Challenging the Challenger Series
With the best of India's cricketing talent, minus a couple
and a groin
, currently engaged in the Challenger Series
, I wonder if anything will come out of the whole exercise at all.
If the aim of the tournament, and I hope my assumption is right, is to find out the best one-day cricketers in India outside of the national team, then why not give those hopefuls a bit more responsibility. Why should Sehwag open, Ganguly bat at #3, Dravid bat at #4 and Yuvraj bat at #5? Why not give someone like young Rayudu a decent opportunity to bat? He batted at #6, lower than Rohan Gavaskar, for India B against India Seniors? Why not have Sriram or Suresh Raina bat at #3 or #4 to give them the chance to handle the pressure situation of your opening batsman being dismissed in the first over of the game? Similarly, why should Zaheer and Agarkar open the bowling? Why shouldnt the new ball be given to one of the other seamers in the side?
You really cant find out how good the aspirants are until they are given the responsibility. The Challenger Series just doesnt give them an opportunity since it is being played before the series against Pakistan. Obviously the likes of Ganguly, Zaheer, Dravid, Yuvraj etc. need their batting and bowling practice. So lets keep the second rung just where they are!