For the current generation of Indian cricket fans, the trouble at the top of the order is an all-too-familiar one. But while the days of make-shift openers are behind us, getting the right combination could prove tricky in the coming days.
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay are the openers for the New Zealand series. With four hundreds and a 99 this year, Sehwag was an easy call. But Gambhir and Vijay are in a joust for the second spot.
The fit-again Gambhir will be Sehwag’s preferred partner in Ahmedabad. But some issues need to be addressed. Do you go by past performances or form? Vijay is clearly the form player at this juncture. His 139 in Bangalore was as critical to India’s series win as his 37 on Day 5.
In contrast, Gambhir’s recent scores have been 12, 1, 25 against South Africa, 2 & 0 in Galle, and 25 & 0 in Mohali. One could discount the duck in Mohali, where he was done in by theRead More »from Whither the in-form player?