Daily Archives: 31 May 2008

Will the IPL force transparency in selection?

In continuing the selection theme raised by Sanjay and Mohan, I was wondering if the performances at the IPL be really counted in the selection of the Indian team. By and large, the selection retained the team that played in Australia except for a couple of changes as mentioned before. The selectors have also stated various reasons for the same. But are those reasons really valid? Wouldn’t the performances and the state of mind of certain players be a factor? Take the case of Praveen Kumar. He looked jaded, lost, and disinterested. What would make him suddenly change all that?

On a more general note, I believe that the performances of IPL will eventually make a big differences particularly for the unknowns and new players. The public hardly cared about regional tournaments before and neither did the selectors. It is going to be extremely difficult to ignore the performances of the individuals anymore because of the exposure to the game. Additionally, the performances are against teams with international players. Some of the senior players cannot take their place for granted any more or hide behind some external source of influence. Take Dinesh Karthik, for example. I do not believe he has much chance of coming back to the Indian side unless he performs miracles soon. Players like Takawale and Goswami are going to knock on doors soon. The same may apply to bowlers like RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth etc. IPL might be T20 cricket, but it certainly forces different thinking processes for the longer versions of the game. Most certainly, in the make up of team compositions…

What say?

– Srikanth

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Indian ODI squad announced

A 15 member squad has been announced for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha.

The highlights have been the complete absence of the ‘seniors’ with Sachin opting out because of injury. Personally the picking of Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina have been made more in tune with their recent performances in the IPL. Praveen Kumar keeps his place ahead of someone like Manpreet Gony because of his good performance in Australia. The only other new pick is Pragyan Ojha. He did look impressive in the IPL and I think on a turning wicket especially in Asian conditions he could be a handful. Also because the other probable contender, Ravindra Jadeja, the U-19 left arm spinner, has hardly bowled in the IPL and has shone as a batsman. The interesting thing is that there is not a single player from the U-19 World cup winning team!

— Sanjay

PS: Just checked cricinfo and found that Ojha was the selectors’ pick and not the captain’s!

I just missed Mohan’s post completely. Anyway he has been spot on except for Ojha.