Sachin, Sanath should open: Rajput

Published: Monday, May 11, 2009, 14:34 [IST]
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'Sachin, Sanath should continue to open'

Mumbai: Former Mumbai Indians coach Lalchand Rajput has strongly reacted against disturbing the opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. He believes that the team could still make it to the semis provided the combination is not disturbed.

In an interview given to Cricketnext.com, Rajput described Sachin and Sanath as the world class openers who can single-handedly win matches.

"A few failures in the early part of the tournament should not tempt the team's think-tank to change this combination because I am sure they will come good soon and start performing continuously"

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"Sanath, when on song, is a nightmare to the best of bowlers and if both Sachin and Sanath start firing on all cylinders, no bowling side in the world will be able to contain them and to disturb such a combination will only be disastrous to the Mumbai Indians. The team management should have little patience," he added.

"Moreover, most of the matches the Mumbai Indians lost were very close matches and could have gone either way. So this is not the time to panic and unsettle the team by making changes at the top but to be patient and reassure the players that everything was fine and the team management would back the openers to the hilt," said Rajput.

"If at all the think-tank wants to experiment with new openers, than they should do so against teams which are languishing at the bottom of the table like Kolkata Knight Riders so that even if the new pair flop not much damage would have been done to the team's position on the points table," he concluded.

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