Friday, November 11, 2005

The Test team- Testing time for the selectors

It would be interesting to see what the selectors have in mind when they sit down tomorrow for naming the squad for the Test rubber against Srilanka. When it came to the One day series they had the world cup as an excuse for leaving out Saurav, Kumble, and Laxman. The fact that we do not have a world cup for tests, will they cook up something creative.
My take on the team:
Assured Slots
1. Sehwag
2. Gambhir
3. Laxman
4. Sachin
5. Dravid (C)
Wicket Keeper
6. Dinesh Karthik or Dhoni (hard to rule him out)
Seventh spot dilemna
7. Saurav or Kaif or Venugopal Rao or Yuvraj or bowler (unlikely)
Bowlers (Option in pace with two definite spinners in 15)
8. Irfan
9. Agarkar
10. Zaheer
11. Harbajan
12. Murali Karthik
13.R. P Singh

Out of the seventeen named, Yuvraj and Venugopal have slim chances.
Laxman may lose out to Saurav due to lobbying which may prove lucky for Kaif as well. Greg Chappel really seems to like Kaif.
Dinesh Karthik should be given a fair chance inspite of Dhoni's success in the one dayers.
Don't know if Zaheer is fit.
Balaji will not even be in the minds of the selectors. He has to be content playing for Jolly Rovers and Tamilnadu unless he pulls something special in the next Ranji season.
Kumble's drawbacks are age and athleticism. He will not be in the picture as well. But a sad end to a champion career.
Saurav might even eye the opening slot threatening Gambhir. But my mind says Gambhir will win his way.
Eagerly waiting!!!

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