In the previous post, Mohan had speculated what the Indian team would like for the South Africa series, as a number of players were out due to injury. The selectors have named the team and this is what they have come up with –
- Virender Sehwag
- Gautam Gambhir
- M Vijay
- S Badrinath
- Sachin Tendulkar
- VVS Laxman
- MS Dhoni/Wriddhiman Saha
- Harbhajan Singh
- Zaheer Khan
- Amit Mishra/Pragyan Ojha
- Ishant Sharma/Sudeep Tyagi/Abhimanyu Mithun
On the surface, this may look OK, but there are a couple of things I just don’t get:
2 Wicketkeepers for a home series
I don’t see the point of having 2 wicket keepers for a home series – unless Dhoni’s back is really dodgy. Is it? In which case, he shouldn’t be picked in the team in the first place – it really is not in the team’s best long term interests to risk Dhoni.
It was really interesting to see DK being dropped from the team. If there were 2 ‘keepers picked in the team, I would have punted that the other would be Dinesh Karthik. But the reserve WK musical chair goes on, with Saha being given a chance. I am not sure he will get a game, though…
It looks like Badrinath may finally make his debut. And although, people may argue that Kaif is the in-form player or that Raina should have been picked, I have no problem with picking Badri in the team. What irks me though is that we have 6 batsmen for the 6 spots in the team and 7 bowlers for the 4 bowling spots. It just doesn’t add up. We should have picked up either Raina, Rohit Sharma or even Kaif as a backup. With 2 regular batsmen out of the team, I don’t see India playing a 5 batsmen-5 bowler combination.
And, I don’t see Mithun getting a game ahead of Ishant Sharma or Sudeep Tyagi either. If he does, then that would be a grave injustice to Tyagi.
What is the point of picking someone in the team if they weren’t in serious contention? Unless of course, the selectors know something we don’t…