Sunday, January 01, 2012

Sydney Test - Indian Squad

Sydney test is a day away and the media is on fire with speculations and analyses.  

Here is mine:

With India showing weakness against fast bowling,  the Aussies will stick to their proven formula and rely on their pacemen.

So what kind of team will India go with ?

It's a tough choice for the Indian selectors, but I feel there will be changes.  India can't afford to lose another test.  At the same time, knowing the selectors -  they will again stick to their senior batsmen - Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. The bowlers can't be touched and that means Ojha won't get a chance at Sydney!  

That leaves two heads that can roll -  Gautham Gambhir and Virat Kohli !

I feel  (and also hope) that the selectors will retain Kohli and drop Gautham Gambhir.  

Ajinkya Rahane will probably make his test debut.

If Rahane is played, it would be very interesting to watch him deal with Pattinson and Co.

Here are Rahane's vitals from cricinfo.

Born June 5, 1988, Maharashtra
Current age 23 years 210 days
Batting and fielding averages
List A59591215518737.15261882.3131322728200

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