I nearly predicted this in April as you might remember, but I thought the two test series would be with SL. I guess India-WI is the new India-SL. Be happy for the bcci. This means fewer useless Odis and t20s v SA before the SA test series.Cricinfo reporting that they'll be two tests against the Windies before the SA tour.
Which is pretty worrying for India, as I think Tendy might call it quits right before their biggest possible challenge....
There's no way Raina should even smell the test squad given his bad/mediocre Ranji performances. Tons of players more qualified then him. Rahane, Saha, DK, Badri, Manoj (if he can stay healthy), even Rayudu, and more than a few others I'm failing to mentionI think there could be a time when India line up for a test with this XI in batting order..
Dhoni (wk) (c)
Honestly, not the worst side we can put out on the park, if Raina can somehow get decent against short pitched bowling..
If that were really true and sachin could provide a lot of valuable info and confidence to his teammates, India would have many more matches in sachin's career, and especially of late. This isn't meant to be a sachin-specific slight. Of all the youngsters on the tour of Wi in 2011, how much better did they become from having Dravid and Laxman in the side. I'm not trying to call sachin selfish or not a team player, but I fail to see any proof that merely his presence in the xi will help inexperienced players. And besides, if its tips and advice that's so necessary, why can't that be provided by the coach and team management (which sachin could be a part of without actually playing)Experience is not just about a player's own performance, but what he can add to the side outside of just batting/bowling, like giving tips to youngsters etc.
Anyways this a bit of a shock in some ways, I really hope that this is just to have Sachin's 200th test @ home rather than a signal of his retirement
I also hope the SA tour still goes through with at least 3 tests, idc about the ODI's and T20.