Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet on Rohit Sharma, “For a man in “poor” form, he plays like a “rich” man”, prompted to come up with a possible X1 players that India has tried and persisted with in the recent past and who can give Rohit Sharma good company. Here goes in batting order..
1. Dinesh Karthik
Apart from a few die-hard Mylaporites who might oppose, he is a unanimous choice for wicketkeeper, opener
2. Robin Uthappa
For someone who has had the opportunity to open with Tendulkar, he has blown the chances that have come his way.
3. Yuvraj Singh (captain)
No one has been pampered more than this “maharaja” of spoilt brats who has played 265 one day games and continues to provide hope to a few.
4. Rohit Sharma
I have been a fan of his till this series, but have crossed the floor to join those who want him to focus on other things than cricket.
5. Suresh Raina
This was a hard decision but his best and only place is with the CSK. He doesn’t have what it takes like Virat Kohli.
6. Y. Venugopala Rao
I had to complete the middle order and looked through the stats of recent cricketers and he has played sufficient games to join the list. Any favorite of Greg Chappell will find a place on this side.
7. Irfan Pathan
While the rest of the country is hoping that he turns up in India colors, he is busy “nowhere”. What a talent gone wasted…
8. Ravindra Jadeja
Unless the entire BCCI, selection committee, Dhoni and all owe him or his family a lot of money, I am not sure why his name even comes up for the Saurashtra team.
9. Piyush Chawla
A leg spinner wannabe somehow finds his way ahead of bowlers like Ashwin or Ojha who actually take wickets. I guess a stint in the counties would help anyone get into the side.
10. R. P Singh
He thought he could get away with a smile, and he actually did!
11. Ishant Sharma
This is probably the most controversial selection from my standpoint. Barring a few spells in test cricket, he looked very ordinary even on favorable South African pitches.
These guys must make decent players like Wasim Jaffer, S. Badrinath, Cheteswar Pujara wonder if the world can ever be fair.
It is a relief that the top three in the batting lineup would be quite different for the World Cup.