According to the probables picked by the Indian selectors, most of the players lack experience and might be under pressure to perform at the biggest stage of all © Getty Images (File Photo)
According to the probables picked by the Indian selectors, most of the players lack experience and might be under pressure to perform at the biggest stage of all © Getty Images (File Photo)

The quintet of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan being dropped from the list of 30 probables. Abhishek Mukherjee probes into the fact that the young side may fall short in experience.

So the Fab Five Part II (can Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan be called that?) is out of contention for the tournament. The squad retains only four players (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Suresh Raina) from the squad that had lifted the World Cup three-and-a-half years back.

While the new team will thrive on fitness and the exuberance of youth, will they able to make up for the lack of experience? Had they played, the quintet would have been the more senior than anyone in the squad. Barring Gambhir (who had made his ODI debut two days before Amit Mishra) all of them had made their debut in 2000-01 or before, and even Gambhir has a decade of ODIs under his belt.

Between them, the five men have played a whopping 1,120 ODIs, scoring 23,822 runs and taking 748 wickets between them.

  Debut M R W
Yuvraj Singh

2000-01

293

8,329

111

Virender Sehwag

1999

251

8,273

96

Harbhajan Singh

1998

229

1,190

259

Zaheer Khan

2000-01

200

792

282

Gautam Gambhir

2003

147

5,238

Total

1,120

23,822

748

Per person

224

4,764

150

The 30 probables, on the other hand, have played a mere 1,385 (a mere 265 more than the five). Though they have scored about 8,000 runs more (the runs per person is 1,047 as compared to 4,764 for the probables), the probables have actually taken less wickets than the five.

  Debut M R W
MS Dhoni

2004-05

250

8,192

1

Suresh Raina

2005

203

5,051

31

Virat Kohli

2008

146

6,208

4

Rohit Sharma

2013-14

126

3,752

8

Ravindra Jadeja

2008-09

109

1,691

134

Ravichandran Ashwin

2010

87

609

119

Ishant Sharma

2007

75

72

106

Shikhar Dhawan

2010-11

49

2,046

Robin Uthappa

2006

43

890

Ajinkya Rahane

2011

42

1,230

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

2012-13

42

156

44

Umesh Yadav

2010

38

44

47

Mohammed Shami

2012-13

36

73

68

Amit Mishra

2003

27

24

45

Ambati Rayudu

2013

24

685

2

Murali Vijay

2008-09

14

253

Ashok Dinda

2010

13

21

12

Mohit Sharma

2013

11

13

8

Manoj Tiwary

2007-08

9

253

5

Wriddhiman Saha

2010-11

9

41

Akshar Patel

2014

9

40

14

Varun Aaron

2011-12

9

8

11

Stuart Binny

2013-14

6

40

9

Dhawal Kulkarni

2014

4

8

Karn Sharma

2014-15

2

Kedar Jadhav

2014-15

1

20

Parvez Rasool

2014

1

2

Manish Pandey

0

Sanju Samson

0

Kuldeep Yadav

0

Total

1,385

31,412

678

Per person

46

1,047

23

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(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Chief Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs here and can be followed on Twitter here.)