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Thursday, June 14, 2007

A revamp of sorts

The selections have surprised us again. Luckily this time they are more pleasant. What was long due has finally happened. Sehwag and Harbhajan are sent out and this time, hopefully, they will not be back unless they manage to do something major in domestic cricket.

Sehwag is not new to being dropped. He was overlooked for a series at home just before the World Cup began. And I had hoped then that that would do his form some good. Only, that never happened. He came back again into the World Cup team and continued with his horrible run of form, not counting the century against a weak Bermudan team. Frankly, his deterioration from being an opening batsman capable of instilling fear into the minds of opposition bowlers to being a walking wicket has been appalling.

Ditto for Harbhajan Singh. Great debut against the mighty Australians even effecting a record wicket haul in the series and now struggling to retain his spot in the team.

So now with the duo gone we get to see some new faces: Rohit Sharma and Ranadeb Bose.

This is how the squad looks:

India's one-day squad (for Ireland tour): Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (vice-capt, wk), Rohit Sharma, Romesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Sreesanth.

India's Test squad(In England): Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar (vice-capt), Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Romesh Powar, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose.

Piyush Chawla and Romesh Powar will do the spinners' duty for India. The openers slot in the one-dayers will be a competition between Gambhir and Uthappa. Should be interesting to see who gets the thumbs-up.

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