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    India's Fourth Best Opener

    If you were picking Indian All Time XI's presumably


    Sorry about that, I tried a poll and something went wrong so I thought that the whole thread hadn't started

    I'll restart....

    Just in light of the current team's opening struggles in South Africa.....

    Presumably most people pick Gavaskar plus one of Sehwag or Merchant in their ATG Indian Test XI. Given the other of Sehwag and Merchant make the second xi, who would you pick to partner them?

    Statistically, I guess it's one of Sidhu, Gambhir, Vijay, Rahul or Dhawan who all average about 40. Or you could go for one of the old timers like Roy, Contractor, Chauhan who average just over 30.

    Shastri must have opened a bit I guess. Is the opening slot a way to get Mankad in the side?

    Or do you just give up and make Pujara open (which might leave a bit of a hole at 3).
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    Gavaskar and Sehwag are one and two, I imagine there are plenty of contenders for 3 and 4.

    If we extend to include ODIs then Gavaskar, Sehwag, Sachin, Ganguly easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorax View Post
    Gavaskar and Sehwag are one and two, I imagine there are plenty of contenders for 3 and 4.

    If we extend to include ODIs then Gavaskar, Sehwag, Sachin, Ganguly easily.
    1. Gavaskar
    2/3 Merchant/Sehwag

    is what OP meant I think

    4th would probably be Gambhir tbh.
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    Along with Gambhir, a few names I can think of include Mankad, Roy, Sidhu, Ganguly & Vijay.

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here & say NS Sidhu. Would have went for Sourav, but he wasn't always an opener.

    In ODIs Dravid, Tendulkar & Jadeja are all worth a mention.

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    1. Gavaskar
    2. Sehwag
    3. Gambhir
    4. Sidhu
    5. M. Mankad

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    By the time you reach the 4th best opener you may as well get Dravid to open
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy101 View Post
    Along with Gambhir, a few names I can think of include Mankad, Roy, Sidhu, Ganguly & Vijay.

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here & say NS Sidhu. Would have went for Sourav, but he wasn't always an opener.

    In ODIs Dravid, Tendulkar & Jadeja are all worth a mention.
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    A serious drop off in quality from Gavaskar and Sehwag to whoever is next. I guess Gambhir?

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    Burgey's peahearted mate probably gets the nod as next in line.

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    Mankad would be it. Although I would have him in first xi as lower order bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Mankad would be it. Although I would have him in first xi as lower order bat.
    Surely Kohli has done enough for #5 , with the keeper and Kapil, is there a place for Mankad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srbhkshk View Post
    Surely Kohli has done enough for #5 , with the keeper and Kapil, is there a place for Mankad?
    I think so. India xi would probably have 3 spinners. One of them can easily be Mankad. Kohli only replaces Laxman/Hazare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    I think so. India xi would probably have 3 spinners. One of them can easily be Mankad. Kohli only replaces Laxman/Hazare.
    humm yeah, can work with 3 spinners. Hopefully one of our current pacers would allows us a 3-2 attack in the first team eventually.

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