Irfan Pathan or Virender Sehwag: Dhoni's big opening dilemma

Updated: 26 September 2012 07:55 IST

India take on Australia in the first of its Super Eights on Friday. Ahead of it, MS Dhoni has a problem of plenty. Harbhajan Singh is back in form and so is Piyush Chawla. Though the big question is whether Dhoni will persist with five bowlers or go back to the 7 batsmen-4 bowlers combinations.

Irfan Pathan or Virender Sehwag: Dhoni's big opening dilemma
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India take on Australia in the first of its Super Eights on Friday. Ahead of it, MS Dhoni has a problem of plenty. Harbhajan Singh is back in form and so is Piyush Chawla. Though the big question is whether Dhoni will persist with five bowlers or go back to the 7 batsmen-4 bowlers combinations.

Virender Sehwag opted to sit out of the game vs England. Now the question is, will he find his way back into the playing eleven, given the magnificent performance of the bowler?

Former India captain and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar thinks not only Sehwag but even Harbhajan Singh should be playing against Australia on Friday. Bhajji's 4 wickets and Piyush Chawla's good showing against England, however, has Dhoni in a fix.

Whom he selects to play could end up being the key for the big tie, but the Aussies aren't thinking of who they are going to face, but how they will face them.

But spin is not the problem, rather it's the pace department. While Irfan has looked good, Zaheer's form has been scratchy. The left arm pacer has got just one wicket in four games including the two warm-ups at the ICC World T20. But he still has the backing of the skipper.   

"We should give Zaheer equal respect like we give to Sachin because he is the Sachin for us when it comes to bowling department. I am hoping he gets back in form," India skipper MS Dhoni said.

If the Indian net session on Tuesday was an indicator of things to come, then Dhoni will once again be tempted to try Irfan. In which case, Sehwag, who skipped practice and sulked, sitting on the sidelines, will have to go out to the nets and impress.

Topics : Cricket ICC World Twenty20 2012 India Australia Irfan Pathan MS Dhoni Gary Kirsten Aftab Alam Virender Sehwag
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