Surprised over selection of four openers: WV Raman

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 10:22 [IST]
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4 Openers' inclusion surprised me: Raman

Kolkata, Nov 6: Former India cricketer and Bengal coach, WV Raman surprised over selection of four openers for the first Two Tests against England, said instead the selectors could have picked a fourth seamer, than naming four specialist openers.

Selectors picked a 15-member squad for the first two Tests against England on Monday, which included Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay as four openers, as Rahane and Vijay were picked as cover for Sehwag and Gambhir.

"I'm surprised to see four openers in the side. I'm not sure whether Ajinkya Rahane has been picked as a reserve middle-order batsman," Raman said on Monday.

Moreover, WV Raman stressed on the fact that selectors should have picked a fourth seamer instead of a naming a fourth opening batsman.

Since Indians are expecting turners, there was no place for a fourth seamer.

"In a likely scenario where India would be looking for turners, I don't see place for a fourth seamer," he said.

Yuvraj Singh got a Test recall while selectors axed Suresh Raina and also ignored Tiwary for the No 6 spot.

When asked about Tiwary, Bengal coach WV Raman said, "It's a tough one but that's the way it is. You have to keep going and stay focused."


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