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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

No comebacks for Sourav?

It's early days -- okay, relatively speaking, since the selection process is scheduled for Saturday -- but the tea leaves are already being read. Sandeep Dwivedi, in the Express, talks of the formula the selectors are looking at for Pakistan, and figures that it leaves very little room for the return of Sourav Ganguly to the ranks.
The selectors are believed to have worked out a 7-7-1 composition, the seven batsmen including three openers. That is necessitated by the fact that neither of the two established openers is in any great form.
That leaves just four middle-order slots and it’s unlikely Ganguly will edge out any among Messrs Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Yuvraj. In any case if the selectors go for 16 players they would rather accommodate Mohammed Kaif, not Ganguly.
And if there’s a crisis down the order the team management always has the option of moving an opener down. Asking an opener to play in the middle-order is always better than having an non-specialist batsman opening the innings.

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