No Sachin

ODI Squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh

Sachin has a shoulder problem and needs immediate surgery. He is expected to be out of action for atleast 3 months and that would mean he is certain to miss atleast the ODI segment of the Carribbean tour which starts in mid May. With Sachin out, the ODI opening slot is up for grabs again. Gambhir seems to be the selectors' favourite for now. If he doesn't get going against England, there might be a new face/new experiment in the West Indies.

Apart from losing Sachin, the rest of the squad was picked on expected lines. Munaf Patel gets a well-deserved break ahead of Zaheer Khan. Harbhajan is back while Powar gets to retain his spot (at Karthik's expense). The team has 5 seamers (2 left and 3 right) and two off-spinners. Venugopal Rao gets back into the squad after missing a couple of tourneys. He sure hasn't set the domestic scene on fire in the past few months, but he seems to have shown enough potential during his time in the dressing room last year to merit a comeback.


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Blogger bk 7:27 AM

juxtaposin the recent 2 posts, i can notice only 1 opener (in the reckoning) in the RCA squad. Though it might sound naive to infer too much from the RCA team announced, readin btwn the lines, only Vidyut is that opener.
My take on that squad - Pujara/uthappa not selected; Rohit - equally promising - gets the nod ahead of the 2. uthappa continues to frustrate with starts but starts only in fits. Has Greggie got a chance to look at him? From what i ve seen him play (Asian U 19 tournament in Pak a cpl of yrs back ;) ) - plays a lot similar to the way Youhana does.    

Blogger Alok 11:33 AM

why powar ???

isn't thr anyone else ??    

Blogger Nagu 11:50 AM

I think in ODI we need players who can win matches alone on thier day and no way Gautam,Venu and pawor can do this so there is no point persisting with them.

Ganguly still seems to be a better option for opening in ODI's but we all know for political and personal reasons he cannot make a comeback.We need to look for guys more in mould of suresh Raina.    

Blogger Libero 4:04 PM

Would Dhoni work as an opening batsman? I don't think India should copy Australia's example with Gilchrist but how good could Dhoni be at opening?    

Blogger Imran Photos 5:04 PM

happy to see Venugopal rao back into the team    

Blogger SportsGEO 11:41 PM

Great Post!!! Thanks for sharing.
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