Third Test: Five bowlers or not, please win or lose!

Four ya Five? There is widespread speculation that India might opt for five bowlers at the expense of a batsman. This means that based on current form, Yuvraj Singh or VVS will face the chopping block. The last time India was faced with a similar dilemma, VVS was the victim. India eventually went on to lose the Test. VVS is definitely the safer bet in my opinion. Even if India decides to stay with a four bowler combination I suspect the Indian team management might opt to play Bhajji in place of one of the seamers Irfan or VRV.

Result, please: On the eve of the third Test I just hope we are not faced with another draw no matter how exciting it turns out to be! The whole idea of a game played over five days yet not producing any result just doesn’t go with the times. On the one hand the ICC is trying its best to spread 20-20 masala cricket. Unfortunately, on the other hand there is no talk whatsoever about ensuring a result in Test matches.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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