Indian ODI team for the first 2 games against NZ

The team for the NZ ODI series has been announced. Dhoni wanted a break and has been given. Afterall Dhoni is in a position to ask and getting anything he wants from the BCCI. Given the current state of the game at Nagpur, a win only confirms this more than anything else. Zaheer, Harbhajan and Sachin have also been rested. Gambhir has been named the captain out of seniority. Raina had led the side in Zimbabwe but with Yuvraj and the likes in the team Gambhir’s appointment makes sense. Coming to the team, most of it is along expected lines except for the following.

1. Saurabh Tiwary – He is being picked in the squad consistently but has not a got a game. We had already indicated that his selection is based only on the IPL. His Ranji performances are nothing to write home about. That too after playing for Jharkhand in the Plate division which supposed to be easier!

2. Wriddhiman Saha – After repeated failures from Dinesh Karthik it is good that the selectors are finally looking at someone else. But should it be Saha? Has he done enough to get a place in the ODI squad. Given that the selectors are picking people based on the IPL, Naman Ojha could have been a better choice. The Cricinfo correspondent however thinks  Saha “is fresh from a century against Assam in the Ranji Trophy Super League.”

3.  Munaf Patel – He keeps coming back into the Indian team on a regular basis without any real great performances to speak about. I would have like Abhimanyu Mithun, Sudip Tyagi or even Bhuvaneswar Kumar to get a look in.

4. Sreesanth – Now his Test performance has got him a place in the ODI team? But no place for Ishanth Sharma, Jaidev Unadkat or Umesh Yadav? I think it is a big risk playing Sreesanth in a one day side. BTW can someone tell me why Nehra is not in the team?

5. Yusuf Pathan – He gets another chance. I would rather have a batsman like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, or Badrinath in the team.

Squad for first two ODIs v New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir (capt), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.

Your comments are most welcome.


8 responses to “Indian ODI team for the first 2 games against NZ

  1. first of all why is jadega being picked again and again….

    and most prominently why is ROBIN UTHAPPA not picked in the side , although he had given many good performances including IPL and CLT20…….

  2. ravindra jadega>>da greatest disaster of cricket india has evr produced..!!i guess he should hav topped da ‘unxpected lines’ list…!!haha..!!xD no uthappa again..! sheah..! r da awl selecters bribed?:O and yea…! why nehra z out of d team?? r we relyin on munaf patel in da bowling department??:D

  3. A big question is that why Irfan Pathan is not selected in indian squad. And why jadeja is selected again and again…..

  4. ^^ ya obviously man irfan also needs be given a chance against taking munaf in d side!!….and shit!! on selectors 4 taking jadega…..

  5. my question is that why BCCI are not choose Irfan Pathan again. He is a good alrounder. If he has got chances like Ajit Agarkar, he prove himself. So BCCI may think on Irfan Pathan selection.

  6. Ravindra Jadega

    why r u people pulling my leg,dear fans im trying my best

  7. people like u deserve dat….lol

  8. The analysis given above is not accurate. This is India’s last Home series before the WC. As the WC is taking place in the subcontinent, this series is important. Moreover, this is the last opportunity for the selectors to decide whom to be selected as WC probables. Given these factors, it is the right choice from the selectors. The point to be noted is that the present selection is just for the first two matches and not for the whole series. In the pace bowling dept., there is nothing wrong with sreesanth’s and munaf patel’s selection. They are seniors and are capable of leading the indian pace attack in the years to come. Indian selectors are looking more into the test series aganist SA now and must be the reason for selecting a team like this now. We need a full strenghth team aganist SA.

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