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Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting should not open for Mumbai Indians

April 9, 2013

Tendulkar and Ponting not best opener for Mumbai Indians

No doubt, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are two of the best cricketers that has ever played the game. They have opened in both the games of IPL 2013 , but they have not been able to do justice as openers. May be, they need to come up with some other players as openers and make best use of the field restrictions.

T20 is all predominantly about attacking the bowlers right from the outset, which the Mumbai openers have not been able to do so. Mumbai Indians need some youngsters who could play fearless cricket. They do have players who can make the best use of it and maximise the field restrictions by scoring as much runs as possible. Some players who can definitely come up the order for Mumbai Indians are Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith or even bring in players such as Aiden Bilzzard, Glenn Maxwell, who have earned a reputation as T20 cricketers in the Big Bash.

But, both the legends cannot be pushed down the middle order, but it could be well suited if Sachin Tendulkar opens with some other player. Ponting’s experience in the middle order could be used accordingly by the Mumbai Indians. With Tendulkar’s experience some other aggressive player could be an ideal opening pair. Dinesh Karthik or Dwayne Smith could be the a perfect foil for the Little Master, where it would be the Tendulkar’s opening partner who would be the aggressor. After Tendulkar settles in, he can also take in the role of an aggressor.

This decision has to be taken soon by the Mumbai think tank – as soon as possible. It is only going to make Mumbai a strong force in IPL 2013. This decision has to be taken, as both Ponting and Tendulkar are past their prime and are lagging behind modern era of cricketers, who are brought up playing T20 cricket.

 

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