September 25, 2009

Champions Trophy

Will the youngsters please stand up?

Kanishkaa Balachandran

With Yuvraj Singh out injured, the picture doesn't look so rosy for India. What it will do is increase the pressure on Tendulkar, Dhoni, Dravid and Gambhir to score in every game, and that’s not an ideal scenario, writes Anand Vasu in the Hindustan Times. It's time for at least one among the juniors to step up.

India have to take a serious look at their overall selection strategy, keeping in mind the busy season ahead. In this case, there were few options for specialist middle-order batsmen and that is worrying. Rohit Sharma was injured in the season opening Buchi Babu tournament, Robin Uthappa has done little apart from one brilliant ton in the final of the Corporate Trophy and S Badrinath, the other obvious candidate, does not seem to find favour. What’s especially worrisome is the fact that this paucity of middle-order options is after recalling Dravid, who wasn’t even in the one-day frame of things for two years.

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