Mumbai: Former Indian team captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Thursday said Sachin Tendulkar should open the batting with Virender Sehwag in the forthcoming World Cup at South Africa next month. "I don't believe in left hand-right hand combination theory. I had said before and I am saying it now that the best batsman in the side should open the innings. Without doubt Sachin is the best batsman in the world and he should be opening the innings," Srikkanth told reporters during Sony MAX's announcement of commentators' panel for the World Cup.
"Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, who is not in the best of form at the moment should push himself down the order and once he gets back his confidence he should go number three followed by Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif," he added. However, former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who is also on the Commentators Panel along with Arun Lal, L Sivaramakrishnan and Robin Singh, said "Both Tendulkar and Ganguly should come down the order and Dravid, who is technically correct, should be opening the batting with Sehwag." Cricketer turned politician, Ranatunga, who will be contesting the Sri Lankan Cricket Board elections soon, said, "To be successful in World Cup matches, two most experienced batsmen in the side should take up the fourth and fifth positions." "Aravinda De Silva and I used to come in number four and five positions and performed without much pressure during the 1996 World Cup which we won," he added.