England tour of India - Cricket: No move to include third spinner, says Ganguly

Published: Monday, December 10, 2001, 20:56 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: India goes into the second Test on Tuesday hoping to take one more step towards a 3-0 whitewash of England which looks a real possibility after the comprehensive 10-wicket victory in Mohali last week.Kumble and Harbhajan would once again hold the key to India's fortunes and though speedster Javagal Srinath, who replaced an injured Sanjay Bangar after recovering from his finger fracture suffered in South Africa, is a certainty for the game, he can at best play a supporting role.Skipper Saurav Ganguly was oozing with confidence after the Mohali match when he said his team would be going for a 3-0 result. It was a remarkable transformation in the man who had run out of reasons to explain his team's poor showing after every defeat in South Africa.It was a transformation the English team also had expected but their preparations were found thoroughly inadequate. And, even though captain Nasser Hussain promised a better show from his boys in the second Test, he admitted the team's chances lay in how effectively the batsmen were able to counter Kumble and Harbhajan. Ganguly said the pitch looked favourable to spin bowling especially on the last two days but was not very keen to include the third spinner Sharandeep Singh in the side."Both leg spinner Anil Kumble and off spinner Harbhajan Singh are in tremendous form and with Srinath back in the side to contain runs from the other end there was no need for a third specialist spinner," Ganguly said, and pointed out that if need arose Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who is back in the team after serving the one-match suspension in Mohali, can be asked to chip in with their spin bowling."However, we will consult the selectors in the evening before finalising the list of twelve," Ganguly said while not shutting the door on Sharandeep.PTI

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