A squad picked on reputation?

Former Indian cricketer WV Raman looks at the squad picked for the first two Tests against England.

updated: November 06, 2012 13:41 IST
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The new selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil was not expected to go against the grain, but their decisions in some cases have left enough room for doubt as to whether current form or past reputation has been used as the yardstick. The only clarity is in their sending out a loud and clear message to Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, by bringing Murali Vijay into the squad. Vijay's inclusion serves to provide the needle that established players need at times to raise their game.

Sehwag notched up a century batting down the order in the Ranji Trophy game against Uttar Pradesh and of course what applies to others need not apply to him as he does not get affected by things that are happening around him. By this, I mean that the inclusion of Vijay will neither deflate him nor will his century send him running towards his dancing shoes. His partner, Gambhir, is a total contrast in that he gets affected as quickly as Sehwag gets runs when in full flow.

The middle-order slots have been a sort of merry-go-round since the exit of Sourav Ganguly, and the experiment with Suresh Raina has come to a temporary halt with Yuvraj Singh getting the nod. The clarification that Ajinkya Rahane is viewed as a middle-order batsman was much needed as he was left to warm the benches in the past without being categorically told where he belonged. However, what is still not clear is why some performers are repeatedly ignored, regardless of the change in guard.

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