The selection of a quintet of fast bowlers was along expected lines. Once Munaf Patel was declared fit he was always going to have the edge over Abhimanyu Mithun and there can be no arguments against the inclusion of Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.
And to think that RP Singh who on the previous tour four years ago notched up a five-wicket haul in the first Test at Lord's is nowhere in the reckoning only underlines the bench strength of the Indian pace attack.
The easiest choice must have been the spin duo. With all the criticism against Harbhajan Singh about his falling strike rate and burgeoning average he is still the kind of experienced bowler who can strike it big any time.
And in any case the quartet of young spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla have a lot of catching up to do. In Image:
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