Indians yet to sort out opening pair

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 2:17 [IST]
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East London (South Africa): With the lead-up game to the second Test also being washed off, the Indians were once again groping in the dark for the right opening combination ahead of the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa starting on November 16.With Connor Williams still untested, as both the first-class fixtures were abandoned, and Rahul Dravid failing as an opener in both the innings of the first Test, Indian coach John Wright on Monday said the team would once again have to rely on makeshift solutions. The coach almost sounded desperate as he did not rule out trying V V S Laxman or Deep Dasgupta as an opening bat. Wright said it would have been lot easier for the team had Williams, especially called here as a specialist opener, got a chance and came good in any of the two first-class matches. "Of course he (Williams) would have been in the reckoning. We needed players to get runs in this game and it hasn't happened... It is a difficult situation and we've got to respond to it," he said. "The reason why Dravid is opening, because there has been no lead-up games. Dravid's form and figures suggest that he is far more profitable in the middle than in the opening slot. So we have got to have a re-look. I think it is a choice between Dravid and Laxman and possibly Dasgupta," Wright said.

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