Sunday, January 20, 2008

Excluding Sourav Ganguli from ODI cricket team

Excluding Sourav Ganguli from ODI cricket team

It seems that controversies and selection of Indian teams are running on the parallel lines. Can you recall a single selection without producing a controversy? It seems that Indian selectors are running with the habit of having the surprise element in every of their mutual decision during their gathering for the selection of the team.

Every time the selection committee comes out with one two strange and not standing to reason decisions over the inclusion or excluding some of the players. Today Indian selectors announce the team for the ODI tri nation series being held in Australia in next month. It is good to see many youngsters are getting chance to prove their worth and represent the country but surprisingly the player scoring most runs in the ODI format of the game during the year 2007 was missing the place in the list of selected team for the first tournament of the year 2008.

Sourav Ganguli might be wondering about this because during the year 2007 he had scored over 1200 runs with 12 half centuries in 32 ODI matches but all this ignored by the selectors. Will this decision boost the moral of Ganguli for giving more than 100% during the Adilade test which going to prove a question of do or die for the Indian team in Australia? Here in India news channels are playing a movie song “Hum se Kiya Bhuli Hui Jiski Saza Humko Mili” [what is my sin for which I am being punished] with the news of excluding Sourav from the ODI squad. There is difference of opinion even among the selectors over this issue and every one seems to have own reasons of excluding the Bengal Tiger from the team. The probable reaction of sourav surely will be “Not Again”.

In my opinion selectors are gambling with youth Indian brigade though the experiment at Twenty -20 world cup was successful but surely the ground realities at Australia are very much different from the South Africa and top two teams of 2007 ODI World cup will in different mood so this is going to prove an acid test for the Indians. Nothing is better than exposure for gaining the experience but surely this is not allowing any one to play with career of inform player with proven track record. Sourav Ganguli is capable of place in the team even ahead of youngsters like the suresh Raina and Yuvraj. The selected sixteen are:

1. M.S. Dhoni [Captain]
2. Yuvraj Singh [Vice captain]
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Virendra Shewag
5. Gautam Gambhir
6. Dinesh Kartik
7. Suresh Raina
8. Robin Uttappa
9. Irfan Pathan
10. R.P. singh
11. S Shrisanth
12. Eshant Sharma
13. Praveenkumar
14. Rohit Sharma
15. Harbhajan singh
16. Piyush Chawala

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