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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Opening the debate? (-worma)

After reading Salman's post yesterday about Akmal being considered as a candidate for the opening slot, I was reminded of my own convoluted thinking about the reasons for Parthiv's selection in our touring squad.

Opening the innings with Parthiv could be an option that our team management may be contemplating....for similar reasons as Pakistan (that of team balance)...to be able to play both Saurav and Yuvraj in the middle order.

In that context, its worth noting that Parthiv, after being asked to play the Ranji game by the selectors(in consultation with the team management), opened the innings for Gujarat and made a decent 47 (highest in the team total of 162/8). Could it be that the promotion was also on suggestion from team management? Or it may be, as I said earlier, just plain over-workings of my brain :-)

In any case, for what its worth, the most watched-out aspect of that lonely tour game would be the performance of openers Gambhir and Jaffer. It could turn out to be a virtual shoot-out for the spot in playing XI...or it could even end in elimination of both.


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