Kept out of the crowded Indian middle-order despite his sterling performances in the shorter versions of the game, Yuvraj Singh seized the opportunity provided by Sachin Tendulkar‘s injury to score a thumping ton on the first day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.
The question, as always, is what next? What happens when Sachin comes back? How can Yuvraj be accommodated, since Saurav Ganguly is also scoring runs? Should Laxman be served notice to get more consistent? Should Yuvraj open since Dinesh Karthik hasn’t exactly set the Cooum on fire?
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Maybe Yuvraj can represent India in the high jump and long jump too.
I favour a rotation policy wherein three (or four if it is in India) among Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Yuvraj and Laxman play in every test so that in every series each one gets equal opportunity.
Either Yuvraj or Ganguly must play in a game because they offer a decent bowling option, and alleviate the monotony of an all-right handed batting line up.
Either Dravid or Tendulkar must play at No.3 since no one else is as technically accomplished as the two against the new(ish) ball.
Laxman and Yuvraj must, under all circumstances, be played against a fastbowling attack on fairly fast patches, i.e., Australia or South Africa. Their game is naturally suited to such attacks.
Don’t tinker with the current opening partnership (unless it is because of injury) unless one or both suffers a prolonged loss of form.
This is of course valid only till one of the older lot calls it quits since they all seem to be enjoying fairly decent form.
The solution to this conundrum is obvious. Who is the one man who offers the most value to this team? It is Ganguly. Why is it Ganguly? Because he has played so many roles on the cricket field – Opening bowler, third seamer, Opening batsman, middle order batsman. He has captained the side with distinction and has more often recently rescued India from a middle order collapse by forging crucial partnerships.
With all these roles that he has played, I am surprised the team management has not asked him to play all these roles at once AND keep wickets. This solution will not only open doors for yuvaraj, but also Sehwag or any other batsman you fancy and at the same time eliminate keeper Dhoni, third seamer Munaf and opener Dinesh Karthik.
there has to be grading system where a century is scored on indian pitches century = 100- (x)…especially once 20 overs has been completed, if you look at the pitches that we have, its a grand conspiracy of the board , telecast and ad agencies.
The funny thing is that @ the KSCA stadium, the ball isnt even at the knee roll level, its below that , so much so for the soil from Mandya and the phoren pitch consultants