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    Where Should Sachin Tendulkar Bat In ODI's?

    I think he is the best opening ODI batsman in World Cricket. 31 of his 33 centuries have been scored in the openers spot. Some of the times he destroyed the Australians in Sharjah, and all other bowlers was when he was opening.

    He has said himself that he wants to open, as this allows himself to dictate terms, rather than terms having to dictate the way he plays. What do you all think?

    Destructive Opener, or Mild Middle Order Player??

    Personally the idea of a Sehwag-Sachin Opening ODI Duo, like we saw when England toured India was simply brilliant!
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    I think the problem that the Indian selectors believe is, is that if Sehwag & Tendulkar open & get out early that means neither of them will be around later on in the innings so they would prefer to disperse them among the top 5.

    I don't know if they want to try & gamble opening with them in the World Cup or not because they still need some experience in the middle where Yuvraj, Kaif & Mongia have been struggling as of late.

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    Sachin is a living legend, so they should let him bat where he wants to.
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    Team > Player...

    I would love to see Sachin and Virender opening, the damage that they could cause to any bowling attack is incredible.

    With Ganguly currently batting like an idiot, and Dravid not really suited to opening and keeping, I would go with Sehwag and Tendulkar.
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    Well I'm having this discussion with Bazz at the moment. I think that Sachin and Sehwag should open with Ganguly at 3. Ganguly hasn't seemed amazingly at ease with opening for a while, even in England he looked stratchy. If Ganguly came in at 3, he would leave the seamers to Sehwag and Sachin who love the ball coming onto the bat, and he would be more likely to face spin which he is quite good at playing, I remember how he combatted Giles in India in the ODIs, smashing him straight. Ganguly seems to be getting out before he's set at the moment, and batting at 3 would let him play himself in when the ball is moving less. Also Mongia at 3 is not working, so why not stop wasting Tendulkar at 4 and let your top 3 ODI batsmen bat in the top 3 with Dravid at 4 or 5?
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    Well, Kaif's been as low as 8 in the recent series, so that's a bit bizarre!

    How about having Virender and AA opening, Srinath at 3 and Ganguly at 7?
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    Originally posted by marc71178
    Well, Kaif's been as low as 8 in the recent series, so that's a bit bizarre!

    How about having Virender and AA opening, Srinath at 3 and Ganguly at 7?
    Or Ganguly at 11 with Khan opening...

    even Khan could probably out-do Ganguly when he's in this sort of form...

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    Tendulkar
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    Ganguly
    Dravid
    Yuvraj
    Kaif
    Bangar/Agarkar
    Khan
    Harb
    Srinath
    Nehra

    looks the best bet to me. We have specialist batsmen upto 6 and 5 bowlers. If one or two of the main bowlers are off form, the part timers like Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly and Yuvraj can pitch in. The fielding liabilities are kept to a minimum ie Ganguly, Srinath and Nehra. I would even look at Parthiv Patel as the specialist keeper taking Nehra out of the equation. We should be taking Karthik along.

    ...and yes, you guys are right, Sachin should open.
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    Seeing his poor form, and Ganguly's failures a little shuffling is inevitable.
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    Originally posted by Gotchya
    Seeing his poor form, and Ganguly's failures a little shuffling is inevitable.
    The point is, as captain, Ganguly will play. Now, he isn't the best at rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking while he gets his eye in. If he comes too far down the order, he might waste overs getting set, so I felt if he isn't opening, he should be sent atleast on-drop so that he has the time to undo any initial damage(scoring rate-wise) that he might do. This way, if the openers come good, he won't be under pressure when he gets in and can bat more freely and if one or both openers fail, he will come in while field restrictions are in place and can take advantage of that. This is all theory and conjecture. Performance out there on the field is a diiferent story altogether. I just thought this made a little sense.

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    Yes that seems sensible to me. Maybe that is the thinking of the team/management. Also if Sachin and Sehwag open together, two early wickets means the two best batsman. I know you shouldn't look at it that way, but the opposition might think "if we get the openers early they're not half as daunting", whereas this way it is like "well even after we get Sehwag and Ganguly they still have Tendulkar, Dravid, Yuvraj, Kaif..."
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    Originally posted by Bazzaroodoo
    Yes that seems sensible to me. Maybe that is the thinking of the team/management. Also if Sachin and Sehwag open together, two early wickets means the two best batsman. I know you shouldn't look at it that way, but the opposition might think "if we get the openers early they're not half as daunting", whereas this way it is like "well even after we get Sehwag and Ganguly they still have Tendulkar, Dravid, Yuvraj, Kaif..."
    Yeah well Sachin doesn't seem too happy at 4. He's just not settled really after opening in ODIs for most of his career. He's used to setting the pace. After 200 odd matches, now is not the time to make him change his game. What about Sehwag as the worlds most destructive number 3?

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    he should open, no question
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    Originally posted by age_master
    he should open, no question
    Considering that Sachin and Ganguly have opened together for so long and both have far superior averages to Sehwag...I would disagree.

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    Originally posted by Rik
    Or Ganguly at 11 with Khan opening...
    Now that's just stupid!

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