India retain same side for remaining two ODIs


The Indian selectors, in a strange move, have retained the same team that lost horribly to Australia in the 5th ODI at Vadodhra!

I find this totally strange. At the start of the series, in the context of players like Virender Sehwag the selectors talked of a “rotation polocy”. Perhaps they were talking about their brains being fried and rotated inside out?

With India being 1-3 down in a ‘home series’ with only 2 matches to go in this series, here was an opportunity to have a different throw of the dice! That India is playing against a formidable opponent is well-known. Not many Indian fans would have expected India to win this series. Few would have expected them to win 2 or 3 matches in the series. But, in the wake of the T20 World Chamipionship win, most India fans would have wanted the team to put up a good showing. They were, however, thrashed in Kochi, Hyderabad and yesterday, in Vadodhra. In the only game of the series that India has won so far, Australia was in total control of the game for perhaps 97 of the 100 overs bowled!

So, somewhere the rails have fallen off this train. And, while it is known that the BCCIs’ disorganised state leaves the team without a coach, it is useful to ponder over the contributions made by the selectors in all of this mess.

They have chosen a team that is not too different in structure and composition to the team that fared badly in England.

It would require some bravery on their part to change things around. And in my view, a dramatic re-think was required — a re-think of the type that they carried out for the T20 team-composition.

The starting premise is that this team requires more allrounders. It also needed fresh legs. At the moment, there aren’t too many of either variety around. So, with all to play for and nothing to lose in this series, my feeling is that the selectors ought to have to gambled with an eye to the future.

While Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly should form part of the team-mix for India in future ODIs (and of course in the Tests), I would have thought that it was right for the selectors to let them free, at least for the rest of this series.

But no. They have gone for the same team and more beatings have been ordered!

The team is:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Dinesh Kartik, S Badrinath, Robin Uttappa, Irfan Pathan, R P Singh, Rohit Sharma, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh.

— Mohan

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6 responses to “India retain same side for remaining two ODIs

  1. BCCI felt they did not have any chance in T20 and selected such a young team, and that team surprised every one.

    I am puzzled with the lack of rotation policy, which has been given a lip service. Some players have been playing continuously for the past 4 – 5 months. They definitely need a break. Retaining the same team for so many years, can be disheartening for players who are knocking on the door for a place in the team. Finally, these players fizzle out.

    Rahul Dravid is clearly out of form.

    Like Roger Clemens of NY Yankees,vision is that Big 3, would be playing for India in their 40s 🙂

  2. mohan

    for all the talk of changing the side for last two ODIs i think selectors have done sensible thing by retaining same side…

    barring some fancy changes the squad would have remained same anyway. with 3-1 down and every possibility of 5-1 result it makes sense to back players who have done it in past and know how to come out of pressure situations…

    also spare a thought for the replacement players who had to face straight away aussies on the role and had they failed would have sealed the fate of their careers…the way we behave extremely either way in wins and losses…

    its also sensible in a way that after aussies series is over our selector will get some breathing space and time to ponder over what type of side they want and hopefully will come out with some plans which will tell us how and where we will be heading…

    we are in for some interesting times ahead…have some patience and feel the wind…

  3. Agree with Straight Point. Whoever we need is in the squad already. To give one of the big three a rest, there is Sharma and Badri. To give Zaheer a rest, there is Sree. Doesn’t make sense to bring in Ishant now at the fag end of a series. And to rest the big three wholesale is an unnecessary knee-jerk reaction. They’re still our best three batsmen, even if you compare the recent ODI performances of Uthappa, Gambhir etc.

  4. But the (90 %) of the playing XI has been the same all the one-days, barring injuries to Gambhir and Ganguly and SreeSanth possibly to cool him down.

    We have many water boys – Rohit Sharma, Karthik, …

    Are we predicting that India will square the series 3-3 with this team ?

  5. Firstly, I am big fan of Indian Cricket Team from Malaysia. My point:
    Population:
    Australia : 20,434,176 (July 2007 EST.)
    India : 1,129,866,154 (July 2007 EST.)

    Domestic Teams (First Class Cricket):
    Australia : 6
    India : 32

    Don’t tell me India can’t find 11 good players to at least even match the over confident and egotistical Aussies!

  6. I think that hedge has made an interesting point in relation to the number of domestic teams. Surely Indian cricket would be better served by contracting the number of f/c teams down to around ten. This would allow the selectors to get a much better idea of who is really capable of performing at the highest level, as there will be greater levels of consistency of players in the more condensed structure.

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