India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will find it very difficult when opting between Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina for the number five spot in the first Test between India and England in the Lord`s next week.
Yuvraj and Raina have almost similar capabilities — both left-handers, both aggressive, both brilliant fielders and both can few spin overs when required.
Raina played some crucial knocks in West Indies, he scored 232 runs at 46.40 with three half-centuries on tracks that most of the others batsman were having problems. Rahul Dravid even said that it was the most difficult among all he has played in the West Indies in the last 15 years.
On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh, who did not go on the West Indies tour, was the Player of the Tournament in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2011. He has seven half-centuries from the last 11 Tests he played and the success he has enjoyed against England with at 46-plus average.
Yuvraj Singh might be the first man of choice because of talent; experience; he loves scoring against England, he has an average of 46-plus;and although Raina is more than handy with the ball, Yuvraj is a better part-time bowler and England has a tendency to get out to slow left-arm bowlers.
Also, Yuvraj is in more need to play this Test as he is going over age with a very short Test career. He himself voiced such concerns some days earlier.