Opening options

After the selection of the team, More revealed that the names of Venugopala Rao, Cheteshwar Pujara and Aakash Chopra were discussed for the batting lineup. I understand Rao (inspite of his recent less than spectacular performances for Andhra) being discussed for the middle order slot. But I find the discussion of the other two names quite amusing. They are both openers and I would like to believe that they were being considered for the opening slot. Agreed that the team management is very keen on having regular openers for the upcoming test series. With Sehwag declaring himself fit, there was only one opening slot remaining. Jaffer and Gambhir were the main contenders. If the selectors were looking for names beyond these two, they should have probably considered Dheeraj Jadhav, Shikar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa (in that order, hmm on second thoughts not necessarily in that order).

Aakash Chopra has not been in the best of form this season (his form with writing columns has been great though) and is clearly struggling for runs. He did well while he was with the senior side and lost his place just because he was not being able to convert good starts into great scores. But during his time off the team, he hasn't really done much of note to change that perception. I liked the look of Pujara in the under-19 world cup semi-final against England when he scored that unbeaten 129 and he sure does look like a great prospect. But didn't Dhawan make similar scores in the last world cup? Pujara played 3 games for Saurashtra this season and scored a 145 against Goa. I just think he needs to do a bit more than that before he moves up the pecking order - ahead of Jadhav, Dhawan and Uthappa. It would seem even more outrageous if the selectors were considering Pujara for a middle order slot. Had Pujara been picked as a middle order bat, Ganguly would have given up cricket and left for the Himalayas to find the meaning of life.

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Blogger Pratik 11:53 PM

Funny. :)    



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