Sehwag, Jaffer are my choice for the opening slot

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2002, 3:10 [IST]
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Openers: Sehwag and Jaffer. Some folks raise an issue that Sehwag is not a specialized opener whereas genuine opener like S S Das deserves another chance.

I  definitely like a blazing 45 from Sehwag who is not a specialised opener rather than a single digit score (mostly a duck) scored over a session by a specialised opener like S S Das. While Das' inclusion in 16 is still questionable, I am surprised to see claims for his place in playing 11. S S Das himself may not claim. Jaffer definitely deserves some extended opportunities.

Middle Order: The big Trio, do I need to mention? (Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly).

Sixth batsman: Laxman! He was the top scorer in WI and was the man-of-the- match on the only Test we won. He deserves to be in the 11 at least for the next 2 Tests. Some sentiments for Kaif. The only player vulnerable is Jaffer and somebody needs to promote himself to accommodate Kaif in the top 6. May be himself?

Wicket-Keeper: For now Ratra!

Pace Bowlers: Nehra, Khan and Agarkar pick themselves.

Spinner: May be we should pick out of a hat! Kumble might lead with a 50.00001 %.

My team:Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, Ajay Ratra, Anil Kumble, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.

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