Slow blow: Dhoni to miss 4th Test after over rate suspension

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s casual approach to the art of Test captaincy caught up with him when he was banned for India’s fourth Test against Australia

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Published:January 16, 2012 1:14 am

Slow blow: Dhoni to miss 4th Test after over rate suspension
Perth:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s casual approach to the art of Test captaincy caught up with him on Sunday when he was banned for India’s fourth Test against Australia. The one-match ban for his team’s failure to maintain an acceptable over rate completed a miserable day for Dhoni,who was dismissed for two runs. In his absence,Virender Sehwag will lead the team in Adelaide. “The India team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third Test against Australia in Perth,” read an International Cricket Council (ICC) news release.

“As this is the second offence within 12 months India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been suspended for the next Test match in line with the ICC Code of Conduct.”

India were two overs shy of the minimum rate required,the ICC said. The first offence was committed in the second Test against West Indies in Barbados in July.

Selectors pick Sachin in ODI squad,discuss Aus debacle
Kolkata:
The agenda was to pick the team for the tri-series and the two T20 Internationals,but when the national selectors met in Chennai on Sunday evening they also discussed India’s 0-3 defeat in Australia.

Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan returned to the ODI fold for the first time since the World Cup in a 17-member squad,which also included Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel. Yuvraj Singh was not considered as he is yet to recover fully from a non-malignant lung tumour,while Tendulkar’s return means that Ajinkya Rahane has missed out.

Chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said after the meeting that he was ready to take blame for the team’s failure in Australia. “It was a collective failure. If you want me,as the chairman of the selection committee,to take the blame upon myself,I am ready to do that. Our batting has failed completely and there can be no excuse for that,” said Srikkanth.

According to a source,the selectors have decided to phase out the seniors,starting with VVS Laxman. Srikkanth,however,tried to defend the old guard,saying that it would be improper to blame only the senior pros who have “8,000 or 10,000 Test runs”. “The next Test series is in September. We do not know what will happen at that time. But if Laxman decides to retire,I can’t say anything about that.”

A consensus,however,has been reached in the meeting about starting afresh as far as the Test team is concerned. “The selectors agreed that the team needs fresh ideas and fresh legs to move forward. It’s time for an overhaul,” the source said.

T20 & ODI squad: M S Dhoni (captain),Virender Sehwag,Gautam Gambhir,Sachin Tendulkar,Suresh Raina,Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Ravindra Jadeja,Manoj Tiwary,Parthiv Patel,Zaheer Khan,Umesh Yadav,Irfan Pathan,Vinay Kumar,Praveen Kumar,Rahul Sharma,R Ashwin.

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