Who will open?

Virender Sehwag is down with fever and is unlikely to take part in the Delhi Test (it is always sad when you lose out on an opportunity to perform at your home ground) which is scheduled to begin in a few hours from now. Yuvraj Singh is likely to be named the replacement player and in all probability would walk into bat at the very top along with Gautam Gambhir. Sending in MS Dhoni seems like a very exciting ploy but I doubt the team management would burden the youngster with that in a test match.

I personally would love to see Ganguly bat at that slot. (No, not because the chances of him getting to bat with Laxman and running him out minimize dramatically) He knows he has a lot to prove in this game and walking in to face Vaas with the new ball and making a big score would definitely do him a world of good. It is a question of "will" and if his captain and coach ask him to do it, would he treat it as a great opportunity or would he deem it as a sinister ploy by the powers that be to minimize his tenure in the dressing room. Feroz Shah Kotla isn't really a WACA and I dont really believe in the theory that the opening slot in test cricket is meant for specialists. (OTOH I do believe strongly that the wicket-keeper's slot in test cricket is a specialist spot, but that is a different topic). Ganguly has (as he keeps pointing it out) scored tons of runs in international cricket and I really really believe that he has what it takes to weather a new ball. The question is "will he?"

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