Will the doors open for Wasim Jaffer?

Age is a number, but there is safety in Jaffer's numbers.


Wasim Jaffer.

The first thing that will strike you about him, is the ease with which he operates from the crease.  The manner in which he slips into a stance, bat slowly moving between the pads, moving comfortably onto the front foot, before getting behind the ball. Knife on butter. When he gets on top of the delivery, the man picks the gap with a silken grace that is pleasing to watch.

Well done.

When the cut shot is on offer, the feet move towards off-stump, and he moves closer to the ball. The elbows move inward, bat in tow, as the slash sends the ball past point for four. The man can drive, nice firm step forward, elbow out, with loads of timing. The head keeps still, with an expression that betrays nothing. Not happiness, not even a smile, maybe a shrinking dimple behind the beard. The same when he takes a foot forward, and leaves the cherry alone, not before making sure that nothing is left to chance.

Well left.

Turns out that he can play spin too. From the batting crease on one toe, towards the ball or with one stiff leg, on the back foot. Against Ojha in the Irani Trophy game against the Rest of India, he moves his feet, and hits a six on the run. The flick with one leg static, is not only pre-determined, but equally effective, in bringing forth a boundary. Give him a short ball, and he can pull it off, with every effort made to keep the ball, as far away from the fielder’s hands as possible.

Don’t forget that you don’t have to ask him to calm down. With these strokes in his book, is it time to give him another shot at playing a second inning in Indian colours?

Face it. India’s openers are struggling. And the man who has scored 32 centuries in the Ranji Trophy- the most by any batsman, continues to deliver. He might have played his last Test in 2008, but with 16049 first-class runs against his name as on date, the numbers are simply too hard to ignore.

That the batsman who has amassed the most number of runs in the Ranji Trophy, isn't in the India A squad, or in the Board President's XI for the practice game against Australia, is a glaring omission. So what could be the reason behind keeping the man out of the Indian team?

Age. He is 34 years old.

Is it fair to say that he is a little too old to open for India again? On the one hand, we say that we lack options, on the other, we want to ensure that the best thing that can be done about it, is to wait for the present openers, to re-discover their own form, at a much bigger cost to the team. Whether there is a opening available in the team, is a question that answers itself. Or is it open and shut?

There is safety in numbers.

Beamer: Who has the opener?

Was the author write or wrong? Do tell him what you think on Twitter.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Abu Dhabi: Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir elects to bat in the season-opener of IPL-7. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Bench refuses to grant access to recordings of Srini and Dhoni’s depositions before Mudgal committee. More »

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

A fractured little finger could now throw the Delhi Daredevils captain out of action at the start of this season. More »