Ganguly wants Irfan and Tiwary to play in Perth

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Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 11:35 [IST]
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Ganguly wants Irfan, Tiwary to play

Melbourne, Feb 7: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels all-rounder Irfan Pathan and Manoj Tiwary should be included in the playing XI for the second one-day international in the ongoing tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and Australia even if it requires to drop a spinner alongwith Suresh Raina.

India face the mighty Lankans in the second match of the tri-series at Perth, after losing the tri-series opener to Australia by 65 runs.

Dhoni's idea to drop Sehwag and include two spinners in Ashwin and Rahul Sharma failed to impress the former captain as he suggested the team management to include Irfan and Tiwary for the second match.

"In the next game, India should play Irfan Pathan instead of a spinner, as that will add variety to their attack. Pathan is a left-hander who swings the ball well. Pathan is needed because India is playing too many spinners, whereas even in Sunday's game, Vinay Kumar and the Australian pacemen made the most of the pitch," Ganguly said.

He also said, Bengal player Tiwary, who scored his maiden century during the home series against West Indies deserved a berth in the ODI squad in place of Raina.

"I also wonder why Manoj Tiwary is not playing. Here is a man who scored a hundred in his last match against the West Indies under pressure, and on current form should play ahead of Suresh Raina who has looked suspect against the short stuff," Ganguly wrote in his column for 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

While his take on dropping Sehwag for the first one-dayer was acceptable to accomodate Rohit Sharma, he has said Sehwag's presence is very crucial for India.

"India also needs the injured Virender Sehwag back. Sachin Tendulkar had not played a one-day match for 10 months, and it's not easy to accelerate from the word go.

Ganguly is not happy with Gambhir's performance too, though the left-hander scored a fifty in the second T20 against Australia, says 'he got a good fifty in the last T20 game, but hasn't looked convincing as yet'.

In order to keep the series alive, Indian captain needs to take some bold decisions, play
all-rounders, include Irfan and Tiwary in the playing XI to create a turnaround in the tri-series.


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