For sometime now, the Indian team in the absence of an all-rounder has adopted either of the two options open to them in ODIs – seven batsmen and four bowlers or six batsmen and five bowlers. More often than not they have played to their main strength – batting – by adopting the former policy and letting players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly to share the fifth bowler's quota of ten overs.
Both theories have their loopholes. A bowler short has frequently meant the side conceding too many runs while a batsman short has also led to the side being dismissed cheaply. An all-rounder is the answer to Indian cricket's dilemma for then the combination becomes six plus one plus four and this could well be the winning equation.
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