Yuvraj Singh (capt.), Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Saurabh Tiwary, Parthiv Patel (wk), Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ravindra Jadeja
Some things to chew about:
1. I am happy that Yuvraj was dropped but kept in the reckoning atleast for the near future.
2. The inclusion of Badrinath shows that the selectors have not given up on him and rightly so. I am a big fan of Badri and I think he really should be in the ODI squad as well.
3. I cannot understand the inclusion of Parthiv Patel. If they think he is the next best wicket keeper in the country after Dhoni and Saha, why Dinesh Karthik even picked consistently? If Dinesh Kartik after a poor series is not good enough to be in a Rest of India side because of a patchy tri series then how come Yuvraj is good? If they can still consider Parthiv in the scheme of things then Wasim Jaffer could have also been picked ahead of Shikar Dhawan!
4. We will have to get used to seeing Saurabh Tiwary in every representative side for the next year atleast. So no comments on that, but he is just not good enough to warrant selection for the longer version.
5. As for the bowling I would have liked Sreesanth in this side and Mithun in the India XI. As it is we have Harbhajan to hot things up against the Aussies 🙂
6. Manish Pandey is a better pick than the one I expected in such teams – Mohammed Kaif!!