This is an exciting period for Indian cricket, but for the national selectors, it’s a phase where they would be best advised to carry a strip of Paracetamol pills to the matches they witness and of course at selection committee meetings.
Sandeep Patil & Co cannot ignore the youth. On the other hand, they are expected to respect experience and reputation to strike a fine balance.
The home Test series against the West Indies may not offer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team the stiffest of challenges (although WI have won two Tests each vs NZ, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in a row), but the selectors and captain need to set the tone for the remainder of the season. The South Africa tour may well come off followed by the series in New Zealand before a massive five-Test series in England.
Virender Sehwag’s wish to bat in the middle order hasn’t made things simpler for the five wise men, but it is good to see the fire still burning in him after all these years, something which we’ve come to admire in Sachin Tendulkar over all these years. Good selectors will only be moved by performances and Sehwag’s desire should not come in the way of the emergence of young players.
It is no secret that Dhoni wants the best possible fielding and catching unit and hopefully Sehwag has worked on this critical aspect during his time away from international cricket. With the exit of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, India’s slip catching is not what it used to be. Sehwag hopefully has sharpened up and is now ready to be seen to Dhoni’s right, waiting for the batsman’s edge.
Even after 104 Tests, he has to much to prove. May fairness prevail in Indian cricket’s season of plenty.