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    Indian test squad for West Indies

    Who would you pick in your squad ?


    My 16 Man squad:
    Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Kaif, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Pathan, Powar,
    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Kumble, Sreesanth, Rp SIngh, Gambhir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IqbalJaved
    Who would you pick in your squad ?


    My 16 Man squad:
    Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Kaif, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Pathan, Powar,
    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Kumble, Sreesanth, Rp SIngh, Gambhir.
    Agarkar in place of VRV or RP...And why the hell is Dinesh Kartik there?I mean he's pretty good...but we also got a pretty able Keeper in Raina
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    Sehwag
    Jaffer
    Dravid(c)
    Kaif
    Yuvraj
    Raina
    Dhoni+
    Pathan
    Munaf
    Santh
    Kumble

    --Harbhajan
    --VRV
    --Gambhir
    --RPS
    --Laxman??


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    I don't think Raina is a keeper, Nikhil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    I don't think Raina is a keeper, Nikhil.
    Must be a laugh line.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by IqbalJaved
    My 16 Man squad:
    Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Kaif, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Pathan, Powar,
    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Kumble, Sreesanth, Rp SIngh, Gambhir.
    You've got a good combination, except that if you're picking Dinesh Karthik with the expectation of loads of runs, you'll be disappointed. Munaf Patel is an under-rated batsman, and can come useful as a six-hitter to support the top seven batsmen. Harbhajan may be out of form, but he's still India's second-best bowler, and none of the pacers come close to him, even on supposedly bowler-friendly pitches. Then again, Powar is a good choice– pick a five-man attack of Irfan, Sree/VRV, Munaf, Kumble and Powar, and you will have more run-scoring options despite taking five bowlers. RP Singh is better as a one-day specialist than a Test extra. Another option is Pravin Kumar, who's been more effective than Munaf in the Ranji Trophy, with bat and ball, so he may make the side ahead of Munaf or VR Singh or Agarkar, especially in the forthcoming ODI's.

    The starting lineup should have Sehwg and Gambhir opening, unless the pitch is dodgy, in which case Jaffer should open. Dravid, Tendulkar and Yuvraj in the middle-order will be enough, then Dhoni, then Irfan, Munaf and Powar. Irfan and Sreesanth can take the new ball, then Munaf comes in first-change, then Kumble and Powar. Irfan can use the movement through the air, while Sreesanth can attack the batsmen and push them back. Munaf can hold a line and length for some time. Kumble and Powar will be an interesting pair to watch. Ultimately, even if the management take a step backwards and play six batsmen, the top three will have to score heavily, but they will still struggle to take 20 wickets between four bowlers. That is why the bottom five should also be involved in batting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IqbalJaved
    Who would you pick in your squad ?


    My 16 Man squad:
    Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Kaif, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Pathan, Powar,
    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Kumble, Sreesanth, Rp SIngh, Gambhir.
    I have no problems with your squad except I still think Harbhajan might be included. Also, I would give preference to Gambhir and Raina over Jaffer and Kaif respectively.

    But among seamers, I'm not so sure. Regardless of whether we take 5 or 4 regular bowlers, we should have 3 seamers. Among them, Pathan would be my first choice since he adds depth to the batting and has his uncanny ability to take wickets early. Munaf, Santh and VRV will have to be rotated. I want to see VRV's performance against england first before giving him the nod before Santh.

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    I would like to see India go in with this combination -

    Batsmen:

    Sehwag
    Jaffer
    Dravid
    Yuvraj
    Kaif
    Laxman
    Raina
    Venugopal Rao

    Wicket-Keeperhoni

    Spinners:

    Harbhajan
    Kumble
    Ramesh Powar

    Pacers:

    Irfan Pathan
    RP Singh
    Sreesanth
    Munaf Patel

    Only change in this squad of 16 can be - VRV Singh in place of Ramesh Powar. As for having an extra keeper, we have Dravid who can keep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    I don't think Raina is a keeper, Nikhil.
    I m pretty sure I heard he is...on the stupid Fourth Umpire show on our National channel...but then again it was stupidity on my part that I listened to them and decided to post here w/o double-checking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikhil1772
    I m pretty sure I heard he is...on the stupid Fourth Umpire show on our National channel...but then again it was stupidity on my part that I listened to them and decided to post here w/o double-checking...
    Fourth Umpire? No wonder. I'm quite sure the person who said that Raina is a keeper may have branded Harbhajan Singh a left-arm spinner and claimed that Ricky Martin is the Aussie Captain, and also Eddie Murphy is a legspinner from Zimbabwe.

    Take my advice. Avoid that commentator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikhil1772
    I m pretty sure I heard he is...on the stupid Fourth Umpire show on our National channel...but then again it was stupidity on my part that I listened to them and decided to post here w/o double-checking...

    hope u aint confused with Robing Uthappa.. as i am pretty sure he is a keeper for Karnataka..

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative
    hope u aint confused with Robing Uthappa.. as i am pretty sure he is a keeper for Karnataka..
    If he's the wicketkeeper for Karnataka, he must have been doing it only occasionally, since their regular wicketkeeper is Thilak Naidu, one-time India prospect. The last thing the Indian team needs is another Deep Dasgupta clone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative
    hope u aint confused with Robing Uthappa.. as i am pretty sure he is a keeper for Karnataka..
    Maybe.but I think I heard Raina,maybe that guy on the show must have said it by mistake too instead of Robin.anyway I m never watching that show again even if my life depended on it.the only reason i watched it was because cable was out and i had to watch the match on dd

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