Rest of India team for the Irani Trophy


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!!

Sanjay

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6 responses to “Rest of India team for the Irani Trophy

  1. Srikanth Mangalam

    I am disappointed that Rohit Sharma does not get a look at. He should be in ahead of Saurab Tiwary and Manish Pandey. Clearly, the selection committee has no plan. They probably throw darts on a board and pick players randomly…. It is a surprise that Aniruddha Srikkanth is finding himself named in some squad. Didn’t his innings at the CL20 qualify to make him a good test player????

  2. Srikanth Mangalam

    Oh, that’s right….So will Wasim Jaffer in that case.

  3. Yes, the selectors have done the right thing with Yuvraj. One might argue that he should have been picked for the BP XI game as well… but I am happy with the 3 squads picked.

    The BP XI squad will be a chance for the untested youngsters to test themselves against a strong Test side. Yuvraj is not an untested youngster. So it’s good that he is a part of the Irani Trophy squad and as been named captain. It is a show of confidence in him by the selectors… confidence that he will come out of this patch.

  4. Selector’s job is a thankless Job. Rohit Sharma deerves what he got. He has got more opportunities to Prove himself than anybody else in the team ( Oh Sorry!! I forgot DK)

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