Sample this beauty from W. V. Raman, former India opener and current Tamil Nadu Coach.
W. V. Raman was asked about Dinesh Karthik as an opener and these are his pearls of wisdom!
“It’s going to put too much burden on him. There is only as much a man can do, and everyone has his limitations. He is best suited to bat in the middle-order and to keep. I’m not in favour of a makeshift opener. Selectors always talk about specialists and what they have done is pushed a middle-order bat to open.
“According to me Sehwag should have been there in the side. Now that he is not there, the left-right combination of Gautam Gambhir and Jaffer should be looked at. And if they are looking at the flexibility angle, why not ask Sourav Ganguly, who has 10,000 runs as One-day opener.”
So, he is not in favour of a makeshift opener. And that is certainly a valid/sagacious opinion. And yet, before he can draw breath, he expresses regret that Sehwag isn’t there as opener. Duh! What was Sehwag before be opened? Let me think… Middle-order-bat perhaps? Be that as it may. Afterall, every former cricketer should have licence to have one “Duh” moment per quote! But Raman says he can one day do better than what Sarfraz Nawaz has perfected over the years (the Duh-Duh-Duh… routine!). For he goes on to suggest that Sourav Ganguly should open instead of Karthik.
Hmmm! Which open orifice was he talking from again?