Monday, November 5, 2012

Analysis of India's Test Squad

MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan

On first glance you cannot help but buy into a sense of Deja Vu over the Squad with the ill fated tour to England being symbolised by players with injury concerns being taken with disastrous results.

Only for those lessons not to be learnt and here again Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag being selected despite injury clouds hanging over both.

Welcome Back Yuvraj Singh! 

Though I am in no way a fan of Yuvraj Singh as a Test Cricketer, I still have to stand and applaud his immense courage in coming back from a fight with Cancer to get in the Indian Test side again.
It has been a source of inspiration to all Indians and even folks from all around the Globe

In a surreal sense I think that battle might steal his focus and make him more focussed on the now and the need to embrace it. That could be a scary prospect for England with no one in doubt of Yuvraj's immense talent, but only questioning the application in his mind.

If he gets that right.........he could be a destructive force at 6

The Batting

The Indian top 6 only a mere 2 years ago was still regarded as one of the most feared and respected line ups in the games history. 

Now with the retirements of Very Very Special Laxman and Rahul Dravid and the diminished form of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar it has become a real point of fragility.

None of the aforementioned three have an average above 28 in 2012

If it were not for the form of youngsters Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohil, who between then have scored 717 runs at an average of 65.18 with 3 centuries the Team would have been reduced to a laughing stock.

You can being in awe of both youngsters talent and performance, but you also have to be wary of the inconsistency that often accompanies youth.

So it is crucial that the elder statesmen in the line up lift.

Looking at the squad you can see with both Murali Vijay and Ajiinkya Rahane being selected that a further bad performance from either Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir will see either be loaded into the gun. 

Promisingly and also interestingly Viru scored a defiant century for Delhi today coming in at 6 in the 2nd innings. With Ajiinkya Rahane in the Team it gives Selectors the choice to have Rahane open and revert Sehwag to 6. 

Which would be a very unpopular move amongst fans for it would mean Yuvraj Singh is not in the Team with reward for a consistently excellent player in First Class Cricket in Rahane. As well as acknowledging Sehwag's meaning to the Team when he is at his blazing best and trying to recapture that with a move away from the new ball.
Keeping this in mind ill leave you with this question

Would you have more faith in Yuvraj finally finding consistent performance in Test Cricket or would you feel more confident in Virender Sehwag rediscovering his past destructiveness?

The Bowling

The Selection of the old Warrior Harbhajan Singh is tantalising for me

Reading between the lines, you know he is no threat to replace either Ravichandran Ashwin or Pragyan Ohja, but his name appearing in the squad means two things.......

The first being that India might be true to their word and have the Mans Balls to prepare spin friendly pitches with Harbhajan in the 11 as the third spinner to fully exploit this.

Which for me is a dual edged sword in favour of India for it not only provides the Team with a spinner that might be derided in many Indian circles, but when he gets it right can be lethal.

Plus it gives the spin unit experience which both the precociously talented young spin duo lack. So with Bhahji's wise head guiding them it could prove a master stroke.

If they pick three spinners, it means only one paceman plays and a debate over who it should be 

A fit Zaheer Khan would eliminate any debate, but I think India might be reserved in trusting his fitness for the first Test meaning a choice between Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

I would go for the youth and promise of Umesh over the career long frustration of Ishant

My Indian Team

I would love to see this Team

Gautam Gambhir

Ajiinkya Rahane

Cheteshwar Pujara

Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli

Virender Sehwag

M S Dhoni

Harbhahjan Singh

Ravichandran AShwin

Umesh Yadav

Pragyan Ohja

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