Making you firmly believe, that the English humiliation facilitated by India carrying players with injuries, and returning from injury has left a huge mark on their future selections.
You can understand the wisdom too, for with Zaheer Khan already in the squad returning from injury, the inclusion of Irfan Pathan, after 3 Ranji matches would have represented a huge risk that they were unwilling to take. Much to the chagrin of the fans, who witnessed these matches in which he had dominated in, and so brought into his renaissance.
Ultimately, the fragility of his body shown in a glut of injuries, and a return recently from a career threatening ailment meant the Selectors have recognised him by including him in the team for the last two ODI matches against the West Indies Though were not confident enough to take a further leap of faith by investing full trust in him for an arduous Australia 4 Test series.
The fans will contest this, over the potential threat he could have represented in Australia in a series that India has a chance to win. In the memory of his previous exploits there, where he represented nightmares for all the Aussie batsmen. Though that was the past, when Irfan was a rising buck with a pristine body free of the legacy of injury, that allowed him to bowl long sustained spells of high calibre swing coupled with menacing pace. In his return, and recent successes, his swing has been there, but his pace has been mentioned at going through at around 125 kms.
Justifying the Selectors overlooking him until he does show a return to his fiery past
As for the man who did get the nod in Abhimanyu Mithun. Well he is like the kid in school that every knows is there, but rarely sees. Due to the fact that he is a solid and consistent performer, but rarely does anything to compel you to flurry through UTubue to bask in his inspirational highlights.
Solid, consistent, big hearted, and many more qualities that foster respect, but lacking that further ingredient to threaten or give faith that he is going to run through any batting line up.
A quality that Irfan Pathan possessed in abundance, but in the end the Selectors saw the wisdom in the solid of Mithun, rather than the potential spectacular of Irfan.
Ultimately, time will judge the wisdom of their selection.....