Saturday, February 3, 2007

Should Sacin Tendulkar Come to the Opening Position in the Batting Order in the Upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2007?

Sachin Tendulkar is the most senior member in the Indian cricket team. With the time passes, this cricket legend has changed his batting much. Earlier in his career, he played as an opening batsman and as a batsman he was so dominating that there was a saying that making Sachin out early in the innings means winning the half of the match. However, now-a-days he is rarely seen in that hard hitting appearance which undoubtedly his fans miss. Now, he is seen to start slowly in order to be set at the wicket and then start playing stroke. In the last series against West Indies he played at the number four and scored one century and one half century which made him man of the series award.

I think he feels more comfortable to play in the middle order position. In that position he could easily cope up with which is a good sign for India too. As India needs to have a quality and experienced batsman in the middle of the innings to carry on the innings to a good score, he can be the best choice to think about. In the opening Sourav-Uthappa or Sourav-Shewag can start the innings and then Dravid will come in number three position. In the fourth place Tendulkar can be the most reliable batsman in the team. He can come after loosing a couple of early wickets where he can tackle the situation and can lead the other batsmen towards a competitive score. On the other hand, he can also come after having a good start, where he will carry on the score to the peak of the mountain. So, I think Sachin should go at the number four position in the batting order.