14 July 2007

The Jaffer question

And as the Indian top order comes apart before the Lions, the time is ripe to ask: should we open with Jaffer at Lords? Many critics have pointed out, it is not that Jaffer keeps getting out, it is the way he gets out, ever late in coming forward. Today he was struck on the pads before he could get the bat around. This technical glitch, they say, will result in a horror run of opening partnerships throughout the series. It is not something a good batting coach can iron out in an hour.
He, however, is a batsman capable of huge scores with tremendous experience at the first class level. Remember that he capped off a disaster run in South Africa with some great batting in the third test - yes, the one we lost. I think Dravid should give Jaffer a chance at Lords.