Friday, November 18, 2011

Yuvraj Singh dropped from Test squad again West Indies

Posted by Admin On 11:18 AM

Yuvraj Singh has been dropped once again from the Test squad with Indian selectors preferring to draft in Rohit Sharma for the final cricket Test against Windies. Sharma was satisfied for his consistent appearance in domestic circuit with the selectors draft him in place of the Punjab batsman who could manage only 66 runs in the three innings he played against the West Indies.

With spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha doing well, Harbhajan Singh was again overlooked for a place in the squad, which barring Yuvraj's exclusion, remained the same. Yuvraj scored 23 and 18 in the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla while he could direct only 25 on a batting paradise at the Eden Gardens. The exclusion could well mean curtains for the soon-to-be 30 southpaw who had won the Player of the contest award in the last World Cup.

Rohit on the otherhand has been satisfied for his back to back centuries against Railways and Rajasthan. While the stylish batsman scored 175 on a turner at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi, he smashed a quickfire 100 against Rajasthan in the last Ranji Trophy match.

Rohit was unlucky when he missed out on a Test cap after a freak injury while playing football at the VCA ground in Jamtha only an hour before the Test match against South Africa would have begun. With the No 6 slot vacant, it will be a tussle between Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit to grab that spot vacate by Yuvraj.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni threw his weight behind out-of-form team-mate Yuvraj Singh and said the middle-order batsman wanted support as he was going through a hard phase of his career.

Yuvraj, who made a response in the ongoing Test series, failed once again in the second Test against the West Indies with a reckless innings of 25 as India notched up an enormous 631 for seven in their first innings. He made 23 and 18 in the first Test in New Delhi.

One motive is that he has been in and out of the side. It's very difficult to back yourself. You have that bit of anxiety. It's a bit tough on him. But expectantly he will recover and do well for India,he said.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron.

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