New Delhi, Feb 2: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has said, its time for Team India to include all-rounder Irfan Pathan in the line-up to stop the losing streak ahead of the second T20 against Australia scheduled to be played at Melbourne on Friday.
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After a humiliating 4-0 loss in the Test series, Team India suffered another loss in the first T20 at the hands of Australia at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
The Team looked totally out of touch as the bowlers and batsmen could create any sort of impact
as skipper Dhoni's knock at the end of the innings could not avoid a loss as the team fell short by 31 runs.
"It is important to look at the all-round options. Twenty20 is harsh on the bowlers. So it is always an advantage if you have bowlers, who can come in handy with the bat, who are also good fielders," Gavaskar said.
"Hence, India must think of including Irfan Pathan as he can not only come in handy as an all-rounder but the fact that he is a left hander, may also prove good for India," the former Indian skipper insisted.
He further insisted that the skipper should lead from the front as he did with an unbeaten 48 in the first T20 against Australia at Sydney.
"Dhoni today was so good, he must look to come up the order and as a skipper show the way. It always helps," he said.
He also stressed on including another spinner in the side, as the rookies can slow things down.
"I think the spinners looked better. In this format, the ball comes on to the bat easily. So India must think of including another specialist spinner into the team. We could see that (David) Hussey bowled well and slowed things down."
He also pointed out India's weakness as he said, the grounds in Australia are very big, and playing big shots at times, can invite trouble.
Gavaskar also felt India lacks athletes in the team, since it is the shortest version of the game, a team might need more athletes to be agile throughout.
"You need athletes. Fitness is very important in T20. The runs you save, are the runs scored for your team. Running on that 22 yards is very crucial. But apart from a few players, the Indians are generally slow. And that is where they lose out. The other teams are more athletic than India," Gavaskar told NDTV.
He also stressed on India's weakness in terms of running between the wickets as they take only singles, while Aussies take 2s and 3s.
A thorough analysis of Gavaskar puts light on team India's weakness and also suggests means to overcome the same as he has also said, "openers are going through the horrors at the moment, but it is not the end of their partnership. The duo have a lot to contribute to the Indian Team".