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Monday, July 19, 2004

Some thoughts on last evening's ODI cricket match between India and Sri Lanka.

What was the point in playing seven specialist batsmen in the team and still sending Parthiv Patel as an opener. Send Virender Sehwag at any position, he will always play the way, he does, slam-bang-six-four-play and miss-four,six-out. So, if Saurav Ganguly has to take a risk, Sehwag should be sent as an opener, instead of trying different combinations.

An ideal batting order would be - Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, M. Kaif, Yuvraj, Irfan, Balaji, Parthiv and Kumble. or interchange Parthiv with Nehra or Kumble with Harbhajan. Rahul Dravid is doing a good job of wicket-keeping. Do we need a specialist wicket-keeper and even if we do play him, is he required to open the batting after keeping wickets for fifty overs, more so, when there are so many match-winning players waiting for a chance to bat.