The ODI series commences

After the drama of the Kolkata Test, the ODI series between India and South Africa commences in Jaipur on Sunday 21 Feb.

If India lose to RSA, the SAffers will displace India as the 2nd Ranked ODI team in the ICC ODI ranking table.

India is once again hit by injuries and absences ahead of this three-match series. Gautam Gambhir (injury), Zaheer Khan (injury) and Harbhajan Singh (sisters’ wedding) are not available. For South Africa, Graeme Smith is on the injury list. I’d like to imagine that India’s injuries are far more telling on the teams’ chances than Smih’s absence.

As a result I expect that, despite their recent poor form, South Africa might in this series.

I expect India to field the following team tomorrow:

– Virender Sehwag
– Sachin Tendulkar
– Virat Kohli
– Suresh Raina
– M. S Dhoni (c/w)
– Ravindra Jadeja
– Yusuf Pathan
– Abhishek Nayar / R. Ashwin / Amit Mishra
– Praveen Kumar
– Sreesanth / Sudeep Thyagi
– Ashish Nehra

12th Man: Dinesh Karthik

I would like to see Abhishek Nayar given an extended run at this level and hence he would get in ahead of Mishra or Ashwin. Furthermore, after Yusuf Pathan’s recent Duleep Trophy performances I think it would be hard to ignore Yusuf Pathan’s claims.

— Mohan

4 responses to “The ODI series commences

  1. Abhishek Nayar or Ravi Jadeja or Ashwin.. doesn’t really matter.

    The selectors should persist with who ever they pick.. I hate the fact selectors pick some body throw them out just after couple of failures.

    I’m sure with the amount of talent these players have , they will get better with more oppurtunities.

  2. I don’t think Nayar will be picked. There is no way that India will go into an ODI in India without a single front line spinner in their ranks. I hope Yusuf is tried a little higher up in the order, may be at No. 5 rather than No. 7. I think that will help him be a lot more expressive with his big hits.

  3. @Mohan,

    One of the things – I admire is your determination that Dinesh Karthik should be the 12th man – carrying the drinks.

    He played a very compact innings today. His technique is compact and the way he was middling the ball. Too bad he had a rush of blood for a good bouncer. Ravi Shastri mentioned that given that Karthik is good player of spin, he chould bat No. 5 for India – perhaps when the seniors retire.

    In a one-day, a firm straight push, will definitely get the non-striker out. I do not know why Karthik did not play the shot to Mid-on side or Mid-off side.

  4. India Won.
    But then she made a mess of what should have been an easy victory.
    Bowlers from both teams looked below par for the most part.
    Sehwag’s back problem is a concern for the next game… lets hope India put up a better show on the field.

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