'We should play three spinners in Australia'

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 22:48 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Indian cricket team should take three spinners during their tour to Australia next month if they wanted to put up a decent show, according to former Indian Test star Bapu Nadkarni.

Speaking on the sidelines of a function at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) to announce the list of Indians to be feted for their performance at Lord's on October 19, Nadkarni said that "Three spinners -- leg spinner Anil Kumble, offie Harbhajan Singh and left arm spinner Murali Kartik-- are a must to Australia because the wickets over there have become slow". "The think-tank should change their mindset that the wickets in Australia are still fast and bouncy. That is not the case in most of the wickets abroad as the wickets every where have become slow and three spinners are a must during foreign tours to any parts of the world", he added.

"If the Indians decide to play three pacemen and just one or two spinners in any of the four Test matches they will be playing over there, then they will be asking for trouble as the Aussies are good against pace and a little bit suspect against spinners, particularly left arm spin", Nadkarni said. "If they take three spinners, it will add variety to their bowling and will have an edge over the rival batting line-up", he added.

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