The Indian cricket selectors came out with the list of 30 probable’s for the 2015 world cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand and the big names of the last world cup Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were missing as per latest report from NDTV. Sehwag and Zaheer are both 36 years old and this is perhaps the end of the road of their illustrious career. On the other hand the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 world cup Yuvraj Singh’s form has been choppy and both Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir also do not have much to show for this year.
This would not have been an easy decision for the selectors to make however the final list has been released and one can even call it an end of an era when two of the world’s most explosive batsmen Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh who had the unique ability to take on any attack and make mincemeat of them will never play in a cricket world cup tournament ever again. All the five players were integral part of the team for many years and featured in the victories of 2007 T20 World Cup and and 2011 World Cup for limited over International. Cricket and in general sports can be cruel mistress and if it can give a player name and recognition it can also dealt a blow of rejection to the best.
Virender Sehwag played 104 test scoring 8586 runs and in one day cricket he played 251 matches scoring 8273 runs. He is the only Indian player to have scored two triple hundreds in test matches and second player to score a triple hundred in a one day match after Sachin Tendulkar. He played the game with no fear but sadly his hand eye coordination gave up on him which was his strength.
Zaheer Khan played 92 tests matched for India taking 311 wickets often bowling in batsmen friendly wickets. In limited over matches he played 200 games taking 282 wickets and was the senior fast bowler of the team for many years.
Harbhajan Singh played 101 test matches taking 413 wickets which the third highest and in 229 one day internationals he took 259 wickets making him one of all time greats of the game. He is also a very good batsmen batting down the order and even scored 2 hundreds.
Yuvraj Singh was in many people’s opinion the best one day cricketer of India has ever produced. His strokes looked effortless and who can forget the six sixes he hit of Stuart Broad in the inaugural T20 World Cup which India won. Yuvraj Singh played 40 tests marches and scored 1900 runs which have left many cricket pundits bewildered because of his talent. But in the ODI’s he played in 293 matches and scored 8329 runs making him an all time great. A useful part time bowler and one the best fielders India had ever produced because in many matches he had taken some breathtaking catches. A real fighter who even over came cancer and made a comeback. Though he will not be part of this team, it would be foolish to write him off.
Gautam Gambhir can be called one of the best opening batsmen in test and oneday cricket for India. He played in 54 tests match’s scoring 4012 at an average of 44.18 and in limited over matches he played in 147 games scoring 5238 runs with an enviable average of 39.68. But bad form has kept this south paw out of this team over a year now and he played a very crucial knock of 97 runs in the finals against Sri Lanka in 2011 and he also scored 75 runs against Pakistan in the 2007 inaugural T20 world cup.
The list of probable’s for 2015 world cup:
MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay.