Indian team for Oz ODI’s announced

The selectors have announced the Indian team for the 7 match ODI series against Australia. The squad is

MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra.

The big news of course is that Dravid has been dropped. This was definitely on the cards and personally I am happy that the selectors decided to right the wrong they did by selecting him in the first place. Here is my logic for the Dravid selection and subsequent axing. The Indian middle order failed against the bouncing ball in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. They wanted some experience in the middle order and brought in Dravid. The second and in my opinion, more significant reason, was Dravid’s recent performance for Bangalore Royal Challengers at IPL2 in South Africa. Dravid was batting with a carefree abandon rarely seen and this definitely convinced the selectors of his utility. The thing that upsets me most is that the picking of Dravid for the ODIs was on the basis of T20 cricket and nothing else. If ODIs were the only consideration then why was Dravid dropped in the first place? Easily answered becasue Dravid was considered too slow for one day cricket. He had the habit of eating up a lot of dot balls and could not keep the strike rotating when he got bogged down. Also the profile of the Indian team was getting younger and he did not fit in. But if a couple of middle order failed, again in a T20 match, then they call up Dravid. Again if the current ODI series was played in Australia would they have dropped Dravid? I don’t think so. In hindsight it would have been better if they had taken Laxman instead of Dravid if they had wanted experience. But then Laxman did not score in IPL2 you see!

Coming to the other selections. Poor Abhishek Nayar finds himself dropped. He hardly got a chance! In fact even during the Champions Trophy I was surprised at how Virat Kohli made the playing XI ahead of Nayar. If Kohli was that good, he would have been in the team first and not Nayar as is the case now! RP Singh has not been that impressive and got dropped. So too were Yusuf Pathan and Dinesh Karthik. In come Jadeja, Munaf and Sudip Tyagi. Jadeja is a good all rounder and has performed well in the Challengers. Tyagi is a very good selection especially after an impressive Challenger series. Munaf continues his in/out routine with the Indian team. Ishanth has been retained only because no other medium pacer has been impressive. If only Dhaval Kulkarni, Siddharth Trivedi or L Balaji had picked up a few wickets! I like the look of the team though especially with Sehwag and Yuvraj back.

There is also an interesting sidelight that Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, the bowling and fielding coaches have been sacked. The Board has not announced any replacements, so nothing is known at the moment on that front.


7 responses to “Indian team for Oz ODI’s announced

  1. i agree with most of your point… but LAXMAN instead of DRAVID… i m sorry… no way… Dravid is a far better ODI player than Laxman…

    @Virat Kholi’s inclusion: its a big big big surprise… he didnt fail once… but everytime the opportunity was given… i really respect what Dhoni said about giving chances to youngsters and which may lead to losing matches… true… but then how many times the same person will be given opportunity… when so many talents are waiting in wings…

    @ ISHANT SHARMA’s inclusion: Very bad decision… he is a fantastic bowler no doubt… but then he need to be rested a little bit.. for him to regain the confidence… plus… we are using him too much… that ll be a big risk in future… i would ve preferred Balaji in the place of Ishanth… but unfortunately i m not a selector.. lets see whether the selectors are right in selecting Ishant or me 😉

    Good article i liked it..!!!

  2. madhu sudhan rao

    Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh are to be replaced by Alan Donald and Jonty Rhodes respectively–after all, the head Coach Kirsten is a South African and wants to help his mates!

    Balaji for Ishant ?
    At this rate, the entire tamil Nadu team will be playing replacing team India!!!!

  3. I hate to say this but the Dravid decision smacks of a wrong that had to be righted. However, two wrongs do not make a right and in my view, this is one wrong decision too many for this selection committee. Kris Srikanth has to go too.

    But alas! Management in the BCCI is hardly held accountable.

    So, a revolving door policy continues to persist. Abhishek Nayar, Munaf Patel, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, R. P. Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar and Amit Mishra find themselves in this revolving door!

    People will point to the runs he made. But, in my view, Dravid was responsible for India’s loss against Pakistan. He ate up too many dot balls, got Gambhir run out and then developed a rabbit-caught-in-the-headlights approach.

    I think that, after a great 2008 and early-2009, Team India is at a strange cross-roads now. People will point to injuries. However, I think it is the selection committee that lacks a blueprint for what will take India to the top!

    There is a lot of gas and no substance in the selection decisions and they seem to be approaching their task with their backsides permanently on fire — much like the batting of the chairman, if you ask me!

  4. The Board is not helping things either. They have sacked Prasad and Robin. Dav Whatmore has also been sacked from the NCA, because the Board refused him 2 months leave to work with the KKR team in IPL3. His place has been taken by Sandeep Patil now!

  5. I would not blame Dravid singularly for the defeat against Pakistan. I agree Dravid’s batting did not help. Dhoni’s puzzling decisions contributed.

    It is puzzling to me a player of such class and technique is not able to negotiate singles and rotate the strike (Many lesser batsmen were able to do; Michael Bevan, …).

    Batting seems to have options – seniors + new talent. Bowling talent bench is barren. Sreesanth who was promising a while back has faded with his antics. The selected bowlers have not performed.

  6. madhu sudhan rao

    Match fixing is well and alive in CL

    Not so long ago, Victoria “lost” to the Sri Lankan team, despite chasing 113.

    Today, Cobras lost to Delhi Daredevils minus Sehwag—-so that they don’t have to play in the Semi Finals at the mine field in New Delhi.

    What are BCCI and Lalit Modi doing when this is happening under their very noses?

  7. Nehra , perveen, harbajhan and zahir runs aese dete hain jese sawaab ka kaam hai hahhhhaahah funny india

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