The Indian test team has been announced and the back up spinners for India for Anil Kumble are Ramesh Powar and Murali Kartik.. It shows India does not have depth in the spin department right now while the faster bowlers are coming in bigger numbers surprisingly with the likes of Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Balaji in the squad. The absence of Nehra or a retired Srinath will not be felt as much as the absence of Harbhajan Singh because the backup in the spin department is weak..
The batting looks settles with Chopra and Sehwag set to open while Ganguly, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are a very strong middle order.. The question to be asked is where does Yuvraj Singh go? Ganguly had earlier stated that the best bet for Yuvraj would be to open the innings.. now thats silly because I would have specialist openers like Chopra and a proven opener in Sehwag open rather than Yuvraj. If need be, I would want Gautam Gambhir or Ramesh to be the replacements for the openers, not Yuvraj..
But Yuvraj has shown he has the ability to handle good bowling and is a quality player.. how can he fit into the Indian team? Simple.. drop Ganguly and play Yuvraj.. A very drastic thing to do but if you consider the fact that the best XI should play, it comes down to chosing between Ganguly and Yuvraj. Ganguly may have his perennial backers but Yuvraj deserves his chance in the middle order.. he will earn it and the sooner it comes for him the better.
I pity guys like Md. Kaif for whom playing for the Indian test side seems a distant dream while its so easy for a keeper to play for India.. There was talk of bringing back Ratra or bringing Dinesh Kartik, the under 19 keeper for Patel. Patel has been below par but has been given another chance.. surely its much better to be a keeper in India than a middle order batsman..