Sehwag Raina Jadeja may face axe for Asia Cup

Sehwag Raina Jadeja may face axe for Asia Cup

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM


Mumbai: A number
of players, now touring Australia, are likely to be axed when the national
cricket selectors meet on February 29 to choose the team for the Asia Cup
cricket tournament, that will also feature Pakistan Sri Lanka and
Bangladesh.

The meeting of the selection committee, to be chaired
by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, comes after another crushing defeat for India
in the tri-series match against Australia in Sydney in which players like
Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja stood out as failures.

Jadeja,
who was bought by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings for a
whopping USD 2 million, failed again by making only 8 runs to give team a
total of 101 runs in seven matches of the tri-series for an average of
16.83.

He has been touted as an all-rounder but has taken only
two wickets for an average of 142.

The limitation of Raina, who
has an excellent record at home, was exposed again in Sunday's match when
he scored just 8 runs to give him an aggregate of 142 runs in seven
matches for an average of 20.28.

His excellent fielding may not
be enough for him to retain his place.

A key question before the
selectors would concern Sachin Tendulkar - whether he would make himself
available for selection and whether he will be picked up after a poor run
in ODIs in Australia.

Virender Sehwag's bad form is another issue
to be addressed by the selectors. It would not come as a surprise if he is
ignored.

Asia Cup may give the selectors an opportunity to try
out the likes of Manoj Tiwary, who is part of the ODI team in Australia,
but has not been given an opportunity.

Opener Ajinkya Rahane,
Rajasthan's Robin Bist, who emerged as the highest run-scorer in Ranji
trophy this season, are some of the players who can get a chance.

Stumper
batsman Dinesh Karthik, who hit three centuries this season so far, is
also an option for the selectors as he can be used as an opener as well.

The
selection committee meeting to pick the team was advanced by a day to
February 29 from March 1.

India are to clash with Sri Lanka in
their opening match of the tournament on March 13.





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