Rahul Dravid, You take charge in the middle

Tomorrow Sachin Tendulkar will play in the middle order against the West Indies at Nagpur, says the team management. Sachin has always maintained his preference to stay at the top. Gautam Gambhir and Sourav Ganguly will be opening the batting instead. Maybe Uthappa should have been playing though the relatively more sound Gambhir might have been given the nod as of late the Indian batting has not even looked good to last 50 overs.

On the middle order woes, Yuvraj Singh’s absence has forced the shift in position for Sachin. Dravid will be in at one-drop followed by Sachin at 4. Suresh Reina might get another chance but time better be running out for the young lad. Sehwag should have been there in this sqaud and perhaps batting at No. 5 or 6, the position at which he made his debut against Australia.

Though Tendulkar in the middle order would be interesting to watch. It will be a challenge for the ‘Little Master’ to do the hard work in the middle overs, and will require all the skill and ability he possesses. It could turn out to be a good move ahead of the World Cup.

However, my ideal batting order for CW 2007 would still read:
Sourav Ganguly
Sachin Tendulkar
Rahul Dravid
Yuvraj Singh
Virender Sehwag
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Ajit Agarkar
Ramesh Powar/ Harbhajan Singh
Zaheer Khan
Anil Kumble
S Sreesanth.

If Yuvraj is not fit, then Sachin should play in the middle order. Also Dravid might be better off at No. 5 if India play an extra batsman, with Sehwag and Dhoni coming after him. Dravid is the tested and sucessful middle-order bat, and it is high time for the skipper to take charge in the middle.


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