Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Young Team: Toothless India...!

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The Indian Cricket team is playing the Tri-series in Zimbabwe. This series also features the hosts, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. But the most surprising news is the team India selection for this series.
Senior Indian Cricketers have been rested for this triangular cricket series in Zimbabwe, Suresh Raina is leading the young Indian team in the series.
I support the Indian selector’s decision to include youngsters in the national team, but what amazed me was the exclusion of almost all the cream of the senior cricketers. I have not seen such a clean sweep of senior players from Indian cricketers for a while. The team does not include players like Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh  and most amazingly, the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The idea was to give opportunity to a host of youngsters for their impressive performances in the domestic circuit. Players like R. Ashwin, Pankaj Singh, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar and Naman Ojha have been awarded for their good performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Murali Vijay is another youngster who will make his ODI debut. Virat Kohli is the vice-captain while Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha make a comeback in the ODI side.
Besides the Tri-series, ending June 09,  India will also play two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe. Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla will play only in the two Twenty20s.
Now, there are a few issues I want to discuss here. First, the Indian team should not
be made empty of all the experienced players. Its good to add youngsters but without any senior players, the team seems to be toothless. If some senior players were also selected for this series, the youngsters would have felt much more confident, plus they would have a better opportunity to learn from their seniors.

Secondly, a number of players have been selected on the basis of their performance in IPL. I have been saying that performance in IPL should not be taken as a criterion for ODIs, Tests or even T20 International games. IPL is a domestic tournament and it has a lot of politics and glamour involved. Also, the issues like match-fixing surround the tournament. So, to me IPL is not a good criterion to select players for international games especially for ODIs and Test.
Team India has lost the first ODI against Zimbabwe but they did manage to win the 2nd game against Sri Lanka. But to me, the current Sri Lankan team is too weak to test the Indian team strengths.
Your Turn Now: What do you say, Is this the right decision to completely throw out the senior players for this series? Do you think this young Indian side seems to be Toothless? Do you think IPL should be taken as a criterion for selection in International games? Or Anything Else…Tell in your COMMENTS.


Mukhdesh Panday said...

Well I think its a bad decision from Indian board to left out all the senior players.

Suresh Raina does not have the ability to lead team India. At least Dhoni should hv been included in the team.

Young Indians are Good but they also need guidance of senior players.

But Indian Board is only interested in earning money, through IPL. Instead they should have focused on Indian Cricket.

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