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Sachin Tendulkar likely to play last two ODIs against West Indies

Sachin Tendulkar, who failed to reach the milestone despite coming close at least twice during the Test series, might be selected for the last two matches of the ongoing ODI series when national selectors on Monday.

If reports are to believed then Tendulkar, who had been rested from the squad for the first three matches, wants to play the remaining two matches of the series scheduled on December 8 and 11 in Indore and Chennai respectively.

Tendulkar’s last scored a century  on March 12 during a World Cup group league match against South Africa at Nagpur. It has been more than eight months that the entire nation has been waiting for the 100th hundred.

Indian team for the last two ODIs against the West Indies and Praveen Kumar’s replacement for the Australia tour will be named on 5 December 2011, when the selectors meet in Ahmedabad.

Praveen Kumar ruled out of the Test series in Australia

India pacer Praveen Kumar was on Tuesday ruled out of the Test series in Australia due to a fractured rib that would take 5-6 weeks to heal.

“Praveen Kumar underwent a scan yesterday (28 Nov 2011) evening, and was found to have a fractured rib, as per the report that came through today,” a BCCI release said.

“He is expected to recover in 5-6 weeks, and has therefore been ruled out of the ODI series against the West Indies, as well as the Test series in Australia that follows.”

“His replacement for the Australia tour will be named on 5 December 2011, when the selectors meet in Ahmedabad to pick the Indian team for the last two ODIs against the West Indies.”

Praveen Kumar ruled out of first three ODIs

Praveen Kumar, the most experienced India medium-pacer in the squad,  has been ruled out of the first three one-day internationals against West Indies because of a chest injury. He has been replaced by the Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun.

“Praveen Kumar has got a blunt chest on the left side, and has therefore been ruled out of the first three ODIs against the West Indies. Abhimanyu Mithun will replace him in the squad for the first three games”, said BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

In the absence of Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar will lead the pace attack along with Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.

Squad has been selected based on English conditions: Srikkanth

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Saturday said that the 16-man squad for the ODI series against England was selected on basis of the conditions in England.

“I think the one day team has been selected again purely on performance, concentrations and conditions prevailing in England and taking into consideration, how we have been performing,” Srikkanth said.

“We have selected the team on the basis of the conditions in England and with a lot of deliberation and thought.”

Rahul Dravid has made a surprise comeback into the ODI squad after being on the sidelines for two years.

The last time Dravid played an ODI was in September 2009 against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

M.S. Dhoni will captain the squad, while Virender Sehwag will be the vice-captain.

The team will be without off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who suffered Grade I Abdominal Muscle strain during the second Test leading to his being ruled out of the remaining two games, and injured Yuvraj singh.

Yuvraj Singh, who fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, has not been considered for the limited overs series.

“Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players but unfortunately when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything about it,” he said.

“They [Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj] Singh are coming back. They will have to undergo rehab at NCA. So with regard to all those people, we will have to cross the bridge only when they prove their fitness.

“Yuvraj has got fracture so obviously it will take that bit of time for him to recuperate.

Srikkanth feels that India, who trail 0-2 in the four-match test series against England, would make a strong comeback.

“There are times when team undergoes through tough phase and this particular series has been one like that. We lost the first two Test matches, but I am confident of a string comeback by the boys,” he said.

“During South Africa series, we lost the first Test badly and then we came back strongly and won the second Test match and almost won the series,” the former India captain tried to put up a brave front.

“Don’t forget we have Virender Sehwag back in the team, we have Gambhir and Zaheer coming back in the team. So I think the experience of Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer will help us to fight back strongly and do well in the next two Test matches,” he said.

“There are times when best of the teams also go through tough times. I mean it happens and you need to accept it very gracefully. I don’t want to give any excuses, let us accept the fact that England played better than India in the first two Test matches and move on rather than complaining we could have done this or done that,” the chairman added.

The Indian team for the ODI series: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra and Parthiv Patel.

Praveen Kumar fined for showing dissent

India bowler Praveen Kumar has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during England’s innings on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Kumar was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision.

The charge related to an incident at the end of the 18th over of the day during which Kumar had an appeal for leg before wicket against England batsman Kevin Pietersen turned down and at the end of the over he then engaged in a debate with umpire Marais Erasmus about the decision.

After play concluded for the day, the player admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Ranjan Madugalle the chief referee of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus and third umpire Billy Bowden of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires as well as fourth umpire Tim Robinson.

One of my best effort under difficult conditions: Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has ranked his double hundred against India among the best innings he has played for England.

Pietersen reached 202 from just 326 deliveries, of which only 25 were used to compile his final fifty.

Pietersen believes this double hundred was one of his best performance.

“It’s definitely something to be proud of,” Pietersen said. “There are some fairly complementary things being said to me in the dressing room.

“Given the conditions I batted in yesterday and, having to face (India captain Mahendra Singh) Dhoni for half an hour, I think it’s right up there with hundreds I have scored.

“I’ve never had to work harder; they bowled really well with the swinging ball and the pitch was seaming as well. I was missing some balls by a couple of inches on occasions and it was real hard graft.”

“It’s very difficult to say (how the game will go),” he added. “The history of Lord’s suggests it is quite difficult to win Tests here.”

However, Pietersen did offer a suggestion that this encounter could be different given the assistance the wicket is giving the bowlers.

“The wicket is still doing a lot for the seamers. “It is swinging and if we can get the ball swinging then the conditions will be alien to the Indian batsmen,” he explained.

“It would have been interesting to see where India would have been had they been batting first. But, having put on a first-innings score of 474, we are in a pretty good position.”

For India, Praveen Kumar took his first Test five-wicket haul.

Praveen’s performance ensures him a place on the Lord’s honours board.

“It was a dream to play here,” he said. “The weather was nice and it felt really nice to get the five wickets.”

Praveen does not believe that Zaheer’s absence put him under unnecessary pressure.

“It was not a question of pressure (to fill in for Zaheer), it was just a question of motivating myself,” he added.

“I liked it because I have been bowling 30 to 35 overs in domestic cricket as well. We all bowled well and stuck to our plans.”

Ishant, Praveen injured ahead of 3rd Test

India’s medium pacers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar received injuries ahead of the third cricket Test against the West Indies starting here Wednesday.

Ishant and Praveen injured themselves while playing football during a practice session at Windsor Park here Monday evening. During the game, Praveen Kumar accidentally head-butted the left cheekbone of Ishant.

Senior player Rahul Dravid said that Ishant’s injury is a minor one and will be healed before the match starts.

“It’s just a small bruise, little bit of a cut may be, but apparently it’s not very serious. So it should be okay. I think it’s a small cut underneath the eye,” said Dravid.

Ishant has so far picked up 16 wickets from the series which includes a 10-wicket haul in the Barbados Test.

The Third Digicel Test will be played at Windsor Park from Wednesday July 6thto Sunday July 10th.

India hold a 1-0 series lead in the three match series.

Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth To Miss West Indies Test Series

Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth have been ruled out of the Test series against West Indies. Abhimanyu Mithun and Praveen Kumar have been named as their replacements in the Test squad.

Zaheer has a right ankle problem, Sreesanth has a right elbow problem and both are undergoing rehabilitation.

Updated Indian Test Team For West Indies Tour

MS Dhoni (capt), VVS Laxman (vc), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Abhimanyu Mithun, Praveen Kumar.

Injured Kumar to leave for India

The injury woes of India has continue as medium paces Praveen Kumar sustained an injury in his elbow on the eve of their 4-match ODIs opposing to South Africa beginning on Tuesday. Ishant Sharma was called as the replacement of Kumar’s place.

Ranjib Biswal, the team manager, had confirmed the news about the sustained bowling arm injury of Kumar that was suffered during the T20 match opposing to South Africa last Sunday.

Dhoni said in an interview that Kumar has been one of their main bowlers in the cricket’s shorter version and he’s been effective with the new ball. He added that they really don’t want to risk him, to think that the World Cup is getting nearer already.