Chandigarh:The debate over whether the seniors are a misfit for the shorter version of the game can take a backseat.
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are still the best, a point which their new skipper MS Dhoni reiterated after the winning the 4th ODI against Australia.
"Frankly speaking you cannot replace the seniors. With the amount of talent they have, the way they have proved themselves, you don't really have replacements for them," said MS Dhoni.
Chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar would have disagreed with skipper MS Dhoni a day before India won the 4th ODI in Chandigarh on Monday. The Colonel, who was unhappy with the seniors after the defeats in Kochi and Hyderabad, will have little reason to complain now.
It was Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly's 91-run opening stand that laid the base for a strong Indian total even though the master blaster's knock of 79 was definitely scratchy.
"I won't say that he is under pressure to hold his place in the side. That man was highest scorer in England and Ireland in the last two series he played, not just in numbers but the way he batted. But yes, there is pressure if the chairman of selectors starts talking vaguely and saying that the seniors can't take their place for granted," said former cricketer Ajay Jadeja who played 15 Tests and 196 ODIs for India.
With 44 runs from three outings, Rahul Dravid is the only member of the Big three league who seemed to have missed a cue so far in the series. However, one has to go only a month back to put things into a perspective.
The Wall had stood tall against England even though the Indians had lost the ODI series to the hosts.
Again defending them Ajay Jadeja said, "You will have to float with these players because these players are not ordinary players like we used to have in our times when somebody could only open or somebody could only bat at three, five or seven. These are players who can adapt much better to the condition and Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest players we have."
Sachin tendulkar made 79 off 119 balls in Chandigarh. Some may say that it is an uncharacteristic knock from the Bombay bomber.
But according to Dhoni, Sachin's score was the foundation of Indian innings. He hopes that the selectors will realise that the experience of the big three will be crucial to India's fortunes in the ongoing series.