Team India’s IPL gains…


The IPL tournament has certainly thrown up a few names that could be in contention when Team India’s selectors sit down to pick the Team India ODI teams for Bangladesh and for the Asia Cup. These teams will be chosen on 30 May.

From the team that won in Australia when India last played a ODI — Harbhajan Singh will certainly not feature! He has had a ban slapped on him (pun totally intentional!).

Virender Sehwag feels that it would be fine for the young turks that have done well in the IPL to be considered for Team India ODI selection on the basis of their good IPL-showing. However, Dilip Vengsarkar, the Chairman of selectors is not one for making large-scale changes.

Having said that, it would be impossible to ignore the number of young cricketers that have put their hands up — some more compellingly than others!

The Indian ODI squad that won in Australia included: MS Dhoni, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, RP Singh

Of these, apart from Dinesh Kartik and Manoj Tiwary, who have not set the IPL on fire, and Harbhajan Singh, who is not available for selection, not many have gone “backwards” in terms of their chances. Although Dinesh Kartik did win a game for Delhi Daredevils, one probably felt that he had blown a few chances to make an impression along the way. Munaf Patel has had an outing that could best be described as Munafesque! Praveen Kumar has also not had a fantastic IPL. However, I do not think he would be dropped.

On the other hand, players like Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa and RP Singh would have appeared to have strengthened their cases.

So, it would seem to me that the following will be retained:
Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina, Sreesanth, RP Singh

That gives us a listof 14 players. I am assuming that Zaheer Khan is not considered. It may help India’s chances if he –like Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly — is asked to focus his energies on Test cricket!

Assuming that the selectors may select 2 more to add to the above list, the impressive bench could well boast

Yusuf Pathan
Shikar Dhawan
Yo Mahesh
Pragyan Ojha
P. Vijaykumar
Ashok Dinda
Manpreet Gony
Abhishek Nayar

Of these, I have been most impressed with Manpreet Gony and Yusuf Pathan and would possibly get my nod ahead of anyone else.

So, my Team India ODI team would be:
Sachin Tendulkar
Virender Sehwag
Gautam Gambhir / Robin Uthappa / Suresh Raina
Rohit Sharma
Yuvraj Singh
MS Dhoni
Irfan Pathan / Yusuf Pathan
Piyush Chawla
Praveen Kumar / Manpreet Gony
Ishant Sharma
Sreesanth / RP Singh

— Mohan

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11 responses to “Team India’s IPL gains…

  1. Ganguly fans will set Kolkata on fire 🙂

  2. @ karthick – hahaha
    It seems like the IPL has done it’s job then – it set out with a goal to unearth Indian talent – and we’ve found a few gems.

  3. mr mohan r u watching ipl with ur mind and eyes closed?? u say that uthappa has strengthened his case!!!! may i ask u wat significant score has he scored in all the matches…even if u look at the australia series he was a dud …the thing with him is that he fails to do anything in 3-4 matches and then comes up with sumthing slightly useful ….he shud have been “kicked” out a long time back…..

  4. Nitin I agree.Uthappa does not have it.

  5. Me too.. uthappa always seems to have potential, but doesn’t live up to it. he needs to work on his game and get back again with strong domestic performances.

    The same can also be said about Dinesh Karthick, but for his match winning knock , he has looked very ordinary in the middle. he is another guy who I feel has tremendous potential.

  6. Uthappa has really overstayed his time in the Indian team. I feel Badri really deserves a chance…it doesn’t help that Dhoni promotes himself up the order and also promotes Morkel ahead of Badri. If Badri consistently appeared either 1 down or 2 down, we would be talking high praises of him. If he got half the chances that Raina has been getting, he would do very well and show why he has the best domestic and India A touring record in the country.

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  9. ganguly also played wel in IPL series but he is omitted from ODL squad is litle amzing!!!

  10. Mahesh,

    I hope you know that T20 and One dayers are different! Ganguly is a terrible fielder whatever the format might be and now not as fast scorer as well.

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