I get the feeling Javed Miandad sometimes talks just for the heck of it. He has an opinion about anything and everything and sometimes goes on air making the craziest statements on cricket and cricketers. I am hugely aware and respectful of his stature as a former international cricketer but when he comes out with his out-of-the-blue ideas it really does tick me off.
The report in question:
Heaping praise on Yuvraj, Miandad said the Punjab player's abundant talent and electrifying fielding made him an automatic choice."It would be a great folly to ignore a player of Yuvraj's calibre," Miandad said."He is a supreme talent, one of the best in the game today. Besides, he brings the X-factor to the side with his fielding," the former Pakistan captain told Cricketnext.Com.Asked how could be Yuvraj accommodated in the Indian battling line-up, Miandad said Dinesh Kaarthick, despite his modest success, could be left out with flamboyant Mahendra Singh Dhoni continuing behind the stumps.All the 'praising Yuvraj' stuff is okay. Yuvraj is a very useful batsman and can belt some runs down the order apart from putting in some overs with the ball, not to mention his electrifying presence on the field. But Yuvraj in place of Kaarthick? Now, that could only mean Miandad is not following Indian cricket all that well. After a long time India has been able to put up an opening pair of Kaarthick and Jaffer that is showing atleast a semblance of promise. The most foolish thing that could be done now is to break this budding pair and foolishly resume the hapless search for another opening pair!