Saturday, May 26, 2007
All other trivial considerations aside, hasn't the think-tank made a decision that amounts to - Dhoni is a better middle order player than Laxman ?
How else can anybody explain 2 wicket-keepers getting into the side ahead of Laxman? Karthik can open. Dhoni can't or doesn't. Dhoni rubs the salt further by batting in Laxman's spot in exchange for doing a job, which a person selected ahead of him can do equally well. Either which way - Karthik's (and not Dhoni's) inclusion can make way for Laxman. When that does not happen, my above assertion seems to be the only explanation.
Australia would have done the logical thing. Drop Dhoni and pick Laxman. Something, which we should do in England if we want to 'stop running our cricket like Zimbabwe and be like Australia'