India A team

As we were discussing the teams for the Twenty20 Worldcup and the first test between India and England, the selectors announced the squad for the India A tour to Kenya and Zimbabwe. Here is the team –

  • Mohd. Kaif (Captain) – Middle order Batsman
  • Parthiv Patel (Vice-captain) – WK, but picked as batsman
  • Robin Uthappa – Opening batsman
  • C Pujara – Middle order batsman
  • S Badrinath – Middle order batsman
  • Rohit Sharma – Middle order batsman
  • Rajesh Pawar – Left Arm Spin
  • Mahesh Rawat  – Wicket Keeper
  • Piyush Chawla – Leg Break Bowler
  • Arjun Yadav – Middle order batsman
  • Pragyan Ojha – Left Arm Spin
  • Irfan Pathan – Left Arm Medium Pace/Left hand batsman
  • Yo Mahesh – Right Arm Medium Pace
  • Pankaj Singh – Right Arm Medium Pace
  • Niraj Patel – Middle Order batsman

So, whats wrong with this team? Plenty.

  • Opening batsmen – India currently has a lack of opening batsmen and it is time to try out genuine openers. It was pointed out by this article too (Thanks, Chandan). Apart from Uthappa, there is no one. Why wasn’t M Vijay picked? He is an opener and barring Uthappa and Tiwary has scored more runs than anyone else in the Ranjis. He is also only 23 years old. Sure Parthiv now opens the batting for Gujarat, but c’mon…Apparently, Chopra wasn’t picked because of his age (29 years!), while Rajesh Pawar (28 years) finds a place in the team. IMHO, trying out Chopra before the Aussie tour should have ranked high on the selectors agenda.
  • Fast bowlers – Yo Mahesh and Irfan Pathan are good choices, but why weren’t Munaf and Ishant picked? Or VRV Singh?? Pankaj Singh is definitely a surprise selection.
  • Left arm spinners – Do we really need two? Why not pick one offspinner instead? Yusuf Pathan has been picked up for the Twenty20 shortlist. Surely, he could have been given a try. Or R. Aswhin, the off spinner who took 31 scalps in 4 matches and was named bowler of the year in domestic cricket, could have been given a go.
  •  Arjun Yadav – Will someone please explain to me why he was picked? Apart from being Shivlal Yadav’s son and being able to threaten people with a stump, please give me one good reason.
  • Suresh Raina – Why wasn’t he picked? In an interview to Hindustan Times a day before the team was announced, Raina says he is now fully fit, but he wasn’t picked. Apparently, Manoj Tiwary is also not fully fit to be included in the team.
  • Joginder Sharma – He had a good domestic season and India is looking out for all rounders. Why wasn’t he picked? I think this is a shocking omission.
  • Sehwag – I think India needs Sehwag. It’s a pity he is not in the Seniors team and doesn’t find a place in the  A team either. They could have named him captain and Kaif vice captain. Bajji must be glad he is playing for Surrey, chalking up much needed match practice and experience, while Sehwag must be hoping to score some runs in the local Buchi Babu tournament.

Ok, now that I’ve let my steam out, I do agree that there can only be 15 people in the team and selection is not an easy task. But the team(s) that Mohan picked earlier had a good combination of people trying to get back into the team and people in the fringes of national selection. On the other hand, this team contains people like Arjun Yadav….


6 responses to “India A team

  1. My two cents –

    Opening batsmen:
    The omission of Akash Chopra is bewildering. He had a good domestic season and has kept himself busy in England during the off season. His experience, safe close-in-catching and dour defensive technique should have earned him another call. Looks like the selectors haven’t forgotten the disastrous home series against Australia where Chopra barely managed to get of the mark.

    Fast bowling:
    Well, if the selectors are convinced that easy (read cheap!) wickets will boost his confidence, then they have made a wise choice. In my book he should be in England playing against Sussex curving the ball back to the right hander. Munaf, like Sehwag is a much better player and a relegation to the A team is not for them.

    Regarding Ishanth, I am happy that finally it has dawned to the selectors that height alone is not the only trait required by a fast bowler. The 18 year Ishanth needs to learn his trade in the domestic circuit at least for a couple of seasons.

    You have mentioned that VRV has been excluded; I thought he was going on the tour along with the deserving Yo Mahesh.

    – Vish

  2. India A tour is for the second XIV of the country. Is this our second XIV?? No way. We must keep our fringe players match fit so that they can be recalled to the national side even at the shortest notice, if need arises and be ready to play.

    Who on earth here can replace whom in the senior side? Where are Sehwag, Tiwari, Munaf, Harbhajan and Raina? Why can’t they be played here?

  3. “Fast bowlers – Yo Mahesh and Irfan Pathan are good choices, but why weren’t Munaf and Ishant picked? Or VRV Singh?? Pankaj Singh is definitely a surprise selection.”


    Ishant is in England in the test squad!!

  4. Thanks, Vish for pointing out that VRV is actually in the India A squad.

    Chandan – I dont think Ishant is in the test squad. The bowling squad consists of Bose, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Kumble and Powar. Adding Jaffar, Karthik, Gambhir, Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj and Dhoni to the team makes up 15.

  5. I stand corrected, Chandan. Ishant is in the Seniors team 🙂

  6. Only one thing, Sehwag really doesn’t deserve a place now after all the chances he has wasted, think he should retire with grace now!!!

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