Australia in India! the Squad.
Some dropped, some surprise call ups. The squad looks good though!
India’s squad was announced some days back and as expected Gambhir was dropped and he had a reason behind that. His poor show for a long time, may that be the test series against England and the ODI series against pakistan. He has not been like before and he has not got much of the runs, Dhawan his State mate got a surprise call up for the Team. Dhawan was quite Impressive in the first class cricket and Murali Vijay’s season in the first class cricket was good, he scored a century recently against the Mumbai in Irani cup as well and that should have Impressed our selectors to go with a right handed opener.
Not Including Raina in the test squad was a surprise. He had been looking good. My pick would have been Raina instead of Dhwan or Murali Vijay. Though India needed a left handed opener in order to replace Gambhir. Raina had a good show over all in the Irani cup, came up with a century and a half century and was in a good touch. Raina needs a chance in the test squad. Wasim Jaffar who has been one of India’s consistent run getter in the first class cricket was dropped once again and I still wonder on what basis they had retained Sehwag? The selectors always had an option to pick the Mumbai Opener Jaffar and they could have given him a chance now at least.
Harbhajan makes a come back once again. He was in and out of the team and hope he takes this chance as his second come back. He might have been selected as the third spinner along with Ashwin and Ojha and the Turning pitches in India can help him pick wickets against Australia and Bhajji has an impressive record against Australia in India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar really needed a test call and as expected he got one, he has been very impressive swinging the ball and I just see him as Praveen Kumar. Both the bowlers who have not got much pace but their ability to swing the ball could cause trouble to the batsman earlier in the innings. Kumar was an very Impressive pick in the squad and hope he does well in the debut test series.
Ravindra Jadeja, a bowling all rounder. Being so impressive against Pakistan series and England series and his good form with both the bat and ball has gained him a spot in the test squad, and his two triple hundreds would have also been a reason for the selectors to pick him as well and Dinda also gets a place in the squad along with Ishant Sharma.
The squad : MS Dhoni (capt.), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli,
Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra
Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin,
Pragyan Ojha, Ashok Dinda.