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    September 28, 2007

    India's best XI for the one-dayers

    Especially after the Twenty20 tournament win and the abysmal quality of fielding in the one-dayers in England, it seems obvious to me that the Indian team cannot afford to have Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly in the same XI.

    In fact, I really think only one of them should be in the XI. This would ensure that they don't get burnt out playing one-day cricket when they (especially Dravid and Tendulkar) really need to help the Indian team achieve more in test cricket. In addition, it would automagically improve the quality of the fielding.

    So my 11 for Bangalore would be: Gambhir, Uthappa, Rohit, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Dravid, Pathan, Harbhajan, Powar, Zaheer and RP Singh. Dinesh Karthik/Sreesanth is the 12th man.

    I'd get the likes of Rohit Sharma, Gambhir and Uthappa to have the maximum opportunities to bat up the order. Someone like Yuvraj should be given the opportunity to become India's #4. Dravid is a good enough batsman to adjust to any batting slot/situation.

    The series must be used to give the fringe cricketers the opportunity to succeed (or fail). The question is not about whether Dravid, Tendulkar or Ganguly are still good enough to play for India. There is no doubt about it. They are still among India's best batsmen in one-day cricket.

    Even now, we have no idea about who India's ODI openers for the future are, once Tendulkar and Ganguly stop playing ODIs. There're too many options: Gambhir & Uthappa, Gambhir & Sehwag, Sehwag & Uthappa, for starters. Throw in Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan and some others who did well in the previous few domestic seasons. While it seems like an abundance of riches, the truth is that the succession planning has never come to the selectors' minds.

    The BCCI has a vested interest in continuing to see the trio play ODIs, for their presence guarantees revenue. A lay-spectator probably switches off from the game (either walks out of the ground or away from the TV set) if he/she realizes that Tendulkar is not playing that day. While it is a noble Gandhian thought to think of such a follower while picking the side, unfortunately, the same spectator is highly likely to spout venom when the team loses.

    The only thing that should matter is the good of the Indian cricket team. If it means politely asking the trio to step aside, then the BCCI must be strong enough to do so!

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    Thus spake Jagadish @ 12:29 AM |
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    6 sledge(s):

    Tenbdulkar should be given a mountain, some followers and a kick ass toga.

    Ganguly should be given his own talk show. Googly's with Ganguly.

    And dravid should become a judge.

    They have all done more than enough work for their country, time to hit the shower gents.

    By Blogger Uncle J rod (28-Sep-2007, 1:16:00 PM)  

    youngsters can definitely take over at some point of time and the trio must give way definitely.

    but, the t20 win shudnt drive us to talk abt kicking them out. just think of the recent odis and they 3 have done well and so it doesnt merit them to push them aside.

    even i loved the youngsters winning the t20, but we cant forget what the trio has done for so many years and are still capable of doing it.

    By Blogger Ganesh (28-Sep-2007, 3:56:00 PM)  

    This is hitting the nail right on the head

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (29-Sep-2007, 12:06:00 AM)  

    Ganesh: It isn't just because of the win. The fielding was of a higher standard than anything I've seen since Azhar, Jadeja & Robin manned the inner ring (Yuvraj, Kaif and Raina in 2006 comes close). In one-day games, the fielding is far too critical. Besides we need to take the hard decisions at some point of time. Why not start now?

    By Blogger Jagadish (29-Sep-2007, 12:38:00 PM)  

    Disagree with the post completely.

    We can't kick them all out at once.
    We have to go about one by one.

    It's OK to recruit more youngsters, but the youngsters need the veterans to lean on. And I don't think a complete revamp ever works. We need a balanced mix.

    By Blogger Dinnie (03-Oct-2007, 7:26:00 AM)  

    not the time to start now, jagadish.

    By Blogger Ganesh (03-Oct-2007, 5:48:00 PM)  


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