India go in to the fourth and final Test with just one specialist opener in Murali Vijay. With Gautam Gambhir pulling out due to jaundice after being recalled to the side, the selectors could have gone back to specialist openers in Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer or consistent domestic cricket run-scorer Abhinav Mukund. But they didn't!
Instead the Sandeep Patil-led selection panel decided to include a middle order batsman in Suresh Raina, leaving the possibility of either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane opening the innings with Vijay. A prospect which is unfair on the usual middle-order batsmen, feels Sunil Gavaskar.
"Opening the batting is a specialist's job. I don't think it is fair on either Pujara or Rahane, who are not mentally prepared to open the batting. Why should they? Why should they be sacrificing their careers.. for what? They should have picked an opening batsman even if it meant a horses for courses situation. It would have probably meant giving someone experienced like a Virender Sehwag or someone like Wasim Jaffer, who has been in good domestic form, a chance. They should have been picked," he said in NDTV's pre-match show in Delhi on Thursday.