This Indian selection is utter rubbish. The selectors clearly have no clue about what T20 really is and don't read the stat sheets, and may not even be watching the matches, either IPL (except Chikka at CKS games) or SMAT. When there are two questionable selections, you can excuse it, but when there are loads of questionable selections and omissions, as well as two blokes who shouldn't be there at all, and two who should easily make it, there are questions left unanswered.
To begin, there's no clear thinking on their part about what they want. They may have got right previous mistakes by leaving out T20 strugglers like Sreesanth and Ishant out, but we still see Ravindra Jadeja in the mix. They've left out Irfan from the probables itself, though he's fit and slowly but surely getting back to his best, but they've picked Nehra, carrying niggles. They've left out Irfan and the now-hot Uthappa because they're out of the probables, but had no hesitation in picking the banned and out-of-action (and also misfit in T20) Jadeja, yet again. In fact, Jadeja's repeated selection in T20 despite not being cut out for it at all seems to suggest that higher-ups in Saurashtra seem to be pulling strings at national selection, even when there are far better players in Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu and South Zone than him, while Srikkanth is the Chairman.
India's fielding has been a cause for concern. A lot of it has been due to Dhoni's defensive field settings, which demand ten Jonty clones at hand, but the selectors have still gone on and included the geriatric, ungainly Praveen Kumar, and the erratic Ashish Nehra. Are they trying to make selections that win matches? Or just keep some people happy and hope that the team somehow makes it?
The choice of back-up spinner has raised eyebrows, but while Chawla is not too bad, on present form, the exclusion of Amit Mishra is a highly questionable one. He's the best T20 spinner in India, and also capable with bat and on field. On the other hand, Harbhajan has played more matches than he has taken wickets, and is also a little suspect on the field lately. Besides, Yusuf Pathan can play as a full-fledged spinner in this team, and it will add an extra batsman, but that hasn't been explored.
The exclusion of the T20-ready youngsters Pandey and Saurabh Tiwary may be debated on, but these two are still young, and T20 is such that you need older, more experienced blokes at hand. The one good thing the selectors did is pick Vinay Kumar. Given that he's the least relevant (or famous) bowler in a team that depends highly on Steyn, Kumble, Praveen, Kallis and even Roelof van der Merwe, it's good for him. He's one of the faster bowlers in India, good on the field, and as a replacement for Irfan, also good with the bat. Let's just hope he's a regular in the team, as he's done every team he's played for a lot of good.
With this team, they can, at best, have a bowling unit of Zaheer, Vinay, Chawla, Yusuf and one of Nehra and Praveen, though all three spinners can play together. The batting may pick itself, though it makes sense to have Raina batting as low as eight or not getting an innings, as he's a struggler in T20Is, but with this squad, the options are clearly, very thin.