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The Domestic Season begins..

by Homer

The Rest Of India team for the Irani Trophy has been announced and I am quite impressed with the job the selectors have done.

Not as impressive are the teams announced for the Challengers.Given the thinness of the bowling attack of the India Green team ( especially with the new ball) and I would reckon that it will be India Blue playing India Red in the finals.

A couple of grouses though - No Cheteshwar Pujara for the RoI team? Seriously? And no Praveen Kumar for the Challengers? Surely a spot could have been found for the man who was instrumental in India winning the CB series!

The Teams

Rest of India: Virender Sehwag (capt), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Kedar Jadhav, Abhinav Mukund, Uday Kaul, Sudeep Tyagi.
India Red: Yuvraj Singh (capt), M Vijay, Sunny Sohal, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Jaggi, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Sudeep Tyagi, Munaf Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Ishant Sharma, H Khadiwale.
India Green: Suresh Raina (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Tanmay Srivastava, Irfan Pathan, Ravi Inder Singh, S Badrinath, Chetanya Nanda, Parthiv Patel (wk), Shadab Jakati, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pankaj Singh, Uday Kaul.
India Blue, MS Dhoni (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Jalaj Saxena, Suresh Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, SK Trivedi, S Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, AS Goswami.

PS:- Given that Sehwag has gone on record to say that he is not in the running for India captaincy, what is the logic behind electing him to lead the Rest Of India squad?

8 comments:

straight point said...

last heard che was injured... after that there is no news...

regarding PK... until unless they find him the first name to be written as bowler in the team sheet... his absence is baffling...

straight point said...

another notable absentee is dravid... there by confirming my stance that dravid selection wont go beyond champions trophy...

Naked Cricket said...

Praveen, Dravid, Sehwag and Karthik would be playing in the Champions League - for BRC/DD.

Both the Challenger and the Champions League start on Oct 8

Homer said...

Thanks for that NC... That puts perspective on the selections..

Homer said...

SP,

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/16-teams-for-jp-atray-tournament/516717/

If Che can play here, Che can play for the RoI ! Which begs the question..

Cheers,

straight point said...

may be he is easing his way into more intense cricket...?

Thinking like Uncle (?)am said...

its a bloody TN-biased selection.
M Vijay - what has he done to merit 50 overs selection
R Ashwin - ditto
Badri - well maybe ok selection but he is from TN, so per Uncle (?)am's decree, he shouldnt have been selected.
Sureshkumar - anybody even heard of him?
Abhinav Mukund - one more quota seleciton
Jakati - must be dropped because he has CSK connection

Thinking like Uncle (?)am said...

Sorry I forgot to badmouth Balaji valaji. &*&&(( Balaji shouldnt be selected.
THere, now I feel better