Where did Dheeraj Karthik and Dinesh Jadhav come from?

Ok.. I'll stop being a prick. It is just that Cricinfo got the first names of these two mixed up and I just can't help pointing it out. The Board XI squad for the tour opener against England has been announced.

Board XI squad: Venugopal Rao (capt), Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, S. Badrinath, Dheeraj Dinesh Karthik, Dinesh Dheeraj Jadhav, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ramesh Powar, SS Paul, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, VRV Singh.

3 Openers: Jaffer, Gambhir and Jadhav - Jaffer and Gambhir will get to play in all likelihood. Jadhav used to be the first choice reserve not long ago. But given the team management's love for Gambhir and Jaffer's imperious form this season, Jadhav might have to wait for his turn for a while longer. Dravid should not be opening against England and even he himself realizes that now. So whoever makes an impression in this game will walk into bat with Sehwag in the first test. Jadhav might get to play as a middle-order bat in this game, but that wouldn't help his cause.

3 Middle order batsmen: Rao, Raina, Badrinath - Rao did not have a spectacular Ranji season but I guess he did not do badly in the limited opportunities that he received in the ODIs that he played. The selectors do seem him as a long term prospect (in both forms of the game) and it is good to see him being backed. I'm not sure about Raina yet as a test player. The kid has immense talent, but it would be a while before he gets picked for the test squad. 25 year old Subramaniam Badrinath has been playing consistently well for Tamil Nadu since making his first class debut in the 2000-01 season. He has a very good temperament (just like Rao) and should be looking forward to grab this opportunity. If Jadhav doesn't get picked, these three should play in the starting XI.

1 Wicket Keeper: Karthik - Dhoni is here to stay and this game shouldn't really make any serious changes to Karthik's fortunes. Scoring a ton would probably help him get picked as the second wicket keeper for India's next overseas tour.

3 Spinners: Ojha (left arm orthodox), Mishra (leg spin) and Powar (off spin) - I would like to see Ojha and Mishra play in this game. We do know what Powar can do and cannot do. I honestly don't think that Powar is test match material, he is just someone who might do well in ODIs. I would have picked Chawla (who is currently playing in the under-19 world cup) over Mishra. [The final of the under-19 world cup is on 19th Feb and this game against England is on the 23rd]. The selectors probably want to have one more look at Mishra before moving on. Young Ojha has been highly talked about and should be giving Murali Karthik a run for his money sooner or later.

4 Pacers: Paul, Sreesanth, Patel and VRV - I expect Sreesanth, Munaf and VRV to play in this game. They are supposedly the fastest bowlers in the country and it should be interesting to see how they would fare against quality opposition.

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