Post Yuvraj ton; The selection conundrum

Published: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 17:13 [IST]
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Lahore:Skipper Sourav Ganguly in place of who? -- that will be the big question for Indian cricket selectors now.

The fighting century hit by Yuvraj Singh in the second Test against Pakistan in Lahore on Monday is certain to put the selectors in a dilemma on how to accommodate the skipper when he returns to the team for the third Test starting in Rawalpindi on April 13.

Yuvraj, a One-day specialist, filled in for injured Ganguly in the first Test at Multan and the current match in Lahore. He made 59 in the only innings at Multan and 112 in Lahore that will put the selectors in a quandary.

In the star-studded Indian batting line-up, players like Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are absolute certainties. After his performance in Australia and in the One-day series final against Pakistan in Lahore when he hit a crucial hundred, VVS Laxman will fall into the same category.

The fifth batsman's slot was occupied by Ganguly who was replaced by Yuvraj. The only other specialist batting position is that of Aakash Chopra who is an apt foil for his opening partner, the swashbuckling Sehwag. The team will need four specialist bowlers, plus of course a wicketkeeper.

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