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    Composition of the Indian Team in the 3 upcoming Series

    I think the composition of the Indian Team in the 3 series that are coming up should be as follows:

    Sehwag
    Tendulkar
    Laxman
    Ganguly
    Dravid
    Yuvraj
    Dinesh Karthik
    Pathan
    Agarkar
    Nehra/Balaji
    Kumble/Harbhajan

    With Karthik being in there as a wk. I think that is a better option than having Kaif at #7. What you may lose in fielding with Kaif not in there, hopefully you pick up a bit with a specialist wk. Agarkar should get the nod behind Pathan as he has been in England for a while and I think the english conditions are suited to his bowling. He also is a better batsman and fielder that either Balaji or Nehra.

    Another option for the batting lineup could be retaining Dravid as the wk and adding Rohan Gavaskar. In the limited opportunities that he has received, I think he has performed well. He is a quick scorer, above average fielder and can bowl a bit. Although, with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Yuvraj - his bowling talents probbaly will not be required.

    As far as spinners, I do not think India will include 2 spinners in the playing 11. I would be ok with either of them in there.

    Let me kno what you guys think.

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    id keep kaif in there, lose laxman for ODI's *because IMO hes not quite so good at ODI's*, put karthik in there as no.7 tho. Id select Nehra, Pathan and Agarkar for bowling. my line up would look like:

    Tendulkar
    Sehwag
    Ganguly
    Dravid
    Kaif
    Yuvraj
    Dinesh Karthik (WK)
    Pathan
    Agarkar
    Nehra
    Bhajji
    Best batsman = Rahul Dravid
    Best bowler = Muttiah Muralitharan

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    Didn't Laxman get three centuries or something like that in the VB Series?
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    yes he certainly did, and that is a point i forgot~! BUT id place laxman above kaif on sheer fielding ability as kaif seems to hold a lot of the fielding together himself with very rare misfields so to lose him would be a larger loss on the field compared to laxman


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hit4Six
    Tendulkar
    Sehwag
    Ganguly
    Dravid
    Kaif
    Yuvraj
    Dinesh Karthik (WK)
    Pathan
    Agarkar
    Nehra
    Bhajji
    That line-up looks a lot less formidable without Laxman in it. Yes, fielding is an important aspect of the game, but you can't select players based specifically on their fielding skills, especially when the one you're leaving out is a fine batsman.
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    given laxmans track record against the aussies i would then put him in there over kaif but who do u relaly think the team would miss more laxman or kaif if they were no selected?

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    Tendulkar
    Sehwag
    Ganguly
    Laxman
    Dravid (wk)
    Yuvraj
    Kaif
    Pathan
    Agarkar
    Harbhajan
    Nehra

    India's success has come through playing seven batsmen and i'm going to keep faith in Kaif. With the new tactic of bowling Sachin round the wicket at the death being so successful and Sehwag bowling well only one spinner is needed. And Dravid is a perfectly good wicketkeeper and his batting form hasn't suffered so i personally can't understand playing Karthik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkamdar
    What you may lose in fielding with Kaif not in there, hopefully you pick up a bit with a specialist wk.

    But what about what runs you lose out on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Didn't Laxman get three centuries or something like that in the VB Series?
    But Neil, those included knocks against Australia, who's attack is clearly awful so we should knock them out of the reckoning!

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    But Marc, one of those knocks came against the almighty Zimbabweans with Lord Streak, surely it should be in reckoning! :P

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    1. Sehwag
    2. Ganguly
    3. Tendulkar
    4. Badani
    5. Dravid
    6. Yuvraj
    7. Dinesh Karthik
    8. Pathan
    9. Balaji
    10. Kumble/Harbhajan
    11. Nehra/Agarkar

    And no I don't think Agarkar's batting is better than Balaji's as someone said. Agarkar is crap and he should be kicked out forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hit4Six
    given laxmans track record against the aussies i would then put him in there over kaif but who do u relaly think the team would miss more laxman or kaif if they were no selected?
    Laxman, without doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReallyCrazy
    1. Sehwag
    2. Ganguly
    3. Tendulkar
    4. Badani
    5. Dravid
    6. Yuvraj
    7. Dinesh Karthik
    8. Pathan
    9. Balaji
    10. Kumble/Harbhajan
    11. Nehra/Agarkar

    And no I don't think Agarkar's batting is better than Balaji's as someone said. Agarkar is crap and he should be kicked out forever.
    Balaji hasn't batted even 1/40th or 1/50th of times Agarkar has, which makes the comparison invalid.

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    I like your team, Sudeep, but I am not sure about Kartik as keeper. Maybe in the odd game against Kenya, yes, but unless he has proven himself in such situations in the odd opportunity that he is bound to get along the way, I think we should keep Dravid as keeper. I would like it if Balaji stuck form as a bowler because I think he is a better fielder and batsman than Nehra and the trio of Pathan, Balaji and Agarkar can be quite good as patrollers at the boundary. Also, I would like to give Kaif one more tournament run, and if he fails again, then maybe Rohan can come in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnr.
    But Marc, one of those knocks came against the almighty Zimbabweans with Lord Streak, surely it should be in reckoning! :P
    My apologies.

    Either way, he's quite clearly a choker.

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