Twenty20 World Cup Probables – No Dravid, Tendulkar & Ganguly!

The BCCI has released a list of 30 probables for the Twenty20 World Cup and the list does not include Dravid, Tendulkar or Ganguly. This article by Cricinfo has the complete list of probables. The are

Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary, Ajit Agarkar, Karan Goel, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Abhiskek Jhunjhunwala, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rajesh Pawar, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Munaf Patel, Niranjan Behera, Praveen Kumar, Aniruddh Srikkanth, Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa, Niraj Patel

Dinesh Karthik & Anuruddha Srikkanth are the only cricketers from TN, the reigning Twenty20 national champions. Aniruddha is the younger son of former India captain K Srikkanth and is known to a dasher like his dad. A TN cricketer who did very well in the championship was V Devendran, who was apparently picked specifically for the Twenty20 tournament, who can thump the ball and bowl a bit of medium pace. But his name is not in the list of probables.

Cricinfo also carried a preview to the above announcement and it spoke of 2 names, Dinesh Mongia and Murali Karthik as cricketers who have had a lot Twenty20 experience in England. Both are not to be found in the list of probables!! India have also played just one Twenty20 international so far and cannot be really prepared for the World Cup. BUt we were supposed to have prepared well for the ODI World Cup right??!!

– Sanjay

PS: Thanks to Chandan for the news. The big 3 have opted out.


11 responses to “Twenty20 World Cup Probables – No Dravid, Tendulkar & Ganguly!

  1. Really BCCI selectors are going to knock out these three Indian cricketers.

  2. I think it is terrific that the big-3 have opted out of the Twenty20 game. It is a young mans’ game with a lot of dash-and-burn. It calls for specialist skills and a specific type of player. More power to the big-3 for having the guts to sit this out…

    Apart from the absence of Devendran and Dinesh Mongia, I think this is a good team — perhaps even the best that’s available, although I must admit that I don’t know much about Behera, Praveen Kumar and Neeraj Patel.

  3. “although I must admit that I don’t know much about Behera, Praveen Kumar and Neeraj Patel.”


    I don’t know much about Behra but have seen Praveen Kumat represent UP in both the FC games as well as LOM in Deodhar trophy. He is a medium pace bowler who can hit the ball well….AT DOMESTIC LEVEL. I just don’t think he can cut it at international level…someone like Yusuf Pathan.

    I had seen Neeraj Patel play from Gujrat a few times but he didn’t even catch my eye. Just can’t remember him doing something which can be remembered!

  4. If we divide this list into Should-Play, Could-Play, May-Play and Also-Rans, the team kinda self-selects!

    Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Manoj Tiwary,

    COULD-PLAY (8)
    Ajit Agarkar, RP Singh, Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla

    MAY-PLAY (7)
    Cheteshwar Pujara, Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Aniruddh Srikkanth, Munaf Patel

    ALSO-RANS (7)
    Ishant Sharma, Karan Goel, Abhiskek Jhunjhunwala, Rajesh Pawar, Niranjan Behera, Praveen Kumar, Niraj Patel

  5. Suresh Rain is still untested. Uthappa should play. Gautam Gambhir and Munaf Patel will be a could-play.

  6. The only reason Munaf Patel is not on the COULD-PLAY list is his fielding. In a Twenty20 game, his lack of ability in the field could prove very very very costly.

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  8. Niranjan Behara. He is a very good player with good potentail to hit big sixes.

    Niranjan Behara. He is a very good player with good potentail to hit big sixes. He is much better player than Dhoni.

  9. Dravid and Ganguly have opted out of the 20-20 cricket and the decision is absolutely right. But why Tendulkar? He has all the abilities to be a great 20-20 player. According to me, Tendulkar should lead the Indian team in the inaugural 20-20 world cup. He should opt out of 20-20 immediately after the world cup irrespective of the result. Tendulkar is a great cricketing brain and he has often displayed his innovative ideas while batting in particular situations. On different occasions while batting, Tendulkar choose to counter attack, graft, play straight, score more behind the wicket by sweeping or using that delicate late cut or steer, cutting down on drives, etc. 20-20 is all about innovation and Tendular is one of the best exponents of innovative cricket with experience. Besides, he is an individual who is hugely respected by the young turks of Indian cricket and it would be great sight to see Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Karthik, Sehwag, Irfan, Zaheer and co carting the ball out of the park and celebrate an Indian win. There is no chapter in cricket that does not have Tendulkar’s name in it and I think his name should be there in latest edition of this sport. I am not saying this just because Tendulkar is great. I sincerely think he is blessed with the talent, ability and psych to do justice to 20-20 cricket. I have already seen the list of 20-20 probables from other nations and I am particularly disappointed with the England list. I think lot of players with average or mediocre talent and ability are going to step on the field for this first 20-20 world cup and it would be a shame if the incredibly talented Tendulkar opts out or does not get selected.

  10. chk out d schedule…v playin pakistan

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