Kirsten prefers Sehwag over Dravid for opening slot

Perth, Jan 14 (UNI) Despite his improved performance during the Sydney Test, Rahul Dravid should go back to his usual batting position at number three, feels Team India consultant Gary Kirsten.

''Rahul is probably more suited to batting at number three and that's certainly something that will be discussed over the next few days,'' the former Proteas opener said.

Revealing his preference for Sehwag, Kirsten said, ''Sehwag's spot will be discussed. He has got a big hundred and also has the respects of the Australians, the way he plays. It will become a part of the decision making.'' ''We have discussed various options at a very informal level,'' he added, ''After today we'll have a little bit more discussion about what to look at.

From my own personal view, specialists in Test match cricket are very important. Let's see what happens. I'm sure you'll know in maybe a day. But again I'm not involved in the selection process but someone who's opinion is taken.'' Commenting on the controversies that maligned the second Test, Kirsten said, ''I think we need to put this behind us. Yes it's lingering on but I had a long chat to Anil Kumble about it. At the end of the day players can sort this issue out.'' UNI XC AB RKM RN1754

Story first published: Monday, January 14, 2008, 18:35 [IST]
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