Let's start at the top. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are firmly entrenched as a highly successful opening pair, and the criticism only starts with the former being injured and a doubtful starter for the first Test.
This means there will have to be a third opener and the choice seemed to be between the Tamil Nadu duo of Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay with Parthiv Patel having his backers too.
The advantage with Parthiv is that he can also be a back-up wicket keeper but when the final choice fell on Mukund there could be no place for Parthiv given that the touring squad already has three openers.
The selectors thus had the option to go in for the better keeper and Wriddhiman Saha made a comeback though I would have preferred Dinesh Kartik who had a successful run as an opening batsman in the Tests four years ago. In Image:
Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir (L), Virender Sehwag (2R) and Rahul Dravid (R) share a light moment with Indian team chief cricket selector Krishnamachary Srikanth (2L) during a training session of the Indian team at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on February 26, 2011.
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