21 opening combinations in 6 years

Wasim Jaffer made his debut for India 6 years ago against the South Africans at Mumbai. He played a couple of games, disappeared, got to play 5 tests in 2002, disappeared again before making a comeback at Nagpur yesterday. In the 6 years since his debut, India has tried 21 different opening combinations (with Jaffer himself featuring in 4 of those).

Here is the full list:
Jaffer-Laxman, Jaffer-Dravid, Das-Ramesh, Das-Badani, Das-Dighe, Das-Dravid, Das-Dasgupta, Siddiqui-Dasgupta, Das-Bangar, Das-Jaffer, Jaffer-Sehwag, Bangar-Sehwag, Bangar-Parthiv, Chopra-Sehwag, Sehwag-Parthiv, Yuvraj-Sehwag, Gambhir-Sehwag, Gambhir-Dravid, Gambhir-Pathan, Sehwag-Dravid, Dravid-Laxman

Of the 16 players featured in these 21 combinations, only 5 of them are specialist openers in the true sense - Jaffer, Das, Ramesh, Chopra and Gambhir. Sehwag's has been the only success story in that long list of make-shift openers. There were definitely a few combinations which promised to last for long (especially the ones between Das and Ramesh, Sehwag and Chopra, Sehwag and Gambhir), but for some reason or the other fell apart.

Jaffer is currently in imperious form. He looked as classy as ever in today's knock in the first innings at Nagpur. He is at the moment technically a few notches better than Gambhir and if he can convert that form of his into a string of meaningful scores in this series, there is no reason why his partnership with Sehwag wouldn't do better than the ones tried out in the last 6 years.

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Blogger Nagu 11:07 AM

jaffer always looked like someone with great talent but did not grab the opportunity in the past .His domestic record speaks volumes about his ability at top of the order hope he does justice to his talent at highest level also.    



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