Gambhir is important when all the big hitters fail collectively in a match. He will be the difference between a 140 score in such cases and a 160 score. Like in the 2007 WC final.
The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.
While we are on the Gambhir/Uthappa opening debate - is there any chance that Murali Vijay can do a Bradbury and sneak in the squad?
This is why I think we should have waited until the end of the IPL before picking a squad.
Personally, I would agree with Scaly.. Uthappa a better bet than Pathan at that slot but then Uthappa can't bowl and we already have Dhoni to keep.. So would probably be a waste of space...
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India have loads of moderate spin options already though.
Looking at the likely Indian starting XI and their IPL records, I think it is looking promising for the World T20 for some and worrying for a few others...
1. Sehwag (260 runs at 28.88. SR = 174.49)
2. Gambhir (126 runs at 25.20. SR = 123.52)
3. Yuvraj Singh (170 runs at 21.25. SR = 150.44) (Econ of 6.71)
4. Rohit Sharma (285 runs at 32.25. SR = 143.33) (Econ of 7.87)
5. Suresh Raina (270 runs at 38.57. SR = 136.36) (Econ of 7.07)
6. MS Dhoni (174 runs at 34.80. SR = 146.21)
7. Yusuf Pathan (283 runs at 31.44. SR = 174.69) (Econ of 7.13)
8. Ravindra Jadeja (n/a)
9. Harbhajan Singh (95 runs at 47.50. SR = 175.92) (11 wickets at 17.81. Econ = 6.64)
10. Zaheer Khan (11 wickets at 18.36. Econ = 7.48)
11. Praveen Kumar (7 wickets at 37.00. Econ = 8.35)
The notable omissions though are...
- Murali Vijay (314 runs at 39.25. SR = 167.02)
- Amit Mishra (14 wickets at 16.85. Econ = 6.94)
In other words, revision is boring.
It was Dhoni at 3 and Yuvraj at 4 in the last T20I series, don't know if that was just experimental or what.
Anyway when you start selecting the team it emphasises against the use of a floating player like Uthappa who can come in and immediately hit boundaries.
It's so much easier in T20 to bat in the top 4 than coming in later with 5-10 overs left. You can have a nice depth on paper with plenty of proper batsmen, then they just subside meekly.
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