Many of the people ask this question after hearing the Indian 2011 World Cup Squad announced yesterday. It's the top news in every newspaper published. How could Srikanth and the selection board pick such a team for the world cup that to when hosted by us and Team India being the top favorites of the tournament? Or this is what you call 'Over Confidence'? Flat tracks in India is gonna support batting, that everyone knows. But how much huge may be the score, to defend that total we need a better bowling section which is really lacking in this squad. Four seamers and three spinners is the usual combination while selecting a squad for home matches. But just check out who all got into this.
Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Munaf and Nehra are selected seamers. Its certain that Zaheer and Praveen Kumar is going to make the playing eleven. But check the situation when we need a third one, Munaf or Nehra. How pathetic situation is that. Any one who check the previous one or two year performance of these two can easy understand that they don't even worth to be in the squad itself. Its only a week ago Nehra bowled 6 overs conceding 61 runs. Munaf, nothing to tell about his performance. All we can see for the last two years is number of injuries he had is more than the wickets he took. Its not the old scenario where we had only a handful of international players from which the selection should be done. After the introduction of IPL, lots of young talented players came into the frame. But these two are selected. Someone might say this is a big tournament and that need experienced players. Then just check the spinners. Along with Harbhajan, Ashwin and Piyush Chawla made into the squad. Just see how much ODI Ashwin had played yet. His performance is promising, but it seams the experience criteria shown in the section of seamers is not applicable here. Chawla is out of the Indian squad for a long time. Also he didn't had any recent eye catching performance.Yet he is in the squad.
Comments from all the veterans are flowing in about the team selection. Going for World Cup with one wicket keeper is to be noted. Is that mean Dhoni won't get injured at any situation? Or he can play and win the cup for us, how severe be his injury? Earlier Dravid was an option. Now what will happen, no one knows. Yesterday after announcing the team Dhoni mentioned this team selection is based on the performance for the last one and a half years. Did he mean the performance on the ground or to him? Seeing the squad it's clear that its the players performance towards their 'great captain'. There is no place for those who are not the favorite list of Dhoni, doesn't matter how good the perform in the field. Dhoni's wicket keeping is getting worse day by day. that may be the reason he's not allowing others not even to be in the squad. Now the Fans of Men in Blues can do only one thing. Just pray. It seams this damn politics in cricket will destory the chance of winning that cup in the favorable condition.