India Team moving forward…


The BCCI has requested its selectors to choose a “young” team to visit Bangladesh early next month to play a round of ODIs there. So, who will go?

It seems likely that a few of the “seniors” will be rested. It is likely that Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar will be part of the players’ group that is “rested”.

Sourav Ganguly may (just may) hang on to his place. But I somehow doubt that too.

The “rested” senior players could be replaced by players like Manoj Tiwari, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and Romesh Powar. S. Badrinath may come in for Anil Kumble. I can’t see Irfan Pathan going to Bangladesh. Joginder Sharma may come in for Pathan.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is another big question mark. He doesn’t quite fit into the “truant seniors” block. However, it is likely that the selectors may look at his endorsement-mania and use this as an opportunity to send him a message too. I won’t be surprised if he is taken along and does not get a game.

The XV for Bangladesh could then be:

Robin Uthappa
Gautam Gambhir
Suresh Raina / S. Badrinath
Manoj Tiwari
Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma / Mohammed Kaif
Dinesh Karthik / M.S.Dhoni
Joginder Sharma
Romesh Powar
Munaf Patel
S. Sreesanth / Ishant Sharma

This team is still short of a proven all rounder. It is also probably weak in the bowling department. So, it is likely that Irfan Pathan will get a back-door look-in.

— Mohan

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12 responses to “India Team moving forward…

  1. Resting seniors should not be used to send a message. I hope that India develops the future generation of players for the next 5 or 10 years. Anand Vasu’s interview is very nice.

    From my limited cricket understanding, Gautham Gambir, Robin Uthaappa do not have the class to become thre good batsmen for future.

    Some players who could be given a chance are:

    Suresh Raina
    Dinesh Kaarthick (Vice Captain)
    Mohamed Kaif
    Venugopal Rao
    S. Badrinath
    Hemang Badani
    Dinesh Mongia
    S. Sriram

    Sreesanth
    VRV Singh
    JP Singh (another left armer)
    Munaf Patel
    Joginder Singh

    Piyush Chawla

    BCCI sending aformal letter to Sachin and Yuvraj hopefully sends the right message to the “seniors”.

    BTW, I was equally disgusted with Brian Lara for his shouting match with the great Andy Roberts. Players should not become bigger than the game.

  2. Immediately after Lara’s shouting match with Roberts, both Holding and Croft wrote that Lara should be stripped of captaincy of a WI team with not much talent on the shelf.

    In contrast, Wadekar feeds the hero worship frenzy “How can Greg Chappell question Tendulkar ?”

  3. gnbmdr

    Dinesh Karthick as vice-captain? Keep off the drugs, mate – they are not good for you! 😉

    And the rest of them? Apart from a couple of good names, I completely disagree with your team – I don’t even know where to start. What has someone like Badani done recently to warrant a place in the side. Do I sense a hint of TN bias in your team selection?

  4. Hi Blogesh,

    I confess that I am on the same drugs as Greg Chappell. I wish those drugs would also rub-off so that I could do an “On-drive” like Greg Chappell ever in my life. Jack Fingelton raves about Greg’s on-drive, similar to Don Bradman. For that matter, I also love Laxman’s on-drive.

    Greg felt that Dinesh Kaarthick is captaincy material. India should groom the next captain now – not the arrogant Yuvraj Singh or the classless wonder Sehwag.

    Badani is a class batsman, excellent fielder and a useful left-arm slow.

  5. gnbmdr,

    Badani is not even playing for Tamil Nadu. His local Mylapore club are wondering if he should be included in their team.

    S. Sriram has migrated to Maharashtra or something like that and is deciding on whether or not to continue with cricket or take up carnatic music as a profession!

    If you were anywhere near the Indian team management, the Indian team would be:

    V. Krishnaswamy
    P. Ramesh
    T. E. Srinivasan
    Michael Dalvi
    A. G. Satwinder Singh
    Abdul Jabbar
    P. Mukund
    Bharat Reddy
    V. V. Kumar
    S. Venkatraghavan
    B. Kalyanasundaram

    Some of these guys may have to play on crutches, but you’d still have them.

    As Mahesh said, please please stay off the drugs. They aren’t good for you. If pain persists, see a doctor.

    Just a joke mate — based on observations made on a sequence of postings by you! Don’t take it personally 🙂

    — Mohan

  6. Mohan

    Take out Rahul Dravid from the team and you have a good India ‘A’ team 🙂

    Not sure whether the selectors would be that radical in their team selection…But you are right, the best place to experiment is in the ODIs.

    When they announce the team for Bangladesh, they have to announce both the Test and ODI teams together. IMHO, the test team shouldn’t be messed around with too much at this stage.

    In the ODI team, let them “rest” a few seniors and give more emphasis to youth.

    Here is my team –
    1. Uthappa
    2. Dhoni/Karthik
    3. Yuvraj
    4. Sehwag
    5. Dravid
    6. Rohit Sharma/ Raina (if he recovers from injury)
    7. Tiwari/Badrinath
    8. Ramesh Powar
    9. Munaf Patel
    10. Zaheer Khan
    11. Joginder/Ishant/(one of the Singhs)

    If Dhoni is picked as a keeper, I would like him to open. Karthick if picked should come down the order.

    The team then has the right mix of seniors (Dravid, Sehwag, Zaheer and Yuvraj), youngsters with some international experience(Dhoni, Uthappa. Munaf and Powar), and then some neophytes.

    -Mahesh-

  7. Mohan: Just to clarify – I meant the team in your original post…

  8. I also wouldn’t mind throwing in names that have performed well in the recent Twenty20s into the mix – like S. Anirudha who seems to have done well as an opener for TN (we shouldn’t let his pedigree get in the way of our judgement 🙂 )

  9. I totally do NOT agree with the BCCI sending a bunch of youngsters to Bangladesh. It looks like the BCCI wants to show (to the media and public) that they have taken some bold and positive steps to address the world cup fiasco.

    It is decision laced with foolishness and complete lack of understanding of the sport. Is there a better way of getting back to form and improving confidence apart from scoring runs and spending time in the middle? I don’t think so.

    The Bangladesh tour would have been a perfect launching pad. The best preparation for the Endland tour and beyond. Now what we see is… the ‘experiments’ continue!!

    Well, the BCCI has made its decision and thats that.

    My team of 14 for the ODIs will be –
    – Robin Uthappa
    – Gautam Gambhir
    – Rahul Dravid (c)
    – Yuvraj Singh
    – Mohammed Kaif (vc)
    – Dinesh Karthick
    – Joginder Sharma
    – Yousuf Pathan
    – Romesh Powar
    – Rohit Sharma
    – Munaf Patel
    – S. Sreesanth
    – VRV Singh
    – Ranadeb Bose

    I do understand that people like Bose, Powar, Kaif and Yuvraj are not paricularly youngsters. But there is no point sending a bunch of 19 year olds. Is there?

    Remember, Bangladesh are no longer pushovers. Just ask the South Africans.

    -Vish

  10. sampath kumar

    Mohan,

    In the list of Tamil nadu players, how could you leave out Rangachary–the famous IYENGAR that played cricket as well hockey for India–the original DOUBLE INTERNATIONAL!!!!!

  11. Good point. Rangachary as 12th man then! 🙂

    Mohan

  12. Hi, I beleive players like Agarkar, Gangulky and Tendulkar should be droppped from the team. Tendulkar never performed under pressure. Agarkar is useless and have no control of what he is doing. Ganguly will not have selfless game and if you look at the future of cricket team, he doesn’t have any role. Ofcourse he did well to justify the comeback but any player with such expericnce would do that but how long can he do that is what the question. Does he enough fuel?.

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