Kohli, Gambhir to make way for Tiwary, Pujara?

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Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 15:55 [IST]
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Bangalore, Jan 17: Team India is struggling to get a good start following a top order collapse, will the selectors pick other talented players instead of retaining the same squad is one question that leaves everyone pondering. With the likes of Manoj Tiwary and Cheteshwar Pujara also playing well, will the struggling Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir make way for the talented youngsters?

Gambhir has been struggling to strike form and Virat Kohli's efforts in the last couple of matches suggest that he is undergoing a bad patch.

Having played four matches this year (three against Pakistan and one against England), Gambhir has collected only 86 runs, averaging a mere 21.50 with a highest score of 52, which is quite disappointing.

With scores of 16, 17, 43, 21, 8, 11, 15, 52 and 8 in the last nine innings (including T20Is and ODIs Vs Pak, Eng) Gambhir has certainly disappointed the selectors.

Having dropped Virender Sehwag for the first three ODIs against England, selectors could also axe Gambhir for the remaining ODIs, and pick Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary.

Virat Kohli's slump in form, a worry!

Team India's Virat Kohli has been struggling to strike form in the last couple of matches. He averages a mere 16.50 off 4 matches played in 2013.

Gambhir's form disappointing

India's Gautam Gambhir has recorded 86 runs off 4 matches played in the year 2013, at an average of 21.50.

Will Pujara replace Kohli at No 3?

Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara has been highly successful in the domestic circuit. Looks like he would get a chance to make his ODI debut against England.

Fit Manoj Tiwary awaits ODI call-up

Having recovered from a side strain, Manoj Tiwary could be an ideal person to add more strength to the struggling batting line-up.

If Gambhir's form has irked selectors, Virat Kohli's slump in form has also created a few problems. The Delhi youngster has also fared badly in the last four innings averaging 16.25 with a highest score of 37 in the first ODI against England.

With scores of 38, 9, 27, 0, 6, 7, 15, 37 Virat Kohli is also certainly struggling to strike form. Further the youngster is playing all the formats of the game continuously for the last few years, which could have also led to a burnout. It would be refreshing for him to take a break from the ODI series ahead of the team's important Test series against Australia.

Since Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit, selectors could hand in another opportunity to Tiwary and also allow Pujara to make his ODI debut against England.


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