Yuvi in, Ishant ruled out of 1st Test

Updated: 18 March 2008 06:44 IST

Injured Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the first Test against South Africa.

Yuvi in, Ishant ruled out of 1st Test

New Delhi:

Young sensation Ishant Sharma was ruled out of this month's first Test against South Africa as Indian selectors grappled with fitness issues following a long and difficult tour of Australia.

The selectors named a 14-man squad for the first two Tests of the three-match series beginning on March 26 but vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh must clear a fitness Test on March 21.

Indian Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah said, "Harbhajan Singh has to undergo a fitness test on the 21st in Bangalore."

Opener Wasim Jaffer, who made just 49 runs in the 3 Tests in Australia, was lucky to keep his place.

Meanwhile, the in-form Gautam Gambhir was also kept out of the 14-man side for the first two Tests against the South Africans, despite making 2 hundreds in the tri-series in Australia. Apparently the selectors wanted to include him but the board was insistent on keeping the squad to 14.

Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have all been retained in the side, which would be led by Anil Kumble.

The first Test will be played in Chennai from March 26 to 30 and the second in Ahmedabad from April 3 to 7.

Squad: Anil Kumble (captain), Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh and Piyush Chawla.

Standby: Dinesh Karthik

India's Test career stats

Player MInn Runs HS Ave Overs Runs Wkts Best
SR Tendulkar 146 237 11782 248* 55.58 643.4 2212 42 3-10
A Kumble 125 162 2419 110* 18.61 6477.2 17428 604 10-74
RS Dravid 118 203 9897 270 55.6 20 39 1 1-18
SC Ganguly 103 169 6581 239 42.46 500.2 1617 32 3-28
VVS Laxman 90 148 5658 281 44.2 44 107 2 1-2
Harbhajan Singh 63 87 1133 66 16.42 2833.5 8039 256 8-84
V Sehwag 53 89 4358 309 50.67 241.2 749 18 3-33
W Jaffer 28 53 1818 212 34.96 11 18 2 2-18
IK Pathan 28 38 1041 102 29.74 959.2 3141 100 7-59
MS Dhoni 26 43 1304 148 34.32 1 13 0 0-13
Yuvraj Singh 22 35 1018 169 32.84 35 121 3 2-9
KD Karthik 19 30 931 129 32.1 0 0 0 -
S Sreesanth 11 17 167 35 15.18 397.5 1299 46 5-40
RP Singh 11 14 83 30 7.55 335.2 1329 40 5-59
P Chawla 1 1 1 1 1 14.1 53 1 1-8


India against South Africa

Player

M

Inn

runs

HS

Ave

Overs

Runs

Wkts

Best

A Kumble

19

32

476

88

17

1040.2

2430

80

6-53

SR Tendulkar

19

35

1202

169

36.42

72.5

233

6

3-10

RS Dravid

15

29

954

148

35.33

0

0

0

-

SC Ganguly

14

26

736

73

30.67

77

232

5

2-36

VVS Laxman

12

20

510

89

30

0

0

0

-

V Sehwag

7

12

500

164

41.67

20.4

68

2

1-7

W Jaffer

5

10

231

116

23.1

0

0

0

-

Harbhajan Singh

3

3

31

17

10.33

166.1

475

16

7-87

S Sreesanth

3

6

51

28

10.2

115

395

18

5-40

KD Karthik

3

4

148

63

49.33

0

0

0

-

MS Dhoni

2

4

104

47

26

0

0

0

-

IK Pathan

1

1

24

24

24

36

89

3

3-72



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