> Here is my team for the OD against Pakistan, and also
>the batting order:
>2) Manjrekar (with instructions to keep the scoreboard tickling)
Hmmm.... Opening with Manjrekar might be a pretty good idea.
He ought to be better than Shastri at keeping the scoreboard "tickling"
along. I would keep the order pretty flexible. i.e. if Manjrekar gets
out first, Azhar comes in. If Srikkanth gets out then Tendulkar comes
in. We do not need a situation in which both batsmen are barely tickling
the scoreboard, we need one person capable of bashing the loose ball.
However, Jadeja is an unproven quantity. Good fielder, useful
bowler, no doubt. But again, he's an opener, and may not be very good
at slogging. I would rather use Shastri lower in the order during the
slog overs. Very few Indian batsmen are capable of slogging as well as
he does. Especially against Pakistan, when there will be a few overs by
the spinners (hope Mushtaq is not injured!), he might be very useful.
Add to that his ability to restrict the batsmen in the middle overs, and
if fit, he's sure to be an asset to the team.
Neeran Karnik - Dept. of Computer Science, University of Minnesota