February 17, 2010

Indian Squad for 1st two ODI's

Just when no one seemed to be bothered the national selectors have announced the ODI squad for the 1st two ODI's against South Africa. Yuvi remains injured and is ruled out but joining him is Gauti in that injury list. Bhajji wants to share some brother love so he's missing the ODI series as well to attend his sister's marriage. So, lots of seats up for grabs one might think. Here's how they faired.

  • IN
  • Sachin(yes, as he missed the ODI tri-series in B'desh)
    Yusuf P (some mad monkey hitting gets him a berth)
    Abhishek Nayar (Finally!)
    R Ashwin (spinner & Tamil)
    PK (Praveen Kumar)

  • OUT
  • Yuvraj (waiting for IPL)
    Gambhir (new delicate dolly of the team)
    Bhajji (family comes first, country goto H***)
    Ishant (picked, dropped, picked again, dropped again...)
    Sree (manages to puzzle everyone)
    Ojha (ahem.. who? why?)

  • Lucky
  • DK (still there.. backup wk??)
    Jadeja (In the news lately for all the wrong reasons, very very lucky indeed)
    Tyagi (dint play much, doubtful that will change anytime soon)
    Mishra-ji (now the spin leader, No Bhajji, no Ojha PARTY!! :D)

  • Unlucky
  • Pandey (With 2 batting slots open he should have made it purely on merit)
    Mithun (If he was chosen in the Test squad, he deserved a chance here.)

So, the team: M S Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan and Amit Mishra.

  • 1st ODI - 21.Feb - Jaipur
  • 2nd ODI - 24.Feb - Gwalior


  1. They are really rude to Ojha, whatever chance he got he has done well both in tests and ODIs, he has got a lovely action and good flight on the ball, should get a decent run I feel. I would have liked Sree to be retained, he may leak runs, but for sure will pick up wickets and has a lot of energy....lets wait and see

  2. @ Baiju: Yea, Ojha unlucky... but pace attack looks fine. Pk, Zaks and Nehra ... considering their recent stats, they have been doing really well.

  3. I dont see Zak playing the ODI's the injury is bound to get worse, this is wat happens wen u play a test match with just 2 seamers. And here they'v played 2 tests and bowled a lot.. Congrats! So, Sree I suspect will come in I'm still sad for Mithun though.