The week that was in cricket (January 19-25)
The past week in cricket was a highly significant one for multiple reasons, but unlike what’s normally expected, it were matters away from the 22 yards that hogged the headlines. Yes, New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott did break the world record for the highest 6th wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) courtesy of their magnificent 267-run stand against Sri Lanka, but it was a certain Supreme Court judgment in India that held greater importance to the long-term future of the game.Here are the 5 talking points of the week:
#5 Stuart Binny as an opener?
In his column for ESPNcricinfo, former Australia captain Ian Chappell provided an interesting suggestion, asking India to try out Stuart Binny as an opener in the wake of Shikhar Dhawan's persistent struggles at the top of the order. The 71-year-old opined that the all-rounder has got adequate technical skills to handle himself against the new ball and also provides captain MS Dhoni a useful option with the ball.
While Chappell’s suggestion might be too risky with such little time left for the marquee event, it is one that the Indian team management would do well considering. Especially with Dhawan having managed a paltry 11 runs from his 3 matches in the ongoing tri-series, Binny would afford the team the luxury of playing 3 specialist seamers and 2 spinners, in addition to his own medium-pace bowling during the middle overs.