Jadeja to lead the Indian team in the finals
Mumbai: Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has been
ruled out of the
tri-series one-day cricket final against arch rivals
Pakistan at Bangalore on
The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI), Jayawant Lele,
said that Azhar, who had pulled out of the last two
league matches against Sri
Lanka at Pune and Pakistan at Mohali due to a shoulder
injury,is still to recover
"I spoke to Azhar in Hyderabad today and he told me that
his shoulder still
hurts and needed three more days rest", he added.
"However, he has confirmed his availability to lead the
side in the Sharjah
tourney from April seven involving India,Pakistan and
England for which the
team will be announced on Sunday at Bangalore. In his
absence Ajay Jadeja
will lead the side in the final," Lele said.
Azhar is the second casuality in the Indian side.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar
pulled out of the entire series due to back spasm for
which he received
treatment from a specialist Dr Ken Kenndy in England.
The selectors have also brought back medium pacer
Javagal Srinath, leg
spinner Anil Kumble, opening batsman S Ramesh,
Mongia in place of Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Virender Shewag,
Vinod Kambli and
Syed Saba Karim for the finals.
The team: Ajay Jadeja (capt), S Ramesh, Saurav Ganguly,
Rahul Dravid, Amey
Khurasia, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Robin Singh, Nayan Mongia
(wk), Anil Kumble,
Nikhil Chopra, Gyanendra Pandey, Javagal Srinath,
Venkatesh Prasad and Ajit
This was pasted from Times Of India.
Looks like the selectors are continuing with their experiment. They have
given another opportunity to
Khurasiya, Kanitkar and Ramesh, to grab a spot for WC99. Also, we can
safely omit Shukla, Shewag
from the WC99. Kambli, I am not so sure. I hope that the players given a
chance here grab it woth both
hands. This will ensure that India will put up a good show in the final.
Kanitkar is in the team as a
replacement for Azhar, and I don't think he will be in the playing eleven or
the WC99 squad.
Based on the squad announced, I think this is going to be the final XI:
Ganguly, Ramesh, Dravid, Khurasiya, Jadeja, Robin, Mongia, Agarkar, Srinath,
Kumble and Prasad.
We cannot afford to leave Prasad out after the way he bowled yesterday.
Chopra will have to sit out.
Ramesh and Dravid will have to chip in 2-3 overs of spin. If the pitch is
helping the seamers, then
we may not need them to bowl at all. The batting will have to improve to
give the bowlers a chance.
Lets also hope that if India loses wickets early, Jadeja does not come in
earlier than #5. It would be better
to send Robin or Mongia ahead of him to pinch hit. Then, Jadeja can slog in
the final 10 overs.
I am hoping for a repeat of the WC96 qtr final.... and a surprise Indian
win over Pakistan.... like in the Titan Cup
against South Africa, when India just managed to make it to the final and
beat the Unstoppable Proteas team.
Go Jadeja.... Get Them....Now you have almost a full strength team, and as
the Australians say, Tomorrow
is a new day and we start all over again....
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