Ind vs Eng 2012: Ashok Dinda replaces injured Yadav, rest squad unchanged for 3rd Test

Ind vs Eng 2012: Ashok Dinda replaces injured Yadav, rest squad unchanged for 3rd Test

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Ind vs Eng 2012: Ashok Dinda replaces injured Yadav, rest squad unchanged for 3rd TestMumbai: Unfazed by the humiliating defeat in the second Test against England at Mumbai, national selectors on Tuesday persisted with the same squad giving under-fire star players another chance to prove their worth in the third match starting December 5 in Kolkata.

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The selectors refrained from making major changes to the team barring the inclusion of paceman Ashok Dinda for an injured Umesh Yadav. Dinda had been called as a cover for Ishant Sharma in the first Test and Yadav in the second Test though he did not get to play.

The selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil was to announce the team for the remaining two Test matches but did so only for the Kolkata match in a clear perform-or-perish message for some of the under-performing players.


"The teams for the fourth Test and the T20 Intl series, will be picked later," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

India lost the Mumbai Test by 10 wickets inside four days and there was intense speculation a leg-spinner would be drafted into the squad to bring more variety in the spin department.

But the selectors reposed faith on the spin trio of R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh despite their failure to exploit the pitch in Mumbai which was tailormade to suit India's demands.

Harbhajan retained his place in the squad despite picking up two wickets in the Mumbai Test where he bowled just 23 overs unlike Ashwin and Ojha who sent down nearly 45 overs each.

Also retained was senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who has been going through a prolonged form slump, his last 10 innings yielding just 153 runs at an average of 15.3, the lowest by an Indian top-order batsman in the corresponding period.

In the current series he has scored merely 13, 8 and 8 and has looked clearly out of sorts.


Opener Gautam Gambhir, who has also been out of form, did well in the second innings of the Mumbai match to hang on to his spot in the side.

The third Test will be played at Eden Gardens, which has been the venue of some of India's historic triumph, while Nagpur will stage the fourth and final Test from December 13 to 17.

The two Twenty20 Internationals after the Test series will be played in Pune and Mumbai on December 20 and 22 respectively.

The Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:49

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Raju M U - Ranebennur
Sachin is God of Cricket, Don`t Neglet it,
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R.L. Bangera - Mangalore
Leg Spinner Amit Mishra would have been better choice in place off colour Harbhajan Singh.
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Vidyadhar - Pune
Seniors in the team have already got a plenty of chances, till they have not performed well, why they are getting so many chances even though there is a fear of loosing the home series
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R.L. Bangera - Mangalore
Leg Spinner Amit Mishra would have been better choice in place Harbhajan Singh.
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Muthukumaran - Chennai
Poor Selection panel Yuvraj is not hot at spin why cant he be replaced with Raina??? Paper Tiger Sachin for what purpose he is playing??? with having ton`s of experience also failed of spin friendly pitch. Coming to monty panesar is he greater than Warne, Muralitharan i dont why Dhoni is prasing his a lot anyway change of Captain is urgently needed for India
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SD BORKAR - GOA
Sir, Youger generation and fitter cricket players should be exposed to foreign visiting side to get exposure & experience as they are our treasures. to name a few: Fast bowling capaigner: Sandeep sing, Ajinkya Rahane & Utmukt Chand. Give them chance one by one and give rest to seniors wizards one match by one match. Thanks.
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jimmy jose - kerala
india must play with two pacers and spiners.Bring Rahane in place of kholi.Why dont you sreeshanth for england series???
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jimmy jose - kerala
india must play with two pacers and spiners.Bring Rahane in place of kholi.Why dont you sreeshanth for england series???
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balram - kathiya
agli bar india jitega
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pradeep - mysore
please get back mr dravid to team , then only indian test team will bounce backbounce
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