The teams for the ODIs and Tests in Ireland and England have been picked. The names that are absent are those of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.
Sehwag was showing signs of pulling it all together. So, this must be a huge setback for him. For a person who was the toast of the town and the team vice-captain until 6 months back, the slide has been dramatic.
Harbhajan Singh has been unable to see off the challenge from Romesh Powar.
Munaf Patel pays the price for a casual (and shocking) approach to fitness and fielding.
All three pay the price for a lackadaisical approach to their cricket. Given this is a core principle behind their axing, I am really not sure why Laxman is still in the Test team. Oh well…
The teams are:
Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (vice-capt, wk), Rohit Sharma, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Sreesanth.
Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar (vice-capt), Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Ramesh Powar, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose.