Indian selectors have announced 16-member
Yuvraj Singh, who was dropped for the Asia Cup, has earned a recall to the test line up. He was also rested for the
Suresh Raina has been awarded with a test call up following his consistent form over the last few limited overs tournaments. He got a hundred in the T20 World Cup in the
Despite being in good form recently, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli could not make their way into the test squad. Specially, Rohit Sharma, after two centuries in the
Virender Sehwag retained his place, despite his recent injury which forced him out of the Asia Cup just after 2 matches. Besides Gambhir and Sehwag, Tamil Nadu batsman Murali Vijay is the third specialist opener named in the squad. Veteran batsmen Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have kept their places, while wicketkeeper batsmen Dhoni would lead the side. The Indian captain has been in superb form recently as it would be proven by his last 7 test scores: 132*, 25, 6, 89, 100*, 4 and 110.
Surprisingly Indian selectors named only 3 pacers in the squad. What is more surprising is that Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth have been recalled to the test squad, even though they did not have any impressive performance in the recent past. In fact, they did not have enough opportunity to prove their form and fitness. It is a matter of serious question that how two pacers with lack of match practice can be picked up for an important series like this one.
There is no doubt, Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar were not impressive enough to give a thought for the test squad, but Praveen Kumar, who has been pretty much consistent over the last few tournaments, could have been awarded a place in the test squad. More importantly, Ashish Nehra with his experience and recent fine form should have been recalled for the test series.
There are many who may criticize the selectors for the selection of Wriddhiman Saha as the back up for wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. It is true that he could not capitalize on his test debut against
Here is the Indian squad named for the
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni (WK), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth
Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra
There is no all rounder in the squad.