One thing that first test showed is that we lack quality opening batsmen
who can stand up to good fast bowling. This had put lot more pressure on
Ganguly, SRT and Azhar, and Indian innings folded twice within 40 overs.
We need two batsmen who can last at least one hour, so that rest of the
batsmen can recover and get a feel as to how the pitch is behaving, and
how the bowlers are bowling.
Now that selectors have selected 3 keepers instead of 4 openers, what can
Indian team management do.
1. Persist with Rathore & Raman - I have very little hope of this pair
lasting more than 2 overs, at least one of them will get out. It will be
pure baggage to carry them around.
2. Bring in Mongia and retain one of the openers - In this scenario, I will
keep Raman, rather than on fishing Rathore. But Mongia is very much needed in
the middle order. Especially if India lasts more than 70 overs Mongia can
3. Laxman and Kumble - yes, drop both the openers. Kumble has the
determination to stay at the wicket, if he stays for a hour we have a
reasonable choice, even if he gets out it is no better than Rathore or
Raman. It will be better to try out Laxman at opening spot instead of
bringing Dravid at #1. If Dharmani can open then I will drop one of the
bowlers and bring him in.
What we really lack is an extra batsmen, if we drop Rathore and Raman,
we are left with only Laxman as a backup with three keepers. God bless,
if Ganguly, Tendulkar or Azhar fail consistently we do not have a backup
for them. Among all the keepers, I will take Dharmani as an extra bat.
My batting order for 2nd test will be:
Radical 2nd Test Team Reasonable 2nd Test Team
Laxman, Ganguly and Dravid play anchor roles, and hopefully last more than
50 overs. Others can play natural attacking game.
If we want extra bowler take Johnson & Ganesh, else dump one of them for
0.02 cents worth of comments,
PS. I will be most happy if India comes out of this series 0-1; the way we are
going my bet is on 0-2, no hope of India winning a match in this series.