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Yuvi, Ojha and M Vijay in

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by HP (U1918533) 04 December 2008
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Yuvraj has been selected in the Test squad along with spinner Ojha and opener M Vijay. Yuvi will fill ganguly's slot.

squad: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj , M Vijay, Dhoni, Harbhajan , Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Mishra, Munaf , Pragyan Ojha and badrinath

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posted Dec 4, 2008

crouching tiger - yuvraj came a cropper in the oz series in part due to off field distractions mainly of the female variety - having dated indian girls i know how unstable the majority are so i pity poor yuvi - hopefully he has met a more rational one [some do actually exist] to keep his mind on the job

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posted Dec 4, 2008

well yuvi has a weakness for women and sub standard bowling. hes been linked with kim sharma and deepika padukone.

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posted Dec 4, 2008

Which one of them is the woman and which is the substandard bowler?

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posted Dec 4, 2008

Count <laugh>

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posted Dec 4, 2008

count - kim sharma is a starlet and deepika is a star and incidentally deepika was linked with MS dhoni too before she was linked with Yuvraj

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posted Dec 4, 2008

Yuvraj will fail in Tests - The English fast bowlers can nab him wiht short stuff outside off which is Yuvraj's weak area

M. Vijay should play if Gambhir is unavailable - Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, M. Vijay, Dhoni , Zaheer, Ishant, Bhajji, Mishra - playing eleven

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posted Dec 5, 2008


Yuvraj is simply not Test class. A pity we do not get to see much better talent getting in - Pujara , Badrinath. We have even lost great talent like R Sathish who joined the rebel cricket league ICL. Now youngsters like him will never get to play for the country. This becomes more lamentable when we consider that sooner or later we will have to face the retirement of Sachin and Dravid.
When are our selectors ever going to learn!?!?
I have a feeling that even a walloping from England in the two Test series will not wake them up.

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posted Dec 5, 2008

Yuvraj is yet to prove himself outside the sub-continent. I guess his real test will come when India tours New Zealand, who despite their ICL woes have a decent bowling attack.

Pujara scored heavily in the Super League. he is young and talented and I hope he keeps up the good work. He is bound to get selected some day. He was quoted saying that he has a lot of work to do before he becomes a complete batsman. Let's hope we see him in action playing for the Night Riders next season.

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posted Dec 5, 2008

Even if the whole Indian team retires, Yuvraj cannot play Test cricket - He is defective against the rising ball outisde off

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comment by Sam (U13726178)

posted Dec 6, 2008

a) Vijay was selected cos he comes from the same school as Kris Srikant. He looks a good player, no doubt. But why he was rushed was simply cos Srikant became the chairman. I mean..badrinath and pujara deserve to be picked before him simply cos they have been waiting in the wings for much longer than him. Specially Badri.If we needed an opener then even Akash Chopra cudve been picked up.He scored tonnes of runs last year. Having said that, Vijay definitely looked cut out for Test cricket in the 1 test he played,so even if there was some nepotism involved, it turned out to be a decent selection in the end.
b) Yuvraj has a test average of 33 after first 32 innings.Laxman had an average of 21 after his first 26 completed innings. Laxman doesnt have the greatest technique outside the off stump either. Why not give him some time.
Even otherwise.. A test average of 33 in the first 30 odd innings isnt pathetic by any standards.
While he is suspect against good quality spin, he is at the same time the biggest destroyer of spin bowling in the world. May be second only to Sehwag. When we talk about his spin failures, they have primarily come against Murali, Mendis and those misread googlies of Hogg.
Murali has troubled batsmen all over. Mendis has had the kind of start no other bowler in One day cricket history ever had. Yuvraj wasnt the only one to fall to hogg's well disguised googlies.
In short, the guy definitely deserves a long run in test cricket. If he fails he will be dropped.
@ fair & balanced..even Vijay got out to Watson's rising delivery in the 1st innings. Lets see how he does against such ones in future. btw Yuvraj has taken Allan Donald, Mcgrath, Flintoff to cleaners. Something even Mr Tendulkar couldnt do very often. He generally played them out n scored off the other bowlers.
C)Pujara could have been selected but then who cud u drop. Its like the Aussie team of yore where the likes of Husseys and Stuart laws cudnt get in. Dropping Vijay wudve been unfair aftr his solid display in his debut test and Badri just had to play. Infact i wud prefer to see badri in place of Dravid.

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