Irfan Pathan: We can go to having an all-rounder in the team like Jacques Kallis of South Africa. Pathan can come in as a full-time batsman and become the fifth bowler option. Pathan opened the innings in a Test against Sri Lanka in 2005. He scored 93.
Then there was Perth in 2008 post Monkeygate. He came one down in the second innings and scored a crucial 46 to get the man of the match award for his fine all round performance as India won by 72 runs.
Pathan has three half-centuries and many more 30s and 40s when he has come in the top 3 positions in ODIs.
Cheteswar Pujara: Pujara played three Tests and didn’t perform in the middle order, his preferred position. However in the Bangalore Test with Australia in 2010, captain MS Dhoni surprised everyone by sending Pujara 1 down. He hit a fine attacking 72 as India chased down the fourth innings target of 207 with 7 wickets to spare.
Pujara has more than 4000 first class runs and averages 53.5.
In Image: Cheteswar Pujara