Now with the selections about to be done, i have decided about the 16
i would like on the tour to WI assuming only 16 are allowed.I suggest that
only "one" team be sent for the "tests" and the "one-dayers" since we are just
playing 3/4 ODIs and it would be more sensible to send out the players earlier
itself so that they can get valuable practice in the FC matches.
My 16 is as follows:
Justifies himself on the basis of some mediocre performances towards the end
of the Test series and the recently played ODi against Zimbabwe.
6)V.V.S. Laxman/Vinod Kambli/Navjyot Sidhu
Laxman would be the first choice if he is fully fit but again he would have
lost much of match practice and i am not sure whether he is playing in domestic
cricket also at the present.
We could also try Vinod Kambli and give the poor guy his first chance in a foreign
pitch and to disprove his critics about his ability against Fast bowling.
He also seems to be in good nick now what with a century against Hyderabad.
My third preference would be Navjyot Singh Sidhu.He is also getting back his
form in the Ranjis and could very comfortably fill the vacant opening slot that
we have; it could also give Mongia the much-needed respite against having to
face the likes of Ambrose and Walsh in their opening spells.Besides, Sidhu did
well in his last tour here.
I leave it to the selectors to decide the fate of any of the above three.
Should be given a chance in the tests if he performs well in the first class
matches.As usual, will be useful in the one-dayers in his now-familiar slot.
Qualifies himself with some good performances in the Triangular series.
Could be useful in tests as an established allrounder if he finds good form in the
First class matches.
11)Salil Ankola/D. Ganesh
Ankola should be given more chances especially at the test level, his recent
one-day performances notwithstanding.He can come good if he settles down.
Also has the ability to take important wickets.
Ganesh has really underperformed to the hype he was given;he has rarely been
bowled to say anything about his capability.Could be given one more chance though
i am not so sure about his ability to support Srinath and Prasad very comfortably.
Lack of experience(includind Domestics) goes against him.
Kuruvilla has been bowling admirably in the recent Ranji matches and i feel
he is a potential Strike bowler at the Test level if not one-dayers.
Has good stamina and domestic experience which could help his temperament
in the early International matches of his career.Moreover, this selection could
compensate the earlier raw deals he has been given by the selectors; a no-selection
could doom the career of one of the few true fast bowlers in India once
predicted to perform well by the great fast bowler Frank Tyson who was also
I guess we have to rely on atleast one "True Spinner" who could prove
useful anytime against an always Collapse-prone Windies against the Spin.
As regards the likes of Jaffar, Pagnis et al, they need some more time to mature
and also i think the best place to give the newbies good International Cricket
practice is "At Home" or "In England" which proved successful in the case of Dravid
and Ganguly where they got to play a lot of County matches.Besides, we should go to
the Windies with a determination to win the series and testing the newbies
there could prove disastrous both to the Indian team in general and to the player's
international career itself.
Tendulkar will be the captain and Kumble the vicey.This tour should really
show whether Tendy can do anything major to reform the mediocre Indian
Shridhar[Waiting for the selections to match most if not all of the above 16......]