Ojha should replace Ashwin, says Ganguly

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012, 11:31 [IST]
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Ojha should replace Ashwin, says Ganguly

Perth, Jan 9: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is in favour of drafting left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in the India side for the Perth Test in place of a struggling R Ashwin.

Ojha, who has taken 62 wickets in 14 Tests, has never played overseas.

"I think the left-arm spinner could come in and do well. Hes a good bowler and hes ready, and Ashwin obviously hasnt bowled well," Ganguly said.

Spin has accounted for just four of the 24 Australian wickets to fall in the series.

Ganguly though said Umesh Yadav should be spared the axe.

"I thought Umesh Yadav bowled very well in Melbourne so you cant leave him out after one bad Test match, and he had bowled very well previous to that, Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Age.

Indias preparation has come under fire former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar after the several players missed training before the Test in Melbourne to go sightseeing.

Ganguly though said the players need to spend time away from the nets.

"You cant practise all the time, you need breaks. They need to get the loss out of their system," he said.


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