Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Congratulations, Kolkata!

Absolutely unbelievable. Not only have the jokers picked Ganguly in the Test squad, they have selected him as an all-rounder. No doubt his 2 Test wickets in the last 5 years clinched the deal. I hope the Kolkatans who put region above country (Damned if you do, and Damned if you don't) are suitably embarrassed.

An average of 35 from 15 matches, with only a century against the mighty Zimbabwe (and a terribly poor century at that) to show? This with Mohammad Kaif, who produced two stirring half-centuries against a rampant Australian attack in his last outings, waiting in the wings for the chance that is rightfully his? It is nothing short of a disgrace, and one can only hope that the next selection committee has more guts than this one.

And none of this considers the ingenious selection of Ajit Agarkar and RP Singh as Irfan Pathan's pace bowling partners - picked purely on the strength of their showings in the one-day arena.

It appears that the line-up for the 1st Test will be something like:

Sehwag
Gambhir
Dravid
Tendulkar
Laxman
Ganguly (in the Flintoff/Kallis role)
Dhoni
Pathan
Agarkar
Harbhajan
Kumble

It's a good thing that Bajji and Kumble will be doing the bulk of the bowling is all I can say. Hell, I'd be batting Pathan at 6 rather than Ganguly if that were an option.

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I am damn sure Ganguly can't serve as a Flintoff/Kallis.

But things are going in different way. He took 5 wkts and batted 159. India were out for 188. If he finds his touch back neither Flintoff/Kallis nor the Dravid can stop him I think.

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