Fletcher behind Jadeja, Pathan brothers' axing?

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Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012, 14:33 [IST]
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Fletcher behind the trio's axing?

Mumbai, Jul 5: India's most hyped all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan were axed from India's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka after discussing the issue with Team India coach Duncan Fletcher on Wednesday.

Following a rough patch, Jadeja and the Pathan brothers failed to impress the selectors as they were dropped for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka scheduled to start from July 21.

While pacer Praveen Kumar also faced the axe as he had to make way for the pace spearhead Zaheer Khan who returned to the side after being rested for the Asia Cup on fitness grounds.

All the four players represented India in the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh in the month of March and were dropped from the side as they had not performed well over a period of time.

While Ravindra Jadeja, IPL's million dollar boy was a huge disappointment in the fifth edition of IPL, he has not been up to the mark in the international arena as well.

Having represented India in 10 ODIs this year, the all-rounder has scored 105 runs at an average of 17.50 and has claimed 4 wickets with 1/32 being his best so far in the limited overs format this year.

His T20 stats are also not impressive as he has played 2 T20s and has managed to get only 1 wicket and collect 7 runs at an average of 7 in T20s this year.

After a poor-run in the IPL and failing to failing to impress the selectors in the first six months of the year following his poor-patch, Ravindra Jadeja needs to blame him alone for his axing.

While Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and Praveen Kumar also had similar stories, Irfan was impressive in bits, but was not consistent, which made the selectors to think of giving opportunities to other players.

Praveen Kumar on the other hand has not been very impressive this year as he has claimed just 8 wickets off 7 matches this year with the best beign 3/56 at an average of 46.25.

Irfan Pathan's has claimed 11 wickets off 7 ODIs played this year at an average of 31.18 with the best being 4/32 and has collected 96 runs at an average of 24 with a highest score of 47.

Similarly Yusuf Pathan also faced a similar situation as he has not played an ODI this year but his performance in IPL 5 was also disappointing as he had scored just 194 runs off 17 matches at an average of just over 19 with a highest score of 40.

These reasons coupled with Duncan Fletcher's perspective also played a role in axing these cricketers for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

"One good thing is that we had Indian cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher with us. We had a lot of discussions about the pros and cons, about what happened, what did not happen, what's true and what's not true.

"It was a very healthy discussion with Duncan Fletcher. We wanted to sort out everything and make sure this season starts with a bang," Srikkanth explained.

With the team looking balanced with a good batting line-up and a bowling attack lacks an all-rounder.


Story first published:  Thursday, July 5, 2012, 14:30 [IST]
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