far too long. The ODI XI selectors need to understand that Youngster get frustrated when benched as often as Rahane, Tiwary or Rahul Sharma have been in the past

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Though looks bit harsh, nothing wrong in bringing Pujara in the place of Rohit. But Raina could have been replaced by parvez rasool too. May be the team management feels that he could be given a chance in the last onedayer. Ofcourse Rasool is not going to replace Ashwin any wat in near future.That way there is no urgency felt by the management to baptise Rasool so soon.Looks like it is 5-0 victory for India, though from cricket point of view Zimbabwey should win at least one game.

  • POSTED BY Shaikd on | August 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    What so ever Rahane, Mohit Sharma,Pujara & Rasool should get chance today

  • POSTED BY anikdipto on | August 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    As the intention is to test the strength of bench as per to make the team ready for WC-15, so all the rests should be given chances....as the series has already been won india should look forward to the 3rd generation team lead by Rohit Sharma. my team for todays match - 1.Dhawan, 2 R Sharma(cpt), 3 Pujara, 4 Rahane, 5 Rayadu, 6 Karthik, 7 Rasool, 8 Mishra, 9 M Sharma 10 Unadkat, 11 Shami We already know what Virat ,Raina,Jadeja can do at their own time. I Pathan ,Shewag,Gambir,Yuvaraj Zaheer should also be given chance in next tour

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 1, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    we "want parvez Rasool " he is very wonder full spin bowler

  • POSTED BY Bub10 on | August 1, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    In my opinion, Suresh Raina should be dropped....Pujara should replace him...as far as Rohit is concerned..he has played reasonably well in the last two series...especially in the carribean....so he should retain his place...in the bowling department..vinay kumar was disappointing..he must be replaced with Mohit Sharma...And there is no harm in trying out Rasool for 2015 WC...

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | August 1, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Please bring in Pujara for Rohit and have Rasool in place of RJ and Rahane in place of Raina and compulsive change of replacing Vinay with Mohit.. Open with Rahane and have Pujara at 3.. My 11 for today would be, Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Virat, Rayudu, DK, Rasool, Mishra, Unandkat, Shammi, Mohit..

  • POSTED BY Shaikd on | August 1, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Today's Playing X1 should be the following: S Dhawan, A Rahane, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rayudu,D Karthik,R Jadeja, A Mishra, M Sharma, P Rasool, J UnadKat/Mohammad Shami

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    parvez rasool should get chance in place of ravindra jadeja alongwith pujara.......

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | August 1, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Kohli should hand over captaincy to someone for the next two matches and drop himself. He should save himself for the next series now. The team should be Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Rahane, Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rasool, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Unadkat.

  • POSTED BY drrao.nit on | August 1, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Dear selectors, once if u give a chance to mohit sharma then you will be in trouble because he will blast the zimbabweans on today. Then you can't replace him. So not to take risk. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    two players of India are in team but in wrong formats because of missjudgement of selectors.

    Rahane deserves place of Rohit in ODI team & Rohit deserves place of Rahane in Test team.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | August 1, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I do not think there will be more than 2 debutant players for this match. Mohit will replace Vinay for sure. Will Kohli chose Pujara in place of Raina or Rasool in place of Jadeja - not sure. But both of them (raina and Jadeja) need rest and the other two got a perfect scene to make debut. All the best team India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Sincerely believe that Kohli should bat down the order, may be 6/7th and Pujara should open for the rest two matches. And a regular bowler should get a chance in place of Raina , he is just wasting other's time.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    on series being won by team india,now tour selection committee should give much deserved chance to players sitting on benches as nothing is at stake for india.given chance to selected players for Zimbabwe tour, they should expierence the on field activites and prove to selectors the confidence reposed in them by selectors.best of luck for team india for remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    it hight time selectors look beyond Rohit Sharma and Vinay Kumar.... they need to be replaced ASAP...pujara should play in place of rohit, this experience will be helpful for him in the upcoming SA series... and i can see that pujara is miles ahead of rohit in terms of technique required for opening slot.... mohit sharma is to be tested in place of vinay kumar...even though i am from Karnataka where vinay is from, he is not international material... unadkat is good...raina has played way too many matches in this season , rahane will be good option... so is SIR... replace him with rasool.......

    i hope selectors make use of this series to test the bench... we have wasted tiwary, badrinath, irfan pathan by keep them to warm benches... lets make it a habbit for these bunch of talented cricketers......

  • POSTED BY John_Mil on | August 1, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    My 11 for this series would be..1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rahane 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Cheteshwar Pujara, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 & 8 Ravindra Jadeja/Rasool/Amit Mishra, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

    Give rest to Rohit Sharma for sometime.He is playing Test Cricket in One day format but that too for short session in each one day.He has given so many chances by his influences.Also if possible try to promote Dinesh Karthik or Suresh Raina to one down or second down.

    if possible for the next series Give chances to Pathan Brothers,Shewag,Gambir,Yuvaraj also let's not drop them completely..and we could also keep the young guns who are in fine form recently.make rotational changes so that most of the players will get chance.Hope the BCCI will look in to this unless politics not involved.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | August 1, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    @sents2013: And also Rahane in place for Rayudu, Rahane also is not getting proper chances....

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | August 1, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Give that guy Rasool a chance. Vinay Kumar is not in any extent of imagination a 'future' prospect. Amit Mishra too doesnt fit that bill. Raina is also a tested material. Once when I was out of form during my school team matches, my captain said to me, I know what you can do and you cannot , so I am playing this guy who I dont know much about. Thats what Kohli should do, at least in these matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    my xi-dhawan,pujara,kohli,rayadu,kartik,jadeja ,rasool,mohit ,mishra,shammi,unadkar,

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 1, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    I think mohit sharma must play in place of vinay kumar and pujara must come in for r sharma i dont think kohli will make suddenly draft all the four into the playing 11

  • POSTED BY kathirsakthi on | August 1, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    dhawan,pujara,kohli, raina,karthik,rahane,rasool, mishra,mohit,unadkat,shami

  • POSTED BY LovedFansofIndianCricket on | August 1, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Any one can be changed but Rohit is not. He is remarkable player for team management. Unless until selectors drooped him from team, he will be in XI.

  • POSTED BY vijayNaidu on | August 1, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Well Many congratulations to young India for the series win in Zimbabwe. Coming to today's squad, I recommend 3 changes in Indian squad. Pujara is for Rohit Sharma, Mohit Sharma is for Vinay Kumar and Rasool is for Jadeja. Rasool is also an All-rounder, he got 3 hundreds in first class career.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | August 1, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    My team for 4th ODI: ZIM XI: 1 Raza 2 Sibanda 3 Masakadza 4 Taylor (C+WK) 5 Williams 6 Chigumbura 7 Maruma 8 Utseya 9 Cremer 10 Vitori 11 Chatara. IND XI: 1 Rohit 2 Rahane 3 Pujara 4 Rayudu 5 Raina (C) 6 Karthik (WK) 7 Rasool 8 Mishra 9 Unadkat 10 Shami 11 Mohit.

  • POSTED BY LovedFansofIndianCricket on | August 1, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Any one can be changed but Rohit is not. He is remarkable player for team management. Unless until selectors drooped him from team, he will be in XI.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @sents2013 . I fully endorse what you said:

    Mohit Sharma in place of Vinay Kumar. Rasool in place of Jadeja ( Jadeja will continue to be integral to the team; but Rasool needs a chance). Pujara in place of Rohit Sharma (Rohit could also be part of the future, but Pujara need a chance. If tour selectors want to persist with Rohit, Pujara may replace Raina, at least for the next two games. Raina always could be used as the first choice substitute fielder...

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Indian fans always crave for HIT performance! Movies! Or, Cricket! Doesn't matter.

    Selectors sent two HIT players to ZIM; Ro-hit, and Mo-hit. When 'Ro' is always included in the playing XI, 'Mo' is not given even a single chance. Hope, today, Mohit gets a chance and can make a hit d├ębut!

    I am looking forward to Bhuvi, Mohit, and Unadkad as our pace pack, hunting for early wickets, at least for the next 5 years. It is up to the administrators to groom them up as a well-oiled, wicket taking, 'attack team', upfront!

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | July 31, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    My XI for the match: (1) Shikhar Dhawan - among highest run scorers and this should be his LAST TWO ODIS before South Africa test series (2) Ajinkya Rahane - deserves to get another shot as opener (3) Cheteshwar Pujara - provide stability at #3 (4) Virat Kohli - doing well so drop down the order, test someone else (5) Ambati Rayudu - hopefully a drop down the order will improve strike rate (6) Dinesh Karthik - again needs to improve strike rate (7) Parvez Rasool - test him out and give Jadeja a rest (8) Amit Mishra - has bowled too darn well to drop/rest (9) Mohit Sharma - give him a shot (10) Jaydev Unadkat - best pace bowler on show from India in the tournament (11) Shami Ahmed - long rope to solidify his position in the shorter format. Rohit Sharma needs to focus on tests now, where I think he will be better at playing long innings. All the other rested players will come back for the next ODI tour anyways.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 31, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @nampally well said.No harm ib trying out bench strength. It will not make us any weaker.

  • POSTED BY manucool on | July 31, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    I agree its time to test out as nothing to loose. My team for tomorrow would be Rohit( to give him another chance , as Dhawan can be given a rest) , Rahane, Pujara, Raydu, Rasool,kohli, Karthik, Mishra, Mohit, Unadkat, Sami.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | July 31, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Malcolm shouldn't have started the series, the consequences of going against common sense have told significantly. The fact that this coincides with the rot Taylor is going through has put a lot of pressure on the team. The choice of Maruma is therefore a sensible one, or rather the only one considering the thinktank "forgot" to select reserve batsmen. That's not to say that in this format, Matsikenyeri, Chibhabha or Mawoyo(as opener with Raza dropping to 6), are not better solutions to the team's batting problems.

    Maruma is a frontline legspinner - arguably the best in the land. He took time out to work on his batting resulting in him becoming our most prolific FC batsman over two seasons. For that he neglected his legspin, but everytime he has rolled his arm part-time, it's been to devastating effect. Interestingly, he has been in the field under Taylor five times but not once has he been given the ball, behind even Waller&Williams! After Chigumbura, Zim's next biggest thing for me.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    My choice of playing 11 is 1. Rahane 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Rayudu 5. Raina 6. Karthik 7. Rasool 8. Mishra 9. Mohit sharma 10. Shami 11. Unadkat

    Dhawan & Jadeja can be rested and Vinay , Rohit will have to leave space for others. Along With kohli , Karthik and Raina's experience batting Any one of new Rahanae, Pujara and Rayudu will perform on a given day will provide the balance.

  • POSTED BY hidden_mascot on | July 31, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Rohit sharma should definetly be replaced by pujara, I know you all are probably thinking to get rid of shikhar because he gives his wicket away, he acknowledged that and gave an amazing finish in match two. The good thing about him is that he keeps a strike rate of close to 90.00 and doesn't spend 50 balls to build his innings like rohit and rayudu. even if he get out on eighteen or nineteen it doesn't add much pressure to the proceeding batsman, they can build their innings because they more balls left. Rohit tries to build up his innings and makes on 5 runs from 30 balls sometimes which gives the next batsmen 25 less balls. If you want to build your innings make sure you don't get out so fast!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 31, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Rahane deserves a place in the team, he's so good to watch when he bats.

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | July 31, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Rahane Pujara Kohli* Karthik+ Rayudu Raina Rasool Mishra Mohit Shami Undakat

    This has to be the XI for remaining games, agree?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 31, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    In recent past india have given chances ti 2 sharmas. Ishant sharma and Rohit sharma.Dont know on what basis is that. Giving chances and completing 100 odi's for Rohit sharma. He is being extra defensive and careful to cement his place in playing XI. Gambir should be called back to open with Dhawan. Remember that giving these much chances to Rohit is spoiling the career of Rahane, Tiwari and pujara. They should also be considered and given chances like rohit.

  • POSTED BY sents2013 on | July 31, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Mohit Sharma in place of Vinay Kumar. Rasool in place of Jadeja. Pujara in place of Rohit Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | July 31, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I think it's time to show the door to Rohit as this man got too many chance and didn't play for upto the mark!!! It's time to make Pujara as opener as this man waiting for some time!!! My XI for next game::: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Karthik, Jaddu, Unadkat, Shammi & Mohit!! Also can't forget Rahena & Rassol!!!

  • POSTED BY arifzakaria811gmail.com on | July 31, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Logically speaking Dhawan should be replaced by Rahane , Pujara should replace Raina but but bat after Kohli. Rayudu could open so he gets more time in the middle. Of course Jadeja should be rested and replaced by Rasool. Mohit in place of Vinay is good idea too. The reserves need to be exposed now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    pujara, rohit, rahane, rayudu, raina, karthik, rasool, mishra, mohit, shammi, unadkat

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    My line-up would be rahane,rohit,pujara,rayudu,karthik,raina,rasool,mohit,shami,unadkat....it would give rest to kohli,jadeja,mishra and vinay left out.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | July 31, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Agree with @Capricorn60 - Now that the series have been easily won, it will be simply ridiculous if the four reserve players - Rahane, Pujara, Rasool & Mohit Sharma - are not ALL selected to play in the remaining two matches. Now that the present has been secured, it's time to think about the future and give a chance to the uncapped players.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | July 31, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    We want to see all those who were on the bench to be in the middle for the next 2 games. At least Rasool, Mohit and Rahane need the cut. This Zimbabwe team can lose to our 8th best in the Ranji trophy (I mean the worst of the quarter finalists). So no harm in trying out all these young talents.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 31, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of Rohit and I truly appreciate his talent . Testing someones talent doesn't need 100 chances . Rohit should be rested for a year or 2 and Pujara is the man to lead from the top.

    Coming to bowling Mohit has got lot of swing when compared to Vinay. Mohit should be given ample opportunities to prove himself and He can a good partner for Bhuvaneshar if he proves himself. Kohli should give a serious call on Raina's performance, since last year he is a flop batsmen when Compared even with Jadeja !!!

    Rasool has got tuff place so its difficult for him to get a chance.

    May God bless him.

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | July 31, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Certainly its time to rest jadeja and dhawan. They wont get rest as CLT20 and ODI against aussies is going to take place. they need to have rest. with pujara,rasool they can check the strength.

    1. Rahane 2. Rohit 3. kohli 4. rayudu 5. raina 6. karthik 7. rasool 8. mishra 9. mohit 10. shami 11. unadkat

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | July 31, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Now that the series have been easily won, it will be simply ridiculous if the four reserve players - Rahane, Pujara, Rasool & Mohit Sharma - are not ALL selected to play in the remaining two matches. Would have preferred each of them already having played a match or two in the series by now but better late than never!

  • POSTED BY nainil0683 on | July 31, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Bet you Pujara is again going to miss out if he's going to replace Rohit. Selectors just have a true love affair with Rohit. Undoubtfully he has played well recently against big teams, but honestly anybody will start performing if given chances for 100 ODIs. If Pujara had got chance for fraction of those numbers, he would have been certainty for ODIs. Anyways, we are waiting for Pujuar to hit the blue uniform on field. Good luck Pujara!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Enough of Vinay Kumar please! Unadkat looks good, he could fare well on the SA tour this time. Time to play Pujara for Rohit, Mohit for Vinay and Rassool for Jadeja. "Sir" can only be rested, not dropped ;)

  • POSTED BY DILEEPMJOHN on | July 31, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I would love to see 4 changes in Indian team rather than just 2 as mentioned above. Rohit and Dhawan are established openers for now and have been playing non stop cricket for the last 5 months and deserves rest.They could be replaced by Rahane and Pujara.Jadeja is the established all rounder and he could give way to Rasool.Out of form Vinay kumar will be replaced by Mohit Sharma.I would love to see Raina playing next 2 matches also although he is an established middle order batsman because he bring experience in middle order and India needs him as a finisher in the absense of MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Try this eleven as we already had the series: Dhawan, Pujara. Kohli, Rayudu, Karthik, Raina, Jadeja,Mishra, Rasool, Unadkat, Mohit

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 31, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Vinay Kumar should be rested and Mohit given a shot. What about resting Jadeja and giving Rasool a break??

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | July 31, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I think Rahane too needs to get couple chances...

  • POSTED BY SavvyCanadian on | July 31, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    In the last two ODI matches, I would like to see - (1) Vinay Kumar replaced by Mohit Sharma, (2) Ravindra Jadeja replaced by Parvez Rasool, (3) Kohli replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara, & (4) Raina replaced by Ajinkya Rahane.

    There is no point in giving just one ODI match to the emerging players from bench. Each one of them must get at least two chances to exhibit their talent. Moreover, it is important that players like Kohli, Jadeja & Raina have been playing non-stop cricket and they deserve rest.

  • POSTED BY SavvyCanadian on | July 31, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    In the last two ODI matches, I would like to see - (1) Vinay Kumar replaced by Mohit Sharma, (2) Ravindra Jadeja replaced by Parvez Rasool, (3) Kohli replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara, & (4) Raina replaced by Ajinkya Rahane.

    There is no point in giving just one ODI match to the emerging players from bench. Each one of them must get at least two chances to exhibit their talent. Moreover, it is important that players like Kohli, Jadeja & Raina have been playing non-stop cricket and they deserve rest.

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | July 31, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I think Rahane too needs to get couple chances...

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 31, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Vinay Kumar should be rested and Mohit given a shot. What about resting Jadeja and giving Rasool a break??

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Try this eleven as we already had the series: Dhawan, Pujara. Kohli, Rayudu, Karthik, Raina, Jadeja,Mishra, Rasool, Unadkat, Mohit

  • POSTED BY DILEEPMJOHN on | July 31, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I would love to see 4 changes in Indian team rather than just 2 as mentioned above. Rohit and Dhawan are established openers for now and have been playing non stop cricket for the last 5 months and deserves rest.They could be replaced by Rahane and Pujara.Jadeja is the established all rounder and he could give way to Rasool.Out of form Vinay kumar will be replaced by Mohit Sharma.I would love to see Raina playing next 2 matches also although he is an established middle order batsman because he bring experience in middle order and India needs him as a finisher in the absense of MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Enough of Vinay Kumar please! Unadkat looks good, he could fare well on the SA tour this time. Time to play Pujara for Rohit, Mohit for Vinay and Rassool for Jadeja. "Sir" can only be rested, not dropped ;)

  • POSTED BY nainil0683 on | July 31, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Bet you Pujara is again going to miss out if he's going to replace Rohit. Selectors just have a true love affair with Rohit. Undoubtfully he has played well recently against big teams, but honestly anybody will start performing if given chances for 100 ODIs. If Pujara had got chance for fraction of those numbers, he would have been certainty for ODIs. Anyways, we are waiting for Pujuar to hit the blue uniform on field. Good luck Pujara!

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | July 31, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Now that the series have been easily won, it will be simply ridiculous if the four reserve players - Rahane, Pujara, Rasool & Mohit Sharma - are not ALL selected to play in the remaining two matches. Would have preferred each of them already having played a match or two in the series by now but better late than never!

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | July 31, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Certainly its time to rest jadeja and dhawan. They wont get rest as CLT20 and ODI against aussies is going to take place. they need to have rest. with pujara,rasool they can check the strength.

    1. Rahane 2. Rohit 3. kohli 4. rayudu 5. raina 6. karthik 7. rasool 8. mishra 9. mohit 10. shami 11. unadkat

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 31, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of Rohit and I truly appreciate his talent . Testing someones talent doesn't need 100 chances . Rohit should be rested for a year or 2 and Pujara is the man to lead from the top.

    Coming to bowling Mohit has got lot of swing when compared to Vinay. Mohit should be given ample opportunities to prove himself and He can a good partner for Bhuvaneshar if he proves himself. Kohli should give a serious call on Raina's performance, since last year he is a flop batsmen when Compared even with Jadeja !!!

    Rasool has got tuff place so its difficult for him to get a chance.

    May God bless him.