Team India for Ireland and England :: What are the options?


The team for the Ireland ODIs (against Ireland and South Africa) as well as the teams to England (ODI and Tests) will be chosen today — Tuesday, 12 June 2007.

Test Team for England Tour:

The pre-selection pulse indicates that the 16-member Test team will comprise 3 openers, 5 pacemen, 2 spinners, 5 batsmen and 1 ‘keeper.

The Test them is, therefore, likely to be:

Wasim Jaffer
Dinesh Karthik / Virender Sehwag
Rahul Dravid
S. R. Tendulkar
V. V. S. Laxman / Yuvraj Singh
Saurav Ganguly
M. S. Dhoni
A. Kumble / Harbhajan Singh
Zaheer Khan
S. Sreesanth
Munaf Patel / R. P. Singh / V. R. V. Singh

This assumes that Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Sreesanth are fully fit.

Contentious choices:


  • Virender Sehwag: I personally think he needs to do more penance. But I feel he will get the nod. He has shown greater hunger and application in recent times. He has had a good previous outing in England and is familiar with the environs there. The real clincher is that he could slot into the middle order — which is where he started initially — if necessary! He also scores the support of Dravid.

  • V. V. S. Laxman: I personally don’t think he should be on the team. But I think he will go to England for the Tests. If he doesn’t perform in the first game, we could see Sehwag in the middle order!

  • Harbhajan Singh: Again, I think he needs to sit this tour out! However, I do not believe Powar impressed with the chance he was given. We did not also get to have any look at Pawar to make any guesses on his suitability or otherwise.

Dark Horses:
The dark horses in this selection campaign are


  • Irfan Pathan: One never knows what frame of mind he is in these days. I read a report recently saying he was on the mend and had fully sorted out his action-problems after a stint at the MRF Pace Academy. He could slot in for V. R. V. Singh who didn’t really impress me either in Bangladesh or in South Africa. In my view, V. R. V. is best described as a Madan-Lal-type “honest charger in” (in the words of Sanjay Subrahmanyan).
  • S. Badrinath: Instead of V. Sehwag. Again, this is a big risk. It would mean the confirmation of Karthik and Jaffer as the openers. I don’t think the team will take such a major risk on a long and tough tour.
  • Ajit Agarkar: Let’s not forget the century he scored at Lords’ on his last tour. Again, in my view his selection is a big risk. One just doesn’t know which Agarkar turns up on the park on any given day.

Guys that can feel somewhat robbed of an outing on this tour (either through injury or lack-of-form, or both or lack-of-support) would be: Piyush Chawla, Manoj Tiwary, S. Badrinath, Mohammed Kaif, Suresh Raina, Ajit Agarkar and Ishant Sharma.

ODI Squad for ODIs in Ireland and England:

The ODI squad for ODIs in Ireland (against Ireland and South Africa) and England will also be selected today.

I believe that Tendulkar and Ganguly will return to the ODI fold.

I suspect that the ODI group will also see 16-strong-squad as opposed to the normal strength of 15 members.

G. Gambhir
S. Ganguly / V. Sehwag / K. Karthik
S. Tendulkar
Yuvraj Singh
R. Dravid
D. Mongia / M. Kaif
M. S. Dhoni
R. Powar / Harbhajan Singh
S. Sreesanth
Z. Khan
M. Patel / R. P. Singh

Contentious choices:


  • M. Kaif: This would be a difficult one. The choice of Kaif here is a deliberate one. His past ODI-record in England supports his case. Although he hasn’t done anything notable in the last 6 months or so to warrant selection, I think he will get there.

  • D. Mongia: I am going mainly by his experience in England. Although he did not have a great tour of Bangladesh, I think his presence in the team provides it with balance. He is able to bowl in every match, unlike Yuvraj Singh. Hence his presence.
  • Harbhajan Singh: Singh features in this team too and that too, as a “contentious choice”. Although in this case, I think he will play ‘under study’ to Powar. Although Harbhajan Singh did well in the third Asia XI game against Africa XI, Powar impressed with the chance he was given in Bangladesh in the ODIs. Moreover, we did not get a look at Piyush Chawla in Bangladesh. Hence Harbhajan Singh’s inclusion.

I am assuming that Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth and Munaf Patel are fit.

Dark Horses:
The dark horses in this selection campaign are


  • Irfan Pathan: Irfan Pathan could come in instead of Munaf Patel or Sreesanth. This could be a bit risky though.
  • R. Uthappa: Could get in instead of Gautam Gambhir. I think he should get in, but the selectors have different views!
  • Ajit Agarkar: Could get in as one of the fast bowlers (at the expense of R. P. Singh perhaps).

Guys that can feel somewhat robbed of an outing on this tour (either through injury or lack-of-form, or both or lack-of-support) would be: Piyush Chawla, Manoj Tiwary, S. Badrinath, Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma.

— Mohan

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3 responses to “Team India for Ireland and England :: What are the options?

  1. Piyush Chawla will certainly be chosen, at least for ODIs because that is why he was stopped from going to Australia after he got Border-Gavaskar scholarship!

  2. I’ll include Ranadeb Bose for the test team too.

  3. Irfan Pathan should have been there in the team…!!!!

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