No Major Surprises!
T20 world cup squad is announced and it's mostly on expected lines. Even the selectors springing a surprise with Chawla over Mishra not a surprise at all - at least one surprise is expected from them every time!
The team selection has happened on expected lines though some super performers of current IPL may feel left out. Unlike the first edition that India won with a team that was completely on unexpected lines treading unknown territory (remember Dravid, Sachin and Ganguly opted out at that time), this time the selectors seem to be trying to win with a fully experienced side.
First, about some known names that didnt make the cut. Ishant, Sreesanth, Tyagi. Good. They are at times predictable and go for many runs, not learning to adopt variation in bowling.
Second, the guy who should have been there in T20 but could be dropped in tests, Amit Mishra. He has repeatedly proved, especially last night against RCB, that his classical leg spin is still very much in vogue. However, selectors went in for Piyush Chawla. I cannot see regional politics here - I always thought Chawla hadn't received a fair opportunity to perform, but then, he is better suited for the longer version with his variation. He can take a wicket even when the batsmen are defensive which is the case in Tests. Mishra can take wickets mainly when the batsmen attack him as in T20. That is the subtle difference one needs to understand and choose the team on the horses for courses principle.
Third, the guy who made it through his hard work. Vinay Kumar. All have seen how nippy he is off the wicket and the number of wickets that he has taken in the last 2 matches. Despite his leading wicket taker tag in the domestic cricket, his selection must have happened mainly over his performance in the last 2 matches. This lad has made a lot of sacrifices, in fact, I read that his father has brought up his children from small means. Great job Vinay, variation is the key in the Caribbean as the pitches are similar to what we have in India (barring that beautiful track at the Chinnaswamy the other night when RCB routed Chennai). You must have learnt a trick or two from our own Praveen Kumar.
I wont write about the guys who made it on expected lines, though Nehra's lack of fitness will give more opportunities to Vinay in the final XI. Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat Kohli may raise some dissent, but its hard to choose between the two.
Guys like Saurav Tiwari, Manish Pandey, Uthappa, Dhawan may feel let down since their good show recently could not earn them a place in a team packed with allrounders. Tough luck guys, your time will come. just imagine guys like Abhishek Nayar and Abhimanyu Mithun are yet to get an IPL match, forget selection! As the selected players continue playing IPL, there will be a strong likelihood that more players may lose fitness giving an opportunity to some of these youngsters.
Of all the guys choosen, I am quite pleased with the selection of Ravindra Jadeja. I thought the selectors may overlook him with the excuse that he isnt playing in the IPL. He is a super prospect, a must have in our ODI and T20 squads. No two words about that. Except for him, and for guys like Gambhir, Nehra who are still injured, others performances in this IPL will throw more light on whether they deserved their selection or not.
RCB fans, what you say?