Drastic changes for the test series likely?

Courtesy: Dileep Premachandran/Cricinfo
Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir and VRV Singh are likely to be named in the squad for the Tests when the selectors meet on Thursday and, with Rahul Dravid not certain to play in the opening Test, Ganguly could join VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar in the middle order for what is likely to be a tremendous test of India's batting resources.

I would like to think that Dileep wouldn't have written this if he hadn't had access to some insider information. Dileep thinks it is highly likely that Raina, Mongia and Pathan would catch the flight home after the ODI series and also adds Badrinath's name to the list of middle-order contenders.

If you go by Dileep's article, you end up with the following the team:
Openers: Sehwag, Jaffer, Gambhir (Jaffer is definitely the first-choice - Gambhir should just be a reserve option)
Middle-order: Sachin, Laxman, Sourav, Dravid (and Badrinath as cover for Dravid)
Wicket-Keepers: Dhoni, Kaarthick
Spinners: Harbhajan, Kumble
Seamers: Munaf, Zaheer, Sreesanth, VRV Singh (and Agarkar if 7 bowlers are picked)

Given Sehwag's indifferent form, the selectors would definitely look to pick a reserve opener - and Gambhir fits the slot. So, if the selectors decide to use the 7-7-2 division, Badrinath misses out and if they go for the 8-6-2 version, either Agarkar or VRV would miss out.

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Blogger angshu 11:47 AM

Now Sehwag HAS to produce runs in the next few matches. He is now the captain, and there will be two reasons for the selectors to drop him, instead of one, if he fails yet again. Wonder how he will respond in the next 2 ODI's though.    



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