Hey Ganguly learnt to deal with the short stuff in the final 1-2 years in his career. There is still hope for Raina. He just needs to stop attacking short bowling and needs to let more balls go instead of poking at everything. But no selecting the **** now will be so bad.
He doesn't attack short bowling, he pokes and prods at it, but otherwise yeah I agree there is always hope.
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Rayudu / Rahane should be the next to get a go in the batting lineup, imo unless they want to go to someone new like Juneja or the forgotten Badrinath which is unlikely. Rahane being first in line.
Gambhir will probably end up going to South Africa as 3rd choice opener too.
Just hope they don't go back to Raina/Yuvraj again.
Did decently last series too IIRC at some crucial junctures.
He can bat at 7 there if India go with 4 bowlers. I think that combination works best too, as Jadeja is neither here nor there in foreign conditions. Not sure he can play as much more than a Specialist bowler.
Gambhir has made some Ranji runs now, did well last tour in SA. Very likely he'll be back.
Of all the dumped older Indian players Gambhir is probably the one I'd be least unhappy about returning
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I would straight up get Gambhir back in for Vijay. Even when Gambhir got dropped it very much felt like they'd dropped him due to extended poor form so he could get his game together away from international cricket, rather than dropping him because they thought he was finished (ala Zaheer, Sehwag and Harbhajan). Definitely one of India's best six batsmen IMO.
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