I'm probably as big a Jadeja fan as it gets on this forum but he really shouldn't be in the frame at all on a tour of South Africa unless Ashwin gets injured, and even then I still probably wouldn't pick him.. but he'll probably get the gig.
Any chance Ashwin will get a crack slightly higher up at seven or even six? He looks a batsman, India would love a genuine allrounder to play a 3-2 bowling attack balance and he bats at six domestically doesn't he?
Can none of their bowlers except Ashwin use a bat? I thought Bhuvi had some FC runs, or have I mixed him up with Praveen? I know Ojha is mud, but you can hide him at eleven.
.. which is basically why I just straight up wouldn't be going with that idea in South Africa. I doubt a lot is to be gained from two spinners in South Africa anyway, and with Dhoni likely to be completely incompetent with the bat in those conditions I think the meat and potatoes option of their six best batsmen, their best keeper/batsman, their best spinner and their best three quicks is really the way to go.
I think Zak, Shami and Beauy should play in the XI in SA. Ojha will probably not be selected for either test just like what happened in the Aus away series last year. I would go:
Don't mind the team, and whilst it'll never happen, Dhoni at 8 isn't the worst idea. I'd drop Jadeja for Rahane. Need batting depth. We can live without the second spinner.
Jadeja is there just in case Zak breaks down and we suddenly only have 3 bowlers for a match.
More importantly, none of Ashwin, Jadeja and Dhoni are test #6s. We have to have a proper batsmen there, especially considering the problems with batting in that part of the world we've had since forever. 3 seamers and Ashwin is ideal and if they really really want a second spinner one of the pacers has to be dropped. There is just no way we can take on South Africa without six of our best batsmen. It's going to be a struggle as it is, no point handicapping ourselves further just for that extra left arm option.
I mean we're playing Steyn, Philander and Morkel ffs. Take no chances.
Last edited by Daemon; 17-11-2013 at 03:14 AM.
Dhoni shouldn't bat above 8 in SA if there is seam movement in the pitch. Maybe drop Jadeja, pick a specialist bat for #6 and play Ash at 7.
Is Dhoni really that inadequate at no 7 outside the SC? Honestly, India are gonna need all their bowlers and all their batsmen, pick six batsmen, 4 bowlers and Dhoni to keep, specialists doing their job is what will win you matches IMO
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