Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Go ye forth, young men

The Indian team for the one-days and tests is out. And Sehwag, Patel and Harbhajan fail to make the cut. I'm happy to see Patel out; he is a dud, and all he would have done on this tour is break down again (or lope in to bowl amiable 125k'ers). I feel bad for both Sehwag and Harbhajan - but on personal, rather than cricketing, grounds. I've admired them both a great deal, and enjoy their presence on the ground. Sehwag though, is a trifle more unlucky than Harbhajan; his recent test, as opposed to his ODI record is not so bad. Harbhajan, of course, has been fading steadily, and needs some rethinking of basic strategies before he makes his way back in. Gambhir can count himself lucky to be touring India; I've no confidence in his ability to survive outside England, but of course, with Karthik in there, he might not even get a look in. Anyway, here's my XI for the first test: Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, RP Singh.(I would rather play Yuvraj than Ganguly, but this selection is more a prediction than anything else).

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