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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Selection quandary for Indians

The biggest positive to come out of India’s game against Rest of South Africa was according to me VRV Singh. How often do we see an Indian bowler hit the 145 kph mark? The fact that VRV achieved that very mark itself qualifies him as an exciting prospect for Indian cricket. Add to that accuracy and bounce and he becomes as menacing as any bowler. He is surely a very strong contender for a Test team slot.

Now, Zaheer has been bowling as well as anyone could. So he is a surety into the squad. Sreesanth has been impressive in the one-dayers. Kumble is always a matchwinner. Munaf is out of contention with an injury. Pathan and Harbhajan are the others with a chance. If Pathan makes it, it will only be because of his success with the bat, and I feel it would be a very negative decision if a bowler is included in the squad only because of his batting skills. However, given the kind of hole the batsmen have dug for themselves, Pathan’s inclusion will be tempting. Very interesting times ahead for the selectors.

My choice: Zaheer, VRV, Sreesanth and Kumble.

Only this quartet, I feel, is capable of taking 20 South African wickets with a very low score (this I can safely assume) to defend.

1 comment:

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