Monday, July 09, 2007

Possible elevens

A quick note on Mukul Kesavan's musing on the Indian selection dilemma, which contains this passage:
So, for the first Test: Karthik, Jaffer, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer, Sreesanth, Kumble and RP Singh. This is the team that I think will be picked: but if Dravid wants extra batting oomph, a bowling option and the team's best outfielder, he'll pick Yuvraj over Dhoni and make Karthik open and keep wickets
Interestingly, this was the same team I had picked last month on hearing the selection of the Indian team. Now, I don't mean to be suggesting plagiarism or anything like that, for this team selection is just pretty obvious. Kumble, Dravid and Tendulkar are certainties; Karthik has pretty much booked his place; the best three seamers are in there (and India will not pick a second spinner for the first test in England); Ganguly will not make way for Yuvraj (which incidentally is where I disagree with Kesavan for Singh has enough class to play in the top six of a test match - surely Kesavan has not forgotten his ton at Lahore?) What I find interesting about Kesavan's selection comments is the almost-heretical suggestion that Dhoni's place be put up for grabs (its not heretical to me; just, I imagine, to a whole bunch of folks out there). But all in all, I think India will play with the XI above, unless they do something really silly and drop Jaffer for Gambhir. I never thought the day would come when I would root for a Mumbai boy over a Delhi boy but I must sacrifice any city chauvinism at the altar of the greater national good. (Though I must admit, Gambhir will do better in the sledging stakes than Jaffer - small consolation that).

2 Comments:

Blogger Prabu said...

Gambhir will also be a better close-in catcher than Jaffer. India's openers have, in the recent past, always provided us the specialist close-in catcher but with KKD going behind the wickets and Jaffer being a poor all-round fielder, we are going to struggle for a good close-in fielder (qualification: has to be below average height - KKD and Gambhir both qualify on this count)!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Prabu,

Sorry about this late reply to your comment; I've been traveling for a bit. Gambhir will definitely be a better close-in catcher (Jaffer seems like a dodgy fielder just about anywhere). I just don't know how Gambhir will fit into tests as an opener.

Cheers,
Samir

11:03 PM  

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