There are a few questions that the selectors face as they sit down to select Team India for the 1st Test against Pakistan which commences in New Delhi on November 22 2007.
The team that is chosen has only one certain name on the team-sheet — that of Anil Kumble the captain — and in selecting the team, the selectors will probably have an eye to the series against Australia too. Team India for the Australia tour will be selected after the conclusion of the 2nd India-Pakistan Test match at Kolkata (Nov 30 – Dec 4).
The India Test team is likely to bring to focus the inclusion of Dinesh Karthik, Yuvraj Singh, V. V. S. Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Irfan Pathan, et al.
I’d like to see the following Test team chosen for the 1st Test against Pakistan:
Dinesh Karthik / Gautam Gambhir
Yuvraj Singh / V. V. S. Laxman
M. S. Dhoni
Sree Santh / R. P. Singh / Irfan Pathan
I have assumed that the selectors will pick XV players. My preference would also be that India play Yuvraj Singh ahead of V. V. S. Laxman mainly because of the form that Yuvraj Singh is in. Moreover, Yuvraj Singh would also provide a 3rd spin-option in the team. India has, for long, omitted left-arm spinners in its Test team. One can question the inclusion of Sourav Ganguly ahead of V. V. S. Laxman in the above team-list; this is more a current-form thing than anything else. I would include Sree Santh ahead of R. P. Singh mainly because otherwise the bowling would have a “sameness” feel to it.