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Monday, February 12, 2007

India announce World Cup squad

So this is what it's finally like:
Rahul Dravid (capt), Ajit Agarkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh
I don't know what Dileep Vengsarkar exactly means by back-ups, anyways the selectors have announced that Rudra Pratap Singh and Suresh Raina will be that - i guess the BCCI has been encouraged by ICC allowing Cricket Australia to include Symonds subject to fitnesss ( he may be replaced if he's not declared fit in time for the World Cup)
This is exactly the same 15 that I had mentioned in my blog a few days back, which makes one wonder whether the team had been decided a few days back and like everything else, this too had been leaked to the media.
In the poll that we had conducted on this site( see poll on the right), an overwhelming 78% of the voters wanted to see Sewhag in the team. So i guess Vengsarkar & Co. have taken a pretty populist decision..hope their faith in Sehwag is rewarded.


Anonymous said...

i am very pleased 2 see that Irfan Pathan is in the World Cup Squad, especially after all these comments on the Internet about his love life. Well done Irfan - your fans are proud of you and are behind you 100%; show the world what u are capable of doing.

Abhigyan said...

I am definitely not sure of Kumble, especially when I think we can blame him for yesterday. Hope he proves to be a better choice than Powar.
And Irfan, Sehwag, the question is who else could have been? Maybe a Gambhir. But we experimented for years, and came back to almost the same.
Laxman should retire from ODI cricket now.

Abhigyan said...

And also, exactly the same team had been published by Kadambari Murali ten days back on HT front page....so no guesses foe any leaks whatsoever...

Amit Bajaj said...

i don't know why you are singling out Kumble for yesterday's loss..harbhajan scored 2 off 11 balls..i would rather hold karthick or dhoni responsible for making it a run rate issue

Shahrukh Khan said...

I think sehwag in World Cup Squad is very bad choice,becauze laxman is better choice.

Homer said...

the bad news is that India wont progress beyond the Super 8's.

the good news is that I wont have to spend 200$ watching this bunch of losers play.

Anonymous said...

Yes, v.v.s Laxman should retire from one day cricket now.He is not picked because of politics.It is better for him to sign for a english county and show his batting skills there.He can prove himself there as a batsman.He will be respected there.After playing 100 tests he can retire from test cricket,but he can decide on that for himself.
Inia is going to lose many matches in this world cup.And after this world cup, rahul dravid will be replaced as captain.Sourav ganguly might retire.

I think England can win the world cup 2007.That will be a great achievement for michael vaughan as captain.