Who will grab No 6 spot - Yuvraj, Raina or Tiwary?

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Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 14:48 [IST]
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After scoring a magnificent 93 for India A in the first innings of the tour match against England at Mumbai on Tuesday, Bengal all-rounder Manoj Tiwary has also made his intentions clear, as he has also joined the race to grab the No 6 spot in Tests.

Who will grab No 6 spot in Tests?

With Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh far more experienced than Manoj Tiwary, the youngster from Bengal has impressed the selectors with a fabulous performance in the tour game and in his previous games.

Though he has played only 8 ODIs, he has secured 251 runs with a highest score of 104*, at an average of 35.85, which includes a century and a half century to his credit within a short span.

Moreover, the Bengal cricketer's first-class average is also quite impressive as he has scored 4335 runs off 57 matches with a highest score of 267 at an average of 58.58 including 16 tons and 11 half centuries to back him while he bats for the No 6 Test spot along with Yuvraj Singh and Raina.

Suresh Raina on the other hand, has not been very impressive in Tests, having played 17 Tests, he has managed to score 768 runs, at an average of 28.44 with a highest score of 120. He has a century and 7 half centuries to his credit. Given his performance with Yuvraj's experience, looks like the Cancer-fighter would get a Test recall.

Since Yuvraj Singh has played 37 Tests, scored 1775 runs at an average of 34.80 which also includes three hundreds and 10 fifties during his career spanning 9 years, would definitely get a nod to play the Test series, as he has been in good form after fighting cancer.

With three cricketers in the race for the No 6 slot in Tests, all eyes will be on them when they take the crease for the second time as Manoj Tiwary and Yuvraj Singh already have an advantage of scoring big in the first innings.

The current scenario looks like Yuvraj would be preferred as he has been performing extremely well especially after recovering from cancer.


Story first published:  Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 10:16 [IST]
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