January 23, 2009

India in Sri Lanka 2008-09

Cricket needs more variety

Kanishkaa Balachandran

The concept of the return series, barely months after the teams have faced each other drives the intensity out of the contest, writes Harsha Bhogle in espnstar.com. He looks ahead to India's tour of Sri Lanka, less than a year since their previous trip, and comments on India's team composition.

Interestingly, India go to Sri Lanka with five seamers. That is at least one too many and seems to reinforce the suggestion that a couple of them have been picked so that they can be with the coach and the trainer and start getting ready for New Zealand. Having said that there is a fair amount of flexibility in the side with one of the seamers, Irfan Pathan, and one of the spinners, Ravi Jadeja, capable of batting in the middle order. So India could play either Pathan brother at number seven with Jadeja at eight and accordingly play either another spinner and two new ball bowlers or three quicks.

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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