With Ganguly back in the team the next round of speculation over whether he would make it to the playing 11 is just round the corner. If Dravid misses out on the first Test due to injury then Dad’s place in the 11 is guaranteed. On the other hand, if Dravid does play in the 11, India has to make the call of playing both Jaffer and Ganguly or drop one in favor of a bowler/all rounder. Given the flaky form of India’s bowlers it makes sense to play 5 bowlers with Pathan being the all rounder-bowler in the 11. At the same time going into the match with 6 batsman as opposed to seven is a debatable issue considering the dismal failure of India’s batting. The alternative might be to stick with 5 bowlers and open the innings with Dada. If he flunks he should pack his bags for good. If he scores big, hats off to him.
The practice match that’s due to begin tomorrow should give some fresh insight about whom might be close to striking some form!