Quite beyond me
I'm quite certain that RP Singh
(bowling avg. 40, econ. rate 5.7, strike rate 43 in his last 10 one-dayers
) and Suresh Raina (batting avg. 18, highest of 34, 141 runs at a strike rate of 68 from his last 10 one-dayers
) are in the team for reasons other than what we're led to believe, i.e. as a bowler and as a batsman respectively.
Raina made 19 today against West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy
while RP Singh has so far bowled 4 overs for 29 runs without looking anywhere like picking up a wicket. I
hope to be proved wrong though!
I'd pick Powar and Kaif ahead of those two just about anyday, especially Powar since he didn't exactly disgrace himself in West Indies and West Indies have three left-handed top order batsmen. We've been critical
earlier, but I can't find a good reason why Raina should play ahead of Kaif!
At the risk of becoming hoarse, let me point out that the batting line up did it again
, 3 wickets down by around the 15th over with only 69 on the board!
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