January 23, 2008

Indian Cricket Team Composition for Adelaide game

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There is much discussion going on about the team composition for the Adelaide game starting tomorrow. Should India retain the winning combination? Should they leave out Wasim Jaffer and opt for Harbhajan Singh? Should they pick Dinesh Karthik in place of Wasim Jaffar?

It is very difficult to answer these questions. As the pitch is expected to assist spin, there is some speculation that Harbhajan Singh will come in as the second spinner. With Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and R.P.Singh bowling exceptionally well, the Indian team would not want to disturb their swinging medium pace team. So, the idea is to drop the underperforming Wasim Jaffar to make way for Harbhajan. Is that going to be a good decision?

You all might remember that India won their previous match at Adelaide about four years ago. Let us look at the successful team composition for ideas. Here is the list:

Akash Chopra and Virender Sehwag (Openers)
Rahul Dravid
Sachin Tendulkar
Sourav Ganguly
VVS Laxman

Parthiv Patel

Ajit Agarkar
Aashish Nehra
Irfan Pathan
Anil Kumble

Interestingly, 7 members from the previous victorious team are certainties for this game too. The best bowling performance came from Ajit Agarkar on the fourth day afternoon that shook the Australians. Agarkar never repeated that wonderful performance of 6 for 41, which set up the Indian victory. The best bowling performance in the first innings came from Kumble, 5 for 154. The batting heroes were Rahul Dravid (233 and 72 not out) and VVS Laxman (148 and 32). Rahul and Laxman repeated the Calcutta heroics again here, with a partnership of 303 runs, with Rahul taking the lead role this time.

So, going by that performance, I feel that India should not look into Harbhajan now. The team composition should remain the same. If Jaffar has to be replaced, then Dinesh Karthik should come in as the opener. This will help to restore the batting order as it is. India should go in with a winning mood and one batsman less will affect them.


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