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Who's to be dropped: Kohli or Yuvi

Vipin Nair
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1.29K   //    06 Dec 2012, 14:44 IST

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Youvraj Singh of India fends off a high ball during the second npower Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 1, 2011 in Nottingham, England.

Does anyone want to hear about the latest current affair in cricket?

India will be forced to drop Kohli or Yuvraj after the ongoing Test match against England at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The predictions point to Kohli might being dropped. As hard as it can be, one has to face the reality. If India lose the ongoing Test, and it looks like they will, someone has to be kicked out of the batting order.

After the consistent failures of Gambhir, he was still selected on the basis of a fighting half century in the second innings of the second test against England in Mumbai. If Gambhir was dropped from the playing eleven at least for the third test, someone could have replaced him. But the situation is now in favour of Gambhir after two battling half centuries, and he might never get dropped again until he feels he has to retire by himself. There is no doubt that Gambhir should not be replaced at this point of time since he is back in form.

But who do you replace instead?

Sehwag has the backing of the team management since he has looked good in every innings he has played, despite just one century from his last five innings and a run-out which was deemed to be Gambhir’s fault, even though Gambhir called it perfectly on time. So Sehwag looks to be fine.

Then comes Cheteshwar Pujara, who is secure for the next two years at least.

Sachin Tendulkar has insurance cover for a lifetime. His case ensures the selectors will not take such a bold step after his good-looking innings of 76 which actually brought India to this total of 316 runs.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Virat Kohli of India is almost run-out on 99 during day three of the Fourth Test Match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on January 26, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.

Dhoni is safe till the next tour of Australia ends, as far as keeping and batting is concerned, since he hit a world-famous 52 in the first innings of this ongoing test with Cook having in and out fields and Dhoni still managed to hit a 50.

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So the axe will most probably fall on Kohli’s or Yuvraj’s head. Yuvraj is safe since he scored a fifty in this series five innings ago and hence been a cropper. So Kohli is the right candidate to be axed for the next test if India lose this match. But it will be really interesting if Kohli hits a battling 50 in the second innings of the ongoing Test and India still lose the match.

Then it is crystal clear that no one will be dropped from this batting order and it is because of our bowlers we had lost the match on such a good batting wicket where India won the toss and elected to bat first. So, bowlers, be ready to be dropped if India lose this match. What Kapil Dev said was true:

“Batsmen are officers and bowlers are labourers”.

Indians are generally emotional people, but it doesn’t mean the selectors need to be extra emotional to save some batsmen who are not in form, so the selectors should take some hard decisions at the right time. But the best part will be India losing this Test match and no change is made to this Indian side.

I hope the selectors get the point.

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